King of the Runway: Michael Kors
The City of Big Shoulders just got a little bigger thanks to designer and Bravo's Fashion Runway co-star, Michael Kors, who recently took over the former Stuart Weitzman space at The 900 Shops to open his latest flagship boutique featuring women's ready-to-wear, accessories, and fragrances.
To kick off the opening of the hot new digs for his fashion flock, Michael Kors recently threw a cocktail party (sponsored by Moët & Chandon) and runway show featuring his Spring 2010 line that was hyper-urbane, and revealed an appreciation for the city's architectural roots. As models strutted down the catwalk to the stilleto-tapping music of DJ Rock City, fashionites enjoyed sleeveless zigzag zipper dresses, sexy power suits, and sleek sheaths in a variety of must-have textures, bold graphics and yummy white, sky blue and mint green flavors. Accessory highlights included lucite bubble necklaces, creamy leather clutches and metallic-and-plastic slingbacks. Following a pair of black and silver paillette trompe-l'oeil sequined dresses (the kind Rachel Zoe would declare as "bananas"), Michael Kors, clad in his uniform jeans and a blazer, enjoyed the Chicago limelight as he took a well-deserved spin down the catwalk to a thunderous applause.
Guests enjoyed a delicious assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres including Toasted Walnut and Blue Cheese Shortbread, Ahi Tuna Tartar, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, and Gruyere Souffle while sipping the signature cocktail, “The Collection” - a lip-smacking concoction of Belvedere Pure, cranberry juice, Moët & Chandon Imperial and garnished with fresh raspberries all butlered by Limelight Catering.
The Host Committee
Linda Johnson Rice, Toni Canada, Candace Jordan, Michael Kors, Amanda Puck, Julie Clark Lampert
Guests included Mary Ann Childers, Chaz Ebert, Gale Gottlieb, Shauna Montgomery, Nicole Jacob, Cindy Burns, Judge Mary Pat Burns, Greg Hyder, Jim Smith, Christopher Clinton Conway, Coco Meers, Helen Melchior, Barbara Kipper, Paul Iacono, John Regas, Astra Gamsjaeger, Corinne Melchior, D.C. and Alayna Crenshaw, Margaret O’Connor, Noren Ungaretti, Michaela Parillo, Rebecca Besser, Sharyl Mackey, Lynn McMahan, Dusty Stemer, Sophie Bross, Jannie and Elliot Pearlman, Jan Melk, Ricardo Santiago, Trevian Kutti, Rochelle Smith, Connie and Katherine Saville, George Fuller, Gwen Callans, Rhonda Sanderson, Samantha Amato, Amalie Drury, Graham Kostic, Mary Kay DeMaio, Mary Ann Murphy, Lynne Bredfeldt, Stephanie Miller and Andrea Schwartz.
Michael Kors is located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. For more information or store hours, call (312) 915-3916 or visit www.shop900.com.
Story by Sally Shorr
Photographs courtesy of XA, THE EXPERIENTIAL AGENCY