This Year's Day on the Terrace Pays Tribute to Hazel Barr
By Melanie Rud Chadwick| August 3, 2016 |
Move over, Kendall, Gigi, and Karlie: Chicagoans are ready to strut the runway at Day on the Terrace.
Chicagoans like Tarrah Cooper and Alayna Washington Crenshaw have hit the catwalk for Day on the Terrace, which this year pays tribute to Hazel Barr for her dedication and years of service.
Since the first Day on the Terrace nearly 60 years ago, the Service Club’s annual fall fashion fundraiser has evolved quite a bit; what was once a backyard picnic lunch is now an elaborate affair at The Peninsula. Still, one thing has remained constant: the buzz of getting the very first glimpse of the season’s newest looks. “It’s always a show that people want to see,” says Jean Antoniou, one of this year’s chairs. Neiman Marcus is a primary participant this year, as are major labels Escada, Anne Fontaine, and Versace. And it’s not just the clothing that draws a crowd; the runway models are a veritable who’s who of the city’s social scene, from TV personalities to prominent philanthropists.
This year’s event even offers a twist as the Service Club pays tribute to one of its own, the beloved Hazel Barr, who founded the event. “The focus is on her dedication and the hard work she put in to make Day on the Terrace what it is today,” explains Antoniou. The décor is a nod to Barr as well, Antoniou says, with touches of glitz and glamour that perfectly reflect the Chicago grande dame’s sparkling personality—and will surely help the city’s most notable personalities rock the runway. August 8 at The Peninsula, 108 E. Superior St., 312-220-9600