Event: StyleChicago’s “Cruise in Style”

by Rachel Yeomans | August 17th, 2014   

On Thursday, July 31st, hosted “Cruise in Style”: a two-and-a-half hour cruise on Lake Michigan from Navy Pier aboard the Odyssey.  The event included complimentary cocktail drinks from ABSOLUTE and PERONI, a buffet styled dinner and dessert, DJ and dancing, and fashion from J.TOOR and RICORSO.

We sent our interns Jessica Braun Gervais and Emma Klug to check out the event.  Here’s what they had to say:

Emma Klug:

Having lived in Chicago for over a year and a half I had passed by Lake Michigan, countless times, watching the boats sail by on a weekly basis yet had never actually been on one myself. So I was definitely more than excited to represent The Working Wardrobe on Style Chicago’s Odyssey Cruise Event. With just an hour between getting off work and loading time on the yacht, I decided to transition the black wrap dress I had worn to the office and switch out my flats and backpack for a pair of peep-toed black heels, a silver clutch, and chunky bangle.

I arrived at The Odyssey Cruise Ship before Jessica did and, while waiting, made my way down to the basement where the main events of the evening were being held. Chairs and tables lined the edge of the oval shaped room while a full buffet containing everything from Caesar salad, pasta, fish and more, a bar and a sparkly dance floor consumed the center of the room.

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Once Jessica arrived we decided to explore the rest of the yacht. With a bottle of Peroni, one of the sponsored drinks for the evening, in our hands, we went up to the top of the boat and discovered the most amazing view of the Navy Pier Dock and Chicago Skyline.

Apart from the incredible view and food and drink options, the thing I was most impressed with was the display from local bespoke menswear designer J.Toor. Jessica and I chatted with Diana McCarty, the co-founder and creative director of the brand, and learned about the their inspiration, which ranges from classic London tailoring, unique prints and more. Their custom suiting and accessories were well-made, fun and definitely great for the working man’s wardrobe.

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Jessica and I ended the evening by dancing the night away to The Cupid Shuffle and my personal recommendation to the DJ, R.Kelly’s Ignition Remix (it’s a good one and you know it.) Overall, I had a great time and I can’t wait until I get to attend another Style Chicago event.

Jessica Braun Gervais:

Spending the night cruising along Lake Michigan aboard the Odyssey complete with complementary drinks and food, plus a opportunity to check out some unique designers? Count me in!

The designer I spent my time learning about was ricorso; a women’s wear line that focuses on the modernization of vintage clothing through updated colors and clothing structure.  Most of the vintage designs were popular styles of the 1950s.  They were classic and sophisticated; something you would find on fashion icon Audrey Hepburn.

Daryl Sneed of ricorso explained their clothing was for the sophisticated working women who had a life outside of the office who wanted something that was both appropriate for work and play.  Ricorso’s answer was to created items that are simple and casual, but at the same time, oddly elegant.

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Since there was no formal fashion show or way for the designers to show their work, riscoro had a model wear different designs throughout the night as she mingled with the crowd and got people talking about the fashion.

Here is the model wearing the grey vestito 007:

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As the night came to an end, everyone migrate to the observation deck to capture the beauty of the Chicago night skyline.  I felt bad for the DJ, as no one seemed to be taking advantage of the dance floor and club lighting on the lower deck, but with such a magnificent view combined with perfect weather, can one really be blamed?

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