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When the 13th wedding of the summer comes around and all of your dresses have been rotated to unbearable repetition, it's time for a new look. Chicago's Hector-Javier MonArrez opened his first store last week at 3453 W. Foster Avenue in Albany Park. Think custom couture gowns and special-occasion dresses (starting at $500) that make a statement. Watch out though, you just might steal the spotlight from the bride.—Moira Lawler [Splash]