For The Sake Of Fashion: Runway

Photos: the AMAZING Kohl Murdock for


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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!

For The Sake Of Fashion: A Letter From Alex

I recently chatted with Beauty Look Magazine about my “passion for fashion.”

Photo: Yuya Ohashi

Photo: Yuya Ohashi

As a freshman accounting major, I started my blog as a creative outlet for myself.  With the positive reaction to my blog, I realized I might be able to merge my love of fashion and a business degree into a career, leading me to switch my major at DePaul University to PR and Marketing last year.

About a year ago, realizing the impact of social media, I made the decision to expand my blog into more of a fashion and lifestyle platform called Street Style Chi ~ Fashion & Lifestyle.  The response has been extremely gratifying for me, and has opened many doors into the worlds of styling and fashion in a way I never expected.

With this being said, a second annual For The Sake Of Fashion is one of those doors that has been opened, and I could not be more excited! This year, I was proud to partner with FORD Models to produce the show.  And we are hoping to create a greater awareness of UNICEF and it’s mission “to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential”. I don’t really think it gets any better than that.

Come to Cortelyou Commons tomorrow night at 7:00PM and see a great show, for a great cause!

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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.

Casting Call!

StreetStyleChi is in the process of presenting the second annual For The Sake of Fashion charity fashion show, taking place March 8th, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting UNICEF.  FORD Models will be a partner in the show, attending all castings and scouting for potential models. With this being said, all castings will be held on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus, with all additional info included in the flyer below. Open casting call, all are welcome!

I hope to see you on February 1st, or February 7th!



For the Sake of Fashion 2014

January 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.