NEXT Fashion Chicago 2011 Plus Fashion Focus Kick-Off Party Pics!

The first NEXT Fashion Chicago Show was held at Germania Place, a venerable venue steeped in legend.  Rumor has it that Al Capone spent quite a bit of time here since the building was easily guarded.  On this night of fashion, I couldn't imagine old Al sitting in the corner but I did see stylish sorts lining the European style runway to see the collections of Elda de la Rosa, Fraley Le, Gary Gonzalez, Sofia, Cleons, Cache, Sahar Dada, Hector-Javier MonArrez, Sujata Gazder and Mira Couture along with designs from Bottega Contessa Boutique.  Furla's  fabulous handbags were featured as well, courtesy of Chloe and Olivia Ifergan.

I was thrilled to co-emcee the event with NBC's Marcus Riley.  On this night, he was bedecked in a chic TopMan golden hued tuxedo jacket with a deep red pocket square.  Always elegant!  The evening also included an awesome electric violin performance by Katarina Visnevska.  The upstairs balcony was packed with VIP's, reporters, photographers and cameramen who were capturing and enjoying this opening night of fashion in Chicago.  And it wouldn't be a party without the glamorous illustrations from everyone's favorite artist, Rosemary Fanti, whose portrait of Host Committee member, Katie McLenaghan,  was GORGEOUS!

Hair styling for the evening was courtesy of Parto Naderi Salon, Nevsy Zee-Custom Hair Lounge and Maya P. Alluring Artistry.  Makeup teams from Ayala Maquillage and Lora Michael Cosmetic Artistry made sure the models looked their best.

Congrats to Executive Producer and Fashion Show Director, Rose Mandel of Mandel Productions, along with Benjamin Cottrell, Marco Foster, Lindsay Hays (Grace PR), Christopher Hale, Katie Von Fossan, Mikeya Summerville and Cole Stolman who made this night such a success!  And last but not least, a very special thank you to all of the outstanding Host Committee members who spread the word and participated!!!   (Photos by Cindy Barrymore unless otherwise noted).

(Photos also included from the Kick-Off Party before the NEXT show at PUBLIC Chicago for Fashion Focus!)

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