PHOTOS: Fashion Incubator Launch Party

Introducing a new class of Chicago designers.

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The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) introduced its 2011 class Tuesday night at a launch party at its pop-up store in the 900 North Michigan Shops. The CFI Designers in Residence (DIR) are provided with a variety of resourses, including workspace, mentoring and a curriculum, to help launch their careers in fashion. The 2,800 square foot retail shop and neighboring event space highlights CFI designers from the last three years. Photos provided by Sebastian Beidron, Your Trendy Magazine.
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The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) introduced its 2011 class Wednesday night at a launch party at its pop-up store in the 900 North Michigan Shops. The CFI Designers in Residence (DIR) are provided with a variety of resourses, including workspace, mentoring and a curriculum, to help launch their careers in fashion. The 2,800 square foot retail shop and neighboring event space highlights CFI designers from the last three years. Photos provided by Sebastian Beidron, Your Trendy Magazine.
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CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Crystal Simms and model in her Crystal B. Designs apparel line.
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Aleah Connect (WCIU), Tyle Crawford and Katie Heika of StyleChicago.com.
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CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Kahino Mateene and a FORD Model both sporting looks from Modahnik.
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CFI Alumni Anna Hovet and Christina Fan with Chelsea Lavin
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CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Taneasha Prunty and her model donning her evening wear line Gidi.
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From left, Carin and Corri McFadden, Ryan Beshel (www.thebowtiememoirs.blogspot.com) and Jessica McCafferty.
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Model in a Gidi dress by CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Taneasha Prunty
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FORD Model in a CETTINA design by CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Concetta Cipriano.
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Amy Creyer, ChicagoStreetStyle.com.
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DJ Sye Young.
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CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Shavonne Dorsey and a model in her eponymous line
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Michael Laungani, Mayor's Fashion Initiative spokesperson Kiran Advani, and Jeff Lack
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CFI Board of Directors Stacie Hartman and Melissa Gamble with Chicago Magazine's Style Director Stacy Jones
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Jessa Brinkmeyer of Uncommon and CFI almun Jess Audey.
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Shaya Ali, Chelsea Lavin and CFI alum Christina Fan.
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Leah Eisenstein with Sarah Burrows and Victoria Malkin of the 900 North Michigan Shops.
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Guests wearing Miriam Cecilia with the designer and CFI alum Miriam Cecilia Carlson.
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Outgoing Chicago Incubator designer Miriam Cecilia (right)
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Michael and Bianca Alexander
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Model in a look by CFI 2011 DIR Eric Kipp
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Chicago Fashion Incubator Executive Director and designer Lara Miller with Brooke Vane.
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FORD model in a look from CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Eric Kipp
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CFI 2011 Designer in Residents Concetta Cipriano and Taneasha Prunty
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Model in a Crystal B. Designs dress from CFI 2011 DIR Crystal Simms
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CFI Executive Director Lara Miller introducing the 2011 Designer in Residents
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Model in a Modahnik dress from CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Kahindo Mateene
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Chase Jewett with CFI alum Nora Jewett and Michael Laungani
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Model in a CETTINA dress by CFI 2011 Designer in Residence Concetta Cipriano
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Model in a Shavonne Dorsey dress by the CFI 2011 Designer in Residence.
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Model in a Gidi dress from CFI 2011 DIR Taneasha Prunty
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CFI alumni designers Jonnie Rettel, Leah Fagan, Ashley Zygmunt and Stephanie Kuhr
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