In Review: Chicago's Fashionable 2011

From the runway to the design table to the boutiques, it was a very stylish year for Chicago.

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JANUARY: Crimson Lounge hosted a fundraiser featuring Ford models.
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JANUARY: The Chicago husband and wife design duo known as J.Cheikh hosted their first local fashion show, offering a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection before heading to New York Fashion Week.
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FEBRUARY: AKIRA presented its Spring 2011 Runway Show "Le Voyeur" at the Lyric Opera House.
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FEBRUARY: Factor Women modeling agency celebrated its 1-year anniversary with a cocktail party at River North's Hubbard Inn.
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FEBRUARY: Chicago designer Borris Powell won the Academy Awards Oscars Designer Challenge with his Black Swan dress, which included a red carpet stroll with Brazilian model Izabela Garcia.
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FEBRUARY: We caught up with Amy Creyer of ChicagoStreetstyle.com at New York Fashion Week and explored her method behind capturing street style photos. VIDEO
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MARCH: Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson promoted the new Gorgeous Pushup bra at the Michigan Avenue flagship store.
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MARCH: Flower power took over the runway as the the Garfield Park Conservatory hosted the third annual Fleurotica show.
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MARCH: Custom suiting store Sebastien Grey presented its pre-spring fashion show at The Underground nightclub.
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MARCH: Nordstrom's Michigan Avenue store hosted the Elie Tahari fashion show Saturday featuring the Spring 2011 collection.
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MARCH: A fashionable crowd hit designer Cynthia Rowley's Bucktown store for the Spring 2011 Trunk Show.
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MARCH: The Chicago Fashion Incubator introduced its 2011 class.
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MARCH: Designer Borris Powell presented his Fall/Winter 2011 Collection "C me N Dior."
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MARCH: Cheeky Chicago hosted its annual "Cheeky People of Style" event at Bloomingdales.
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APRIL: Ybar and AKIRA hosted the Moods of Norway launch party, celebrating the Norwegian fashion label's debut in the Chicago market.
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APRIL: Factor Women and Chosen Management hosted "A New Generation of Faces" fashion show at LaSalle Power Company, introducing the companies' newest models to potential clients.
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APRIL: Sofia Vintage kicked off The Underground's Style Series with a fashion show at the River North nightclub.
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APRIL: Crimson Lounge hosted the official model casting for Bikini USA.
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APRIL: Chicago designer Miriam Cecilia presented her "Harvest Moon Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection" at the 900 Shops.
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MAY: Chicago designer Horacio Nieto presented his Fall/Winter 2011 Womenswear Collection "Mining The Ming Dynasty."
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MAY: The Underground Style Series focused on experimental counterculture fashions from Wicker Park boutique Bonnie & Clyde.
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MAY: Chicago's up and coming designers showcased their top looks at The School of the Art Institute Fashion Show 2011.
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MAY: Skokie's Erin Heatherton attended Michigan Avenue Magazine's launch party, which made sense, seeing as she graced the cover.
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MAY: More than 1,800 fashion fiends swarmed the UIC Forum for the Imagine Fashion Show, featuring designs from the International Academy of Design and Technology.
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MAY: Fast cars, clothes and beautiful women were all on display at CS Magazine's annual Spring fashion event.
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JUNE: Fast food and fashion paired quite nicely Wednesday at AKIRA's summer fashion show at the downtown Rock & Roll McDonalds.
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JUNE: Chicago's fashion-forward set hit the West Loop's Room 1520 for the Macys Glamorama launch party.
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JUNE: A natty set of well-heeled Chicagoans hit Tzar Ultra Lounge for the Fashion Salvation runway show.
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JUNE: Factor Women and Chosen Models held a bash at theWit to promote the launch of their new iPhone and iPad app.
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JUNE: Fashion entered a time machine at the "Live Love Life fashion show" at the epoch.floral Studio featuring American style from the 1970s.
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JUNE: Custo-Barcelona showcased its summer line at SUSHISAMBA.
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JULY: AKIRA celebrated nine years in business its annual anniversary block party.
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JULY: Ten Chicago fashion designers competed in the Heshima Kenya Fashion Challenge.
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AUGUST: Pilsen vintage boutique Deliciously Vintage hosted "Sounds and Stillettos," a curated selection of looks from DV's stylists.
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AUGUST: We tagged along with Chicago street style photographer Emma Arnold (TresAwesome.com) searching for stylish looks at Lollapalooza. GALLERY, VIDEO
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AUGUST: Atha Sharod Bridal hosted an event for Chicago brides-to-be, a sneak peek at some of the latest trends in bridal fashion.
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AUGUST: Macy's Glamorama held down its reputation as Chicago's biggest fashion extravaganzas of the year at the Chicago Theater.
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AUGUST: AKIRA hosted the Astro Affair singles event at theWit featuring the latest fall fashions from a variety of designer.
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AUGUST: A stylish crowd hit the DuSable Museum to view the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection from Chicago designer CLEONS.
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SEPTEMBER: Chicagoans fashion-forward set joined the worldwide Fashion's Night Out celebrations.
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SEPTEMBER: Latino Fashion Week held model auditions.
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SEPTEMBER: Chicago designer Borris Powell presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection "Twisted Daisies" during New York Fashion Week.
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SEPTEMBER: Chicago designer Azeeza Desai debuted her very first collection during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
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SEPTEMBER: The Joffrey Ballet held its signature fundraising event Couture & Cocktails, including fashion courtesy of designer David Meister.
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Chicago designers J.Cheikh also showed at NY Fashion Week. VIDEO -- 24 Hours: Chicago Does NYFW
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OCTOBER: AKIRA threw its its biggest fashion show to date, hosting the Garden of Eden show at Lincoln Park's Grossinger City Autoplex.
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OCTOBER: Chicago's unofficial fashion week, Fashion Focus, kicked off with the NEXT Fashion Chicago show at Germania Place. VIDEO: Kickoff Party and show
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OCTOBER: Fashion Focus Chicago's first official show was the Macy's Chicago Fashion Incubator presentation featuring Spring/Summer 2012 looks from past and present designers.
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OCTOBER: Fashion Focus Chicago continued with the InspireDesign runway show which also served as the finals for the Mario Make Me a Model competition.
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OCTOBER: Fashion Focus Chicago went green with the Vert Couture show, featuring sustainable Spring/Summer 2012 collections from a handful of local designers. (VIDEO)
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OCTOBER: The Chicago History Museum presented an exclusive preview of its new exhibition Charles James: Genius Deconstructed, which celebrates the work of the fashion icon.
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OCTOBER: Fashion Focus Chicago concluded with StyleChicago.com's Art of Fashion show.
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NOVEMBER: The annual Latino Fashion Week took over the Zhou B Art Center.
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NOVEMBER: Microsoft and Bloomingdale's teamed up for the Geek 2 Chic fashion show featuring technology leaders from the public and private sector.
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NOVEMBER: Material Girl spokeswoman Kelly Osbourne hit Macy's on State Street for the Material Girl "Lucky Stars" model search.
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NOVEMBER: Chicago designer Barbara Bates celebrated her 25th anniversary with a show at the South Loop's Marmon Grand Ballroom.
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NOVEMBER: Designer Tory Burch presented her Spring 2012 collection at the Field Museum, the only time it's been formally shown outside of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. VIEW VIDEO
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DECEMBER: Factor Women modeling agency and Chosen Management hosted their annual holiday soiree at Tzar nightclub.
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DECEMBER: Fashion and music merged into one at the Surround Sound of Fashion 2011 show at Millenium Park's Harris Theatre.
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