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FASHION FOCUS CHICAGO

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    FASHION FOCUS CHICAGO/ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005

CHICAGO DESIGNER SHOP LAUNCH

    Marshall Field’s State Street

    111 North State Street

    September 19 October 31

    Shop the new pop-up boutique at Marshall Field's flagship store, which offers the newest collections and one-of-a-

    kind merchandise created by twenty of Chicago's very own independent designers. The unique selection includes

    women's apparel, handbags, jewelry and accessories. Browse our exciting selection created by the following

    designers and get a glimpse of the up-and-coming styles from Chicago. For more information visit www.fields.com

    and click on "At Field's," or call (312) 781-5454.

FASHION COLUMBIA STUDY COLLECTION

    Palmer House Hilton

    Monroe Street Windows (between State and Wabash)

    September 19-30

    Columbia College Chicago‟s Fashion Columbia Study Collection will display an assortment of fashions created by Chicago-based designers both past and present. Throughout Fashion Focus Chicago 2005, the historic Palmer

    House‟s Monroe Street windows will feature selections from local designers Mark Heister, Tiffani Kim, Maria

    Pinto, Becky Bisoulis, and more. For more information, please contact E. Hugh Manning at the Fashion Columbia

    Study Collection at (312) 344-6283.

LUNCH TIME WITH CELEBRITY STYLISTS

    Marshall Field’s State Street

    111 North State Street

    September 19-23

    11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

    Meet the stylists who dress the stars. They will be on hand in the Marshall Field‟s State Street store daily to show

    the new collections and provide wardrobe tips. For more information visit www.Fields.com or call (312) 781-5454.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER AT MARSHALL FIELD’S stMarshall Field’s State Street, 1 Floor Cosmetics

    111 North State Street

    12:00 p.m.

    Sarah Jessica Parker will appear at Marshall Field‟s for the launch of her new fragrance, Lovely Sarah Jessica

    Parker. Parker‟s appearance will kick off a week of must-see events at Marshall Field‟s. For more information visit

    www.fields.com and click on “At Field‟s,” or call (312) 781-5454.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

DISTINCTION IN DESIGN

    Marshall Field’s State Street

    111 North State Street

    10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

    Aspiring designers have an opportunity to meet Marshall Field‟s buyers and have their best creations reviewed. The

    winner will be announced and awarded a cash prize at an evening reception. For more information visit

    www.Fields.com or call (312) 781-5454.

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FASHIONISTA SHOPPING PARTY

    Marshall Field’s State Street

    111 North State Street

    5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for an exclusive evening of cocktails, clothes and conversation. Stacy London of TLC's What Not to Wear

    will present Calvin Klein looks. You will also have a chance to consult with beauty experts. Reservations are

    required. Call (312) 781-3055.

FINANCING A FASHION BUSINESS

    The Chicago Cultural Center

    78 East Washington Street

    First Floor, Garland Room

    6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center presents this panel discussion covering the different tactics and tools that

    an entrepreneur in the fashion and apparel industry can use to finance a business. The session will address sources

    and uses of capital for different stages of growth while also covering the basics of debt and equity

    capital. Additionally, you'll gain perspective from fashion entrepreneurs who've gone through the process of raising

    capital, investors who've funded fashion businesses and people who have advised them through the process. For

    more information please contact Jason Felger at (312) 494-6737 or jfelger@chicagolandchamber.org

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2005

CHICAGO’S RED HOT DESIGNERS

    W Chicago - City Center

    172 West Adams Street

    6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    Meet some of Chicago‟s hottest designers, from independent to the established, at the first in a series of eight

    seminars presented by the Apparel Industry Board. Allie and Michael Adams of Doris Ruth will talk about the

    successes and pitfalls of starting a new business. Twin sisters Monika and Erika Simmons of Double Stitch will

    discuss how they found their niche in Chicago with their fabulous line of crocheted apparel. Lauren Lein-Santos

    of Lauren Lein, Ltd., a designer selling to major stores in the Midwest, will explain how she built her business.

