Chicago House Fashion Show and Brunch

April 27, 2011 10:09:14 AM PDT
Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is back with its 24th Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show.

Over 400 expected attendees and guests will enjoy a 3-course gourmet brunch. Guests will also be able to purchase flowers at the one of a kind "Flower Market". The fashion show will also feature Spring 2011 look from local retailer Mark Shale. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction all to benefit Chicago House.

Chicago House Brunch & Fashion Show
Sunday, May 1st 11:30am-3PM
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street
(773) 248-5200 (ext 303)

LOOK 1: "To work" (*All from René Lezard)
? Gray suit jacket $945
? Gray pants $395
? Purple and gray blouse $395

LOOK 2: "To weekend"
? Olive vest by Go Silk $188
? White tee by James Perse $105
? Maxi skirt by Inhabit $398

LOOK 3: "To cocktail"
? Silk rose gold swing dress by Halston Heritage $435

LOOK 4: Men's
? Italian washed suede jacket by Gimo's $1,095
? Shirt by Eton $265
? Jeans in the protégé fit by AG Adriano Goldschmied $195
? Belt by Marc New York $60
? Chukka boots by Frye $228

About Chicago House
Since 1985, Chicago House has provided permanent housing and supportive services to men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. Their programs have since expanded to include community case management, substance abuse counseling, HIV prevention, medical adherence and the Midwest's first employment training and placement program specific to people with HIV. Chicago House also now offers free, anonymous rapid HIV testing.

Maria Pinto Biography (property of
Maria Pinto is a graduate of Chicago's School of the Art Institute, majoring in fine art with a focus in fashion. Pinto, also, attended New York's Parson's School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Soon after graduation, Pinto landed a coveted position working for legendary designer Geoffrey Beene. It was while working with Beene that Pinto learned the importance of 'paying attention to detail', the techniques of draping, and the art of editing.

The Maria Pinto label made its fashion debut with a collection of luxurious accessories at Bergdorf Goodman in 1991, after being 'discovered' by then-president Dawn Mello. Almost immediately, Pinto received recognition as a designer who could take unusual fabrics and transform them into elegant, signature pieces. It was this initial success that gave her the confidence to expand her brand into the evening wear arena. After closing her initial fashion house in 2002 on the heels of a deep downturn in the economy and an embezzlement, Pinto re-launched the Maria Pinto brand in 2004. Taking the best of her first initial efforts combined with renewed determination and fresh creative energies, Pinto reopened the doors with a new vision of the brand that would introduce separates for day, rounding out her previously successful evening wear and accessory collections.

In August of 2008, Pinto opened her first boutique, a natural extension of her atelier, located in Chicago's West Loop. The store was a hit in the U.S. fashion scene and generated significant revenue for the small company. The sleekly sophisticated loft space, muted dark wood tones with glimpses of color, proved a retail match for the Maria Pinto collections. Customers could feel and see the essence of the brand from the moment they walked through the door.

Pinto's collections have been featured in major fashion publications, including Vogue, WWD, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle. She has received many prestigious design and fashion accolades throughout her career, including the opportunity on two occasions to design seductive costumes for the Joffrey Ballet (Recorde Per Due (2002) and Age of Innocence (2008)), the Best of Fashion Award, Chicago Magazine (2000), and the Gold Coast Fashion Award, previously awarded to Anne Klein, Donna Karan and Bill Blass (1998). In 2009, Pinto was honored by the Anti-Defamation League as the recipient of their Women of Achievement Award, and the School of The Art Institute's Legend of Fashion Award.

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