Local Designers and PAWS Chicago Doggies Wow Crowd at NEXT Fashion Chicago

Germania Place was filled to bursting on October 16 with more than 400 of our town's most stylish for the second NEXT Fashion Chicago show that featured some of our town's top designers and boutiques.  The show kicked off at 8:30, after NBC's Marcus Riley and I welcomed the crowd.  The lights dimmed, the music pumped up and a Grace Kelly-esque model wearing a Mark Roscoe designed magenta cocktail dress hit the runway in dark glasses and an upswept 'do.

The show featured everything from couture to casual, elegant to edgy and everything in-between including a clever segment spotlighting custom hand-painted stiletto boots from Just Human by Yemonja Smalls worn by models dressed in black unitards.

Midway through the show, a moving video presentation showcased the work of PAWS Chicago and the animals available for adoption.  This was followed by a special runway walk featuring adoptable dogs and rescued pups wearing their signature yellow kerchiefs as well as ties and coats provided by Barker & Meowsky and Tanner & Dash.   PAWS volunteers as well as board members stole the show with their four-legged friends.

Participating designers and and boutiques included Mark Roscoe Designs, Gary Gonzalez, Just Human (designer Yemonja Smalls), Akira (owner Jon Cotay), Sahar Dada, Cleon’s Clothing Co., Studio Alade (designer Funkside Eniola), Meekis,  Contessa Bottega (owner Contessa Helena), Cory Tran,  Fraley Le and Mira Couture.

This event was produced by Rose Mandel (Mandel Productions) and Associate Producer Marco Foster with PR support (and so much more) from Margaret O'Connor (Marcon Communications).  A dynamic host committee featured some of our town's most notables such as Rosemary Fanti, Corri McFadden, Toni Canada, DC Crenshaw, Ava Anthony, Emma Arnold, Deborah Brown, Cindy Burns, Julie Lampert, Rita George, Lynn McMahan, Katie McLenaghan, Paul Iacono, Micah Materre, Jennifer Sutton, Alicia Roman, Kelli Zink, Billy Dec, Jessica Zweig, Erica Bethe Levin, Jon Cotay, Tyrone Farley, Deborah Goodman, Attila Gyulai, Zingha Hester, Catie Keogh, Michi Marshall, Kristina McGrath, Kerry Shorr, Sally Shorr, Crystal Peters, Arabel Alva Rosales and Sherren Leigh.

Special thanks Nevena Zee and Tania Gilbert (artistic directors Custom Hair Lounge & Spa), Brenda Arelano (makeup team artistic director), Joseph and Shawna House (fashion show stylists), Siamonto Etian (Sounds AVL), Laura Bee (soundtrack engineer and event DJ), Robert Sivek (set design), Alison Libby (fashion show video), Paul Latza (videographer) and so many others!

A portion of the proceeds benefited PAWS Chicago.  For more info on adoptions and the work of PAWS,  please visit www.pawschicago.org.

(Fabulous photos by Caitlin Saville Collins, Amie Hana and Jon Recano)

Stay tuned for complete coverage and video coming soon from Watch312.com on CandidCandace.com!  :-)

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