Ann Taylor has always been a shopping destination for classically chic clothing. And now, having evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of working women, Ann Taylor is defined by its unique aesthetic that is able to provide style for women across every generation. “Ann Taylor’s rich heritage has always been synonymous with iconic style for modern working women,” says Andrew Taylor, Ann Taylor’s Style Director (of no relation to Ann).
As we enter fall 2012, we have been overwhelmed by all the amazing textures, color palettes, and shapes that make up this season’s trends. It can be confusing for any one person to know how to wear these trends, where to purchase them, and how to integrate what you already have in your closet to maximize your wardrobe. Our quick guide tells you what the trend is, how to wear it, and where to buy it, making your fall shopping trip effortless and easy!
Celebrities ascend to fashion fame or infamy due to the trendsetting visions of their stylists. One of those stylists, Kellie L. Trumper, will be holding a fashion seminar in Chicago on Tuesday, September 18 at The HAUTE Spot. Guests will receive a one-on‐one style consultation with Trumper, and a make-up artist and professional photographer will be on hand for each guests make-over photo op. We sat down with Trumper to discuss clothing essentials for fall, personal style and her favorite celebrity client, LeAnn Rimes.
When Amanda Thomas of Luv Aj jewelry browsed Los Angeles’ Fred Segal a few years ago, she had no idea it would change her life forever. She had spent most of her high school years interning for a jewelry designer in Venice, CA who taught her how to make custom jewelry. She then browsed flea markets in her free time to find vintage chains and charms, eventually making her own pieces.
Windy City stylist Eric Himel is a blast of fresh air in a business mostly concentrated in New York City and Los Angeles. Himel chose to base his styling company in Chicago because NYC and L.A. were already saturated with stylists. "Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, but it was leaps and bounds behind in terms of style," says Himel. "People were hungry for it here."
The newest hair salon to open in Chicago only offers one service, albeit in a variety of ways. Blowtique (1 E. Huron, 312.280.2400), located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, is the latest blow-dry only salon to open in the United States. Having now been open since the first weekend in June 2012, we spoke with owner Fiona McEntee to learn more about her unique business concept.
Fashion designer Anna Hovet on being the weird kid, sleeping in her backyard and jockin’ on the art kids’ swag
“I used to think I was going to be a doctor when I grew up, but then I realized I would spend the whole time looking at people’s clothes,” explains 26-year-old fashion designer Anna Hovet as she examines the waistband of a coral linen skirt. She leans against a high-top table in her West Town warehouse studio, which has a remarkably tidy wooden floor despite the general explosion of fabric, patterns and sewing paraphernalia on every surface
Borris Powell’s evolution as a designer started at a young age ... and has since continued to grow into a world-renowned designer with a unique, classic and clean aesthetic. Powell says that he didn’t pursue fashion; rather, fashion pursued him. Inspired by all things beautiful, Powell’s three muses are his mother, his best girl friend Kenya Patterson, and finally himself.