The Glamorama Life

Absolutely Artrageous!!

Macy’s Passport Presents– Glamorama – ARTRAGEOUS at Chicago Theater. Photo courtesy of Steve Starr

Gaultier, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese, Karl Lagerfeld…and more!!

Some of the world’s top designers, along with some pretty amazing art deco sequences, proved why Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Show is the top of it’s kind, in all of Chicagoland, right at the historic Chicago Theater on State Street.

Ballet dancers beautifully opened the show were right on point as the evening was a classic while contemporary night. Which, to me, kind of described the entire show.

Alisha Von Fossen, 2011 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ambassador Family – Photo courtesy of Steve Starr

A video celebrating the achievements by Ronald McDonald House Charities‘ dedication to children such as, Alisha Von Fossen, who serves as the 2011 Ambassador Family. Alisha’s video shared the tale of her constant pain, challenges as well as her perseverance and love for the special “House” so many children call home when going through things such as Alisha did fighting a rare form of Spina Bifida as well as a host of other ailments she’s endured since the young age of only a few weeks old.

Far East Movement starts the show with Alisha Van Fosson. Photo courtesy of Dean Paul

Afterwards, introduced by musical guests, “Far East Movement”, Alisha courageously took the stage and led the audience into the show.

Far East Movement” performed hits “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer” after a magnificent prelude by a host of hip hop and break dancers.

Fashions that premiered were by the house of the Sonia Rykiel Collection. The mostly red and plaid outfits, were masterfully shown as each of the models seemed to break out of a framed piece of art wearing chic classic droppings from another era.

John Paul Gaultier Collection was inspired by retro 20’s. It was full of cocktail dresses, work wear, flowing night time garments and lots of fur. The pieces were complete fresh patterns as well as finished off a wrap or gloves and cuffs of fur.

Armani Jeans assembly line of men displayed many leather pieces from pants to jackets to gloves; urban style with the city look and versatility.

Macy’s own Bar III brand launched its way onto the show with lots of classic fall pieces, including hats and boots to entice the audience.

Marc Jacobs Photo courtesy of Dean Paul

Karl Lagerfeld never disappoints and this night was no different from any other time the fashion giant’s work is shone. Lace across the eyes of the models that strutted each of the classic looks that took a new light on the stage at the show were offered and well received by the fashion savvy audience. Least to say it was simply, iconic.

Marc Jacobs (one of my all-time favs) showed just how creative he (and his team) can be with using the back drop of golden age fashions comic strip type designs to go along with the very same style of garments. Saucy!!

Tracy Reese showed just how to push the comfy couture designs concept as far as it will go with fluffy sweaters, 70’s disco looks, full of flowing skirts made using layers and pleats. Tres chic!

Skivvies, courtesy of Papi. Photo courtesy of Steve Starr

Finally the boys on parade representing Papi were stripped down to their skivvies and showed off just about everything from color to snugness of the fit of the undies. LOVED IT!!

Cee Lo Green was the finale of the show and sang a couple of his hits, including the Gnarls Barkley fav, “Crazy“, and his solo hit “F-U“.

The fashion extravaganza ended with Cee Lo joined on stage with a host of dancers, models and the most amazing child dancers I’ve ever seen in my life. Cee Lo even seemed impressed and helped one do a lift.

It was a fun show with a star studded feeling end to it.

Afterwards, the fashion forward crowd of thousands (if they had the pretty white or VIP pink bracelets), were ushered across the street where they quickly filled the 7th floor historic Walnut Room and Macy’s food court suite as they danced the night away on a makeshift stage to the D.J.’s in the double tier booth.

Macy’s continues to show Chicago the true meaning of Fashion Forward on State Street.

 MORE AMAZING photos of the glamorous night in galleries provided by Dean Paul and Steve Starr.


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