Fashion Focus Chicago 2009 Schedule

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Here’s the complete schedule for this week’s Fashion Focus Chicago, in unedited form from the city:


Fashion Focus Chicago, a celebration of Chicago’s thriving fashion industry, returns for a fifth year in 2009. Running from Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25 Fashion Focus Chicago showcases some of the city’s top designers, and features runway shows in Millennium Park and at various locations around the city as well as shopping events, and industry seminars.

For the first time this year, Fashion Focus has partnered with some of downtown Chicago’s most chic hotels to offer special shopping packages and exclusive Fashion Focus amenities. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a personalized experience at one of these world-class hotels while immersing themselves in Chicago’s hip fashion scene.

For more information, including making reservations for Fashion Focus 2009 events or booking hotel accommodations, please Read the rest of this entry »

Le Dress

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1741 W. Division, (773)697-9899, [ratings]
Goods: Dresses, jackets and wardrobe essentials such as Spanx and double-sided tape.
Designers: ABS, Trina Turk, Milly, Shoshanna, Cynthia Steffe. Owners: Sisters-in-law Eva and Robyn Anderson opened Le Dress because they wanted to provide feminine fashionistas with a mecca for dress shopping. Vibe: As feminine as its namesake frock, this shop is covered in pink walls, chandeliers and dresses as far as the eye can see. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: From red-carpet events to Sunday brunch, Le Dress allows you to flaunt your feminine wiles at almost any occasion. Looks run the gamut from classic pieces to off-the-runway trends. Shopper’s Perks: While accommodating a multitude of style palates, Le Dress also provides monetary variety. Dresses range from $40 to $500.

Le Dress



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“Oh, I get it, it’s all dresses?” Asks a shopper, lightly handling one of a hundred-some frocks packed in this den of sugar and spice. Indeed, Mesdames; though the breezy boutique is still adjusting its slip, Le Dress is poised to add some feminine Franco-flair to an already polished expansion of boutique row.

French for, yep, The Dress, the frivolously named shop packs hardy credibility. Co-owners (and sister-in-laws) Robyn and Eva Anderson cut their respective chops in the City of Lights, absorbing the glitz-heavy culture while broaching the nitty-gritty of the fashion biz at Paris schools. Good thing, as staking out and nabbing their current location involved some lengthy back work (staff briefly alluded to a few of the foot studies and demographic reports that tugged the ladies’ entrepreneurial eyes toward present digs).

In accordance with the mixed demographic of the West Side, the goods cover a lot of territory, spanning from a pink and green psychedelic-lite Trina Turk frock ($258) to a mod black and white shift from Whitley ($220)—though, as a constant, almost all will look natural set aside a bejeweled cigarette holder. Brands include A.B.S., Lauren Conrad, Shoshanna and designer Julie Brown, and Le Dress’ private label is inexpensive enough to wean weary H&M hounds. A tuxedo-top, two-tone ivory-and-cappuccino dress for $98 is an elegant price break.

The sartorial swagger increases the farther back you shop—check out a handful of Grammy-worthy gowns of the Zsa Zsa variety (think animal prints and sleek Greek styling). Though staff says that winter will usher in more business dresses and to-work wear, I’d like to think the spirit of Le Dress is embodied in the fabulously absurd zebra-print-and-gemstone-brooch dress anchoring the back rack at $372. Be sure to check out the side-shelf of diva arsenals that promise to enhance everything from dating prowess (choose from a light spread of you-go-girl lit) to cleavage, as well as a small but colorful selection of wraps and handbags.

In time, Robyn and Eva will hoist up a “Godfather”-esque portrait of Ms. Hepburn’s lovely mug, allowing the patron saint of country-club chic to preside over her doting sophisticates-in-training. Another plus: sizes run from zero to twelve. (Libby Ramer)

Le Dress is located at 1741 West Division, (773)697-9899,

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1706 N. Wells, (312)751-2929, [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing, accessories, perfume, candles and cards. Designers: J Brand, Gold Hawk, Three Dots, Nanette Lepore, Theory, Shoshanna, Rebecca Taylor, Hudson, Rozae Nichols, Trina Turk, Diane von Furstenberg, House of Harlow, Citrine By the Stones and Tibi. Owner: Brinton Coxe recently took over this 25-year-old boutique. Vibe: The rooms are bright and elegant, with delicate chandeliers and exposed brick walls. The sales staff is dressed adorably and an upbeat mood prevails with eighties and nineties hits in the background. Price Range: Moderate-Luxury. The Look: Each room increases in price and dressiness, so there’s something for any occasion. Wear to drinks on a friend’s patio, your college roommate’s wedding or dinner at NoMi. Shopper’s Perks: Client books kept by the staff remind them to alert you when your favorite designers come in. A classy handwritten note thanks customers for purchases.


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