On November 1, I had the honor of participating in the annual America – Israel Chamber of Commerce Israel Innovation Showcase and Award Celebration.
It’s actually my 6th year taking part in this important community event, and as always, I presented some stellar designs from Israeli fashion houses that are both stunning and wearable.
First, let me tell you a bit about the event.
Each year, the AICC gala is a great opportunity to recognize leaders in our community for their achievements in maintaining a strong economic bond between the United States and Israel.
It’s also a fabulous evening in which all in attendance get a sneak peek at some of the latest creations to come out of the Holy Land.
Honoring a Chicago community leader and pioneer
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Howard Bernstein. A pillar of Chicago’s Jewish community, Howard’s vision to promote Israeli goods through his website israeligoods.com is a testiment to his dedication to the Israel-America connection and just one way in which he has helped establish that connection over the years.
|with Howard Bernstein
Also featured at the event were thought leaders and new on the scene companies from every industry under the sun, from hi-tech to wine, and of course, my favorite, fashion.
Now let’s talk fashion!
Celebrating israeli innovation in fashion
My show this year featured two Israeli designers to look out for this year: Hidas and Shany Dahan.
Hidas is a design house that will blow you away with her designs and the moving story behind them. The woman behind the brand, Michal Hidas, studied fashion in Italy and took her training back to Israel to create collections that are breathtakingly beautiful.
Each Hidas piece is a work of art and can be paired with wardrobe basics to elevate any street-style look.
How gorgeous, right? My interview with Michal, the woman behind these designs, is one story won’t want to miss. Trust me.
Shany is a true go-getter, and her fire comes through in her designs. Our relationship began when she came all the way from Tel Aviv to my showroom in Chicago, arms full of designs. She’s a Shenkar graduate who’s worked on numerous TV shows and celebrity styling in Israel.
Now her high-fashion style is available to wear stateside.
This evening was just wonderful, and the cherry on the sundae was being able to give something back. And you know I love gift giving!
In addition to producing and sourcing the pieces for the fashion show, helping to promote these noteworthy designs to the American community, I also gave away two stunning accessories through my annual raffle.
The lucky Aicc Event Raffle Winners are…
The winners of the raffle are Andi Bernstein and Jane Fischer. Ladies, email me directly to claim your gifts.
The connection between Chicago and Israel is clear – both are home to a flourishing, melting pot of entrepreneurs, and I’m honored to do my part in bridging the two.
A special thanks goes out to the AICC for their continued support of Israeli fashion. It’s local support that makes the dreams of forward-thinking Israeli businesses come true.
|with Harriet Bernstein
JONATHAN COHON, JHC PRODUCTION