Vintage style runway surrounded by skyline views at PLAY Fashion Show

One of the things Chicago is known for it is for its great skyline. The guests attending PLAY Fashion Show and Fundraiser got a chance to admire the beauty of the city skyscrapers from a private rooftop terrace, taste a variety of sangria flavors and watch a fashion show featuring local vintage designers.

It was a nice summer Saturday evening and the semi-private fashion event held on a Lake and Wabash private rooftop was a big hit. Organized as a fundraiser to benefit The Sankofa Theatre Company, the event provided a fun shopping experience followed by a fashion show.

Vendor tables were set up on one side of the terrace gave opportunity for vintage accessories and jewelry designers to showcase their hand made one of a kind pieces.

Ashlee Dakan’s line of paper bracelets are constructed using recycled products. Claire Sculley Designs also utilizes paper in her designs of very intricate brooches. Each one is made scraps of cut up paper which are then all glued together.

Jane Steele Mason designs stood out with its originality. Jane uses random broken jewelry and various buttons and gives them a new purpose. Each piece is made to grab attention and will get compliments to its wearer.

Lauren Cheri, a fashion illustrator, had her own table at the event where she displayed her and also drew illustrations of the guests.

A sangria tasting provided a nice touch to the event. Juicy Luzy Sangria, traditional sangria manufactured by a husband and wife, started with a small run for their family’s events quickly gained popularity. The sangria has been catered at many events and is available for purchase in small quantities.

The fashion show that followed featured nine Chicago’s vintage designers.

Adela Red showcasing her ready-to-wear apparel label DOOLIN for the classic contemporary woman. Then came Tayben Ramirez Designs, a line of 1950s inspired vintage designs.

Gabrielle Zwick Designs, local fashion and accessory designer, taking inspiration from 1940s she creates whimsical silhouettes. Followed by Venus Meets Vintage, looks by Francis Klick.

True Blessyn by Shani Brown, drawing from her Caribbean heritage Shani incorporates bright colors in her designs creating a fresh chic brand for the woman that is original at heart.

LeThrift vintage and consignment items by Christine Sanderson. Then Zzouzi Vintage showcased a highly currated collection of vintage clothing from the 1930s to late 1980s with a concentration on trendy pieces.

Outside the Box Vintage – “Don’t settle for boring, think Outside the Box Vintage when you want to sparkle.” Last to hit the runway Rehab’d Vintage, an online boutique that features hand picked one of a kind vintage pieces. Rehab’d vintage is meant to serve the true fashion addicts.

Media crew:
Video Reporter – Raven Mai
Event Video – Matt Mantyla, CrowdAround Media

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