Designer Peter Som, whose signature print dresses have been worn by Michelle Obama and other luminaries, launches an 11-piece capsule collection Friday for Anthropologie. In Chicago exclusively at the 111 E. Chicago Ave. location (312-255-1848), the pieces range from a zebra blouse ($128) to a maxi ($368). The collection will debut in select Anthropologie stores and anthropologie.com as part of Anthropologie’s Made in Kind initiative, a limited-edition collaboration with like-minded talents in fashion and art.
Old Town's Cityblue hosts an off-site Champagne Saturday shopping party at RM Champagne Salon (116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199, rmchampagnesalon.com). For $15, from noon to 2 p.m., guests can partake of cookies, sip two glasses of bubbly and enter to win a $50 gift certificate to RM Champagne Salon, one large box of gourmet macaroons and a styling session at cityblue. RSVP at cityblueRSVP@bettiebombpr.com.
Green Festival shines a light on eco-conscious living for the seventh year at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) this weekend. Attractions include an upcycled-fashion display and show featuring Columbia College students. On Saturday, students will design and reconstruct runway-worthy looks using discarded garments previously destined for landfills. On Sunday, the students will present their looks in a runway show at noon. Throughout the weekend there also will be a Green Marketplace of more than 250 sustainable businesses; a Green Kids' Zone; an organic beer and wine pavilion; art installations from the Ten Thousand Ripples project and local artist Mary Croteau; and speakers. DIY workshops will cover organic skin care, vegetarian cooking and more. Pedal to the People will give bike repair workshops. Test-drive Ford's new electric and hybrid cars or take a yoga class led by Moksha Yoga Center. A joint project of Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is a non-profit event. The fest is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for a one-day admission or $25 for a full weekend pass. Purchase online for a discount at http://www.greenfestivals.org%20 or at the show. Free admission for bicyclists who park at the bike valet; members of the Sierra Club, Green America and Global Exchange; and those age 18 and under. One day free passes are available to people bringing bring three cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Want your wedding to rock? Wicker Park’s Wed Local Expo takes over Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-3160, wickerparkbucktown.com) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, featuring vendors who can put an eco-friendly spin, a vintage vibe, a rock twist or an urban chic air into your event. Tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) are available at wedlocalchicago.eventbrite.com.
The Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St., 312-755-1266, goldentriangle.biz) hosts a Made in Chicago group show featuring furniture by Jacob Wener of Modern Industry, jewelry by Margaret J. Harris, photography by Laurel Feldman and painting by Pamela Staker. The show runs May 16-31, with an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, including light appetizers and beverages and a demonstration by The 3D Printer Experience. RSVP required for reception; call312-755-1266.
Prepare to scratch -- and scan -- your head at The 3D Printer Experience shop (316 N. Clark St., 312-896-3399, the3dprinterexperience.com), where anyone can translate a digital file, created in a 3D modeling program, into an actual 3D object, such as a piece of jewelry or an iPhone case. As a novelty, the shop also can scan your head or body and churn out a modern version of a sculptural bust. (I love the idea of an annual birthday bust of my daughter.) Objects can be rendered in two types of plastic, nylon or other materials. For the head scan, the smallest object is about 2 inches tall and costs $25.
Opening doors Friday, Ulta Beauty at The Gateway Center (16 S. Halsted St., 312-243-0411, ulta.com) doles out deals and freebies all weekend. The first 100 guests each day will receive either a voucher for a free salon service or a gift certificate valued from $5 to $100. The first 1,000 guests to sign up for the loyalty club will receive a gift bag with four products. Stylists will be available for complimentary makeovers and hair and skin care consultations. The opening coincides with Ulta's nationwide Love Your Hair festivities, with a beauty deal a day, through June 1. On Fridays at any Ulta salon, treat yourself to a $20 blowout. Plus, get tips on The Secret Layer (how to create an easy-to-manage style with movement), Shattered Blond (a key color look), the Yoga Knot (a relaxed pinned-up style that looks better as the day goes on) and more. To check out the deals and tips see www.ulta.com/loveyourhair.
Brooklyn-based menswear line Mishka (mishkanyc.com) is holding a cash-only warehouse sale with discounts up to 75 percent through Sunday at 1448 N. Milwaukee Ave. The sale is from noon to 8 p.m. through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Luminaire hosts a night of fashion and furniture shopping from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at its pop-up store, LuminaireX (301 W. Superior Ave., 2nd floor, 312-664-9582, luminairex.com) The fashion show at 7 p.m. features Gallery Aesthete, Katrin Schnabl, and Robin Richman, and Luminaire showroom pieces will be discounted up to 60 percent. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haberdash (611 N. State St., 312-624-8551, haberdashmen.com) features a vintage watch popup sale, featuring brands such as Rolex, Omega and TAG Heuer, in collaboration with Hodinkee (hodinkee.com). The sale is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call for details on a private preview party Friday evening.
Update your shades for summer at a trunk show Friday of Rigards handcrafted buffalo horn frames (rigards.com). It's from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave., 773-278-6150, robinrichman.com), accompanied by cocktails, food-truck offerings and a 15 percent discount on glasses.
Designer Emily Brady Koplar of Wai Ming (waimingstudio.com) shows her spring and summer collections from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Roslyn (2035 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1311, roslynboutique.com). Guests can enjoy sparkling wine and a 10 percent discount on Wai Ming purchases.
Squasht Boutique (2556 W. Chicago Ave., 773-292-4123, squashtbyles.com) marks its third anniversary with giveaways, 20 percent discounts, spiked snowcones by Jo Snow and other treats from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.
