Last Thursday evening we attended Chicago Social’s fashion show ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (produced by GenArt) at the John B. Murphy Auditorium in Chicago. The auditorium itself was the highlight. Resembling a church inside replete with stained glass work it was built for the American College of Surgeons in 1926. The now converted entertainment space was gorgeous, albeit a little cramped.
Six Chicago designers show-cased their Fall ’07 collections (Lara Miller, Vika Brown, Marlena Maree, Michelle Tan, Orlando Espinoza and Shane Gabier) after a two-hour cocktail hour that would have challenged even Lindsay Lohan to stay sober (OK, that’s not a stretch). Good thing. While the show itself was put together and executed well, some of the designers clearly outshone others. I will leave it at that.
The best part of the evening? The venue and the live church gospel opening (although I felt like I was on an episode of Ally McBeal). The worst part? The leather headbands that were tied Pocahontas style and remained on the model’s heads throughout each collection yet matched none (unforgivably unfashionable by a misguided stylist).
Another surprise was that the show, which was intended to showcase new fall collections was devoid of press other than CS. They were not invited. For the designers this must have been disheartening. Imagine your new collection coming down the runway with just 3 cameras snapping photos of the models. The only reason we got in was because we were invited by someone in the fashion community. Rather than making this a ‘social’ affair, it should have been open to all media and buyers. Or maybe GenArts should have run the whole show…as it was it seemed like a missed opportunity and merely for entertainment purposes. However, the fashionable socialite crowd will most certainly be splashed in a future issue of CS three months from now, runway shots…not so much.
– Lauren Dimet