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Looking Up

While attending the fashion shows for the fall and winter 2009 seasons, my assistant, Elisabeth, and I found ourselves continually speculating with others in the industry about where designers were going to take their collections, given the tattered economy. Some felt the trends would be conservative and somber; others wondered if designers would throw caution … Read more

FashioNext at the History Museum

On Friday, April 17th, the Chicago History Museum hosted FashioNext- an insider fashion event and contest where three established Chicago designers competed to create a piece that will be permanently added to the exhibition- Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum. The winner, Price Walton, showcased their elaborate gown alongside fellow contestants Melissa Serpico Kamhout and Jermikko Shoshanna. Mario Tricoci provided hair and make-up styling for the runway presentation, and over 400 guests were able to enjoy the new GLK-class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz upon entering the museum. Mercedes-Benz also sponsored a raffle giveaway- a day of style and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, with transportation to and from the store in a brand new GLK!

Trendevous at Carson Pirie Scott

March 14th, 2009– Carson Pirie Scott’s Orland Square store welcomed over 150 guests to revel in spring’s emerging trends, while enjoying breakfast treats and a tasty coffee bar. With a runway show hosted by Chicago magazine’s Stacy Wallace-Albert, guests indulged in private shopping, discounts, and pampering from Chanel® beauty advisors. Photos by Randy Lee Belice

Onward!

At the fashion shows for Spring and Summer 2009, designers sent all things exotic down the runways—from rich colors and commingled patterns to ornate beading, reptilian prints and skins, and feathers on dresses, earrings, and shoes. Inspiration came from such distant destinations as Africa and Egypt. Our feature Tribal Tributes, photographed by Brian Doben, brings … Read more

Poolside Manner

Retro glam, à la Brigitte Bardot and other starlets of the 1950s and 1960s, inspires this summer’s swim trends. The forecast: high waists, balconette tops, and belted bottoms that flaunt—or cover—all the right places.