Chicago Launches Its Own Fashion Week

New York’s is considered the best. LA’s is rapidly growing to be the west coast style event of the year. So why shouldn’t Chicago have a fashion week as well? This past Monday was the start of the first annual Fashion Focus Chicago, a ten-day celebration of “Chicago Style”. Head out to a slew of events, most held in or near Marshall Fields on State Street, try to scoop up as much free stuff as possible. 

Here’s a list of the events from the wonderful folks at ChicagoMag.com

  • Tuesday, September 20th
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  • Clinton Kelly of The Learning Channel’s “What Not to Wear” appears at Marshall Field’s, State Street, from 12 to 2 p.m.
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  • Financing a Fashion Business, a panel discussion to help fashion entrepreneurs grow their business, will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 312-494-6736 for reservations and information.
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  • Wednesday, September 21st
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  • Rachel Zoe, contributor to Cosmopolitan magazine and stylist for Mischa Barton, Jennifer Garner, and Lindsay Lohan, appears at Marshall Field’s, State Street, from 12 to 2 p.m.
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  • The designers behind Doris Ruth, Double Stitch, and other local lines discuss the pitfalls of starting a new fashion business at a meeting with Chicago’s Red Hot Designers at the W City Centre (172 W. Adams St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 312-836-1041 for information.
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  • Thursday, September 22nd
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  • Robert Verdi, host of “Fashion Police” appears at Marshall Field’s, State Street, from 12 to 2 p.m.
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  • Designer fabrics, buttons, trims, and more are deeply discounted at the AIBI Fabric Sale at the Chicago Apparel Center (350 W. Center Mart Drive; across Orleans Street from the Merchandise Mart) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cash only.
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  • Jennifer Lopez unveils her first World of JLO Shop in the United States at Marshall Field’s, State Street, at 4:30 p.m.
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  • Friday, September 23rd
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  • Cate Adair, clothing designer of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, appears at Marshall Field’s, State Street, from 12 to 2 p.m.