City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Chicago in August. On a humid morning that held dense clouds above that questioned rain, I headed into the city of Chicago by train. Seeking fashion’s inspiration with camera in hand once again. As I walked through the thick, humid air that offered Chicago’s famous lake breezes the billowy clouds would soon release the sun and the heat of the day filtered through the streets of Chicago. Onward I walked, finding enduring inspiration of fashionable form. The windows of fashion awaited my lens. From window to window I eagerly anticipated something to speak to me. To beckon me. A compilation that my eye would zoom into lasting images to inspire. Fashion’s lure.

On the brink of Summer’s end, there is a strong lure for fashion’s change. Perhaps there is no other season in which we look for inspiration for a wardrobe update than on the verge of Autumn’s arrival. Where better to find inspiration than from behind the expansive glass window panes of fashion’s merchandising? A city always offers more than expected when it comes to being inspired. An evolving “canvas” of the artistry of visual merchandising behind the windows of fashion. Always, my camera seeks the “classics” from behind my lens. Yet simultaneously with an appreciation of the trends of fashion. Fashion is always changing and the windows that display it are constantly changing. From behind my lens, the season ahead was apparent. Stylish layers are ahead. Although warm days are still ahead (and we will embrace them!), the inspirations from behind the windows of changing fashion will continue to allow us to retain inspiration for the change that lies ahead…

August's Stylish Windows Of Chicago
August’s Stylish Windows Of Chicago
Stylish Layers Of Season's Pending Change
Stylish Layers Of Season’s Pending Change
Fashion's Lure:  Changing Seasons & Changing Windows
Fashion’s Lure: Changing Seasons & Changing Windows
The Timeless & Classic World Of Ralph Lauren/Michigan Avenue/Chicago
The Timeless & Classic World Of Ralph Lauren/Michigan Avenue/Chicago

The windows of Ralph Lauren’s Michigan Avenue store always evoke visions of classic fashion. The vibrant appeal of this month’s window certainly showcased this. An inaugural launch for Ralph Lauren’s new Polo for Women collection. With what has been deemed as “an appeal for the younger Ralph customer looking to acquire pieces from various Lauren heydays”, I confer that the elements of this line will remain unified with the tried and true vision of Ralph Lauren. Whether designed for girl or woman, his mantra “Ageless…with personal style” will ride the test of time. A “Tour of elegance” is longstanding with the designs of this great American designer. The classics will endure.

David Yurman:  10 Years Of Kate Moss/Oak Street/Chicago
David Yurman: 10 Years Of Kate Moss/Oak Street/Chicago

A nod to Kate Moss
David Yurman’s Chicago boutique on Oak Street paid homage & tribute to the iconic face of the brand . Kate Moss. Enduring style, indeed. In a past post, “Links Of Style”, I too, paid homage to the visual of Kate Moss who has iconically illustrated with perfection the art of branding. Paired with the skills of iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh and the David Yurman label, the timelessness will endure

Chicago's Iconic Building:  "Marshall Fields" & The Window's of Macy's Exhibit Of Fashionable Inspiration
Chicago’s Iconic Building: “Marshall Fields” & The Window’s of Macy’s Exhibit Of Fashionable Inspiration

An acknowledgement of fashion as an art is also illustrated from behind the windows of the iconic & historied windows of what was once Marshall Fields, now Macy’s. Macy’s has opened the door for fashion’s emerging designers. The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) is an innovative, not-for-profit founded in 2008 to further promote and grow Chicago’s emerging fashion industry with the support of the City of Chicago, Macy’s and the executive board of the CFI). Macy’s on State Street “provides six emerging Chicago-based Designers In Residence (DIR) with the resources, business acumen, and mentoring to launch their careers in fashion”. A fantastic concept that certainly provides inspiration to those of us that peer through the windows, capturing a glimpse of the world of fashion. And for those of you that reside in or near Chicago? Consider viewing from behind the glass panes an upcoming live “fashion show” featuring CFI designers at the State Street & Randolph Street windows in the Chicago Loop on September 12th & 13th. Fashion’s emerging presence unveiled, indeed…

State Street's Visual Windows:  Macy's (Marshall Fields)
State Street’s Visual Windows: Macy’s (Marshall Fields)
Macy's State Street's Visual Windows Of Fashionable Inspiration
Macy’s State Street’s Visual Windows Of Fashionable Inspiration
New Season's Await New Fragrances:
New Season’s Await New Fragrances:
Fall Fashion Of Moving Form/Chicago Loop
Fall Fashion Of Moving Form/Chicago Loop

Consider the windows of fashion that surround you to provide inspiration for fashionable insights. There is always something to inspire. Focus on the art of it all, with appreciation. What surrounds is an art form that will surely change soon. Constantly. Like the seasons, life and its visuals passes quickly. Acknowledge in the moment the fashionable windows that surround you. I will always esteem the changing windows of fashion in Chicago. Fashionable windows in August, indeed…

Kristin

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