Fashionably ‘Live Out Loud’ for Suicide Prevention

ByAlicia Nieto

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

The Chicago-based non-profit organization Live Out Loud Charity recently held its 8th Annual Fashion Show benefiting Anti-Bullying and Suicide Prevention. Founded by Sherrie Gearheart (President/Founder of Live Out Loud Charity and Ms. Illinois America 2018), the mission of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) is “to save lives through awareness and education.” Since it’s foundation in 2010, LOLC has reached millions of people across the world.

The fashion show and benefit was held at the historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago’s Downtown Loop. The event kicked off with special award given to French designer, Wafaa Lahlah who was honored as the 2017 International Designer of the Year. The event continued with a beauty queen parade followed by a fashion show featuring the works of 12 fashion designers. These included Mario Humberto Garrida Pugo and Jorge Diaz of The Millennial Collection by MJ, Meme Rollins M.H.O.D.Royal Rose Fashion and Embroidery by Jackson Skyler, Hekature Designs and Creations by Hektor Martelle, Sharisa Couture Designs by Sharisa Freeman with Jewelry by Danaya Designs 4UAbraham Garcia’s Moonlight Collection, Graciela Llorente, Jynah James’ Kiti Kouture, Bella Lucci of DaLab 650EPrana Maker by Natalia Marie, Annette Evans of Shear Gold Fashions, and Anjana Misra, who flew in from India for the event.

All of the designs were modeled by different ages, sizes and ethnicities. “Our models are real people affected by suicide, depression, bullying, and low self-esteem. Each person that walks our runway is empowered by our training and the incredible experiences they gain at LOLC events. Live Out Loud Charity is a major support system for individuals needing a positive outlet to rebuild their confidence,” states Founder Sherrie Gearheart. Along with the models on stage were performances by singers Kathy Navigato who donned a design by The Millennial Collection by MJ, and Nashville, Tennessee Indie star, Megan Wilde, who wore a blazer by Anajana Misra.

Though the event confronted tough issues, it was also a celebration of life, which is equally important. I know I am not alone when I say that at different points in my life I have been affected and/or have struggled with the issues being tackled by LOLC. Whether you are suicide survivor or struggling with your own self-esteem, it is important to know and remember that you are not alone and that you are worthy.

Click here if you or someone you know needs help, or for more information on the Live Out Loud Charity and the important work they do.

Click here to view the powerful and educational speech given at the event by Sherrie Gearheart (Live Out Loud Charity’s Founder and Ms. Illinois America 2018) and view our photo gallery below capturing the amazing people and fashions from the night.

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Chicago Fashion Week, S/S 2018: Finale & Avant-Garde Competition

ByAlicia Nieto

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

FashionBar Chicago wrapped up this season’s Chicago Fashion Week with a lavish Finale & Avant-Garde Competition show held at Fletcher Jones Audi Chicago. The night’s event showcased a fantastic runway presentation from designers Fabric Da Vinci, La Moda Munze, Chicago Playground by Rodnell Jones II, V.J.G Clothing and Mario Puga. Also included was designer Nikita Fairweather and her line of swimwear.

In addition to Chicago Fashion Week‘s grand finale, an Avant-Garde Competition was held amongst four designers: La Moda Munze, Chicago PlaygroundMario Puga and V.J.G Clothing. The key to this challenge was to incorporate elements that symbolize and speak to the city of Chicago. La Moda Munze featured a garment representing cancer awareness, love, beauty and life. Chicago Playground played to Chicago’s love of sports and showcased a jacket representing the spirit of Chicago’s athletic teams. Mario Puga‘s piece (Featured Image) played homage to Chicago’s famous skyline and its playful environment. The winning avant-garde design was by V.J.G Clothing, who referenced Chicago’s historic “gangster” persona, a la Al Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.

The celebration also featured five golden, glamorous pieces from Kaori Semaj, the 2016 Chicago Fashion Week Avant-Garde Competition winner, worn with Holy Love Jewelry and makeup by Retail is Life.

In addition to fresh fashions presented this season, FashionBar Chicago‘s CEO, Tony Long aims to “bring awareness to ‘wellness’ as wellness is the foundation of fashion and beauty”. With that in mind, a percentage of the proceeds from Chicago Fashion Week will be benefiting the American Cancer Society of Illinois.

View our photo gallery below for a look at the Finale & Avant-Garde Competition shows benefiting an amazing cause!

Hair and Makeup Credits: Salon Fusion (Chantel Manduca, Guiseppe Stanfa, Dmitriy, and their creative team), Steven Papageorge Salon and the Cosmetology Spa Academy (CSA).

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Finale Fashion Show

Avant-Garde Competition

PhotosYinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Chicago Fashion Week, S/S 2018: Beautiful Business

ByAlicia Nieto

Photos: Reyna Zuno for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Among FashionBar Chicago‘s Chicago Fashion Week runway shows, the event entitled Beautiful Business: A Professional Presentation was an evening aimed at those striving to reach their goal of making a career in the fashion industry. The night included a cocktail bar and complementary hors d’oeuvres. With Chicago’s John Marshall Law School as the professional backdrop, local boutique Akira (Featured Image) and designers Anastasia Chatzka and Potoya Marie Cobbs of Marie Chic Curves presented their successful fashion lines on the runway.

In addition to locally designed fashions presented this season, FashionBar Chicago‘s CEO, Tony Long aims to “bring awareness to ‘wellness’ as wellness is the foundation of fashion and beauty”. With that in mind, a percentage of the proceeds from Chicago Fashion Week will be benefiting the American Cancer Society of Illinois.

View our photo gallery below for a look at the night’s Beautiful Business night of fashion benefiting an amazing cause!

Hair and Makeup Credits: Salon Fusion (Chantel Manduca, Guiseppe Stanfa, Dmitriy, and their creative team), Steven Papageorge Salon and the Cosmetology Spa Academy (CSA).

Photos: Reyna Zuno for ‘I Live in a Magazine’