Latino Fashion Week

November 1, 2011 (NEWS RELEASE)

The event is the premier resource institution for those in the Latino Fashion Industry. Latino Fashion Week expands commerce by enhancing and creating opportunities while elevating and supporting the artistic strengths of the rapidly growing Latino market. This six-day event will include educational seminars, retail trunk shows, celebrity appearances and VIP parties at some of Chicago's hottest venues.

Designer's Muse, Red Carpet Kick Off Party
Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street
Tuesday, November 1
5:30PM-9PM (Fashion show with local celebrity models at 7PM)
Tickets: $25
Fashion Lounge & Expo Hours: featuring designer apparel, fashion accessories and other merchants.
Thursday, November 3, 2011: Opens 2:00PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, November 4, 2011 : Opens 3:00PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, November 5, 2011: Opens 11:00AM – 9:00PM
For complete week of events:


Alicia Estrada
Alicia Estrada is the CEO, founder and designer for Stop Staring! Designs Inc. Inspired by starlets like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and the 1940s and 1950s film noir, Alicia's pieces capture the silver screen era, where women's gracefulness, glamour and ultimately classy style flourished. Stop Staring! dresses are timeless and classic, with a touch of sex appeal. Her pieces have attracted the eyes of Hollywood's A-list celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Zooey Deschannel. Alicia's unique talent and perseverance have featured her as a guest speaker at the annual "Adelante Mujer Latina Conference" and the Annual Latinas Light the Way Leadership Event, where she motivated young Latinas to follow their dreams.

Carl Dahlstedt
Carl Dahlsted, a Chicago-based designer and Columbia Alum, opened his first boutique this year. The showroom, located in the heart of Wicker Park, sells men's and women's all of which are designed and manufactured in Chicago. C. Dahlstedt's aesthetic is based on simplistic designs, with a strong focus on quality. The collection achieves is a modern twist on timeless silhouettes, using unexpected details such as linings in cashmere and over-sized zippers, and a new take on the classic men's button-downs. The line aims to be one of kind for Chicago, offering fine European fabrics with a Chicagoan sensibility and manufactured in Chicago. 2028 W. Division

Karol Barrero
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Karol Andrea grew an interest in fashion and the arts at an early age. After learning to sew from her mother, she began testing her own techniques and drew inspiration from the flare of South America and the many cultures of its people. In 2000, she moved to the United States with her family and enrolled in Colombia College where she later received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Fashion Design. Her current designs reflect her passion for detail while boldly combining modest traditional styles with contemporary chic.

Jorge Pérez de la Habana
Celebrated international designer, Jorge Pérez at Jorge Pérez de la Habana for celebrity Red Carpet and Wedding Gowns, was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York City. Pérez has appeared on BRAVO's "The Real Housewives of NYC", WE-TV's "My Fair Wedding". "Get Married," and was featured on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress", the PBS Show – "The Holiday Table", and the "Martha Stewart Show" on Sirius Radio. He is currently a regular monthly guest on SHOP NBC. Jorge has been a contributor to leading online and print publications including The Knot, BRIDES Magazine, Elegant Bride,, RadarOnLine, The Washington Post and more. Jorge is the international Spokesperson for Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood China and Royal Doulton.

Ritu Boorgu
When Ritu Boorgu first started her fashion career in 2001, she only possessed her passion and a degree in textile designing. She attended a handful of private shows and events to showcase her designs and created designs for family and friends. Today, this Mumbai, India-native caters to clients all over the world and is a part of various South Asian fashion and bridal shows held across the United States. In 2009, she launched Charisma Studio, an upscale chic boutique in Chicago, making her designs popular among clients ever since.

Less than a decade ago, AKIRA opened the doors of its first women's clothing boutique in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Since then, the company has extended its reach to 15 city-wide locations & an online fashion emporium. Thanks to its full line of men's and women's clothes, shoes, & accessories and its packed roster of celebrity-studded special events, AKIRA is a major player on the Windy City's fashion scene. This high-profile exposure, as well as's expansion and AKIRA's forthcoming stores outside Chicagoland, will go far to build a national reputation for the brand.

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