BIG RAISE: For its 60th anniversary, the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show turned up the party ante last Thursday. In lieu of the traditional runway competition and luncheon format, the charity fashion show and live auction, which benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, hosted a nighttime cocktail party at Revel Fulton Market in the city’s West Loop with a runway show of the fall collections from more than 30 designers, some of whom were previous Gold Coast Award winners and participants. They included Wes Gordon, Donna Karan, Monique Lhuillier, Tanya Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese, Cynthia Rowley, Zac Posen and Tory Burch. Neiman Marcus produced the fashion show, which also featured current looks from Tom Ford, Valentino and Céline.
Taylor, who won the Gold Coast Fashion Award in 2014, flew in for the occasion before heading off to Paris Fashion Week. “It’s such an honor. It’s very important when philanthropy and fashion find a way to support each other,” Taylor said. “I support many Canadian hospitals and try to bring the collection to Toronto. There’s something interesting about being able to support pediatric research in Chicago.”
About 1,000 people attended the sold-out event and $1.1 million was raised to benefit the Lurie Children’s Hospital, considered one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the Midwest. “We raised more money than we ever raised,” said Kim Friesen, president of the Children’s Service Board, the fundraising arm of the Children’s Hospital. “Last year, we grossed about $750,000. It was a lot more this year. It was a function of the live auction, the paddle raise and the generosity of the our sponsors.”