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Intermix Evening of Shopping & Styling Hosted by Sarah Wood

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah launched the WOOD FAMILY FOUNDATION (WFF) in June of this year.  The Foundation works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children’s charities and the causes they support. Please join Sarah Wood for an evening of shopping, cocktails and bites to benefit the WFF.  Also, save-the-date: In December, the WFF will be partnering with NBC for a coat/toy drive for Chicago’s children.

See you at Intermix Thrusday, November 10, 2011 from 6-8PM.  We will sip cocktails and shop Intermix’s newest collections.  Ten percent of all sales this evening will go directly to The Wood Family Foundation to improve the lives of Chicago’s kids… a cause very near and dear to our hearts.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Philanthropy, Shopping

 

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Objets D’Envy Sparkly Happy Hour

You’re invited to a sparkly Happy Hour on Thursday!

You guys are the best! Let us say thank you by treating you to a party.Join us at Province for a sparkly happy hour! All the new jewelry will be there.
 
And some secret new designs. Plus we’ll have our table of 50% off pieces.  We’ll treat you to delicious bites from Chef Randy. With any purchase, get a free signature cocktail!

Please RSVP to Kirsten

Thursday, November 3, 2011
5:30pm-7:30pm
Province
161 North Jefferson between Lake and Randolph, Chicago IL 60661 

For all our upcoming events, check out our Events page

Hope to see you Thursday!
Kirsten
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Dining, Fashion, Free, Shopping

 

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Reminder Chicago – It’s Latino Fashion Week 2011

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

 

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Second City Style Invites You To A Holiday Styling Event At Club Monaco

Club Monaco Holiday Styling Event With Second City Style

Wednesday, November 2 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
 
Club Monaco North Damen

1731 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL
 

Join us for a festive evening of shopping and styling with Second City Style. Second City Style’s fashion editors will be on hand to help you put together looks from our new November collection and share cold-weather styling tips.

Enjoy some sweet and savory bites from Mindy’s Hot Chocolate and sip on Prosecco as you shop. Psst: one lucky winner will win a $500 shopping spree!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Holiday, Shopping

 

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The Left Bank Annual Bridal Accessory Sample Sale

Annual Bridal Accessory Sample Sale

Save 20 – 80% off wedding jewelry, veils, shoes and more!

Designer veils by Laura Jayne, Erica Koesler Headpieces, Haute Bride gems, Grace and Grazia Shoes, vintage brooches, sashes and many one of a kind pieces.

November 3rd – 6th, 2011
Special Sale Hours:
Thursday and Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 11-6 and Sunday Noon-5pm

1155 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
773.929.7422
www.LeftBankJewelry.com

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Fashion

 

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November Fashion Industry Mixer

 

Fashion Industry Mixer

Brought to you by Chicago Fashion Connect, an opportunity to connect with local fashion talent and entrepreneurs

Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

120 Ultra Lounge at Lake Point Tower
580 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

What to expect?

Fashion Industry Mixer, a niche networking event where you can expand your network and find business opportunities. Held at a refined venue, surrounded by a vibrant ambiance and low volume music. Color coded tags will help you navigate the crowd and find the right people to connect with.

Enjoy complimentary wine open bar – 6-7 PM with hors d’oeuvres.

Featured Designer

Opulent, classic and beautiful appropriately describe Shavonne Dorsey Designs. Specializing in powerfully feminine dresses, the line adorns the bodies of curvaceous women who love to confidently express themselves with great sophistication. Shavonne Dorsey’s line creates unique and figure flattering dresses for women up to size 24.

Shavonne Dorsey will be showcasing her designs at the Nov Fashion Industry Mixer. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the designs up close and meet the designer.

Who is this event for?

Fashion designers, photographers, stylists, makeup artists, models and fashion bloggers. Anyone who is looking to increase their exposure and get new contacts. Makeup artists who are looking for talent to collaborate on photoshoots and fashion show. Fashion bloggers looking to find out about the new talent. Fashion designers looking to announce their new line.