    Established design duo Roger Price and Tommy Walton of Price Walton (also seen on „The Cut‟) will divulge why Chicago is perfect for their one-of-a-kind couture garments. There is no charge for this seminar. For

    additional information, please contact the Apparel Industry Board at (312) 836-1041. Seating is limited.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005

AIBI FABRIC SALE

    SEPTEMBER 22, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

    SEPTEMBER 23, 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

    Chicago Apparel Center

    350 West Center Mart Drive

    (Directly across Orleans Street from the Merchandise Mart)

    A fashion fabric and trim CASH AND CARRY sale for designers, students, home sewers and others. This is a once in a lifetime chance to buy fabulous designer fabrics, buttons, trims, findings, purse handles, etc. in small

quantities at even smaller prices. Choose from a huge variety of all categories. Discounted parking fee of $5.00 per

    car at Self Parking at the Apparel Center. For additional information, please call the Apparel Industry Board, Inc. at

    (312) 836-1041. Entry fee $5.00 per person.

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FIRST EVER WORLD OF JLO SHOP AND JENNIFER LOPEZ PUBLIC APPEARANCE

    Marshall Field's State Street

    111 North State Street

    5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    Join Marshall Field‟s and the Medical Research Junior Board Foundation for the exclusive Chicago launch of the

    JLO by Jennifer Lopez and Sweetface collections at a charity fashion show and reception with Jennifer Lopez.

    Ticket proceeds will benefit pediatric medical research initiatives at Children‟s Memorial Hospital. Tickets are

    $100. To purchase tickets and RSVP, please call (773) 880-4268 by September 21.

A COLORFUL EVENING WITH MARGARET WALCH

    W Chicago - City Center

    172 West Adams

    6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    Please join the Chicago Fashion Foundation for an enlightening and entertaining look at Color Forecasting. Ms.

    Walch will discuss the importance of trends, and the role of color forecasting, as it relates to independent design.

    From the haute couture runways to your living room wallpaper, color forecasting drives the color of sweater you‟re

    wearing and the car you are driving.

A world renowned expert on color and trend forecasting, Margaret Walch is Director of The Color Association of

    the US (CAUS), the oldest and most respected color forecasting company in the United States. Ms. Walch leads

    seasonal forecasting sessions that chart color taste for the American fashion and interior design industries. For more

    information please contact Devin McKenna at the Chicago Fashion Foundation at (312) 467-6371.

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2005

GEN ART SHOP CHICAGO

    W Chicago - City Center

    172 West Adams Street

    5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

    Shop CHICago is a unique opportunity for Chicagoans to buy accessories and clothing directly from 30+ of the best

    emerging Chicago designers and top Chicago boutiques, while receiving beauty treatments and sipping tasty

    beverages. Guests can shop for the latest styles and get make-up applications, skincare consultations, paraffin

    waxes and more from Beauty On Call, all in a fun and interactive environment and at no cost to attend! For more

    information and to RSVP, please visit www.genart.org.

HAPPY HOUR AT THE BEAUTY BAR

    Marshall Field’s State Street 111 North State Street

    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Enjoy drinks and hors d‟oeuvres while you preview the new fall color and fragrance collections with Marshall

    Field‟s beauty expert Fatima Olive. You can also meet with a makeup artist from your favorite line. Reservations

    are required. For more information and to book your consultation, please call (312) 781-5445.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005

WINDOWS ON DESIGN

    Sears on State Street

    SEPTEMBER 26: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Columbia College Chicago

    1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. International Academy of Design and Technology

    SEPTEMBER 27: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

     1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    SEPTEMBER 28: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. View the creative process from all four schools. View the creative process first hand! Watch students and instructors from four of the top Fashion Design schools in

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Chicago Columbia College Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of

    Chicago, and the International Academy of Design and Technology as they demonstrate the fashion design

    process. Watch as the first inspiration becomes a working sketch; then see as it becomes a final piece. Stop by at

    various times to see what‟s happening! You never know what unique items will be used or what the final outcome

    will be it is guaranteed to intrigue and excite. For more information contact Kathleen Embry at (312) 980-9252 or

    kembry@iadtchicago.com.

