Stepping off the elevator to the eighth floor of Downtown's 933 Penn Ave. on Saturday was like being transported into a fantasy. Aerialists flying past guests, fashion models on swings and fluttering among birdcages, Aqui Tango's romantic music, and performance artists in local designer fashion greeted guests at Quantum Theatre's anticipated Q-Ball: HÔT Qture.
"This evening really was a collaboration between the local theater and fashion designers here in the city. The transformation of this space was truly a group effort," said Stevie Herendeen, Quantum Theatre's director of community relations.
As the 350 guests meandered through the dreamlike space, there were different scene setters to enjoy that designers had created to set off their fashion for the night. Kiya Tomlin's 1960s' style silver mod top and skirt was brought to life with a "Mad Men" themed set and models. "My aesthetic is all about comfort -- clean lines that flatter several bodies," she said.
For those who worked up an appetite admiring the fashion, E2 of Highland Park provided an array of Mediterranean-style hors d'oeuvres, including a bread bar for those who didn't have to squeeze into couture for the night. A live auction followed a tango line, and guests were encouraged to dance the night away.
"This night is always so much fun. It's such a great mix of people and for a great cause," said patron Larry Leahy. Also seen wearing their dancing shoes were Mattress Factory's Barbara Luderowski and Mike Olijnyk, Heather Arnet, Tim McVay and David Bush, Chanel and Eric Nernberg, Richard Rauh and Karen Meyers.