Annual IMAGINE fashion show, Bill Cunningham New York, Macy’s Glamorama plus celebs seen around town

| June 23, 2011 | 3 Comments



I recently attended the 32nd annual IMAGINE fashion show at the UIC Forum to see the International Academy of Design & Technology fashion show. The  IADT students’ hard work and creativity towards their fashion careers is uplifting and mind-blowing. A fun fact that I learned is to be unbiased. The designers blindly submit their designs (worn by professional models) to a panel of judges that scores on craftsmanship, creativity, color choice, fabric, etc. The highest scored pieces are then choosen to be seen by the audience!

From furs to swimsuits to McQueen, the show had fashion for everyone. I am also proud to announce that the fashion show raised $17,000 for The Career Education Scholarship Fund ( as well as for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. My relationship with the IMAGINE fashion show by IADT students started last year and I hope to continue and attend more shows for years to come.

Photobucket Val Warner

Photobucket Kristinia DeBarge

McQueen Tribute

The fashion show was hosted by Val Warner and with musical guest Kristinia DeBarge; who gave a rousing and heart thumping finale of her song “Goodbye,” with the New Generation Fancy Drill Team from After School Matters. My favorite moment of the entire night was the Alexander McQueen tribute titled God Bless McQueen. Yes!!! It was everything I could have hoped for.




The same week I was invited to a cocktail reception for the Chicago opening of Bill Cunningham New York by Nikia of Chi Town Fashionista and co-hosted by Emma of Trés Awesome .

Chicago’s  most stylish came out to Tula boutique across from the Music Box Theater where they mingled,  shopped and met new friends.   Daily Candy hosted the “Candy Bar”; with wine and Grand Marnier cocktails for tasted libations.

Bill Cunningham is a New York Times photographer, who is known for being an originator of “street style” photos.  He chronicles fashion trends and high-society charity soirees for the Times’s Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”


Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen along with TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., will host the 8th annual Kicks for a Cure kickball tournament at Chicago’s Grant Park on July 9, 2011. The event, which has been recognized as the largest charity kickball tournament in the world, raises money to support Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation.

Registration for the Kicks for a Cure tournament is open to the public. Spectators can purchase a day pass which includes food and beverages in addition to access to the event.

Anyone interested in participating in the tournament can find more information at


Kendra Wilkinson (above) hit the Cable Show Convention in Chicago to promote her eponymous E! reality series on Wednesday.  Paris Hilton was there also….Jonas Brother member Joe Jonas was spotted at Japonais, Sunda and The Underground before the B96 Summer Bash and The Bachelor casting call was held at Underground on June 9th……

I know you have seen Jennifer Hudson’s 80 pound weight loss: She’s writing a memoir about her weight struggles, due in 2012

Marc Jacobs store in Chicago won  the Oak Street Design best overall window award!

Glamorama is back , Cee Lo Green, known for his most recent chart-topping hit “Forget You” will headline the 13th annual Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011 set at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago on Friday, August 12th at 8PM along with Far East Movement.

This year’s show – themed ARTRAGEOUS – brings high fashion and fierce performances together for one unforgettable night. Topping the list of featured designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel and more! The evening concludes with an over-the-top “artlandish” post-party at Macy’s on State Street. The event will once again benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland® and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).
Tickets will also be available for purchase starting June 8th through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000, or through The Chicago Theatre box office


Chick-fil-A is now open! On Thursday June 17th the restaurant opened on 30 E. Chicago Ave. near Loyola University’s Water Tower campus but not without a fun contest!  Patrons started lining up on Wednesday night to win free Chick-fil-A for a year!  The first 100 customers in line won!

Future Openings:

Oliver Peoples, the eye wear giant: June 24th

Brunch – 644 N. Orleans:  late June

Burger Point, a new burger joint on 19th and State.

Madewell, fashion emporium.  Coming soon

Imagine fashion show pics via Bettie Bomb PR/Bill Cunningham pics via Me/Kendra W pic vis People

Until Next Time!

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Brandy Middleton is a native Chicagoan and the founder of the blog Mrs Windy City and a previous blogger and writer for In Chi City. When not concentrating on the next writing job she enjoys attending Chicago fashion shows and local events as well as hunting for the best sushi and Thai food.

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