Last week was the week to celebrate Chicago fashion during Fashion Focus Chicago. The first runway show I attended was the Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) 2011 Runway Show, Presented by Macy’s. For those of you who are unfamiliar with CFI, it’s a program in Chicago that provides selected designers resources every year that includes residency, space, equipment, networking, mentoring, events, etc. We saw the collections of this year’s selected designers, along with some CFI alumni! Here are some highlights:
My favorite part of the show was when violinist Katarina Visnevska rocked out the C/Fan runway towards the end of the event. I haven’t seen many Chicago runways taking advantage of the fact that they are a “show”. Well this performance definitely changed that.