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Latino Fashion Week attracts celebrities Andy Vargas-Lead Vocalist for Santana to perform closing night Nick Verreos – Project Runway, & much more


 The Windy City will be the talk of fashionistas as Chicago prepares for the 6th Annual Latino Fashion Week®, the only full-week and tour dedicated to Latino fashion in the country! Kicking off on October 9 – 13, 2012, LFW™ will be held at the Zhou B Art Center 1029 W. 35th Street and Macy’s, 111 N. State Street. 

This year, LFW™ celebrates “Images of Fashion” dedicated to the industry behind the lens. A special photography exhibit by world-renowned fashion photojournalist Daniel Garriga will be on display throughout the week at the Zhou B Art Center. “We are pleased to be honoring the images and extraordinary career of Daniel Garriga who will receive an award closing night of LFW™,” says principals Arabel Alva Rosales and Cesar Rolon.

Schedule of Events:

 Tuesday, October 9: LIGHTS, CAMERA, FASHION: LFW™ Red Carpet Media Party  

Zhou B Art Center – 1029 W. 35th St.

Doors Open: 5:30 PM | Reception: 6:00 PM | Runway Show: 7:15 PM

Hosted by Windy City Live’s Ryan Chiaverini and KISS FM’s Nina Chantele, a Red Carpet Media Reception will kick off the week with the theme Images of Fashion featuring top local Latino designers including Noelia Cruz, Claudia Urrutia, Nelissa Carrillo, Roland Rodriguez and Sadia Pattison, each of whom will present his or her most outstanding designs. In addition, LFW™ will feature its annual catwalk with Chicago’s very own local celebrities including Chicago Bears’ Evan Rodriguez, WGN’s Lourdes Duarte, ABC’s Stacey Baca, NBC’s Natalie Martinez and Daniella Guzman, Univision’s David Miranda, B96’s Julian Nieh, Rockit Ranch Productions President Arturo Gomez and more!

Wednesday, October 10: Macys & LFWâ„¢ celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month honoring 2012 Icon of Style, Carlos Santana

Macy’s, 111 North State Street, Dress Department – 4th Floor

5:30 PM | RSVP REQUIRED: 1-800-329-8667

Join Macy’s, Vanidades magazine & LFWâ„¢ “In Conversation” with our panel of experts for a discussion on Carlos Santana’s influence in the music and fashion world. After the panel, enjoy music, light Latin-inspired refreshments and, with any Carlos by Carlos Santana $5O purchase or more made during the event, receive a copy of Santana’s newest album Shape Shifter and limited-edition keychain.

Fashion Designer of Nikolaki Design and Project Runway contestant Nick Verreos will host and moderate the panel of style makers and industry experts which includes Diego Rocha, a Brazilian born handbag designer who opened his first store in Chicago, Jacqueline Blanco, Editor in Chief of Vanidades Magazine and Leanne Violette, Designer of Carlos by Carlos Santana Footwear.

Thursday, October 11: MHOA & LFWâ„¢ present Teen Runway Show and HACER Gala Fundraiser
Zhou B Art Center – 1029 W. 35th St.

Doors Open & Exhibit: 5:00 PM | AWSUM Panel: 6:30 PM | Runway Show: 7:00 PM | Gala: 8:15 PM

Now in its 4th year, this family event is highlighted by a Teen Runway Show, followed by the HACER Gala for Education, promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved self-esteem featuring the AWSUM (Amazing-Wonderful-Super-Unique-Me) Panel Discussion with teen-savvy motivational speakers including Miss Illinois USA Nancy To, Univision’s Carolina Rodriguez, Founder of Vox Populi Magazine Patrick Seller, Ford Models Agent David Sanchez and more. Runway show will feature designs by designer Andrea Castro and Akira for Men. Sponsored by McDonald’s Hispanic Owner-Operators Association.

Friday, October 12: LFW™ presents “For the Jetsetter: Haute Couture, Resort and Swimwear”

Zhou B Art Center – 1029 W. 35th St.

Doors Open: 6:00 PM | VIP Reception: 6:30 PM | Runway Show: 7:45 PM

Hosted by Journalist Carlos Anaya, this VIP reception honors Fashion Hope, an organization that builds awareness and raises funds in the fashion industry to help rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking; exposing what is perhaps the gravest human rights atrocity of our time. This will be followed by an exclusive runway show with designs by Eva Chen, a rising star in the international fashion industry; Eva has absorbed the merits of different cultures and put them into her designs. Also featuring local and international designers, Yirko Sirivich swimwear for men and Eva by Evelyn swimwear for women.  Celebrity guests include Erick Jimenez Sabater, Mister Universe Model 2012, Singer and The Voice contestant Terisa Griffin, Univision’s Jackie Guerrido and more!

