Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Mayor's Fashion Council of Chicago Presents: The Fashion Focus Kick-Off Event at 'The W'

Monday, October 18, 2010:
After a long Monday at the Agency Galatea office, it was time to begin the madness:  a week-long celebration of the fashion that our fine city has to offer.  To kick-off Fashion Focus, now in it's sixth year - the Mayor's Fashion Council of Chicago held a swanky soiree at the W Chicago - Lakeshore, located on the 33rd floor in the Altitude Room.  The view was brilliant - boasting cityscape views on the west side of the circular space, and offering a spectacular look at Lake Michigan from the east.  I arrived early with my fabulous boss, Marie P. Anderson and we took in the scenes and the fashions that were displayed around the room.  The party began to quickly fill up with the 'top dogs' of fashion and industry in attendance to begin the celebration.  Many faculty from my alma mater, the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, had attended the event as well and it was so good to catch up with Michael Johnson, Jill Hinrichs and Karen Janko.
Justin Meister, Chicago Fashion Incubator 2010 Designer-In-Residence 
Miriam Cecilia Carlson of Miriam Cecilia, Ryan M. Beshel and Marie P. Anderson:
 DJ Matt Roan:
Photography by Patrick Pyszka, City of Chicago
As we sipped our 'fashion-tinis', we were treated to a stellar set of tracks spun by none other than DJ Matt Roan - one of Chicago's best DJ's (and quite the snappy dresser, if I do say.)  I scanned the room and was overwhelmed with the amount of people I wanted to talk to - it was as if all my industry buds were in one place - yet so little time!  I was so glad to run into James Goeke - sporting a killer emerald green leather coat - and his friend Royce Oliver, who looked dashing as well.  Around another corner I spotted the wonderful Tenisha Anderson - Queen of Qlix Magazine, and Jada Russell - Head Honcho for High Style Marketing.  Across the room I saw one of my mentors, Barbara Glass of with Tracey Tarantino (Zzazz Productions) and Andrea Schwartz (External & Media Relations - Macy's North Division) - all looking lovely.  Before I slid out into the cool October evening, I got a chance to give Kiran Advani (Spokesperson for the Mayor's Fashion Initiative) and Borris Powell (Owner - Borris Powell Designs) a big hug.  (P.s.  Kiran should get a medal for all the work she has done to keep Chicago fashion moving forward - and for being so cute.)
Tracey Tarantino, Andrea Schwartz, and Barbara Glass:
 Royce Oliver, Jada Russell, and James Goeke:
 Photography by Patrick Pyszka, City of Chicago
After a few more goodbyes (and am impromptu chat with adorable freelance writer, Molly Each), I hopped the elevator back down to the city streets, excited for the week ahead.  After all, there were six more events in front of me and thirty two more hours in the office to tackle...

Fashion Focus was off to a strong start.


  Kiran Advani, Ryan M. Beshel, and Chicago Designer Borris Powell:
Joey Grant (Publisher - Mint Male Magazine), 
Josh Shores (Director of Fashion - Mint Male Magazine), and Justin Meister:
Photography by Patrick Pyszka, City of Chicago


100Days100Ties said...

Great to meet you at the kickoff, Ryan, and I look forward to keeping up with your memoirs. --Brooke

Ryan M. Beshel said...

Was great to meet you, as well!
Hope you had as much fun as I did..

Keep in touch!