April kicks off Fashion Month in Oak Park

High fashion in Oak Park!

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

April kicks off Fashion Month in Oak Park, and there are lots of fun events planned for you and me! It’s no secret that fashion is my favorite design medium, so I’m excited about the impending Fashion Show featuring fresh apparel from our local retailers. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 12th

Fashion Show

Together with the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Oak Park will co-host their 2nd annual fashion show, luncheon and fundraiser at the Oak Park Arms.

See prominent area “model citizens” dressed in the latest fashions from local shops and designers, and enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Maya del Sol and Sugar Fixé. Proceeds will benefit the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, a leadership and educational organization that promotes businesses and business interests in the Oak Park and River Forest area.

Tickets are $30 per person. Seating is limited. All seats must be purchased in advance. Reserve your seats by April 5, 2011 from the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce. For more info, visit www.oprfchamber.org or call 708-848-8151.

From our friends at Downtown Oak Park:

Thursday, April 7
Girls' Night Out Shopping Event

6–9pm – $20/ticket

Grab a ticket to join in the shopping fun at this invitation-only event. Bring along your girlfriends for an inspiring evening of style. You'll find finger food and celebratory drinks and receive a valuable goody bag from the business where you buy your ticket(s), plus you'll get another treat at each additional participating business you visit. Then join us for an after-party at Sushi House. Space is limited so get your tickets early — this event will sell out!

Saturday, April 9
Trend Shows

10am–6pm – FREE

Liven up your look with inspiration from fashion-forward designer trend shows hosted by our eclectic array of hip shops. Check out the latest designs from French Connection, MOGO, DwellStudio, and many more. We'll also be featuring the fresh looks of local jewelry and apparel designers. Stay tuned for our specific schedule of designers, store locations and times.

Saturday, April 16
Wardrobe Upcycle

10am–5pm – FREE

Daunted by a dismal closet of clothes? Join us for our Wardrobe Upcycle Party where you can purge, organize and update your wardrobe — all while helping the community. Voilá — better you, better closet, better community! Check out these activities:

  • Refresh Your Look — Have a favorite article of clothing that needs some new energy? Bring in up to two favorite articles of clothing — and our design consultants at TAKARA, Muse, Croix, or Lane Bryant will suggest ways to refresh their look with coordinating items and a few choice accessories.
  • Embellish It — Sign up for the workshop at Sugarcup Trading where our youngest fashionistas can bedazzle their favorite jeans with wink and a sparkle, creating a whole new look.
  • Share the Success — The first 100 people to come to our tent on Marion Street will receive a $5 Downtown Oak Park gift certificate for donating professional quality apparel to Dress for Success, a worthy organization helping to empower (and dress) women for success. Also support Shoes for Souls by donating unwanted shoes at The Competitive Foot and children's shoes at Sugarcup Trading.
  • Closet Makeover — Who couldn't use a closet makeover? Get some closet tips and tricks from the professional organizers at Within Your Reach, who will be set up in a tent on Westgate at Marion with storage examples and ideas. Give us your email and be entered into a raffle for a $500 gift certificate towards a storage solution at Within Your Reach.

Saturday, April 30
Spring into Summer

10am–5pm – FREE
See what's hot this season with informal modeling and in-store events. Models will be strolling the street, showcasing the latest colors and styles. Check out the trend shows and other activities happening in the participating businesses. Download a coupon here and your purchases from April 29 – May 1 will qualify for Scholar Dollars benefiting the Oak Park Education Foundation

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Ben Meyerson from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: March 31st, 2011 5:46 PM

Marty Stempniak: Wednesday Journal's most fashion-forward reporter.

Kate from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 31st, 2011 9:36 AM

Really excited about these events! Oak Park has an impressive boutique/fashion scene and it's fabulous that it's being celebrated!

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