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Saturday, January 28, 2017

A local blogger mixes poetry and fashion

Posted By on 01.28.17 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

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  • Isa Giallorenzo

"Be yourself in whatever you do," says Monika Latala of the fashion blog effiesdress.com. Effie, her alter ego, is a name she took from one of her favorite poems, "Here Is Little Effie's Head" by E.E. Cummings. "It's about being fearless, not afraid to make a statement, and that's what Effie helps me do in fashion." After moving from Poland, Latala began blogging "because the need to share my looks became stronger than the fear of starting my own page, " she says. "[Late, legendary New York Times fashion photographer] Bill Cunningham said, 'Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life,' and I totally agree with that."

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

A thrifted Canadian tuxedo is the perfect pick for the weekend

Posted By on 01.21.17 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

Botanist Camille Rodriguez sported a thrifted denim ensemble to run her errands, proving that a casual outfit can be both comfortable and fashionable. She's also wearing a pair of Horween leather sneakers and a hemp cotton white T-shirt, true to her "little weird brother decked in your mom's turquoise" style.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

A scarf offers a ray of sunshine on a gray day

Posted By on 01.14.17 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

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Creating a fun look in the winter can be quite a challenge, but Ariel seems to have found the solution: a very colorful faux-fur scarf that brought life—and warmth—to her minimal gray coat.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bathsheba Nemerovski’s style reflects the spirit of the times

Posted By on 01.03.17 at 03:00 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

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It only took a couple of designer Sonya Rikiel's striped knit outfits to unleash Bathsheba Nemerovski's passion for fashion. "I got them in the late 80s from my grandmother, hand-me-downs from a friend of hers. I looked crazy wearing them to school—no one dressed like that—but I was obsessed." The fixation continues today. "I pretty much spend all my money on clothing, travel, and eating out," Nemerovski says. "That's why I'll never [own] a house/" Nemerovski, is co-owner of Sparrow, a salon in Logan Square; hairstylist to local stars such as Jeff Tweedy; and keyboardist in the recently reactivated band I Kong Kult. She says her sartorial choices tend to reflect the spirit of the times. "When things are easy, as they were the last few years under Obama, I don't feel the need to make clothing such an outward expression of myself," Nemerovski says. "Hello, normcore! But I think the Trump era is going to be a return to punk, protest, expression, rebellion." Nemerovski's alredy off to an auspicious start with her silver Mary Janes by Toga Pulla, which she describes as "cheerful shoes for a gloomy era."

She was photographed during the screening of Rick Owens at Facets Cinematheque, promoted by Robin Richman. See more fashionable attendees below.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

An artist turns his canvases into garments

Posted By on 12.29.16 at 02:32 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

Lyntuan Jones wears his art on his sleeve. He constructed his hoodie and tote bag from one of his paintings on canvas. Both pieces are samples from Create the New World, the brand the 25-year-old recently cofounded. Jones's hat also exhibited one of his creations, a resin-coated swatch of canvas decorated with copper disks. "This outfit is me," he says, "in my natural form." 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dearborn Denim & Apparel keeps it local, affordable, and exceptional

Posted By on 12.20.16 at 01:36 PM

click image Rob McMillan in his factory, posing in front of a roll of premium stretch denim loomed in a high tech Georgia mill. - MISTY WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Rob McMillan in his factory, posing in front of a roll of premium stretch denim loomed in a high tech Georgia mill.

Shopping at local businesses is a no-brainer. According to a study conducted by Dan Houston and Matt Cunningham of Civic Economics, "locally owned businesses generate 70 percent more local economic impact per square foot than chain stores." The problem is that buying locally produced goods can be more expensive, but Dearborn Denim & Apparel founder Rob McMillan has a solution: cutting out the middleman and shipping to the consumer straight from his factory, located in an old industrial laundry in Garfield Park.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Local designer DaShaun Hightower creates a faux-fur cape worthy of a queen

Posted By on 12.17.16 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

"If fashion icon Iris Apfel and celebrity wardrobe stylists June Ambrose and Rachel Zoe had a love child, I would be that love child," says Michael Ashley, the lead stylist of Chicago-based fashion blog Runway Addicts, "I dress for me and no one else." Ashley was photographed in Pilsen during Indigo Nation, a three-day festival celebrating denim subculture, organized with her blog partners Amanda Harth and Asia Vallot along with Ciera McKissick, editor of the online magazine AMFM. While hosting Indigo Nation's pop-up shop at the Maybe Sunday boutique, the stylist wore a fur cape by local designer DaShaun Hightower. "It made me feel regal," she says, "like I owned the room."