Intermix takes up to 70 percent off outerwear, tops, bottoms, accessories and shoes, including a wear-with-anything Mystique mirror metallic toe-ring sandal for a mere $49, reduced from $125, in stores (40 E. Delaware Pl., 312-640-2922; 841 W. Armitage Ave., 773-404-8766; and 1633 N. Damen Ave., 773-292-0894). and online at intermixonline.com.
Winnetka boutique Neapolitan Collection (neapolitanonline.com) hosts an Evening of Hope fashion show for Maryville Crisis Nursery on Friday (May 17) at 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Ridge Country Club, 2100 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield. Featuring the best of the boutique's brands from London, the cocktail event will feature fall looks from Stella McCartney, Erdem, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and more. Proceeds will benefit the nursery, a short-term emergency shelter for newborns to 6-year-olds. Tickets start at $125. Call 847-294-1982 or e-mail email@example.com.
"Fashion Star" celebrity stylist Daniel Musto and Anne Vincent, Vogue's director of events and merchandising, host a fashion show at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Macy's State Street (111 N. State St., 312-781-3125, macys.com), featuring Calvin Klein, Levi's, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, Tommy Hilfiger and Sunglass Hut. Post-show shopping includes music and refreshments. Earlier in the day is a Million Dollar Quartet Performance at noon on the first floor followed by a roster of cooking demos and more.
Cosmetics emporium Sephora has opened a Lincoln Park location, in the 5,350-square-foot space formerly occupied by Z Gallerie (939 W. North Ave., sephora.com). A purchase of $50 or more gets you a free 60-minute makeup session with an expert artist. Or you can try a complimentary express service, ideal if you need help applying faux lashes, for example.
The only Loft store with a dedicated floor for petites has opened at 670 N. Michigan Ave. (loft.com). Loft's new two-story concept store will be stocked with tribal prints, sequined stripes and other summer trends in the form of pleated shorts, tank dresses, rompers and evening jumpsuits, plus beaded belts and bangles.
RefreshEase, a Logan Square designer resale boutique (2735 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-278-8445, www.refreshease.com) hosts a weekly shopping happy hour -- well, two -- from 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Unwind from the work week with champagne, music and 20 percent off regularly priced merchandise.
ZipFit Denim, dedicated to helping men quickly find jeans using proprietary fit technology, has opened a second store at Woodfield mall in Schaumburg (2nd floor, next to Lord & Taylor, 847-517-7006). The Chicago-based startup opened its first store in The Shops at Northbridge on Michigan Avenue last October and says it exceeded its revenue goal for the year by 36 percent. As the company grows, ZipFit’s goal is to move entirely online, where the process is equally simple. Shoppers go to http://www.zipfit.me to find their fit quickly using the company’s fit technology, consisting of two surveys, Quick Match and the Fit Finder. Quick Match provides results for fits based on jeans similar to what he already owns. The Fit Finder is for men who don’t have a pair they love and need help finding one. Brands include 7 for All Mankind, Bleulab, Fidelity Denim, Agave Denim, Paige Denim, DL1961, Joe’s Jeans, Mavi Jeans, Notify Jeans and Earnest Sewn. The customer then selects the jeans based on his results and quickly checks out. The jeans purchased are altered and shipped free of charge to the customer. The customer’s information from his measurements for past purchases is stored for future purchases. ZipFit plans to open a third location in July at Old Orchard mall.
Through June 30, home design showroom Ligne Roset (440 N. Wells St., 312-222-9300, ligne-rose-usa.com) takes 20 percent off all items in its popular Togo collection, in any of the 899 fabrics and leathers, in honor of its 40th anniversary. The collection includes the Togo fireside chair, ottoman, sofa with or without arms, MiniTogo for children ages 4-12 and the new two-seater lounge, introduced this year.
Stella Boutique (2116 Central St., Evanston, 847-864-5565, www.stellaevanston.com) announces the 2nd Annual Pop Up Indoor Art Fair for the month of May. Featuring local designers and a sprinkling of artists from other states, Stella will highlight handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, accessories and home decor.
Luxury beauty and spa retail chain Bluemercury has added a Highland Park location (638 Highland Park, 847-432-7200), carrying more than 50 cosmetic, skincare and hair care brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, NARS, Trish McEvoy, M-61, SkinCeuticals, Revive, T. LeClerc, Serge Lutens, Acqua di Parma, Diptyque, La Prairie, La Mer, Jo Malone, YSL, Armani and Chanel. Products are displayed according to brand in an open-air format.
Dream big while touring the grand rooms of the Lake Forest Showhouse (lakeforestshowhouse.com) through May 19. As many as 10,000 people are expected to tour the 25 rooms of a 1916 Italianate mansion designed by architect David Adler, a former Libertyville resident, in collaboration with his sister, interior designer Frances Elkins. The 6-bedroom, 15,000-square-foot villa is surrounded by gardens and a courtyard considered one of Adler's best. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the entrance. Parking is at 1150 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, with a shuttle to the location. Proceeds benefit the Lake Forest chapter of the Infant Welfare Society. No children under age 8 admitted; no cameras and no wheelchair access.
Get same-day deals on services at spas, salons and fitness studios in Chicago, as well as New York, Miami and other major cities via SpaFinder Wellness' Last Minute service (www.spafinder.com/lastminute). Customers instantly schedule same-day or even next-day appointments at deeply discounted rates, which can range from 30 to 80 percent off at posh spas such as the Elysian at the Waldorf Astoria, MySpa at the Fairmont Hotel and others. Available appointments are posted same day, as well as for the coming two days, making it possible to schedule discounted weekend appointments as early as Thursday each week. Sign up for daily emails to receive updates.
Chicago Luxury Beds (440 N. Wells St., 312-985-0836, www.chicagoluxurybeds.com) revives its popular Hästens trade-up event. Through May, shoppers can trade in their old bed and receive a 10 percent credit (up to $3,690) on a handcrafted Hästens continental bed.