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playCHIC 2015 Fashion Show: Haute Couture Holiday Fashions (A Geek-themed Fashion Show)

playCHIC 2015 Fashion Show: Haute Couture Holiday Fashions Inspired by Hot Holiday Toys Featuring New Designs by Peach Carr from Project Runway, and Cutting Edge Designer Michelle Tan One Night Only, at Alhambra Palace in Chicago’s West Loop – Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.

What happens when looks and style of Fashion Week are combined with the hottest toys of the year? Find out at the playCHIC Fashion Show – a playfully sophisticated evening of creative high end fashion taking place Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m., at the exquisite Alhambra Palace (1240 W. Randolph Street, in Chicago’s West Loop).

Project Runway All Stars contestant - Peach Carr and acclaimed Bucktown-based designer Michelle Tan will showcase their own original, toy-inspired runway looks. Haute couture designs – based on Spin Master’s Meccano and Zoomer Kitty toys, and Mayfair Games’ Extra! Extra! and Mystery! Board Games – will be unveiled before an audience of fashionistas, hipsters, divas and designers.

Tickets are $45, available now at

Peach Carr burst onto the fashion scene as a cheeky self-taught Chicago designer on Season 8 and Season 2 All Stars of Project Runway. Drawing from her 60’s and 70’s childhood, Peach finds inspiration for her designs from the music, art and vibe of that era. When designing, Peach always asks herself if Edie Sedgewick would have worn it. Dubbed by Tim Gunn as “Country Club Chic,” Peach designs for the woman who likes to be on-trend yet comfortable and polished. Her pieces range from bold wrinkle free day wear to chic evening and even stretch sequins for cocktails. The entire collection is made in Chicago by women, and is machine washable. “Real Housewife of NYC” Alex McCord, RHNJ’s Dina Manzo, Linda Yu, Leanne Trotter and Chicago’s own actress/writer Nora Dunn are among Peach’s celebrity clients.

Michelle Tan launched her eponymous fashion line in fall 2000, with a devotion to deconstruction and detail that helped make her one of Chicago’s fastest growing designers. After winning the “Style Maker and Rule Breaker” award from Fashion Group International and the Marshall Field’s Distinction Award, in 2001 Michelle sold her fashion line to the iconic Marshall Field’s department store. Since then, the Michelle Tan line has become internationally renowned, sold to more than 60 stores throughout the U.S. and overseas. In 2006, Michelle opened her first flagship boutique in Wicker Park, and was appointed as a Fashion Adviser on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Fashion Council. Michelle’s designs and handbags have been worn by celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Sarah Jessica Parker, and featured in magazines including Lucky, Elle, The New York Times, Chicago magazine and Chicago Social.

Check out a few sketches for the fashion to be featured at the show:

playCHIC 2015 kicks off an entire weekend of fun-filled events that are part of Chicago Toy & Game Week, culminating with Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) offering the whole family an opportunity to explore the booths of more than 100 toy and game exhibitors – including Spin Master, Mayfair Games, Hasbro, Uncle Milton, Razor and many more – transforming Navy Pier’s Festival Hall into a playful extravaganza of holiday fun for people of all ages. ChiTAG 2015 takes place Nov. 20 and 21 – the final weekend before to Thanksgiving!

For more information on the complete lineup of Chicago Toy & Game Week events, visit

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