VARYFORM Shows Look in RefuSHE Fashion Challenge X: A Decade of Impact Runway Show

Over 250 guests attended a one-of-a-kind runway show featuring looks created with fabric made in RefuSHE's social enterprise, a program that fosters leadership and business skills through the design and production of hand-dyed fabrics and scarves. Nine Chicago designers had full creative license to create a look with the five yards of fabric they received from RefuSHE's Spring/Summer 2018 collection. A panel of four Chicagoland fashion experts evaluated each runway look and selected Rakan Shams-Aldeen as the winner of this unique competition. ABC7 Chicago's Tanja Babich emceed the night and the runway show was directed by Chicago fashion icon, Nena Ivon. Guests enjoyed food and desserts catered by Presenting Sponsor, Hogsalt Hospitality. All proceeds from the evening benefitted RefuSHE in their mission to empower refugee girls.

 Model Natalie Bryant from MP Factor Agency

Model Natalie Bryant from MP Factor Agency

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 Emcee Tanja Babich, ABC News

Emcee Tanja Babich, ABC News

VARYFORM Styles in Pattern Magazine Vol. 11

See the editorial spread in Pattern Magazine called 'FLOORED: Celebrating Rugged Individualism', starting on page 12 of the print edition.

You can find both the VARYFORM Evening Coat as well as some *new* Spring 2017 Silk/Hemp Pants styled eclectically with some bold and exotic home furnishings and accessories from @mykbdhome

Pattern Magazine Volume 11 can be ordered here.

Thank you to Polina Osherov, Esther Boston Photography, Erin Carter Styling, Kate Shaw MUA, Raquel M (BMG Model), and Kitchens by Design.

"The Perfect LBD" According to Nina Garcia of Marie Claire!

Nina Garcia of Marie Claire approves of our Classic Sheath Dress, calling it "the perfect LBD". Crafted in 100% wool crepe, complete with belt, as well as *POCKETS*, this is an absolute must have.

Just 7 days left for the VARYFORM Holiday Capsule sale! Shop at about HALF off designer prices, just as a thank you for pre-ordering. Get on it!

FASHION FOCUS Chicago 2015: Events at Virgin Hotel & iD

Mark your calendars Chicago!

 The beautiful newly opened Virgin Hotel Chicago, located at 203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL‎

The beautiful newly opened Virgin Hotel Chicago, located at 203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL‎

Thursday, October 8:

The Chicago Fashion Incubator Designer Showcase, presented by Virgin Hotels, will include a runway show featuring the work of 10 designers who are either currently in the incubator at Macy's State Street or are alumni of it. The showcase starts at 5 p.m. at Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Commons Club, 203 N. Wabash Ave. Admission is free, but tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve by emailing VHCFashionShow@skoogproductions.com.

I am very excited to be a part of this showcase, even as I am still developing my collection. I am producing two looks: One that fits a "British Music" theme, as a tribute to the roots of the Virgin brand, and another look to give a glimpse into my collection. 


 iD (375 West Erie Street, suite 101, Chicago) is a unique lifestyle showroom featuring modern furniture, accessories, lighting with optical services, and interior design consultations.  

iD (375 West Erie Street, suite 101, Chicago) is a unique lifestyle showroom featuring modern furniture, accessories, lighting with optical services, and interior design consultations.  

Friday, October 9th: The Chicago Fashion Incubator Opening Reception presented by iD

6-9pm, Light Refreshments Served

Location: iD (375 West Erie Street, suite 101, Chicago) is a unique lifestyle showroom featuring modern furniture, accessories, lighting with optical services, and interior design consultations.  

RSVP to info@idchicago.com by Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH & 11TH: DESIGNER SHOPPING EVENT PRESENTED BY ID

Designer Shopping Event will include the work of current and past incubator designers, such as Agnes Hamerlik, Lagi Nadeau, Olivia Hwang, Anna Brown, Alyssa Kahle, Shruti Kirti, Grace Lee-Lim, Masha Titievsky and Gabrielle Zwick . It's 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iD Chicago, 375 W. Erie St. Admission is free; idchicago.com.

For this event, I am supporting past designers and helping the event run smoothly! I will have a garment or two on a dress form however, and would love to get to know you if you stop by! If you love fashion & interior design, you'll enjoy your time at iD at our shopping event. Come see us 10am-6pm either day.

Thank you for your support! 


Additional details on Fashion Focus Events can be found in this Chicago Tribune article: 10th anniversary of Fashion Focus Chicago includes CFDA

GO TIME

To Infinity...

Hello!

It's been a very exciting time at the Chicago Fashion Incubator. Since we returned from our NYC Sourcing Trip, we've officially started developing FW 2016, which will be the very first official collection. Up until this point, it's been a lot of experimenting with various silhouettes and a lot of research on everything from special finishes to fabrics to tags to dying techniques! The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to share my collection with you when it is real in several months.

On top of that, we are preparing for a special event & pop-up shop during Fashion Focus in October that will benefit the incubator program so it can continue to support the local industry. Details to come!

With so much going on, it's time to take on a 2nd intern! See this post: FASHION DESIGN INTERN WANTED. Please share the link with anyone you think might be a good fit and encourage them to apply.