Monday, July 20, 2015

Me in Très Awesome


My dear Emma Arnold of the aptly named Très Awesome blog just posted a killer Pitchfork 2015 photo selection - with big old me included! Check it out here.

Pitchfork Sunday 2015 street style up in the Reader!

Soon all the pics here in the blog. In the meantime check some of them out in my Reader column.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pitchfork Friday 2015 street style up in the Reader!

Soon all the pics here in the blog. In the meantime check some of them out in my Reader column.

*Attention featured fashionable attendees: at some point I mistakenly erased some emails and style statements, so sorry I haven't been able to reach out to everyone individually and quote what you said.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Fierce Affair this Saturday, raising funds for LGBTQ homelessness


This Saturday July 18th, the first Miss Tosh charity event - A Fierce Affair : Party for a Cause - supporting local organization Project Fierce and raising funds for LGBTQ homelessness. 

The event is going to a glamorous party at the Bedford, featuring a few of Miss Tosh's signature performances throughout the evening. See the Facebook invite here, and get tickets here. Learn more about Project Fierce at projectfiercechicago.org.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION on Saturday 7.18.15!


PHYSICAL EDUCATION IS A MANDATORY DISCIPLINE. July 18, 2015 @ ChiTown Futbol, Chicago IL:

A GROUP SHOW #PERFORMANCES #DJ_SETS #GROUP_ACTIVITIES #INSTALLATIONS #VIDEO_SCREENINGS

organized by @armpitrubber && Paula Nacif.

FEATURING:
@armpitrubber  Brian Hochberger Brogan Drissell ★ Bryan Peterson Cheryl Acuña Chris Collins Coco Menk Coorain Devin Holly Harrell Isabelle McGuire Jeff Kolar Jesse Clark Joan Oh Kevin Carey Marie Baldwin Matt Murphy Mel Phongsavath :-Paulalalalalalalalalalalalala Sam Goldstein ★ Sam Grossinger Sandra Araújo Sarah Rooney Selden Paterson Toshiro Kahimira WITCH HAZEL Yaloopop


We r going 2 PUMP IRON and manipulate Ur senses.
GOALS: #strength #resistance #coordination.
To begin there will be a 1) WARM UP
2 get U hyped 4 Ur 2) FITNESS TEST.
We r going 2 give U the rules, invite U to break them
&& 3) PLAY SOME GAMES ALONE && 2GETHER (if U think it’s a game U’ve already lost).
THIS IS THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, && IT IS NOT a 4) DRILL.
DON’T WORRY, WE WON’T LEAVE U RESTLESS. THERE WILL BE SOME TIME TO 5) COOL DOWN @ THE END.
JULY 18, 2015 // 6PM - 1AM
@ ChiTown Futbol
2255 S Throop St, Chicago IL 60608

$3-5 suggested donation
Food court // Ca$h bar // NO OUTSIDE FOOD or DRINK

RSVP to the Facebook event. (find link here)

Diane Pernet and her movie festival in Chicago


(Photograph originally posted in my Reader column)

The world-famous fashion journalist Diane Pernet - of A Shaded View On Fashion - came to Chicago in May to receive the SAIC 2015 Legend of Fashion award. She also presented her movie festival, A Shaded View on Fashion Film, organized by Gallery Aesthete, SAIC and StyleZeitgeist. Read her Q&A here and see a couple of her favorite titles below: 




And also don't miss out on Diane Pernet's closet visit to legendary Chicago drag queen Jojo Baby:

Ikram's wit at the Lake FX Summit - YES, it's been a while!


Restarting with a bang, a few wise words by Ikram Goldman, proclaimed at her talk during the first Lake FX Summit last April (the picture above was taken at this year's SAIC fashion show, and was originally posted in the Reader online):

"We see so many designers, and I look through every piece of fabric, every single piece. Many clothes don't have hanger appeal, so looking at the construction, quality of the fabric - even at the label the designer chose to put on their garments - is really important to me. Also the name they chose. What's a good name? Yours!"

"When you come into my store you won't find what you already know, but you also won't find something ridiculously ridiculous that you can't relate to."

"For years I avoided e-commerce, but one of the things I realized is that people need instant gratification, and they need it at 2 o'clock in the morning when they're drunk."

"Stay away from trends. They will only last you a very short time. Follow your heart, follow what you believe in. Do not show me things that other people are already doing."

