Thursday, November 5, 2009

This Weekend's Fashion Events

Posted By on 11.05.09 at 11:20 AM

Pop-up shops, vintage clothes, the millinery arts, and more:

Chicago Revealed host Katie Kijowski in a Loreta Corsetti cloche at last years event
  • Millinery Arts Alliance
  • Chicago Revealed host Katie Kijowski in a Loreta Corsetti cloche at last year's event
Tonight the Millinery Arts Alliance holds an opening-night soiree for the 15th annual La Fete des Catherinettes, a festival of hats in honor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of milliners. The party's at Perennial from 6 to 9:30 PM; it's free with a cash bar. If you miss it, you can head downtown to the Peninsula for afternoon tea ($38-$49) on Saturday (seatings at 2:30 and 4:30) or Sunday (4-6), where alliance members will once again have their chapeaux on display.

Also tonight, from 6 to 8, Sofia Vintage celebrates the launch of its permanent pop-up shop inside Jake's Rush Street location. There'll be champagne and nibbles.

On Friday the Chicago Fashion Incubator holds an open house for local designers interested in applying to the program. Stop in any time from 10 AM to 8 PM; at noon there'll be a Q&A with Melissa Gamble, the city's fashion director; incubator director and designer Lara Miller; and Elise Moran, coordinator of the Stitches Fashion Program. The incubator is on the 11th floor of Macy's State Street store.

Also Friday, Gamma Player starts a sale that runs through Sunday; brands such as Julius and Jean-Pierre Braganza are 30-50 percent off.

Saturday the Wicker Park boutique Le Dress opens a pop-up shop in the West Loop with discounts of 20-30 percent on fall dresses and other items. It's from 10 to 3 Saturday and Sunday at CA/23, on the second floor at 23 N. Aberdeen, 773-697-9899.

On Saturday and Sunday Beta Boutique holds an off-site sample sale in the former Ciao Bella space on Southport. Expect discounts of 40-90 percent on local and national designers.

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