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Chicago Playground: Athletic Nostalgia Celebrating the Chicago Streetwear Scene

CPG1963 Board

  • Who’s the Designer:  Creative Director, Rodnell Harris founded streetwear fashion label Chicago Playground in 2008. 
  • What’s the inspiration:  The inspiration behind Chicago Playground is grounded in the belief of filling the void of capturing the “je ne sais qua” of the streets of Chicago.  The clothing’s central focus on collegiate athletics are in tribute to the core values of the brand that center around a homage to Chicago by resonating the principles of success, honor and the throwback traditional values of yesteryear.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Aside from the obvious of the cool kid vibe that Harris channels through his mens and womenswear collections, this brand is all about giving back to the community.  A key pillar of the brand’s principle is to help in spreading positivity, pride and excellence in Chicago’s youth.  Talk about resonating “Chicago je ne sais qua”!
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere!  Sport, athletics and collegiate are the some of the key trend buzzwords right now and will definitely live into next Spring/Summer 2015.  Snag a piece now online at: www.cpg1963.com

 

 

#WWAW: Because Rock-Star=Edgy, Comfy, Chic!

Rock Star Style Board

No designer has championed the rocker look more than Hedi Slimane, who successfully revitalized Saint Laurent by mining youth-culture codes for creative inspiration.  Rock stars embody a sense of freedom and glamour that fashion will forever be chasing after.  A true rock fan, Slimane regularly casts tall slender musicians to walk his runway shows and also fills his front rows with a tribe of real-life musicians.  Recent rock gods who have graced Slimane’s front row were Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.  Saint Laurent isn’t the only brand getting with the band lately. Haider Ackerman, Lanvin,  Alexander McQueen, and Diesel Black Gold to name a few have opted for an edgier creative direction.  Put away the soft pick pastels and lace because leather’s back to take it’s rightful place as the front woman of your style band.

 

 

#CSMTravels: Living out of a suitcase…

photo 5So as of today I’ve been living in Dallas, TX for about two weeks but most importantly I’ve been living out of a suitcase for two weeks.  Yes, I said “suːt.keɪs” (suitcase).  For the big move from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX the hubs and I opted for movers to do all of the dirty work for us and while that included the phenomenal perk of a team of gladiators coming into my home and tidily pack up/wrap/move all of our worldly belongings.  The major downside was that upon arrival to our new home none of our stuff would be there waiting for us.  Now I know what your thinking because I thought the same thing but the small detail that doesn’t get accounted for when you try to make decisions based on logic is the absence of emotion.  It would have majorly helped in easing the transition to getting acclimated to living here in Dallas, coupled with the luxury of getting settled in almost immediately.  The second unaccountable factor when decisions are based on logic?  Minimizing the risk factor and in our case, the risk of a possible delay.  While we were going through the entire move process every step seemed seamless.  The entire time I kept having the eerie feeling that it was just going too perfect and fought myself to move past those thoughts but apparently I didn’t do that thorough of a job because the delivery of our stuff is now officially a whole week late.  Que the major regret of not properly factoring in the huge impact of risk.  Once I was able to accept this news as my new reality, I was finally able to process that I had to continue to struggle with the inability to access my closet for an additional week.  Mind you, I’m not worried about having my own bed to sleep in or couches to lounge and watch TV-I’m more concerned about having ensemble options so major priority revamping may need to occur later but that will be a different post.

To my credit though I did prep for the possibility of going a whole other week without access to my closet.   I stuck to my travel style go-to: mix and match separates.  Totally goes without saying that the news of having to go through a whole other 7 days without my closet seemed like the fashion gods were punishing me for a fashion faux pax I must have committed in my past life.  While the simple answer would have been to just buy a whole week’s worth of clothes to carry me through the second week (seriously what girl needs an excuse to shop and spend money right?).  Instead of the easy way out I decided to challenge myself and work within my current selection and a styling miracle happened!  Having the impromptu curveball of making 7 additional ensembles gave me not only a much needed styling refresher but it forced me to look at my pieces in a different way and see the endless versatile possibilities that my pieces hold.

