:::::::DOOO WHOP…FASHION….FASHION..DOOOO WHOP…FASHION!!!:::::: (thinking of David Bowie’s hit “Fashion” while I write this).
Sisters extraordinaire, Michelle and Melissa GOmez, of MGO Fashion Salon, had all eyes on them (as shy as these two usually are) while they held their own at the MGO 2nd Annual Fashion Show Spring Collection (extravaganza).
There were quite a bit of food, plenty of festivities a ton of FASHION, this spring evening as the show was held at Griffin Lounge, located at 326 W. Chicago Avenue. It was a suitable venue for the show. A long “T” shaped runway was set up right next to the VIP booths, off in the side room, next to the DJ booth and it ended up being just right for the show and it’s many models that would showcase the newest line MGO has to offer. It was not only an appropriate venue, but a perfect locale for the event.
Fashionitsa and Fashionisto, from Latino Fashion Week, Arabel Alva-Rosales and Cesar Rolon would open and MC most of the event that featured clothing designers; James De Colon, Hector-Javier Monarrez and Freddie Rocha Soledad whose Spring collections were all showcased. Jewelry designs by Katia Carreno and a men’s collection also by Freddie Rocha Soledad were also featured in the show.
It was a funky set up backstage, prior to the show, where I noticed a host of talented hairstylists, fashion stylists, coordinators, photographers, lots of Moroccan Oil (product used by the stylists), and one of several make-up artists, Hernan Rivera (Sin Cosmetics), who seemed quite relaxed while applying make-up to one of the star models of the show, Jaslene Gonzalez (America’s Next Top Model- 8).
Jaslene, who I had never met before, was a sweet young (was celebrating her birthday that day as well), beautiful and genuinely nice, took a minute to talk to me, while getting her hair “did” and make-up on. She told me how she had made the special trip from New York City but not only for the show as another gig, but as she said it, “to support the ones (Michelle and Melissa) that believed in me before I made it to where I am today”. Jaslene remembers where she came from and it was a nice gesture that she was there to show her support and talents for the show.
Jaslene was joined with other local celebrity models, Johana Londono and Betzaida Ramirez of Mega 95.5 Radio, to model some of the fare at the show as well as Nelly Carreno who hosted the show. Nelly also donned some of the fashions, as a guest celebrity model. She did some quick strutting down the long runway herself while showcasing a piece!
The food, by “Vivo” Chef Vicente Duran was phenomenal– the clothes, shoes and jewelry were amazing and the company was top notch.
Friends like Vanessa Hall of the Mayor’s office of the City of Chicago, Cece Gonzales of Cece and Melinda, Tony Menchaca of Chicago Socialites and Phillip Herrejon of Chicago Metropolitan Dinner and Social Club were all in attendance, (along with many, many more…)not only to show their support to the local fashion boutique, MGO, but to take a look at the FRESH, cool new spring time fashions that would be offered at MGO’s Salon!
BRAVO AND GREAT JOB TO ALL INVOLVED!! It was a MAGNIFICENT SHOW, courtesy of MGO!!
Photos courtosy of the following PHENOMONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!!
Steve Starr- www.stevestarstudios.com
Joseph A. Pape Photography – http://www.midnite-fashion.com/homepage.html
Dean Paul Photography – http://www.deanpaulcreative.com