A Fashionable Nod to Halloween…

Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise
Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise

Halloween. A nod to the occasion with a fashionable appeal on the day in which we transcend ourselves into a world of mystery and fantasy. For me, it is the beauty that I seek from the masqueraded moment. Thus, Fashion. Models. Intrigue. For certain, even Halloween can offer up a beautiful rendering in which to disappear behind a mask that offers fascination and curiosity. Life can be beautiful at all times. Elegance can certainly prevail. Even on Halloween.

Lights & Halloween Vibes:  From The World Of Fashion
Lights & Halloween Vibes: From The World Of Fashion

To those that don a masquerade of style, onward into the night when pumpkins glow in the moonlight…A fashionable halloween, onward
Happy Halloween!  

Onward,

Kristin


“There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by the moonlight”

“Legendary Style” & Timeless Icons Of Fashion: Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington

Tiffany's & Christy Turlington:  Legendary Style Campaign Fall 2016
Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington: Legendary Style Campaign Fall 2016

Christy Turlington and Tiffany’s. A perfect pairing.  It is termed that “Legendary” is to be remarkable enough to be famous or very well known and that “Style” is a manner of doing or presenting things. “Legendary Style” paired together with an object and a woman is Tiffany’s stunning visual campaign for Fall of 2016.

Not a new topic of focus from my archives of the era of the Supermodel, it is Christy Turlington who has remained as an enduring icon of the art of the model to me. In October of 2013 I applauded the Return To The Cover: “Iconic Supermodels” Gracing Harper’s Bazaar (which paired with the distinctive beauty of another enduring icon of modeling, the striking Linda Evangelista). For certain, iconic style repeats with iconic models. Another photographic visual of modern elegance paired with minimalism in design, indeed.  Christy Turlington has always seemed to represent timeless yet modern elegance.   A perfect union with the Fall 2016 campaign launch by Tiffany’s

“I am sort of a less is more kind of girl and I love to just pick something I love and just wear it”.
“When I hear Tiffany I think iconic. I think New York. I think modern.   
When I hear Tiffany I think forever”

– Christy Turlington, Tiffany’s Fall Campaign 2016

Christy & Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti

Christy & The Tiffany T

To appreciate the artistry of the Fall 2016 Campaign for Tiffany’s a short film and documentary entitled “Some Style Is Legendary” directed by Oscar®-nominated, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (also director of The September Issue) certainly deserves a viewing.  Inspiring, for certain. In search of a new creative marketing brand campaign, Tiffany’s paired with creative partner, Grace Coddington, an esteemed fashion editor for 50 years and creative director at large for American Vouge magazine. Coddington sought a “Very modern Tiffany’s because I think the jewelry is super modern”


“For generations, Tiffany has defined the true meaning of legendary style. For our latest campaign, we set out to find the best creative talents both behind and in front of the camera, to present our iconic collections. Who better than Grace Coddington, a style legend in her own right, to serve as our creative partner.”

-Caroline Naggiar, chief brand officer, Tiffany & Co

Creative Partner For Tiffany's, The Fashion Editor Icon, Grace Coddington
Creative Partner For Tiffany’s, The   Fashion Editor Icon, Grace Coddington

With a goal of modernity “In a major way”, Coddington found her inspiration from past close up images of model Kate moss taken against a blue background by photographer David Simms. In the short film documentary, Coddington described the color blue, New York and of course, Tiffany’s.

“Blue is a very extraordinary color.  It’s a very positive color”- Grace Coddington

“I always say “why do I love New York?” its because the sky is always blue.                                               It’s an extraordinary city because it is old and yet its also incredibly new.
In a funny way that is how you can describe Tiffany’s. It’s old and its new. It’s not ever going to be slotted into one century or another, I think.   It’s sort of endless.” – Grace Coddington

Oh, so well stated….


Regarding the photographic campaign, Coddington stated “I like when its really simple and straightforward
. 
 Thus Coddington’s aim to “Express a moment in a photograph” and present an image that is “Just a moment’ was certainly successful.  In the end, Grace Coddington certainly achieved  her goal of keeping it modern and expressing a moment.
“I wanted something that when you to flip through the pages of a magazine it will stop you. And I think that the images stop you. Indeed, they do, Grace. Thank you for your artistry and the modern yet timeless elegance in advertising of Tiffany & Company. For certain, Legendary Icons, indeed

Tiffany's Advertisements & The Timeless Christy Turlington
Tiffany’s Advertisements & The Timeless Christy Turlington
Legendary Style & Timeless Icons:  Tiffany's & Christy Turlington
Legendary Style & Timeless Icons: Tiffany’s & Christy Turlington

 

Of course, a nod to the three other distinctive and beautiful women selected by Grace Coddington who mark the Fall 2016 Campaign with distinctive appeal. In full color against the “Tiffany Blue” hue. Impact of beauty and legendary style, for certain.

