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Chicago Fashion Incubator: Opening This Saturday

By Ben Schuman Stoler in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 17, 2010 9:20PM

2010_03_17_CFIncubator_logo.jpg Despite some disheartening news earlier this week regarding Maria Pinto, life goes on for Chicago fashion. The opening party of this year's Chicago Fashion Incubator--part of the (sort of hilarious sounding) Mayor Daley's Fashion Initiative--was last night, and the first ever Fashion Incubator Pop-Up shop opens this Saturday.

The Pop-Up shop is at The 900 Shops and will host six designers. From Explore Chicago:

• Christina Fan - C/Fan is the marriage of menswear inspired details, such as pocket squares, and feminine silhouettes, which creates a line that is extremely versatile, high quality, yet still affordable.
• Donaldo Smith - Killian Gui is a contemporary menswear brand that masters the blend of elegant business attire with modern casual wear.
• Jonnie Rettele - Nonnie Threads is a result of early-mid 1900's inspiration, merged with a modern semblance. She is motivated by men's desire for functionality, fit, and ambition for modernity.
• Leah Fagan - PELOTON features Leah's trademark look; well-crafted separates, innovative details that are casual, yet polished, and, most importantly, a fabulously comfortable fit.
• Miriam Cecilia Carlson - M.C.C. features draped and manipulated fabric inspired by ideas and thoughts of life.
• Stephanie Kuhr - Dottie's Delights is a line of vintage-inspired lingerie and foundation wear, under the name Dottie's Delights

Designs from previous years' DIRs (designers in residence) will also be available for purchase at the store.

The Pop-Up shop is open Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, April 18. Its hours are from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday and Noon - 6 p.m. on Sundays.