Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Michelle Levelle boutique is located at 63 E. Lake Street Suite 203 and is by appointment only. Contact 847.533.6388, www.michellelevelleboutique.com.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Oh, the true joys of summer - lazy days and even lazier shopping! You don't even have to leave the house to enjoy 10% to 50% off your favorite fashion for men, women and baby.
The Joys of Summer. Save 10-50% + values at Macys.com! Valid 26-June-08 through 29-June-08.
Don't dawdle, sale ends June 29th.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
2035 North Damen, Chicago
Last night SHE (She Has Everything), an upscale boutique in
The fashionable sales people were more than happy to help answer any questions or find you the perfect outfit for the coming weekend. While walking through the candy oasis you could watch fashion shows being played on one of the many plasma TVs or just rock out with the 90's tunes being spun by the DJ.
SHE is for the fashion-forward woman who loves colorful, edgy clothes that really show off the female figure. The standout pieces were a short, bronzed bubble dress by Rhys Dwfen and a show-stopping floor length white silk dress with green and red patterns throughout. If you're looking for quality clothes with a rocker feel then SHE definitely 'has everything' you need and much more.
1024 W. Armitage
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Bottomless Closet provides professional clothing, job readiness, and post-employment training and coaching services to women on assistance and working-poor women.
The mission of Bottomless Closet is to support women in transition by providing business professional clothing, career skills and image coaching, empowering them to interview with confidence, gain employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
DISMERO is located at
On a perfect sunny evening last Thursday, a whirlwind of guests gathered on the glittering rooftop terrace at 63 E. Lake St to fete the much anticipated Michelle Levelle Boutique opening a few floors below. The rooftop held stunning views of downtown, rivaled only by the sparkling jewelry and scintillating dresses worn by Elite's promo models as they made their way through the crowd wearing the de rigeur European and Asian lines stocked by Levelle. Michelle Levelle offers a unique and diverse collection of cutting-edge international designers and custom creations by Michelle Levelle Couture.
This one of a kind, luxury boutique is right at home in Chicago’s downtown. In addition to her own custom creations, Levelle stocks a multitude of sought after lines that were, until now, difficult to find, stateside. Take for example the hot Malene Birger line, which is exploding in Europe and Asia and has caught the eye of British Vogue, German Elle and many others. Now, thanks to Levelle and her boutique, Chicagoans can finally get ahold of the European trendsetters without leaving town. Other high-end lines from Europe include the German Nicowa and the Scandinavian Designer’s Remix Collection by Charlotte Eskildsen.
Operating under the motto, “From the Runway to the Jetway, Always Land in Style,” everything about the store indulges the jetsetting professional woman of style. The elegant boutique operates by appointment only- so call before stopping in. As dusk descended on the city and the skyscraper lights began to twinkle, champagne flowed, Melting Pot chocolate fountains rippled and the sound of laughter filled the air as emboldened guests abandoned their heels to dip their pedicured toes in the roof’s lounging hot tub. Now that’s indulgence at its best.
Michelle Levelle Boutique is located at 63 E. Lake Steet, Suite 203, 847.533.6388, www.michellelevelleboutique.com.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The event raised $70,000 for the Chicago Historical Society's Costume Council. Nordstrom is located at 55 East Grand Avenue in Chicago, shop online at NORDSTROM.com.
"I’m in love with Donna Karan this season. The over-size collared coats are really amazing and the chiffon dresses (the ones that plunged dangerously low!) were absolutely stunning. It was the perfect mix of high and low and the jewel toned color palette is so sophisticated and easy on the eyes," said D. Graham Kostic, Fashion Associate of Modern Luxury Magazines and Host of Glossed and Found.
Designer Maria Pinto always looks stunning
We love Kimberly Burt's See by Chloe dress just bursting with color, and her classic beige Kate Spade pumps, accented with a hot pink YSL clutch
"The show was fantastic! I really loved the collection Missoni showed, in particular the black reversible "Norma" coat and the charcaol knit "Beatrys" cardigan. I also loved Marc Jacobs' taupe off-should coat. And I just adored the Oscar de la Renta black silk faille gown with the gold leaf embroidery - spectacular!"
White Haute: looking crisp in summer white
Check out the videos to see for yourself...
Oscar de la Renta
Photos and video by Factio Media
Mark your calendars, you savvy fashionistas because on July 22nd and 23rd get ready for fashion to take over the
Who: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present the Chicago Sidewalk Sale. This second annual fashion event will bring
July 22 & 23, 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Fashion show, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Designers featured include: K. Amato Designs, Dollybird Design, Nubian Creation and Pretty Afrika, She Beads, Objets d'Envy, Veronica Riley Martens, Tonya Gross millinery, Kate Boggiano, Lee Allison Company, Sojourn, The Tie Bar, Elysabeth Alfano, Bead Designs By Dana, LuDia Couture Designs, VZuniga Designs, Cristy Ann Jewelry, Liquid Couture, rach b jewelry, Soledad Designs, Phizzaz Designs, Plein Aire.
Boutiques featured include: 1154 LILL Studio, Genesis (Kreative Soul), Florodora, House of Sole, five Accessories, Eco-Series by E.G. Jewelry, and Habit.
