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Tracey Tarantino

Producer, ZZAZZ Productions

Creating a signature look is second skin to Tracey Tarantino, the fashion vet whose production company ZZAZZ Productions has been integral in creating some of Chicago’s most chic events. You’ll recognize her quickly: she’s the one with the big statement necklace, a tailored blazer over a jersey dress in a killer pair of kicks—her fashion formula is eye-catching and inspiring. We could say the same thing about her company. From non-stop runway presentations at the new Fashion Outlets in Rosement to calling G&F’s TechWeek Summer Fashion show, Tracey and her team know how to make an entrance. The secret? Tracey’s all about relationships and it shows. Armed with a team of industry-rich professionals from assistants to choreographs, ZZAZZ Productions is able to secure top talent and, this goes without saying, excellent fashion. We catch up with Tracey to talk shop—and she has the gift of gab!—in this week’s G&F Spotlight.


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SPOTLIGHT ZZAZZ PRODUCTIONS BEAUTYBEAUTY MUST-HAVES>> scent: BOND NO. 9 NEW YORK CHINATOWN // moisturizer: TARTE MARACUJA C BRIGHTER EYE TREATMENT // concealer: YSL TOUCHE ECLAT RADIANT TOUCH // foundation: LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER SPF 30 // mascara: LANCOME VIRTUOSE BLACK CARAT // lips: STILA STAY ALL DAY LIQUID LIPSTICK and FRESH SUGAR LIP TREATMENT // nails: OPI MARIAH CAREY HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Q: We can’t help but notice those long legs of yours: Did you have any modeling ambitions when you were younger?
A: Long legs? Well thank you! I have a dance background in ballet and jazz and I still take classes as often as possible. I’ve danced and modeled in TV and videos, in shows for Carson Pirie Scott and also some commercial work.

Q: And your beauty philosophy throughout building your career?
A: Use your eyes as a canvas to draw attention to your face. Then treat your skin like your teeth- a daily good habit.

Q: Dissect the perfect catwalk for us:
A: Walk as if you’re walking a straight line. Then lose your ‘good posture’ and create an ‘S’ with your body. Now drop the hip and lean with you shoulders back. It’s very sexy.

Q: Most memorable runway moment in your career?
A: Producing the Joffrey Ballet’s Couture & Cocktails. The combination of ballet dancers and beautiful models dressed in Neiman Marcus couture. Hands down my favorite so far. A dream come true!

Q: We’re heading into the Holiday season and fast! Tell us what’s on your shopping list for the perfect Holiday look?
A: A huge statement necklace. Instantly adds glitz to any outfit for the Holidays.

Q: And how will you keep up with your busy Holiday schedule this year?
A: Well, I’m always searching for the best ingredients to make a healthy and fast power drink… all suggestions are welcome!

Get more ZZAZZ in your life at ZzazzProductions.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHELLE WODZINSKI FOR G&F