I remember the first time I came across Chicago based
fashion designer Agga B-a friend of mine was looking for a high fashion pageant
dress to compete in the Ms. USA competition. It was at the downtown Macy's store on State Street where
she was working on her clothing line as part of the Chicago Fashion Incubator
A bit aloof-I could see from our brief acquaintance that she
had a certain je ne sais quoi that would serve her well as a fashion
pioneer. How we have stayed within
reach has a lot to do with the local fashion community and events where one has
the opportunity to see and be seen, and of course the social networking site we
mostly all know and love-Facebook.
Besides a very catchy name Agga B-which reminds me of one of
my favorite songs by the Black Eyed Peas-Imma Be. What I have also come to experience is this lady is not only
a fantastic designer-she's one hell of a curator, businesswoman and party host.
This past Friday night I was invited to attend the "Art
Chicago After Art Party" at the Creative Lounge Chicago inspired by
Toyota. This is an extension of a
series of art and fashion gatherings-Agga has spearheaded which brings together
the city's art community together to socialize, experiment, enjoy art-fashion
and to party. And on this night
party we did.
I should have known it was going to be a wild and crazy
night when I approached the door of this hidden studio loft gem in Wicker
Park. It was wonderfully warm like
spring had sprung and standing in a line down the block were very pretty girls
anxiously waiting to get in to this entertaining spectacle. And the folks from Factio
Magazine-administering the closed guest list were guarding the door...it's always who you know.
Upon entering the Creative Lounge I was so pleased to see a
young mixed crowd of urban hipsters making party. The space as usual-was decorated with tastefully selected
art pieces from the featured artists Man Raya, Nestor, Jojo, Chadwick Anderson,
Likalee, Aga Podczaszy, Jolanta Niedziela, Conor Simpson and Avisheh Mohsenin-a
feast for the eyes; natural stimulus for the brain.
After winding my way through the crowded bumping and
grinding to the back of the loft I discovered another happening-did someone say
free food sponsored by Lokal and drinks by Hum; and a mini shopping boutique-which the ladies
loved! It always amazes me how
some people think through their craft and this one was well thought out. It could not have been better spent-the
3 hours this party happened-except for the closing set by rock soul band
Streets on Fire. Oh what a
night. I know where Imma Be for
the next installment of Aggapalooza-and so should you!