Nearly 1,500 guests are expected to attend the 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, on September 19 at the Hilton Chicago. The event is the signature fundraising event of The Children’s Service Board, an affiliated organization of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In the tradition of the show, new designers compete for the coveted Gold Coast Fashion Award with a fabulous display of fashion forward apparel in an array of categories from sportswear to evening wear. The show also includes individual store-sponsored segments of fall fashions from prestigious retailers. Fashions from both designers and retailers will be presented in a fast-paced, live runway show with professional models. The competition segment opens the show and allows audience members to view the designers’ fashions before casting a ballot for his or her favorite. The designer who receives the most votes is announced as the winner and returns the following year to receive the Gold Coast Fashion Award and present his or her fall collection. Last year’s winner, Ven Budhu, will open the show with his fall collection and is scheduled to be present to accept the award. Designers competing for the 2014 award include Charles Harbison, Giovanna Randall for HONOR, Michael De Paulo, Stacy Lomman, Tanya Taylor, and Tia Cibani. Retailer partners in this year’s show will include Neiman Marcus presenting Veronica Beard, Nordstrom presenting Lanvin, Francis Heffernan presenting Ella Zahlan, McElroy Furs and Paul Stuart. Chicago’s own Lana Jewelry will host the Grand Staircase entrance during the cocktail hour with displays of fabulous jewelry. Runway Glamour sponsor is Digital Realty Trust, LP. Gold Coast Style Sponsors are Beacon Capital Partners LLC, Gold Coast Bank, Huron Consulting Group Inc., The Hearn Company and Turner Construction Company. The Gold Coast Fashion Award is a coveted and prestigious award and winning is often a prelude to a highly successful career. Past award winners have included Dennis Basso, Wes Gordon, Bill Blass, Gustavo Cadile, Oleg Cassini, Donna Karan, Romona Keveza, Anne Klein, Monique Lhullier, b Michael, Bibhu Mohapatra, Maria Pinto and Angel Sanchez. The 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show will take place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S.Michigan Avenue on Friday, September 19, 2014. A cocktail reception and raffle sales begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon and the fashion presentation at 1 p.m. Individual tickets are $200. Tables of 10 may be reserved at both the Benefactor Level for $5,000, which includes premier seating or the Patron Level for $3,500, which allows for preferred seating. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, please visit www.gcfas.com. Proceeds from the show will support The Children’s Service Board’s commitment to the hospital’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the vision of Dr. Arun Gosain. Last year’s show raised nearly $500,000 in net proceeds. Co-chairs for this year’s show are Sara Cohen and Ilene S. Goldman.
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