About the venue

120° Ultra Lounge is Chicago’s newest, upscale Ultra Lounge that brings a little bit of New York and LA to the lakefront, just steps away from Navy Pier. Located within the historical walls of Lake Point Tower just off of Illinois Street, the name 120° Ultra Lounge is inspired by the three-wings of the tower, each 120° apart. 120° Ultra Lounge offers a nightclub atmosphere with an intimate lounge vibe designed by Chicago’s own award winning Interior Designer, Jordan Guide. The space exudes a distinct industrial-chic ambience that has become a favorite hot spot among Chicagoans. Kick back, relax and enjoy a fine bottle of champagne, wine or spirits.

Check-out this video from the September Fashion Mixer with first featured designers GOCA:

Sep Fashion Industry Mixer feat GOCA Designs from Chicago Fashion Connect on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Fashion

 

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CityBlue Apparel & Denim RE-Launch & Anniversary Celebration

                              

CityBlue Apparel & Denim RE-Launch & Anniversary Celebration

Friday, November 11, 2011 from 7:00PM-9:00PM

CityBlue Apparel & Denim (in Old Town)

1444 N. Wells Street

Chicago, IL

Owner Mallory Ulaszek & Garmental.com

Shoppers will receive 20% off all merchandise in addition to a fun goody bags!  Cityblue will showcase holiday fashion installations from L.A.M.B, C/Fan, Sass & Bide and more.  Bacardi cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres by Benchmark and after-party at Suite Lounge (next door)

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Dancing Under the Stars

Dancing Under the Stars

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio – 623 Grove St

Join us for the fall celebration of Eve’s new Series “Dancing Under the Stars”.

Eve J. Alfille will unveil her new jewelry series, ‘Dancing Under the Stars’. The series features one-of-a-kind jewelry, each handcrafted in our Evanston studio.

Eve delves into the dream world, bringing back visions of grey and colored diamonds, violet sapphires, opals, the vivid reds of rubellites and labradorites blue as the night sky.

eMail your confirmation with number of attendees to contact@evejewelry.com.

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Hot Diggity Dog Vintage Sale

Hot Diggity Dog Vintage Sale

Friday at 5:00pm – Saturday at 6:00pm
 
Chicago Party Animals

1133 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL
 

Join us for two days of vintage, drinks, food trucks, and dogs!!!  This event is FREE!

Facebook Event Page

 

Vintage Vendors include:

jenstyle chic vintage
http://www.jenstyle.com/

Dethrose Vintage
www.dethrosevintage.blogspot.com

Venus Meets Vintage
http://venusmeetsvintage.blogspot.com/

Bombshell Shocked
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BombshellShocked

Lovestory Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovestoryvintage

Tangerine Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tangerinevintage

Pure Vintage Chicago
http://www.purevintagechicago.com/

Psychosurplus Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/psychosurplus

Zzouzi Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/zzouzi

Bunny’s Trunk Show
http://www.bunnystrunkshow.com/

poly golightly vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/polygolightly

Food Trucks participating:

Culture, The Yogurt Society
http://www.cultureyogurt.com/

Ste. Martaen, The Vegan Food Truck
http://stemartaen.com/

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This event will benefit The Friends of the Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Dogs will be available for adoption.
http://www.fcacc.org/

***This event is Dog Friendly***

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Xaxii Costume Ball

Xaxii is pleased to invite you to its world premier fashion event , Xaxii Costume Ball, on Oct 27th in Chicago. This is the first in the series of events to be held around the world over coming months.

 Xaxii Costume Ball

Time: From 6 pm to 11 pm
Date: October 27, 2011
Address: 540 North Wells Street / Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-595-2300
 

Supporting the community is at the heart of what we at Xaxii believe in. Part of the proceed from this event will be donated to PAWS Chicago.

We have designed this to be a fun filled evening with music, dancing, fashion show, food, drinks (courtesy our sponsors like Heineken and others) and lot more. There will be a pre-party lounge to get you ready for the party with massage, face painting and some surprizes.

There will be a catwalk for fashionistas and cash prizes. So bring out your inner fashionista, preferrably with a costume, and get ready to rock the catwalk.

Event details:

• Location: Sushi Samba restaurant in river north area of Chicago

• Fashion show by Chicago designers

• A catwalk for all fashionistas

• Pre-party lounge (opens at 6 pm)

• Courtesy headshot by a professional photographer

• Premium beverages

• Brazilian, peruvian and japanese food

• Dance floor and a top chicago dj

• Cash prizes

• Much more!