“The authentic, powerful portraits include Oscar®-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, actress Elle Fanning, as well as maternal health advocate and model Christy Turlington Burns, and model Natalie Westling wearing Tiffany jewelry and photographed by David Sims. Mirroring the print campaign is a cinematic black and white video series directed by Sims, where each woman shares her interpretation of legendary style. Chosen for being true originals, this talented cast wears iconic Tiffany designs that reflect both their style and identity.”
-Tiffany’s press release/2016 Legendary Style Campaign

 

Natalie Westling,Lupita Nyong'o and Elle Fanning
Natalie Westling,Lupita Nyong’o and Elle Fanning

Personally, of all the images in the campaign, it is the images of the iconic Christy Turlington that garners my focus yet again. On selecting Christy Turlington for the campaign Coddington shares that “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world”. Christy simply perfects Coddington’s goal of a subliminal visual of a jewelry advertisement and yet keeping it very modern. Beyond an object and a woman the concept of legendary remains. Tiffany & Co. has proven itself to be enduring, timeless and “Old and new” at the same time. Evolution of a legend. Evolution of style. Evolution of fashionable embellishments that endure to appeal to the Modern woman. Timeless, onward.


“Women of substance, sophistication and style have worn Tiffany jewelry throughout the company’s 180-year history. The campaign imagery captures the way in which Tiffany designs transcend time, transforming the wearer and irrevocably changing the way they move through the world”
-Tiffany & Co.

Appreciation of a model and a timeless emblem of fashion that both move forward in modernity of elegance and simplicity. Bravo, Coddington and Tiffany & Co.  So it was on Magnificent Mile of Chicago, outside our very own Chicago Tiffany & Co.,  when I spotted Christy Turlington gracing a bus stop poster against the robin blue hue of Tiffany’s iconic blue.  Determined to bring further attention to both icons, it is my hope that this acknowledgement of a jewelry campaign and a model provides appreciation.  The art of fashion and timeless elegance.  Elegance will always endure…with a fresh dash of modernity, indeed.

Onward,

Kristin

Chicago's Magnificent Mile & Fashionable Style:  Christy Turlington & Tiffany's
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & Fashionable Style: Christy Turlington & Tiffany’s

PS: Blue, Tiffany blue, is a very extraordinary Color. New York is an extraordinary city. Christy Turlington is an extraordinary model and Tiffany’s is timeless. Old & New, onward. -Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September

Chicago In September:  Fashion & Style
Chicago In September: Fashion & Style

Chicago’s fashionable windows in September. With temperatures that would reach into the 80’s, I watched from the train windows the landscape that was already changing. Tips of trees hued in a hint of Autumn’s colorful change. Ever so slight. Sunny skies dotted with clouds welcomed me as I exited the train station onto the streets of Chicago. Another journey in search of fashionable inspiration. Beyond my search behind the lens of a camera, my eyes scan the city scene that surrounds. Always I am energized by the encompassing scene of fashion, architecture, city life and energy therein…

Chicago Visual Of Appreciation
Chicago Visual Of Appreciation

And of the fashionable windows? Merely image upon image captured from behind my lens with hopefully express the visual of the season’s apparent pending fashion change. Autumn. The windows of high fashion style continues to inspire. Perhaps less is more with words as the visuals speak for themselves. With appreciation….a visual compilation of Chicago in September awaits…

