The Art of Pre-Ordering

Looks like fashion (or at least e-commerce) is taking Andy Warhol’s words quite literally…

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Stars & Stripes

Because today is that one time of year where you can wear a ton of red, white and blue, as well as stars and stripes, eat as many hotdogs and hamburgers as you want…and no one will judge you for it (or at least I won’t). I figure by now you’ve had enough of the “what to wear to a 4th of July BBQ” posts so I’m just going to talk about a few trends that happen to be very appropriate for today’s festivities — stars and stripes.

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On My Mind: Sophia Webster

If you haven’t heard about Sophia Webster yet, LISTEN UP. The former assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood has gone out on her own to design a whimsical line of shoes and bags. But not JUST shoes and bags…really fun [and somewhat impractical] shoes and bags — THE BEST KIND.

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Get Your Choo on at Saks

Ever wanted to strut your stuff down a runway? And possibly for a free pair of shoes? Well now’s your chance (well actually April 12 is your chance). Saks and Watch312.com are partnering on to benefit Chicago Children’s Charities by throwing a fab fashion event…involving Jimmy Choos!

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Hope you can make it!

Fashion’s Night Out in CHICAGO

Happy Fashion Month! With Fashion’s Night Out, Fashion Week and the Fall collections rolling out, September is THE month for fashion.

I recently posted about Fashion’s Night Out but I wanted to give you the run down on the must attend events for FNO Chicago. Keep in mind, this is not the full list of events…but it’s a pretty damn good list. And I’ll leave it at that.

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900 North Michigan Shops: Hosted by Brad Goreski, this “Fame Fashion & Flavor” themed event will have a beauty bazaar with complimentary services, a runway photobooth from eDrop-Off, in-store promotions and more. I’m hoping Brad will be werking a major lewk. (900 N. Michigan Ave, www.shop900.com)

Saks Fifth Avenue: Host Brian Atwood will unveil the new 10022-SHOE salon at Saks, which includes his new B Brian Atwood line. This is a great opportunity because Brian himself is from Chicago. Oh, and he’s ADORABLE! (717 N. Michigan Ave, www.saks.com)

Cerato Boutique: Enjoy complimentary wine, champagne, dessert, and additional surprise discounts. Guests can pick-a-flower from Cerato’s “blooming discount garden” and receive anywhere from 10% to 40% off their entire purchase in addition to 20% off fall merchandise. Serious discounts and supporting local designers…definitely not one to miss! (3451 N. Southport, www.ceratoboutique.com)

Oak Street: Your favorite stores on Oak street are teaming up for a fabulous FNO. Sofia, Jimmy Choo, Pomellato, Vince (just to name a few) are all participating in this major FNO block party. I suggest starting at Michigan and Oak and working your way down. You’re bound to end up with some goods by the time you get to Oak and Rush. (www.oakstreetchicago.com/fno)

Cynthia Rowley: Dana Weiss of the Possessionista is hosting the exclusive launch of BANDAID Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages  for FNO. Enjoy treatments from Bliss spa and enter for a chance to win a pair of Cynthia Rowley sunglasses. If you read Dana’s blog at all, that’s reason enough to go. (1653 N. Damen Avenue, www.cynthiarowley.com)

H&M: They’ve got some serious prizes to offer for FNO. One winner at each participating store will receive an H&M gift card valued at $200 and all entries will be entered to win the Grand Prize of an all-expense paid trip to NYC  to attend a prelaunch shopping event celebrating Versace for H&M. Pretty sweet! (840 N. Michigan & 22 N. State, www.hm.com)

Topshop: It’s opening day on the 8th…and Topshop is offering FREE makeovers, styling tips and more.  Get your hair done by top stylists from the Kelly Cardenas Salon, enjoy live VIP DJs,  and get a free gift with purchase when you spend over $100. Coincidence that Topshop opens the same day as FNO? I think not. (830 N. Michigan, www.topshop.com)

Macy’s: It’s a celeb-filled evening at Macy’s on State for FNO. Appearances throughout the night include Kelly Osbourne, Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and celebrity stylist  Marcellas Reynolds to name a few. There’s so much going on at Macy’s…there’s something for everyone! (111 N. State, www.macys.com)

Events are generally from 6-9pm. More information at www.fashionsnightout.com