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Fashion Focus CHICago - Premier Events

Fashion Focus CHICago  >  Premier Events


Sunday, October 4 – Monday, October 12  •  Various Locations

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the premier events for Fashion Focus CHICago, October 4-12. Chicago’s fashion week will shine a spotlight on Chicago’s fashion industry with a citywide celebration. The nine-day event will feature a shopping and runway events with fashion businesses downtown and in various neighborhoods. Other highlights include: youth-based professional development workshops with Latino Fashion Week; Style Bias, a runway program presented through a collaboration with YOUmedia, Commonwealth and Donda’s House; and showcases by African Fashion Week Chicago, NEXT Fashion Chicago, and Haiti Fashion Week.

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Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

(schedule is subject to change)


Sunday, October 4


Latino Fashion Week presents Youth Fashion Day at Block Thirty Seven

Block Thirty Seven

108 N. State St., 3rd Floor


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


Fashions on Fleek Runway Presentation

Downtown/Loop: Marriott Hotel

541 N. Rush St.


The Fashions on Fleek will feature classy and glitzy fashions that will sure to turn heads. Runway presentations by Mania Couture Clothing Store, Daline Boutique and Sasha'Neva Boutiques. Admission price starts at $30. Free gift bag with VIP ticket purchase. For ticket information visit:


Monday, October 5


Our Fashion, Our Heritage: Haiti Fashion Week Preview

Block Thirty Seven

108 N. State St., 3rd Floor

12 Noon–6pm shopping, 6:30pm ticketed runway

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 the Eventbrite.


Shops by African Fashion Week Chicago

Block Thirty Seven

108 N. State St., 3rd Floor


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


Sarah Kuenyefu Collection Shopping Event by Appointment

Woodlawn: Sarah Kuenyefu

1510 E. 63rd St.

By appointment

Customers can trade the chaos of shopping for a 1-on-1 private viewing with designer, Sarah Kuenyefu. Ladies will have the option of buying off the showroom floor or ordering custom items. Admission is free and appointments can be scheduled by email at:


Miglio Di Mario Uomo Fall 2015 Showcase

Bronzeville: 436 E. 47th St.


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


Tuesday, October 6


From the Runway to the Streets; Fall/Winter Runway Makeup Trends Demonstration by Make Up First

Downtown/Loop: Make Up First, School of Makeup Artistry

100 N. LaSalle St.

12 Noon–2pm

Instructors from Chicago's own makeup artistry vocational school, Make Up First, will present four makeup "looks", taken from the Runways, and demonstrate how each look can easily be recreated. Admission is $15 and attendees will receive gift bags that include professional cosmetics, raffle entry, and access to the in-school store. For tickets and information visit,


Wednesday, October 7


NEXT Fashion Chicago 2015

Block Thirty Seven

108 N. State St., 3rd Floor

5:30-9pm shopping (open to the public)

6pm VIP cocktail reception and red carpet

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


Be-You-Tiful Fashion Night Out

West Town: M.GO Fashion Salon and Spa

1501 W. Chicago Ave.


Be-You-Tiful Fashion Night Out in the West Town Neighborhood Chicago will present a dynamic evening of fall/winter fashion & beauty trends and tips. ICON Model House beauties will strut the catwalk showcasing M.GO Fashion Company & Dynamic Salon Makeovers. In collaboration with local food and drink partners a tasting hour is included that will be topped off with a desert bar and Swag Beauty Bags. Attendees will also receive a 15% shopping event discount on handmade beauty product launch and fashion collections. Admission is free. For complete details, visit


Thursday, October 8

Virgin Hotels Chicago presents Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Showcase

Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Commons Club

203 N. Wabash Ave.


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 including Anna BrownAgnes HamerlikOlivia HwangShruti KirtiStephanie KuhrGrace Lee-LimLagi NadeauTaneasha PruntyMasha Titievsky, and Gabrielle Zwick. Doors open at 4:30pm. Admission is free, but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be requested by sending an email to


(PRO)jectUS presents STYLE BIAS: Street Style | Fashion Presentation & Marketplace

Block Thirty Seven

108 N. State St., 3rd Floor

5–10pm marketplace, 6pm fashion presentation

(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 5pm 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 this event on Eventbrite.

For a preview, take a look inside of last year's presentation:


Happy Hour Shopping Party Featuring Chicago Brands

West Town: Squasht Boutique

2556 W. Chicago Ave.


Shop handmade, shop local and shop small with a Happy Hour Shopping Party featuring Squasht Boutiques house brands and receive a 20% storewide discount. Other Chicago apparel and accessory designers will also be featured including Wulfka, Anna Hovet, Kali Clothing, and Megan Lee Designs. Specialty cocktails by Jo Snow Syrups and light snacks will be served and admission is free.


Friday, October 9 presents the Art of Fashion Runway

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade

201 E. Randolph St.

6pm VIP cocktail reception and red carpet, 7:30pm runway show

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, Shernett Swaby, Eva Pazola and J.Toor. To purchase tickets, visit


Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11


ALTAI Coats Designer Shopping Event

Wicker Park/Bucktown: ALTAI Coats

1917 N. Damen Ave.

Friday, Saturday 4-7pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm

Discounts. Drinks. LuxuryCoats. Clair Barnes, designer of Altai Coats, will host an evening of shopping for luxury outwear, apparel and accessories. Attendees will receive discounts on the newest outwear styles. Admission is free. Wine and snacks will be provided.