"If you don't know how to sew, you're never gonna make it. Take a class and learn the art of sewing, the art of stitch. You don't have to be a sewer, and at the end of the day you'll probably never even sew, but it's imperative that you know how to do it. You don't want to be the millennial that just wants to draw."

"Don't walk into this business thinking you're a star, because you're really not. Go get some coffee for your boss. [...] I served coffee for a very long time, and I still do."

"I'm not successful because I'm great. I'm successful because I work really hard."

"It's important to read a newspaper or magazine front to back every day, and it can be Splash, The New York Times or US magazine - I don't care what you read, but read it. And it's also really important to have a hobby."

"There's just too much junk everywhere, so how do you set yourself apart? [...] Do it in a way that's curated thoughtfully and carefully. You don't have to overdo it; do it small, with precision."

"When you're designing a collection you have to ask yourself: 'Who am I designing this for, why am I designing it? Who are the other designers already doing this? Who's gonna produce it? How am I gonna be better every season?' If you can answer three of those questions, great. Then you have to unfold a collection that makes sense alongside your competitors and your peers."

About Creatures of the Wind: "For years Shane Gabier - who was my mani - would come to the store and show me collections. And I'd say 'That's great, but who's the girl wearing this?' And they'd say: 'The Comme Des Garçons girl', and I'd say: 'But the Comme Des Garçons girl is going to Comme Des Garçons!' So I kept asking the same thing every season for many years. Their success didn't happen overnight. And it was not because of me, but because of them. Do I help? Absolutely. But they were ready to be showcased on that level."

"The biggest turn off is someone walking into my shop and saying they wanna show me their collection. [...] I'm at the store to help my clients, so when you come unannounced you're disrupting my ability to do it. [...] You need to ask yourself if it's a collection that Ikram would house in her store [...] then you can email or call the shop and ask who the buyer is."

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A real intensive flash course in fashion business!

Many more posts coming up soon, stay tuned!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

TONIGHT 6.6 at 6 pm!



6/6 at 6 pm, get the hint? No? So run, because SHE'S COMING TO GUT YOU!!! Edie's Dress is "a clothing revenge horror movie" created by Matt Kasin - aka Gaudy God - about a lady too attached to her gown to be able to rest in peace. To help him fund his project come over to his first fundraiser, happening tonight at Frazier Studio - see the Facebook invite here. Learn more about Gaudy God and his movie in my Chicago Reader column.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ikram and Diane Pernet soon in the blog!

I'll be posting about two of the most important ladies attending this year's SAIC fashion show asap!

Kristina




SAIC professor Kristina Januskaite was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Lindsay







Fashion student Lindsay Li was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Claire





Fashion student Claire Sullivan was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Oscar




Fashion student Oscar Chen was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Yumi




Fashion student Yumi Ka was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Nina and Miss Tosh





Artist Nina Palomba and SAIC alumnus Miss Tosh were photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Grace




Grace was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Karla



Ulta's Karla Davis was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Samm





Gallery Aesthete's Samm Mackin was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here. Samm will be featured in my Newcity column as well - stay tuned for his interview.

Yumi



Yumi Minami was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Lisa


Lisa Butkus was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Price Walton




Price Walton is part of the SAIC Fashion Department and he will soon be involved in a really cool project, stay tuned! He was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here.

Natalie


Natalie Miller was photographed at the School of the Art Institute 2015 fashion show - see my full street style coverage of the event in a Reader post here and my fave catwalk looks in another post here. Natalie is a street style photographer herself - her pics will be featured in SAIC's f news magazine.

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Iris" opens today at the Music Box Theater




The documentary "Iris", directed by the late Albert Maysles (who also directed Grey Gardens), opens today at the Music Box Theater. This is definitely a must-see for all fashion lovers, since it's a glimpse into the life of a witty style maven, with plenty of history and sound bites to share. A self-defined "geriatric starlet", Iris Apfel came to be known by a wider audience in her 80s, when she was the theme of a Metropolitan exhibit entitled "Avis Rara", featuring her collection of statement-making garments and accessories. After that, well into her 90s, she came to star in magazine covers and ad campaigns, design her own jewelry line, and now even have her own movie. Read a quick New York Times feature about her here and listen to a couple of recent interviews she gave to NPR here and here.

SAIC 2015 up on the Chicago Reader!


Check out some of the fabulous attendees of this year's SAIC fashion show on my Reader post here. Pics of the show itself coming soon!

Dani





Fashion blogger Dani McGowan looked stunning at the the 14th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence. See what I had to say about her look in my Reader post here and check out her personal style blog, Mermaid Waves.