Style and charisma blazed the catwalk during Chicago Fashion Week

Chicago Fashion Week 2014 concluded with a bang. Kiwi’s Boutique, located 1015 S. Western Ave. in the UIC district, turned up the glam with Celebrity Stylist J. Bolin’s Bootcamp and models gracing the runway with local designer’s fashion. Sunday, Oct. 19, Society Art Gallery on the northwest side of Chicago was the backdrop to eclectic attendees, tasty hor d’oeuvres, bumpin music and, of course, high fashion.

Kiwi’s Boutique owner, Chiquita White set the bar very high for Chicago’s fashion scene. Nine years ago, Chiquita probably would not have dreamt of the magnitude of her success today. Her hard work and perseverance have paid off.

Besides seeking out fabulous clothes to drape the lime green walls of her boutique, Chiquita desires to educate her clients, budding stylists and fashion enthusiasts alike. Kiwi’s Boutique rolled out the red carpet for Celebrity Stylist to the Stars, J. Bolin for an all day boot camp on Saturday, Oct. 18. Those who attended the interactive seminar came away with golden nuggets of wisdom. From the moment the attendees hit the door to the time they left, questions were hurled. They were “sponges” ready to sop up all the knowledge they could absorb, according to J. Bolin. The intimate setting allowed those in attendance to kick their shoes off and get up close and personal with the famed stylist.

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Pulling out all stops, Chiquita’s team assembled some of the best models, student make up artists and hairstylists to compliment the designer’s looks. Including Celebrity Designer Barbara Bates (Bates Designs and breast cancer survivor), local designers put forth their best foot with styles to take attendees from a casual weekend to an evening out on the Magnificent Mile. Giveaways and fun was had by all in attendance with the hilarious host Samantha Thomas of Small Talk Web Show.

If Chicago Fashion Week 2014 was any indicator for the future, Chiquita White and Kiwi’s Boutique are in for a fantastic 2015.

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia

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