The School of the Art Institute Chicago's "The Walk" 2013: Cutting Edge Fashion in the Windy City (Video!)

It was a night filled with fashion, but not the kind you are used to seeing on a runway.  No my friend, this was the 79th annual School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) “The Walk”, arguably the most creative and innovative fashion show of its kind in the country!  More than 90 design students from SAIC filled the 90 foot runway with the most awe-inspiring, futuristic designs I’ve ever seen.  Everything from clear plastic blazers to headgear resembling something Princess Leia would wear, it was a head-spinning evening for sure in Millennium Park on May 3!

The Legend of Fashion honor went to sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, award-winning designers/creators of the Rodarte line which they founded in 2005.  Their beautiful fashions are worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, Kiera Knightly, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Fanning, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon to name a few.  The New Yorker Magazine calls the sisters “the most celebrated American designers working today”.  Philanthropist Melissa Sage Fadim was honored with the first ever Heart of Fashion award.

Even though the runway fashions were to-die-for, the 500+ attendees could’ve taken a turn on their own runways!  I always love this event because the fashions are usually equally innovative on the guests as they are on the models!  This year’s stand-outs included Ellen Sandor (who looked chic wearing a student-designed cape), Azeeza Kahn (who looks great in anything), Laura Kofoid (who’s outfit was so colorfully creative), Quintin Primo III (who was wearing a Mick Jagger inspired jacket) and Tommy Walton (a “Check, Please!” contender who always makes a fashion statement).  Other notables included Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier, Chris Peters and Michael Walls; Todd and Sylvie Ricketts;  Ikram and Josh Goldman;  Nina Ricci artistic director Peter Copping;  AJ Johnson;  Kim and David DeJesus;  Elle Magazine’s Anne Slowey;  Paper Magazine’s editorial director Mickey Boardman;  designer Maria Pinto;  Ebony’s editor-in-chief Amy Dubois Barnett; and Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra.  The evening raised $400,000 for SAIC programming.

Great to see the future of fashion is alive and well in Chicago with the students of SAIC!  (Photos by Sara Condo, Chasitie Neal).  Below, I hope you enjoy the fun and fashion on my internet show, “Candid Candace Chicago”!

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