Two Recent Chicago Events Celebrating Women & Fashion

Sunday, 27 October 2013 03:04 Written by  Iya Bakare



Women’s Business Development Center Host Annual Conference

Photo Credit: Jennifer Girard

Access was the theme for the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference in September. About 2,000 guests gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago where they listened to best-selling author Terry Savage moderate a discussion at the Women’s Forum Breakfast on the challenges women and minority-owned businesses continue to face. Laurel Bellows, principal of the Bellows Law Group P.C., delivered the address on the empowerment of women at the organization’s annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon. The luncheon honored both female entrepreneurs and those who continue to encourage women’s economic development. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle addressed the audience as well. After the awards ceremony, the conference continued with the Women’s Business & Buyer’s Mart and ended with a networking reception.

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Fashion Show Jazzes Up Fashion Focus Chicago

Fashion Focus Chicago Week started with a bang as guests gathered for a one-of-a kind fashion event at the city’s Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel. Presented by Chevrolet and hosted by ABC’s Windy City Live co-host Valerie Warner, Project ThYck of ThYck Troupe Organization, NFP produced “Curves. Couture. Chicago.” Benefitting the Project HUGS Foundation, guests traveled to the city’s Gold Coast to witness models rip the runway with pieces from some of the city’s most talented designers, boutique owners and fashion lines catered to Chicago’s curvy, chic audience.

Photo Credit: Randy Frost

Chicago native and ThYck Troupe Organization, NFP founder Tressa Thomas joined her fellow mentees as a part of the featured musical talent at the jazz-infused event. In between sets and visual presentations, members of the Forum Dance Theatre and Footprints Tap Ensemble entertained the crowd with several dance routines. In addition, raffles prizes were given to the attendees. The show featured the boutiques Bonjour Madame, Boutique Unique and Blair Chic Boutique. Accessory lines Jack Cave Designs and SoundChick Accessories, in addition to clothing lines Chicago Sushi Couture and The Steve Harvey Collection made an appearance on the runway as well. Local vendors also showcased their products where guests could purchase before and after the fashion show.

Iya Bakare

Iya Bakare

Iya Bakare, GMO's managing editor, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in print journalism. She earned her B.A. from Delta State University with a minor in English and graduated with a M.A. degree from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time, the Chicago native continues to freelance and ponder ways to both inform and improve her community one story at a time.

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