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