Glamorama showcases fall fashion trends
Lynn Taylor Schwaab, a freelance fashion stylist of LaGrange Park, works backstage after a dress rehearsal at Glamorama. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
The night was filled with fashion, music and dance as Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama hit the stage at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park on Aug. 10.
This year’s theme, The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!, featured singer, songwriter and musician Robin Thicke, chart-topping duo Karmin, and Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star contest winners, sisters Megan & Liz.
“The 50th anniversary of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, along with the London Olympics, were the inspirations for this year’s theme”, said Laura Schara, Macy’s fashion office manager and trend correspondent, who is marking her 11th year working on this show.
The fashion extravaganza showcased the sounds of Elton John, the Stones and The Beatles in a more updated, techno version. The stage included moving balconies and staircases, illuminated curtains, a double- decker bus and a life-size record spinning in the middle of the floor so the models, all 43 of them, could strike a pose and rotate around for all to see.
Fashions this year featured looks from Donna Karan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Sean John along with Macy’s exclusive lines, Tommy Hilfiger, Men’s Impulse, Bar III and Rachel Rachel Roy.
Burgundy, the hottest fall color, was out in full force in designs by Karan, Roy and Hilfiger.
Gaultier and Jacobs took the current suit trend to the limit with their over-the-top fashions. Even the dancers wore fashions from Material Girl, a clothing line created by Madonna and her daughter, Lola.
Hilfiger and Men’s Impulse showed that the military look and denim are king for men this fall. Other big trends in this show were leather, the reptile print, jumpsuits, ankle booties, winter white, and gold.
Following the show, the after-party was held on the Rooftop Terrace of the Harris Theater with DJ REX spinning. Proceeds from this event, approximately a half million since 2008, benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. ~.