Friday, March 18, 2011

LAUNCH/CFI Party: New DIR Introduced!

LAUNCH/CFI was a smash hit success!  For all of those in attendance, we are thrilled that you could join us!  For those who couldn't be there, words can not explain the amazing displays of fashion that were present, but we'll do our best to set the scene:  
Located on the 5th floor of 900 N. Michigan Shops, the annual CFI  pop up shop was the perfect back drop to showcase the fantastic designs from both alumni designers and our new Designers in Residence (DIR) all while raising funds for our incredible organization. 

Guests sipped on their choice of refreshing cocktails from Svedka along with a variety of flavors from vitaminwater and vitaminwaterzero served by Blue Plate CateringKIND Snacks were paired with Barefoot Wines along with tasty bites provided by Frankie's Scaloppine and treats from King Cafe.  A lucky group of  Gilt City Gives ticket holders were able to shop the store and meet the designers before a crowd of over 350 of Chicago's fashion media and industry insiders came to celebrate.  A chic crowd added to the the visually spectacular main event: the CFI garments.  To put it plainly: the level of sartorial perfection was at an all time high.
Equally as exciting as the aesthetic of the designs sported by FORD models cat walking around the pop up shop, was the formal introduction of our new class of DIR:

From left to right: Shavonne Dorsey, Eric Kipp, Concetta Cipriano, Kahindo Mateene , Taneasha Prunty, Crystal Simms  (Refinery29 profiled our fabulous new DIR!)
To say the LAUNCH/CFI attendees took an intense interest in the designers' original pieces would be an understatement!  The new DIR hit a fashion home run---three cheers for CFI!  Congratulations to our six new Designers in Residence: we are so proud of you and look forward to your great success to come!

Over all the LAUNCH/CFI event was an enormous success and there is only more fashionable entertainment to come: exclusive trunk shows, fashion shows and other fabulous events.  If you are looking for a more low key but equally fashionable outing?  Perhaps to shop or browse beautiful, chicago based lines?  The pop up shop is open on Thursday through Sunday for your shopping pleasure.  See the below CFI pop up shop calendar for special events and store hours.

Insiders tip:  In the upcoming weeks, we will give you the opportunity to get a closer look at these talented new scene stealers.  Designer Biography pieces will give readers a bit of a background of the designers, as well as an inside peek at each line and collection.  Should be a sartorial treat!

ALSO:  check out Fox Chicago interview with our very own Lara Miller and CFI Alumni Kate Coxworth!

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