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Monday, August 13, 2012

Benjamin Cottrell Designs...Raising The Bar in Chicago Fashion

"I let my Inspiration come from the heart and feel it when I walk into a space." ~Benjamin Cottrell

The Behind the Scenes Production that goes into Making a Fashion Show & Photoshoot happen is surely not for the faint at heart. As many of you seasoned fashion lovers and industry pros know-
it literally takes an entire crew to make the final precise production come to life.
With a lifetime of experience and love of styling as well as interior design,
Benjamin lives and breathes fashion.

Benjamin, Principal & Founder of Benjamin Cottrell Designs is The most sought after & in demand fashion production and event planner in the Chicago Fashion Industry. With countless memorable styling and production of shows...just to name a few: Borris J Powell Without A Shadow Of A Doubt, GOCA The Elegance of Maturity, The Victorian Ball in The 21st Century and the list goes on and on.

Give us the essence of The Signature Benjamin Cottrell Look.
 I asked as we drank cocktails alfresco at a Favorite Summer hangout spot of mine,
The Tavern Treehouse in downtown Chicago:
"Signature Classic Gentleman with an urban twist." Benjamin responds while wearing his signatures:
*Aviators Always
*Grandfather 1970's Allen Edmond Shoes
*Gold Nixon Watch
*Perfectly tailored button up or jacket

Benjamin Cottrell Designs will be taking everything to a BIG LEVEL...
Raising the Bar this upcoming Fashion Season. Highlighting all the designers in each show with a different capacity. Think Venues that People haven't seen in a runway show: Bowling Alley's, Opera Ballrooms and Shutting down two blocks in the City for Fashion In The Street.

Although his Production lineup is overwhelming for even the fondest lover of fashion...
  Benjamin handpicked a few events that he is thrilled about and you just can't miss:

Fashion In The Street August 25th & 26th shutting down 2 blocks of Washington Street
In the West Loop to put a 100 ft Runway with Chicago Icon's headlining
Calvin Tran, Borris Powell and Akira.
Expected 30,000 attendance!

September 27, 2012 CLEONS 10year Anniversary...Benjamin Cottrell Designs will be turning a bowling alley into a runway!

October 5, 2012 Fashion of the Opera at Intercontinental Grand Ballroom.
America Chamber of Opera with Opera singers Miss Chicago and other Opera singers on the runway. Benefiting the Merit School of Arts.

October 15, 2012 Opening Night at Chicago Fashion Focus benefiting the Nature Museum.
After taking a short break from the industry events this past month Benjamin Cottrell Designs debuts this week at Ladies Night Chicago at CARNIVALE!
(Ticket's are available here with discount promo code: BENJAMIN)

With a packed season, filming a pilot series for a major television network, all the glamorous events and photoshoots in between Benjamin Cottrell Designs shares a insightful advice to anyone aspiring to work in the fashion industry:
"Start somewhere but to have confidence to work your way up. And aligning yourself with the right people like upcoming designers you see doing big things in the future."

Benjamin Cottrell Designs has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Apartment Therapy, Houzz Magazine, CS Interiors, Fashionista-Chicago and Chicago Fashion Connect.
View August Production Schedule Listed Below:

Chicago Fashion Connect
August Fashion Industry Mixer on August 19 at Citizen Bar.

 American Crew Face Off on August 19th at Crimson Lounge of Hotel Sax.
Joining forces with Custom Hair Lounge and Spa, Benjamin kicks off the first no-holds-barred men's styling competition.

Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete with Renita Manley-Garrett
on the 30th at the Beverly Arts Center. It's the ultimate local fashion celebration!

Kate Johnson his hair and makeup glam girl, will be alongside with her Smashbox kit in Tow ready to complete the magic touches with gorgeous colors and styling.

 For more details about each event, please visit Benjamin Cottrell Designs.


All Images Provided on behalf of Benjamin Cottrell Designs