Chicago Fire Fashion Show

for sale Greg Cochrane” alt=”Chicago Fire Defender, look Greg Cochrane” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/233A3840-1024×683.jpeg” width=”467″ height=”311″ /> Chicago Fire Defender, Greg Cochrane strikes a pose on the runway. Photo credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The Chicago Fire hosted their 2nd annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show last week at Revel downtown, proving once again that these footballers are just as well-footed off the field as they are on.

With proceeds benefitting the Chicago Fire Foundation, the second year event drew Fire fans, family, friends, socialites and fashion admirers alike, providing an evening of sophistication, fashion and sport like no other event in Chicago.

Elizabeth Stanton and I had the opportunity to attend this year and arrived about 20 minutes before the players took the stage. Upon arriving, we immediately grabbed two glasses of wine from the open bar and cruised the perimeter of the venue, visiting several vendor booths that included designer eyewear and hats.

Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Midfielder Benji Joya. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

One of my favorite local news personalities, Natalie Bomke took the stage as the emcee and welcomed the crowd that included a solid mix of men and women and a few bonafide fashionistas. Attendees sat in chairs lined up against the catwalk that was appropriately placed in the middle of the event space.

One by one players and coaches emerged from a back room behind the stage and each took their turn walking the runway in looks by Mens Warehouse, featuring Joseph Aboud, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

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Forward Robert Earnshaw. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

While some of the ballers were better cat-walkers than others, each player and coach had their own sense of style as they took their turn posing for fans and snapping cameras as the DJ pumped out great beats and kept the crowd engaged.

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Forward Quincy Amarikwa. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

My only issue with the program this year was that the players were not announced prior to taking the stage and there was no mention to what they were specifically wearing. The event could have been more engaging if each player had been introduced, including his position – and perhaps an interesting anecdote or two (…resides in the UK in the off-season…enjoys cooking in his spare time, etc.) as well as what exactly he was wearing. This was a missed opportunity to market the players, and the clothing, to a diverse group that may not be attending games on a regular basis.

Overall, it was another successful event for the Fire, providing fans an opportunity to see players in a different light and enjoy a night of sport and fashion in an intimate setting. While the Fire may not have had the season they had hoped for, they still know how to bring their A-game for lifestyle-focused events that fans have come to love and expect from the sophisticated and international team.

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2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof

Hot Event Alert: Round up the gals now for the Chicago Fire’s second annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show on Thursday, site September 25th at Revel. Whether your pals are the football loving kind or not, this must-hit event is perfect for any smart woman who appreciates fashion with a dose of charity. For Chicago Fire lady fans, there is no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the team’s favorite, model-material players and coaches as they walk the run way for charity to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT at Revel event space on Randolph (440 West Randolph Avenue).

Tickets start at $50 for general admission and include complimentary cocktails. A $75 VIP ticket is available that includes front row seating, three drink tickets and a gift. The fashion show will be emceed by local media personality and Good Day Chicago Anchor Natalie Bomke. Purchase tickets HERE.

Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

I had the chance to attend last year’s Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof, read my full review HERE. Although the venue has changed this year, I expect a similar atmosphere of high energy, great beats, gorgeous crowd, impressive fashion and serious eye candy.

Players and coaches will walk the runway in some of the hottest looks of the season including Vera Wang tuxedos, Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud for the Men’s Warehouse, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

While we love all our Chicago teams, the Fire just seem to get it right when it comes to throwing events. From their Art of Futbol event this spring, to the legendary White Party each summer, to their annual Fashion Show, the Fire know how to throw a party with class and style.

Can’t make it to the fashion show on Thursday? The Chicago Fire’s season ends on October 24th, get out to Toyota Park today before it’s too late – view the Fire’s remaining schedule and search for tickets HERE.

The Fire have had a rough season, one that has been filled with too many tied games and not enough wins. They currently sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points, 17 points behind conference leaders, D.C. United. But as with all of our Chicago teams, losing seasons don’t keep us from supporting the team on and off the filed.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to support the Fire at the end of a lackluster season than watching them strut their impressive stuff down the runway while sipping cocktails. See you on Thursday.

For more information, please visit www.chicago-fire.com.

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Any sport lovin’ gal knows that footballers are the fashionistas of the sporting world. As some of the hardest working men in sports, malady these lean, and label-loving machines inspire us off the field with their attention to fashion that often includes international labels and fashion-forward looks that we only read about in the pages of Vouge.

So you can imagine how pumped we were to hear that the men of the Chicago Fire will be walking the runway here in Chicago next Thursday, all on behalf of charity.

Hosted at the ROOF on the Wit on Thursday, September 19th, you can watch your favorite footballers strut their stuff down the runway sporting the season’s hottest looks from the 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops including designers Diesel, Mezlan Footwear, The Original Penguin and even Chicago Fire Apparel.

Tickets are $50 for regular entry that includes a glass of Moet Hennessy or $75 for VIP access that includes reserved seating near the catwalk, glass of champers, gift bag and a raffle ticket for the exclusive Wit prize package. All proceeds will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. runway show. More details on the event can be found HERE.

Daniel Paladini

Scheduled to appear are some of the Chicago Fire’s finest: Quincy Amarikwa, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Sean Johnson, Hunter Jumper, Daniel Paladini, Gonzalo Segares, Paolo Tornaghi, Michael Videira and goalkeeper coach, Aron Hyde.

Soccer fan or not, this is one event not to be missed. How often do we get to see some of Chicago’s finest athletes contained off the field in a gorgeous setting? Not to mention the clothes, the music, the men…I’ll stop there. Want more? Check out the ladies over at Kickette.

And remember, it’s not too late to head to Toyota Park to see the Fire in action. With only seven games remaining in the regular season, the Fire sit in seventh place in the East, only two points out of playoff contention. Every game counts and there’s never been a better time to see these fine men in action. For more Fire news including tickets visit the Chicago Fire’s homepage.

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