City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

On a hot & humid, mid-July day I ventured, once again, into the city that continually beckons me. My monthly journey for inspiration. For certain, Chicago is a city that always speaks to me. And so it is, from behind the lens of my camera, seeking inspiration from behind the changing windows of fashion. The desire to capture & compose fashion’s presentations brings me anticipation every time I arrive upon the city streets of Chicago.

I must add that I knew it was to be a different journey. For the first time in over 3 years of my solo journey to Chicago my path was altered. The moving force of the bridge I cross over from the train station changed the direction I would wander through the streets of Chicago. Although my route past the bridge alters, my destinations remain constant. Perhaps, as in life, our paths are often forced to change or we simply choose to take another path. Another route. Discovery always awaits along the journey, either way. That said, we simply need to look up with appreciation, looking at what surrounds us, looking closer at the details of life presented around us. Like fashion’s windows. Consider the fashionable windows of Chicago through the journey of my camera lens…

Forced Diversions & Moving Parts: Lyric Opera Bridge/Chicago
Forced Diversions & Moving Parts: Lyric Opera Bridge/Chicago

And of the windows of fashion in July? Fall fashion’s pending presence was evident from behind the panes of reflective glass. Paired with official signs of Summer sales, the “Last Call” of Summer, layers of Fall were still met with lightweight layers of Summer. Forward thinking in fashion, however, will always endure. For certain, like the windows of fashion themselves, fashion is always changing. A continual evolution of visual collaboration of designers and visual display with the goal of creating to stir a desire. An visual art form, indeed…

Summer's Fashionable Appeal:  Windows Of Chicago
Summer’s Fashionable Appeal: Windows Of Chicago

The windows of Ralph Lauren continue to provide me with fashionable delight. Timeless fashion that exudes elegance. This month’s window was alluring with hues of beige and camel toned layers of cooler weather style. In acknowledging a designer who understands with consistency good taste and style, decade after decade, I will always smile in appreciation at the visuals set before us from the windows of the Michigan Avenue store of Ralph Lauren. Fashion at its best. And of the fashionable sketches that created a backdrop for the striking mannequins that graced center stage? A reminder that fashion itself begins with a sketch. An idea first, a sketch second…

Neutral Delights Of Layered Appeal:  Ralph Lauren, Chicago
Neutral Delights Of Layered Appeal: Ralph Lauren, Chicago
Fashion's Timeless Approach:  Ralph Lauren
Fashion’s Timeless Approach: Ralph Lauren
Fall's Fashion Impact:  Chicago In July
Fall’s Fashion Impact: Chicago In July
Burberry, Chicago:  Fall Inspiration In July
Burberry, Chicago: Fall Inspiration In July
Pre-Fall Impressions/Chanel, Chicago
Pre-Fall Impressions/Chanel, Chicago
Max Mara, Chicago In July:  Hints Of Autumn
Max Mara, Chicago In July: Hints Of Autumn
Fashion Behind The Windows Of Chicago
Fashion Behind The Windows Of Chicago
Embellishments & Layers:  Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Embellishments & Layers: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago

Summer in Chicago is perhaps best visually captured with an image of the iconic historic Old Water Tower on the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue. As the 2nd oldest standing water tower in America today, a seasonal image of this historic structure flanked with palm trees is a visual snapshot of Chicago in the heat of the Summer…

The Old Chicago Water Tower in July
The Old Chicago Water Tower (1869)/Michigan Avenue/July
Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago
Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago

Consider with appreciation the fashionable windows that surround you. Amidst the glory of the sun-soaked days of effortless fashion that are still ahead, consider with mere appreciation fashion as a changing form. A changing force that is constant, no matter how long we wish to hold onto the long, warm days of Summer. Consider the visual display aimed to inspire. No matter the season that embarks upon us, appreciation from behind my lens will continue to be a constant…

Onward,

Kristin

Reflections:  Myself, Behind The Lens
Reflections: Myself, Behind The Lens

PS: Personal ponderings and afterthoughts….
Perhaps to the world, as in life itself, often what is seen to be real on the outside is not really what is reality on the inside. Perhaps it can be considered a mirage. What one assumes they see. Behind the windows of fashion, a mirage is presented to the world. The world of fashion is essentially a world of fantasy. Perhaps that is the lure it offers us. Like fashion, we also continue to evolve. Yet in fashion, consistent are the classics. Reinvented. My love for the visual of fashion will continue from behind my lens. It is truly what beckons me to seek what is presented behind the windows of thick, glass panes. Appreciation of form and function that is constantly evolving. As are we. Reinvented. And if the tracks of your life change, always travel forward with appreciation. Always. Onward to moving forward…

“Tracks of Change”
Chicago Loop
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