The ROOF was on Fire Thursday night as some of our favorite footballers walked the runway sporting fall’s hottest looks, sale all on behalf of charity. For a girl who’s football affinity gravitates towards the gridiron, I must say, my appreciation and interest for the Chicago Fire intensified after tonight’s display of athleticsm, style and team fanfare.
Hosted at the ROOF on the Wit, the party was moving and the Moët was flowing by the time my husband and I arrived at 7:15 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. runway show. The crowd was evenly balanced and attractive with plenty of suits and ladies in fashion show-friendly attire.
Nine players of the Chicago Fire and one coach worked the catwalk in fashions provided by the 900 North Michigan Shops including designers Diesel, Penguin, Mezlan Footwear as well as stylish fan gear from the Chicago Fire.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Chicago Fire Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is committed to improving the quality of life of youth and communities throughout Chicagoland through health, wellness, education and environment.
Participating models were forward Quincy Amarikwa, midfielder Daniel Paladini, defenders Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Michael Videira and Hunter Jumper, goalkeepers Paolo Tornaghi and Sean Johnson, and goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde.
As someone who does not claim to be an avid fan of the Chicago Fire (I’ve been to a handful of games at Toyota Park over the last few seasons) I scrambled with my program anxious to identify each of these beautiful men as they humbly walked the makeshift runway.
There were a variety of looks on display ranging from a rust colored suit, to motorcycle jackets, cashmere sweaters with tapered pants, to a classic slim cut grey suit that perfectly accentuated the lean yet cut physique of its owner. The Diesel jeans were on full display as the urban chic look dominated after a few suits worked their way through the rotation.
The show finished with looks featuring Chicago Fire apparel, reminding me that these models were actually pro athletes, and just how far fan gear has come as Fire logos blended into their other catwalk looks. The men all took the stage at the finale as the crowd applauded and the women who lined the catwalk anxiously took photos as the players struck a pose one last time.
Afterward, members of the Chicago Fire Foundation took the stage to thank everyone for attending as players spilled out into the crowd and mingled with guests as DJ Big Once continued to pump out hard beats.
The Fire currently sits in the last playoff spot in the East with five games remaining in the regular season. Their next home game at Toyota Park is next Saturday night, September 28th against the Montreal Impact. Find tickets HERE.
If these nine playmakers can finish the season with the swagger and poise they showed last night, the Fire should be in a good position to make a decent run in the playoffs this year. I’m not ashamed to say that after last night’s display, I will certainly be paying more attention during these final weeks of the season.