Macy's Glamorama has changed names as often as it has changed producers. It debuted as A Cause for Applause in 1992 when Macy's was Dayton's, became "Fash Bash" in 1995 with the Marshall Field's changeover, and was rechristened Glamorama in 2006 before the Macy's acquisition. What hasn't changed is its high-profile musical lineup, this year featuring '80s icons Cyndi Lauper and MC Hammer, and its high-fashion, big-budget runway show, which gives Minnesotans the coveted chance to see firsthand the fall collections by major lines such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Celine, CNC Costume National, Just Cavalli, Ports 1961, SportMax, Tibi, and Tommy Hilfiger.
But the show is just an appetizer -- the post-party is the real deal. Held at Macy's eighth-floor auditorium and rooftop, the party will feature neon-lit walls, '80s music videos on a giant wall, a boombox-shaped DJ booth featuring DJ Berrie, arcade game competitions, "Guitar Hero" battles to '80s hits and break dancers. There will also be sushi, gourmet pizza, a bruschetta bar and candy attendants handing out pop rocks, Fruit Roll-Ups and candy bracelets, which guests can wash down with wine coolers (I'm not joking). It will no doubt remind high-rolling guests (you have to have a $250 or higher show ticket to gain entry) of the excess of the '80s -- minus the white-powder residue on the countertops. All proceeds benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund.