Monday, October 24, 2011

Dress Code at The Chicago History Museum

Of all the shows during Fashion Focus Chicago, Dress Code has to be my favorite because it shows the work of students at Columbia College, Illinois Institute of Art, International Academy of Design and Technology, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I love student designers because they are fearless and aren't confined to making a collection that will sell, they can do whatever they want and are free to experiment. Aspiring Chicago designers aside, it's time to look at what the audience was wearing.

One shoulder neckline with feathers? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Vivid tights paired with a sheer button up is amazing. And I'm all about oversized embellished tees.

Classic, refined, and monochromatic. 

Fur vest, check. Fur shoes, naturally.

The best accessory brings a casual outfit up ten notches.

She had me at the fur with the YSL crocodile satchel.

Both girls know how to rock a pop of color. 

Mom wears the fur while daughter gets to experiment with lace and bold patterns. Love the mother/daughter pose. 

Is it obvious how much I love a well-done fur? The color, the size, the placement, perfection.

Designer Marta Cebrat from the Illinois Institute of Art is glowing after her amazing show. 

Good friends can have completely different styles. From casual menswear to my favorite, all black, they make a perfect pair of fashionable friends.

I only got to attend two Fashion Focus Chicago events this year, and next year I plan to hit up at least three. But in the mean time, I'm going to be keeping my eyes peeled for more stylish Chicagoans. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NEXT Fashion Chicago

Monday night kicked off the start of Chicago's Focus on Fashion week. The first big event was held at the Germania Place and featured designers Elda de la Rosa, Fraley Le, Gary Gonzalez, SofiaCleons Clothing CompanyCachéSahar Dada, Hector-Javier Mon Arrez, Sujata GazderBottega Contessa, and Mira Couture. All of the designers impressed the crowd but as always, my focus was on the guests with style. 

The edgy girls of Sophia were rocking a dress from the show, graphic tees, and deep plum lipstick.

Students love colored skinny jeans. And why not! Stay vibrant.

Fur and sequins. A daring, but amazing combination.

As always Ryan Beshel is working the bow tie, but I can't stop staring at her fuschia top paired with leopard print heels. Ah-mazing.

Designer Sahar Dada went simple in all black, with a floor length pleated skirt. Paired with a sparkly clutch, the designer does no wrong.

I love finding students at these events, because I'm one too! These girls went sexy and sophisticated and wowed with their sparkly accessories.

Simple and chic. From a white henley paired with a scarf, a great one-shoulder black dress, to dark denim and a blazer, these three could go anywhere in Chicago.

I can't get enough of nude pumps. They're unexpected and effortlessly cool when paired with simple silhouettes. 

As much as I love all black, (I'm wearing black head to toe as I write) I do enjoy color when it's well done. This red blazer had me staring from across the room and the perfectly fitted purple romper? Perfection.

The reason why I love black so much is the accessories can really pop. Check out that gold necklace and how easily black and white stripes don't have to look like prison. It's graphic and bold and I love it.

Tonight I'll be at DressCode, hosted by the Chicago History Museum. I hope to see you there dressed to the nines. 

“Everyone who is smart says they hate fashion, that it’s such a waste of time. I have asked many super-serious people, ‘Then why is fashion so popular?’ Nobody can answer that question.” - Miuccia Prada

Friday, September 30, 2011

Modern Elegance

Deanne, a marketing and public relations senior at Columbia College Chicago, was looking effortlessly chic for her class on Michigan Avenue. As always, I'm drawn in by the great shoes. Deanne looked like the perfect PR part in a grey knitted top (Topshop), blue fitted blazer (Rachel Roy) with to-die-for lining, black cuffed pants (Banana Republic), a simple heart charm necklace (Juicy Couture), and the perfect taupe, platform booties (Akira Chicago). 
Deanne loves color, as we can see in the fantastic lining of her blazer, and is excited for coloring blocking in the fall. When I asked about her fashion icon she quickly said, "Beyoncé! ... But I also really love Rihanna because she's younger and has an edgy but feminine quality. " 

"Simplicity is the soul of modern elegance." - Bill Blass

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Go To Class With Class

Stephanie, a fashion design major at Columbia College Chicago, brought some serious style to the loop yesterday. Her cream front cowled dress  (Arden B.) with plunging cowl back was definitely a showstopper. Combined semi-sheer tights (New York & Company) and adorable basket weave heels (Wet Seal) her look is not only classy but affordable as well. But Stephanie doesn't want you to forget the bag (Guess), "I have to have a large bag to carry all of my things in. It's just easier." 
As a aspiring designer, Stephanie is obsessed with faux fur for fall.  She loves faux fur stoles but also is excited for other wintery accessories like thick scarves, cute hats and clochés. Her fashion icon is Betsey Johnson because of her use of feminine and edgy design aesthetics. "Betsey is never boring," explained Stephanie. I couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rainy Day Cool

It's back to school in the Chicago Loop and between late nights, early classes and concerts our style has to stay urban. Lacey, a fiction writing major, is the perfect example of laid-back cool. Pairing a black and grey pebbled sweatshirt (Forever 21) with a denim vest (thrifted) is comfy enough for long classes and cool enough with a brown faux leather jacket (Forever 21) on the street. What I love most about Lacey's look is how she's layering in neutrals. She's not afraid to mix black leggings (Victoria's Secret) with a brown jacket and a denim vest. It's perfect in it's simplicity right down to her worn in boots (Kohls).

Lacey's rings are a bold statement. A gold cross (Charming Charlie) paired with a golden eagle (Akira) make her hands the center of attention. Lacey is excited for the change in weather so she can wear some faux fur pieces. Her fashion inspiration is the infamous "It Girl" Edie Sedgwick.

Until tomorrow, "I don't do fashion, but clothes." - Véronique Nichanian