City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In October

Chicago’s fashionable Windows In October

Chicago in October. Although it took me a few days into November to compile the images of Autumnal fashion inspiration from the windows of Chicago last month, better late than never. Alas, like the Autumn breezes and seasonal changes, my life changes with it. Time. So to look back upon the images of October it is clear that the Fall fashion season in Chicago has moved swiftly forward. Layers and warmth already required. Much cooler breezes blow down Michigan Avenue with force.  Autumn in Chicago…

Did I mention the gray skies?  Oh, onward we go. This is the great Midwest, after all…

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Fall fashion, onward…

Stunning Style: Neiman Marcus
Burberry Plaid & Autumnal Delights
Window Style: Burberry’s
Plaid & Layered Delights: Burberry
Burberry: Mad For Plaid
Salvatore Ferragamo: Black Delight
Missoni and Saks Fifth Avenue
Ralph Lauren: Bold Impact
Max Mara: Autumnal Delight
Style & Fashion: Max Mara
Autumnal Fashion & Warmth: Max Mara
Max Mara Love: Fashion & Window Dressing
Chicago’s Max Mara: Always A Fashionable Statement
Max Mara Style
Michael Kors: Layered Details
Plum Tones Behind The Windows Of Chanel
Details, Chanel
Fashion On Michigan Avenue: Chanel
Kate Spade: The Wild Side
Shearling and Suede: Marc Jacobs

Consider with appreciation the windows of fashion. Visual merchandising and artistic display of seasonal inspiration. Fashion is always moving forward, as is time. And about that extra layer of fashionable warmth? I’m ready.

Onward,

Kristin

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City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago: September

Chicago in September. What was a warmer than usual September day on the city streets of Chicago, the Autumnal inspirations were evident. The city was launching into a fashionably forward Autumn. The tops of trees that held just a tinge of Autumnal change off the Chicago River led me to my monthly jaunt in search of fashion’s changing windows. Yet it seems that the lens of my camera pointed at less windows than usual. Perhaps the pending change of season’s brings forth a change within me and what truly inspires me. Change is good. Fashion is everywhere, but there are some months that I seek for greater inspiration than I find. Alas, less is more. A mantra that I follow, indeed.

And sometimes a moment, while in the whirl of the city life that envelopes you, is needed to focus on the details of a city. Simple park benches off the Magnificent Mile. City scenes to take in, for certain…

September Seating, Michigan Avenue/ Chicago

Onward to the collected inspirations found from behind my lens. Onward to being inspired but what each of us are moved by…in appreciation.

Chanel Launch: Gabrielle/Macy’s State Street

One cannot help but meander inside the grate stately old Marshall Fields, now Macy’s, to see the visual of the launch of Gabrielle. In love with the interior and the fragrance, indeed…

Gabrielle, Chanel Launch at Macy’s, State Street
Saks Fifth Avenue: “The Runway Starts At Saks”, Michigan Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue: “The Runway Starts At Saks”, Michigan Avenue
“The Runway Starts At Saks”
Tom Ford: Fashionably Poised In Black
Visual Merchandising and The Mannequins of Tom Ford
Fashionable Chicago In September
Chicago’s Fashionable Windows In September

From one who never tires of being inspired by the changing fashionable windows, onward in changing seasons and fashion ahead. For the love of a city and it’s fashion, ONWARD…

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Fashionable Chicago In August

Chicago. There is something about August that brings our attention quickly to the pending change of Autumn that lies ahead. Perhaps there’s a yearning for denim (Oh, I adore denim). A yearning for layers of fashionable style. Alas, perhaps not beyond the cool, crisp Autumnal days of Winter white that loom in the distance, but the beautiful days of Autumn that will precede. Fall. My personal favorite time of the year. The windows of Chicago change, once again, to match the season that seems to be arriving. As I embarked the city streets, camera in hand, I was reminded again that with any season it is the details of fashion and the fashionable form that continue to energize me. City life, city fashion, city style. Onward to fashionable changes ahead…

Fashion & The City: The Magnificent Mile
Burberry: Denim & Style
Details Of Style: Burberry
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Celebration Of Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
Deep Hues Of Color: Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashionable Details: Saks Fifth Avenue
Stella McCartney & Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashion & The Mannequin: Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus: Details Of Style & Form
Tweed Style: Chanel
Fashionable Details Of Chanel
Max Mara Style
Fashionable Max Mara

Consider the fashionable world that surrounds. If only for inspiration of the art form itself. The world that surrounds us can daily inspire us. It is changing constantly, as we are. Appreciation of the art forms found within the energizing city life endures to move me forward. Onward, always.

