Remember when it wasn’t scorching hot in the city? Hard to believe it was only a few weeks ago, but while the city still shivered, Laundry Magazine and We Do All Events invited the city’s fashion elite into a tropical paradise for the highly anticipated Growing Works event. Slated as a half fashion show/half vacation, guests were able to mingle through the evening’s venue, the stunning Garfield Park Conservatory to their heart’s content for the pre-show cocktail reception. Lush greenery unfurled in every direction and soft natural light poured in from the floor to ceiling window panels. Even the show’s runway snaked through an area marked with rich foliage.
Yet despite the popularity of the venue, the real starts of the night were the emerging designers being featured in the runway show. Up and coming talent from all over the Chicago area were picked to display their latest designs to the city’s media, industry professionals and fashion fans. And to top off the amazing evening with an amazing cause, proceeds from Growing Works were going to benefit, Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.
The runway show kicked off with a rousing and heartfelt speech by the Editor-in-Chief of Laundry Magazine, Kelsey Lynn Kreiling, who worked tirelessly for months to organize the impressive display were were about to experience. In addition to the evening’s hosts, Laundry Magazine and We Do All Events, show was also possible thanks to Akira Chicago, Agency Galatea for supplying the models, Kelly Cardenas Salon for providing the runway hair and makeup, Cerato boutique and Talk Soon Studio. Each of these Chicago businesses contributed to the production Growing Works event as well as to the Laundry Magazine philosophy of promoting Chicago’s new and innovative design talent.
From goddess-like wispy gowns to architectural separates anchored with hardware, the pieces shown on the Growing Works runway from the fourteen featured designers were cutting edge visions of what the future of Chicago fashion holds. The diversity in texture, dimension, fabric and color proved that there are indeed big things to come in the local fashion community and we were honored to have been invited to experience these breakout designers firsthand. Thank you again to Laundry Magazine, We Do All Events and Flashes of Hope!
Photo Source: Second City Style