Style

Chicago's Fashion Week: Shop CHICago

September 29, 2005 by shefindsrebecca
shefinds | Style

Event: GenArt Shop CHICago. The event was part of Fashion Focus Chicago, an 11-day celebration designed to promote independent local designers and the city’s fashion scene.

Where: The W Chicago – City Center

The Experience: I waited in line for about 30 minutes to get into the hotel and, once I was inside, still had to pass through three checkpoints (which was odd, since the event was free and open to the public.) But once I made it in, I felt like I was living in an episode of “Sex and the City.” There were two huge rooms full of designers and there were cosmetic lines offering makeovers and treatments. A DJ was spinning music – and did I mention that there were numerous open bars, serving fabulous pink drinks?

What I Found: To my delight, the jewelry at Shop CHICago was natural and elegant. A lot of designers are taking the Bohemian trend to a new level, mixing delicate stones and beads with silver, gold and glimmer. I especially loved the sparkly earrings and necklaces by jewelry designer Erin Gallagher. All of her jewelry features beautiful and unique stones – my favorite were her necklaces with multi-colored stones arranged in asymmetrical designs.

Greta-Watermelon Tourmaline and Ingrid lolite neckalces by Erin Gallagher.

image

I also really liked the Sojourn bags, created by Chicago-native Jennifer Gordon. They’re fun, colorful and whimsical, while also being functional and affordable. She offers bags of all sizes; some that fit laptops and others that are perfect for adventures. My favorite part of her collection, though, were the “bracelet bags” – they have handles of beads or Swarovski crystals, which can be detached and worn as a bracelet.

Rio Red Wave bracelet bag by Sojourn.

image image

Also at the expo was Active Endeavors, a great local boutique with five Chicago-area stores. Don’t be misled by the name; along with having a variety of North Face and Patagonia (Pata-Gucci, anyone?) products, the boutique carries every single one of your favorite brands.

Fashion Focus Chicago runs from September 19-29. For more information about Chicago-based designers and upcoming fashion events, check out the Fashion Focus Chicago website.

 

Tags:

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

These $28 Leggings Are *So* Slimming

January 18, 2019 by Jeanine Edwards
Get a pair ASAP.

Fashion

We Can't Believe How Affordable This J.Crew Winter Coat Is--It’s Almost $100 Off Right Now!

January 17, 2019 by Jessica Harrington
Hurry before it sells out!

Fashion

Psst! Nordstrom Has A Super Cute Madewell Top On Sale For Just $29 Right Now

January 16, 2019 by Jeanine Edwards
Don't miss this!

Fashion

This Cozy Sweater *Literally* Has Thousands Of Rave Reviews At Everlane

January 14, 2019 by Jessica Harrington
We want every color!

Fashion

This Coat Is SO Flattering, No One Will Believe It Was Under $50!

January 13, 2019 by Jessica Harrington
We want one in every color!

Fashion

You Need To Buy This $35 Jacket From Zara Before The Price Goes Back Up!

January 12, 2019 by Jessica Harrington
It's so chic!

Fashion

These $28 Leggings Are *So* Slimming

I don't think I have to tell you about ...

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Flattering Midi Cardigan--It Looks Good On Everyone

Chances are you already have a bunch of pullover and ...

Fashion

This Cozy Knit Poncho Sweater Is Selling Like Crazy At Nordstrom Right Now

There are some people who feel more empowered than ever ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS