The Art of Fashion: Chicago Designers Bring a Little Couture to the City - Chitown Fashionista

08 May 2012 / By Gabriel Charles Tyler

The Art of Fashion: Chicago Designers Bring a Little Couture to the City



Chicago is famous for many things; one of those being the city’s budding fashion scene. Nothing says fashion quite like Chicago’s bi-annual runway show featuring the latest collections of a few of the city’s hottest designers, The Art of Fashion hosted by StyleChicago.com. This season, fashion goers gathered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago’s River North community to preview the Autumn/Winter 2012 collections of some of the city’s best established designers: SWABY, Barbara Bates, Lara Miller, Cettina, Borris Powell, ZAMRIE, Eva Pazola, Miriam Cecila, Nora del Busto and Nade Baer.
 
From 5 until 10 p.m., guests enjoyed the ultimate designer shopping event, FashionChicago, which spanned the second and third floor of the building and featured 30 of Chicago’s top accessories, apparel and jewelry designers. During the shopping event, I bumped into Anna Hovet, one of my favorite emerging designers, selling a few of her signature tees and an eye-catching piece called the ‘Convertible Sophia Tunic’ ($79). The tunic was loose fitting, but it had a snap that could be changed to make it form fitting. The top also featured a transparent mesh yoke with hearts on it. I’m not just talking it up; check it out for yourself!

A night of fashion isn’t complete without food and drinks, and there was plenty to go around. Guests enjoyed glasses of wine from Leese-Fitch & Plungerhead, creative cocktails from Voli light vodkas, tasty carnitas tostaditas from Zapatista and delicious sushi rolls from one of my favorite sushi restaurants, RA Sushi. It was a night to remember.
 
While the food and drinks were spectacular, it was the featured designs that hit the runway that were truly of good taste. Some people’s wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic, but what I loved most about the Art of Fashion is that each designer mixed different aesthetics to present their signature take on current trends and classic pieces. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because it allows for layering and mixing with fashion styles.
 
Some of the highlights included SWABY’s signature origami technique that dominated the designer’s latest collection; the ready-to-wear take on couture pieces from Lara Miller that contrasted slate gray against bold, saturated autumn colors; as well as the leather and Mad Men inspired print pieces presented by Barbara Bates. Borris Powell stayed true to himself, giving the audience a little drama with the breathtaking red ruffle dress. SWABY’s cobalt blue origami dress with the matching headdress also struck me, letting me know that sometimes in the world of fashion, less is definitely not enough!
 
Check out some of my favorite looks of the evening:
 


SWABY
 

Lara Miller
 

Lara Miller
 

ZAMRIE
 

Cettina
 

Borris Powell
 

Borris Powell
 

Eva Pazola
 

Barbara Bates
 

Nora del Busto

 
 
The Art of Fashion 2012 runway show stayed true to the show’s reputation for showcasing the hottest Chicago designers. What I loved most was the opportunity to see various design perspectives that created a larger picture of what fashion truly is, rather than competing with one another.
 
Which designer was your personal favorite?

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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.

Your Comments

4 Comments so far

  1. Andrea says:

    Nice job Gabriel,

    All the designer's work looked awesome!!

    The designer that grabbed me was SWABY. Simply amazing!

  2. Gabriel Charles Tyler says:

    Andrea,

    The show was amazing! SWABY led the show, and rightfully so.

    Thanks for showing me some love!

    - Gabriel

  3. fafifab says:

    Great sustainable designs to Lara Miller!

  4. Maven says:

    Great writeup. I went for the shopping but couldnt stay for the show. Really wished I could. I liked some of the items Swaby had ready to wear. Also Miriam Cecilia had cute pieces.


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