Posts Tagged ‘Michigan Avenue Magazine’

LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Michigan Avenue Magazine launch party was phenomenal from start to finish! The James Hotel was definitely the place to be and be seen! Top Chicago socialites, Hollywood models and stars turned out in force to make this event stand apart from all the rest of those so-called celeb filled parties! Michelle Williams got the crowd jumping first during her performance of her new single ‘We Break The Dawn’. While award winning actor Terrence Howard memorized the ladies on-stage and off with his guitar and smooth vocals. And model Cindy Crawford was no less than perrrfect from head to toe! Even up close and personal she didn’t have one single flaw! Who says you have to age nowadays? XA– you need a AWARD!!

Djwhiteshadow turned swanky Louis Vuitton on Michigan Avenue into club LV last Tuesday night (Sept. 18th). The deejay had the crowd dancing and singing between designer duds for celebrity chef Art Smith‘s V.I.P. reception and book signing.

Bad boy Dave Navarro gave the ladies a special treat during his personal appearance at Manor nightclub, Sept. 18th. Instead of just hanging behind the velvet ropes Dave whipped out his guitar and jammed for over 30mins! I know the ladies were happy!

The official Janet Jackson after-party is happening Thursday night Sept. 25th, at Le Passage nightclub with super star guests Jermaine Dupri and LL Cool J. RSVP now!

And a special BIG CONGRATS goes to Emmy nominated host Catie Keogh of hit entertainment news show Chicago 24/7. Catie is not only a great host but serves as executive producer too! Catie your doing a fantastic job, congratulations!

Michigan Ave. launch Picture: XA (Adam Bielawski)

Manor Picture:DarkRoom Demons

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Oprah approved celebrity chef and owner of Table 52 restaurant Art Smith knows more than great food, he knows great fashion! Store director Tessa Gillenwater of Louis Vuitton on Michigan Avenue is throwing Art a V.I.P. cocktail reception and book signing tonight (Sept. 18th) inside LV. Can you say WOW!

Michigan Avenue magazine, the most talked-about launch in Chicago officially hit shelves Sept. 15th. The 360-page premier-issue cover, featuring Chicago’s hometown supermodel Cindy Crawford, will be followed by a holiday issue, and then 10 issues in 2009. Now, if I can just get my hands on one…. SUSANNA !

Sunset Tan‘s Olly twins were all the rage on Friday, Sept. 12th, at Bon V nightclub. The twins keep the party hot and looked beautiful!

And big congrats to my favorite spa for men HALO!! They were featured on Fox Chicago Thursday morning!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Womens board of the Joffrey balletCouture and Cocktails” was a hit! Host and chairman Candace Jordan was looking fab in Michael Kors while giving rapper Diddy a run for the money in the bling-bling department with stunning diamonds from sponsor Van Cleef and Arpels.

Spotted on the scene: D. Graham Kostic of CS Magazine showing off his new designer boots from a recent shopping spree. Helen Melchior wearing a beautiful long Maria Pinto evening gown. And my favorite MC Kid Sister and her ‘Aunt Rose‘ were there. Her auntie is such a sweet heart and gave me all the dirt on Kid Sister growing up.

Susanna Homan was simple and elegant as usual in her favorite designer –Prada (I think she has a deal with them?) and when I took a chance and tried to poke her about the V.I.P. launch of Michigan Avenue Magazine on Saturday she was more tight-lipped than a F.B.I. agent! And the best dressed male of the night, drum roll please…. Marty Higgins of the Penninsula, his suit was impeccable!

Now, this event was really full of highlights from the silent auction, great food (root beer floats), the all-white decor and the Maria Pinto fashion show, but the one that knocked my socks off was meeting 90210 guest co-host and super hottie Ryan Eggold. The actor/singer of the new CW series hit has many talents. Besides his good looks, he also has a band and is currently in the studio recording new material! The up and coming star will not only melt your heart by taking of his shirt but by also singing to you naked in bed……need I say more?

Special kudos goes to the event fashion show producer Lisa Marie McComb. The Maria Pinto fall 2008 collection dazzled and not only loosened up the crowd but the the great music (that she downloaded at 2 am the morning before) turned Joffrey Tower into the most exclusive nightclub in CHICAGO! People of all ages got up on the runway, cranked up the music and got down (Amanda Puck, Kim Crompton)! It was a GREAT evening and the best part was, it wasn’t overdone! It was simple in essence, yet very, very glam!

Candace, I can’t wait for next year!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Michigan Avenue Magazine will finally be hitting shelves September 15, 2008.  And may I say it’s about time! The highly anticipated magazine is a knock-out featuring 360-pages of celebs and star-studded contributors like Mayor Richard M. Daley, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Zehme.

The launch issue will be celebrated in-style on Saturday, September 20, 2008 with a red carpet extravaganza at a private location hosted by cover model Cindy Crawford, and topped off with a performance by Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams.

Marcus Riley of the NBC5 Street Team will be live on the scene in full effect and I’ll be there as well covering for Chicago’s hottest new gossip site GossipChicago but you’ll have to wait on the details for that one!

Stay tuned!

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

The Michigan Avenue Magazine  private reception with Bill Maher at Enclave was the place to be at Friday night!  Hot music, great drinks and the fashions were amazing! May I say Amanda Puck from The Experiential Agency is FIERCE!  People attending the event included: Bill Maher and Daniel Uslan (Midwest President and Publisher of Michigan Avenue magazine)

Slideshow: Bill Maher At Enclave

And now on to the JUICY stuff — the FASHION! TV personality and Chef Cat DeOrio was hot in Chloe, Managing editor of Michigan Ave. Lesley McKenzie looked stunning in a dark green number, wish I knew the designer?!  Julie Bensmen knows her fashion in Furla Boots and Susanna Homan wore Cynthia Rowley.

Rachel Schwanz of The Entertaining Company wore some Giuseppe shoes that I would’ve killed for and our very own Marcus Riley of NBC5 was looking very cool and sexy for ladies as ALWAYS! (wink!)

New entertainment news show 24/7 Chicago was on the scene working hard getting the scoop, with host Catie Keogh and exec. producer Collen Kelly.  And oh, the women! I worship Trevisn Kutti owner of G’bani who wore an outfit that made the whole room stop and look!  She was fabulous!  *snap, snap*

So if you missed this party, don’t worry the official September launch party for Michigan Avenue Magazine is right around the corner. And well be here to definitely give you the scoop 1st! FIERCE!!!!!

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