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Chicago style makes its way to Loyola

Tina Le (left) and T.W. Baker (right) went to the Akira fashion show on Sunday, Oct. 20. Different fall and winter styles were featured in the three-part event, including leather-accented pieces, sweaters and jewelry custom-made by Columba students.

When it comes to cutting-edge mainstream fashion, Chicago is no New York, Paris or Milan. But don’t be too quick to count the Windy City out when it comes to having a vibrant presence of stylish fashionistas and trendy shops.

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Whether you’re walking down Michigan Avenue, window shopping on Oak Street or downtown for a night out, you’ll see lots of well-dressed men and women sporting great ensembles. Even when you’re walking down the sidewalks of Loyola, students contribute to “Chicago style.” Big scarfs, ankle boots, leather jackets and sunglasses are just a few of the fall pieces students are rocking.

Fashion does have a presence in Chicago, and local boutique Akira’s fall/winter 2013 Super Sonic Boom Fashion Show at the Grossinger City Autoplex (1530 N. Dayton St.) on Oct. 20 proved just that.

The show began at 7:30 p.m., but doors opened at 4 p.m. for guests. DJs, food vendors and entertainment were provided before the show began, along with a pop-up shop of the designer’s pieces from the show and from the stores.

Akira is a local designer with stores in Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Water Tower Place and various other locations in the Chicago area. The store features current, trendy clothing for both men and women. Many girls love Akira for its great dresses and heels, while guys dig the urban-inspired pieces.

Once the lights dimmed and the show began, The Hills star Kristin Cavallari welcomed the crowd of hundreds. The show was divided into three segments.

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The fall segment was first. The male models opened with leather jackets, fitted jeans and lots of bold sweaters. The ladies walked the runway next, decked out in bright shades of pink, heavy jewelry and short skirts.

In the second segment, the models donned all black while sporting custom-made jewelry by students at Columbia College Chicago, which was quite impressive.

For the last segment, winter, evening gowns and tuxedo jackets finished the show. Beautiful sequined numbers, sheer panels and tartan sport coats showed the versatility and range in the collection.

While viewing the show, I saw great items that could be in any Loyola student’s closet. What I took away from the show in terms of what we all need for fall are leather accented pieces, something military inspired and layers. Sometimes in fashion more is more, so start putting chunky scarves with big sweaters and don’t be afraid to mix up colors and patterns.

It was also great seeing the fashion displayed by the show’s attendees. Lots of brightly colored pumps, extreme hair and makeup and trendy styles were plentiful in the audience.

Sometimes I forget that Chicagoans really do have a unique sense of style. I loved that Akira celebrated that in its clothes and had so many unique guests.

To find some of the looks featured in the show, click here.

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Ashley Iannantone is a senior biochemistry major with minors in neuroscience, Spanish, and biostatistics. A self-proclaimed foodie with a passion for journalism, this is her fourth year working for The PHOENIX and third year in the A&E section. When she's not hunkering down with a bowl of pasta, you can find her volunteering at St. Joseph Hospital or running along the lake shore path (so that she can eat more pasta).

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