Fashion Focus Chicago

September 29, 2008 10:39:02 AM PDT
World Fashion Chicago returns to Millennium Park on Thursday, October 2 for its third turn on the runway during Fashion Focus 2008.Building upon the tremendous success of the past two shows, Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP) will once again feature some of the hottest international fashions, showcasing high-end designers that represent each of Chicago's 27 sister cities. The show will be a testament to the burgeoning fashion industry, and will include premier showings of a select number of internationally-based designers looking to make their mark on the Chicago fashion scene. Linda Yu, ABC-7 News Anchor, will serve as the evenings Mistress of Ceremonies.

World Fashion Chicago is part of Fashion Focus, chicagofashionresource.com citywide celebration of fashion that features five runway shows, shopping events, and industry seminars from October 1 through October 8.

"Chicago Sister Cities International embraces our cultural diversity through its people-to-people initiatives," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "World Fashion Chicago not only showcases our 27 Sister Cities, but also the internationally-inspired fashion designers who live and work in our city."

Designs from Sister Cities such as fashion Meccas as Paris, Milan, and Prague will take the stage at the Chase North Promenade at Millennium Park. Free and open to the public, World Fashion Chicago will provide a unique and exciting convergence of fashions from around the world, featuring high-end apparel by designers who have roots in all 27 of Chicago's international sister cities.

This year's show will feature a mix of high-end designers, including local talent like Melissa Serpico, Yana German, John Shultz and Anna Fong. They will share the runway with world-renowned designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Jenny Packham and Akris. World Fashion will also feature six designers who are traveling to Chicago to be featured in the show including: Durban, South Africa; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Amman, Jordan; Casablanca, Morocco; and Shanghai, China.

The runway show will run from 7:30-9 p.m. To kick-off the event, a pre-show reception celebrating all 27 sister cities will take place on the Chase Promenade at Millennium Park from 6-7:30 p.m. This pre-show reception will bring together fashion industry professionals, as well as community and business leaders from across Chicago's widely diverse ethnic citizenship. Tickets to the pre-show reception are $100 and include food, drinks, VIP seating during the fashion show and entrance into the after party. An after-party will take place Trump International Hotel & Towers from 9 -- 11 p.m. ($25 donation at the door). General Seating and Standing Room only is full. Please visit worldfashionchicago.com to purchase VIP tickets. For more information, call 312.744-2520.

The following designers were featured on ABC7 Chicago:

  • Melissa Serpico representing Milan, Italy
    Available by appointment at contact@serpico-collection.com
  • Elda De La Rosa representing Mexico City, Mexico
    Available by appointment at eldadelarosa@sbcglobal.net
  • D & A for Tel Aviv Couture for Petach Tikva, Israel
    By Appointment at telavivcouture.com, info@telavivcouture.com. 847.208.9850
  • Vika Brown representing Kyiv, Ukraine
    Available at Ecelectica at 1006 W Armitage, 773.697.9929 or vikabrown@eclectica.com
  • The following designs and designers will represent the Sister Cities at World Fashion Chicago 2008:

  • Accra, Ghana -- Kwabena by Andy Osafo
  • Amman, Jordan -- Kumbaz
  • Athens, Greece -- Contessa Bottega
  • Belgrade, Serbia -- Elan Furs
  • Birmingham, England -- Eavis & Brown, Dimitra Bridal and Evening Couture
  • Busan, Korea -- Suk Ja and Beth Lambert of Scarlet Desgins
  • Casablanca, Morocco -- Chaba Couture by Albert Oiknine
  • Dehli, India -- Raaz Boutique
  • Durban, South Africa -- Zion Exclusive, Spirit Africa by Emeka Okocha
  • Galway, Ireland -- John Schultz
  • Gothenburg, Sweden -- Dame Couture
  • Hamburg, Germany -- Syibuy Hada Boutique by Kate Jacobsen, Steven Rosengard
  • Kyiv, Ukraine -- Silkway Studios by Sasha
  • Lahore, Pakistan -- Raaz Boutique
  • Lucerne, Switzerland -- Akris available at Neiman Marcus
  • Mexico City, Mexico -- Macario Jiménez, Elda De La Rosa
  • Milan, Italy -- SERPICO by Melissa Serpico, Paula Sisti, Dolce & Gabbana
  • Moscow, Russia -- Yana German
  • Osaka, Japan -- Tatsuya Shida
  • Paris, France -- Sakina M'sa, Jasmine Dimilio, Sansappelle
  • Petach Tikva, Israel -- Tel Aviv Couture
  • Prague, Czech Republic -- John Rezny for York Furrier
  • Shanghai, China -- Liu Canming
  • Shenyang, China -- Anna Fong
  • Toronto, Canada -- Lida Baday
  • Vilnius, Lithuania -- Renata Liutkiene
  • Warsaw, Poland -- Mira Couture, Evil Kitty and Agga B.
  • Chicago, USA -- Duvall
  • WORLD FASHION CHICAGO

