City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Chicago in May. On a day in which the weather forecast promised clouds and steady showers of rain, I scrambled to catch the train for an early morning solo jaunt into the city of Chicago. A monthly commitment that I have not missed in over two years. A visual vitamin, if you will. Photographed from behind my lens. Framed through the view finder and compiled to present the essence of a particular month in Chicago. Over the last year my focus has been upon the fashionable windows of Chicago. Beckoning my lens, for certain. Seeing the now lush green world from the windows of the train that were spattered with rain drops, my relaxed ride was met with growing excitement as the train approached the great city by Lake Michigan. And so it is. Another journey that unfolded…

Approaching Ogilvie Train Station, Chicago
Approaching Ogilvie Train Station, Chicago

Seeking the energy and visual appeal that a city offers, I approached the city streets with an energy that matched my fearless rain-doesn’t-matter tall black rubber rain boots. The heavy gray clouds that hung over the city were no match in dimming the lure for the lights and artistry on display behind fashion’s windows. Rather, the windows seemed to offer more visual intensity. And of the draw to the lit up windows that reflect the cityscape from off its window panes? Indescribable from one who desires to capture the energy that spills onto the streets from the scenery set behind the thick glass. The month of May brings the onset of June and even lighter layers of fashionable style. Beyond the timeless classics that continually beckon the focus of my lens, the whimsy of fashion’s appeal also deserves focus. And of course, one accessory that always delights me? The seasonal return of the straw Panama hat visually marks the arrival of Summer in my eyes. A perennial favorite of mine and a timeless classic, indeed. The wide brim of shade from the rays of sun which will return with intensity soon…

Fashion & The Accessories That Embellish
Fashion & The Accessories That Embellish
Fashion's Elements From Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Fashion’s Elements From Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Elements Of Fashionable Appeal:  Behind The Windows Of Fashion In Chicago
Elements Of Fashionable Appeal: Behind The Windows Of Fashion In Chicago

Vibrant colors lured me to the windows of fashion. Burberry’s always presents vivid colors in striking formation of display. Add to that windows filled with stylish shoes of high style that visually surpassed practicality. Fashion’s appeal, indeed. Handbags and clutches, accessories and layers of lightweight appeal filled the frame behind my lens…

Burberry's Timeless Appeal
Burberry’s Timeless Appeal
Michael Kors: Classic & Tailored Delights
Michael Kors: Classic & Tailored Delights
Chanel:  Enduringly Timeless In Tweeds With Visual Impact
Chanel: Enduring Style Of Distinction With Visual Impact
Chanel:  Enduringly Timeless In Tweeds With Visual Impact
Chanel: Enduring Style Of Distinction With Visual Impact

The windows of the iconic Marshall Field’s in the loop (Macy’s) offered a visual homage to not only American heritage but also to the great city of Chicago. The iconic John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue that stands high above the city of Chicago. An icon of Chicago, for certain. Also on display as a kite is the great flag of the city of Chicago. Homage…

Homage To An American City:  Chicago.  Macy's Visual Tribute To The Iconic John Hancock
Homage To An American City: Chicago. Macy’s Visual Tribute To The Iconic John Hancock
An American Tribute:  Macy's Chicago Style
An American Tribute: Macy’s Chicago Style

A nod to the visual tribute to the world of “Selfies” which brought with it an acknowledgement of an era of technology in the world of youth. Life evolves.

The World Of “Selfies” & Macy’s/State Street (Marshall Field’s)

Of course, it wouldn’t be the world of fashion merchandising if there was not a forecasting of Pre-Fall fashion ahead. Alas, barely even into Summer and the windows of Neiman Marcus reminds us boldly of the new fashionable season ahead. Fashion continues to evolve. Fashion is a constantly changing world. Perhaps, like the windows I photograph, fashion repeats itself. Perhaps never in quite the same way, but with resemblances of the past that are woven into the present. Appreciation either way.

Neiman Marcus:  Fall Fashion Forward
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Fashion Forward
Neiman Marcus:  Fall Fashion Forward
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Fashion Forward
Fashion's Visual Delights From Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Fashion’s Visual Delights From Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Zara/Chicago:  Visual Appeal Of The Classics
Zara/Chicago: Visual Appeal Of The Classics
Colorful & Muted Appeal:  The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May
Colorful & Muted Appeal: The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

And of the city at this pivotal change of seasons? Chicago always offers visual appeal and excitement. The city itself transforms during the Summer months. Outdoor dining beckons all of us. The French bistro chairs arrive and flowers spill from planters. Summer in a city.

Summer's Arrival In Chicago:  Outdoor Dining Awaits
Summer’s Visual Arrival In Chicago: Outdoor Dining Awaits…

Of course, a nod to the world of fashion that appears on the city streets…

Fashion's Visual On The City Streets:  Michigan Avenue/Chicago
Fashion’s Visual On The City Streets: Michigan Avenue/Chicago

Consider the fashionable windows that surround you. The artistry behind the windows is fleeting and will always change as mannequins and the fashions that adorn them and the displays shift in the world of merchandising. For a moment, simply pay closer attention. Perhaps the whimsy of fashion will bring you a smile or grin. Or perhaps a homage to the classics of fashion will remind you that the classics will always endure. For me? I seek the timeless styles of fashion but will always hold appreciation for the frivolous side of the world that has always intrigued me. The art form of fashion itself. In appreciation, from behind the lens…

Onward,

Kristin

PS: And of the puddles I encountered and showers of rain that fell upon me? Dry feet but soaked with delight from the Spring rains that fell. Nothing can alter one’s spirit if you hold firmly to the beauty in life. Perhaps juggling an umbrella while attempting to photograph a scene before me was a bit challenging. Yet no matter the challenges that seem to arise in life, what comes with each day is part of the joy. City inspirations, indeed…

My “Selfie”
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