About Last Night: Boy Oh Boy

Uma walks the red carpet, male models walk the runway, Maxwell works the stage

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, Oct 9, 2009  |  Updated 10:34 AM CDT
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A big star helps kick off the film fest, male fashion takes the spotlight and Maxwell rocks the United Center.

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It may be cold outside, but Chicago's Thursday night scene continues to stay hot. It started with Uma, ended with Maxwell and there were plenty of free cocktails and hor d'ouerves in between at Nordstrom's men's fashion extravaganza.

Film Festival Kicks Off
The Chicago International Film Festival marks its 45th anniversary and runs through Oct. 22 at theaters all over the city, with the highlight expected to be a screening of the film "Precious" on October 14, and a rumored red carpet appearance by producer Oprah Winfrey.

But the Opening Night spotlight was reserved for Uma Thurman, who stars in the film "Motherhood."

Thurman also received a special Career Achievement Award from the festival.

"It's such an honor to have a film in the festival, it's exciting, and then to find out it's opening the festival is even more exciting. When I heard they were giving me this award I didn't know what to say. I'm grateful," Thurman said.

Boys Rockin' the Runway
You would've been hard-pressed to find many unfashionable dudes at Nordstrom's Guide to Men's Style event. The department store hosted a fashion show, unveiling its Fall looks in conjunction with CS Magazine's Men's Book. And what did we learn? Mad Men is in, namely the classic cut suits the popular show has brought back into the mainstream. Tom Julian, author of "Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style," says to pay attention to trends, but proceed cautiously.

"You slowly build trends into your wardrobe, and right now the trend is to a lean silhouette two-button jacket, flat-front pants, and longer leaner shoes," Julian said.

Maxwell is Back
Maxwell's United Center show was one of the hottest tickets in town. That's what happens when you drop off the scene for nearly a decade, leaving a trail of broken hearts in your wake. The neo-soul superstar may look a lot different these days after cutting his signature locks, but the formula remains the same -- silky smooth ballads for the ladies and major props from the fellas for the chips they can cash in after scoring those tickets for their gal.

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