Fashionistas of Chicago united tonight for a special cause at the Blackstone Renaissance Hotel. Columbia College grad, Anna Fong showed off her spring collection and the proceeds of the evenings festivities went to the International Justice Mission. IJM spokesperson, Pamela Gifford told the crowd that slavery was a huge problem internationally, it was the third worst crime after drugs and weapons. The silent auction contained such items ranging from a blouse designed by Anna Fong to gift certificates to popular spots like Sunda and the Underground .
Guests were treated to a styling preview by Lincoln Park salon, Carissma , owner , Tony DiPasca. The event was hosted by Michigan Avenue Magazine’s Suzanne Negoyan. Sponsors included Sunda, the Underground , and Diet Pepsi.
A dramatic ceremonial Mayan dance complete with fire set the tone for the exciting fashions to come. Colorful costumes and energetic choreography were the highlights of the runway as dancers put the enthusiastic crowd in a “Mayan” mood. Inspired by a recent trip to Central America, Fong , true to her Guatemalan roots, Fong showed off her spring 2012 collection with the help of models from the Rock Agency. An after party was held at the Underground and golden bags courtesy of Diet Pepsi were given to the guests