With New York Fashion Week in full swing, our shopping wish lists are growing thanks to all the beautiful looks on the catwalk and sidewalk. But outside of the Big Apple, Chicagoans also have serious style – and we’re showing it off too! The 61st Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show will be held on September 21 at Revel Fulton Market. And Schuyler Levin and Kristina Nicolas will be right in the thick of it as Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Service Board members and co-chairs for the event. Past GCFAS designers include Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Milly and Tory Burch, so they know fashion, and our favorite city well.
TELL US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE EVENT THIS YEAR!
Guests can expect an entertaining event that brings together fashion and philanthropy. […] What sets our show apart from the rest is that we feature fashion from up-and-coming (competing) designers and our retail partner Neiman Marcus to support the children and families of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
WHICH DESIGNERS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?
After last year’s retrospective featuring the past 60 years of GCFAS designers, we are looking forward to hosting the next class of talent. Each of our competing designers brings a unique perspective and style to the runway. Being able to give our audience access to designers from across the country that are on the cusp of becoming well known in their industry is so exciting!
WHAT ARE SOME TRENDS WE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR THIS FALL?
Velvet. It will be in everything from bodysuits to pumps. This luxe fabric will be an easy way to update any wardrobe. Ruffles and gold metallic details are also going to be huge for fall. And lucky for us Chicagoans who have always been in on this trend, shearling bombers and puffy coats were seen in many fall ready-to-wear collections.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE CHICAGO FASHION?
With the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street, neighborhood boutiques, and the Midwest legend, Ikram (the high-end women’s fashion boutique known around the world) Chicago is a premiere fashion destination. Chicagoans are still dressed to the nines no matter what the weather and you’ll be sure to find the most fashionable winter coats and boots in Chiberia.
I would say the overall style is eclectic with influences from not only the East and West Coast but Europe as well and people don’t seem to be trend-obsessed and are more creative/funky chic. Think Barney’s (high end funky clothes without obvious designer labels). The most fun part of being a Chicagoan is celebrating the four seasons!
HOW HAS THIS DESCRIPTION CHANGED SINCE THE SHOW’S BEGINNING?
For 59 years, this event was a ladies luncheon and fashion show. It was often featured in the Chicago Tribune society pages. But like most things in life, the show has evolved over the past six decades. We still hold on to the rich history of bringing cutting edge fashion to Chicago and our mission to help the patients and families of Lurie Children’s Hospital, but we embrace changes that inject freshness year after year. In fact, last year was our first nighttime event. It was a huge success!
HOW ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHICAGO DESIGNERS?
Maria Pinto, Brian Atwood, and Cynthia Rowley
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Combining our love for fashion and philanthropy is one of the best aspects of our job. We both have a passion for Lurie Children’s Hospital. Being able to make our mark on the GCFAS move forward the mission to raise funds for a worthy cause is such a rewarding feeling.
AND THE TOUGHEST?
Because the show takes over a year to plan, the toughest part of our job has been maintaining a steady momentum and keeping everyone on task.
WHAT IS THE BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
Never take no for an answer. 🙂