Moral of the story?  Take some time to revisit your closet and re-style your pieces with with the rest of your closet because you will definitely be surprised by the hidden gems that you have yet to discover in there!  Happy re-shopping xoxo

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Best of the 2014 Fall Couture

Out of all of the fashion weeks that occur every season the key week that I eagerly await and legit get giddy about are the Haute Couture fashion shows that happen during Couture Fashion Week.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this photo or even this one.  Both of these mottoes speak to how fashion is not what defines your style, rather it’s the perfect accent or accessory that helps to tell your style story.  The couture shows are in my opinion the most unfiltered resource of creative fashion energy that allows ones true style to have a megaphone of a mouthpiece in declaring to the world, “I’ve arrived!”.

While there were an umpteen amount of jaw dropping, drool worthy looks from the couture shows there were picturesque moments where the fashions told the unsaid story of the designer and were just plain brilliant.  Check out my top key moments from Couture Fashion Week!

ValentinoValentino’s stunning juxtaposition of insanely intricate detailed beadwork with a sharp contrast in simple gladiator sandals speaks volumes.

Marie Antoinette in outer space-DiorDior’s captivating , ‘Marie Antoinette in outer space’

Marco Zanini 'Central Park' at SchiaparelliMarco Zanini’s ‘Central Park’ at Schiaparelli and featuring none other than squirrels and rats (yup, those are rats)

Maison Martin MargielaBecause with Maison Martin Marigela Artisanal Collection one should always expect a meaningful takeaway and why not a history lesson?

Giambattista ValliTwo words: Giambattista Valli.  Enough said. No seriously, the finale skirts are EVERYTHING.

Chanel Concrete DressConcrete. Yup, you read that correctly.  Chanel isn’t opposed to being inspired by any fabrication and that includes what is used to make sidewalks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Blank New Canvas…

Dallas HomeFirst and foremost, I owe you all a big apology for the lack of posts this past week.  With the whole move from Chicago, IL to Dallas, TX it’s been one giant $%&! but on a better note we made it! We haven’t traveled longer than 2 hours in the car with our big bundle of joy Hercules, but I’m happy to report that a 15 hour car ride later we made it safely to the great state of Texas.  I’m still shocked with how well our little guy did and more importantly kudos to the hubs who flexed his big bad self and insisted on driving the entire 15 hour road trip straight (yup, you read that correctly he drove the entire 15 hours straight-and of course with plenty of caffeine!)

For these first few days here in Dallas we had to make due and await the arrival of our furniture and at first I wouldn’t have agreed with this statement but NOW I’m calling it a blessing in disguise (seriously, it totally pained me to type that but hey it’s true).  Being in our new home for the first few days without any furniture got my creative wheels turning and thanks to Pinterest I’m now chock full of Edgy, Comfy, Chic home decor ideas to instantly turn this new adventure into a welcomed new beginning.

I’m absolutely in love with the idea of mixing fabrics and textures because of the great depth that you are able to achieve with this simple design trick.  Aside from creating depth I’m going nutso over the idea of floor to ceiling bookshelves and with the great high ceilings and tons of wall space in our new home I’m going to be able to do so many things I was limited too in our previous home.  Here’s a sneak peek of some of the pins I’ve been adding to my board and I can’t wait to show you all how I was able to personalize these elements and make them  my own in our new home!

Edgy Inspo Edgy Inspo 2 Comfy Inspo Comfy Inspo 2 Chic Inspo MB 131240 Bolig på beøsg Jul Tina Buch

 

 

Rinse, Spin & Tie-Dye

Tie Dye

  • Who’s the Designer:  Burberry Prorsum, Fausto Puglisi, and Michael Kors (pictured L to R)
  • What’s the inspiration:  With the 45th anniversary of the epic musical festival, Woodstock it’s no wonder that this technique is having another major fashion high this season.
  • Why it’s relevant:  While this technique is not a new innovation the approach and how designers are reinventing the use definitely is.  The high fashion crowd such as Burberry Prorsum, Fausto Puglisi and Michael Kors all offered new and unique ways to refresh our notion of tie-dye.  With their Resort 2015 collections this technique shakes the psychedelic swirls and hippie dippy concoctions for a sophisticated rinse and spin approach.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! Embrace your inner festival-goer self and give it a high fashion approach with some tie-dye and dip-dyes.  The key to this trend on how to not look like the president of The Grateful Dead fan club is to wear this in unexpected silhouettes like wide leg high-waisted trousers or a moto inspired jacket to juxtapose the edgy leather trim.

