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Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Art you can wear at Fashion Focus CHICago

Designer Elena Bobysheva picked the perfect dress to wear at the Fashion Brunch, a gathering for the city’s fashion crowd during the last Fashion Focus Chicago. The event took place at Cindy’s, a rooftop restaurant at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel with an open-air terrace featuring a breathtaking view of Millennium Park and the Art Institute. The background corresponded perfectly with Elena’s piece from her spring/summer 2016 collection, inspired by contemporary art and modern sculptures from around the world, and in particular by contemporary German artist Imi Knoebel, who heavily influenced the graphics seen in her current work. "This season, I wanted to experiment with color, shape, and length," Bobysheva explains. "From the very beginning, asymmetry has been a consistent element in all of my collections . . . but the lines were softened from last season and formed around the body to create color blocked geometric shapes. The clothes are less serious and more artistic, but still luxurious." Her creations can be found at

Originally featured in the Chicago Reader.