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Fashion

Fall 2010

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Just Fur You

A crackerjack craftsman fashions new life into old fur

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Head of the Class

These four designers are making names for themselves in New York, Paris, and Milan—and they all trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Arrivals and Departures

Let your imagination fly as ladylike meets attitude in terminally chic silhouettes

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Trad to the Bone

Attention all rugged Midwestern men: We have your fall uniform

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Beard BeGone

Jim Wetzel, co-owner (with former Jake partner Lance Lawson) of the upscale general store Space519, searched high and low for an inexpensive product that could deliver a close, irritation-free shave. Men, meet Cremo Cream ($10), an air-free formula that lets nothing but highly emollient lubricating conditioners get between you and the razor’s edge.

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Rat Pack Fever

When the 125-year-old Chicago-based retailer (and Obama suit maker) Hart Schaffner Marx wanted to refresh its look, its designers took cues from the company’s own history. Once the brand of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, HSM brings back their timeless silhouette (think thinner lapels and flat-front trousers) with the launch of the American Modern suit collection.

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Save Face

Refresh your lovely mug in an hour

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All Teched Out

Balani Custom Clothiers (balanicustom.com) goes high-tech when its second Loop location celebrates its grand opening on September 15th. The new storefront at 55 West Monroe Street lets walk-ins take all the what-ifs out of the designing process: Customers can manipulate digital “lookbooks” at iPad stations to uncover what works best for them.

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Auction Packed

On September 16th, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (1338 W. Lake St.; lesliehindman.com) kicks off its largest-ever vintage couture and accessories auction, featuring more than 700 lots of rare designer pieces. The big-ticket items? A covetable wardrobe selection from the late Eunice Johnson, cofounder of Ebony magazine, including the fashion icon’s sharp Mario Valentino faux leopard pony-hair coat.

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Build-A-Coat

Couture meets utilitarianism with the Cube, MaxMara’s new frigid-weather hybrid. The Italian line’s ingenious invention features a flock of add-on accessories (fox and mink collars and cuffs, belts, hoods, and shrugs) for a reversible parka available in four lengths and six colors.

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Strutter

The shoemakers Trafton Cole, William Rood, and Edward Haan opened shop in 1928 to bring style and polish to Chicago gents with their high-quality, handcrafted footwear. Cole Haan pays homage to the Jazz Age silhouettes of its founding cobblers with Cole, Rood & Haan, a capsule collection for men featuring dressy loafers ($325), refined work boots ($395), and natty ankle skimmers ($350).

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Suck It Up

The Barrington native Cynthia Rowley has a solution for the mortifying granny-pantie reveal we all fear: her new lingerie line, Slim. “It seemed ironic that you wear shapewear to look hot, but when you take off your clothes, it can be scary,” Rowley says.

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Hot Topics

TULA (3738 N. Southport Ave.; 773-549-2876) will be the only Chicago retailer carrying Doo.Ri, known for combining couture techniques with sportswear fabrics. . . . BLAKE (212 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-202-0047) has several new exclusive designers on its roster, including Marco de Vincenzo, a Fendi accessories designer, and Versus for Versace by Christopher Kane. . . .

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One to Watch

No necklace or earring that Shannon Carney (shannoncarney.com) crafts is perfect, and that’s just fine with the Chicago jewelry designer. “When things come together naturally, that’s much more interesting than when things are perfectly clean,” says Carney, 29, of her one-of-a-kind pieces.

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First in Class

Gear up for the Cadillac of handbags—if Cadillacs came in glazed crocodile leather. This fall, Tiffany & Co. (tiffany.com) adds texture to its diamond pedigree with the launch of the Tiffany Leather collection, a luxe handbag line from the guys behind Lambertson Truex.

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