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Cool Glamour

The most covetable offerings from the fall runways channel Hollywood in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s—which happen to be the Lyric Opera’s first three decades.


The classic twinset goes modern, courtesy of a sweeping camel topper.

Valentino double-faced wool and angora felt coat, $3,690, and minidress (tucked into skirt), $3,650, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., by special order. Creatures of the Wind polyester-blend jacquard skirt, $1,195, Ikram, 15 E. Huron St. Balenciaga gold-plated necklace, $1,065, Blake, 212 W. Chicago Ave. Calfskin and velvet stilettos, $1,290, Lanvin, 116 E. Oak St. Fox fur and python handbag, $4,900, Ferragamo, 645 N. Michigan Ave. Loree Rodkin 18-karat gold, rhodium, and diamond ring, $11,500, Ikram.

Pastels in cold weather? You bet. Fall runways were full of unexpected color.

Silk-blend dress, $2,323, Ralph Lauren, 750 N. Michigan Ave. Givenchy feather bolero, $4,990, Blake. M/G by Melanie Georgacopoulos rose gold vermeil necklace with pearls, $7,125, Ikram. Loree Rodkin 18-karat gold and rhodium ring with pearls and diamonds, $20,250, Ikram.

The cut of this frock makes it demure enough for work; blingy piping makes it dressy enough for the opera.

Wool dress with metallic leather piping, $7,390, Prada, 30 E. Oak St. Ela calfskin and ostrich clutch, $980, Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave. Studded calfskin flats, $1,395, Dolce & Gabbana, 68 E. Oak St.

The fabric—featherweight high-tech mesh with digital printing—makes this dress something special.

Silk tulle and georgette dress, $5,300, Bottega Veneta, 800 N. Michigan Ave. Gold-plated earrings with crystal, $295, Alexis Bittar, 1701 N. Damen Ave.

Choose a Marlene Dietrich–worthy jumpsuit for an edgier take on le smoking.

Dior silk cady jumpsuit, $6,100, Neiman Marcus. Fox fur cape, price upon request, Michael Kors, 900 N. Michigan Ave. Suede slingbacks, $865, Christian Louboutin, 58 E. Oak St. Gold-plated ear cuffs, $445, Alexis Bittar. Grommeted leather belt, $495, Ferragamo. 18-karat rose gold and jet ring, $6,700, Pomellato, 41 E. Oak St.

This fringy stunner is proof that a chic evening look need not bare the entire arm.

Silk satin dress with faux-pearl beading, $4,900, Lanvin. Diamond and platinum necklace and bracelet, prices upon request, Harry Winston, 55 E. Oak St.

Pastel color? Winter-weight silk? Flattering silhouette? Check, check, and check.

Giambattista Valli silk dress, $3,680, Blake. 18-karat rose gold earrings, $8,350, Pomellato.

Sleek and buttery soft, this knee-length dress conjures Pan Am’s first-class lounge circa 1970.

Leather dress, $6,800, Gucci, 900 N. Michigan Ave. Snakeskin clutch, $1,545, Lanvin. Jennifer Meyer 18-karat gold and diamond hoops, $14,750, Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St.
Sequined dress, $18,000, Marc Jacobs, 11 E. Walton St. 18-karat gold-plated diamond ring, $990, Graziela, grazielagems.com. 14-karat white gold and tourmaline earrings, $7,040, Dana Rebecca Designs, danarebeccadesigns.com.
Location: Civic Opera House/Lyric Opera of Chicago Photography: Yossi Michaeli with Artwing NY Stylist: Heiji Choy Black model: Amelia Pool with Ford Models makeup: Nicole Cap With Ford Artists using Tom Ford Beauty hair: Michael Jacobson with Michael & Michael photo Assistants: Ryan Bringas, Grant Hodgeon, Dub Swinehart photo Retouching: Edson Guberovich


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