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Fashion Focus: The Art of Fashion


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Even strictly as a people-watching endeavor, each runway show of Fashion Focus Chicago is fascinating. Each one attracts a distinct and segmented audience: The Chicago Fashion Incubator show brought out major names in the fashion media; Dress Code attracted, not surprisingly, a crowd of students and fashion academics, and Friday's the Art of Fashion, the final headlining show of Fashion Focus, attracted more of a society set. While there were some sportswear-themed pieces, dresses and gowns appropriate for charity balls and gala events were definitely the focus of the evening.

The duo behind Kirk James, Daryl Sneed and Richard Morse, showed a couple themes in their collection, such as sporty tops that criss-crossed the torso and basic separates that got a boost from silver lame fabric, including a Chanel-like jacket trimmed in black and a simple skirt.

Kirk James
  • Kirk James

I'm not usually a fan of denim used for anything but jeans and the classic jacket—too easy to get that Canadian tuxedo look—but Paul Sisti did some interesting things with this workman-like material, piecing it together to form jackets with leg-of-mutton sleeves. However, it was most successful when used as an accent, as in a shiny gold V-neck dress.

Paul Sisti
  • Paul Sisti

Borris Powell showed the power of black-and-white prints, especially an elegant modified caftan accessorized with a red belt.

Borris Powell
  • Borris Powell

Known for her gowns, Elda de la Rosa played with rows of lace and Grecian draping, but the winner in her collection was a relatively simple but perfectly executed dress in tomato-red that charmed the whole tent. It was an unusual color choice that made the design.

Elda de la Rosa
  • Elda de la Rosa

Fraley Le showed a deft hand with complicated frills and flower shapes, such as a daisy on the back of a dress.

Fraley Le
  • Fraley Le

The standout of the evening was emerging designer Lydia Wawrzyniak, who used tulle to create feather-like accents, such as on the bodice of a mermaid gown, to create a piece that combines fairy-tale fantasy with Hollywood glamour.

Linda Wawrzyniak
  • Lydia Wawrzyniak

All photos by me.