Fashion Focus Bronzeville Runway and Pop-Up Selling Events

Bronzeville: Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

411 E. 35th St.

Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10-6pm

As part of a community-driven revitalization, Bronzeville seamlessly bridges its historical significance and flourishing modern renaissance. Bronzeville is known for its artistic flair and musical attractions, but it also home for a diverse cadre of specialty fashion boutiques. Fashion Focus Bronzeville will highlight the artistic character of these shops, while allowing guests to enjoy live entertainment and dine on food selections from local restaurants. Admission is free. For more information please visit, and


Saturday, October 10 presents FashionChicago®

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade

201 E. Randolph St.


This shopping extravaganza features more than 30 of Chicago’s best apparel, jewelry and accessory designers. For a list of participating designers, visit or


Fashion Saves Lives Grand Opening Shopping Event

Roscoe Village: Monarch Thrift Shop

2866 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Doors open at 11am, fashion show at 7pm

Put your purchase dollars to building strong communities and look fabulous doing it at the Monarch Thrift Shop grand opening event, Fashion Saves Lives. The shopping event will feature sales, ribbon cutting by State Senator Iris Y. Martinez and Alderman Carlos Rosa, and a spectacular fashion presentation styled by Internationally published celebrity stylist and owner of couture designs, Verneccia LaShay Fashion House. Admission is free. For more information visit,


Fashion Forward 2015! Emerging Designer Runway

East Lakeview: Second Unitarian Church of Chicago

656 W. Barry Ave.


Fashion Forward 2015! Emerging designer runway showcases hosted by the Fashion Market featuring some of Chicago’s top emerging talent including Rich CasualSuper Tight ApparelM.H.O.D.Luz Esparza Design, Alecia Denise and E. Kaye Collection. Admission is free but RSVP is requested,


“Inspired” Fashion and Art Exhibition 

Ashburn/Wrightwood: Gallery Seven Nine

2449 W. 79th St.

VIP early entry 6pm; doors open 6:45pm; show starts 7pm

"Inspired" is a collaborative fashion and art exhibition that takes a unique look at fashion and those who wear it. Gallery Seven Nine hosts this groundbreaking program with artists that post new boundaries and expose self-reflecting truths through fashion, spoken word and art with Chicago-based designer Ms. Khalilah of Cayenne Couture Atelier, and the art of Rain Wilson, inspired by the book, Diesecting Imperfections, by Davi M. Guest. Ticket prices range from $45-75. VIP ticketholders have early entry, an exclusive meet and greet with the artists and receive a gift bag with fashionable treats. After the show event attendees can walk through the exhibit and enjoy cocktails/beverages and hors d’oeuvres. For more information visit Free admission to the exhibit on October 11.


Innovators Wanted: Modern Day Threads Runway Event

Avondale: Avondale Park

3516 W. School St.


Modern Day Threads Runway Show is presented by J.Inspired Events and will feature 7-8 emerging and pioneers of contemporary design including Chicago designers Annie A, GidiIridiumPRSVR, and Alex Carter along with other American designers, the Yen Company and Chevalier Homme. This event is an introduction to a new bi-annual event in Chicago that will be open to all emerging designers. The theme for this program, "Innovators Wanted," is a call to encourage fashion designers and celebrate the current pioneers of contemporary fashion. Tickets are $30 – 60. VIP ticket holders receive free gift bags. To purchase tickets for the runway and RSVP free 21+ age post-show industry mixer at City Soles, 1514 N Milwaukee Ave visit,


Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11


Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Shopping Event

Downtown/Loop: iD

375 W. Erie St.


A fashion trunk show and selling event with the designers from the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street including 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: Admission is free.


Northern Grade Menswear Selling Event

Wicker Park/Bucktown: The Chop Shop

2033 W. North Ave.

11am–7pm Saturday, 11 am–5pm Sunday

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. Admission is free. VIP event October 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. will feature food by The Chop Shop and drinks by Brooklyn Gin special merchandise discounts and DJ Larry Miller. Admission is $30. For tickets via Ticketfly.


Sunday, October 11


FaSHUN 101 with Shun Melson: The Basics for Fashion Stylists

Near West Side: Kiwi’s Boutique

1015 S. Western Ave.


FaSHUN 101 is an introduction to the basic principles behind the styling business. This course is designed for you to learn all the secrets from experienced fashion stylist, Shun Melson. Topics include: how to get started in the fashion industry; how to earn revenue; personal shopping tips; and what should be in your stylist kit. This course includes the inside secrets on client retention, the importance of the high-low fashion industry, and provide the necessities that every aspiring stylist should have in their closet. The course fee is $399 and includes a swag bag and brunch. Register here:


Bridgeport Art Center Designers in Residence Fashion Runway

Bridgeport: Bridgeport Art Center, 5th Floor Skyline Loft

1900 W. 35th St.


Bridgeport Art Center designers in residence host a fashion runway to showcase their latest collections. Participating designers include e & e aube Designs, London Lee, Maggie Yan, and Déjà vu Designs. Admission is free.


The Blending of Art, Fashion and Life Shopping Event

Pilsen: Maybe Sunday

1711 S. Halsted St., Suite 1


Maybe Sunday is a conceptual retail experience featuring contemporary, Chicago-based designer apparel, lifestyle accessories and fine art. Come share a toast with the designers and artists and shop Chicago’s freshest fashions for men and women. Featuring fashion designers include Maybe Sunday, ZachNF, PearNova, and VeggieSomething and artists Jason Guo, McKenzie Thompson, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Yuge Zhou, and Joe India. Admission is free.