Chicago Fashion Week 2014 came to an end on October 18 and 19 with a two day shopping extravaganza. Situated under two large stark white tents propped up at the Northern end of Millenium Park, local designers and artists set up booths to sell their merchandise.
The shopping event, presented by stylechicago.com, was free admission and open to the public so passerby were able to wander in and indulge in the Chicago fashion scene quite easily. With the “bean” stationed right between them, the two tents were split into the Fashion Chicago tent featuring Chicago based designers and the Northern Grade one featuring local and national designers for men.
The Fashion Chicago tent was filled with more than 35 designers including Calvin Tran and Squasht, who both showed on the Art of Fashion runway the previous Friday. Fashionable winter coats, cold weather accessories and unique jewelry seemed to be a common thread that tied the undoubtedly diverse designers together.
Some of my favorite pieces for women were from Voyeur by Vex, which specializes in latex. While the idea of items made from latex may seem rather intimidating, especially for the office, Laura Petrielli-Pulice, the designer of the brand, manages to manipulate the fabric in a way that looks high-end and super chic.
As far as menswear went, I really appreciated the plethora of raw denim that was available from the brands Noble Denim and Shockoe Denim. Raw denim has definitely has its moment in the spotlight in the last few years and for good reason. It’s oddly romantic, with how it reflects your personality in every whisker and mark . Most tend to wear it casually but its definitely nice enough to wear to the office as long as it’s styled the right way.
One of my favorite designers in the Northern Grade was Kaehler 1920, a Chicago based briefcase and leather goods company. Their items were high quality and perfect for the working man’s wardrobe. You can see a few of their items in the photo above.
Many of the designers were at their booths, interacting with potential customers and answering questions for those (myself) who were interested in knowing more. Overall, the event was a nice way to end the week of fashion shows, and gave many Chicagoans the chance to see many talented designers that they otherwise may not have come in contact with.