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With Jessica Sedgwick

The fashion editors of GQ magazine are hoping to give some attention to up-and-coming talent in the design world.

Six designers were named the Best New Menswear Designers in America, and they will be featured in the April issue of GQ and be given an opportunity to work with Gap to create a limited-edition collection.

Here are the winners, along with GQ's thoughts on their picks. (For longer profiles on the winners, check out GQ's story with photo gallery.)

BLK DNM: Johan Lindeberg's new contemporary luxury brand inspired by downtown New York with a focus on denim.

Ian Velardi: The designer's new menswear collection can be described in three words: timeless, luxurious, and effortless.

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam:
Known primarily for his trend-inspiring footwear, this designer's clothing line includes updated Ivy and military staples.

Ovadia & Sons:
Brooklyn-bred twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia offer updated classics in luxury sportswear, tailored clothing, shoes, and accessories.

This surfing-inspired line, designed by owners Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen, and Colin Tunstall, focuses on a clean aesthetic with high-quality craftsmanship, traditional styling, and authenticity.

Yodd Snyder:
Inspired by old-school British style and the relaxed cool of Hollywood icons, this designer's collection of American classics is marked by an assured attention to detail.


If you've been eyeing that J. Crew sweater that just went on sale, this weekend would be a good time to snatch it up.

The 900 North Michigan Shops are hosting their annual Tax Free Shopping Event in honor of President's Day (thank you presidents!).

The event runs Saturday through Monday. More than 40 retailers will offer a 9.5 percent discount (equivalent to Cook County sales tax) to all shoppers. This includes sale items as well.

Retailers include J.Crew, Michael Kors (pictured), MaxMara, Club Monaco, L'Occitane, L.K.Bennett, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Original Penguin, Mark Shale, Galt Toys & Galt Baby, Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, and Karen Millen.

Happy shopping!

Get $10 off all full-priced jeans at Urban Outfitters today, Jan. 1, through Jan. 2.

The sale includes denim for both men and women.

And even though I never make New Year's resolutions for myself (waste of time -- and hopes -- since I never stick to them), be sure to check out the new home line at Urban Outfitters, in case you made a resolution to give your apartment a makeover. The new Duvet covers are a standout and come in gorgeous florals in every shade.

Brighten up your bedroom this winter with the Paper Flower Duvet Cover, $79-$89 at Urban Outfitters and also comes in grey.


This weekend is the 18th Annual SOFA Chicago show at Navy Pier. (SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, in case you were wondering.)

And if you need a quick break from art, stop by the Yvel gallery, which features jewelry very popular among celebrities such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Giuliana Rancic, Mary J. Blige, Kim Kardashian and more.

Yvel uses pearls -- combined with 18K yellow, white or rose gold -- in a very modern and glamorous way. White or natural cognac diamonds are often set in the jewelry.

SOFA Chicago 2011 (along with the Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art) runs from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6 in Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 (or $25 for a three-day pass) available online through Ticket Web or at the door.


Re.Stock Shop, a traveling sample sale that pops up in vacant storefronts throughout Chicago, is hosting a VIP Shopping and Skin Care Soiree at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1047 W. Madison.

First, a quick demo with the experts from Rodan & Fields (the creators of ProActiv). They'll be showing off their new Anti-Age AMP MD system, a line of anti-aging skin care products that were featured on "The Today Show."

After the demo, shop the sample sale to score up to 90 percent off the following designers: Valentino, Jill Stuart, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Tom Ford, Robert Cavalli, Missoni, Objects d'Envy, Albert Makali and more.

Plus, sip cocktails and snack on appetizers while you sift through samples. The event is free -- just RSVP to

Crop P/U Jacket, $59.99 at Zboutique and

Cure your case of the Mondays with a quick stop at the clothing boutique ZBoutique, 3321 Vollmer in Flossmoor.

Just print out the coupon from this link and present it at checkout for 25 percent off your purchase. Offer valid only today, Sept. 19. Store hours today are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ZBoutique offers everything from sexy date dresses to comfy tunic sweaters. For more information, call (708) 647-8700.

If malls and music are two of your favorite things, you should swing by Oakbrook Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays for their "Fashion. Music. Be Inspired!" series.

Every Wednesday will be a different fashion show set to live music. Here's the schedule (the names of the fashion shows get funnier as the list goes on):

July 13:
Electronic Violin Sonnet with the Modern Day Fashion Forecast show.

July 20:
Sinatra Classic Quartet with the Seasonable Social After-5 fashion show.

July 27: Laid-back tunes of the coffee house vibe featuring the Relaxed Approach to Dressing with Style show.

The show takes place from 6 to 7:30 between Macy's and Crate & Barrel.

Expect to see fashion from Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Talbots, Coldwater Creek, Anthropologie, American Apparel, Brighton Collectibles, Pandora, Intimacy, White House l Black Market, Cache, Silver Chic, Harry & David, Wildfire Restaurant, Origins and more.

It was a sea of shiny, bronzed celebrities -- and Mayim Bialik -- at the L.A. premiere of the new comedy "Horrible Bosses," which opens Friday.

On display on the red carpet were a baby bump, tube dresses galore and a showdown between two matching off-the-shoulder frocks. Let me know what you think:

Jennifer Aniston, always a fan of the little black dress, sticks with her uniform with this simple-yet-stunning Balenciaga number. The dress is a little shorter than she usually sports, evidenced by her strategically placed hands, keeping the short hem in place. Robyn Beck~AFP/Getty Images

Give $3 to help provide a book for a child, and you'll snag $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at any Macy's from now until July 13.

Your donation will help out the Reading is Fundamental program, which provides books and reading resources to the children in your community who need them. The program's goal is to give 1 million books to kids this summer.

Could this be the best-looking cast of any show on TV right now?

The stars of HBO's "True Blood" donned their finest Tuesday night at the L.A. premiere of the show's fourth season. And everyone -- well, almost everyone (I'm looking at you, Brandon Routh) -- looked amazing. Here's a look at some of the highlights. Let me know who you like and who you don't:

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It's entirely possible this blog post is just an excuse to run photo of Alexander Skarsgard. The man can't really look bad, let's be honest, but he looks especially yummy in this dark blue suit, accented beautifully with a plaid shirt and soft, quilted tie. Matt Sayles~AP

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