Onward,

Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Chicago in July. Another jaunt, with a camera in hand, focussed upon the windows of fashion that line the streets of Chicago. Always finding inspiration behind the large glass panes, for certain. Yet change with fashion is constant. Ah, the world of visual merchandising. July sales sizzling and beckoning from many of the windows as thoughts of Autumn’s pending arrival and Summer’s near ending fill the minds of passerby’s. Perhaps the thought of denim is in the air.

Of course, appreciation of the city’s surrounds in the heat of July.  Oh, Chicago. For the love of a city…

Chicago In July: Summer & Buckingham Fountain Delights

So onward to the windows and the mannequin poses that caught my eye. Selecting from behind the lens what moves me and walking past what does not. Fashion adoration, just the same. Well, always a Max Mara adoration.  It seems that the windows of Max Mara fill the pages of these monthly fashionable posts.  Again, visual merchandising and style. There are certain windows that beckon. There are certain streets that beckon. Life beckons us to appreciate. Onward in that, from behind the lens…

Max Mara In July: Always Fashionable
Fashionably Poised At Max Mara
Fashionable Conversations In Three: Max Mara
For The Love Of Max Mara
The Always Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Turbans & Accessories Of Style: Max Mara
Window Adoration: Max Mara In July
Windows & Proclamations Of Fashion In July
Burberry’s Mag Mile Windows Of Fashion
Sparkle & Shine Behind Saks Fifth Avenue
Sequins & Shine: Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashion & Art: Saks Fifth Avenue Paired With The Gaugin Exhibit/Art Institute Of Chicgo
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July
Lady Gaga & The Windows Of Tiffanty’s

Consider with appreciation the windows of fashion and the fashionable world that surrounds. City surrounds.  Changing windows and changing scenes will always provide inspiration and excitement for the very gift of life. A city provides that excitement. For me, that excitement has always endured.

Onward,

Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Fashion’s Windows Of Chicago In June

Chicago in June. Late June.  On the cusp of July and the heated streets ahead. Yet June itself brings forth a burst of Summer from behind the windows of fashion and onto the city streets. Summer in full swing.  Even on such a day in June clouds and lake breezes brought layers on and off.   Summer in Chicago.  And of inspiration? Inspiration was found and captured behind the lens upon the windows of fashion, indeed.

There are so many words that I have shared and expounded upon on these posts of fashion in the past that should carry through to each monthly collection of images. It is a passion. It is style in a moment. Captured. Perspective. The art form of fashion presented for those that notice. I do. I seek it…and inspiration follows. Behind the lens….Chicago in June.

Salvatore Ferragamo: Black & White Delight

And of Chanel’s windows? Need I say French inspiration abounds? Having just returned from Paris, seeing the French Empire Chandelier a part of this iconic tweeded window of Chanel on Michigan Avenue offered me pure delight. Merci, Chanel, in gifting us a bit of French style onto the streets of Chicago…

Classic Chanel & The French Empire Chandelier
Chanel, Chanel: Windows Of Fashion…
Tom Ford: Sequined Attitude
Saks Fifth Avenue: Visual Impressions Of Fashion
White & The Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Summer White: Timeless Ralph Lauren
Crisp, Classic Ralph Lauren
Summer’s Windows Of Fashion
Capturing Max Mara

In a word…one of my favorite windows of Fashion… Max Mara. Expansive panel windows of striking mannequins that beckon me. Classic and timeless. Strikingly presented. Perfect to have my own recollection of one of these moments in time. In the distance…

Max Mara: Always A Love Affair Of Style
Max Mara Style: Summer
The Windows Of Fashion: Max Mara
Stylish Mannequins Of Max Mara
Max Mara On The Magnificent Mile
Fashionable Style: Max Mara
Coral Delights Of Summer: Max Mara
Burberry Style On The Avenue
Burberry Windows On The Avenue
Details Of Burberry
Michigan Avenue, Tiffanys & Lady Gaga. Style, Onward.

