August 16, 2011 03:01 PM by Kristin Watson
The Voice’s Cee Lo Green made a stop in Chicago August 12 with Far East Movement to headline one of four stops on Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011 tour — and Reality TV Magazine was there to catch all the action. Read on to find out what Cee Lo Green and Far East Movement had to say about the night of fierce fashion and performances for a cause…
Cee Lo Green headlined this year’s Chicago stop on Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama tour with Far East Movement. The night of fierce fashion and performances for one fantastic cause was held at the famed Chicago Theater, minutes from Macy’s on State St.
Macy’s has been raising awareness and funds for the fight against childhood illness, cancer, and HIV/AIDS for 13 years and this year’s ARTrageous theme benefited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana — more specifically, 12-year-old Alisha Van Fosson.
Reality TV Magazine was on hand to find out first hand how important this night was to the artists and people who make it all happen.
So, why the ARTrageous theme for this year’s event? “Over the years we’ve been seeing how art and fashion really are converging and have been becoming one,” Martine Reardon, executive VP of marketing and advertisement for Macy’s explained.
One person who knows all about using fashion to make a point is Cee Lo Green. “A fashion statement speaks just as loud. It’s an extension of the artistic vision and endeavor,” Cee Lo Green told us.
Cee Lo Green showed up ready to rock out on the Chicago Theater stage dressed in a silk pink shirt, looking tame compared to his normal look. So, is the outrageous garb Cee Lo usually rocks the real Cee Lo Green? “Everything is real, cause I mean, mostly its surreal everything I wear. I’m a liberal,” he said.
When asked if he’d ever work with anyone with a better wardrobe than him, he challenged reporters to, “find them first.”
Far East Movement was also in the house to give their own take on mixing their craft with fashion. “When it comes to matching up fashion and music, whether it be from our videos or our own photo shoots that we conduct ourselves, it’s like we close our eyes and say, ‘how does the music look,’ and then we just create it.”
The LA scene has certainly influenced the way they choose to express themselves. “We all have our own style. Essentially nothing is planned, it’s more whatever we have access to. Luckily we live in downtown LA, in a neighborhood that’s really packed full of some really cool designers and there’s a lot of access, so it’s all at our finger tips,” Far East Movement told us.
Just because the group has become known for their put-together stage-style doesn’t mean it’s their official off-stage look. “When it comes to just every day life and what we choose to wear it’s just pure, relaxed style,” the group revealed.
Their “pure, relaxed style” certainly takes a beating, courtesy of their waistlines, when they hit the city of Chicago. The band admitted, “Well, we’re here in Chicago, for the record, one thing about here is the food out here is some of the best in the world. We always gain a little weight. From the deep-dish pizza, to the Italian beef sandwiches, to the late night at Maxwells, we go all in when it comes to food out here.”
Macy’s Glamorama threw a big party featuring an intense fashion show displaying the hottest styles from favorites like Marc Jacobs. With all the money going to such a good cause like the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and kids like Alisha Van Fosson, it was certainly an emotional night for everyone.
In regards to what moves Martine Reardon, she told us, “There are many moments but there’s that one moment when we run the video of the child that we are highlighting at each of the shows, and as much as I like to think I’m a very strong, sturdy, powerful woman, I break down.”
For Far East Movement, being a part of a night that puts them in the role model bracket is a concept the humble band is getting used to. “It’s amazing, but it’s incredible to hear. We always think we have so much more groundwork to lie down for anyone to consider us an inspiration, but it’s cool,” they told us.
They added, “That’s something that we want to be, that we aim to be. So, we teach workshops called 4 C The Power, where we go in a and teach kids that don’t really have the arts in there school districts or the funding how to write songs and stuff.”
For Macy’s, its Glamorama 2011 Chicago stop was a huge success. The mix of fashion, art and performance made us stop and take notice while giving to a great cause. Cee Lo Green and Far East Movement couldn’t have been more gracious.
For Alisha Van Fosson (pictured above), who carried her dress around until “I could find something that went with it,” the night was much more. For her, it was a “once in a lifetime chance.”
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