Block 37 by latinos for everyone

Latino Fashion Week Kick Off

Monday, September 28, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

This week is the kick off to an amazing season of fashion right here in the Windy City. Chicago's Latino Fashion Week begins this week on Wednesday Sept. 30th through October 4th and is set to be the highlight of fall fashion in Chicago. Taking place at Block 37 in the news Latin Food Hall - Latinicity. Latinicity is one of Chicago's most anticipated dining openings. Brought to you by world-renowned chef Richard Sandoval, Latinicity is a delicious twist on Latin street food. Located on the third floor of Block 37, in the epicenter of Chicago’s Loop, this multi-sensory food hall experience features 12 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee cafe, wine bar, fresh market and lounge — plus a culinary center with cooking classes. 

This years events are sure to be memorable! Halfstack will be on hand to cover each day of the event. So, check back frequently for recaps. We are also excited to share a one on one interview with the LFW founders in our upcoming Fall 2015 issue of Halfstack Magazine. Check back this week for the full issue.

Latino Fashion Week has become a mainstay in regards to fall fashion events in Chicago. Each year, the event has grown and patrons continue to look forward to weeklong event. Latino Fashion Week is the brainchild of two Chicago Latinos and Natives: Cesar Rolon and Arabel Alva Rosales. Arabel is a prominent Chicago Hispanic business leader and an entrepreneur who runs a techfirm right here in the City. She’s a mother, a tech innovator and a supporter of all women following a dream.

Cesar is the mastermind behind Imagen Marketing andBrillante Multicultural Marketing Group – consulting firms that are behind some of Chicagos most prominent multi cultural events. His ability to connect brands and people is truly exceptional. Together they Launched Latino Fashion Week 9 years ago to fill a need in the market.

LFW is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. LFW is a multi-day branded entertainment environment providing opportunities for fashion designers and sponsors to come face-to-face with primary celebrities, musical talent, media and consumers. LFW also includes Model’s Night Out™, a fashionable way to raise funds and create awareness for great causes. LFW is not just a fashion show. It is a movement. “By Latinos, For Everyone.”


DATES: Wednesday, September 30th – Sunday, October 4th, 2015

VENUE: Block Thirty Seven, 108 N State St., 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60602

CHECK IN: Check In and Ticket Purchase located on the 1st Floor (near Dearborn entrance)

POP UP STORES: Located on the 3rd floor of Block Thirty Seven

AFTER PARTIES: Immediately following runway shows.

BENEFACTORS: Each day, a non for profit organization will receive a benefit through added awareness and/or by receiving funds.

RECEPTION will include celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Latinicity Food Hall + Lounge

PARKING: If you drive and park in the Block Thirty Seven parking garage, use the following link to pay your for discount parking in advance and avoid paying the full rate. This discount will also work during the Latino Fashion Week. Rate: $11.00 – if you park in the Garage, guests will have to prepay for parking; select the option for Latino Fashion Week:

In its ninth year, the theme for LATINO FASHION WEEK®, “TIMELESS,” leading into a decade of elegance, celebrates the ability to create fashion that is beautiful to the eyes, stimulating to the spirit and forever imprinted on the soul. LFW™ is a showcase of all that is fashion during the 2015 Tour in the cities of Miami and our hometown Chicago. The Chicago five-day event will include runway shows, celebrity appearances, VIP receptions, Fashion Lounges and much more. Each day reaches a different target market. Chevrolet has also been named the official vehicle brand of Latino Fashion Week and will debut the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu on site during the red carpet event on Wednesday Sept. 30th.

Check out the full line up below

Make a Red Carpet appearance at each event to be in the Digital Society Photo Album for LFW 2016, “A Decade of Elegance.”

