Chicago Events. Maven Presents The Diva Series: Fashionistas

DIVA April 7, 2011  Photos by Steve Starr 022 (from left) Sarah Vargo of Maven, Annie Wasserman (Diva), Carol Calacci (Diva)

Last Thursday night, Second City Style's managing editor, Carol Calacci, was the toast of the town as a fabulous honoree of The Diva Series. Hosted by Sarah Vargo of Maven, The Aparecio Foundation, Today's Chicago Woman and Jbar, the monthly event celebrates influential and successful women in Business, PR, Media, Fashion, Fitness, Beauty and Lifestyle. This month's fete celebrated the game changers, trend setters and style casters we follow in Chicago's fashion community.

DIVA April 7, 2011_UofI Jennifer Ruppert, Jessica Lindsay, Hoda Amel Abdalla, Thomas Mui and John Jeong

As a longtime presence in the fashion community as a designer, writer and all out fiercely stylish fox, Carol was a natural choice for the roster. She joined such noteworthy names as Candace Jordan – model/actress, and author of CandidCandace.com, Ashley Zygmunt – alum of the Chicago Fashion Incubator and owner and designer of Zamrie, Nicki Brashear – Proprietor of Fashionista Chicago, Nikia Jefferson – Creator of ChiTownFashionista.com and Julie Blake – Fashion Consultant at Mark Shale and Founder of Julie Blake Enterprises, among others

  DIVA April 7, 2011_ 005          Corri McFadden, owner of Edrop Off Express, Kristen Pizzolato and Michelle Elvin of Shop Mag Style (Divas)

DIVA April 7, 2011_JessieAllison Bivin, Jessi Sheehan, Bridal and Marketing Director at Belle Vie Bridal Couture and Vera Wang Chicago (Diva) and Jay Zukanovic

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Maria Noll, Senior Mgr/Sequin brand Ambassador (Diva) JBar Owner and Sequin Owner Frances Renk (Diva)

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Nikia Jefferson – Creator of ChiTownFashionista.com (Diva)  Raijean Stroud of Swa-Rai Fashion Blog & Antoinette Arnold of Authentic Noise PR

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Julia Jacobs-Sanford, Sarah Vargo, Alexandra Kamischke and Cassandra Gaddo (both of Today’s Chicago Woman)

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Kristen Pizzolato and Michelle Elfvin both of Shop Mag Style (Divas)

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Katie Cahnmann – Co-Founder of NowYouKnow (Diva) and Mary Lee

The mood at the party was was festive, the champagne was flowing and friendly familiar faces were everywhere. Second City Style was represented by both blog writers and columnists, all of whom came out to cheer on Carol and support all the strong and influential women in Chicago's fashion community. Congratulations Carol and all the The Diva Series: Fashionistas honorees!

DIVA April 7, 2011_047 Second City Style team (from left) Allie Houston, Jacqueline Zenn, Carol Calacci, Alia Rajput and Taneisha Jordan

For more information on upcoming Diva Series events and honorees, visit the new website divaseries.com!

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: Steve Starr, Javier Enriquez

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