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Barbie in Chicago: An Evening of Fashion, Fun, and Charity

On November 9, Amie Hana of Amie Photography and Vincent Tan of AV Event Production teamed-up and created a fun event «Barbie in Chicago» — celebrating Barbie as a fashion icon for women of all ages. The gathering was held at Block 37 in downtown Chicago, with the room adorned in pink, and amidst a variety of Barbie dolls.

This fun-themed party was emceed by Jeff Conway, TV Personality and Jillian Conley, an author of popular series. The event encouraged guests to dress in their best Barbie and Ken attire for the occasion. With prizes awarded for the best Barbie and Ken look-alike attire, the party delivered an evening of exciting fashion show, celebrating women’s beauty, confidence, and strength.

Guests, many of whom were of Eastern European descent, had an opportunity to peruse vendor tables, enjoy delectable Asian bites sponsored by the signature event sponsor Simply Thalia, with desserts provided by Rodwell Cupcakes and others. Following the fashion show the attendees were treated to a live music performance by De’Borah from «The Voice» and Jovie Calma. As the entertainers engaged the crowd, many were seen grooving to the music.

The runway show was produced by Benjamin Cottrell Designs, featuring works by well-known names in Chicago — Borris J. Powell, Mark Roscoe Designs, and clothing from Eileen Fisher. The guests, for the first time, had an opportunity to feast their eyes on a (not quite) «ready-to-eat» chocolate dress – a brain child of Mark Roscoe via assistance from Omar Martinez, an award- winning pastry chef. The dress was modeled by Miss Illinois USA 2008, Shanon Lersch, a Chicago Bulls Luvabull.

This memorable fashion and fun-filled event benefited Dress for Success. A non-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides business clothing to low-income women to help boost their  confidence, with a more professional and suitable appearance for a job interview.  See more information about this organization here: www.dressforsuccess.org

—Leonard Mogul

Photos by Gaby Abboud


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