Saturday, October 13: LFWâ„¢ presents Paparazzi Glamour and Fashion Lounge & Expo

Zhou B Art Center – 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago

Fashion Lounge & Expo: 11 AM – 8 PM

A Shoppers Fashion Lounge Expo: This lavishly fun pre-holiday shopping extravaganza will feature an array of premier clothing, right off the runway, accessories, make-up and salon boutiques. Booths will host mini makeover specials, product demonstrations and workshops. FREE & Open to the Public.

Paparazzi Glamour: Exhibit: 6:00 PM | VIP Reception: 7:00 PM | Runway Show: 8:00 PM

This glamorous evening, hosted by ABC’s Sylvia Perez, WGCI’s UB Rodriguez and Vanidades Magazine, begins with a VIP Celebrity status reception, followed by the finale runway show including collections by designers Argemito Sierra, Andrea Castro, Yirko Sivirich, Vanidades Magazine’s featured designer, Gabriela Moya and more. Celebrity guests include Journalist Carlos Anaya and Spanish soap opera star Christian Carabias. Special Performance by Andy Vargas, Lead Singer of Santana. 

Andy Vargas

Deemed “Latin Soul’s New Favorite Son,” Andy Vargas is a multifaceted crossover artist with a conviction for Latin music and culture. As the lead vocalist of SANTANA, his passionate voice and stage presence blend his deep roots of old world Latin music with modern day Latin style. Influenced by his father Javier Vargas, Andy was exposed to music at the early age of three years old.  By the time he was seven, he began to perform with his father’s mariachi band in Watsonville, California. Encouraged by his father’s excitement to teach him, Andy quickly saw the powers of a deeper communication and expression in music.  His interest in R&B soul, led him to follow musicians and bands like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, The Temptations, Etta James, War and Carlos Santana.

Recognized by top executives in the entertainment business, Andy caught the eye of music producer Terry Melcher. He signed his first recording contract to R.C.A Records at the age of seventeen, under the guidance of super A&R executive Ron Fair.  Prior to his first album release, Andy was introduced to the legendary Carlos Santana.  Impressed with Andy’s musical talents, he was asked to join the new Santana Band. 

His cross-cultural appeal allows Andy to compose and sing melodies, soulful lyrics, and captivating grooves with music that makes you move.  When you come in contact with Andy Vargas, you will understand that he is more than just an artist, musician and DJ, he is an unforgettable experience. 

Daniel Garriga

As a photographer, director and creative director born in Barcelona, Spain, Daniel Garriga grew up with a strong artistic heritage. This initial exposure helped to develop his keen interest in visual arts, photography and fashion. He has been featured numerous times as the key photographer on hit fashion TV series “America’s Next Top Model,” “Project Runway” and recent break-out hit “It’s a Brad Brad World” on Bravo. He also played a cameo as a NY high fashion photographer and mentor of the main character in the Hollywood feature “Comfortably Lost,” in theaters soon.

Editorial Photography includes: Vogue, Vogue China, Marie Claire, Seventeen, GQ Magazine, Esquire, Glamour, WWD, WWD Men’s, Men’s Health and Menswear. Advertising Photography and Commercial Directing experience includes America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, Oscar de la Renta, Coca-Cola, Martini Rossi, Starr Rum, John Frieda, Kiehl’s, Ouidad, The Gap, Callaway Golf, Perry Ellis, Verizon Wireless, Gillette Fusion, Deutsche Bank, Kohl’s, Somerset Collection, 900Stores, Millenia Mall, XX Beer, Modelo Beer and Plaza66 China.

Nick Verreos

Nick Verreos is an American fashion designer and contestant on the second season of the reality television program Project Runway.  He was a panel member on Lisa Rinna’s fashion wrap up shows on TV Guide Network that followed the Grammys, Oscars and Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2008 and 2009. Nick hosted 3 fashion segments on E! Countdown to the Academy Awards and covered the Red Carpet Arrivals on SOAPnet.com for the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards.

LFWâ„¢ supports the following:

Fashion Hope

Fashion Hope builds awareness and raises funds in the fashion industry to help rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, exposing what is perhaps the gravest human rights atrocity of our time.


A U.S. Scholarship program, designed to provide financial assistance to eligible graduating Hispanic High school Seniors who face limited access to educational and career opportunities.

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