InspireDesign presented by Mario Tricoci and vitaminwater® - Chitown Fashionista

31 October 2011 / By Gabriel Charles Tyler

InspireDesign presented by Mario Tricoci and vitaminwater®

Photo by Shauna Battle

Chicago has the talent. Chicago is a FASHION city. No doubt about it. – Mario Tricoci

On Wednesday, October 19th, InspireDesign presented by Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and vitaminwater® occurred as a segment of Fashion Focus Chicago. The event was also sponsored by Michigan Avenue magazine and Wella Professionals, and included a special opening performance by Brandon and Lucas Marx, the two sons of the legendary Chicago native and singer-songwriter Richard Marx, who rose to fame in the 80s. Although Rock may not be my genre of choice, the new generation of Marx blew their performance out the water and added an edgy element to the festivity.

The runway show featured collections of some of Chicago’s most inspiring designers, including J. Chiekh, Narcisse Design, Imaginary People by Olivia Shanks, Michelle Tan and Reddoll by Tatyana Merenyuk.

The show’s conclusion served as the grand finale of Mario, Make Me a Model. The competition provides five aspiring models with the platform they need to make their modeling mark. The process included a two-moth-long transformation. In past seasons, only one finalist has been named the winner. Well, it wouldn’t be a fashion show without a twist. Mario decided to change the rules and choose two winners this season, Juni Park and Mercedes Johnson. And those two young women certainly deserved it!

View a recap of the entire night below:

For more information on Mario Tricoci and his hair salons & day spas, visit

Thanks for the media swag bags, Mario!

– Gabriel Charles Tyler

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About The Author

Gabriel Charles Tyler

Gabriel Charles Tyler is a journalist, fashion blogger, consultant and Chicago native. A recent graduate of DePaul University, where he majored in journalism, Gabriel has developed a methodological approach to finding stories in the most obscure places. This budding journalist is looking to make his mark on the world through news writing, with a focus on cultural and social issues, race and religion. He has been published in a number of print and digital publications, including The DePaulia, CS Modern Luxury, NS Modern Luxury, CS Brides, Time Out Chicago, The Red Line Project, CY Magazine and R. Legacy. Among his many positions, this young journalist currently serves as the Editor-at-Large of R. Legacy. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, as well as a Fohr Card verified blogger.

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