MOUNTED FASHION DISPLAY The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

    180 North Wabash

    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Stop by BackStage Bistro to view a variety of projects created by students, alumni and faculty of The Illinois

    Institute of Art-Chicago. For more information please call (312) 280-3500.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005

INSIDER TIPS FOR RUNNING A CREATIVE FASHION BUSINESS

    The Chicago Cultural Center

    First Floor, Garland Room

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Join renowned journalist Victoria Lautman for a panel discussion with industry experts offering insider tips on launching a fashion business. Panelists include Mary Gehlhar, Fashion Director of Gen Art, New York; Amy

    Tara Koch, style reporter for NBC 5 and RedEye; Laura Steufen, Senior Buyer of Women‟s Designer Ready-to-

    Wear for Marshall Field‟s and Roger Price and Tommy Walton of Price Walton Couture Lab. Hear firsthand

    what happens behind the scenes when the creative world of fashion mixes with the bottom line realities of the

    business world.

Also, Mary Gehlhar will sign copies of her book, Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An Insider’s Look at Starting

    and Running Your Own Fashion Business, which can be found in national book stores this month. Presented by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Gen Art. For more information please call Gen Art at (312) 229-1701 or

    visit www.genart.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2005

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE th1 North State Street, 5 Floor

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Tour the campus of the IADT and learn more about program offerings in the following areas: Fashion Design,

    Interior Design, Merchandising Management, Information Technology, Multi- Media Production & Design,

Computer Graphics and Advertising & Design. See live demonstrations in a variety of programs and ask questions

    directly of faculty. For more information contact Kathleen Embry at (312) 980-9252 or kembry@iadtchicago.com.

    “STREET BEAT” FASHION SHOW ON STATE State Street between Washington and Madison

    11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

    The Chicago Loop Alliance salutes its education corridor with a free, live, high-concept fashion show along the

    block of State between Washington and Madison. Models will wear fashions designed by students from the

    International Academy of Design & Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College

    Chicago, and The

    Illinois Institute of Art -Chicago. See original fashions flowing to the beat of a live DJ among the sidewalk crowd

    and on four elevated stages! For more information contact the Chicago Loop Alliance at (312) 782-9160 or

    cla@chicagoloopalliance.com.

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CONVERSATONS WITH ALEXANDER JULIAN

    W Chicago - City Center

    172 West Adams Street

    6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

    Join guest speaker Alexander Julian, an innovative designer and colorist, to discuss his journey through design

    from menswear to home furnishings and decorating products. Julian established himself as a pioneer in introducing

    color to menswear with his renowned sportswear collection, “Colours by Alexander Julian,” and was the first

    American clothing designer to create his own exclusive fabrics. Examples of Julian‟s work are in the permanent

    collection of the Smithsonian‟s National Museum of Design, a testament to his industry influence. For more

    information please contact Devin McKenna at the Chicago Fashion Foundation, (312) 467-6371.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2005

“WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?”

    Carson Pirie Scott State Street Windows

    One South State Street

    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Watch as fashion stylists and Illinois Academy of Design and Technology students dress a variety of real body

    shapes and sizes to determine which style of clothing looks the best on each body type. They won‟t forget the

    accessories or shoes, either! Stop by and see what would look best on YOU! For more information contact

    Kathleen Embry at (312) 980-9252 or kembry@iadtchicago.com.

GEN ART FRESH FACES IN FASHION 2005

    Millennium Park Roof Top Garden and Promenade

    Event begins at 7:00 p.m.

    Renowned for launching the careers of many successful independent fashion labels including Zac Posen, Rebecca

    Taylor, Louis Verdad, Hollywould, Chaiken, and Shoshanna, Gen Art announces Chicago‟s Fresh Faces in Fashion 2005. Year after year, Fresh Faces in Fashion features a carefully selected group of independent womenswear and

    menswear designers on the runway, along with three exciting accessories designer installations. The 2005 show

    will provide critical, high profile exposure for Chicago clothing designers Tom Bynum, Kent Nielsen, Doris Ruth,

    Lara Miller, Shane Gabier, Orlando Espinoza and Michelle Tan; footwear designer Ifeanyi Chuku and jewelry

designers Zoë Oliver and Jill Alberts. Tickets can be purchased at www.genart.org, or call (312) 229-1701. For

more information go to www.genart.org.

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