Monday, October 07, 2013
 Nick Verreos Hosts 2013 Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event, Macy's On State Street Chicago

Last week, I had the chance to fly to one of my favorites cities in the US: Chicago! This was my next stop in the fabulous "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month" events celebrating the 2013 Icon of Style, Latina Superstar THALIA at the Macy's On State Street store, naturally!

If you have been keeping up on my blog here, a couple of weeks back I was in NYC Macy's Herald Square to host Manhattan's "kick-off" event WITH Thalia, where I did a Q&A with her, MC'ed and did some "Thalia Fans Crowd Control". You can read my recap of that event HERE. But this time, it was all about...


This particular event was to celebrate Thalia and her Fashion Style with a "Thalia-inspired fashion show" and her music. I always love coming to Macy's on State Street and looking up at the gorgeous--and very iconic--Tiffany glass ceiling:

Macy's on State Street Chicago, Tiffany Ceiling

Right after I arrived at Macy's on State Street, I headed to the executive offices to "get comfortable" and relax prior to hosting the event. On the way there, guess who I ran into: Project Runway Season 11 and Season 12 designer Kate Pankoke! I just about fell off my YSL Johnny Boots:

Alumn Bonding: Nick Verreos and Season 11 and Season 12 "Project Runway" designer Kate Pankoke--Macy's on State Street Chicago

Kate happened to be there because she is one of the designers in the Chicago Fashion Incubator. The CFI at Macy's on State Street provides six emerging Chicago-based Designers In Residence (DIR) with the resources, business acumen, and mentoring to launch their careers in fashion. Now, why was Miss Kate there? Well, the six designers (including Kate)--and two alumni--competed in a "friendly competition, as part of the Driehaus Design Initiative, to design a modern day garment inspired by an impressionist painting from the mid-1860's to the mid-1880's in the museum's exhibition. This is the beautiful red gown Kate made:

 It was inspired by a painting by Jean Beraud from 1878 titled "A Ball" (one of my favorites from the period)--Macy's on State Street Chicago

Now, back to my Hosting Duties...

 Nick Verreos Hosts Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Thalia Fashion Event--Macy's on State Street Chicago
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The event was a fabuloso party (naturally, since I hosted it!), featuring a DJ spinning Thalia tunes, food being passed around (churros!), a photo "booth", "virgin" Mojitos, as well as a runway show with Thalia-inspired clothing--all from Macy's of course. Here are some pics from the runway show:

  Thalia-inspired Runway Show "Nick Verreos Hosts May's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Thalia Fashion Event--Macy's on State Street Chicago
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Color Blocked: One of the designs shown was actually IN THE WINDOW at Macy's on State Street--a great color-blocked red and black Michael by Michael Kors dress with gold armhole studs. This is the same dress style that Thalia wore in the NYC event:
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Thalia in Michael by Michael Kors--Macy's Herald Square NYC

Nick y Las Modelos: Nick Verreos with models, Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Thalia Fashion Event, Macy's on State Street Chicago

Click Below to watch "Nick Vereros Talks Fashion With CelebTV Latino" in Chicago:


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