Struttin' Down the Runway
Fashion is more than just a hobby or something you merely study. It is a lifestyle and a way of expressing emotions, thoughts, or memories that have left an everlasting impression on you. Whenever I see a designer's dream design I see their story, their love, and their creation blossom into real life. That is the beautiful thing about fashion and one of the main reasons that I was so honored to be apart of Chicago Fashion Week.
When I was a little girl I always dreamed about walking in a runway show. However, as I got older the disappoint of reality started to set in. I was told that my height would never allow me to do one of my dreams. I took it with a grain of salt believing that I can do anything I put my mind to.
However, after you hear 'No' several times you start to believe what you are told. Words, whether they mean to or not, can affect everything. I lost confidence in myself and started to actually let myself believe that I would never have the chance to walk in any type of fashion show despite how hard I tried.
I wish I could speak to 15 year old me. If she could see how far she's come I know she would be proud. I'd tell her to keep her head held high, believe in herself because she has the power and the strength to do anything. Now, I am not saying this to gloat but to show that people will tell you things. Put you down, or tell you that you can't do something. Take those comments but don't water them and grow them into this weed of self-hate. Remember that no one knows what the future holds and you are the author of your own destiny.
After that guru type post above (sorry for all the flowery lingo) I wanted to tell you guys about my first event for Chicago fashion week. Style Rivals was such an amazing opportunity to be a part of. I got to watch these amazing new designers showcase their elaborate clothing, some of them unleashing their styles for the first time. To be a part of someone's dream coming true is incredible. The ora inside the room was contagious and so very positive as people had their dreams unfold before their eyes.
These designs ranged from Chicago inspired, people, wearing Chicago themed memorabilia, to a plethora of pink (guess my favorite). The creativity was endless and I was so proud of each and every designer who had the courage to showcase their ideas and designs.
Also, I want to give a huge shout out to one of my favorite Chicago clothing stores, Akira, for making me glamorous. I thought there would be no better designer to wear than the incredible stylish Akira that dressed me in a silver Grecian goddess type dress. Not only did it fit perfectly but it was the right about of class and sass. We all know I normally go for the bright bold colors, but, there is something so elegant about silver. Plus, it paired quite nicely with the glam fashion chic theme. So, thank you so much to Akira for getting me fashion show ready!
Fashion Bar Chicago
The founder and CEO Tony made me proud to be in this show, because of his mission. Inclusion was the theme of these shows and for once you could see all people, come together to show off their passion in designer clothing. What I loved about Tony is that he made it possible for short, plus, and average people to be able to walk down the runway showing that they are just as capable as anyone else. He spoke about how the fashion industry causes people to doubt themselves instead of encouraging but he wants to change the game and make everyone feels beautiful in their own skin.
I had the opportunity to walk for the lovely Dress 2 Dazzle which has work out, evening, and business attire. It was such an honor to wear this phenomenal clothing. If you remember, I actually did a feature for her on my blog before. You can read more information about her here.
I got to witness and learn about some amazing designers that ranged from all over the world. Most importantly I got to walk with one of my close friends Kathleen, something that I have never done before. Not only was she a model but she also hosted some of the show. Her and her friend Ryan, filmed and edited a lot of the content from the show. Courtesy of them, you can watch a bunch of our highlights above in the Chicago Fashion Week video. They were so talented and it was such an honor to be a part of this with them.
There are so many times when you look back and feel thankful for all the things you've done. I know that I will be able to look back on this moment and remember checking off one of my childhood dreams. I want to them everyone who helped me in preparation for this show. I want to also thank the Fashion Bar team and designers that made this a reality.
Also, a huge thank you to all of you who read and continue to support me through my journey in life. I love you all! Happy Friday may your drinks be strong and your weekend long!
Until next time,