Here’s the press release from the city with the complete FFC schedule for this fall.
FASHION FOCUS CHICAGO 2011
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
Final schedule of events for the seventh annual celebration of Chicago’s fashion industry
Fashion Focus Chicago, a week-long celebration of Chicago’s thriving fashion industry taking place Monday, October 17 through Sunday, October 23, showcases some of the city’s top designers and features runway shows in Millennium Park and at various locations around the city, plus a variety of free and affordable shopping and designer events and industry happenings. The week’s activities are coordinated and directed by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Headlining Runway Shows:
There are four headlining runway shows in Millennium Park this year each with a $35 general admission ticket price, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) presented by Macy’s kick off the headlining shows on Tuesday, October 18 as a fundraiser for CFI which supports new and emerging Chicago designers. The 2011 designers-in-residence showcasing their collections include Concetta Cipriano, Shavonne Dorsey, Eric Kipp, Kahindo Mateene, Taneasha Prunty and Crystal B. Simms; along with alumni including Miriam Cecilia Carlson, Leah Fagan, Christina Fan, Anna Hovet, Stephanie Kuhr, Agga B. Raya, Jonnie Rettele, Cynthia Ryba, Donaldo Smith and Lidia Wachowska. VIP admission is $80 and includes an exclusive pre-party at 6:00 p.m. and VIP seating for the show. Tickets can be purchased by visiting chicagofashionincubator.tix.com.
On Wednesday, October 19, the headlining shows continue with InspireDesign presented by Mario Tricoci and vitaminwater® featuring five Chicago fashion lines: Imaginary People, J.Cheikh, Michelle Tan, Narcisse Designs and Reddoll. It is also the exciting conclusion of the 4th annual “Mario, Make Me a Model” contest with the winner being revealed at the end of the show after the finalists walk with professional runway models as the last challenge of the competition. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.mariomakemeamodel.com. Mario Tricoci is offering a student ticket price of $10 with a valid student ID. Use code STUDENT when purchasing tickets.
On Thursday, October 20, Conscious Living TV presents the Vert Couture Eco-fashion Show & Benefit. This carbon-neutral charity event benefiting Keep Chicago Beautiful will highlight the sustainable continuum of Chicago’s couture fashion movement. Vert Couture will feature the Spring/Summer 2012 eco-collections of the following Chicago fashion lines: Richard Dayhoff, Brenda Abdullah, Heart, Dollparts, Rosina Mae eco-swimwear, Victoria Larkin, Lauren Lein, Silk Utopia and Mohop Shoes. VIP tickets are $95 and will provide exclusive access to a “Sexy and Sustainable” green lounge and catered organic cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. which includes gift bags and reserved priority seating. For more information on the designers, and to purchase tickets, visit www.VertCouture.com.
The headlining shows conclude with StyleChicago.com presenting The Art of Fashion 2011 presented by StyleChicago.com on Friday, October 21. Preview Spring 2012 collections of accomplished Chicago designers and fashion lines: Nade Baer, Nora del Busto, Lara Miller, Borris Powell, Eva Pazola, RÜCH, Squasht by Les, Shernett Swaby, Sylwia Wilczynska and Zamrie. Each designer will also present a wearable concept garment that will be available via auction. VIP tickets are $95 which includes a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and a signature StyleChicago.com gift bag. Tickets can be purchased through www.StyleChicago.com.
Shopping Events & Trunk Shows:
Lara Miller Fall Trunk Show at Florodora: Friday, October 21 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Shop the Lara Miller Fall Trunk Show before checking out her Spring preview at the StyleChicago.com headlining runway show that night in Millennium Park. Shop ready to wear hand-loomed pieces or custom order one of Lara’s signature FLIP™ sweaters. Choose your style, your sleeve length, and your color from over 25 different color options to wear it your way! The free trunk show will be held at Florodora located at 330 S. Dearborn Avenue. View Lara Miller designers at laramiller.net.
Panache presents Custo Barcelona: October 17-23, weekdays from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Explore the beautiful collections from Custo Barcelona at this free trunk show and receive 20% off the line’s merchandise at Panache boutique in Lincoln Park during the entire duration of Fashion Focus Chicago 2011. Panache Boutique is located at 2252 N. Clark Street. More information can be found by visiting www.panachechicago.com.
Alice Berry Studio Open House: Tuesday, October 18 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Shop Chicago designer Alice Berry’s open house and enjoy refreshments, informal modeling, shopping incentives, and more. This free trunk show is the perfect place to find that shawl, scarf or shrug. Be sure not to miss the sale rack, featuring 50 to 75% off merchandise. The Alice Berry Studio is located at 1820 W. Cortland St. More information can be found by visiting www.aliceberry.com.