The tickets:

  • For Xaxii members $40/person when booked in advance
  • For non-members $45/person when booked in advance
  • Or you can buy tickets at the door for $50/person

Please note that we have limited number of tickets and they are non-refundable. We encourage you to buy them in advance as the tickets at the door are on first come first serve basis based on availability.

 
 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Fashion

 

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K Dock Media Says Good-Bye to Fashion Focus and Hello to Halloween with a Fashion and Fantasy Masquerade

Chic haute couture is a description you might hear when it comes to defining fashion at its finest. This past weekend K Dock Media presented their 2nd Annual Pre-Halloween Masquerade at Crimson lounge in Sax Hotel. This event marked the end of the Chicago’s Fashion Focus week and featured seven of the city’s most talented and innovative up and coming designers. This was where chic haute couture met daring avant garde and fine fashion it was.

Each designer had a dedicated stage for their models to display their creations pose while the masked crowd sipped cocktails and snapped pictures on their cells eagerly devouring each piece in its turn.  The following artists were featured at this fantastical affair: Hakeem Gayden – ( 2010 Gen Art Designer), Andrew Aubrey Osafo, Que Shebley  (2010 Gen Art Designer), Maison de La Cour , Atha Sharod Bridal, St. Frimpong, and Alexandre N. Chandoha (2010 Gen Art Designer).  NowYouKnow was thrilled to have been granted behind the scenes access for one-on-one, up-close-and-personal interviews with each of the evening’s apparel artists.  NYK gives YOU the opportunity to get to know these fabulous fashion mavens below.

Andrew Aubrey Osafo, whose label is Kwabena Klassics was born in Ghana and spent many years of his childhood in London.  His designs are inspired by his parents who have always been unique, especially in their sense of style.  Still, he would get in trouble for taking ‘perfectly good clothes’ and “re-creating” them into more fashionable pieces.  He focuses on using bright, vibrant, printed fabrics that he imports from Ghana.  While these textiles are typically used to make dashikis, Osafo has, using his excellent sense of style, transformed African prints into wearable western fashion. He designs apparel for both men and women.  Select pieces from his collection can be found in some of the finest boutiques including Panache on Southport and She Boutique in Highland Park.

Eugen Frimpong, the mind behind St.Frimpong, also grew-up in Ghana.  As a designer he focuses on making clothes that reflect a woman’s strong and confident side while aiming to give men a softer, more feminine look.  Men always have control so he wanted to give women confidence – give them the feeling they could do anything they want to do without limitations. The inspiration for his piece that evening a leader in 19th century British Ghana. He wanted to step outside his norm and bring out his darker side with this particular piece.  He makes custom clothing and his works can be found on his website.

Alexandre Chandoha of Acosta was born in Brazil and raised in Chicago.  He has loved fashion and creating for as long as he can remember. He designs to “make women feel beautiful and amazing. It’s not about us or me as a designer. It’s about the women wearing my pieces”.   Alexandre is also a painter. It was his easel that provided the inspiration for his latest collection.  He is currently working on launching Acosta with a full collection in Fall 2012. If you are interested in getting in contact with Alexandre Call at 1 773-396-2221 or facebook Alexandre Chandoha.

Que Shebley is originally from Michigan and moved to Chicago 3 years ago.  His love of fashion comes from his father who specialized in wholesale Italian shoes. Que wants to change and expand the idea of ready-to-wear by adding elements of couture detail in all of his work.   He enjoys making apparel for both men and women including bridal and is very interested in getting into film costume. While Que will occasionally make traditional apparel his forte and his passion lies in the avant garde. This piece come from his collection “Architectural Farmers World.”  It’s about mixing extremes. The Farmer embodies nature and simplicity while the Architect is the harsh and structural modern world. He uses raw leather and mohair over metal forms to show how those worlds clash together. Que currently works with the Joffrey Ballet and is getting ready to launch his ready-to-wear line in 2012. Que Shebley currently does custom work and can be contacted at que-shebley.com.