    7:30 to 9 pm

    Thursday, October 2

    Chase Promenade

    Millennium Park

    312.744-2520

    worldfashionchicago.com

    FASHION FOCUS CHICAGO 2008

    Fashion Focus Chicago, a weeklong celebration of Chicago's thriving fashion industry, returns for a fourth year in 2008. Running from Wednesday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 8, Fashion Focus Chicago showcases some of the city's top designers, and features five runway shows in Millennium Park, fashion installations, shopping events, student designer events, and industry seminars. For more information and to register for events, visit chicagofashionresource.com. Here is a schedule of events:

    F=Free WC=Wheelchair Accessible

    RUNWAY EVENTS

    GEN ART'S FRESH FACES IN FASHION

    PRESENTED BY BLACKBERRY & T-MOBILE FEATURING A SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY CLANDESTINE

    INDUSTRIES HOSTED BY PETE WENTZ

    Wednesday, October 1; Pre-Show Reception 6 pm, Runway Show 7:30 pm Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive

    GenArt.org/312.229.1701 (reservations required, limited space)

    Admission: VIP $85-$135 (includes Pre-Show Reception, Runway Show Seating, After-Party); Standing Room $60-$70 (includes Pre-Show Reception, Runway Show Standing Room, After-Party); Details online

    One night only! Get in on this oh-so-popular runway event with emerging Chicago-based designers. This year, Clandestine Industries-the lifestyle brand championed by hometown musician and Fall Out Boy lead man, Pete Wentz-is honored to partner with Gen Art Chicago as a special addition to the runway presentation. Wentz's commitment to Chicago talent matches Gen Art Chicago's dedication to promoting local artists. Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion is renowned for showcasing the brightest emerging stars in the fashion industry and launching the careers of many successful fashion labels. (WC)

    WORLD FASHION CHICAGO PRESENTED BY CHICAGO SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL

    Thursday, October 2, 7:30 pm; After-Party 9-11 pm Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North Randolph

    Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive

    ChicagoSisterCities.com/312.744.8074

    Admission: After-Party (location/price details online); Millennium Park Runway Show FREE (reservations required, limited space)

    Representing Chicago's 27 sister cities, high-end international designers based in Chicago and abroad rock the runway with their most-coveted fashions. A testament to the city's burgeoning fashion industry, this show debuts internationally based designers to the local fashion scene. This year in a fashion-forward, world-premiere collaboration between TOYOTA concept creators and Chicago-based fashion designers, you'll be the first in America to see the latest in personal mobility design (TOYOTA i-REAL) and fashion. Designers representing sister cities Warsaw, Poland; Milan, Italy; and Shanghai, China bring it all to life with i-REAL-inspired, concept fashions. There's a whole new creative buzz in Chicago. Plan on joining the fashionable crowd for the after-party.

    DRESS CODE: CHICAGO DESIGN SCHOOLS' SHOW

    Friday, October 3, 7:30 pm

    Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North

    Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive

    ChicagoFashionResource.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.744.2400

    (information) Catch the next rising stars' runway debut at this showing of top students from Chicago's fashion design schools: Columbia College Chicago; The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago; International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Creativity abounds in these award-winners' styles, representing their best work and original spin on fashion. Also, the five finalists of the Mario Make Me A Model search walk in the show, where the winner will be announced. (F) (WC)

    A FASHION PERFORMANCE

    Sunday, October 5, 7 pm

    Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater

    77 E. Randolph Street

    AliceBerry.com/773.384.7279 (reservations required, limited space)

    Designer-artist Alice Berry explores the tension between personal artistic expression and the business of fashion. This special presentation features live models, projection, poetry and three of her collections: the Color Work; Green; and Fall 2008-9. (F) (WC)

    THE ALLURE OF COUTURE

    Monday, October 6, 7:30 pm

    Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North

    Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive ChicagoFashionResource.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.744.2400 (information)

    High style dominates this runway event offering some of the best high-end, contemporary collections. Created by a selection of Chicago's elite fashion-forward designers, these looks are so new and different you will leave pondering what defines fashion. A pitch-perfect evening for the independently stylish and collectors of fashion and art! (F) (WC)

