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October 2008

8 years
ago

 

A Fashion Finale

A designer who uses plus-sized models (Tennille White) . . . followed by an entire collection from a bikini designer who’s riffing off a film noir theme? You’re not in Oz, you’re at the closing show of Chicago’s weeklong fashion celebration! I don’t mean this unkindly. There’s a lot of diversity here in terms of designer backgrounds, inspiration, and even what constitutes “style.” Last night’s event—Macy’s Presents the Designers of Chicago—did as much as any to illustrate that, booking accomplished locals Lara Miller (who’s known for her gauzy, convertible shapes and eco-fashion mindset) and…

8 years
ago

 

Guest Blog: The Allure of Couture

The emphasis of “The Allure of Couture” fashion show Monday at Millennium Park: wearability. Showcasing items from sweaters and jackets to dresses and pants, the event consisted of outfits that were in the realm of possibility from designers Sam Kori George, James De Colon, Maria Pinto, Mi Ri Uhm and Nick Cave, among others. The standout collection? Vatit Itthi. The clothes demanded attention, both for the bright colors (blue, hot pink, and yellow) and for their sleek elegance…

8 years
ago

 

Pop-Up, Pop In

You have only until Sunday to experience the single most interesting thing I’ve stumbled upon during Chicago’s fashion week. It’s called MoSS, which stands for the Museum of Sustainable Style; it’s a pop-up “museum” in the West Loop that showcases the best of earth-friendly clothing designers, furniture craftsmen, and industrial designers. It doesn’t cost anything to get in, and it only takes a few minutes to walk through, but boy, is it a good introduction to some of the most…

8 years
ago

 

The Chicago Fashion Experiment

This is not a fashion show review. Chicago just isn’t there yet. The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn can shoot down Givenchy, but that’s an established design house parading its collection in Paris. When it comes to Chicago—and here I’ll borrow a phrase from Coco Chanel—it doesn’t make sense to beat on a wall hoping it will turn into a door…

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