Let’s face it. The typical a la carte fashion show in the Windy city is really more club promotion/publicity stunt to get folks drinking at some of the most notable swanky digs. The models aren’t real and the fashion is barely believable. The only thing you can count on is the buzz from the alcohol. That is just what I expected Sunday night at Cubby Bear for the Bryan K. Osburn Collection of Holiday evening wear. But I must say wholeheartedly that I was pleasantly shocked. What the audience got was high-end couture worn by professional runway models at the most surprising venue.
Brian K. Osburn & Models
Osburne presented evening gowns with clean classic lines and party dresses with bold distinctive prints. He is far from a neophyte, having studied with Vera Wang, and being featured in French Vogue.
Songstress, Diana Ross
This man of the ‘cloth’ has styled a roster of Hollywood divas including the Grand Dame Diana Ross, actress Lynne Whitfield and singer Natalie Cole. More than a rising star, Bryan K. Osburn is perched firmly atop the fashion food chain. Not half bad when you’re a block away from the beer guzzling bleachers of Wrigley Field.
Kim Kardashian look-alike, Model Annie Mendez in a bold flower print gown
It’s time to ditch the designer jeans and go vintage (i.e. grandma and grandpa era) for a day full of holiday drinking at GiveFoward’s 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl!
This event brings together over 150 young professionals sporting the ugliest of ugly-wear, all for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will go to Streetwise, 2 Li’l Fishes, and The Night Ministry- three organizations working hard to prevent and aid Chicago’s homeless community.
Here’s the deets:
Date: Saturday, December 5th Start Time: 1:00 PM Route: Starts at Redmond’s (3358 N. Sheffield) and continues south to Uncle Fatty’s hitting Sheffield’s, Trader Todd’s, and Mad River along with way Cost: $15 online donation at www.uglysweaterpubcrawl.com gets you a wristband for $2-$3 drink specials; door tickets are $25
As if an excuse to dress up like fool and drink all day wasn’t enough, you can also win MONEY. That’s right- there’s $100 cash prize to the worst dressed (i.e. best dressed?) and door prizes for the first 100 at Redmond’s.
On location at La Fonda Del Gusto in Wicker Park with Cesar Rolon.
Tell us about your background…how did you get to where you are?
My professional background started in Radio and TV where I worked as a PR Executive for radio stations covering a great portion of the Chicago market. I also have served as Executive Director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce-revitalizing it’s commercial business district and the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce which ultimately led to me working to establish the Hispanic Woman’s Business Conference.
Cesar, Eric and James
What motivates you?
I absolutely love what I do. I am a workaholic. I come from a family of 5 originally from Puerto Rico and history ignites my fire. I feel a sense of obligation to payback and return the favor of those who came before me.
Years ago, while attending the parade of sculptures along Michigan Avenue produced by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, I discovered they didn’t have one figure created by a Latino. Then visiting stores along the Mag Mile I asked if anyone carried a Latino designer to find there were none. This became my motivation to create a platform for and to promote Latin fashion designers. As a result,
I created Chicago R.E.A.C.H.-Reaching Elderlies Across Chicagos Horizons-the only all inclusive adult care center for seniors 65 hrs and older. The mission of the center is to serve those who are most devastated by life’s circumstances-we provide the necessities including covering medical prescriptions.
Currently, I am partnering with American Family Insurance and Ikea to create DreamRoomGiveaway-a 6month campaign accross 7 cities where the 5 most needy families in each city can apply to win $5000 in furniture for their own Dream Room.
So what’s next?
2010 will be quite busy. I’ve got Latino Fashion Week Chicago whose theme will be “The Passport”. We are looking to establish Chicago’s first Cuban Music Festival. And I’m contemplating a collaboration on the Festival Metropolatino on the grounds of Soldiers Field in July.
Looks like Mr. Colon will be quite busy in the new year-can’t wait to see what comes next so stay tuned!
Art After Dark and its founder Derrick Lane have been hosting some very interesting events in the last few months. I had the chance to attend a great martini education and tasting event in September and this Saturday, they along with heritage link brands will host a very intriguing blindfolded wine tasting at Three Peas Art Lounge 75 E. 16th Street. The event is from 6-8 PM.
Subtitled “Eyes Wide Shut” attendees learn to distinguish between 5 different wines in a special blind tasting. Extras for this event include catered appetizers, gift bags and prize giveaways.
Following recent hotel bar openings like the Roof at the Wit and Elate at Hotel Felix comes Bar Novo, the newly-renovated lobby bar inside the Renaissance Hotel.
Bar Novo adds a sophisticated yet romantic option to the Chicago happy hour scene with its red carpets, dim red lighting, and draping red curtains. The sides of the bar are made up of small dining sections surrounded by cushy chairs and plush lounges, while the main bar area is filled with two long, communal tables- perfect for meeting some new friends.
In addition to the people-watching, you can also spy on the chefs cooking up delicious small plates such as flat breads and Kobe beef sliders at the interactive chef’s station. To wash down your snack, try one of the fresh, hand-crafted cocktails on the menu like the Basil Tangerine Gimlet with Finlandia Tangerine, lime, and basil.
Already a popular favorite of nearby professionals (apparently the folks from Leo Burnett make a daily appearance), Bar Novo manages to combine a club energy with a relaxed vibe to make one new subtle scene.
Who knew just $35 could do so much? That’s the incredibly affordable price of a ticket to Dare 2 Dream this Thursday at the House Of Blues. The most important aspect of this event is that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois. But it’s going to be a great show, too – you’ll see Gavin Rossdale (formerly of Bush) with Lovehammers and Relief opening.
Dare 2 Dream starts early, 5pm…so skip out of work and help out a much-deserving cause while rocking on a Thursday evening in Chicago! Get ticket information HERE and listen to details about the concert here:
No doubt, Chicago is jam packed with incredible musicians. We are so lucky.
Here’s a talented lady who I’ve been fortunate to see perform at several shows and she completely blew me away every time – her voice, her personality, her charisma – wow, she’s got the whole package going on! Be sure to catch Jen Porter this Thursday at Martyr’s as she celebrates the release of her new CD “Closer To The Surface“, recorded right here in Chicago. It might just be one of your last opportunities to catch her in such an intimate setting…with any luck it won’t be too long until she’s touring the world promoting this CD!
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