The presentation showcases casual and evening apparel from emerging designers, as well as branded wares from top Chicago retailers. Here's the really cool part: The audience gets the opportunity to vote for their favorite up-and-coming designer. The winner will return the following year and open the show with his or her fall collection. To put into perspective what a super-cool honor this is, previous recipients included big names like Maria Pinto, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, and Donna Karan. Competing this year are designers Lyn Devon, Tess Giberson, Wes Gordon, Stacy Lomman, Misha Nonoo, Rolando Santana, Verlaine, and Rubin Singer. Already have a favorite picked out? Show 'em some love and come vote!
What: 57th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show
When: Friday, September 28
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue (at Balbo), 312-922-4400
Details: A cocktail reception begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon and the fashion presentation at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $200 per person and can be purchased at the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show website. Proceeds support the Children’s Service Board at Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.