Chicago are you ready?!

I have been busy and enjoying every project I have attached myself to, that I do not have time for anything but besides daily routines. It has been a roller coaster of a job but I am loving every second of it. Men’s Fashion Week came and went yet again, and if you are following my Instagram, I have been keeping up with it. Enjoy the posts you guys!

Meanwhile, I am over here brainstorming and starting the wheels on my first ever fashion show production. My boss and I were asked to help produce a fashion show for the Chicago Fashion Week organization. We came in as production and we did everything between the two of us and an intern. It was stressful but so much fun. It just meant that I needed to stay focused, organized and on top of everything. Of course, we had good reliable sources that made our work 100x’s easier yet the struggle was real. I sought out the designers, keeping in mind our Chicago philosophy of keeping everything local, the whole point of this show is to highlight Chicago talent.

I have blogged about Borris in past posts. Not for nothing but this man has made a name for himself as a Chicago designer. He is self-taught with an amazing fashion vision. Borris won the Oscar’s Designer Challenge back in 2011. Since then Borris has added a few more things to his resume, he has introduced a men’s collection and recently has started doing a makeup line. I am sure Borris is going places after this show. So, why not feature him?

Borris Powell Photos by Anthony Santiago
Borris Powell Photos by Anthony Santiago
Borris Powell Photos by Anthony Santiago
Borris Powell Photos by Anthony Santiago

To describe Anna Hovet’s designs is to really appreciate street wear, even ready to wear. From jersey dresses to crop tops, fitted yoga pants and a cape to die for. Anna ventured into menswear, with the same idea, capitalizing on the crotch drop pants and reinvented hoodies. The best part of her designs is that they can be taken from day to night. Something her adoring clientele loves about her designs; ready to wear done quick but still giving you edgy designs.

Anna Hovet Photos by Anthony Santiago
Anna Hovet Photos by Anthony Santiago
Anna Hovet Photos by Anthony Santiago
Anna Hovet Photos by Anthony Santiago

Shernett Swaby, was the third designer that I sought out. Shernett’s boutique is located in the Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s Westside. It is really hard to describe Shernett’s aesthetic without trying to mention any well know designer. Yet, her work, her brand can be put along the likes as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen and even Balenciaga. Those names alone are a tour de force. Shernett’s is all about simple, clean lines but with a drape, a fold here and there. All done in gorgeous jersey, chiffon, organza. Wether you are from Chicago or not, Swaby is a place worth going out of your way to shop at.

Swaby by Shernett Swaby Photos by Anthony Santiago
Swaby by Shernett Swaby Photos by Anthony Santiago

Agnes Hamerlik was recommended to me by Shelby Steiner, a designer that turned down my offer but said Agnes will give me what I was looking for. And so Agnes delivered. Her aesthetic is in the rage of Rick Owens meets Ann Demeulemeester yet a bit more of a feminine touch. A collection done in black and white with a hints of red, it was a collection that made your eyes scan each garment that came down the runway. Garments adorned with feathers, built in jewels and a 3d graphic, this runway segment was the show stopper of the night. I am still in awed that Agnes agreed to be apart of this show. Agnes is going places.

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Agnes Hamerlik Photos by Anthony Santiago
Agnes Hamerlik. Photos by Anthony Santiago
Agnes Hamerlik. Photos by Anthony Santiago

In conclusions I am proud of the work I did for this show. I have been part of many fashion production teams before, it is not my forte but yet I knew that I can handle the task at hand. The day of the show I was nervous. I kept running things over in my head, looking through my notes to see is I have missed something. The moment I saw the first collection lined up and ready to go, seeing the name “Swaby by Shernett Swaby” come up on the screen, her show song The Killers “The Things That I’ve Done”  start playing over the speakers, it was a surreal moment. Everything finally came together. I took a deep breath and the first model stepped out to the runway. Then Shernett leaned in and said, “Relax. Don’t be nervous. You are here and the show is happening. This was your goal and you made it happen. Enjoy the moment.” I turned and said, “I am. I am proud of myself.” Then I walked a few steps back, to help and get the next collection ready.

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