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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:


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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

Boutique shoppers: Make sure to check out the Warehouse Sale at Veruca Salt, 520 N. Kingsbury, this weekend for up to 90 percent off the store's clothing.

The sale will be up on the 8th floor of the building, but you have to check in at the shop before you can head upstairs.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

As always, if you go, let me know what you find!

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In today's Shopping column, I previewed the fabulous new Chicago Fashion Incubator Pop-Up Shop, inside the 900 North Michigan Shops. For those of you who have always wanted to support local designers but have never gotten around to it, you really have no excuse now. More than a dozen of Chicago's biggest up-and-coming designers are selling their spring clothing, all in one place, and a lot of it is surprisingly affordable. (I'd say 75 percent of the clothing and accessories are less than $200.)

A quick background on the Chicago Fashion Incubator program, for those who are unfamiliar: For the past three years, the city's Incubator program has mentored
up-and-coming designers, giving them a workspace inside Macy's on State and
helping them start their own businesses. (Think "Project Runway" without the
TV cameras. Or having to make a jumpsuit out of Twizzlers.)

This pop-up shop, which opens today and runs through April 23, features Incubator alumni from the past three years. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday through Wednesday.

And to get better acquainted with the designers, make sure to hit one of these trunk shows, fashion shows or meet-and-greets that will be held next door to the pop-up shop:

March 18: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk show
March 19: noon to 5 p.m. - Meet and Greet with Nora del Busto
March 20: noon to 5 p.m. - 2011 DIR Meet and Greet
March 24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 26: noon to 3 p.m. - Evil Kitty Trunk Show
March 26: 5 to 10 p.m. - Anna Hovet Fashion Show

April 1: noon to 6 p.m. - Dottie's Delights & Miriam Cecilia Manicures & Mocktails
April 2: noon to 5 p.m. - Spring into Glamour and the Future with Evil Kitty
April 3: 1 to 5 p.m. - Anna Hovet Trunk Show
April 3: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Buyer's Brunch
April 7: 6 to 9 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Fashion Show
April 8: 4 to 7 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 8: 8 to 10 p.m. - Zamrie Fashion Show
April 9: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -Dottie's Delights Spring Pin Up Photo Shoot Event
April 10: noon to 3 p.m. - Zamrie Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Nonnie Threads Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Miriam Cecilia Fashion Show
April 16: 2 to 6 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 17: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk Show
April 17: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Nora del Busto Trunk Show
April 21: 6 to 9 p.m. - Killian Gui Informal Presentation

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Boutique Veruca Salt, 521 N. Kingsbury, will play host to designer Shavonne Dorsey, a new face on the Chicago fashion scene, with a trunk show from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Siobhan Apparel, the name of Dorsey's newly launched clothing company, aims to celebrate the different silhouettes of women.

Dorsey will also offer fashion consultations at the trunk show.

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Re.Stock Shop, a traveling designer sample sale in Chicago, will be stopping at 1452 N. Milwaukee from 4 to 7 today to offer savings of up to 80 percent off on new designer clothing.

Save on the following designers: Kensie Denim, Ted Baker, Five Crown Tees, Heavy Rotation, New Breed, Interlud, Scrapbook, Earnest Sewn, 213 Industry, Modern Amusement, Divine Wear, JLee Silver, Bjorn Borg, Industry, Divine Wear, Me el, Hollister, SuperDry, Rolleez and more.

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Who doesn't love spinning giant wheels?

Stop in at Fix Boutique, 1101 W. Fulton, between now and Wednesday, March 31, for your chance to spin the Wheel of Fashion!

Depending on where you land, you can score various discounts, including 20 percent off jeans, or a $10 gift certificate to use on anything in the store. Those who land on the special "fix" slice will receive a special discount (and owners Maggie and Jennifer Gelber promise it's a good one!).

Happy spinning!

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This adorable new Calvin Klein Shirtdress is $128 at Macy's and Macys.com.


See what Macy's has to offer in spring fashion at their Designer Shopping Party at 5:30 Thursday, March 11, at the 28 Shop on the Third Floor of Macy's on State (111 N. State in Chicago).

A fashion presentation will highlight designers such as Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, Yohji Yamamoto and more. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included.

Call (800) 329-8667 to RSVP and snag a spot. The event is free. If you attend, let me know how it was and what your favorite looks were!

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Get a discount on any new Gap denim purchase, including these Straight Fit Jeans for men, 54.50 (in classic dark blue wash).


If you're like me, you have a tall, messy pile of denim in your closet, and the bottom 6 or 7 pair of jeans never see the light of day.

From now until Sunday, you can stop by Gap, GapKids or babyGap and drop off your old denim, and the jeans will be converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation and donated to communities in need.

In return, you'll receive a 30 percent discount on new any denim in the store.

For this project, Gap has teamed up with COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN, an organization started in 2006 that converts denim to the UltraTouch Cotton Fiber Insulation and donates it to help with building efforts for communities in need.

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Want a cute free tote from A'GACI?

The store's street team will be handing out flyers from noon to 2 p.m. today, January 28, at the intersection of State and Congress.

Bring a flyer in to A'GACI at 107 S. State today to claim your tote! (No store purchase is necessary.)

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