Informal show at Fashion for a Cause event

On February 16, 2012 an informal fashion event was held at the House of Blues to raise awareness and funds for Maryville Crisis Nursery to help them continue saving lives by providing short term care for children. Local Chicago artists, fashion and jewelry designers contributed to making the event enjoyable.

The Foundation Room at the House of Blues is a venue one must see in Chicago. Incorporating a multicultural vibe, the space is made up of a series of intimate rooms outfitted with antiques. Each room’s decor takes inspiration from various middle eastern cultures.

The night opened with a performance by Latin Soul singer and songwriter Natalie Oliveri accompanied by a guitar. Acoustic Musician Paul Allodi & the A Team took the stage after.

The highlight of the evening were fashion and jewelry designs that were showcased though out the event. Chicago based designers have proved once again what gems of fashion we have here in our own city.

GIDI by Taneasha Prunty creates a look that walks the line between classic sophistication and modern lines. Taneasha recently completed a one year residency at Chicago Fashion Incubator and had a chance to show her Spring 2012 collection at the Fashion Focus week. She is now hard at work producing her Fall/Winter 2012 collection, a preview of which was shown at the Fashion for a Cause.

St. Frimpong by Eugine Frimpong showcased two designs from his “Panther” collection. Born in Ghana and currently based in Chicago, Eugine designs for the night and the glam and the woman wearing it is modern, confident and free. Mixing the influence of African heritage and Western glam, St. Frimpong brings an enticing new look.

Deleay Lashay by Marissa Kendrick is a line of truly one of a kind jewelry. Marissa, who was looking for jewelry that would help her to be different and to stand out, started her own line, where each piece is made by hand. Marissa uses stones and parts of oil paintings to create very intricate jewelry designs.

Media crew:
Reporter – Raven Mai
Event Photography – Julian Favela

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