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