A Tale of Two Fashion Shows

Chicago’s 2012 Fashion Focus week concluded on Sunday, and I, for one, am tired.  Worry not; It’s the good kind of tired, the kind that leaves you somehow invigorated and remarkably, stronger rather than weaker. The first show I went to was the Night at the Museum fashion show at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.... Read more »

The White Dress Project

On Thursday, United Colors of Benetton hosted The White Dress Project, which was presented in conjunction with Marie Claire magazine and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The White Dress Project is the result of the efforts of 12 sophomores at SAIC who were given a task: design a top and skirt out... Read more »

Phelan/Proust Questionnaire: Kris

What are you wearing? Tonight’s look is: Uniqlo cardigan and oxford, Warby Parker frames, vintage wool tie, OBEY beaded belt, Benetton plaid pants, TopMan highlighter socks, Prada platform wingtips. I love finding great classic pieces at budget stores, but I will definitely splurge on accessories. What is your favourite piece in your closet? My favorite... Read more »

Spotlight on Spring 2013 accessories

hulu hoop or handbag?
From a clutch shaped like a Lego to a beekeeper’s hat, here are the best accessories of Spring 2013.


In case you haven’t noticed, Burberry Michigan Avenue’s facelift is almost complete. Unlike a traditional hush-hush nip and tuck procedure, poor Burberry’s painful transition has been on display to the whole of Michigan Avenue. Luckily, the surgery was a success, and a new Burberry has emerged, handsomer than anyone could have predicted. Burberry is the new... Read more »

Renegade Craft Fair

a neckerchief and a bowler hat
There was great fashion to be had in Wicker Park on Sunday, both on the revelers and in the vintage clothing booths. Here, I’ve compiled a gallery of the best of both.  

Do You Know Blow?

Do You Know Blow?
   “If you don’t wear lipstick, I can’t talk to you.” So said Isabella Blow, whose lips always boasted some violent shade of red. Isabella Delves Broughton, born in 1958, grew up in Cheshire with her parents, two sisters and a half-brother who drowned in the family pool at a young age. The tragedy was... Read more »


Now then. I will share with you a few inconsequential things about myself, as I find that sharing inconsequential things bridges the gap between strangers much faster than sharing information of consequence. 1. I was born in Iowa 2. Isabella Blow is, for me, a source of constant inspiration 3. Steinbeck is my favourite writer 4.... Read more »

Oy, hello there!

This is my first blog entry, so do allow me to wax poetic  about style for a moment. I have always felt that style, at its very best, is about being uncommon. It is difficult to describe exactly what style looks like before the word is applied to a person, because style has so much... Read more »