Wednesday, September 30: OPENING NIGHT SPLENDOR
Red Carpet: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | VIP Reception: 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM | Runway: 8:00 PM
General Admission & Student Ticketholders Arrival: 6:30 PM

Don’t miss the arrival of the 9th Year Anniversary for Latino Fashion Week® Chicago – Timeless. Join the LFW movement during the five-day celebration of Chicago’s fashion with a Red Carpet Media Reception. Featuring the collections of local designers: Amanda Nicole by Jessica Blair, e&e Aubé Designs, Moi Soli, Robdechi and student designers from Chicago Fashion Foundation; each of whom will present his or her most stunning styles and dynamic designs. In addition, our annual local celebrity catwalk will include familiar faces from television, radio and the social circle that support LFW and will strut the runway. A performance by Chi-Caribena Dance Troupe.

Celebrity Emcees: Nicole Suarez, Mundo Fox and Omar Ramos, Univision
After Party: Shay Chicago, 222 W Ontario Street
Attire: Elegant Cocktail | Theme: Vintage 1940’s – 1950’s
Tickets: Students: $15 | General: $40 | VIP: $50

Thursday, October 1: Sophisticates’ Luncheon
Registration: 11:30 AM | Luncheon: 12:00 PM | Runway: 12:30 PM

The Sophisticates’ Luncheon is an opportunity to embrace the beauty and sophistication of women that are 35+. Spend the afternoon enjoying the latest fashions by Akira, e&e Aubé Designs and Moi Soli all while enjoying a delicious lunch. Connect and network with sophisticated fashionistas! “It’s not about age; it’s about your mindset.” Benefitting Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC).
Celebrity Emcee: Suzanne LeMignot, CBS
Tickets: $100

Thursday, October 1: MOSAIC OF FASHION
Registration: 6:00 PM | Reception: 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM | Runway: 8:00 PM

Featured designer, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada from Madrid, Spain, the representative of Spanish fashion on the main international catwalks. Also including the Inspiration Collection FW15 by the students of Jannette Klein University directly from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Mexico City. Performance by Ensemble Español and OMI Music’s Recording Artist, Omar Sanchez.

Attire: Colorful Palette
Tickets: Students: $15 | VIP: $50

Friday, October 2: TIMELESS STYLE, HIS, HERS
Registration: 6:00 PM | VIP Reception: 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM | Runway: 8:00 PM
General Admission & Student Ticketholders Arrival: 6:30 PM

An evening full of fashion provided by some of the best known national and international designers. The focus tonight is on menswear by Iridium Clothingand Sarar USA, with some amazing women’s fashion by Carmela Osorio Lugo and Gemma Pitarch (Representing Ecuador Fashion Week). Also announcing the “New Face of the SARAR Man” Contest. Benefitting the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Performance by El Bandolero

After Party: Primary Nightclub, 5 West Division Street
Attire: After Hours Glam | Theme: Wear Siren Red
Tickets: Student: $15 | General: $30| VIP: $50

Red Carpet: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | VIP Reception: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Runway: 8:30 PM
General Admission & Student Ticketholders Arrival: 7:00 PM

This elegant evening begins with a VIP celebrity status reception, followed by our finale runway shows, featuring collections of national and international designers including Adan Terriquez (Mexico), Roksolana Bogusta (Ukranian) and Laura Santana (Representative from Ecuador Fashion Week). Benefitting the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI).

After Party:Block Thirty Seven 3rd Floor until 1:00 AM (Music by Deejay KIDDD, Appetizers, Cash Bar) Performance by Matt LeGrand.
Attire: Glamorous | Theme: Black & White

Sunday, October 4: YOUTH FASHION DAY BY Latino Fashion Week AND (PRO)JECT US
Workshops & Runway: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Latino Fashion Week and (Pro)Ject Us presents Fashion skills development workshops including Style Wars and and an AWSUM (Amazing-Wonderful-Super-Unique-Me) Workshop with motivational speakers such as Ana Dominguez, The Queen of Tape and Devin Velez, Finalist for American Idol (Season 12). A special performance by Ángel Quinceañeras and closing with an amazing Quinceañera fashion runway show by Adan Terriquez and Kohl’s.

Celebrity Emcee: David Miranda, Univision
Target Age Group: 12-19*
Tickets:Admission is FREE – Online Registration is Required

*Parents will also be attending with their teens (family audience)


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