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Your New Summer Layering Go To!

White will forever be a key color for summer so why not keep it fresh, crisp and new right?  This summer is all about the white out whether it be in a LWD or well constructed and structured blazer.   Because temps are rising and for the simple fact that it’s so not a cute look to be sweating up beads of perspiration due to the long sleeves of a blazer.   While I’m a total Stan for fashion & style I’m a bigger fan of functionality so my secret?  Keep the same clean, fresh and modern tailoring look by opting for a white long vest.  The key to picking the right white long vest is length.  The longer the better, so don’t be afraid to go long or go home.  Next, the silhouette you should be after falls along the same vein of giving a nod to the menswear trend so opt for a more loose, boxy boyfriend fit.

Now, the more important question: Splurge vs. Save?

White Vest Board

L to R: Rag & Bone ‘Ines’ Vest ($450.00) vs. ZARA Waistcoat ($60.00)

 

 

 

Australian Indigenous Fashion Week

Board 1

  • Who is AIFW (Australian Indigenous Fashion Week)?: AIFW is a fresh and exciting new event that aims to showcase and support the design talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across Australia.
  • What’s the inspiration: As the fashion industry yearns for authenticity, AIFW answers the call by introducing to the fashion world a new unique and fresh perspective.  AIFW is set to be a permanent fixture during the Australian fashion calendar and will focus on showcasing a diverse range of traditional & contemporary designs from emerging designers as well as notable industry names.

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  • Why it’s relevant:  With the industry craving authenticity there is definitely no better source that ensures an abundant amount of fresh and creative energy than with the Aboriginal & Pasifika Fashion industry.  The ability to have such an international platform such as Australian Fashion Week is so important in launching this much needed voice.  I don’t know about you but after a few seasons at the tents and seeing essentially the same points of view being showcased this is just as refreshing as a tall glass of Lindemans wine at the end of really long day.  Stay dialed in to when the next Australian Indigenous Fashion Week at their home page here.

Board 2

Juun.J: Street Tailoring

Juun.J Board

  • Who’s the Designer:  Juun.J is the brilliant mind behind self titled menswear fashion label, Juun.J 
  • What’s the inspiration:  Juun is largely inspired by youth and street culture and has in turn aptly calls this “Street Tailoring”.  As an expert who is regarded as a master tailor he draws on this training to deconstruct and dissect traditional and old world notions of classic tailoring to formulate new and modern silhouettes.
  • Why it’s relevant:  His avant design and classicism coupled with his precise tailoring will no doubt continue to be a tour de force in the evolution of menswear.  Juun’s designs challenge our preconceived notions of what is traditional menswear.  His blurred approach allow for a revolutionary approach to clothing and ultimately is designing for the chic streetstyle dresser who is unafraid of pushing the style boundary.
  • Where to wear it:  This is a public service announcement: This is only for the bold, the daring and those who have “I don’t give a fuck!” attitudes of the world.  This collection is not for the faint of heart of the fashion lemings who follow trends rather than make them.  Do not approach this label if you are not ready… don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 

Splurge vs. Save: Because Dads Are Trendy…

Father’s Day is around the corner (no literally, it’s in a matter of days).  Finding the right gift for that amazing guy in your life can be a struggle.  Granted, my experience may be unique but I have a feeling that it’s not.  While my father is definitely what you would call you a “Man’s Man” he is a “Man’s Man” who appreciates clean lines and a dapper look.  Because I know my father I know sprinkles of trends to update his style are the perfect little gifts.  One great trend for spring/summer is the update to the flat sandal.  Although Tevas and Birkenstocks are having a moment, the ideal sprinkle for this trend update for my dapper dad is a clean, sleek, leather sandal update.

So the question of the day is, Splurge vs. Save?

Dad Sandals

L to R: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Multi-Strap Leather Sandals ($680.00) vs. Jerusalem Sandals Golan Leather Sandal ($79.00)