Fashion House presents LUXE COLLECTIVES: October 18-20 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Luxe Collectives is a pop up showcase of boutique retailers from across the nation offering exclusive, luxury, designer apparel and accessories in a guided, intimate shopping experience. This is a free event, but space is limited and reservations are required. Fashion House is located at 1520 W. Fulton, Room 1520. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.luxecollectives.com.
Fashion Pops @ the Block: October 18-21 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This free shopping event will feature five pop-up shops including Cityblue, Gray and Frill, International Academy of Design & Technology, Borris Powell Designs and Spare Parts offering Fall merchandise for purchase and giving shoppers a unique opportunity to check out looks from a variety of neighborhood boutiques all under one roof. The pop-upshops will be located at Block 37 at 108 N. State Street. More information can be found by visiting www.block37.com.
Rock Candy by Helen at Glam to Go: Wednesday, October 19 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. This free event with cocktails and nibbles, plus goody bags and giveaways, will feature models showing the Fall collection of exquisite, one-of-a-kind jewelry from Rock Candy by Helen, matched with selected pieces from Glam to Go’s assortment of must-have garments. This event will be held at 2002 W. Roscoe Street. More information can be found by visiting www.glamtogo.com.
Ellie Thompson and Thierry Roger present Soiree CHICago: Thursday, October 20 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This free event will feature the new designer collections, live models, champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Thierry Roger, originally from Paris, will be showcasing his custom collection of classic with a twist women’s wear; while Ellie Thompson unveils Land & See a fine jewelry collection inspired by architecture featuring multicolor gold, black silver and mixed metals alongside natural gemstones in neoclassic motifs. The event will be held at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2203. More information can be found by visiting www.ellieco.com.
Curing the Fashion Blues: Thursday, October 20 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This free after work social will feature fashion, jewelry, drinks and cupcakes at Beauty Bar Chicago, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue. The event is presented by B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Blog and Beauty Bar. The event is free and open to the public, blue attire is recommended. More information can be found by visiting www.beautybar.com.
Experience Eclection: October 20-21 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Guests can visit Eclection’s showroom which houses some of the best independent designers in Chicago with items from handbags to jewelry to apparel to art. Enjoy desserts and drinks at this free event located at 2415 W. North Avenue. For more information, visit www.eclectiononline.com.
FashionChicago® presented by StyleChicago.com: Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. This free event in Millennium Park will be a one-of-a-kind, designer shopping event with nearly 35 of Chicago’s best apparel, jewelry and accessories designers. The first 100 shoppers who make a minimum purchase of $100 or more will receive a StyleChicago.com signature goodie bag. More information can be found by visiting www.stylechicago.com.
PORTFOLIO: Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Chicago designer Dana Killion hosts a free shopping event to introduce her new line of contemporary women’s clothing. Stop by 1006 W. Armitage to enter to win merchandise, enjoy refreshments and meet and greet with the designer. More information about this event can be found by visiting www.killionclothes.com.
Grand Opening of Coco Ltd. “Classy and Fabulous:”October 22-23 at 1:00 p.m. As Coco Chanel once said, “women should be two things – classy and fabulous.” Coco Ltd. offers shoppers the opportunity to repurpose, repair, customize and create new merchandise. During its grand opening event, the boutique is offering 15% of all first purchases and 20% off any purchases that exceed $100. Coco Ltd. is located at 4164 N. Lincoln Avenue. For more information call 773-744-9566.
Modern Vintage Chicago and Indie Designer Market: October 22-23 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Find vintage clothing, jewelry and vanities by style icons such as Halston, Balenciaga, Patrick Kelly and Chanel alongside Chicago’s leading independent Chicago designers. Special presentations include exhibit and sale by the School of the Art Institute instructor and master milliner Eia Radozavlijec, plus retrospectives on “Hats!” and “Fashion in the Golden Age of Hollywood,” by Modern Vintage Fashion Director Nena Ivon. Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, this shopping event will be held at 1340 W. Washington. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets and additional information can be found by visiting www.modernvintagechicago.com.
Nomadic Ant Trunk Show at Squasht by Les: Sunday, October 23 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. This free event at Squasht by Les Boutique welcomes Nomadic Ant’s unique and fabulous jewelry collection for a special in-store shopping event. Enjoy music and refreshments while shopping at Squasht by Les Boutique located at 2556 W. Chicago Avenue. More information can be found by visiting www.squasht.com.
shopNEWD CHICAGOmade: Sunday, October 23 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. At this free event, guests can enjoy 20% off merchandise made in Chicago storewide including wall art, hats, jewelry, handbags, apparel and more all made by local artisans. The event is located at NEW’D Chicago, 1917 West Division Street. More information can be found by visiting www.NEWDChicago.com.
