By Kate Jacobsen
It’s Tuesday, February 7th and it’s half past the middle of the night. I should be in bed since I work at 9:00 a.m. but instead, I am sitting amongst piles of clothes, shoes, accessories and handbags anxiously awaiting placement in my empty over-sized suitcase, in order to finally write this post. I needed a break from packing for my first-ever trip to New York to attend my first-ever Fashion Week, which I am covering on behalf of TheWorkingWardrobe.com. Deciding what to wear for Fashion Week is an exhausting task for a girl.
I am a little bit overdue on my post so thought it was high-time I updated TheWorkingWardrobe readers on what has been going on in The Windy City the past couple of weeks.
Thursday, January 26th, I attended the Watch312.com launch party at the James Hotel. Watch312.com is “an unparalleled online resource providing Chicagoans and people throughout the world with the latest news and sports talk, and a behind the scenes look into charity events, parties, movie premieres, restaurants, nightlife and more!”
The party was hosted by Watch312.com contributors, Amanda Puck (dish IT!), EVP of XA, The Experiential Agency; Candace Jordan (Candid Candace), premier Chicago socialite and philanthropist; and D.C. Crenshaw (Chicago Unplugged), CEO at Fete Select TV. The event went from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. I was a little bit worried showing up to the party at 7:30 p.m. especially since there were three other major events going on that same evening.
The following text message conversation sums up the event perfectly:
Ryan at 7:20 p.m: “Is it empty?”
The event ended up being a complete success! I enjoyed light appetizers, a glass of wine and catch-up conversation with some of my favorite industry friends. It was an honor to be among Chicago’s most sociable, high class, fashionable and well-reputed people. I wish the best success to Watch312.com! I am lucky to live in a city so committed to being proactive and supportive of all things Chicago. Kudos and good luck! For more stellar coverage and photos of the event, please visit Racked Chicago’s website.
The highlight of last weekend was attending the Modern Man Fashion Show at Underground Chicago. The event was designed to honor the city’s most fashionable and trendsetting men.
The debonair runway extroardinaire(s) were as follows:
- Andrew Barber
- Andrew Henderson
- Curtis House
- Doug (Stylz) Bobrowski
- Edward Glassman
- Ernest Wilkins
- Jason Berngard
- Jeremy Scheuch
- Justin Roman
- Kevin Aeh
- Phil Tadros
- Scott Horwitch
- Shannon Sangster
- Tim Toomey
- De’Mar Hamilton
- Ahmed Braimah
- Klay Korver
- Ryan Wells
Looks were provided by Apartment Number 9, Haberdash Men’s Shop, Sir and Madame, and cityblue. The men sure looked dashing and dapper and with Valentine’s Day around the corner (I am currently dateless), I didn’t mind watching handsome, well-dressed men walk the runway.
The most memorable moment was when Ryan Wells kicked off the show by singing a cappella to the crowd. It was sensational! I couldn’t get over how he was able to stay on pitch while singing over a crowded room full of chatty voices. My favorite thing about shows like this is how invested people get when they know someone who is walking. It makes it all the more fun to be a part of and watch. I have yet another successful Friday and event to add to my list.
To view the full gallery from the Modern Man Fashion Show, please click here.
And in the midst of all of this, did I mention that I am planning two TheWorkingWardrobe.Print Magazine Launch Parties? One in New York and one in Chicago. The first one is set for Thursday, February 23rd from 6-8 p.m. at Proof Nightclub (1045 N. Rush Street) in Chicago. Space is filling up quickly, so be sure to RSVP HERE as soon as possible!