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A Front Row Seat to Macy’s Glamorama Chicago 2012

“The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!”

by Kari Radjewski – August 14, 2012

What do you get when you mix fundraising with a fashion show, a concert and lots of beefeaters? None other than Macy’s Glamorama 2012, “The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!”

Held at the Harris Theatre in Millennium Park, the stage was set with a solid scenery and soundtrack from across the pond. The event featured eight of fashion’s favorite designers and some of today’s hottest musical talent. In short, Macy’s Glamorama 2012 put on one hell of a show.

The Fashion:

From the equestrian aesthetic of Tommy Hilfiger, high slits and plunging necklines of Donna Karan, to the utility/military motif Sean John had goin’ on; style was at its finest.  My favorite line, full of shine and texture, was Jean Paul Gaultier… That is, until Diesel’s grand finale: a parade of hot guys prancing around in nothin’ but underwear!  Should’ve known they’d save the best for last!

The Music:

Opening things up were Megan & Liz playing an acoustic set of their catchy pop song “Bad for Me.” Midway through, YouTube sensation Karmin performed with high-energy getting people to dance in their seats, surely not leaving anyone “Broken-Hearted.” Closing things down while confetti fell from the ceiling was a sensual and charismatic performance by crooner, Robin Thicke (that’s me and him to the right!).

Prior to show time I was lucky enough to chat with Robin. Of course I had to check-in on his Cheeky-caliber, so I asked him…

Cheeky: What is the Cheekiest thing you’ve done all week?

Robin Thicke: I did just take a bubble bath. I love bubble baths!

Cheeky: Ohh, is that something you do on the regular?

RT: Yes, in fact I just got done in the steam room, so I’m still a little steamy…

… Oh lá lá!

The Cause:

Proceeds from last Friday’s event benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RHMC). Special guest, 15-year-old Janae who was diagnosed with cancer in March 2012, shared her fears and anxieties of dealing with five days of radiation per week – for five weeks straight. Being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House eased stress and worry on her family, which allowed them to be with Janae to support her through every moment of the grueling treatment. Since 2008, Macy’s Glamorama has helped raise approximately $500,000, allowing RHMC to do amazing work for families like Janae’s.

It was a feel-good Friday for many reasons. Lively, artistic, but most importantly, moving and inspiring. If you’d like to donate or volunteer services to the Ronald McDonald House, visit this link:

About the Author: Kari Radjewski

A Cheeky girl makes a first impression without saying a word. That’s what Kari loves most about fashion; dressing to express the day’s mood and mission. Girly, preppy, hobo or rock 'n’ roll, her style can’t be defined, always channeling inspiration from the runway and translating looks onto the “real way.” You can see more of Kari’s resourceful sense of style and read her quirky anecdotes on her personal blog, Style at a $teal.