Please note: Fashion Show to be held at Noon both days
Monday, June 23, 2008
For fall '08, look forward to combined textures and men's style trends. "I was inspired by the menswear trend, but wanted to put a feminine spin on it. So I combined pin stripes with lace trims, I combined beautiful wool gabardine with satin and kept the color palette bleak, except for the pop of magenta silk, lining the waistband. The silhouettes for fall were a mix of the classic tuxedo pant to a high waisted wide leg with a heart patch on the back pockets. There is something for everyone, this collection was intended to have the ability to fit into any wardrobe, whether you're 50 and want something classic or you're 25 and want something fun. You can totally mix your own personal style with this collection, rock it with a t-shirt, wife beater or something already in your closet," says Karuletwa. Visit www.enjoliver.net to find a store that carries Enjoliver Jeans near you.
Monica Dimperio is the go-to gal for street style in the Midwest. Meet the lover of fashion, style blogger (she runs theMidWasteland.com which showcases fashionable people in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and such) and fashion stylist this Thursday at Cynthia Rowley in Bucktown, 1653 N. Damen from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy her style tips while you sip champagne. We caught up with her pre-event to see what she loves from Cynthia, styles she's drawn to and what every girl should have ready to go in her closet!
"I noticed him from down the block. Not many guys can pull off the pink but he did and he did it very well. I also thought the scarf was a great touch."
This couple was spotted in Chicago's Lincoln Park
Monica says, "When you wear leopard print expect heads to turn. I think this dress combines the sex appeal of leopard with an unexpected flowy shape to make this piece both classy and sassy. I would pair it with black tights and a fun patent accessories for the ultimate rocker chic look."
Monica says, "You can never have too many LBD's in your closet and the Sateen Dress is definitely one that I would love to add to my collection. The cutouts on this dress are a fun trend to work into your wardrobe and the belted silhouette is perfect for my hourglass figure."
Monica says, "I'm one of those girls that is always a bit chilly and the only cure is to always carry a sweater...even in the dead of summer! The Summer Cashmere Long Cardigan is a lightweight piece that will go with almost anything and won't be a bother to throw in your bag if you happen to get warm."
Blazers ALWAYS pull an outfit together. What this piece of outerwear does differently than most others, is give you a crisp look in front and a little fun in the back. It's a super-fun alternative to boring blazers.
Bubblewand Necklace, Cynthia Rowley, $150
Monica says, "I'm a sucker for whimsical jewelry. Diamonds and pearls are obvious classics but fun pieces like this Bubblewand Necklace is a great addition to any jewelry box. It's something that will aways spark a conversation or add panache to an otherwise simple outfit."
What should every woman have in her wardrobe?
I think every woman should have the basic essentials in her wardrobe like the LBD, white button down, fitted blazer and a stylish black pump. Though, as natural born shoppers, women tend to buy impulsively (Funky red shoes. Black pants one-size-too-big, ON SALE! ) instead on concentrating on the necessities. It is important to have a wide array of go-to accessories to jazz up an outfit but, ultimately, the outfit is a mess without a good foundation.
Do you have a certain style that you're drawn to?
I love fashion so it's hard for me to peg myself into one category. I have to say that I tend to dress pretty classic but I like to add punk rock details and vintage accessories
Do you have a favorite season? If so, what do you like about it?
I absolutely love fall! The colors and textures are always so much richer during this season. Mustard and burnt orange are two of my favorite colors and it's a little harder to pull them off in the warm summer months. Also, scarves and outerwear, my wardrobe obsessions, are finally able to come back out of hiding. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like to wear short sleeves all year!
What is your favorite aspect about Cynthia Rowley designs?
I like Cynthia Rowley's designs mainly because her pieces are cut to flatter most body types. As a curvy woman, I know the disadvantages that come with shopping for designer clothing. Many designers still cut for a model figure, but Cynthia Rowley definitely offers shoppers a choice of silhouettes that will fit anyone from a ruler to an hourglass. I also love the little vintage details in her current spring line which I noticed on the rick rack skirt and several of the dresses.
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She Boutique (1024 W. Armitage) invites you to “Explore the Sweet Side of Fashion” at SHE’s one-year Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, June 25th 2008 from 7-9pm. The event co-sponsored by LUCKY Magazine and Prosecco Champagne will feature fashions in the season’s sweetest colors – perfect for adding some new additions to your summer wardrobe! Complimentary Prosecco Champagne and treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar will be available as well. SHE will be turned into a virtual candy-colored oasis as the floor will become the Candyland board game! Guests will also spin the candy-colored wheel to receive 20% off their SHE purchase.
RSVP Now at RSVP@SkirtPR.com, as space is limited!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
This video was produced by Factio Media. Interview by Melissa Maynard.
This printed flower frock is only $22.80 at Forever 21, as not all of us have a princely budget.
This Germano Zama Blazer from Yoox, $119, will add just the crispness needed for a floral frock
This is classic Kate and very simple for any girl to attain.
Do you notice a trend? Kate gives her outfits a little serious boost with a simple blazer. This black one by Karl Lagerfeld is a staple for any woman, let alone one that wants to snag a royal. Was, $1,050, Now $525. NET-A-PORTER.COM
Kate looked sleek in a stunning, long turquoise dress by BCBG Max Azria.
Consider this for your next black tie gown. This draped Sue Wong dress can help you re-create the look, $415. Shop Edressme.com
We just can't get enough of the silhouette of this dress.
This Emilio Pucci captures the style we were after and it's yours for $3,065. NET-A-PORTER.COM
Kate Middleton looking stylish in a light, lace cocktail dress.
This Marchesa embroidered dress is picture perfect for a princess in making. Was, $5,445, Now $3,811.50. NET-A-PORTER.COM
The Derek Lam oversized double-breasted coat is that investment piece that will get you looking like a princess. Was, $2,890, Now $1,445. NET-A-PORTER.COM
Interested in a real Cinderella story? Find out how Kate stole the heart of Prince William...