Fashion + Music + A Pole At Virgin Hotels

Last Thursday, October 8, during the slew of fashion activities around the city, guests joined Fashion Focus’ Tonya Gross, Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal, CFDA Executive Vice President Lisa Smilor, Petra Slinkard of Chicago History Museum, for a whimsical, fashion presentation featuring designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) inside The Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago with music from Michaelangelo L’acqua.

Gidi by Tanesha Prunty
Gidi by Tanesha Prunty

Jade Sotomayor, member of the original cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, kicked things off with an energetic dance performance followed by models walking down the “runway” in twenty looks made by ten current and past CFI designers before stopping atop the stage with a pole that was put to use by some aerobic pole dancers. Ten of the looks, were designed exclusively for Virgin Hotels Chicago.


Jade Sotomayor





Raul Leal.Angela Brantley.Alecia Baxter
Raul Leal (Virgin Hotels’ CEO), Angela Brantley, Alecia Baxter
Raul Leal. Michaelangelo L'acqua
Raul Leal (Virgin Hotels’ CEO), Michaelangelo L’acqua


Evan Marshall.Nicole Roberson. Blake Von D-2

Aramide Esubi
Aramide Esubi
Chiara Milioulis. Elle Eichinger
Chiara Milioulis,  Elle Eichinger


photo credit: Kirsten Miccoli


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