Hakeem Gayden has been designing since his freshman year of high school. While at The International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago he did 8 fashion shows of his work including Fashion Focus 2009.  He gets inspiration for his line Lavea Couture from nature and sculpture. He describes his work as, “very avant garde, haute couture, off-the-wall and crazy. I Love to take risks. I always do no matter what.”  His piece was part of his Blades of Petals collection- blades for stress, flowers for being humble. Hakeem makes custom-made clothes and rarely uses patterns. He can be reached by email – hakgayden@gmail.com or on facebook: mikeluke.

Robert Sharod is from Chicago and his daughter Atha is the inspiration behind  Atha Sharod Bridal.  When she was born he felt he could finally be free to explore his creativity.  “It’s difficult to explore creativity when you are a black male with low-income parents, especially when you are intelligent.  Being a fashion designer felt like I’d be wasting my life and I had to get over that and understand who I really was.” His decision to do bridal was an easy one.  It’s where the money is. He’s very open and honest about that. Robert has three children and comes from a low-income family.  He doesn’t understand how people create fashion for fashions sake. For him it just doesn’t make sense to design something that can’t (or wouldn’t) be worn in real life.  The gown tonight was inspired by an 8 month stay in Paris  (he speaks fluent French).  “There are lots of prostitutes in France but they do it so beautifully and are so wonderfully decorated. They are some of the most beautiful women in the world.” “I’m in love with love… always in love.  So bridal is perfect for me. I’m open – very open… that’s what my piece is about – being open.”

Robert’s new adventure will be opening a chain of African hairbraiding salons named Fanta Spa Hair Braiding Salons after his youngest daughter.  He will also be moving into an office space in the Zhou B Art Center.  If you want to see more from Robert Sharod don’t miss his Dec 8th event with Chicago Style Weddings.

Julius LaCour Jr. of Maison De LaCour was born in New Orleans, LA in 1985.  From a young age, Julius dared to be different.  He fell in love with fashion and wanted to dress like the models and icons he saw in magazines.  Since he couldn’t afford the designer clothes he wanted, Julius decided to create his own designs.  At age 13 he taught himself to sew, reworking the clothes he already owned and turning them into unique and daring creations.

To see more pictures of this night of fantastical fashion Like our Facebook page.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Fashion, Holiday, Where We've Been!

 

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Private Shopping Event – Champagne, Chocolates and Shoes

Private Shopping Event to benefit the Aparecio Foundation Hosted by 220 Communications

Wednesday October 26 | 7-9PM

Click Shoes & More | 3729 N. Southport, Chicago, IL

Event Donation Fee | $10

Guests will enjoy champagne, chocolates and special buys on shoes at Click!

Plus, a special giveaway for a cruise vacation for two and prize drawings throughout the evening.

To purchase tickets: http://clickshoes.eventbrite. com  (Limited Quantity Available)

About the Aparecio Foundation:
The Apareció Foundation is a nonprofit charity dedicated to providing opportunities for young women to become leaders, think critically and increase their skills and confidence in order to make positive, high impact changes in their community.  Utilizing a group mentoring model, the student mentoring initiative creates opportunities for our scholars to connect with professional women from a wide range of industries over the course of the eight year program.

Each student will receive support from three to five mentors, who will meet with the student on a weekly basis and will remain in contact with the student during college. The first full-pilot of this *national program will be in Chicago and New York, Fall 2012.  Components of the program include: a paid study abroad opportunity,
College 101 peer mentor program, volunteer service program, developmental workshops, supplementary summer course work, supplementary college grants and a foreign language requirement.

Additionally, beginning January 8th to March 10th we will be launching a mini-pilot for our Healthy Lifestyle Initiative.  The pilot will be launched in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program.

About the Smart Campaign:
The Smart is Sexy Campaign is a public education campaign designed to engage, empower and educate young people about stereotype threat, i.e. negative stereotypes that suppress student achievement.  This campaign will also pay special attention to stereotypes affecting women.  The campaign will run throughout the year and is intended to provide students, educators and the public with tools or techniques that can be used to reduce or eliminate performance deficits resulting from stereotype threat or social identity contingencies.

About 220 Communications:
220 Communications is a strategic marketing organization that focuses on the arts. The company supports a diverse clientele including visual and musical artists, and published authors. For more information, visit www.220communications.com.

