The U.S. premiere of the Akris Fall 2010 runway collection was shown Wednesday night at the Modern Wing. It was presented by Neiman Marcus and W Magazine and was the first fashion show to ever be held in the Modern Wing. As it turns out, the long corridor of Griffin Court seemed to have been designed with just such an event in mind. The setting was perfect and even Akris designer, Albert Kriemler, said if he hadn’t been a designer, he would’ve loved to have been an architect. Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue GM, Wendy Krimins (looking uber chic in a pale champagne leather Akris long jacket and pants), and Neiman’s Northbrook GM, Kristie Lytwynec, introduced the show and welcomed guests. The first segment to hit the runway was a caravan of camel with cropped jackets and expertly cut high-waisted pants. The entire collection was stunning and had something modern and chic for everyone from 20 to 70 and beyond. There were sleeveless leather dresses, outfits in beautiful shades of charcoal, burgundy and muted leopard, black tights will be back again, a puffy coat in a beautiful mustard color, military type jackets in olive, sparkly paillettes peeking out from unexpected places (a sleeve or a neckline), a beautiful jersey evening gown in chocolate and black, a feathered mustard tank with metallic leather jeans…oh the looks were amazing! The handbags were gorgeous too and came in a triangular shape as well as a puffy evening bag style. I loved every piece! The room was filled with over 300 fashionistas including Linda Johnson Rice, Robin Berger, Patricia Cox, Sheridan Road Magazine publisher John Conatser, Jocelyn Stoller, Amelia Silva, Chris Long, Helen Jaeger Roth, Ellen Sandor, Marcel Chevalier, Samantha Conrad, Maggie Baczkowski, Neiman’s PR Director Tina Koegel, Paula Brady, Virginia Bobins, Sherrill Bodine, Peggy Martay, Mary Ann Childers, Jesse Garza, Joe Lupo, Mark Gill, Marty Higgins, Chicago magazine fashion editor Stacey Jones, Marilyn Vitale, Ava and Greg Vorwaller, Carol and Jim Tichy, Juanita Jordan, Jan and Brian Hieggelke, Jo Heindel, Marianne Strokirk and Liz Lefkofsky among many others. Check out more photos here!
CS Magazine hosted a fun-filled party to celebrate their upcoming Men of Style 2010 at Barney’s. The fourth floor men’s department was packed with fun seekers to congratulate the lucky and handsome “Ten for ‘10” who will be featured. They include NBC’s Marcus Riley, Christopher Clinton Conway (Joffrey Ballet’s Executive Director), JC Steinbrunner (painter), Matt Woodburn and Matt Dufour (producers of “After Dark” event series at Art Institute), Drew Harris (Creative Director of The Trunk Club), Brian Spaly (Founder of The Trunk Club), Brandon Smith (co-founder of Bandit Productions), Luca Lanzetta (owner of Chicago Antonio Lupi and Ernestomeda) and Jesse Deckard (event designer at Botanicals). I am proud to say writer extraordinaire, Amalie Drury, is in her 8th year of writing this fun feature!!! As guests stepped off of the elevators, they were met with a large photo display of black and white 8-by-10 images hanging from clips at the top. Even Barney’s Creative Director, legendary Simon Doonan, was there! Michael Kors described Simon as “a modern Noel Coward with a dash of Auntie Mame thrown in” and The New York Times called him “a post feminist writer cloaked in the drag of a sly fashion insider.” Simon began his career with Barney’s as its creative director in 1986 and has since authored numerous books, has a column – “Simon Says” – in the NY Observer and even has a BBC series entitled “Beautiful People” (which is in its second season), based on his book “Nasty.” He married famed designer Jonathan Adler in 2008. When I first began looking for Simon at the party, I couldn’t find him. Someone suggested I “check the corners.” Apparently, success hasn’t changed the innate shyness of this talented guy: He couldn’t have been more gracious and I was thrilled to finally meet the genius behind all of Barney’s famous window displays. Seen in the glamorous crowd were NBC’s Deborah Brown, Ben Soldinger, Fabrice Calmels, Itika Oldwine, Justin Jacobson, Julia-Jacobs Sanford, Akira’s Creative Director Chris Ho, Scott Johnson, Dr. Sandy Greenberg, Christine Ott, Rita Thomas, Amalie Drury, Graham Kostic, Lonnie Rodriguez, Matt Woodburn, Roger Elion, Casey McMillan, Rachel Schwanz, Rich Foreside, Trevian Kutti and her darling son King, PR whiz Jill Katz and Barney’s stylist to the stars Q Scott, among many others.
