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What to expect from Chicago Fashion Fest

Written by
Jess Keys

If you’re into fashion, music and food, Chicago Fashion Fest in Wicker Park is likely already on your calendar. In preparation for the seventh annual event, here’s what to expect at this weekend’s bash:

Runway shows

As the name implies, you can, of course, expect to see plenty of style all weekend long, but the indie designer runway shows really set this festival apart from the rest.

Designers to watch include Borris J. Powell, with his bold, new “Ride Alone” collection full of structured shapes in warm, rich fabrics, or Chicago design darling Anastasia Chatzka, who will showcase her new fall collection (watch for chic faux furs, plaids and characteristically feminine silhouettes) on the catwalk. Bonus: Runway designers will sell their apparel in Shoppers Row at a mean discount.


If fashion shows aren’t your thing, the fest’s clothing sales might be more up your alley. Grab a sangria and head to Shopper’s Row to peruse the deals of your choosing from local brands and shops like Armoire, Elevenzees, Kuhfs and more. 


What’s a fashion show without awesome music? The sounds at the main stage this year will rock all day, including big acts like Arkells and The Mowglis on Saturday and The Black Lips on Sunday.


There will be lots of fur at this fashion event, but it’s not what you think. Bring your fur baby to peruse several doggy boutiques or watch the fido fashion show. There will be paw painting aplenty and DIY doggy bandanas, and you can even get Spot hosed down for a cause at the charity dog wash.

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