 

Consider the windows of fashion as an inspiration for change.  Fashion changes.  We change.  We continually change. We continually discover.  Life is all about change.  Onward in that.  In appreciation for the fashionable world that surrounds, I move forward.  Next month is merely a click away, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Captured While Capturing Fashion’s Windows… in City Treads to walk the Mag Mile

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Chicago in May. The apparent arrival of Spring into Summer, indeed. May brings with it the blooms of floral bliss and the energy that warmer weather brings. Especially in the Windy City of Chicago. Appreciation. River life awakens on the Chicago River, Lake breezes waft onto Michigan Avenue and fashionable visuals of warmer days ahead are presented. Inspiring, indeed. That is a constant. City life, onward…

Chicago In May…

Change is constant. Yet consistent is my commitment to capturing the fashionable forms from behind the glass panes of fashion merchandising. Visual merchandising to inspire. And so, yet again, a compilation from behind my lens of Chicago’s fashionable forms. To add to that, for me it is perhaps a love affair with the very art form of fashion: the mannequin itself. Oh, for the love of visual appeal. Escape and travel with me on the journey of capturing moments. Fashionable moments in time…

Breakfast At Hermes
Fashionable Style Statement: Neiman Marcus
Vibrant Style Statement: Neiman Marcus
Coach: Drops & Bags Of Color
Neiman Marcus & Celine
Prada: Floral Infusion
Black & White Delight In Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera: Behind The Windows Of Saks
Carolina Herrera: Behind The Windows Of Saks
Behind the Scene: Chanel Style
Carolina Herrera, Dolce Gabanna & The Windows of Jil Sander
Burberry & Brunello Cucinelli
Tom Ford: Visual Intrigue
Mannequins Of Fashionable Form: Tom Ford
H&M: Colorful Forms Of Fashion
Max Mara: Fashionable Faces Of Style
Max Mara: Visual Appeal Of Fashionable Form
Max Mara: Summer Style On Michigan Avenue
Fashionable Love: The Mannequins Of Fashion At Max Mara
Fashionable Statements On The City Street: Chicago

Consider the fashionable world that surrounds you. For me, it is with appreciation that I seek to be inspired by visuals set before me. Style is personal, yet when one sees the vast representation of style, perhaps it furthers one’s sense of personal style. Inspiration. Appreciation. Style, onward.

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie” In The City I Crave

The City Apartment…Smaller Spaces With Maximized Style

Small Spaces: Interior Style

The city apartment. For those of us that have or currently dwell in apartments above a city…this collection of images is for you and for those whose aim is to take to the heights with a less-is-more approach to possessions. For me, perhaps reminiscing about one’s early days in the city is a worthwhile recollection.  Memories of growth and independence, for certain. Without a doubt, one’s first city apartment surely holds memories of being “young, optimistic and resilient”.  Perhaps when one looks back it is with an awareness that happiness was and is certainly not equated with the size of one’s space.  Rather, personal style knows no limit by square footage. Personal style can truly begin from the humble first apartments that sit high above and amidst the city surrounds. At least, this was true for me.  City havens that find our personality, that inspire our creativity and our inventive spirit to call the four walls we dwell within our personal perfection. The city apartment. High in style within a city and world that surrounds that is constantly moving.

Perhaps there is no other interior space that requires a “Less is more” approach (courtesy of architect Mies van der Rohe) to what surrounds than in the four walls of a city apartment. Of note, Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto “Less is more” to describe his “aesthetic of arranging necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity. Every element and detail is to serve multiple visual and functional purposes”.  Oh, so true when we look to our interiors. Large or small. Especially within the square footage of a city space. Perhaps it can also be said that filling such a space aligns itself as “the art of things chosen well rather than often”.  Surrounding oneself with the things that have meaning and purpose and that are part of who we are today. Quality vs. quantity, indeed. Alas, less is more.

“Good style is good editing” – Thomas Jayne

Whether a small studio or a spacious, multi-room apartment with heightened ceilings, personal style pairs with purpose and function, scale and proportion. Each room presenting a clearly defined purpose with careful attention to space planning and arrangement of the furnishings that gain our permission to fill the space.  For some, it is minimalism. For others it is filling a space with curated belongings collected through the years. Of course, editing is key in order to allow a space to feel more spacious while giving significance to the items that remain. Significance, the key word. It is said that the best rooms have a refinement of taste and that simplicity is the essence of style.  Designer and novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937) once said that “The supreme excellence is simplicity”.  Oh, indeed. That said, the key to any interior is making the space you have work for you. Tailored to suit your lifestyle. Designing each room for maximum use while incorporating elements that reflect your personal interests and style within the space you reside within.   Style & taste cannot be defined by the size of a room. Square footage does not matter.  We only have the space we have…cheers to living with what is truly important, in stylish and refined form…

