SAIC’s 79th Annual Fashion Show

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosts its 79th annual fashion show on Friday, May 3 in Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade, with three shows presented throughout the day. In the evening, SAIC’s annual benefit, The Walk, which raises money for scholarships, begins at 5:30PM. The Walk will be co-hosted by Stephanie Sick, SAIC Board of Governors member and Roopa Weber, SAIC Fashion Committee Member, and Senior Vice President of Institutional Marketing and Client Services at Ariel Investments.

The fashion show features designs created by the undergraduate students of the SAIC, and not just any designs…the most extravagant avant garde creations – over 300 in all –on the catwalk.

“This magnificent show is a fitting platform for the marvelous, innovative work of our students. I am inspired by the creations that they continue to produce each year,” says SAIC President Walter E. Massey. “This year, it is a special privilege to honor both Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte who, like many of these students, began their creative explorations at such a young age, as well as a true friend to SAIC and the Fashion Design department, Melissa Sage Fadim, whose passion and commitment to this institution makes events like this possible, including the annual fashion show.”

I caught up with the co-chairs of The Walk to find out what is inside their closets…

First, Stephanie Sick:

Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Carolina Herrera

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Duchess of Cambridge

What is your favorite go-to piece in your closet (clothing or accessory)?
Pearls

How do you describe your personal style – in one word?
Timeless

Where do you shop for clothing in Chicago? and outside of Chicago?
Ikram, Neiman Marcus (Chicago & Houston), Frances Heffernan in Winnetka, and Neapolitan in Winnetka

Who is your favorite jewelry designer?
Elizabeth Gage

Do you own any pieces from Rodarte?
No, but I would like to.

Who is your favorite up and coming designer?
Creatures of the Wind (Shane Gabier and Chris Peters)

What is your favorite organization and/or cause that you support?
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

What organizations do you serve on as a board member?
The Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC, and Ravinia

Second, Roopa Weber:

Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Stella McCartney

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Kate Moss

What is your favorite go-to piece in your closet (clothing or accessory)?
I am an accessories gal. Barbara Bui studded leather bracelet given to me by Helen Yi – goes with everything. I live in Rag and Bone booties.

How do you describe your personal style – in one word?
Evolving

Where do you shop for clothing in Chicago? and outside of Chicago?
For special pieces and splurges – Ikram. For accessories – vintage, anywhere. For basics – American Apparel. On a budget or in a pinch – H&M.

Who is your favorite jewelry designer?
A few of my favorite pieces are ones that I have designed myself.

Do you own any pieces from Rodarte?
No, but I have several items on my wish list.

Who is your favorite ‘up and coming’ designer?
Carven

What is your favorite organization and/or cause that you support?
I love all of the boards I am on and am so proud of the work we are doing at the Ariel Community Academy.

What organizations do you serve on as a board member?
The Fashion Committee at the SAIC, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the River North Dance Company

Event Details
The evening begins with a 5:30PM. cocktail reception in the Millennium Park Chase Promenade followed by THE WALK at 6:30PM, which includes the runway show featuring SAIC student collections, the presentations of the Legend of Fashion and Heart of Fashion Awards as well as significant student scholarships, awards and coveted fashion industry internships. Immediately following THE WALK, guests will enjoy a strolling dinner at the rooftop terrace of Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Individual tickets for THE WALK are $500–$1,000. Tables are $5,000–$25,000. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 312.499.4190. Fashion 2013 is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Swarovski, returning for its third consecutive year of support.

 

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About Cindy Burns

Cindy Burns is an author, researcher and freelance writer. She has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and The Women's Auxillary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She’s also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and writes as TCW's "Woman About Town," covering Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, interviews with women who are making a difference, and more around Chicago