Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gold Rush Show Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010:
Sahar Dada and Misa Verbeek presented Gold Rush, a truly indulgent evening at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom. The event began at 6:30 with a cocktail reception and art exhibit featuring the stunning works of Misa Verbeek. Her artistic vision centers on "women and the emotional voyage of love, grandeur, and passion." Her creations are visually stunning and she uses such media as wood and metal to produce truly emotional pieces of art. Her work was on display as my guest, Alejandro Diaz and I, mingled with some of my favorite Chicago industry, including Dan Uslan (Publisher, Michigan Avenue Magazine), Rick Patrone (Advertising Director, Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ricardo Sebastian (President, Luxury Management/Director of Sales, Mint Male Magazine), Petra Ford (Model, Factor Women), Marik Skolil (Consulate of the Czech Republic), Gina Fontanini (Filmmaker), Lubna Hassan (Factio Magazine), and many others.
The work of Misa Verbeek:
Just before the cocktail reception came to an end, I visited the backstage area to get a sneak peek of the garments that Sahar was about to present. I ran into some friends who were dressing models for the show and spoke with some of my favorite Chicago models about their thoughts on the clothes. They all agreed that the designs they were about to wear were exquisite. I grabbed a quick photo with the designer, wished her well, and headed back to my front row seat to watch the garments come alive.
Dressers, models, and garments backstage before the show:
The show began with a video installation that highlighted both Dada and Verbeek's inspirations for their art and what motivated them to create the art pieces (Verbeek) and designs (Dada) for the Gold Rush show. After some words from the director of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the outstanding beneficiary of the event, the show began.
The designs presented were beautiful and strong. Jeweled hues, crystal embellishments, and golden fabrics floated down the runway. The collection, fittingly named 'The Gold Collection', was rich and spoke to Sahar's South Asian culture with metallic fabrics and eclectic colors. The range of designs was plenty--from short, flirty dresses to long, draping pieces that seemed to burst to life with each step. The resulting show was a plethora of colorful looks, elegant garments, and funky frocks that could pull anyone out of the haze of winter. Sahar's designs seemed to scream to spring and summer and demand the attention that this talented Chicago designer deserves.

Designer Sahar Dada and R.M.B. before the show:
Alejandro Diaz, Ryan M. Beshel, Heather Peterson,
Ricardo Sebastian, and Michal Bonar before the show:

The show begins!
Sahar with her family after the show:

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