Chicago's fashion gods have decided to shake things up a bit this week and smile down on us with some super-fun soirees. By incorporating special guests and steep discounts, everyone can appreciate these style-centric events -- not just the fashionistas among us.
Everyone's favorite style guru, one Mr. Tim Gunn, will be making an appearance at the sleek Kate Spade boutique on Oak Street to sip some champagne and share spring style tips with his adoring public. Purchase $100 in Kate Spade merch and you can even get your picture snapped with him. Mr. Make it Work will pop by the shop on Thursday, April 16 from 4-6PM for this informal soiree. RSVP to 212-626-1500 to make sure you can get in -- this guy's a rock star in pinstripes, as you know. 56 E. Oak St., 312-654-8853
Chicago-born designer Cynthia Rowley will be rocking a sample sale at her Lincoln Park boutique this Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. The hometown-girl-made-good's feminine yet sophisticated looks will be offered for up to 80 percent off during this don't-miss sale, which will feature Cynthia Rowley apparel and accessories. 810 W. Armitage Ave., 773-528-6160
Akira's Men's Store in Bucktown will put the pow in power dressing this Saturday, April 18 with the "Ring of Destruction" shopping event. The fashion throw-down will feature the Chicago debut of Affliction clothing's new spring collection for guys, along with appearances by celebrity fighters and Affliction Ring Girls, and Hennessey cocktails and "man food" like nachos, hot dogs and popcorn. On hand at the powerful party will be World Middleweight Champion boxer Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, mixed martial arts fighter and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski and mixed martial arts fighter and current StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral. The "Ring of Destruction" soiree will take place at the Akira Men's Store from 1-7PM, and the store will offer 20 percent off all purchases as well as a complimentary gift throughout the day. 1910 W. North Ave., 773-489-0818