At a festive gathering at Macy's yesterday, Mayor Daley announced Fashion Focus Chicago 2009 will be held October 22-25. Daley said that artist and designer are key to the future of Chicago and the focus on retailing in the city. "In an economic crisis we all have to come together to support this wonderful industry that supports so many people."
Mellisa Gamble, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Director of Fashion Arts & Events gave us the details and announced that Tommy Hilfiger will be "Master Designer" for The Chicago Fashion Incubator Program at Macy's, where a class of 6 designers are chosen to be Designers in Residence with workspace, curriculum and mentoring each year. Hilfiger is definitely the right man for the job. He told the audience about how he started his career by selling his jeans out of a basement apartment 25 years ago, and then in college towns and finally in New York. He understands the ups and downs of the industry and can mentor new designers. Macy's gave him a big break and now he has exited other stores and is sold exclusively at Macy's and his own stores. I don't know of anyone is a better position to be Master Designer and I hope that Hilfiger will stay on board in years to come!
A brief fashion show gave us a sampling of two designs from each of 22 Chicago Designers. Based on this show, I think the ones to watch are dIETERbENNET, Micheal Allen Stein, 600 West, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Kate Boggiano and Elise Bergman.
This year there will be only three shows at Millennium Park: Macy's Designers of Chicago, Dress Code: The Chicago Design Schools Show, and GenArts Fresh Faces in Fashion. The Allure of Couture will be missed this time. There will also be independent designer runway shows featuring the lines of Michael Allen Stein, Organik Revolution ("Chicago Rocks") and Horatio Nieto. New this year is a partnership with Nolcha, an organization promoting emerging fashion talent from around the globe. They will hold an Independent Retail Week in Chicago October 19-25.
For more information and updates on Fashion Focus Chicago go to Chicago Fashion Resource.
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