This weekend AKIRA held their 12th annual fall fashion show, “The Last Dimension” hosted by Marco Foster and Judy Hsu at the Grossinger City Autoplex, a great space for any large scale event with its immense square footage (400,000 to be exact) and industrial, raw template to work off of. Be sure to check out the gallery above of our experience from inside the VIP lounge, behind the scenes of the runway, and view from the front row.
Most of what to experience was before and after the show. Beforehand guests were spoiled with all kinds of goodies; food samplings from Chicago’s top restaurants, an array of beverage options, live DJ sets, spa-like treatments (massages & manicures), photo booths, and of course an exclusive look at this years fall fashion which was up for sale at the 10,000 sq ft pop-up shop AKIRA rendered. There was at least a couple thousand people in attendance this year, some elite guests of the night included James Maslow of Big Time Rush and Chicago Bulls all-star, Joakim Noah.
The fashion show itself lasted about 30 minutes featuring the hottest trends this season some of which were oversized plaid garments, western inspiration (suede fringe, tall-crown hats, aztec colors and prints), soft shades of pastel, and a couple Rick Owens drkshdw themed looks.
A good fashion show or any show for that matter isn’t as entertaining unless there are a couple surprises and this show was no exception. A couple peek-a-boo looks made an appearance on the runway and had the crowd cheering and screaming; of those, for example, was a male dressed in a black leather jacket wearing nothing but a strappy thong. Another series of eye catching looks were boxing themed, which is definitely becoming a fitness craze in Chicago right now. A series of chiseled, shirtless men and women wore revealing neutral toned crop tops (or lack thereof) paired with fitted denim jeans.
After the show guests mingled and were invited to after parties to continue the festivities at both Japonais and Underground with Akira staff, Ford Models, and the Chicago fashion scene. All in all the night was pretty amazing, we received a free gift bag filled with all kinds of swag (clothes, accessories, mini electronic gadgets, and tons of gift cards) and we even got a shoutout from Judy Hsu from the pit, can you spot Gowhere’s Maks G?!