Flowing and Modern Elegance:  Ralph Lauren
Flowing and Modern Elegance: Ralph Lauren
Textural & Hued Autumn Delight:  Hugo Boss
Textural & Hued Autumn Delight: Hugo Boss
Chanel: Tweeds. Baubles & Color
Chanel: Tweeds. Baubles & Color
Classic Chanel: Pearls, Tweeds & Accessories
Classic Chanel: Pearls, Tweeds & Accessories
Chanel Visuals:  Classic Style Of Fashion Artistry, Onward
Chanel Visuals: Classic Style Of Fashion Artistry, Onward
Burberry's "Makers House" Visual on Michigan Avenue
Burberry’s “Makers House” Visual on Michigan Avenue
Burberry's "Maker House" Fashion "Pop up" On Michigan Avenue
Burberry’s “Maker House” Fashion “Pop up” On Michigan Avenue
Plumage & Tweed Behind Michael Kors
Plumage & Tweed Behind Michael Kors
Soft  & Textural Autumn Visuals:  Carolina Herrera
Soft & Textural Autumn Visuals: Carolina Herrera
Tom Ford:  Autumn Plaid & Leather
Tom Ford: Autumn Plaid & Leather
Oak Street Visuals:  Dolce & Gahanna & Kate Spade In September
Oak Street Visuals: Dolce & Gahanna & Kate Spade In September
Black Hued Distinction:  Escada
Black Hued Distinction: Escada
Yellow & Black:  Escada Visuals
Yellow & Black: Escada Visuals
Beaded Interest Of Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue
Beaded Interest Of Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue
Accessories Of High Style:  Sax Fifth Avenue
Accessories Of High Style: Sax Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus: Bold Fashion Statements Of Autumn
Neiman Marcus: Bold Fashion Statements Of Autumn
Sax Fifth Avenue:  Fashion's Visual Appeal Behind the Windows of Display
Sax Fifth Avenue: Fashion’s Visual Appeal Behind the Windows of Display

Autumn's Appeal:  Accessories & High Fashion

Prada: Distinctive Visuals In Sunlight
Prada: Distinctive Visuals In Sunlight
Max Mara:  Alluring Style Constant
Max Mara: Alluring Style Constant
Details Of Max Mara Fashion
Details Of Max Mara Fashion
Reflections & Autumn Fashion:  Max Mara
Reflections & Autumn Fashion: Max Mara
Max Mara Visuals:  Fall Delights
Max Mara Visuals: Fall Delights
Basic Black Delight:  Max Mara
Basic Black Delight: Max Mara
Gold & Black:  Timeless Combination Of style Behind Max Mara
Gold & Black: Timeless Combination Of style Behind Max Mara
Fashionable Distinction & Autumn Appeal:  Max Mara
Fashionable Distinction & Autumn Appeal: Max Mara
Max Mara:  Texture, Classic Style & Visual Appeal
Max Mara: Texture, Classic Style & Visual Appeal
Fall's Footwear Impact On Michigan Avenue
Fall’s Footwear Impact On Michigan Avenue
Autumn's Effects:  Chicago Fashionable Windows In August
Autumn’s Effects: Chicago Fashionable Windows In August
Fashionable Distinction On The City Streets:  The Iconic & Timeless Christy Turlington & Tiffanys
Fashionable Distinction On The City Streets: The Iconic & Timeless Christy Turlington & Tiffanys

Consider with appreciation the artistry presented behind the windows of fashion. The visuals alone deserve appreciation. The classics. The Timeless. The iconic. The edgy. Fashion. Always unexpected. Always a delight to me. For fashion display and merchandising is an art form. And always will I find appreciation. From behind my lens. Onward in that.

Onward,

Kristin

Behind The Lens Into The World Of Fashion:  Selfie, me
Behind The Lens Into The World Of Fashion: Selfie, me

Checkered in Classic Style: Gingham Fabric

Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal:  Gingham
Checks Of Classic & Modern Appeal: Gingham

Gingham. The pattern that never seems to fade. Granted, its appearance and reappearance into fashion proves that it is an enduring classic of crisp and fresh appeal. Fashion evolves and styles change, but the timeless checked pattern of distinction will always thread through fashion’s world. A classic pattern that returns with a fresh, modern spin, once again. Referring to “Striped cotton”, this timeless and classic pattern typically consists of “medium yarns in varying qualities and woven of plan cotton fibers”. Originally, gingham was a bright colored stripe.  Who knew? Gingham evolved into the check pattern that has brought it to its iconic and classic status.

Ranging from medium to light weight and from very small to very large checked patterns, The iconic coloring and pattern is a balanced pattern, with no right or wrong side, since the fibers are colored before they are woven together.  Gingham is most common in blue and white yet gingham would eventually gain its acclaim as a red and white pattern of delight. Of course, there are other colors that have arrived to the forefront that echo the classic checked style.  And of this pattern of checked style?  A look to the past…

 The Iconic "Wizzard Of OZ" Gingham Dress
Judy Garland & The Iconic “Wizzard Of OZ” Gingham Dress

Perhaps the iconic blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy from the Wizzard Of Oz remains as the most poignant American link to this checkered blue pattern. Yet this patterned fabric that has endured through time to transcend style that would include the mod 1960’s appeal and beyond, deserves a look back. To appreciate this classic pattern that appears in fashion archives since its inception in the world of textiles, a brief background of the pattern of checks….