First of all, when I get an invite from the dashing duo of Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo aka Visual Therapy, I drop everything and go! Add one of my favorite stores, J. Mendel, into the mix and I would be there in a blizzard. Fortunately, it was a lovely evening to preview J. Mendel’s and BoChic’s spring 2010 collections. BoChic is a stunning jewelry collection founded by handsome David Joseph that has appeared on the necks, arms and ears of the Hollywood elite including Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Hillary Swank, Sandra Bullock and Eva Mendes. The fun party also celebrated the latest book from Jesse and Joe, “Work It!” and work it, they certainly have! Visual Therapy was founded in 1995 and has developed into the gold standard for luxury lifestyle consulting. Jesse began his career at Ultimo where his mentor was legendary style maven Joan Weinstein. Joe was a banker with passion for fashion and it was destiny that these two friends would come together to create Visual Therapy. They are frequent contributors on Oprah, have written several books and have been dubbed “The Closet Whisperers.” They are uber talented and their rise to success is based on their five-step approach to identifying and nurturing your individual style type. They have transformed men’s and women’s lives with an inspirational and educational program for wardrobe and self transformation. And best of all, they are two of the nicest (and cutest) guys you will ever meet! There are some familiar faces included in this helpful handbook including gorgeous Lynn McMahan and Amanda Puck. It wasn’t by accident that J. Mendel and these two style gurus should co-host the evening’s soiree. J. Mendel’s 2010 Spring collection has all of fashion-dom talking! It’s one of the prettiest I’ve seen in ages and I’m sure the pieces will be flying out of the store. Happy guests on this night included Manolis Alpogianis, Sia Drebos, famed makeup artist Darcy McGrath, Lisa Marie McComb (Visual Therapy’s fashion show whiz), handsome BoChic founder David Joseph and store manager Maggie Rei, among others. A percentage of the evening’s sales benefitted Deborah’s Place. Click here for more fab fotos!
Laura Schwartz is one whirling dervish! If you haven’t heard of her, you should know her. She was 19 when she arrived at the White House in 1993 and with no political connections, she began by answering phones and ended up being Director of Events for the Clinton administration where she created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including 12 state arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millenium celebration and NATO’s 50th anniversary. She is beautiful, smart and articulate and has been a TV commentator for the Fox News Channel, CNN, The CBS Early Show, BBC and Sir David Frost’s “Frost Over the World.” Laura is a frequent lecturer around the world (her next stop is Australia) where she presents her acclaimed lecture series, “The Networking Power of Social Events.” Her latest book, “Eat, Drink and Succeed” details all of her secrets and includes comments and advice from some people around town who you will recognize (Brenda Sexton’s segment is amazing!)! Congrats to Laura on all of her many successes! Where in the world will she go
next??!!! And speaking of social networking, another friend, Kathy Corday, has written a very successful networking book of her own – a field guide, if you would – and a very handy pocket size to boot! It’s entitled “The Networking Field Guide,” which has all of the important, easy-to-understand information (and bullet points if you’re in a pinch and need info fast)! Her info is precise, essential and to-the-point from someone who’s been there and done that…great work girlfriends!!!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Candid Candace. What I’ve come to realize writing this blog is that there are sooooo many worthy charitable organizations around town that could use our help. From the very biggest to the very smallest, there is a place somewhere that you/we can fit in. It doesn’t need to be a monetary donation: Many need hands-on volunteers. It will all make a difference. I know the economy isn’t perfect so if you can, adopt a charity to call your own. It will make you feel good and it will make a positive impact in Chicago and beyond. Remember, what goes around comes around… :)
P.S. The latest Chicago Now Tweet-Up recently met up at Rockit for their monthly meet-and-greet. Jeff Hayzlett, Eastman Kodak’s Chief Marketing Officer, had just flown in from Tel Aviv to give a lecture on social media the following morning and social media strategist and expert Muhammad Saleem made his first appearance as well to the delight of all of the bloggers! Chicago Now has over 300 blogs and I am proud to say my blog was one of the first along with Julie DiCaro’s – a great sports blog called “A League of Her Own.” Check it out—there is something for EVERYONE!