Cue the Beatles! Raise the Union Jack! The UK hit Chicago last Friday for Macy’s Glamorama 2012, and excited was I to dress up in dramatically elegant garb, walk down a red carpet in entrance to the Harris Theatre and interview Robin Thicke and Karmin pre-performances.
Clad in all black, topped with a bright red fluoro jacket, Thicke swooned the crowd with his sweet voice and overall suave demeanor. The object of my personal affection, though, were Amy and Nick of Karmin a dynamic duo that gained highly warranted cyber fame from their hip-hop YouTube covers. The pair was looking all-American, and I was wondering where, exactly, did the British Invasion theme fit into the evening’s entertainment. Nick was dressed in dark denim and a button-up, while Amy wore a Gaga-esque Topshop disco dress with hair styled to match. Despite their less-than-English ensembles, their plan was to incorporate British lingo into their performance, “we wanted to say ‘cheerio’ in all of our songs, but we learned earlier today that they don’t even say ‘cheerio’ in England! They say ‘cheers!'” Laughed Amy. Their performance was the highlight of my night.
It wasn’t all music, though. Style prevailed as models prowled the catwalk, a nod to Abbey Road. English school uniforms were the theme for the evening between the knee high socks and brogues on the Bar III models to the newsboy caps, shawl collar sweaters and vests on the models in the Sean Jean show.
Things started to get wild when Marc Jacobs models walked on stage appearing as though they hopped out of a Tim Burton-inspired Dr. Seuss book. Feet were adorned with rhinestone embellished pilgrim half heels, and heads were topped with oversized faux fur hats. The evening ended with close-to-nude Diesel models in barely there undies. Remember when I said Karmin was easily the highlight of the night? I lied.
Following the musical performances and fashion shows, we made our way upstairs where the British invasion continued. The Windsor Terrace held the Queen’s jewels, the Piccadilly Circus Tent offered Lancome make-up touch ups and the English Garden invited attendees to indulge in mini tea sandwiches, See’s Truffles and cupcakes by Sugar Bliss. Jolly good times aside, the event was a huge success in generating money on behalf of Macy’s charity partners. Cheers to that, indeed!