Saturday evening marked the zenith of Fashion Focus Chicago. Crowds clamored their way to see what Gen Art, one of the nation’s leading arts and entertainment organizations, was going to showcase for the last runway show in the Millennium Park tent during Chicago’s fashion week. The designers included: C/Fan, Imaginary People, Kristen Hassan, JLee Silver, Red Doll by Tatyana and Dorsia. Before the show, guests were able to moon over the featured accessories designed by the likes of Emma Carroll and Fab Studio on display before show seating.
On the runway, I have to honestly say that my favorite working looks came from the menswear line, Dorsia. Designer Andrei Savtchenko did an amazing job of giving men a new working look. Pairing a bright blue grandfather cardigan with a patterned button-down shirt showcased a very professional business casual look that looked clean, made a statement with the bright color, and looked fantastically comfortable. Then his look featuring a dark tan sport coat over a blue and white button-down with a v-neck butter yellow t-shirt peeking out from underneath conveyed style, color creativity and fantastic chic, even paired with jeans which I took to be a casual Friday look to win an office award.
Of course, there were many fashion-forward looks coming down the runway. In regards to working looks, they brought forth some options for the workplace specifically in regards to the knee-length shift dress. A few statement looks you can take from the runway include a long vest over your work dress, a statement military coat for running between meetings, and a silk halter dress hidden under a blazer to ease into a work-to-evening ensemble. The best working move of the night? That would be designers Jenna Lee Fowler and Melanie Manego of JLee Silver printing their website underneath their logo during their runway segment. Job well done!
Photos: Stefan Klapko www.flickr.com/stefanklapko