For The Sake Of Fashion: Crowd Coverage


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The Chicago Glitterati have arrived and have taken their seats. My heart seems to be thumping in unison with the bass blaring from the DJ’s speakers, as I wait backstage. The lights & music go down, and I am finally able to walk out and welcome the crowd to the 2nd Annual For the Sake of Fashion show to benefit the DePaul Chapter of Unicef. This event has been in the works for me since the 2013 FTSOF ended last year!

All FTSOF monies donated went straight to UNICEF, to help bring the number of children who die from preventable causes down to ZERO and see that every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

Saturday’s event would not have been possible without the help of my extensive crew of dedicated fashion show volunteers, and I would like to give a shout out to all of them. Eric Leino, and all the men of Sig Ep, who gave up their Saturday morning to help set up the event chairs, line the runway with lights, stuff swag bags, carry the models clothes around, steam the garments, help to decorate, and in general, did anything that needed to be done, I owe you a debt of gratitude. Also deserving a thank you is Marc Katz, who styled menswear and kept me partially sane throughout this process.

Once again, Brandon Jeffrey came to the rescue as our DJ and lighting director, bringing in his friends Kohl Murdock to help with lighting the event and photography. They each went above and beyond the call of duty to help make the FTSOF 2014 event so incredible, both visually and musically.

Camille Smith did a meticulous job with PR and Press and VIP guest event check in.

Christine Dador and Nich Butts wrangled the models, and made sure they stepped out into the spotlight impeccably dressed, while Marc and Brian made sure they were styled properly and sent down the runway on time. Brian DeVito…how do I even begin to thank Brian? He was there for me every step of the way with FTSOF, from pulling clothes to the whole day of the even. He is a saint.

Kristen Pulice and her team did an astonishing job on each models hair and make up, and Anne Kennedy was miraculous in helping the models get in and out of their looks~ even saving the day with a broken zipper repair!

To the designers, Lagi Nadeau, Christina Karin, Chicago Playground, Iridium, Fourth is King, Defiant Order Clothing, and Leaders 1354 that were gracious enough to lend me their remarkable Haute couture and old school ensembles, I am astounded by your generosity and talent.

Many thanks also needs to go to The Ford Model Agency for all their help and support in partnering with me for this event. Their models were brilliant, as were the DePaul students who were kind enough to strut their stuff down the runway, too.

Finally, a big thank you goes to my roommate Rachel Paulus, who has endured my insanity throughout the past year of organizing and planning this event. Although she is studying for LSAT’s, she stayed by my side throughout the day Saturday, to help out in anyway I needed.

I am eternally grateful to all my wonderful friends for their gifts of time, energy, and talent! They truly embody the words of Mahatma Gandhi when he said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

See you all next year for the  2015 For the sake of Fashion!

The New Cocktail Attire: #FTSOFStyle

Cocktail attire can get very drab, very fast. Dressing up should be fun, out of the ordinary, but often times can put us in a box. The more events I go to, the more I am having to reinvent pieces in new ways to have that wow factor, and recently, that has included playful handbags, bright pumps, and jumpsuits. Jumpsuits are hands down, the easiest thing to style, and not as intimidating as they seem. With the upcoming fashion show happening this weekend, here is some outfit inspiration for your look!

Share the outfits you have planned with me using the hashtag #FTSOFStyle on Twitter and Instagram up until Friday, and there might be a sweet treat in your future. And let the games begin!


For The Sake Of Fashion: Inspiration

For The Sake of fashion inspiration

FTSOF Giveaway: The Gold Standard

The color gold is associated with luxury and elegance…sounds like something we would all like to associate ourselves with, right? The gals over at goldplaited Finishing Salon want to glam you up with the Gold Standard for the upcoming For The Sake Of Fashion Show.

StreetStyleChi is giving away a Gold Standard package that includes the super model treatment: a dry style and make up application, which would usually cost you about $65, and a set of front row tickets to the upcoming show on March 8th.

Once you get primped and pampered, head over to the For The Sake Of Fashion Show and sit front row VIP with one fashionable friend.

Entry is easy, head over to Rafflecopter and follow a few simple rules to enter.

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Good luck and stay fashionable!

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Additionally, goldplaited has been nice enough to sponsor the For The Sake Of Fashion Show, and put together a special hair and make up package for attendees, with a percent of the proceeds being donated to UNICEF. Contact goldplaited at 773-880-9180, 2803 North Sheffield Avenue.

For the Sake of Fashion 2014

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For the second year in a row, is presenting our annual For the Sake of Fashion charity fashion show, with 100% of the proceeds going to UNICEF.

This will be a fun, fashion filled night, taking place on March 8th at Cortelyou Commons. Who doesn’t love a great fashion show for an even better cause?

Currently, we are seeking out volunteers for the upcoming show. Last year, For the Sake of Fashion would not have been possible without the help of all of our fabulous volunteers. This is not only a good cause, but will also serve as a great way to make connections.

Last year, we raised over $2,000 in donations, and had over 300 people attend when we only had 180 seats. Needless to say, we were incredibly pleased with the way the night turned out.

Questions? Shoot me an email at:

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Photos by Yuya Ohashi, and Nicole Cash.

StreetStyleChi Presents The For The Sake of Fashion Show

This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of hosting a fashion show with Joseph and the entire StreetStyleChi team. I cannot express how much this show meant to me, and the fact that I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments thus far. Since December, Joseph and I spent numerous nights planning this show, sending frantic emails at 3a.m., and running all over the city to pick up looks and meet with designers. The final week was spent either glued to our computers answering emails, or in studios and boutiques pulling clothes or picking up swag.

The day of the show, I was a hot mess…minus the hot. I was incredibly nervous setting up the venue, but somehow everything turned out just fine. Most of the StreetStyleChi team was there throughout the day helping Joseph and I, along with Sig Ep. Once people started arriving, I finally started to calm down. We wound up having to open the doors to the show early because there were so many people lined up outside.

I just want to thank everyone who participated or volunteered at the show. This show would not have been possible without all of the overwhelming support. Now, we must start planning next year, which will be bigger and badder. This was only just the beginning.

I had so many fabulous photos, that this will be a two part post. Keep an eye out for the second post soon.


Photo Credit: Yuya Ohashi

*All photos are copyrighted under StreetStyleChi and Yuya Ohashi. Permission must be asked to use these photos in forms other then on this website or the photographers personal use.