By  on August 28, 2007

CHICAGO — Call it a high-fashion hoedown.

Although country crooners and tomorrow's trendy togs may seem like strange bedfellows, they came together Friday night here at Macy's Glamorama 2007, "The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful," proving that regardless of theme, star-wattage or even its sponsor, the event continues to be one of the Windy City's most fun-filled benefits.

When Marshall Field's became Macy's last year, the national retailer pulled out all the stops, bringing in Beyoncé Knowles, who christened her House of Deréon shop-within-a-shop in Macy's on State Street and headlined a multicultural- themed Glamorama 2006.

Though this year's event lacked the hordes of press and celeb-laden VIP party room, Chicagoans still whooped it up for the headliners, Grammy Award-winner Gretchen Wilson and her down-home buddies Big & Rich, who had the crowd on its feet for its finale "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."

Still, the show, which featured fashions from Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, among others, had its unusual moments.

The uptown elegance of the lace-trimmed, feminine, flowing fashions from Temperley London seemed at odds with country rapper Cowboy Troy calling to "All You Rednecks," in the audience, while crowd favorite Marc Jacobs' mostly black ensemble seemed more at home presented along with the dark twang of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

Tickets for the event ran from $50 to $1,000, and with nearly 3,000 people attending the fashion show and 2,000 people attending the post party, Glamorama 2007 raised almost $400,000 for Chicago's Art Institute and drew some notable names.

Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef, planned the post-party menu of bison burgers, Jamaican jerk chicken and chipotle barbecued boneless chicken wings. A member of Macy's Culinary Council, Cora, who donned an aqua and chocolate silk dress by Donna Karan, lounged in the VIP area next to Debi Mazar, who plays tough-talking publicist Shauna on HBO's "Entourage."

Mazar, now a mother of two girls, donned a black vintage dress she once wore to Madonna's wedding weekend back when.

Meanwhile, printing heiress Shawn Donnelly shared news of her pending nuptials, asking Clinton Kelly of TLC's "What Not to Wear" for a recommendation on bridal gown designers. Kelly told the cowboy-hat clad beaming blonde to check out the styles of Judd Waddell.Donnelly, a country music fan, could not have been happier with Glamorama's theme and didn't hesitate when performers asked the audience to participate, despite the crowd's occasional uncertainty.

"We were the only two people singing," she laughed.

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