About Click Shoes:
Click Shoes & More exudes a cheerful and cozy environment with a staff who love to help you find the right fit. Treating the store like a walk-in-closet, we encourage customers to bring in their new dress or outfit so together everyone can match the best shoes for the occasion.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Fashion

 

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AbonnaGirl Fashion Mixer Introducing “Eclection”

AbonnaGirl Fashion Mixer Introducing “Eclection”

Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

ONYX
1409 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

AbonnaGirl is having a Fashion Mixer that you don’t want to miss…This is a Relaunch w/a twist!! Get to know the people in the Fashion Industry & enjoy Free Coctails! Tickets are $25 in advance (purchase tickets @Eventbrite.com) and $30 at the door. There will be an Intimate Fashion Show showcasing Designers at Eclection!!!!!!!!!

This is a relaunch of a more Creative, Confident, Edgy, Beautiful you!!! Why?  Because we love you AbonnaGirl…it’s a lifestyle. Come out and enjoy free cocktails, wine, sweets,& fashion fun!

BUY TICKETS

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Fashion Focus 2011… Fall in Love with Fong (Anna Fong)

Fashion Focus Week 2011 was full of runway shows and fashion galore with the main focus being on the shows under the Chase Promenade tent at Millennium Park.  As amazing as all those shows were, it was a refreshing change to be invited to attend Anna Fong’s: A Mayan Tale Fashion Extravaganza Friday evening at the historical Renaissance Blackstone Hotel.  An up-and-coming, emerging designer with a stunning backdrop to weave her fashion tale was the perfect closing to a full week of celebrating fashion creations from local designers.

  

Anna’s collection: A Mayan Tale was inspired by her Guatemalan heritage full of rich, vibrant hues oozing modern femininity yet remaining timeless and classic.  Anna Fong is known for blending vintage, historical fashion with chic, updated wears and then adding ethnic touches.

Anna Fong is quickly making a name for herself and being recognized internationally.  Some of her accolades include traveling to Nagoya, Japan as part of Toyota’s fashion design team for the new I-real concept personal vehicle (July 2008), partinicpating in Chicago’s World Fashion Focus representing China (October 2008), and being a featured Designer at Latino fashion Week (November 2008), amongst other successes.  To see more, please visit Anna Fong online.

NowYouKnow was very excited to be at Anna’s show for an up close and personal look at the designer’s pieces.  Anna worked hard to organize a night to remember that went beyond fashion.  Her show was an evening full of fun, excitement, and surprises.  As guests arrived on the red carpet they had an opportunity to view the new 2012 MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Coupe thanks to sponsor Mercedes Benz of Chicago.  As they made their way into the ballroom, attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception.  Once everyone was seated, they were treated to a “Styling Preview by  industry veteran Tony De Pasca of Carissima Salon.” 

  

Then the lights went dim and the real show began… with a bang!  Heart-racing, drumming music echoed throughout the room as two men and two women made their way to the stage dressed in beautiful costume with feathered headdresses and face paint to put on an unforgettable dance performance filled with energy, heat, and passion wowing the crowd with every movement.  Now that was the way to set-off A Mayan Tale which was equally impressive as models from Rock Agency hit the runway showcasing an eclectic view of Anna’s work in waves.  Aside from the gorgeous designs, what made this show so great was the whole stage set-up.  Each run, four models took the stage.  One-by-one they rocked the runway but didn’t exit until each one had walked it giving the audience a real opportunity to see the collection.

  

Hosting the night was the lovely Susanna Negovan.  At the end of the show, guests were informed of Anna’s goal to not only be a successful designer but to also give back by helping others in need.  She had partnered with “International Justice Mission (IJM) – a non-profit human rights organization which combats human trafficking and rescues victims of trafficking.”    Guests were encouraged to bid on exquisite silent auction items with all proceeds directly benefiting IJM.  Silent auction items were generosuly donated by the following sponsors Bang & Olufsen, Sunda, Tony De Pasca of Carissima Salon, The Underground, Zazu Salon & Day Spa, and Bella Colletta JewelryDiet Pepsi also provided swag bags to the first 100 guests which included quilted gold totes, Bumble & Bumble hair products, and Diet Pepsi, of course.

