Dentist Marylis Ewa whipped up this ethnic-chic look right after seeing her last patient by quickly tying a scarf on her head and throwing on a bejeweled frock that fits her like a glove. The result is both earthy and sophisticated, perfect for the Haiti Fashion Week Preview she was attending during Fashion Focus CHICago, the city-sponsored fashion event taking place this week. According to Marylis, a board member of the DuSable Heritage Association, it makes a lot of sense for Chicago to showcase Haitian creations, since it was founded by Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a Haitian explorer. Fahion Focus CHICago also presents partnerships with Latino Fashion Week, African Fashion Week, the Chicago Fashion Incubator, and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), among others. Runway shows and shopping events are happening throughout the city through Sunday, October 11—check out the calendar at fashionfocuschicago.org.
Marilys was featured in my Chicago Reader column as well.