If you're social in the city, you will definitely know the name Marco Foster. As the founder of Chicago Models, this force of fashion is always on the pulse of what's hot and next, attending the best parties in Chicago, all while looking like a million bucks to boot. CHI-lebrity caught up with Marco just in time for The Underground's 4th Annual Holiday Party, "The Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas" benefiting the American Brain Tumor Association, which he is hosting this Friday December 16th. Fashionable and charitable: now that's a true CHI-lebrity!
Describe your fashion philosophy/personal style.
I have always been very traditional. I went to a Catholic Men’s high school so I was accustomed to wearing shirts and ties. When I went to college and joined the work force, I found ways to make a shirt and tie more fun with fun patterns, bow ties, and vivid colors. I guess I was forced to look fashionable since the only clothes that can fit this tall, thin guy are the fashion-forward European style clothes.
What is the one fashion trend you are wearing and loving right now for men?
I’m starting to pick up sneakers: Chuck Taylors, Jordans, or any type of fun shoe and pair it up with a suit. If Robert Downey Jr. can do it, I guess I can too!
Do you have any Chicago designers or stores you love to go to?
To be honest, shopping for me is very hard because of my neck size and arm length. A 15.5/36 shirt is a size you can’t just pick up off the rack. A lot of my shirts and suits are designed by Tom James. But word on the street is that Borris Powell is starting a men’s line so I’m looking forward to his new designs.
For a typical night of attending the best parties and events, readers can find you wearing:
Either wearing silver gym shoes, a tuxedo, an Angry Birds t-shirt, or just something fun. I’m like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!
Photo courtesy of Yaneck Wasiek of WASIO Photograghy.