 

More photos from this amazing show can be viewed at NowYouKnow on Facebook..

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!

 

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Fashion Focus Vert Couture 2011 Proves Being Green is Easy & Stylish

Fashion Focus Chicago 2011 continued Thursday night with the 3rd annual Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show presented by Conscious Living TV.  Guests were promised an evening of sustainable yet sexy clothes for the spring/summer 2012 season and boy did the show deliver.  This is the first year that the event has been held at the Chase Promenade in Millenium Park – the largest green roof in the United States.  The entire event was carbon neutral and each element – the food, the space and the designs centered around the idea of eco-conscious living.  A portion of the proceed’s were set aside to benefit Keep Chicago Beautiful, an environmental non-profit organization that has been providing both educational and community services, which have helped to keep Chicago beautiful for the past 24 years.

We can and should all contribute to the ‘Green’ effort by doing our part.  It is ALL of our responsibility to take care of the earth.. It is, after all the only planet we have.  One of the biggest and most-well known fashion icons, Coco Chanel, said it best, “Fashion is not something that exists only in dresses.  Fashion is in the sky, in the street.  Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”  Vert Couture executive producers, Michael and Bianca Alexander, couldn’t agree more.  That is exactly why they founded Conscious Planet Media + Conscious Living TV and why Vert Couture has been part of Chicago’s Fashion Focus Week for the past 3 years. It’s the first and only eco-conscious show to be included as one of the Headlining shows during Fashion Focus and is now one of the most anticipated shows of the week.

After last night’s production, it’s clear to see why people have become so excited about the opportunity to attend this one-of-a-kind event.  Guests enjoyed an eco-conscious reception from 6-7:30. They sipping on specialty cocktails created by Prairie organic vodka while noshing on vegan bites from Karyn’s on Green Street.  After the reception, Vert Couture attendees took their seats for a spectacular exhibition of eco-conscious fashion. We were thrilled to see that YES, fashion can be both “Sexy & Sustainable!”

The show opened with a brief introduction by Michael and Bianca who thanked their sponsors and designers for making the event possible.  Karen Weigert, the first City of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer, welcomed the guests and explained how Chicago is working to grow, maintain and promote eco-conciousness throughout the city.  And Kelly Kane & Company wowed the crowd with a dance piece with an organic flair.  The Dancer’s Apparel was provided by Brightly Twisted. Click Here to see a slide show of their fantastic performance.

The lights went down and it was time for the show to begin. Designs from eight local fashion designers/labels were  showcased: Heart, Dollparts, Brenda Abdullah, Richard Dayhoff, Victoria Larkin, Rosina Mae, Silk Utopia, and Lauren Lein.  Each collection was introduced by a short video clip of the designer explaing the ethos, inspiration and methods behind their work. It was a stellar production from start to finish including the music which was perfectly paired with each segment.  Take for example, the very eye-catching eco-friendly men’s performance underwear designed by Richard Dayhoff.  As hot, male models hit the runway in the brand’s skivvies, “I’m sexy and I know it,” played in the background.

Bravo to Michael and Bianca, the Vert Couture 2011 host committee, the Vert Couture Benefactors (Amber’s Kitchen and Fisher Construction, the designers, the stylists, the city of Chicago, the supporters, and everyone else who made the show possible.  We look forward to seeing what’s in store for the future of sustainable clothing.

More photos when you like NowYouKnow on facebook.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!

 

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Design Your Life: Fashion & Lifestyle Event With Whitney Port

Dime Worldwide and Gold Coast Ryno in association with CS Magazine, bring you television series star of The Hills and The City, Whitney Port.  On November 12th, 2011, Whitney Port will host “Design Your Life”, an event designed to encourage the fashionly conscious and independent people of Chicago.