    MACY'S PRESENTS THE DESIGNERS OF CHICAGO

    Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 pm Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive ChicagoFashionResource.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.744.2400 (information)

    Stay ahead of the trend with this amazing preview of Spring 2009 collections. Macy's has covered the city in search of the next great American designer, presenting the best at this runway exclusive. Meet some of the names-you-need-to-know. Macy's will also carry some of their lines at its State Street store. (F) (WC)

    INDUSTRY SEMINARS

    THE CENTER FOR PATTERN DESIGN PRESENTS UK DESIGNER JULIAN ROBERTS Friday, October 3, 2-4 pm Millennium Park Runway Tent - Chase Promenade North Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive ChicagoFashionResource.com/312.744.2400 (information)

    An incredible opportunity for fashion designers and students! Learn the innovative "Subtraction Cutting" technique from UK designer Julian Roberts. Currently the creative director of Julian and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London and a fashion consultant to the BBC, Roberts has shown collections at London and Paris fashion weeks, and taught design and creative pattern cutting throughout Europe and Asia. (F)(WC)

    CHICAGO FASHION FOUNDATION PRESENTS "GETTING CONNECTED AND GROWING YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS" PART I

    Sunday, October 5, 10:30 am-Noon Chicago Cultural Center - 5th Floor Washington Room 78 E. Washington Street

    ChicagoFashionFoundation.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.882.1366 (information)

    Explore online fashion retailing. This panel of Chicago companies, with established fashion-related Internet businesses, covers topics such as Internet Marketing and Optimization, Shopping Cart Customization, Online Selling and Establishing a Retail Community. Also, hear important first announcements related to Chicago Fashion Foundation's (CFF) second annual scholarship competition. This two-part series is presented by CFF. (F) (WC)

    CHICAGO FASHION FOUNDATION PRESENTS "GETTING CONNECTED AND GROWING YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS" PART II

    FEATURING A KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM THREADLESS.COM

    Sunday, October 5, Noon-1:30 pm Chicago Cultural Center - 5th Floor Garland Room

    78 E. Washington Street

    ChicagoFashionFoundation.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.882.1366 (information)

    Threadless.com's management team reveals how the company grew its business to include a community of more than 700,000 members (the force behind idea generation, marketing and sales forecasting) and more than $30 million in T-shirt sales. This consumer-driven, Internet-based, T-shirt design company was founded in Chicago by Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago students. Also, hear important first announcements related to CFF's second annual scholarship competition. (F) (WC)

    PRODUCTION IN CHICAGO: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND HOW

    Sunday, October 5, 1:30-3 pm Chicago Cultural Center - 5th Floor Washington Room 78 E. Washington Street www.ChicagoFashionResource.com (reservations required, limited space)

    Receive answers to some of the most challenging questions facing Chicago-based designers. Who should produce my line? What exactly will they produce for me? Where do I find them? When can they finish my pieces? How do I start my relationship with them? Designers and contractors will provide valuable insights. Presented by the Mayor's Fashion Council Chicago. (F) (WC)

    YOUR PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

    Sunday, October 5, 3-4:30 pm

    Chicago Cultural Center - 5th Floor Garland Room

    78 E. Washington Street

    ChicagoFashionResource.com (reservations required, limited space)

    Learn how to use images to sell your line. From choosing the right photographer to deciding on the style of the shoot, quality images are essential to your business. Presented by the Mayor's Fashion Council Chicago. (F) (WC)

    MEET THE DESIGNERS AND LEARN HOW THEY DID IT

    Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-7:30 pm Apparel Center Lobby 350 N. Orleans Street www.AIBI.com. Reservations: 312.836.1041 (reservations required, limited space; information)

    Chart a clearer path toward success in Chicago's apparel industry.

    Join designer and manufacturer members of the Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI) who share their varied experiences, challenges and lessons learned. Meet Caroline DeVillo of Caroline DeVillo Couture Bridal, Ellie Thompson of Ellie Thompson & Co., Lauren Lein-Santos of Lauren Lein Ltd. and Tennille White of Tennille White. Presented by AIBI. (F)

    MORE FASHION HIGHLIGHTS

    MACY'S DISTINCTION IN DESIGN COMPETITION

    Wednesday, October 1, 10 am-2 pm Macy's on State Street, 111 N. State Street Macys.com

    If you're a designer hopeful, present your sketches and samples at this eighth annual competition. Receive feedback and direction from Macy's buyers and trend managers. The Best of Show-winning designer receives a cash prize. No reservations required. Anticipate a wait. (F) (WC)