Collected images to inspire.  May you find inspiration and appreciation for the city apartment. City love and city style, onward…

Small Spaces: City living Love
City Style Within The Interior
City Spaces Of Interior Style
Style & The City Apartment
Interior Style: Apartment Living
Simple Delights: City Living
Personal Style Inside City Walls
Style In The City
City Apartments: Four Walls Of Style
City Apartment Style
Stylish Spaces: City Bound
City Love: Interior Style With Smaller Spaces
City Style: Within 4 Walls Of A City Apartment
High On Style: The City Apartment
Personalized Spaces High Above City Streets
City Style
Living Above A City: The City Apartment

Interior Delights Of Personalized City Spaces
Striking Spaces: City Style


“A gem of a house may not be its size at all, but its lines are honest and its painting and window curtains in good taste”- Emily Post

Consider with appreciation the city apartment and the stylish spaces that do not require much square footage but simply personal style.  Again, Style & taste cannot be defined by the size of a room.   So to those that adore the city and the life within it, bravo to creating refined style in smaller spaces.  Style cannot be limited by size.  Onward in that…with style.

Onward,

Kristin

My 1st City Apartment: A Chicago Studio/ 1994

“My space is small. My life is big”.

Reflections….a personal visual homage to my first city apartment.   A small studio off Lake Shore Drive in a vintage 3-story apartment building.  A homage with a few excerpts of my written words while living in that space:

“It’s morning. The traffic of horns awoke me. The overcast Chicago sky provides enough daylight so that even the details of the tall ceiling with its double edged rim of white crown molding speak of the history, charm and simplicity of this studio of mine. The wood floor surrounding me shines with a golden glow. When my eyes focus on the walls before me and around me, I see the basic designs; the simple display of the pieces the comprise my life, as yet.  A table holding a few silver photo frames. A lounge chair that makes a statement all its own. A bed that becomes a day bed by day.  A pair of silver candlesticks on the mantle and candles below awaiting a match to alight the beauty of the marble hearth before them. Oh, the outlined form and subdued details of the fireplace in relief forms of dancing cupids outlining it in elegance.  The wirework basket holding black and white matted photographs of architecture taken from behind my lens.  The bathroom with its stemmed porcelain basin of white,  tub and mirrored cabinets. Towels of pure white. The marble window ledge covered with silver bowls filled with lipstick and flanked by bottles of fragrance. Each part of this studio so close to my heart. The kitchen and its black and white checked floor with a wrought iron bistro table. The large window with a view of Lake Michigan and the traffic of Lake Shore Drive.  The expansive window ledge where the coffee bodum awaits my morning brew.  A simple black and white picture of New York City dotting the wall. Simplicity.  Filled with all essential pieces to me. Basic and indispensible. Representing and defining who I am; who I have become. The closet, lined with cotton broadcloth and denim shirts and black blazers in a neat row. Stacks of sweaters, denim jeans and v-neck white tees on the shelf.  A stack of books atop the built-in 3 chest drawer filled with essentials. The simple silver pull chain cord above for the closet light.  The door. The mirror behind apartment 3G. What will I remember about this studio apartment of mine? It will always live on in spirit.  None will be like this. A chapter in my life…”   -Kristin Abrahamsen, Chicago 1994

Personal Details: The city Window/My Bathroom /1994

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In April

Fashionable Windows In April

Chicago in April. Perhaps it is April when the reality of Spring’s awakening is truly upon us. Spring blooms arrive late in Chicago.  Yet when they do arrive the blooms are breathtaking and rejuvenate those that strut the streets of style and the city itself. To appreciate Spring in a city that anticipates its arrival with heightened awareness is to even further appreciate the gift each day brings…

Spring’s Blooms & Chicago’s Cloud Gate

The windows of fashion once again change to beckon passerby’s with the seasonal shift towards warmer days. Neutrals of classic whites paired with infusions of pastel and floral bliss welcome Spring. Spring green, onward.  Onward to the images captured from behind my lens. A continual monthly visual of fashionable appeal from the streets of high fashion of the great, Windy City of Chicago. Fashion and photography compiled to inspire…

