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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Chicago Looks IRL



Always remember to get your Chicago Reader!

Making Mainbocher closes on the 20th!

Dresses by Mainbocher in the "Making Mainbocher" Chicago History Museum exhibit. / Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum

Wallis Simpson wears a dress by Mainbocher on her wedding day. / Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum


Main Rousseau Bocher, aka Mainbocher. The former intelligence officer in WWI became the first American couturier - and he was born here, in Chicago! / Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum

Must-see exhibit for all fashion fans out there: Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier - on display at the Chicago History Museum until next Sunday, August 20th. Learn more about the fascinating history of this remarkable Chicagoan in this great Chicago Reader post by Deanna Isaacs. And of course, in the exhibit itself! More info here.

Ana






I am so excited Ana Custodio will be joining the Chicago Looks team! As some of you might have noticed, I've been pretty erratic in my posting. Maybe I always have... I LOVE this blog, but ever since I moved to the States in 2009 my life has been pretty eventful - and things got exponentially busier when I got pregnant in 2014. Right now I have a very cute - and active - toddler by my side during most of my waking hours, who will be pulling my right hand from the trackpad every time I'm on the computer. All the little time I have left I allocate to my Chicago Reader column, and my Newcity editorials (more on those soon!).

So yes, in comes Ana, on a beautiful summer morning at the Garfield Park Conservatory, sporting a lovely gingham dress. While photographing her with my toddler in tow, I had no idea she had a background in fashion journalism and was looking for an outlet for her writing here in Chicago - a city she had recently moved to.

Ana is giving me hope one day Chicago Looks will be updated regularly, and that we will be able to better serve our talented fashion community. Read her first event coverage for Chicago Looks in the post below, "The Four Elements of Fashion by Runway Addicts."

Cheers, Ana! Welcome to Chicago Looks! And cheers to blogging!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The 4 Elements of Fashion by Runway Addicts

Margaret Baggott demonstrates how to weave a pattern on a loom. 
Lines are an important part of design. Mallory Fifer demonstrates this element through drawing. 

Tray, @travoughntaywilliams, photographed at The 4 Elements of Fashion Exhibit at AMFM Gallery.
Designer Jaja To's Paradise Lost collection. 
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 Erin Leann, @itserinleann, photographed in front of her artwork at AMFM Gallery in Pilsen. 
Up close and personal with some of the denim used to demonstrate color. 
Beautiful print for Jaja To's Paradise Lost collection. 

Every piece of clothing that hangs in our closet has gone through a unique journey. That journey begins when each designer conceives an idea or look in their mind. While each journey is different, there are four elements that make up that journey, color, texture, shape, and line. For this fashion installation, The 4 Elements of Fashion, Amanda Harth, founder of Runway Addicts and curator of the event, wanted the audience to gain a richer understanding of the creative process behind fashion design.

The inspiration for this installation came from conversations that Harth has had with other creatives, leading to an interest in the design process, "I have a lot of conversation with artists and creatives," said Harth, "Lately, I've been interested in the process behind a lot of designers work and I wanted to show the essential process of fashion in a format that is completely bare and essentially the beginning of the design process." To demonstrate these four elements, Harth came up with an installation that was not only visually engaging, but interactive as well. 

Guests could watch as textile designer 
Margaret Baggott weaved different patterns on a loom, clothing designer Jaja To draped a dress, art student  Mallory Fifer drew a still life of a model, and were even invited to doodle on a pair of jeans with Sharpie by Iicky Genes to exemplify each element behind the process. These four exhibitions were set at AMFM Gallery where there was a backdrop of vibrant, colorful paintings done by Erin LeAnn the resident artist, very fitting for the installation. 


Not only was this installation creatively stimulating, it was a learning experience for anyone who attended. If you missed it, Harth already has other events in the works that we can look forward to, "In October, we'll be hosting an exhibition inspired by denim culture called Indigo Nation. We did it last year and it was a great success, this year we're changing a few things up." 

We can't wait!

Post and photos by Ana Custodio

Alanna Picks #20: Michael Ashley




Wardrobe stylist Michael Ashley of Runway Addicts, who has been featured in my Chicago Reader column, was photographed by Chicago Looks contributor Alanna Zaritz at The Four Elements of Fashion (see post by Ana Custodio above). Check out her Instagram at @stylez_by_mike and the account she made for her colostomy bag at @shit_happens313. No matter the situation, Ashley always looks fabulous!

Most Stylish at Lollapalooza 2017: Because We’re Not Just There For Music

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Fashion designer Alex Carter, featured in Newcity’s August 2017 issue.


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BOOTS, who performed with Run the Jewels on Friday at Lollapalooza 2017.


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Singer-songwriter Skott, who performed on Friday at Lollapalooza 2017.


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Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, one of the founders of Lollapalooza, and one of the current producers of the festival.


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Channel Tres of Duckwrth performed on Sunday at Lollapalooza 2017.



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Part of the band “Blossoms”, who performed on Saturday at Lollapalooza 2017.

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Marcus of the RVBES collective was wearing Versace head to toe—literally. Even his backpack was Versace!


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Originally published in Newcity.

See more Lollapalooza street style in the following posts:

Game, Set, Match - The biggest menswear trend at Lollapalooza in 2017? Flashy prints - in double!

Meredith Graves Fashion Week 2017 - The MTV News anchor and Perfect Pussy frontwoman put a show of her own during Lollapalooza this year.