Insiders Guide to Fashion Focus

October 7th 2013

Fashion Focus, Chicago’s Fashion Week, is just a short week away. With this being said, I am currently trying to figure out my schedule, and thought you could use some help. These are my picks for events, shows, and everything fashion focused.

Tuesday, October 15

Inspiration: Designer and Muse

6pm, Location TBD

Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week kicks-off on Tuesday, October 15 with Designer and Muse. Hosted by the City of Chicago and Michigan Avenue Magazine, the opening event will partner local celebrities in the creative industries (music, culinary, film, theater and dance) with a designer who will create a look for his or her “muse” to be showcased throughout the evening. Pairings will include: Maria Pinto and Jeanne Gang (architecture), Azeeaz Kahn and Alpana Singh (culinary), Shernett Swaby and Mindy Segal (culinary), Diego Rocha and Naomi Beckwith (visual arts) among others. The event is invitation-only for guests of Michigan Avenue Magazine; however there will be an opportunity for the general public to obtain a limited number of tickets via Fashion Focus Chicago social media (Facebook and Twitter: @FashionFocus) beginning October 1.



M.GO FASHION CO., 1754 W. Division St.

Join us for an evening of fall fashion, beauty tips and teasers. Model walk show at 7pm. Complimentary Mini-Mani’s 5-7pm. RSVP to MGOFASHIONSALON@AOL.COM.

Fashion Focus: Taking it to the Streets


Millennium Park Chase Promenade North

Featuring Sarah Stevenson from the Toronto Fashion Incubator and Christine Phung from the Atelier de Paris, an Incubator program in Paris. Chicago designers include:  Lagi Nadeau, Shelby Steiner, Agnes Hamerlik, Randall Hill, Laura Takataka, Nicole Puszynski, J. Toor, Chicago Playground.

Paul Stuart & Esquire Present a Rat Pack-Inspired Evening


107 E. Oak St.

Join Paul Stuart and Esquire magazine for an evening reminiscent of another era. Celebrate the fall season in Rat Pack style, featuring classic music, complimentary cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The brand-new Paul Stuart and Phineas Cole fall 2013 merchandise and fabrics will be available for sale or special orders during the event. Please RSVP to as space is extremely limited.

Thursday, October 17

Fashion Focus: Urban Shapeshifters


Millennium Park Chase Promenade North

Menswear is one of the hottest trends this season and on Thursday, October 17 the Urban Shapeshifters will debut in Chicago. This FREE menswear event will feature local, national and international menswear designers including J. Cheikh,  Michelle Tan, and Jack Cave from Chicago, Brandon Scott, Los Angeles and Rana Rojo, Miami. In partnership with Chicago’s Gallery Aesthete, international designers participating are: Boris Bidjan Saberi, Barcelona; Ann Demeulemeester, Antwerp and Comme de Garçons, Tokyo and Paris. FREE general admission tickets (limit 4) are available here on Tuesday, October 1 at 10am. General admission seating is not assigned and is on a first-come, first-served for seats, and then standing room only.

NEXT Fashion Chicago 2013

6-10:30pm (8pm Fashion Presentation)

Germania Place, 108 W. Germania

This full-scale theatrical runway presentation within a lavish European style setting is filled with surprises! Featuring the cities finest designers, complimented by several fashionable boutiques. Designers include: Tamra Ellingson, St. Frimpong, Elena Bobysheva, Sarah Church, Gary Gonzalez, Meekis, Cleons Clothing Co., Mira Couture, Bottega Contessa and Niala Conte. Featuring the NEXT GENERATION Fashion Design Challenge—a special presentation during the show introducing the freshest, emerging design talent. Both before and after the fashion presentation guests can meet and shop the collections of all out featured designers. Event emcees will include: Daniella Guzman, Morning News Anchor-NBC 5 Chicago, Alicia Roman, Meteorologist-NBC 5 Chicago and Special Award Presentation by: Corri McFadden, Owner, Edrop-off Luxury Consignment.

Friday, October 18

The Art of Fashion Runway Show

6pm VIP Reception/7:30pm Runway Show

Millennium Park Chase Promenade North’s popular show will feature 10 spring 2014 looks from 10 Chicago-based designers. The VIP event begins at 6pm and the runway starts at 7:30pm. Designers include: Maria Pinto, Calvin Tran, Eva Pazola, Boris Powell, Lily & Migs, Michelle Tan, Hector-Javier MonArrez, Shalini Sharma and Shernett Swaby. Tickets are currently on sale at and range from $35-$115.

Modern Vintage Chicago Preview Shopping Party and Fashion Installation

Vintage Apres Noir: Punk & Paper Dolls

6pm-8pm; $30 General Admission at Gate; $25 General Admission Online

1340 W. Washington St.

This preview party fashion show and early buying evening event is a kickoff to the Modern Vintage Chicago shopping weekend, showcasing today’s trends with the theme ‘Vintage Apres Noir: Punk & Paper Dolls’ complete with a fashion installation, early buying privileges, drinks, treats, a DJ and entertainment. Tickets to benefit the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.

Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20th

Modern Vintage Chicago

10am-5pm; $10 at the gate, $8 in advance

Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington St.

Referred to as “a fashionista’s paradise” by; touted as a “Random Act of Kindness: 5 things we are loving this week” by the Tribune’s Red Eye; and “cool vintage personified” by, Modern Vintage Chicago is the only place you will find vintage clothing, jewelry and vanities by style icons such as Halston, Balenciaga, Patrick Kelly and Chanel alongside Chicago’s leading Indie Designers. Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, Modern Vintage Chicago is designed to fuse the worlds of forward contemporary design and classic vintage fashion for shoppers that appreciate both worlds.

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