Friday, May 3, 2013 marked the School of the Art Institute Chicago’s 79th annual fashion show- The Walk 2013.  The evening was truly inspired as collections from the SAIC students took to the runway, and Chicago’s most fashionable flocked to Millennium Park for what was undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets in town.

While the students and their collections were the real stars of the night, the show presented the sisters behind Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, with the Legend of Fashion Honor.  Melissa Sage Fadim was also honored as the Heart of Fashion Award Recipient.

Notable guests included Chicago fashion legend, Ikram Goldman, Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman, artist and SAIC faculty member Nick Cave, and Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping, among others.

Following the incredible show, I was honored to be included in the amazing event and dinner that followed on the rooftop of the Harris Theater, where I was able to chat with the student designers, and had the honor of meeting the Mulleavy sisters among others.  What a night!  Here are some of the photos:

[Left to Right - Looks designed by: Blair Disbrow, Jordan Kiehle, and Crystal Crubaugh]

Some of the most highly anticipated looks of the night were designed by juniors Blair Disbrow, Jordan Kiehle, and Crystal Crubaugh, who incorporated crystals and stunning pieces of jewelry generously provided by presenting sponsor, Swarovski, into their etherial designs, as seen above.

Left to right Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, Ikram Goldman, Peter Copping, and Mickey Boardman watch a collection go down the runway.

Anne Slowey, Elle’s Fashion News Director, served as emcee for the evening.

Designers take the final walk with their models.

I think we may have spotted a future Academy Award winning costume designer (or two!) in the senior class…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte accept their honor, and give an extremely gracious speech.  These ladies are as down to earth as they are talented- very refreshing!

Melissa Sage Fadim receives an honor for her continued dedication to the school, presented by the current Sage Foundation Scholarship holder.

The stunning dinner and after party hosted on the rooftop of the Harris Theater.

Designer Peter Copping with fellow fashion enthusiasts.

A gorgeous model having fun with sponsor, Maybelline.

Famed artist and SAIC instructor, Nick Cave.

A designer and one of her model having a ball at the after party.

Gorgeous party goers.

Left, a striking model. Right, established designer Azeeza Khan with the handsome Jared.

A group of designers with their models.

Right, one of the many gorgeous necklaces from sponsor, Swarovski, that we saw that night.  Left, a look from one of our favorite collections, with the designer.

The always lovely Emma Arnold, and entourage.

Jenn Lake and Roslyn Clayton looked dazzling in their dresses.

A student designer (right) with her “1950′s housewife on acid” inspired model.

You can see more from Amelia’s night at The Walk 2013 on our Instagram account.

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