This year's Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama show was all about fashion, fantasy, music and magic and was so over-the-top fabulous that it left guests breathless! I was fortunate to attend the rehearsal earlier that day and I left the theatre with goosebumps.
This show began in Minneapolis and will go on from here to L.A. and San Francisco. All 4 shows are now in theatres with fantastic sets and have blended the best from Glamorama in Minneapolis and Chicago with the best from Macy's Passport shows in LA and San Fran. In other words, it is the PERFECT show! It had something for everyone with flying angels, dancing children, rain, a glitter storm, exploding visuals, Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson singing their hit songs and then there was little Max.
Max Herrick and his family are the Ronald McDonald House Charities' ambassador child/family for Macy's Glamorama and, after the opening video, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Diagnosed with heart problems, Max eventually had to have a heart transplant. He has been in and out of the hospital since he was born and thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, his family have been able to stay close to him. After the transplant, his immune system was suppressed and he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is still undergoing treatments and he and his family still manage to keep a smile on their faces. This is the second year that Macy's has chosen Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana as the beneficiary of Glamorama. The proceeds from the event will go towards building the world's largest Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville. I hope it will be a long lasting partnership.
And now, on with the show....designers featured included Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel, SportMax, and for the first time ever, Issey Miyake. One segment featured the "Material Girl" collection designed by Madonna and her daughter Lola and choreographed by Brian Friedman of "So You Think You Can Dance." The models and dancers were amazing and have been hired from all acorss the country and will travel with the show to all 4 cities.
The After-Party, at Macy's on the 7th floor, was a visual delight too! There was a canopy of butterflies, a "tattoo" parlor where you could get a glow-in-the-dark tattoo, dancers with glowing hula hoops, DJ Dan playing the hottest hits, a claw game in the AmEx Lounge, mindball games and Kinect XBox 360 with controller-free gaming and a VIP Lounge where Macy and Eric hung out. The Chicago Fashion Incubator was showcasing one-of-a-kind designs using only products from OfficeMax. And the food!! OMG, there were 25 bars and food stations from pastas and meats to a candy garden with planted editbles.
I already can't wait for next year!!! Special congrats to the incredible teams from Macy's and Ronald McDonald House Charities for making this the must-attend party that it is! (www.Macys.com, www.RonaldHouseChicago.org ) (Pics by Caitlin Saville, Howard Tullman and moi.)
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