Independent Retail Week 2011 parties & discounts
It’s that time again: Fashion, fashion, fashion plus a dose of parties, swag and discounts. Here’s a quick guide to the best of the free grabbed from Explore Chicago:
Monday, October 17 from 5:30-7pm — Anna Fong @ The Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan
This hour-long presentation will consist of a 30-minute runway show of Chicago designer Anna Fong’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collection and a 30-minute hair demonstration by Salon Master Tony Di Pasca, a ‘How To’ for the latest Di Pasca styles for the upcoming cold months. This is a free event, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 18 from 2-8pm. — Alice Berry Studio Open House @ 1820 W. Cortland St.
Shop at Chicago designer Alice Berry’s open house and enjoy refreshments, informal modeling, shopping incentives, and more. This free trunk show is the perfect place to find that shawl, scarf or shrug and be sure not to miss the sale rack, featuring 50-75% off merchandise.
Tuesday, October 18-20, 4-9pm — Luxe Collectives @ Fashion House, 1520 W Fulton, Room 1520
Luxe Collectives is the pop up showcase of boutique retailers from across the nation offering luxury, designer apparel and accessories in a guided, intimate shopping experience. This is a free event, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.luxecollectives.com.
Tuesday, October 18-21 from 10am-5pm — Fashion Pops @ Block 37 at 108 N. State St.
This free shopping event will feature five pop-up shops including Cityblue, Gray and Frill offering Fall merchandise for purchase and giving shoppers a unique opportunity to check out looks from a variety of neighborhood boutiques all under one roof. More information can be found by visiting www.block37.com.
Wednesday, October 19 from 4-6 pm — Rock Candy by Helen @ Glam to Go, 2002 W. Roscoe Street
This free event with cocktails and nibbles, plus goody bags and giveaways, will feature models showing the Fall collection from Rock Candy by Helen, matched with selected pieces from Glam to Go’s garments.
Thursday, October 20 from 5-9pm — Ellie Thompson and Thierry Roger present Soiree CHICago @ 8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2203
This free event, themed as a tale of two cities, Paris and Chicago will feature the new designer collections, live models, champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Thierry Roger will be showcasing his custom collection of women’s wear, while Ellie Thompson unveils Land & See a fine jewelry collection.
Thursday, October 20-21 from 11am-7pm — Experience Eclection, 2415 W. North Ave.
Visit Eclection’s showroom which houses independent designers in Chicago with items from handbags to jewelry to apparel to art. Experience the individually while enjoying desserts and drinks at this free event.
Sunday, October 23 from 4-9pm — Nomadic Ant Trunk Show at Squasht by Les, 2556 W. Chicago Avenue
This free event at Squasht by Les Boutique welcomes Nomadic Ant’s jewelry collection for a special in-store shopping event. Enjoy music and refreshments.
Sunday, October 23 from 12-6pm — shopNEWD CHICAGOmade, 1917 West Division Street
At this free event, guests can enjoy 20% off merchandise made in Chicago storewide including wall art, hats, jewelry, handbags, apparel and more all made by local artisans.
Sunday, October 23 from 3-7pm — Haute on Halsted, 120 N. Halsted Street
Join Entourage Man for this free event as they sip and shop from the men’s collections of apparel and accessories.