Fashion Focus Chicago (Courtesy of Megan Redenz )
Fashion Focus: Chicago's Fashion Week kicks off this week with runway shows and other fashion and shopping events throughout the city. Although many official city-sponsored shows sold out immediately, there are still plenty of other great (and often free) affiliated events worth checking out.
V. Mora 820 N. California Ave. 773- 540-4097
Put on your vintage goldfish heels and get to work with fashion consulting and development firm, V. Mora who's hosting a disco-themed networking event perfect for budding and aspiring designers. Offerings include a DJ, refreshments and a workshop on "5 Mistakes New Designers Make," by V. Mora founder Anna Livermore. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Free. RSVP: studio820.eventbrite.com.
Illinois Artisans, Chicago Art Spree
James R. Thompson Center Atrium 100 W. Randolph St. 312-814-5321
Get an early start on your holiday shopping at this monthly indoor art fair hosted by the Illinois Artisans Program. Check out handmade jewelry, accessories and other goods crafted by 15 local artists. If you can't make it either day, the gift shop on the second floor is open daily. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Free.
Next Fashion Chicago 2013
Germania Place 108 W. Germania Place 312-573-1968
Catch the next wave of local fashion at this splashy runway show. Along with looks from veteran designers, the evening includes a design challenge featuring the work of 10 local fashion design students. The top three students selected will win fabrics and art supplies to help further their education. VIP tickets ($95) include a pre-show cocktail reception. 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday. $45; $15 for students. Tickets: nextfashionchicago.com. Use promo "catwalk" to save $10.
Comfort Chic Chicago Trunk Show
Comfort Me Boutique 5241 S. Harper Ave. 773-363-4001
Sip on a glass of vino while browsing women's wear, handbags, jewelry and make-up from four local designers and artists at this Hyde Park trunk show, including Refindefined and My Noma. Nosh on small bites while enjoying a complimentary eye make-up application; getting ready for a night out has never been easier. 7-10 p.m. Thursday. Free.
Modern Vintage Chicago Preview Shopping Party and Fashion Installation
1340 W. Washington St. 312-666-1200
From the producers/geniuses of Randolph Street Market, Modern Vintage Chicago is a shopping event that focuses on vintage fashion, jewelry and accessories. This preview party includes early access to vendors, appetizers from Belly Q, cocktails and a DJ. Tickets benefit the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum. 6-8 p.m. Friday. $30 at gate, $25 online and free parking. Tickets: modernvintagechicago.com.
Sugar Fly 2nd Anniversary shopping event
Sugar Fly Studio & Boutique 2409 W. North Ave. 773-661-1541
See what's new in street fashion, art, music and beauty at this Humboldt Park boutique. Indulge your artsy side by walking through the a Dia de los Muertos art exhibit or show your paws some love with a complimentary mini-manicure. Jam to beats provided by Roy Kinsey and DJ Fess Grandiose while watching Sugar Fly's fall runway show. Drinks also provided. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Free.
The Fashion Market 560 W. Washington Blvd. 847-877-1823
The Fashion Market, a web site for Chicago's emerging fashion scene, offers entertainment, runway shows and designs from 10 up-and-comers. You can also exercise a little retail therapy at the event's pop-up shop. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. RSVP: thefmarket.com.
Green Ribbon Gala
American Junkie 15 W. Illinois St. 913-515-3621
For the eco-chic, the Green Ribbon Foundation is hosting a night of sustainable fashion, entertainment and networking. The evening includes environmentally friendly businesses as well as drinks and snacks from organic restaurants. Designers include Stix and Roses by Sararose Krenger, Allison Parris, H.e. Organics by Heather Murphy and Green Goddess Boutique. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. $32, VIP: $85, which includes a reception at 6:30. Tickets: greenribbongala-efbevent.eventbrite.com.
FashionBar Chicago presents LVW (Love, Vision, Women) Fashion Show
Chicago Scenic Studios 1315 N. North Branch St. 312-274-9900
Step into this transformed warehouse for runway shows spotlightingthree local women designers. Dance along with the DJ or imbibe on a cocktail while watching models strut their stuff. Proceeds benefit Family Rescue, a non-profit striving to end domestic violence in Chicago, and featured designers include Luz Maria Diaz, Vicky Zuniga-Winkler and Wanda Cobar. 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday. $30, $20 for students, $40 for VIP (includes first-row seating and swag bag). Tickets: lvwrunwayshow.eventbrite.com.
Fashion of the Opera
Alhambra Palace 1240 W. Randolph St.312-666-9555
Opera gets a modern spin when set to the beat of hip hop and R&B. Groove along to your favorite songs of soul while watching a runway show from five emerging designers. Arrive early for cocktails and a pre-runway show. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. $40, $100 for VIP (includes priority seating, cocktails and appetizers). Tickets: americanchamberopera.org/fashion