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Talk about Chicago fashion

Fashion Focus Chicago is upon us once again for its eighth year, and Chicagotalks will be bringing you an inside look of the fiercest forerunners in Chicago fashion. With runways and galleries scattered throughout the city, this week-long event (Oct. 15 – Oct. 21) will feature designers, trunk shows and boutiques that are staples in the Chicago style.

This schedule includes a complete guide to Fashion Focus Chicago, with additional information links:

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Squasht Boutique
2556 W. Chicago Ave. # 1W
FREE admission

Chicago Fashion Law
Chicago Cultural Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, 78 E. Washington St.
FREE admission

A Conversation with Frances Renk of Sequin Jewelry
Presented by Chicago Fashion Foundation
Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room, 78 E. Washington St.
FREE admission. RSVP requested.

Dream a Little Dream
Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine Avenue
FREE admission

Fashion Follows Interiors – A Mad Men Inspired Event
Presented by Collins Designs & Co. and Laura Elvis Productions
The Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Ave.
$45 at the door; $40 in advance, $35 students, $65 VIP.

Next Fashion Chicago 2012
Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Place
General Admission $35 (Students $20), VIP $85

Richard Dayhoff & Tracey Mayer
Bar TOMA, 110 E. Pearson St.
FREE admission. RSVP required.

The Immaculate One
The Murphy Auditorium, 50 E. Erie St.
General Admission: $25, Platinum Ticket: $75, VIP: $100


Wednesday, Oct. 17

Champagne Chic Accessorizes
Le Bar at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut St.
FREE admission

The Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) presented by Macy’s
Millennium Park Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
7:30pm (VIP 6pm)
General Admission $35, VIP $95


Thursday, Oct. 18

Luncheon and Fashion Installation at Bridgeport Fashion Design Center
Bridgeport Arts Center, 1200 W. 35th St., 5th Floor
12 Noon; Show begins at 1pm
FREE admission. RSVP requested.

Franc Lloyd Inc. Shopping/ Trunk Show
DeWitt Place, 900 N. Dewitt Place
FREE admission. RSVP required.

The Frock Shop Chicago Fashion Designer Search
The Frock Shop, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., 4A-4
Free Admission
The Frock Shop is featuring local Chicago designers during October. Designers will be heavily promoted on social media and featured in the Frock Shop showroom. The winning designer will be announced in an in store event on October 18th from 5-8. Free food, drinks and special give-a-ways.

Fashion Focus Sip & Shop
Kiwi’s Boutique, 1015 S. Western Ave.
FREE admission

RE.STOCK Presents Style in Motion: Designer Sale Event
FIAT Showroom Chicago, 645 W. Randolph St.
Free Admission: VIP $35

True Blessyn Trunk Show
Eclectic Chique, 807 W. Dickens Ave.
FREE admission

“Fashion Takes Flight” presented by Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and vitaminwater®
Millennium Park Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
7:30pm (VIP 6pm)
General Admission $35, VIP $95


Friday, Oct. 19

Sarah Kuenyefu Collection Trunk Show
Made in Chicago presented by AIBI, 44 E. Grand Ave.
12 Noon-6pm
FREE admission

SOiree CHICago
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 1st Floor Garland Room
FREE admission. RSVP requested.

Autumn Style @ Essential Elements
Essential Elements Chicago, 1640 E. 87th St.
FREE admission

Ember Images
Salon 2120, 2120 S. Halsted St.
Admission: $20

The Art of Fashion 2012 presented by
Millennium Park Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
7:30pm (6pm VIP)
$35 general admission, $95 VIP admission


Saturday, Oct. 20

FashionChicago® presented by
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.
FREE admission

Made in Chicago Designer Trunk Shows presented by AIBI featuring Beth Ann Designs, TAKARA Designs, Lauren Lein Ltd and LuDia Couture
44 E. Grand Avenue
FREE admission

Cotton Candy Couture Trunk Show
Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St.
FREE admission. RSVP required.
Libero Ferrero Fall 2012 Trunk Show
Apartment Number 9, 1804 N. Damen Ave.
FREE admission

Amalgamation 2012
St. Stephen AME Church, 3042 W. Washington Blvd.
General Admission: $27 online, $25 at the door (Early Bird General Admission $15 until September 7); VIP $42 online, $40 at the door.

BLACK ICE All Male Fashion Show Presented by Blake Martin Productions
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place
General Admission: $40, VIP $60

Fashion Forward!
The Fashion Market, 216 S. Jefferson St.
FREE admission

Sugar Fly
2409 W. North Ave.
FREE admission

Vintage Apres Noir: Vintage Connoisseurs
ICNC Building, 2010 W. Fulton (Fulton & Damen)
8 – 11pm
General Admission $25, VIP $60

Fiat of Chicago, 645 W. Randolph St.
Admission: $75

Randolph Street Market’s Modern Vintage Chicago
Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St.
Admission: $8 online, $10 at the gate.

Red Carpet Concierge Fashion Awards 2012
The Saloon Steakhouse, 200 E. Chestnut
General Admission $30 in advance, $40 at the door.


Sunday, Oct. 21

Cotton Candy Couture Trunk Show
Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St.
FREE admission. RSVP required.

Randolph Street Market’s Modern Vintage Chicago
Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St.
Admission: $8 online, $10 at the gate.

Industry Day
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, multiple locations
FREE admission. Tickets required.

Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit
Hosted by Supreme Novelty Fabrics, Curated by Mignonette Bridal
2156 West Fulton
Admission: $10

Fashion & Beauty Exhibition Series: Chicago Innovation 2012
W Hotel – City Center, 172 W. Adams
General admission: $15 online; $20 at the door with RSVP/$25 without. Exclusive admission is $45.

Fashion with a Purpose “The Fusion”
Presented by Signature Events by Carmen LLC and Fame Production Group
House of Trend, 688 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Suggested Donation ($15)

Anna Fong Runway Show “Queen of Hearts”
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, 221 N. Columbus
General Admission: $35, VIP: $75, Student: $20

The Art of Love & Death
Lumen, 839 W. Fulton
6-9pm, Show @ 7pm
FREE admission


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