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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying our friends in the fashion industry about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. So far, we've looked at the best and worst trends, and best newcomers; now, let's take a look at their local shopping predictions for 2013. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.
Amy Koch, style expert, TV personality and author: I predict more groovy , stand out in the crowd boutiques like Luxury Garage Sale. There will also be more established brands flocking to Chicago. Internationally Chicago has so much buzz ( food + theater) so more brands like Lanvin, Labou, Belstaff, Brunello Cucinelli will debut. I also predict women wil l buy more accessories than ever.
Brigid Sweeney, retail reporter at Crain's Chicago Business: Uniqlo hits sometime—my money's on State Street somewhere. And this isn't really retail-related, but I know you Racked people like Flywheel?and hot trainers?so: I have it on pretty good authority that SoulCycle will be coming at some point in the year, too. The market for people willing to pay $25 to pedal maniacally to nowhere, it seems, is unlimited.
Emma Arnold, creator of Tres Awesome: I see the continued rise of markets like Dose and Fete. It's where I bought all my Christmas gifts this year.
Amalie Drury, editor of Pure Wow: More openings than closings on both the big-name and indie boutique fronts--at least that's what I hope!
Suzanne Kopulos, editor and style director of Garmental: I think that shopping local and supporting brands and boutiques made local is making huge strides again, in part to site likes mine, Garmental.com, and Racked that are focusing on hyper-local people, places and things. People will shop, but you have to show them the way!
D. Graham Kostic, creative director of Glossed & Found: More fun. More collaborations. More local.
Ryan Beshel, director of PR at The 900 Shops: I'm keeping my eye on AZZA, Artfully Disheveled and Stock Manufacturing Co. in 2013. These local Chicago brands, to me, have really gained much deserved respect this year and I'm excited to see them evolve. Word of the talent in Chicago has really started to spread beyond our city and these local brands are gaining steam and recognition. If they preserve their focus on quality products, thoughtful details and excellent customer service – I predict that Chicago could soon be home to some international names in fashion design.
Eric Himel, fashion stylist: More top designer boutiques opening in Chicago!
Monika Dixon, owner, Monika Dixon PR: I would love to see a magical candy store like Dylan's LA or New York or a restaurant specifically for kids in the city. Each room should have its own theme: dinosaurs, fairy tale, space. Kids would not only get a chance to dine like their favorite character but get a chance to do something creative while waiting for their food.
Its actually a dream of mine to have a place like that, I already have a business plan in mind.
Bridget Halanski, director of runway at Factor Women: I think we will see more prints + patterns in ready to wear, and women will take risks! In Chicago, we always resort to our basic black?I know I want to mix and match. Also, I believe there will be further designer collaborations with department stores, and shoppers will be prone to splurge. After all, the world didn't end, right?
Lynn Okura Bey, editor of Sales Check at Chicago Magazine: Lots of luxury brands and major retailers will be building their base in Chicago. Don't forget about the little guys!
April Francis, fashion stylist: More (more and more!) from Dose Market.