There’s a lot going on during Fashion Focus week, but the highlights are always the runway shows.
By Kevin Aeh|
Dress Code WHEN Monday 15 at 7pm WHERE Sidney Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St) PRICE Free WHY YOU SHOULD GO Love avant-garde fashion? You’ll find a lot of it at this presentation by the city’s best and brightest fashion students. Participating schools include Columbia College, the Illinois Institute of Art, the School of the Art Institute and more. Student fashion usually means more experimental looks, so expect, well, the unexpected during this show.
Next Fashion Chicago 2012 WHEN Tuesday 16 at 6:30pm WHERE Germania Place (108 W Germania Pl) PRICE $20–$85 WHY YOU SHOULD GO If you like fashion, but really enjoy fashion parties, this show is your best bet. Scenesters Marcus Riley and Candace Jordan host this show, which includes a VIP pre-show reception and after-party. A portion of the proceeds will benefit PAWS Chicago.
The Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator Presented by Macy’s WHEN Wednesday 17 at 7:30pm WHERE Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North PRICE $35–$95 WHY YOU SHOULD GO Launched in 2005, the CFI has helped nurture the careers of many Chicago designers and lines such as C/Fan and Miriam Cecilia. Some of the program’s alumni will be showing their spring 2013 collections at tonight’s show. It’s nice to see how far they’ve come, but it’s also cool to see the up-and-comers, and the six designers (such as Sarah Church and Rachel Frank) enrolled in this year’s program have a lot of promise.
“Fashion Takes Flight” Presented by Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and vitaminwater WHEN October 18 at 7:30pm WHERE Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North PRICE $35–$95 WHY YOU SHOULD GO Fans of TV shows like America’s Next Top Model, this one’s for you. Not only does this runway show feature collections by designers such as AZZA and Imaginary People, but it also doubles as a competition among the models. It’s the fifth year for the “Mario, Make Me a Model” program, where five finalists compete on the runway for a chance to win a trip to Mexico and other fab prizes.
The Art of Fashion 2012 Presented by StyleChicago.com WHEN October 19 at 7:30pm WHERE Millennium Park, Chase PromenadeNorth PRICE $35–$95 WHY YOU SHOULD GO StyleChicago.com has made a name for itself with shopping parties (filling the void left by GenArt’s Shop Chicago), and it puts on a sleek runway show as well. Check out the spring 2013 collections by established designers such as Lara Miller, Barbara Bates and others. Plus, you can shop the collections that day at the website’s FashionChicago shopping event in Millennium Park.
Fashion Forward! WHEN October 20 at 7pm WHERE The Fashion Market (216 S Jefferson St) PRICE Free WHY YOU SHOULD GO While most of the shows this year focus on spring looks, Fashion Forward! is all about clothes you can wear right now. Check out fall and winter merch from six Chicago designers.