It’s All About the Glam

4 08 2009

The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC) serves over 13,000 children and teens across the city of Chicago in after-school programs and summer camps. Children and parents have access to 32 clubs across the city. Organizations like these are so important because children need safe play havens to learn, socialize, and just be young!

On Friday, August 7th, the Good Glam Gala will combine fashion, shopping and philanthropy as the event raised money for the BGCC. Attendess will watch a live fashion show featuring the designs of Kate Boggiano and Objets d’Envy jewelry. The glamorous event, held at a stylish Pilsen warehouse (2150 S. Canal), will kickoff at 7p. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased at



L*Space Unveils Swimwear Line for Charity

14 07 2009

L Space "Stardust Fringe" Swimsuit, $97

"Stardust Fringe" Swimsuit, $97

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim kicks off tomorrow in sunny Miami and runs until Sunday, 7/19. The five day extravaganza will feature shows from swimwear’s hottest designers, parties, and many star-studded events. L*Space by Monica Wise will be this season’s “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer. The Mercedes-Benz Presents program provides “support the designers that demonstrate dedication to quality materials, unique style, and innovative design.”

During the presentation of her 2010 designs, Wise will unveil a collection of swimwear in partnership with OmniPeace, a brand of clothing which raises funds for charities which promote peace, human rights, education, and the end of extreme poverty in Africa by 2025. The designs, named after African villages, are inspired by the natural landscape and beauty of the continent. The collection will retail for about $130 and 20% of all proceed will be donated to OmniPeace.

The design featured above is just a peek at some of the great pieces created by L*Space. Check out to browse other items!


DC Event: Capital Catwalk

4 06 2009


This Friday June 5th, the 5th Annual Capital Catwalk Salon with Byron Lars will take place in Washington, D.C. The event, presented by Simone’s Butterfly, is a fundraiser for the Washington High Tea Society. The High Tea Society (HTS) was founded in 1997 by the Honorable Judge Mary Terrell and uses “afternoon tea” as a vehicle to teach girls that success in the 21st century requires certain life skills, not just street skills. “Exposure,” Judge Terrell says is, “the key that allows a person to feel comfortable not only in their house but in the White House.”

Tickets for the event start at $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP pricing. The Capital Catwalk will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert Street NW, D.C.) and starts at 7p. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit


Thanks, Johnica, for the information!

Guest Post: ‘Design for a Cure’ Recap

11 05 2009

My partner in Red Pump crime, Luvvie of, attended the AFC annual charity fashion show, and provided a great recap! Thanks for sharing with TFG, Luvvie!!!



On Thursday, May 7, I went to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago‘s annual Make A Statement: Design for the Cure Fashion Show. The show is put on by the AFC’s Junior Board, and this year’s was in recognition of Jack Mackenroth’s “Living Positive by Design“. Jack is a fashion designer who is HIV-positive, and was on Project Runway. Living Positive by Design is his national campaign to combat the stigma associated with the disease, as well as emphasize the need for people with HIV to live their lives positively (no pun intended).

Tickets were $50 early bird and $65 regular price. Being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t get my ticket until the day of. It was worth it though. The event began with a cocktail reception, and a flowing open bar. I got a chance to meet Jack and he was extremely nice, funny and down-to-earth. Plus those baby blue eyes of his were sooo cute! We chatted for about 5 minutes, and I told him about The Red Pump Project. He thought it was pretty cool and took my card. I took a picture with him too. Yayyyy!    

The Fashion Show began with thanks for the AFC Junior Board and all their hard work. Then Jack gave a short speech about “Living Positive by Design”. Designer Heidi Hess was the Mistress of Ceremony. First up was the line “Kwabena“. The other designers that showed their pieces were Heidi Hess, SkinStinct, 5p1t, Universal Gear, Lara Miller, Kate Boggiano, Serpico, Akira.    


Marie Claire Recaps MacDella Cooper Foundation Event

3 03 2009

Last month, I discussed the MacDella Cooper Foundation Fashion Week Afterparty for charity. If you’re looking for a great recap, then head on over to Marie Claire. They even have pics…The designs by Korto Momolu (Season 5 of Project Runway) look amazing. Check it out here

Designed by Korto Momolu



Photo: Marc Hall Photography

CFF Scholarship Fashion Show

26 02 2009

On Wednesday March 4th, the Chicago Fashion Foundation is hosting their 2nd annual Scholarship Benefit, a fashion show featuring the designs of five local design students. These students will have the opportunity to present their designs in a live fashion show to a panel of judges from the Chicago fashion community. The winning designer will receive a $5000 scholarship!

Attendees will be enjoy drinks, light appetizers, a DJ, and silent auction. The first 150 guests will also receive goodie bags (yay!). The event will be held from 6-8p in the Narcissus room at Macy’s (111 N. State). Tickets are $25 for students and CFF members, and $35 for non-members. 

Click here for more details!


The Red Carpet Walk Out

5 12 2008

You all remember Isis, from this recent cycle of America’s Next Top Model?


Well, she (along with other models) will be strutting her stuff on the catwalk tonight at Macy’s on State Street (111 N. State St) in a fashion show to foster awareness of HIV/AIDS. Tonight’s show begins at 6p and is one of many events hosted by the Chicagoland World AIDS Day Committee 2008 and will benefit the Center on Halsted. There is a $10 suggested donation and guests will be treated to martinis and appetizers.