Chicago Fashion Foundation Showcases a Street Style Shootout for Scholarships

The Chicago Fashion Foundation celebrated local student design at the 5th annual Future of Chicago Fashion event at the Chicago Cultural Center on March 7th.  The night included a cocktail reception in Preston Bradley Hall, an extensive silent auction and more than 350 chicly clad guests.

Judging began backstage before the show with Macy's Andrea Schwartz, Project Runway's Peach Carr (who presented her delightful spring collection), Akira's Jon Cotay, 24/7 Chicago's Catie Keogh and moi doing our best to decide who the top scholarship winners should be.   The students were instructed to find their inspiration from the street style of Chicago's neighborhoods that included Ukranian Village, Rogers Park, Chinatown, Beverly, Maxwell Street, Hyde Park and Logan Square.   Corri McFadden, VH1 reality star, was the emcee for the event.

Designer Elena Bobysheva, a student at Columbia College,  walked away with the first place prize of a $5000 scholarship.  Her winning ensemble featured a black stretch crepe  jacket with an open back and a blue-violet pegged skirt which were inspired by the architecture and cathedrals of Ukranian Village.

Second place winner,  Michelle Castellano, from the School of the Art Institute, won a $1000 scholarship with a romantic look inspired by the Columbian Exposition and the rich history of  Hyde Park.  The design featured a laser cut top and a skirt lined with photographs of the dome from the Fine Arts Building of the Exposition that required 200 hours of work to create.

Raven Norman, from the Illinois Institute of Art, won third place and a $500 scholarship with a green silk dress and tinted orange jacket inspired by the town of Beverly.   To Raven, the outfit evoked the sophistication, class and old world style of the community.

Other participating student/designers included Elizabeth Leukuma, Kara Fenoglietto, Elaine Hoang, Tosha Sherman, Kendel Kennedy, Stacie Randall and Crystale Crubaugh.

To see video coverage of this fabulous event on's  "Candid Candace Chicago", please click here!

Congrats to one and all!  Chicago's fashion future is in very good hands indeed!  (All pics by Mila Samokhina)

(For extended coverage on Candid Candace, please click here!)




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