I teamed up with my good friend Amy at The American Made Guide to Life for this guest blog entry, White Hot Chicago. I spotlighted a few of my favorite American-made brands in this fun photo shoot.Dress by Zamrie // Earrings by SBG Designs // Necklace by Marcy Rinaldi
Labels for a special project I’m working on with designer Lauren Lein. Labels are available through the AIBI, and are made here in Illinois by W&W Labels.
Fashion Focus Chicago is always a fun week full of fashion shows and other industry events. Here’s a few photos from this week’s festivities:
10/19: Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator show with my colleagues from The Apparel Agency.
10/20: StyleChicago.com Art of Fashion 2012 Show. Attended with my colleagues from The Apparel Agency. We worked on the patterns and dresses shown by designer Michael Alan Stein.
10/21: Via Del Corso Masquerade Affair at FIAT of Chicago, attended with my friend Jessica. I was illustrated by the talented Rosemary Fanti.
Chicago fashion has been growing steadily over the past few years. With the creation of the Mayor’s Fashion Council in April 2006, interest from the community has exploded and things are greatly improving for local designers. This year the events are sure to be even better than in years past.
A full listing of events can be found here at explorechicago.org.
There will be headlining shows sponsored by Macy’s, CS Magazine and StyleChicago.com, as well as the returning student show, Dress Code. Designers will also have their own shows, some of those include Borris Powell, Kristin Hassan, Vert Couture, and Horatio Nieto.
There are even some FREE events, including some great Industry Education events! Some of these include special trunk shows by Chicago boutiques and designers, including Alice Berry, Elise Bergman, and le Dress.
FREE events during Fashion Focus Chicago can be found here at chicagofree.info.
For those interested in the Industry Education Day events, visit explorechicago.org for a list of all the events. Register early! These are free but will fill up fast!
Also during Fashion Focus Chicago, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will be at the Merchandise Mart (pedway) on October 21st and 22nd. For more details go to AIBI. This event is for industry professionals only, and registration is encouraged in advance. You will need a business license and/or EIN, and your business card. Contact the offices at AIBI for more information or questions.
All in all, a pretty exciting time in Chicago!
I had the pleasure of working with Chicago designer Borris Powell on patterns for dresses for his upcoming show, The Rise of an Empress. View his beautiful evening wear designs at his upcoming fashion show, Friday March 19th. For tickets and more information, please visit www.borrispowell.com. An added bonus to those who attend: partial proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Relief Foundation.
An event all Chicago area designers need to check out for good resources for fabrics, trims, and more! Xochil will be sharing a booth with fabric, trim and zipper rep Jay Arbetman, on Thursday October 22nd. She will be open to discuss pattern making and sample sewing, or to answer questions about your designs. Jay is a great resource for all types of fabrics, linings, zippers, buttons and more.
October 22nd and 23rd – 9am – 4pm
Chicago Apparel Center