Spring Green On Michigan Avenue: H&M Visual Delights
Neiman Marcus & The Striking Mannequins Of High Style
Black On White Delights: Neiman Marcus
Stylish Form Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Michael Kors: Floral Delights
Floral Infusion: Michael Kors
Spring Appeal At Kate Spade
Barney’s & Alaia, Paris
Oscar De La Renta Behind Saks 5th Avenue
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
Spring’s Floral Fusion: Macy’s State Street
White & Creamy Nuetrals: Ralph Lauren
Jil Sander: Neutral Lineup
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
Burberry’s: The Classic Trench
“White is Always Right”: Classic Max Mara
Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Chartreuse & Bright Plum: Visual Delights From Max Mara
Fashionable Windows Of Style: Max Mara
Fashionable City Love: Chicago & Max Mara

Oh, for the love of fashion. For the love of a city. For the love of the mannequins of fashionable form that beckon my lens continually. Inspiration a constant. Change is a constant. Consistently do I aim to inspire with sharing images from behind my camera each month. Fashion and the city. May the arrival of Spring inspire you to appreciate the artistry of visual merchandising and the art of fashion itself.  Fashion’s seasonal change awaits. Onward in being inspired no matter where you reside.

Onward,

Kristin

Fashionable Reflection: Plumage & The Photographer

Easter Wishes….

Easter Wishes from Chicago….From House Appeal

Easter.
A symbol of hope, renewal and new life….

As the blossoms of Spring’s arrival flank our worlds with the sheer beauty of nature’s renewal that graces our surrounds, may hope and new life offer you an appreciation of the gift that each and every day holds.  Onward in gratitudes.  At Easter and beyond.

Wishing you and yours joy at Easter…

Onward,

Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In March

Fashionable Chicago In March

Chicago in March. With March winds and cooler breezes I strutted down the streets of Chicago in search of fashionable inspiration. Yes, inspiration abounds. But seeking the artistic visual presentation of changing fashion behind the glass windows of visual merchandising is a lure for my lens. Changing style. Changing seasons.  The fashionable windows of Chicago.  A monthly determination to present a photographic compilation of images to inspire…the art of fashion.

Of course, I am enamored with more than merely the fashionable forms that grace the stage of window display. The city itself is always a lure of inspiration. The joy of life. Energy, movement and city life daily inspires. The boats and the river life of Chicago is about to begin…Spring, onward!

Chicago River In March

As one strolls the streets of a city there is me with my camera. It is typical for passerby’s to stop and glance at the windows I am photographing.  Often I see their reflections in the windows that I am photographing as I wait for them to pass.  Yet this month, a moment was captured…a woman sees me photographing the striking windows of Neiman Marcus. She pauses briefly, directly in front of my pointed lens. Perhaps reflecting on what my lens is focussed on. Perhaps contemplating.  Captured. Life. Cause and effect. A contrast.  Life’s moments.

 

Cause & Effect: My Lens & A Passerby

Onward to the fashionable scenes that my lens focussed upon…

Chanel Style On Michigan Avenue & Lake Shore Drive
Style Forward: Chanel
Spring Window Appeal: Chanel
Burberry: Trench & Shoes Of Distinction
Window Display: Burberry Style
Elegance In Poised Style: Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus: A Fashion Statement
Fashionable Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Fashionable Visuals Behind Ralph Lauren
Stylish Impressions: Ralph Lauren
Max Mara: Vivid Style Off Michigan Avenue
Patterns & Visual Delight: Max Mara
Stylized & Fashionable Delights: Max Mara
Vivd Red: Bold Color Behind Max Mara
Black & White Fashionable Appeal Max Mara
Window Style: Max Mara
Ferragamo: Spring Style
Flower Power: Michael Kors
Tom Ford: Visual Distinction
Power in Black & White: Tom Ford
Colorful Standard: Patterns & Kate Spade
Lined In Visual Style: Jil Sander
Cobalt Blue Hues: Escada
Cobalt Blue Hues: Escada
The Trench & Colorful Delights: Prada
Embellishments & Style: Prada
Personal Homage & Lure: The Windows Of Max Mara

Consider with appreciation the visual display and art form of fashion. Changing seasons with changing windows of style. There is inspiration to be found, indeed. Finding a commitment in seeking inspiration is a worthwhile goal. Alas, behind the lens of the camera, onward I move…fashion, and Spring, ONWARD!

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”: Behind The Lens