Masquerade: Sunday, October 23 from 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. K Dock Media will host an evening of fashion and style at the luxurious Crimson Lounge, 333 N. Dearborn. Featuring some of the most avant-garde pieces of the Spring 2012 lines of Maison De LaCour, Hakeem Gayden, St Frimpong, Andrew Aubrey Osafo, Que Shebley, Atha Sharod Bridal and Alexandre Chandoha with a masquerade theme. The models will be placed on risers throughout the venue and will be “live mannequins” for event guests to view the designs. Tickets are $10, masks are required. More information can be found by visiting www.kdockmedia.com/upcoming-events.
Haute on Halsted: Sunday, October 23 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Join Entourage Man for this free event as they sip and shop from the most fashion forward men’s collections of semi-exclusive apparel and accessories with exceptional quality and practical price points. The event is located at 120 N. Halsted Street. More information can be found by visiting www.EntourageMan.com.
Designer Events & Fashion Shows:
Next Fashion Chicago: Monday, October 17 from 6:30-10:00 p.m. Showcasing the city’s finest stores, boutiques, and designers, this event includes a European-style runway presentation with a theatrical flair. General admission is $30; VIP $65. More information can be found at www.mandelproductions.com.
The Designer Accessory Show: Monday, October 17 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while unique Chicago clothing accessory designers showcase their latest collections – from hats, scarves, gloves, wraps, bags, fascinators, jewelry and more. This event will be held at The Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive. Tickets are $12, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Women for Women International. Tickets and additional information can be found by visiting designeraccessoryshow.eventbrite.com.
Dress Code: Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Chicago History Museum located at 1601 N. Clark Street, is the place to catch the runway debut of the rising stars among the top students at Chicago’s fashion design schools: Columbia College Chicago, Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the second year, the schools have partnered with the Museum in FashioNext, an ongoing, groundbreaking fashion design competition. This year FashioNext: The Charles James Project challenges the students to create an accessory or garment inspired by the design, pattern work or construction details from a Charles James design. Tickets are $25 and more information can be found at chicagohistory.org/charles-james.
Wake Up Call Fashion Show: Wednesday, October 19 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Wake Up Call is a lesbian-geared t-shirt collection, designed by Karima Manouzi and has recently been endorsed by the cast of The Real L World. This event happening at Minibar Ultra Lounge, 3341 N. Halsted has a $10 suggested door donation for the Luxury Management Living Legend Scholarship Fund.
Luxury Management in partnership with Envieux Style presents the Spring 2012 collection of Maison de LaCour by Julius LaCour: Thursday, October 20 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The Spring 2012 collection is inspired by the nude form throughout history. The event will take place at the Drake Hotel Chicago, 140 East Walton Place. Standing room only tickets are $10, VIP tickets offering guaranteed seating are $25, and a table reservation for four is $90. For more information call 312.593.0086.
Luxury Management in partnership with Envieux Style presents Garic Stephens at Lumen: Friday, October 21 from 9:00 p.m.-Midnight, 839 West Fulton Market. New to Chicago, Garic Stephens is quickly being recognized as a strong and defined collection and designer Stephen Curd is showcasing his current collection for one night only during Fashion Focus Chicago 2011 at Lumen. Tickets are $10 and for more information call 312.593.0086.
Anna Fong—Fall/Winter Premiere 2011—Tony Di Pasca: Friday, October 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This hour-long presentation will consist of a 30-minute runway show of Chicago designer Anna Fong’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection and a 30-minute hair demonstration by world-renowned Salon Master Tony Di Pasca, a ‘How To’ for the latest Di Pasca styles for the upcoming cold months. This is a free event at The Blackstone Hotel located at 636 South Michigan Avenue, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, email annafongspring2012.eventbrite.com.
The Costume Council Presents the Costume Ball: Friday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presents an exclusive preview inside the Charles James: Genius Deconstructed exhibition. The Costume Council will also honor one of today’s most acclaimed international couturiers, Mr. Ralph Rucci of Chado Ralph Rucci. As part of the gala event, Mr. Rucci will be presented this year’s Award for Design Excellence. The gala will be at the Chicago History Museum located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Individual tickets are $500 and $5,000 for a table. For tickets and information about this event, please call Wendy Schiller at 312.799.2113.
Charles James: Genius Deconstructed: Saturday, October 22. Exhibition opening at the Chicago History Museum will run through April 16, 2012. The exhibition explores the history of couture fashion designer Charles James and why nearly 40 years after his death he is still a relevant force in the fashion world. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Exhibition is included with museum general admission. More information can be found by visiting chicagohistory.org/charles-james.
