Chicago Fashion Engage: Spring 2013

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The Chicago fashion scene has more than its fair share to offer the world of fashion. From designers, merchants, stylist, trendsetters and expert beauty specialists, we have it all. Fashion Engage is here to explore Chicago based designers/merchants and beyond. Driven to inspire and expose current trends and seasonal forecasts. This edition, explore our friends at PANTONE for spring color forecast. Meet beloved Chicago designer Anna Hovet and view pieces from her spring/summer 2013 collection. New season; new scent! Look at the best new spring fragrances. Last, but not least for spring: go out on the town with a hit list of fashion driven events you must not miss.

COLOR FORECAST

Color is everything when you look at any season's trends. It brings a fresh outlook to the season ahead and can influence everything from your nails to the case on your phone. Look to PANTONE for the finest influence in color fashion trends. Be inspired by the PANTONE fashion color report for spring 2013. You can view a hit list of Key designers and celebrity style specialists, all giving you top of the line info on their inspiration, colors and must-have items for spring 2013. Designer Nicole Miller reveals illustration of must have Allie Blue Eden Dress and her ideas about color impact this season. Colleen Sherin Senior Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue explains the importance of using colors that compliment ones skins tones and suggesting shades to compliment most. See for yourself the most impacting colors this season with tips and trends from the industry's top professionals at PANTONE FASHION COLOR REPORT • SPRING 2013.

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

Chicago fashion designer Anna Hovet started her own clothing line in 2009 and has been making headlines ever since. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anna is now a major pressing force in the Chicago fashion scene. Hovet uses comfort, edgy and inventive to define her line. Making versatile and affordable designer active wear has giving her the title, Queen of Comfort.

Her spring/summer 2013 collection is inspired by 1990s Americana fashion. The collection includes, Flirty jersey dresses and sweaters using a primary color plate and her famous color blocking techniques. Catch more on Anna Hovet and her spring 2013 collection at annahovet.com.

Photo features the Krista Dress ($99) and Claudia Terry Sweater ($89) that are available at select boutiques and annahovet.com

BEAUTY BEAT — Spring is in the air

Your fragrance choice goes so much further than just smell. It can evoke feelings and make a statement — even down to way it looks waiting for you on the dresser. Get ready for hot spring style with one of these new scents.

Marni is a perfect whimsical combination of spices and raw woods for spring. The artistic pokadot bottle represents the designers' signature graphic motifs. Marni EDP, 65ml. $105. Available exclusively at Sakes Fifth Avenue and marni.com

Find your sensual floral side with Coach Love. This celebrated new scent from Coach offers a seductive yet sophisticated combination for the warmer weather ahead. EDP, 100ml. $92. Available at Macy's and coach.com

Try Freedom, a fresh new scent for him by Tommy Hilfiger. Good for the spunky or conservative type of guy. Freedom has an alluring recipe made for a day at the office to a day on the beach. Eau de Toilette, 100ml. $65. Available at tommy.com, Tommy Hilfiger Boutiques and Macy's.

GET ON THE HIT LIST

It's spring; get out to see and be seen! Chicago continuously offers a hit list of major fashion events for all to enjoy.

May 4: Fashion Chicago (Spring 2013). Designer shopping event in the tent. Shop more than 30 of Chicago's top apparel, jewelry and accessories designers with complimentary admission.
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph St., Chicago
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
RSVP now (free admission)
(312) 461-9400

May 10-12: The International Gem and Jewelry Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Just in time for mom. Don't miss this legendary jewelry show.
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Friday: noon - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets: $6 on www.ticketderby.com

May 18-19: Sixth annual Chicago Green Festival. Catch all the eco forward fashion and gadgets on the runway.
Navy Pier
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets: range from $10-$32
www.greenfestivals.org

June 1-2: Fashion In The Street will feature local fashion designers and boutiques, as well as, unique vendors selling their artistic collections in an outdoor street setting. Runway Shows will be featured all day and into the night on a 100-foot runway off the main stage.
The South Loop, at the historic Dearborn Train Station
noon - 10 p.m.
westloopfits.com

FASHION ENGAGE

Chicago has a lot to offer the world of fashion and style. The Fashion Engage is here to expose and highlight the cities best and beyond. With this edition, we explore spring 2013, focusing on color forecast, local designer spotlight, beauty beat and hit list events. Fashion Engage is always looking for the best in forward Chicago fashion. If you would like to see a particular designer, merchant, stylist, trendsetter or expert beauty specialist spotlighted on Fashion Engage please email charliestyle@gmail.com.