2014 | Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge

The 2014 Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge will be held on November 12th, 2014 at Room 1520 in the West Loop. Five designers, including Meredith BanzhoffModahnikBorris PowellLagi Nadeau, and Katelyn Pankoke will participate in the "Project Runway" inspired competition, which will be emceed by Windy City LIVE co-host Val Warner and judged by members of Chicago's Fashion Community, including Dawn Bonasera Global Store Director, Louis Vuitton -The Magnificent Mile Chicago, Trevian Kutti, and Erica Strama.

In early November, competing designers will receive two Maisha Collective scarves chosen at random, and will have two weeks to design one original women's look and one accessory. Looks will be judged based on originality, wearability, demonstration of designer personality, and construction quality.

The event will celebrate and support refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, highlighting their work in the Maisha Collective, Heshima Kenya's income-generating project in which they produce the unique, hand-dyed scarves that will be featured in competition.

Doors open at 6pm and the Fashion show will begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $95 online and $100 at the door. 

Beer will be provided by Empirical Brewery.

Thank you to our host committee: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Honorary Chair; Shermin Kruse, Event Chair; Mimi Frankel, Scott & Chris Gordon, Jen Cullerton Johnson, Candace Jordan, Mindi Kaplan, Andrea Kramer, Ann Laatsch, Phyllis Nolan, Naomi Ollis, Daphne Ortiz, Jill Rasmussen, Erin Reichl, Anne Ream, Alisa Roadcup, Rebecca Singer, Joshua Yates, Emily Hughey Quinn, Olga Bugaeva, Comm. Bridget Gainer, Angela Corsa, Rose Rutzen, Rosalind Raddatz** and Souk Supantavong.

 Many thanks to our social media sponsor Arka Pana Consulting, Fashion Director Souk of Styled by SoukPure Kitchen CateringFig Media, Inc., Hair and Makeup Sponsor Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa, and media sponsor Chicago Splash!

 Purchase tickets here




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