CHICAGO — It might have been the warm breeze off the lake or the smooth tunes of Wayne Newton — whatever the reason, Marshall Field’s hit its stride this year with Glamorama, its annual fall fashion preview, party and...
CHICAGO — It might have been the warm breeze off the lake or the smooth tunes of Wayne Newton — whatever the reason, Marshall Field’s hit its stride this year with Glamorama, its annual fall fashion preview, party and benefit.
The past three years, headliners for the event, formerly known as Fash Bash, have sold tickets and helped raise money for the Art Institute of Chicago. But this year, attendees and crashers gathered in front of the Chicago Theatre a full hour before the show, hoping to get a glimpse and perhaps autograph of Mr. Las Vegas.
Younger gapers were dressed in low-riders and green eye shadow, while older partygoers wore cocktail dresses and evening clothes. A group of four gentlemen showed up in body paint and feathers, looking a bit like Vegas showgirls in drag. Everybody milled around to a backdrop of disco music spun by Todd Oldham, the newest designer for Target Stores, Field’s low-priced sibling.
Newton, ferociously tanned with every strand of his coal-black coif in place, graciously accepted compliments and even signed a few autographs. His wife Cathleen stood by smiling in a sleek black Céline dress, Chanel bag and several rings sporting diamonds the size of ice cubes.
Newton and a gaggle of performers, including singer Kina and a group of acrobats called Balagan, provided the background for the evening’s purpose: a preview of fall fashions. Models strutted in looks from Céline, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, St. John Knits, Badgley Mischka, D&G Dolce & Gabbana and Sonia Rykiel, with scenes of men’s wear interspersed.
All the clothes drew applause, especially Lauren’s all-black collection and de la Renta’s Russian-inspired dresses and coats.
"Black was really prominent," said JoAnn Young, Field’s trend correspondent, though she noted hints of saturated color and muted earth-tone palettes as well. Young predicted that shearlings and flight pants would be the items most likely to end up in customers’ closets.
As a benefit, Glamorama raised $290,000 for the Art Institute. As a marketing event, Field’s executives hope the party puts the store first on patrons’ shopping lists."We expect to create a buzz for Field’s as the fashion leader," said Katie Erickson, the store’s senior vice president of marketing. "If nothing else, it puts fall fashion in people’s minds."
To accommodate the 3,000 who would attend the after-show party, Field’s cleared its seventh floor and set up Vegas-themed rooms: the Wedding Chapel, the Emperor Room, the Egyptian Barge, the Rat Pack Lounge and the Candelabra Club. At the Wedding Chapel, partygoers stood in line to have a picture snapped with one of the many Elvis look-alikes patrolling the party, but left the Jordan almonds and champagne untouched.
Newton’s appearance, the fashion show and the party combined to put attendees in the mood to shop.
"I liked the leather jackets, the pantsuits and over-the-shoulder purses," said Rose Barefield of Chicago, noting that she’d begin shopping for her fall wardrobe in September
Her friend, Rhiannon Williams, called the clothes "gorgeous," but admitted she’d start shopping at a lower price point.
Beth Kinsella from Chicago called Glamorama "the perfect event to showcase everything Field’s does so well." A lifelong Field’s shopper, she called the store "the pinnacle of Chicago."
Her friend, DeeDee Zwilling, who lives in suburban Barrington, said, "I want to shop the minute I hit the front door."
As for the Newtons, they did most of their shopping before the show. Cathleen Newton hit Oak Street, stopping by Barneys and then Marilyn Miglin to stock up on fragrances. She then loaded up on Donna Karan at the Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue, and finally, picked out a slew of outfits featured at the Glamorama fashion show.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews