My Kinda Town.. Chicago is!
Each year Chicago hosts "the art of FASHION" and each year I wait for the
opportunity to purchase a VIP Pass. It's so worth the money as it gets you a
goodie bag that is AMAZING!.. gets you early entrance.... and gets you
appetizers... drinks... and first dibs on seating. So, with precious ticket firmly
clutched in hand, I hailed a cab to take me to this........
entrance of the fashion tent
The excitement and anticipation was palpable! The weather? PERFECT for an
October evening. As I waited in line to get my VIP wristband that assures early
entrance PLUS ... did I mention, AMAZING goodie bag???!!!! ... I watched the
newbies giddy with excitement and the rather calmer demeanor of those of us
who have attended before. Yeah, right! I was chatting with anyone who
would listen... striking up conversations with newfound "friends". I couldn't
help myself! I mean, seriously... years of being an avid fan of Project
Runway has left me loving everything about the creative process of being a
fashion designer. And like the finalists on the show, I pass out at the thought
of being anywhere near a runway! The energy!!!
With wristband on, I now enter the tent. Oh,my gosh..... music blaring... the
vibration of many conversations going on at once... cameras being flashed,
both professional and amateur... waiters struggling to get past the throng of
people as they do their job of offering hors d'oeuvres to those anxious to
nibble. And the people watching! I had lots of time to mingle and politely
ask if I could take photographs of some of the most interesting people there.
Such as these great individuals...
a stylist who was very concious of the position of her body when she posed
seriously... how adorable!!
check out the jewelry that she designed.. turns out she was one of the designers showing her line
I had no clue!
And then time to be seated! There weren't assigned seats. A wise person knew
to be at the front of the line and not feel any compunction about standing your
ground. After all, it's all about a great view and chance to see the designs up
close! Not embarrassed to say I was among them. But I did it with as much
grace as I could muster! And where did I sit? Second row, aisle seat,middle of
the runway. Scored!!!! I now had more opportunities to people watch such
as these people....
love the casual hair ... check out the black gloves on her hands
he's pretty amazing, too!
A woman of age who's stylin'. She stood up and the necklace of chains
went down the front and around the back so it became an article of
clothing! All one piece! Love the glasses!
A volunteer for the show. Great haircut... great geek-chic
glasses and a piercing on her upper lip that did not look
out of place on her. Sorry that it doesn't show
in this photo
Then.... the lights dim... the roar of the crowd grows quiet....
and the show begins!!
Check back for Part II!!!