Fashion Focus Chicago 2015 Collaborates with CFDA

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America is finally taking a note of the emerging talent in Chicago on the 10th anniversary of Chicago’s fashion initiative, Fashion Focus Chicago, taking place October 4 -12.

The CFDA is participating in an invitation-only Look Book Review, with a panel of experts in men’s and women’s accessories and apparel providing feedback to up to 20 local designers on Wednesday, October 7.

“The Council of Fashion Designers of America is delighted to support this program and meet Chicago’s most talented designers during Fashion Focus Chicago,” said Lisa Smilor, Executive Vice President of the CFDA.

In addition to holding the Look Book Review, members of the CFDA will also be attending various Fashion Focus runway shows and events in Chicago during the week-long fashion initiative, Tonya Gross, director of fashion and culinary programs for the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events told the Chicago Tribune.

“The hope is to expose CFDA to some of the city’s great fashion businesses,” she said.

This year, Fashion Focus will feature runway shows and neighborhood shopping events that spotlight local talent. Most of the events will take place on the third floor of Block Thirty Seven and Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade.

Below is a list of all activities, shows and events.

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Sunday, October 4

What: Latino Fashion Week presents Youth Fashion Day at Block Thirty Seven
Where: Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
When: 2–5 p.m.

What you need to know: Presented by Latino Fashion Week, the Youth Fashion Day at Block Thirty Seven will feature fashion skills workshops for 12- to 19-year-olds, including an AWSUM (Amazing-Wonderful-Super-Unique-Me) Panel, motivational speakers and a Style Wars fashion challenge by (PRO)jectUS. An event highlight will be a performance by the Ángel Quinceañeras dancers with a runway show featuring the latest in style and Quinceañera dresses by celebrity designer Adan Terriquez. Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration information, please visit LatinoFashionWk.com/Tickets.

Monday, October 5

What: Our Fashion, Our Heritage: Haiti Fashion Week Preview
Where: Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
When: Noon–6 p.m. shopping; 6:30 p.m. ticketed runway

What you need to know: Hitting the Chicago runway for the first time, Haiti Fashion Week will host a runway and selling event with its top designers. The “Our Fashion, Our Heritage” theme will cover 500 years of Haiti’s existence with a modern twist to appeal to a 21st century audience. The shopping event is free and general admission for the runway event is $15. VIP tickets are $25 and includes a swag bag. To purchase tickets, visit fashionfocuschicago.org.

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What: Shops by African Fashion Week Chicago
Where: Block Thirty Seven, ,108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
When: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

What you need to know: Meet the designers from African Fashion Week Chicago and shop the collections from the September runway shows. For complete details for this free shopping event, visit fashionfocuschicago.org.

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What: Miglio Di Mario Uomo Fall 2015 Showcase
Where: Bronzeville: 436 E. 47th St.
When: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

What you need to know: Stop and shop Fall 2015 fabrics and silhouettes for men’s apparel and accessories in the showroom of custom suit maker Bruce Gage of Miglio Di Mario Uomo. Admission is free. For more information, visit Facebook.com/MiglioDiMarioUomo.

Wednesday, October 7

What: NEXT Fashion Chicago 2015
Where: Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State St., 3rd Floor
When: 5:30–9 p.m. shopping (open to the public); 6 p.m. VIP cocktail reception and red carpet; 6 p.m. runway event

What you need to know: This European-style runway spectacular, now in its fourth season, will feature established and emerging designers. The evening will include the “NEXT GENERATION Fashion Design Challenge,” award presentations, special guests and more! For tickets and additional information, visit nextfashionchicago.com.

Thursday, October 8

What: Virgin Hotels Chicago presents Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Showcase
Where: Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Commons Club, 203 N. Wabash Ave.
When: 5 p.m.

What you need to know: Virgin Hotels Chicago is thrilled to support young designers and to help enhance the fashion community in Chicago at a fashion event showcasing the work of 10 emerging, Chicago-based designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street. Admission is free, but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be requested by sending an email to VHCFashionShow@skoogproductions.com.

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What: (PRO)jectUS presents STYLE BIAS: Street Style | Fashion Presentation & Marketplace
Where: Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State St., 3rd Floor 
When: 5–10 p.m. marketplace, 6 p.m. fashion presentation

What you need to know: (PRO)jectUS presents the second annual Style Bias: Street Style Fashion Presentation and Marketplace featuring Chicago’s next generation designers and artists along with established brands making up this year’s runway program. The event begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, featuring “mocktails” for the under 21 crowd provided by The Violet Hour. This event is sponsored by Kenneth Cole and the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust. Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration information, please visit fashionfocuschicago.org.

Friday, October 9

What: StyleChicago.com presents the Art of Fashion Runway
Where: Millennium Park, Chase Promenade, 201 E. Randolph St.
When: 6 p.m. VIP cocktail reception and red carpet; 7:30 p.m. runway show

What you need to know: Back for its ninth season, this popular show will feature new Spring/Summer 2016 collections from 10 of Chicago’s finest designers. Designers include past favorites Calvin Tran and Shernett Swaby. To purchase tickets, visit StyleChicago.com.

Saturday, October 10

What: StyleChicago.com presents FashionChicago®
Where: Millennium Park, Chase Promenade, 201 E. Randolph St.
When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

What you need to know: This shopping extravaganza features more than 30 of Chicago’s best apparel, jewelry and accessory designers. For a list of participating designers, visit FashionChicago.com or StyleChicago.com.

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11

What: Northern Grade Menswear Selling Event
Where: The Chop Shop/1st Ward Events, 2033 W. North Ave.
When: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, 11 am.–5 p.m. Sunday

What you need to know: Northern Grade, the mobile menswear market, will feature vendors of products manufactured in the United States, including Chicago vendors Stock Manufacturing Co. and Field Notes. Items for sale include apparel, footwear, gear, games, paper goods, grooming supplies and much more.

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What: Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Shopping Event
Where: Downtown/Loop: iD Chicago, 375 W. Erie St
When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

A fashion trunk show and selling event with the designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street featuring past and current designers in residence Agnes Hamerlik, Lagi Nadeau, Olivia Hwang, Anna Brown, Alyssa Kahle, Shruti Kirti, Grace Lee-Lim, Masha Titievsky and Gabrielle Zwick. For more information, please visit: www.idchicago.com. Admission is free.

All photos via Fashion Focus Chicago Facebook

Anna Marevska

Anna Marevska

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Anna Marevska is the Editor of FashionFiles and is responsible for the overall editorial direction of the site. She also writes runway reviews, designer profiles and trend reports. Anna is obsessed with Net-a-Porter, Zara sales and a good book. She never saw a high heel she didn’t like, is an avid Chicago and London lover and also enjoys travel and politics, among other things.

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