Category Archives: Event Report

Event Report: On the Verge at CUSP

by Kikanza Harris

Combine one DJ, a pink carpet with picture-snapping paparazzi, cocktails and snacks; a beauty bar with make-up artists serving up smokey eye perfection and refreshing bold red lips to attendees; add in the latest fashions from designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory, Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff and you’ve got On The Verge.

On the Verge CUSP Event

Gold Fringe was in attendance at the On The Verge shopping event in Neiman Marcus’ CUSP boutique hosted by Refinery 29 and Chicago blogger Liz Schneider of Sequins and Stripes. CUSP is the answer to a boutique experience—a hip space, leading designers, an expertly curated collection, but with all the conveniences of a department store. And though the CUSP experience is expanding beyond its fashion forward approach of online and select free-standing boutiques, to soon be included in all Neiman Marcus stores, Chicago is lucky enough to be home to one of its current choice locations.


Check out some CUSP items we’re coveting…

Thin, buttery soft, and the top half of a LWD, is the perfect way to do leather in the summertime.

Summer Leather Fashion


 

It’s all in the details and we’re loving the grommets and piping on these dresses.

Grommets and Piping at CUSP


 

Grey and white, so simple but so chic.

Grey and White Maxi CUSP


 

Pretty reminders of what we’re always striving to achieve.

Necklaces at CUSP


 

A little bit of humor in your fashion never hurts.

Leather Hat Parental Advisory Sweatshirt CUSP

Event Report: Ultimate Bride Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

Magnolia Atelier attends Ultimate Bride Chicago’s 2014 Spring/Summer Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

Monique Lhuillier
by Kikanza Harris

After viewing the 2014 Spring/Summer Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show at Ultimate Bride Chicago, we came to realize the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” couldn’t be a more true statement. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Lhuillier whose gorgeous wedding gowns give a nod to couture fashion, created her first collection in 1996 after searching for her own wedding dress and being dissatisfied with the options. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Since then Lhuillier has dressed celebrities on the red carpet like Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and First Lady Michelle Obama. And her collection has expanded to include fashion, fine jewelry, lifestyle and of course all things bridal, from wedding gowns to bridesmaids dresses. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Our favorite thing about this collection is Lhuillier understands that we women love choices (speaking in terms of fashion of course, grooms no need to worry) and Monique delivers with several dresses that have removable skirts! Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Also following the fashion trend of ballet inspired silhouettes and barely there watercolor pastels, this season’s Monique Lhuillier Bridal Collection runs the full gamut of pretty. Whether your version of pretty is a strapless gown with beading and a trumpet tulle bottom, a sleek and modern mix of satin and tulle in ball gown form, or a romantic sheath with full-on textured sleeves, Lhuillier’s skill for combining lace, embroidery, tulle and beaded embellishment is put together in the prettiest way.

Event Report: Chez Open House

Magnolia Atelier Attends the Chez Grand Opening Event

Entrance to Chez Chicago at the Open House event

by Margaret Williams

Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago at 247 East Ontario is a modern spin on a historic venue. From 1932-1960, this space was home to the popular nightclub, Chez Paree. Guests of the Chez Paree enjoyed the musical talents of Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Tito Puente and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. The club also hosted famous comedians such as Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett and Mae West. This month, the space was unveiled to the event industry as a new venue of choice for weddings, cocktail receptions, corporate events and beyond.

At the grand opening event, the red carpet was rolled out for event planners and vendors to experience all that Chez has to offer! Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a couple adorned in traditional 1920s evening attire. The now modern, loft-like event space was drenched in beautiful magenta, violet and cerulean lighting. The glowing magenta bars flanked the large event space, with a specialty bar offering delectable cocktails from the all-women mixologists of Femme du Coupe. Moulin Rouge inspired arrangements flanked the bars with glistening crystal chandeliers towering high above from The Revel Group. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres circulated around the room from some of our favorite caterers in the city including Limelight, Food for Thought, Entertaining Company and Wolfgang Puck. The pièce de résistance of the evening: the incredible cancan dancers who entertained in their all-black, feather embellished costumes, all upon the circular, multi-tiered stage in the middle of the room.

Chez Chicago Open House Event

We are always excited to see a new venue enter the scene and our heads filled with ideas on how to transform Chez for any event. We look forward to the creative events this space will inspire along with hosting an event there in the future!

Event Report: A Charitable Confection

by Kikanza Harris

We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.

Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.

If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.

A Charitable Confection

Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.

And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.

A Charitable Confection

We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.

But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.