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 pieces are always my most recent purchases. I’m obsessed with them for a few weeks, and then they get to take a break. I was just in Toronto where I bought a Zara camouflage blazer and this Sisley floral-print shirt. If fit is perfect, I’ll be a little riskier with print or color.

What is your top must-have for fall?

For women, a printed crop pant is modern and appropriate for many occasions. There are some fantastic graphic knits out this season too, which are especially good for cold days in Chicago.

For men, I’ve been favoring chinos over jeans recently, especially in moodier colors like deep reds or inky blues. A neutral suede desert boot is perfect for transitioning into colder weather, and goes with everything.

What inspires your sense of style?

I get to travel a lot for my job and I’ve been finding more and more that my style changes as I encounter new places. After a trip to Los Angeles, I might get into an edgier mood, but Montreal inspires me to wear more color. Experiencing new cities has definitely allowed my style to evolve.

What is your idea of a perfect day in Chicago?

A perfect day in Chicago would be a Saturday in early fall. I would sleep in late, then head downtown to meet a friend for lunch at Grahamwich or Xoco. There are a few stores nearby where I always find "must-haves" like POSH and Haberdash, so I usually pick up some cool pieces there. Afterward, I’ll head back to Lincoln Park, where Jayson Home gives me a boost of decorating inspiration. After a quick outfit change, I meet friends for Moscow Mules and lake views at the J. Parker. With the sunsets here, I usually don’t leave until I’m absolutely starving. Dinner at Tarantino’s and a night out in Boystown are the perfect way to end the day!

Where in the world are you most eager to visit?

I think South Korea would be such a fascinating place to see. It’s so different from American culture and the street style is incredibly diverse.

What is your favourite book?

I’m a huge David Sedaris fan, so anything he’s written could be my favorite. I’ve learned not to try reading his books in public because I always end up laughing hysterically.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness for me is the feeling I get after a great night at home with my boyfriend and a couple glasses of champagne. It’s very simple, but champagne makes everything better!

What living person do you most admire?

The person I admire most is Simon Doonan, the long-time creative genius behind Barney’s New York. He had a bleak upbringing but always managed - and still does - to make light of everything. He is a creative genius, a hilarious writer, and his relationship with Jonathan Adler is truly inspirational.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

The most frustrating trait for me is apathy; if a person cannot bother to show interest, even fake interest, then there’s no way for me to connect with them.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I splurge the most on skincare products. I’m always looking for a new remedy for uneven skin tone and anti-aging, so I’ll try any brand at least once.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Recently I’ve been channeling P’Trique from The Platform with frequent use of "OBSEEEEEESSED!" It’s totally dramatic but surprisingly appropriate in everyday life.

When and where were you happiest?

Some friends and I went to Napa Valley over the summer for a winery tour. Everything there is so beautiful it seems like a movie. I felt so refreshed and energized after that trip, and it completely changed my outlook on life.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Waking up every morning healthy and happy, I am ready to conquer a new day. My greatest achievements are those that lead to bigger and better things, so each morning seems like an achievement to itself.

What do you value most in your friends?

Of all my friends, the common thread I find is that everyone is open-minded and not afraid to share their feelings. We may get into some heated discussions, but tolerance allows each person to share their views without judgment.

What is your personal motto?

"The better you dress, the worse you can behave." It’s printed on my business cards!

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