Cirque Du Cite: Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of shopping, services and styles from Chicago’s underground fashion scene with signature cocktails, live music, and entertainment culminating with a runway show at midnight highlighting Chicago’s circus of fashion. General Admission tickets are $25; $55 for VIP tickets and the event is located at Sugar Fly, 2409 W. North Avenue in Chicago. More information can be found by visiting www.SugarFly.net.
Sharon Boucher Inc. Presents “A Night of Fashion:” October 22 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Sharon Boucher is a Chicago-based designer who creates one of a kind apparel designs, each of which is carefully constructed. Enjoy food, giveaways and a runway show that showcases her current collection along with jewelry designs from Bourgeoise Rebel and images from Reisha Photography. The event will take place at Sharon Boucher’s studio at 2150 S. Canalport Avenue, Room 4B-2 and tickets are $25. More information can be found by visiting www.sharonboucherstore.com.
Amalgamation 2011 Fashion Show and Benefit: Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m., features up to 15 Chicago designers and benefits two non-profit organizations, The Red Pump Project and Girls Rule! Chicago. The event put on by love, DIA Couture and Fashion will be held at St. Stephen AME Church located at 3042 W Washington Blvd. Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door. More information can be found by visiting www.lovediacouture.com.
Simply Sofia: Saturday, October 22 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Sofia is an independent boutique nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast that features eclectic, hand-picked clothes, shoes and accessories. Dedicated to showcasing collections from emerging fresh talent as well as the best vintage pieces from established designers, Sofia has quickly become a true gem in Chicago’s fashion market. Runway show begins at 9:00 p.m. at The Wit ROOF, 201 N. State Street. More information can be found by visiting www.sofiavintage.com.
“Seasonal Celeste,” an event to preview Britney Devaris’ Spring 2012 Collection Porta Turchese: Sunday, October 23 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Known for providing apparel that is unforgettable and original, local designer Britney Devaris debuts her Spring/Summer 2012 collection entitled Porta Turchese on the second floor of Rock Bottom Brewery located at 1 West Grand Avenue. Tickets are $35 for guaranteed seating (and a gift bag) and $25 for standing room only. More information can be found by visiting www.britneydevaris.com.
Luxury Management in partnership with Envieux Style presents Ends/Wealth Corp. at The Underground Chicago: Sunday, October 23 from 11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Ends/Wealth Corp., by Brandon Breauz and Juan Sanchez, is a brand that presents Chicago’s culture and individuality. Paired with jeans from the Denim Lounge, this creative and inspired runway show will showcase Ends/Wealth Corp. in a unique setting, The Underground Chicago, located at 56 W. Illinois Street. Tickets are $10 and for more information call 312.593.0086.
Macy’s 11th Annual Distinction in Design Competition: Friday, October 21 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All aspiring designers from the greater Chicago area are invited to present their sketches and/or samples to Macy’s merchants and trend managers. This panel of judges will provide relevant feedback and direction during this annual competition. The designers awarded with Best of Show and Runner Up will receive a cash prize. Reservations are not required but guests should anticipate a line. Macy’s on State Street, 111 N State Street. This event is free and open to the public.
Grow Here Workshop: Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. This day-long event presented by LaundryMagazine and Single Needle is perfect for anyone interested in Chicago’s evolving fashion industry and will feature an array of emerging talent as speakers, sharing ideas for those aspiring to work in Chicago fashion. The workshops are located at Block 37, 108 N. State St. Tickets range from $60-$100. For more information, visit www.growhereworkshop.bigcartel.com/.
Education Day hosted by the Mayor’s Fashion Council: Sunday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. These free industry seminars offered by local fashion organizations, business groups and the Mayor’s Fashion Council will address a range of topics on the “business of fashion” in Chicago from legal tips to channels of distribution to finding resources for your fashion business. Education Day seminars are located at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 78 E Washington St. Reservations are required for Education Day. Anyone interested should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Fashion Initiative
Home to over 400 local designers and 300 independent boutiques, Chicago boasts one of the most creative communities in the country. The City of Chicago’s Fashion Initiative partners with the industry on resources and high-profile events for local designers and independent boutiques to gain visibility, learn about the business of fashion and elevate the industry. For more information on the City of Chicago’s Fashion Initiative and Fashion Focus Chicago, visit www.chicagofashionresource.com.
Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture
The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. COTC supports local artists through grants and other resources and creates vital opportunities for artists of all levels. For more information please visit www.ExploreChicago.org.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, presents thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations in venues throughout the city each year. DCASE is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts in Chicago, supporting the people who create and sustain them, and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience.