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[Chicago Fashion Event] AKIRA Chicago’s 10th Annual Fall Fashion Show!

Every year for the last 10 years AKIRA Chicago  has wow’d the Chicago fashion scene with their stellar fashion productions.  It’s no hidden secret that it’s one of city’s best fashion parties to look forward too every year.  This year’s fashion show themed ‘Metropolitan’ will feature 5 distinctly different runway shows that will highlight what to wear to work, to lunch, to dinner, out on the town, etc.  As a regular on the “L” Train it’s so refreshing to see how AKIRA Chicago will interpret fashions of the modern city chic.  This Saturday, September 22nd is the last day to snag a ticket (purchase here).

 Now, if you are like me the next important question is “What am I going to wear to AKIRA Chicago’s 10th Annual fashion show?”  This question is usually followed by another set of questions that I can answer for you with one simple answer: start with your what’s going to be on your feet.  Fall’s biggest footwear trend is all about the bootie.  Keeping this in mind I decided to strictly focus on this silhouette when I went to visit AKIRA Chicago’s Bucktown location on North Avenue.

Perusing the entire store looking for the ‘one’ for what seemed like hours I narrowed in on these 3 Michael Antonio booties (pictured below).  All three equally represent key fall trends: glitter & shine, jewel tone hues, and embellishments & adornments.

After much deliberation and a great consultation from the ladies at AKIRA Chicago, I finally settled in on the black velvet ‘Maple’.  I’m a huge fan of a a great stacked heel and anytime metal is infused as an adornment it’s almost always a done deal.  I mean seriously, once I noticed the metal my swoon-o-meter was slightly beginning to ding and then it was officially over once I finally settled in and began to take notice of the boots amazing details.  Buckles, holographic snake skin foiled platform and heel & suede–my swoon-o-meter was off the charts!

See what other amazing finds I discovered at AKIRA Chicago on my visit.  Definitely start here in assembling your ensemble for the Metropolitan’ Fall Fashion Show :

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All of my comments and this review are completely my own opinion and no one else.

[Chicago Fashion Event] Foot Fete with Akira at the InFashion Lounge at Water Tower Place!

Last Friday I had the very cool opportunity to participate in Akira’s, “Foot Fete” fashion event that was held at Water Tower Place’s InFashion Lounge.  While summer technically still has a few weeks left, now is the time to begin planning out your fall wardrobe.  So with the event’s central focus all about Akira’s Top 4 Footwear Silhouettes (i.e. wedge sneakers, pumps, booties, and the floating heel) for this fall season, it was a definite must.  The extremely refreshing perspective though was the approach that Water Tower Place’s InFashion Lounge had to the presentation of the fashions.

For the few individuals who were able to snag a free RSVP ticket to the event, they got the rare opportunity to not only attend but participate in an intimate fashion preview.  Akira presented their top footwear silhouettes for fall while showcasing fun and fashion forward ensembles that paired well with each shoe style.  Myself and Akira’s footwear buyer, Sadie Strausbaugh were the drivers of the fashion conversation, but due to the amazing setting of the InFashion Lounge attendees were able to chime in and interact immediately with questions, comments, and swoons.

Check out my pics from the event & get prepared for the upcoming fall season with Akira’s one stop shop!

[Chicago Fashion Event] Chicago Fashion Events Galore!

As August draws to a close it’s always bittersweet for me because it means that Summer is in it’s final weeks but what keeps a smile on my face is knowing that a new fashion season is at bay.  Helping to usher in the kick-off the fashion industry’s most buzzing month of September, two of my favorite shopping malls are hosting almost daily events to help you get ready for the fall season.  The Water Tower Place and The 900 Shops have some incredible events planned and I wanted you to get in the know because if you are anything like me you need a few days to not only let the excitement settle in but also some much needed time to schedule it all out.

Check out the event flyers below and links that will take you directly to more info:

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[Chicago Fashion Event] Barbour + Jack Spade Launch!

This post is all about the fellas.  This past weekend I got the opportunity to hang out and talk shop with the great Jack Spade team about their royally exciting partnership with the iconic British clothing manufacturer, Barbour.  Barbour is best known for their waterproof clothing, specifically their Barbour jacket which is synonymous for their trademarked waxed jacket.

One of their most notable and highly recognizable clientele is the British Royal Family.  The Barbour company was specially appointed as the the only company to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh , and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Needless to say, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go and get the inside scoop & sneak peek to share with all of my dapper gents about this amazing transcontinental partnership.  The entire Barbour + Jack Spade collection is comprised of 3 bags & 2 jackets.  Having known a little bit of knowledge of the great reputation of the Barbour brand I was definitely not let down by the collection.  Both jackets lived up to the great Barbour reputation of stylish in silhouette and fit yet, multi-functional with a variety of pockets (including a variety of different ways to wear each jacket) and to top it all off both were made of the signature waxed fabric.

With the Chicago fall season creeping up, these 2 unique outerwear pieces should definitely be at the top of your list as alternatives.  Trust me, you will not regret it.

Check out my pics from the Barbour + Jack Spade event below as well as pics from the lookbook:

[Chicago Fashion Event] #SummerStyle at Mark Shale on July 12!

Just in time for the heat wave that has hit Chicago, myself and fellow Chicago fashion/style blogger Jen Worman will be hosting an evening of shopping & style at Mark Shale.  Need help figuring out the perfect Chicago-proof festival outfit? Can’t seem to find the perfect ensemble for that summer wedding in a few weeks? or Have you been wondering how to incorporate summer’s key trends?  Don’t worry, Jen & I will be on hand to assist you with wardrobe advice and to give you the insider tips of what’s currently on trend for Summer and if you are fashion forward enough, what will be in next Spring/Summer 2013!
Don’t miss out on my week long series, “A Week with Mark Shale” that starts this Monday, July 2nd.  I will be highlighting all of the stunning and totes amaze Men’s (yes I said Men’s) and Women’s accessories that Mark Shale has to offer.  
Here are the deets & hope to you will join in on the fun.  Let’s toast in Summer with fun fashion, a new wardrobe and of course a summery cocktail! xo
When: Thursday, July 12th
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Where: Mark Shale (Michigan Avenue location) 

[Chicago Fashion Event] Randolph Street Market: 9th Annual Garden Party Opener!

After an incredibly successful “off” season indoors, the indoor AND outdoor Randolph Street Market returns to the West Loop for it’s 9th summer season this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th.

If you are spending the Memorial Day weekend here in Chicago or have peeps visiting from out-of-town this market is a definite agenda ‘must-do’.  There will be over 250 purveyors selling some of the most eclectic and hard to find vintage treasures that our city has to offer.  As if this amazing shopping isn’t enough, there will be interactive art and DIY demos of The Sewing Manic and The Urban Canopy, beauty treatments, airbrush tattoos, seasonal fancy food, relaxation vignettes, live music and more.

One other really cool bonus? Come and see what some of my favorite items are at the market by checking out my “Editor’s Choice”!

Here are the deets of the event & I hope to see you there:

What: Randolph Street Market Garden Party Season Kick-off
When: Saturday, May 26th-10am to 6pm & Early Buy-8 to 10am
           Sunday, May 27th- 10am to 5pm
Where: 1340 W. Washington St., Chicago
Price: Purchase Here

[Chicago Fashion Event] "A Day For Her" Event on Saturday, May 12th

This Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 6:30pm 900 North Michigan Shops and Friends of Prentice present “A Day For Her”.  An all-day shopping event featuring exclusive offers. You can purchase a special ticket price of $20 in advance or $30 at the door (purchase ticket here).  This ticket gives you fabulous discounts, activities, treats and raffle prizes.  All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to benefit Friends of Prentice, the fundraising board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.

Kick-off this Mother’s Day weekend by shopping for your mom while at the same time helping a cause to benefit future mothers-to-be!

[Chicago Fashion Event] Brad Goreski Chicago Book Signing this Saturday, April 14th!

Brad Goreski, the celebrity stylist and star of Bravo’s “It’s a Brad, Brad World”, can now add author to his resume.  This Saturday from 4 to 6pm at Brooks Brothers on Michigan Avenue, Brad will be dishing on his road to fashion fame including all of the ups and downs.  Everything from growing up in a tiny Canadian town to becoming an advocate for anti-gay bullying.
Uber excited for one of the most amazing men in fashion to share his story but more importantly, what is this dapper man going to be wearing? 😉

[Chicago Fashion Event] ‘The Real People of Style’ Spring 2012 Fashion Show

Spring has officially arrived and mother nature has ushered her in with some gorgeous Chicago weather! Keep your ‘Spring Fever’ going by joining and Peroni Italy on Thursday, March 29th from 6pm to 8pm for one of Spring’s “must-see” fashion events of the season: “The Real People of Style”.

Kicking off it’s 3rd annual spring show, “The Real People of Style” will feature nine of Chicago’s most fashionable tastemakers.  Come watch some of Chicago’s chicest strut their stuff at a showcase being held at the 900 North Michigan Shops (Level 3).

This year’s “Real People of Style” are:

Get your tickets here and enjoy an entire floor of fun, fashion and some of Chicago’s chicest peeps!: purchase tickets

[Chicago Fashion Event] GOCA Designs Fundraiser at NV Penthouse Lounge Recap!

Gordana Rasic & Omar Villalobos with a model wearing one of the looks from their F/W ’12  collection (Photo Credit: Grace Ajanaku)

This past Friday, January 27th the dynamic design duo, Gordana Rasic & Omar Villalobos, behind the fashion label GOCA Designs held a fundraiser at NV Penthouse Lounge to help make an amazing dream & opportunity become a reality: Show at New York Fashion Week!

Needless to say, I was there in full force to lend my support in helping to get these two tremendously talented individuals to New York Fashion Week.  I was first introduced to GOCA Designs last year in 2011 during Latino Fashion Week. Their amazing use of fabrics, clean lines, and amazing palette of color instantly won me over and I have been a fan ever since.

The fundraiser kicked off with complimentary Hypnotic Honey Champagne, great hors d’oeuvres and a raffle of stellar swag. I was definitely eyeing one of gift baskets but as lady luck would have it, it just wasn’t meant to be.

I’m so excited that these two will be showcasing their amazing talent at the Emerge! Show on February 14th in New York (such an amazing day to showcase brilliant fashions that highlight and feature the feminine silhouette).

Keep your eye out for these two Chicago Fashionistas, they are definitely the next big thing!