Eighty years is a long time to do anything let alone keep a longstanding tradition. The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, the oldest fashion program in the country celebrated 80 years of fashion at the fashion party of the season.
The tent in Millenium Park was the scene of all the action. The night began with a cocktail reception where SAIC Fashion committee members such as Les Coney, Linda Johnson Rice, Ellen Sandor, Eda Davidman, Roopa Weber, Marilyn Fields and many more mingled while noshing on hors d’oeuvres and libations alongside the next generation of Chicago’s fashion, corporate and philanthropic set including Jena Gambaccini of ChiCityFashion, ChicStreetStyle’s Amy Creyer, Chanel Coney of Grosvenor Capital, Harpo’s Brett Jeffries, Eva Daiberl of MsRenaissance, AZEEZA founder and designer Azeeza Khan, Alexa Rice. CFDA /Vogue Fashion Fund nominees Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier of Creatures of the Wind along with Chicago’s fashion doyenne Ikram Goldman looking svelte in head to toe Simone Rocha with rabbit ear headpiece, E! Fashion Police’s George Kotsiopoulos, Katrin Schnabl were also in attendance.
As guests were ushered to their seats, the show began with the best introduction, EVER! Nick Cave led a rousing performance with the sound suits.
This is the first time he’s performed this in Chicago (outside of Ikram’s invite only 10year anniversary party). The performance also included the “horses” from his Creative Time commissioned piece in New York City’s grand central station last year. AHMAZING!
Following the fashion presentation, guests went upstairs for the strolling dinner and continued libations. The young designers at this point had the opportunity to walk with their models and meet the guests and potential new clients. We spied a few pieces that were already being coveted by the fashionable guests in attendance.
The DJ spun an eclectic playlist where at one point some of the guests gathered in a dancing circle for a vogue off, werk!
This is one of the best parties of the season, actually the year and at the heart of it is a fundraiser and opportunity to support next generation of designers and visual creators.