The Chicago Ideas Week is no more just an idea! It has obtained the status of a dazzling celebration being power packed by big honchos from multifarious walks of life. News, fashion, Internet, technology, sports—everything was a matter of discussion. But Elizabeth Fenner’s one and a half hour session discussing fashion definitely took the cake away.
Fenner, the chief editor of Chicago Magazine, threw light on the impact of fashion on everyday life, stressing upon the fact that the fashion industry has become largely accessible with the changing times. From designer wardrobes to live fashion events and ever changing trends triggered by rapid chains- the glamour world has penetrated every nook and corner of our lives. At the session, Fenner invited fashion experts who wooed the audience with their brilliant insight. We bring to you the ones that were set apart from the rest.
- Elle Macpherson, the fashion entrepreneur: After posing in swimsuits for cover page of Sports Illustrated during the 1980′s, the supermodel started receiving offers for annual calendars. Out came her entrepreneurial mind, she started asking herself why she isn’t managing the whole process. And the rest was history. Elle designed a calendar, controlling every bit of the process from choosing the photographer to proposing the final design of the product. That’s not the end! Sometime later, when a lingerie production desired Elle to be the face of its product line, the supermodel again chose to be different. She proposed to model, design and name the product line. Truly, entrepreneurship at its best!
- Dana Gordon, designer of timeless emotion: Gordon, an ultramodern jewelry designer shared her goal in the Ideas week. At a tender age, she was awestruck by her grandmother’s triple flower ring set. Although, the set was promised to be handed down to her, she lost track of the same as her grandmother’s memory started failing. She broke into tears when she rediscovered the set with her mother-in-law. From then onwards, evoking emotions through creation of timeless jewels became the motto of her life. A bold decision indeed!
- Borris Powell, the fashion icon: Fashion has the ability to make or break, believes Powell. The fashion industry is seasonal enabling us to try out a lot of varieties. Powell recommended purchasing fashion magazines Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle for women and GQ (men’s), especially the September and February editions, covering the prime fashion weeks.
The Chicago Ideas Week was certainly an experience to cherish! The irresistible surge of fashion ideas indeed recreate the way we look at fashion.