    FASHION ILLUSTRATION DEMONSTRATION

    Thursday, October 2, 1:30-3:30 pm

    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Annex

    623 S. Wabash Avenue

    312.369.7557 (reservations required, limited space)

    Sketch a professional runway model wearing student designs, while Columbia College Chicago fashion-design faculty assist with the drawings and answer questions. Materials provided. (F) (WC)

    THE HAPPY HATTER

    Friday, October 3, 11 am-2 pm

    Water Tower Place

    835 N. Michigan Avenue

    312.777.8640

    Develop an appreciation for that hat you throw on when you're leaving the house. Find out what it takes to craft and design such a fashionable and functional accessory. The faculty from Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago will demonstrate. (F)

    T-SHIRT FRENZY

    Saturday, October 4, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

    Blick Art Materials

    42 S. State Street

    312.980.9298

    Screen-print a T-shirt using stencils of your choice with guidance from International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago students. (F) (WC)

    STRIKE A POSE

    Saturday, October 4, 3-5 pm

    Blick Art Materials

    42 S. State Street

    312.980.9298

    Take home a skillful sketch, starring you, by instructors and students from the International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago's Fashion Design Department. (F) (WC)

    NEIGHBORHOOD SHOPPING

    CHICAGO-BASED DESIGNER COLLECTIONS AT MACY'S ON STATE STREET

    Ongoing Macy's on State Street

    111 N. State Street

    Macys.com

    Shop 22 Chicago-based designer collections including Joelle Nadine, Maddie Powers, Michelle Tan and Zola Jones. Find accessories, including jewelry and handbags, to suit your every whim from Diego Rocha, Elyse C. Bec, Lee Allison and Company, The Tie Bar, Twist, CC Bella, Objets d' Envy, K.Amato, Kathleen Miller and Bead Designs by Dana and Jules.

    Choose from some of the best contemporary women's ready-to-wear in the city by Elise Bergman, Anna Fong, Yana German, Lara Miller, Horatio Nieto, 5p1t and Tennille White. (WC)

    FASHION LAB

    Wednesday, October 1-Wednesday, October 8; Daily, 9 am-7 pm Saturday, October 4 Gallery Talk noon-1 pm; Shopping with Student Designers 1-4 pm 72 E. Randolph Street

    ChicagoFashionResource.com/312.744.2400 (information)

    One-of-kind pieces that you can own! Stop by this fabulous showcase of work by students from Columbia College Chicago, International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    They'll be on hand to discuss their work during Saturday's Gallery Talk. Purchase pieces on-site Saturday, or by contacting the student designers directly throughout the week. (F)(WC)

    SHOPWALK

    Friday, October 3-Wednesday, October 8

    Choose the Time and Place when reserving. www.ChicagoShopWalk.com.

    773.255.7866/ ChicagoShopWalk.com/773.255.7866 (reservations required, limited space; information) Admission: $40 per person and up

    Tour one of the city's hippest neighborhoods (Bucktown, Lincoln Park or Southport) with a personal shopping stylist. Visit unique boutiques underscoring designers on the rise and the latest trends. Also included, Chicago designer updates and perks and pampering such as complimentary coffee drinks, champagne toasts and discounts at the hottest boutiques. (WC)

    SHOPPING HAPPY HOUR

    Friday, October 3, 5-7 pm

    TBD

    UrbanShopGuide.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.533.1256 (information) Admission: $20 per person

    Happy Hour turns stylish with this two-hour guided tour to some of the best and newest, Chicago neighborhood boutiques. Find discounts, special offers, cocktails, snacks and designer trunk shows. Receive fashion tips from in-store stylists, visit interesting galleries, come across hot restaurants and hear brief neighborhood histories as knowledgeable guides highlight participants' individual interests. Rain or shine!

