Today kick started Fashion Focus Chicago, a week-long celebration the City has organized to encourage and promote the fashion industry within Chicago. A variety of free/affordable events are taking place all throughout the city, including special shopping events, professional-development seminars, and runway shows featuring showcases by talented Chicago designers.
This is the eighth year the City of Chicago has taken the initiative to support the over 400 gifted designers, 375 independent boutiques, and industry professionals working around town. In past years, I’ve been both a back stage dresser and an attendee to the runway shows taking place at the Millennium Park Promenade and have found the seminars in the City’s Culture Center to be very informative. I’m thankful that the City of Chicago continues to acknowledge the thriving fashion industry here in Chicago and provides these fun and educational events for individuals like me to network and share our industry experiences with others in the field.
Here’s a rundown of some of the events I’m looking forward to over the next seven days…
Monday, Oct. 15th
Dress Code – Tonight was the runway show featuring creations made from the designers of Chicago’s fashion schools: Columbia College, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, International Academy of Design and Technology, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sadly, I didn’t get a ticket in time to attend this event, but I’m sure it was a creative spectacle by some of the next rising stars!
Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Chicago Fashion Law – A seminar covering the essential legal matters in the fashion industry. Issues that will be discussed include intellectual property, legislation, and current industry case updates; this informative session will provide fundamental knowledge and no doubt, be helpful in your future fashion career.
Wednesday, Oct. 17th
The Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) presented by Macy’s – This runway show is put on by The Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street, a not-for-profit organization that supports new and emerging Chicago-based Designers. The show will highlight the Spring 2013 collections from the programs six current designers in residence, along with a number of alumni’s collections.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 & 21st
Randolph Street Market’s Modern Vintage Chicago – Modern Vintage Chicago is a mix of vintage clothing, jewelry and vanities by style icons such as Halston, Balenciaga, & Chanel and Chicago’s top indie designers. This extension by the producers of the Randolph Street Market fuses the worlds of classics & contemporary, and allows shoppers to appreciate both old-fashioned and the fashion-forward.
** Many of you have read how much I had fun at the Randolph Street Market a few months ago, (https://expressthrudress.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/ranting-about-the-randolph-street-market/ and https://expressthrudress.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/more-from-the-randolph-street-market-festival/) and finally, this festival falls on a weekend that I have no other conflicts. I’ve been waiting since July to go to this unique shopping event again…I couldn’t be more excited for it!
Sunday, Oct. 21st
Visual Therapy: Building a Business – Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo, whom Vogue has deemed “the best personal stylists”, present their brand ‘Visual Therapy’ and entertain a discussion on how they have evolved their business into a national namesake. The Chicago-native success stories will discuss their process & philosophies from wardrobe consulting, publishing 3 books, and launching a brand on QVC. I’ve read all three of their books, Nothing to Wear?, Life in Color, and Work It! (several times actually) and can’t wait to meet the men who wrote what I consider to be “wardrobing manuals” and hear them speak about their success story.
…then, back to Randolph Street Market’s Modern Vintage Chicago for Day #2!!!
Looks like I’ve got a busy week ahead…but I’m looking forward to it!
For a full schedule of Fashion Focus Chicago events please visit: http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/events/mose/fashion_focus_chicago.html