People: Special Forces
Four Chicagoans share their select style secrets
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Guitarist for the psychedelic pop band Allá // Lives in Humboldt Park
STYLE EPIPHANY I had always heard about stylish Europeans, and spending three months in Scandinavia [to make the band’s first album] really kicked my ass. Some of them were dirt poor, but they would figure out how to put an outfit together. They wear pointy boots, cool jackets, and the best Levi’s.
JEAN THERAPY I’m a big fan of raw denim. I have a pair on right now that I haven’t washed in eight months.
FAVORITE BRAND I’m really into Superdry, a British company. They make these plaid shirts that just fit great.
MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES There’s a Diesel black belt I’ve had for years and I still get compliments on it. In fall, I like the man scarves. I get those big circle scarves from American Apparel.
ONSTAGE STYLE I have a collection of Mexican cowboy/Beatle boots with pointy toes that I love to wear onstage. It’s a cool feeling, very rock ’n’ roll.
HAIR SALON I go to Michael Anthony in Lincoln Park—Mandy Shoenbein does a great job. I have very thick, coarse Mexican hair. If I go to a Mexican salon, I come out looking like a Mexican soap star.
TV executive producer, president of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, and coauthor of Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex // Lives in Lincoln Park
STYLE I’m a fashion schizophrenic. All of the sudden, I want to be the lady who lunches, I want to be in that outfit. The next day, I dress just like Rachel Zoe.
BEST THING ABOUT SHOPPING IN CHICAGO In a five-minute radius, you can do Blake, Jil Sander, Barneys, American Apparel—you can get it all. It’s a shopper’s dream.
DESERT ISLAND WARDROBE If I only wore one thing for the rest of my life, it would be a black tank top and jeans or leggings.
WHICH LEGGINGS? I have tried every legging on planet Earth, and American Apparel has the best inexpensive leggings.
FALL MUST I just got a fabulous leopard-print animal-hair skirt.
SECRET SHOPPING DESTINATION I’ll go to the Broadway Antique Market. I found an unbelievable 1970s pendant there.
WHAT MAKES A WOMAN UNDATEABLE? Clothes that don’t fit—not knowing if something’s too tight.
Photography: Maria Ponce
hair and makeup: Tania Bowers, shot on location at Hotel Palomar