2023 Unofficial Chicago Fashion Week
Chicago, the vibrant hub of art, culture, and innovation, might not have an official fashion week, but that hasn't dimmed the city's style spirit. From October 7 to October 15, the city comes alive with a plethora of fashionable events, making it an unofficial Chicago Fashion Week worth celebrating.
Celebrating Chicago's Unique Style
While some cities boast grand fashion weeks, Chicago prides itself on something different: a unique, diverse, and inclusive style scene. During this unofficial fashion week, we celebrate this uniqueness, embracing designs that reflect the city's multicultural tapestry. From sleek urban chic to avant-garde expressions, Chicago's fashion landscape is as varied as the city itself.
Local Designers Shine
One of the highlights of Unofficial Chicago Fashion Week is the spotlight it throws on local talent. Independent designers take center stage, showcasing their creations in intimate settings that allow for a personal connection with the audience. This emphasis on local talent not only nurtures the fashion industry within the city but also strengthens the sense of community among fashion enthusiasts.
Fashion for a Cause
What sets Chicago apart is its deep-rooted sense of community. Many events during this unofficial fashion week are dedicated to social causes. Fashion shows and fundraisers support local charities and organizations, channeling the power of style into positive change. It's fashion with a heart, embodying Chicago's spirit of giving back to the community.
The Future of Chicago Fashion
As we revel in the creativity and camaraderie of Unofficial Chicago Fashion Week, we also look forward to the future. The city's fashion scene is constantly evolving, with new talents emerging and established designers pushing boundaries. The energy and passion of this week hint at a promising future where Chicago might just find itself in the limelight as a global fashion destination.
Fashion here isn't just an event; it's an experience, and everyone is invited to be a part of it.
In the heart of the Midwest, Chicago's unofficial fashion week proves that style knows no bounds. It's not just about the clothes; it's about the stories they tell, the connections they forge, and the community they build. So, mark your calendars from October 7 to October 15, and join us in celebrating Chicago's vibrant, diverse, and utterly stylish spirit during Unofficial Chicago Fashion Week.
Saturday, October 7:
Get ready to kick off the fall season in style at our exciting Pre-Fall Party! Celebrate with bubbly, hors d'oeuvres, and friends. Free Admission with Registration.
Sunday, October 8:
The KVL Flower Ball begins with an expo that features a diverse selection of cuisine, fashion and lifestyle brands. Enjoy a live DJ, fun activations, and an art exhibition. In celebration of community, our welcome reception will feature an annual Community Impact Award ceremony, live band, and full-service bar. We will end the evening in style with an awe-inspiring runway show featuring designs by Octobr, Ruby & Sapphire, Villa Moor, and My Obiama. Tickets $25-$85
Monday, October 9:
This year kicks of the Second Annual, Chicago Fashion Showcase. We feature must-see shows, performances and exclusive activations. The Marketplace will be open the entire event and offer a place to discover emerging and established brands. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Apparel Industry Board, Inc. Tickets $55-$125.
Wednesday, October 11:
Join us for an intimate reception with Mr. Siriano the evening before the luncheon. Enjoy wine and canapes and receive an autographed copy of Christian Siriano: Dresses to Dream About. Tickets $250 (currently sold out)
Thursday, October 12:
Join the Costume Council as we present the third Presidents’ Circle Award to noted designer Christian Siriano. The afternoon will feature a luncheon and an interview with the designer. Tickets $275-$500
Join us for a fabulous evening of fashion and glamour with the renowned fashion designer Maria Pinto. This in-person event will be held at the stunning venue located at 710 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. Get ready to be inspired by Maria's exquisite couture creations and enjoy a glass of champagne as you immerse yourself in the world of high fashion. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to meet the designer herself and experience the magic of her designs up close. Tickets $49
the 2nd annual “Fashion’s Night Out” hosted by actress/writer Yolonda Ross, known to many Chicagoans as Jada on Showtime series “The Chi”. With Special Guest: Ippolita Rostagno, Founder & Creative Director: Ippolita. Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ceta Walters, fashion & travel content creator on ClarkandStone. Featuring 7 of Chicago’s top rising star Fashion Designers: DENIMCRATIC, GRÉVYI, Jeune Otte, KERCHER, Neval, NICZKA, and Queendom by Romance. Tickets $75
Friday, October 13:
On the evening of day one, join the RLx Movement with the “Meet the Designer” Welcoming Cocktail Reception. The event will include a meet and greet of invited national and international designers, and modeling of creations by local designers. Tickets $55-$220
Saturday, October 14:
The runway show showcases national and international designers. Starting off with the red carpet, followed by the VIP reception and “Ritual of Fashion” runway show. The VIP Reception will feature top local chefs and mixologists with food pairings and shopping opportunities with vendors. Tickets $35-$220
The after party immediately follows the "Ritual of Fashion" Runway Show and will take place on-site at CineCIty Studios. Tickets $25
Sunday, October 15:
A full day dedicated to different rituals women can do to maintain and enhance their power, self-love, and beauty. Will include healthy snacks, panels, and shopping. Tickets $40-$220
Chicago Collective Women’s Edition is a reimagined showcase of apparel and accessory brands, presenting an elevated experience, enhanced amenities, and a reach beyond the Midwest. Free entry, must register (This is a wholesale-only market).