Glamorama Lights Up the Night
Straight up 8:00 PM on Friday, August 9, the house lights went down at the Harris Theatre and it was show time for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2013, Fashion in a New Light; a one-hour theatrical extravaganza, the result of more than a year of planning. Design was state of the art: 42 computers, 350 lighting fixtures and 12 projectors creating sophisticated visual effects illuminating the stage while 60,000 watts of sound filled the theatre. 80 LED panels – almost 500 square feet – made up the backdrop.
After a brief introduction by Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren, the Peres Brothers performed, Hand-to-Hand, their mesmerizing act combining seemingly superhuman athleticism with extraordinary balance and agility. The third generation circus performers are a part of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère show in Las Vegas.
Another act from Mystère, Tissu, was by aerial artist, Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz, who took flight high above the stage, entwined in yards of billowing silk fabric: climbing, tumbling, spinning and falling headfirst before catching herself just above the stage floor, legs wrapped around the swaths.
The production transitioned into a high-energy fashion show featuring fall designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Rachel Roy, Tallia Orange, Tommy Hilfiger, Weekend Max Azria, Macy’s newest Impulse collection Maison Jules, Philosophy and the fine, fine, finely fit men in their Diesel briefs (ooo!)
The Summer Set, winners of Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition, was the opening act for multi-platinum, Grammy-award winner, Sheryl Crow who was this year’s entertainment headliner. Models, show staff and audience members filled in the space at the base of the stage – clapping, swaying and singing to lyrics of Crow’s tunes.
Between the two Cirque du Soleil acts the 1,900 attendees watched a poignant video presentation on this year’s ambassador family, the Maules. In the early morning hours, one night in July 2012, eight year-old Neilah and her five year-old sister, Jaden, were being driven back to their grandparent’s house when a drunk driver struck the car, ejecting the girls from the back seat.
Both suffered multiple broken bones. Neilah suffered the worst of it with a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for two weeks. Knowing the road to recovery was a long one for the sisters, the family was offered a room at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Now a year later, the sisters have made remarkable progress. Neilah is able to speak again and is practicing walking on her own. The evening raised over $250,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Glamorama Chicago’s charity partner since 2008.
The after-party followed on the Rooftop Terrace of the Harris Theater. Many were eyeing each other’s fashion choices enjoying specialty cocktails from Tequila Patron and a sampling a selection of appetizers. Long lines of guests patiently waited for their photo opportunity at Patron’s two sponsored photo booths. Guests were given prints and Patron posted pictures on Instagram. The best part of the evening for many high-heeled partygoers was snagging and changing into a pair of turquoise colored flip flops, the Macy’s give-away.
Friends and I scooted over to Public Hotel for a nightcap before calling it a night then I was homeward bound, finally tumbling into bed in the wee hours and dreaming I ran away and
Photos by Adam Bettcher for Macy’s
Photos by Chuan D Vo