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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Street View 221: African beauty at the Bean

Posted By on 09.30.14 at 03:30 PM

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

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I'm just so crazy about African textiles! I wish I found more garments with such exuberant patterns. Which reminds me of Modahnik's Kahindo Mateene, a Congolese designer I first saw at the 2011 Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's. Her creations mix current shapes and traditional African fabrics (see an example—on sale!—here).

So when I spotted Muminah in Millennium Park I was instantly drawn to her outfit's vibrant colors, echoed in her reflection in Anish Kapoor's iconic sculpture. She went for a more classic approach, but still achieved striking results. Her styling is impeccable and coherent—her necklace, earrings, and headscarf perfectly complement her ethnic dress. And then there are those emerald green eyes . . . see them up close below.

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See more Chicago street style in the Chicago Looks blog.

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