WHEN: November 12th, 2011 2:30pm – 6:30pm

WHERE: PROOF – 1045 North Rush Street Chicago,IL

To Purchase Tickets and for Details, Please Click HERE

Design Your Life: Fashion & Lifestyle Event With Whitney Port

General Admission tickets include:

  • Fashion and lifestyle seminar by Whitney Port
  • Q&A with Whitney Port
  • Complimentary cocktail tasting of Autumn inspired cocktails
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and delictables
  • Red carpet photo shoot (including digital copies emailed to you)
  • Special guest DJs
  • Special gift bags
  • Complimentary video of event (made available within two weeks of event)
  • Access to many amazing fashion designers, salons, spas, fitness studios, bakeries, and other amazing businesses

VIP tickets include (limited number available):

  • VIP reception with Whitney Port
  • Express entry at check-in
  • Everything that a General Admission ticket includes

VIP Stage Pass tickets include (very limited number available):

  • VIP stage access during Whitney Port’s seminar
  • Everything that a VIP ticket includes

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Fashion, Social

 

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WHERE WE’VE BEEN – The InspireDesign fashion show, presented by Mario Tricoci and vitaminwater

Last night’s event was nothing short of spectacular. All of the elements, from food to music to fashion, fell into place to create the type of multi-sensory experience we’d like to see more of in Chicago. The evening opened with a VIP cocktail party full of petite amuse-bouche accompanied by specialty cocktails by Avion Tequila.

After whetting their appetites and being pampered by Mario Tricoci staff the crowd filed into the main tent where the light slowly dimmed to reveal a catwalk glowing in deep electric blue.  Local Artists Brandon & Lucas Marx set the tone of the show with fresh alternative rock.  Having a local group opening for InspiredDesign was particularly appropriate given that the central theme behind the evening’s fashion was the music, art and culture behind the inspiration of each of the Chicago designers collections.

Below you will find samplings from each of the designers.

Imaginary People by Telo Dunne & Olivia Shanks

Michelle Tan

J.Cheikh

Narcisse Designs

Reddoll by Tatyana Merenyok

For more information check out our guest blog post at explorechicago.org.

For more pictures including the Crowd, VIP Pre-Party, and a complete portfolio of the Fashion Show, LIKE our Facebook Page.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!

 

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Fashion Focus 2011 Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show and Benefit

Fashion Focus 2011 Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show and Benefit

Fashion Focus 2011 Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show and Benefit

Thursday, October 20 at 6:00pm – Runway Show at 7:30pm

The Tents at Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL

Fashion Focus 2011 Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show and Benefit.  Come check out the first eco-conscious show to present during Fashion Focus Chicago! The event will feature the spring and summer 2012 collections of Chicago’s most talented designers, from rising ready-to-wear stars using renewable fabrics and vintage materials to established fashion icons showing the best in luxury eco-haute couture. Produced by Conscious Planet Media & Culture 22. Doors Open at 6pm. Runway Starts at 7:30pm

A Portion Of Vert Couture’s Proceeds Will Benefit Keep Chicago Beautiful

Purchase Tickets At VERTCOUTURE

 6pm VIP Cocktail Reception  7:30 Runway Show

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Fashion

 

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eDrop-Off’s Charity Warehouse Sale

eDrop-Off’s Charity Warehouse Sale

Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10am-4pm

The National Hellenice Museum – 333 S. Halsted

Next weekend we are hosting one of the largest events in eDrop-Off history…our charity warehouse sale! For just $20 you can fill up a large tote bag full of gently used designer clothing and accessories, and all of the money will go directly to the Primo Center for women & children. This event is open to the public so feel free to invite your friends!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Fashion

 

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Latino Fashion Week 2011

First there was Fashion Night Out.  Then there was Fashion Focus Week.  And now we have Latino Fashion Week approaching.  Please click HERE or the flyer below to see all the events there are to look forward to during the first week in November.

LATINO FASHION WEEK ART IN FASHION
Tuesday, November 1 – Sunday, November 6, 2011

Celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, with the theme of “Art in Fashion,” Latino Fashion Week will be high-lighting and honoring the art that is fashion. To further grow and share a greater understanding of that art; we will be holding fashion events, artistic displays, lounges, and a three day Expo, with a variety of creative and educational communications.  In partnership with Zhou B Art Center, we look forward to having an amazing group of artists for the following exhibition which will take place all week.  “CelebrARTE” is a contemporary art exhibition that celebrates the Latino spirit, imagination and creative force. Curated by Sergio Gomez for the Zhou B. Art Center in collaboration with 33 Contemporary Gallery.

Venue: Zhou B Art Center – 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609
www.zbcenter.org

To view the full schedule of events click here!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Fashion

 

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