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Shop sexy, local, and political this weekend at Shop Sensual

Posted By on 12.14.16 at 02:04 PM


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  • Chelsea Ross
  • Ceramic incense holders by Taylor Mauch

Here's a way of crossing off a few naughty names on your Christmas list: Shop Sensual, an erotic pop-up shop happening at Reunion studio in Humboldt Park from Friday to Sunday. Organized by designer Leah Ball and photographer Chelsea Ross of Feminist as Fuck, and Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions and Slo 'Mo Party, Shop Sensual will be offering sexy creations by more than a dozen local artists and designers— Leah Ball herself, Noelia Towers, Claire Arctander, Silk Shaman, Morgan Reed Jewelry, Gnat Glitter Kink, Mano Y Metal by Desiree Guzman, Remix by Giselle Wasfie, Humboldt House, Cities in Dust, Emma Alamo, and Solid Air by Taylor Mauch. The event will also feature intimate performances by Darling Shear and Kiara Lanier in addition to three pleasure-centered workshops thorughout the weekend: "Unlocking the Erotic Mind" with sexologist Rena McDaniel of Intraspectrum Counseling, "Slow Jams Yoga" with Lauren Ash of Black Girl In Om, and Erotic Drawing I with Leah Ball.

I interviewed Ball, Kaza, and Ross—they responded collectively by e-mail. Read their responses below and check out a few items that you can find at Shop Sensual.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Indigo Nation paints Pilsen blue

Posted By on 11.30.16 at 02:30 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

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  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • A model wears garments by Mallory Fifer.

Last month Amanda Harth, Asia Vallot, and Michael Ashley of the blog Runway Addicts, and Ciera McKissick of the online magazine AMFM promoted Indigo Nation, a denim-centered event held in Pilsen. Runway Addicts founder Harth wanted to celebrate the popular material after spending a whole year researching it: "We conducted a study on dyeing techniques, what denim looked like in different parts of the world, the history of the textile, and why it's the most versatile fabric." The result was a three-day-long festival that included art installations, garment displays, workshops, performances, a denim swap, and a pop-up shop.

During their opening at the Chicago Art Department, models walked among the guests and sported all-denim looks by designer Mallory Fifer. Later on designer, artist, and activist Michelle Janayea did a "live sewing" session by putting together pieces of used garments selected by the attendees. In an adjacent room, denim-inspired works by artist Jane Georges were displayed alongside creations by local up-and-coming brands Amara Black by Alenda, Michael White, Hightower by DaShaun Hightower, Iridium, Reformed School by Peter Gaona, Phera by Ron Louis, and Iicky Genes. Their garments—plus items by local brands Create the New World, Jaja, and Jaeoli—were sold the next weekend at a pop-up shop hosted at the Maybe Sunday boutique. Check out photographs of some of this denim extravaganza right after the jump.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Playing dress-up with a ballerina and fashion blogger

Posted By on 11.25.16 at 03:14 PM

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  • Isa Giallorenzo

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

Dani McGowan, the 18-year-old ballet dancer behind the fashion blog Mermaid Waves, often looks like a living doll. She says she was treated like one from childhood, with her mother dressing her in multiple outfits a day. "I was raised to be interested in fashion," she says. "When I was old enough to pick out my own clothes, I could be seen at the grocery store rocking a tutu and my favorite Barbie water shoes." These days, in her role as a trend spotter, McGowan "fields a lot of fashion-emergency texts. I feel like helping people feel confident in what they are wearing is my calling," she says. "If you can put it on, you can pull it off!"

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