    GEN ART'S SHOP CHICAGO

    Saturday, October 4; VIP Shopping 1-2 pm, Public Shopping 2-6 pm Millennium Park - Chase Promenade North Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive GenARt.org/312.229.1701 (RSVP required for General Admission) Admission: VIP $40 (includes VIP Lounge Access, VIP Shopping Hour, Gift Bag); General Admission w/RSVP FREE

    Snag the best accessories and clothing offered by talented designers and boutiques from across the country. Spa treatments and a fabulous gift bag create a truly luxurious shopping experience. Presented by Gen Art in its continuing mission to support and showcase emerging talent. (WC)

    NEIGHBORHOOD ALL-STAR TOUR

    Sunday, October 5, Noon-4 pm

    Departs/Returns from/to Chicago Cultural Center

    77 E. Randolph Street

    UrbanShopGuide.com (reservations required, limited space)/312.533.1256 (information)

    Admission: $125 per person (includes gratuity for guide and driver)

    Travel via chauffeured luxury vehicle on this dream, shopping excursion to four neighborhoods. Guided by Chicago fashion experts, discover area boutiques, pinpoint fashions by Chicago designers and become acquainted with season-defining trends. In-store cocktails, refreshments, special discounts and stylist expertise round out the fun. Rain or shine! (WC)

    PEARLS AND POLITICS

    Sunday, October 5, Noon-5 pm

    Bourdage Pearls

    3530 N. Southport Avenue

    BourdagePearls.com/773.244.1126

    Drop by Bourdage Pearls and see why the world's most influential, powerful women adorn themselves with pearls. Exercise your ultimate purchasing power. Sign an environmental or clean water (vital to pearl survival) petition, and receive a 10% discount for each petition you sign. (F)

    FASHION INSTALLATIONS

    CHIC CHICAGO: COUTURE TREASURES FROM THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

    Through Sunday, July 26, 2009;

    Daily, Hours vary Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark Street ChicagoHistory.org.

    312.642.4600

    Admission: adults $14; seniors 65+ /students w/ID 13-22 $12; children 12 and under FREE; Mondays FREE

    Here's a rare opportunity. View 50-plus top couture pieces from the museum's acclaimed costume collection. Celebrating the world's innovative fashion designers and Chicago's great women of style, this exhibit offers a close-up look at breathtaking fashions, created 1878-1996, by such designers as Gianni Versace, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Charles Frederick Worth, Comme des Garçons and Charles James. (WC)

    CHECK IN?CHECK IT OUT!

    Wednesday, October 1-Sunday, October 8; Anytime Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza 350 N. Orleans Street and The Palmer House Hilton

    17 E. Monroe Street

    312.777.8640

    Unique and groundbreaking garments, by fashion students from The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, illustrate for visitors and locals how Chicago is making its mark on the fashion world. Enjoy! (F) (WC)

    ETHNIC FASHIONS

    Wednesday, October 1-Wednesday, October 8; Anytime Hampton Majestic Lobby 22 W. Monroe Street

    ChicagoFashionResource.com/312.980.9298

    Admire a variety of contemporary designs by International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago students. Ghanaian textiles and their Special Topics course in Ethnic Fashions provided the inspiration. (F) (WC)

    SALUTE TO THE DESIGNERS OF CHICAGO IS?RED HOT!!!

    Wednesday, October 1-Wednesday, October 8; Anytime Apparel Center Lobby 350 N. Orleans Street

    www.AIBI.com/312.836.1041

    View this exhibition of selected fashions from CHICAGO IS?RED HOT!!!, the June 2008 fashion extravaganza that featured established and emerging, Chicagoland designers. (F) (WC)

    SAME SUIT, DIFFERENT STORY

    Wednesday, October 1-Wednesday, October 8; Anytime Chicago Hilton - Michigan and Balbo Windows and South Lobby 720 S. Michigan Avenue ChicagoFashionResource.com

    Check out the new and unexpected in this exhibit highlighting Columbia College Chicago students' coursework in Fashion Design: Concepts. A man's suit and shirt were deconstructed then recycled into an original garment concept. (F) (WC)

    SHAPING INTIMATE SPACE

    Wednesday, October 1-Friday, October 31; Anytime Sears Tower

    233 S. Wacker Drive

    312.629.6710

    See surprising forms, created by hand-manipulation and hand-dyeing techniques on cotton fabric. Students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago used the volume, shape, repetition and layering of modern architecture and design in shaping these new forms for the human body. (F) (WC)

    MOSS: MUSEUM OF SUSTAINABLE STYLE

    Thursday, October 2-Sunday, October 5, Noon-6 pm; Panel Discussion:

    Saturday, October 4, 2-3 pm and Post-Discussion Reception 3-6 pm Brickermade

    1109 W. Fulton Market, 1st Floor

    MossChicago.org

    This exhibit demonstrates how to support the sustainable lifestyle and "green" your wardrobe without sacrificing style, personality or comfort. Local designers' fashions made of organic or sustainable fabrics and processes, and experimental sustainable materials are showcased. Come for the panel discussion on Sustainable Style, Saturday, October 4. Curated by Pivot. (F) (WC)


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