During the 16th century gingham fabric was manufactured within the Dutch-colonized Malaysia and Indonesia, which excelled in their use of rich, color fast textile dyes that would produce textiles like gingham that wove bright colors through the fabrics. This checked pattern, known as “Malay ginggang”held the meaning of  “With space between, hence striped”.  It is believed that the term Gingham was introduced to the English language by both Dutch and French traders in 1615.  Yet having claim to the word “Gingham”, evidence links that the Italians and Indonesians may have also had a part in the name that stems from the same root, meaning “Striped”.

During the 17th century this brightly colored textile of striped cotton-weave fabric was widely exported to Europe and colonial USA from India and Indonesia through the East India Trading Company. In the mid-18th Century, England’s textile mills produced the checked gingham cotton fabric using imported cotton and dyes. In fact, Manchester, England was the center of gingham fabric production. It is stated that there were 108 cotton mills in Manchester at the peak of its industrial boom. That is quite a lot of gingham to satisfy the rage of fashion’s call.  Fabric of fashionable style, indeed. In America, cotton mills were also established to produce the fabric that was “All the rage” across Europe and in the United States- gingham!

Perhaps Gingham, which has links and symbolism to youth and nostalgia, will continue to  evolve in fashion and in style within the 21st Century.  What is certain is that although it may appear to go “in and out” of fashion, classics never fade.  Always to return, the patterned print of checks will always find its way to fashion’s forefront

Tried & True:  Vintage Gingham Fashion
Tried & True: Vintage Gingham Fashion

One cannot mention gingham without the mention and visual nod to Brigitte Bardot.  In 1959  Bardot married Jacques Charrier in Paris. Donning a wedding dress of pink and white gingham designed by couturier Jacques Estérel, Bardot made the French Vichy pattern  highly fashionable with worldwide appeal. She is even said to have nearly single-handedly brought French glamour to the classic gingham pattern. Of course!

1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
1959/Brigitte Bardot/Paris, France
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham
Brigitte Bardot (France/1959) Bedecked In Gingham

Another nod to the past of checked style…Gingham and Hollywood united and icons and stars such as Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn and other icons of style, such as First Lady Jackie Kennedy, would don the checked pattern of stylish fashionable statements.

Icons Of Style:  Bedecked In Gingham
Icons Of Style: Bedecked In Gingham
Vintage Appeal:  Gingham &  Its Fashionable Past
Vintage Appeal: Gingham & Its Fashionable Past
Audrey Hepburn:  Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Audrey Hepburn: Adorned In A Checked Pattern Classic
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda:  Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Fonda: Gingham Appeal Of Hollywood Style
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Icons Of Fashion In Gingham Fabric
Fashion's Gingham:  Evolution Of Style
Fashion’s Gingham: Evolution Of Style
Icons & Fashion's Appeal:  Gingham
Icons & Fashion’s Appeal: Gingham
Fashion's Gingham:  Always A Classic
Fashion’s Gingham: Always A Classic
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style On The Cover Of Magazines
Gingham Style:  Magazines & Fashion's Style
Gingham Style: Magazines & Fashion’s Style
Gingham:  Covers Of Fashion
Gingham: Covers Of Fashion
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Fashionable Gingham: Checks Of Style
Modern Appeal:  Gingham & Fashion's Fresh Perspective
Modern Appeal: Gingham & Fashion’s Fresh Perspective
Super Model Gingham: Enduring  Style In A Classic Pattern
Super Model Gingham: Enduring Style In A Classic Pattern
Fresh Appeal:  The Modern Take On Gingham
Fresh Appeal: The Modern Take On Gingham
Moden Gingham:  Fashion's Evolution Of  A Classic Pattern
Moden Gingham: Fashion’s Evolution Of A Classic Pattern
Jcrew:  Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Jcrew: Gingham Checks Of Modern Appeal
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Of Modern Interpretation
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Gingham Style: Colorful & Vivid Checked Appeal
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion:  Gingham
Timeless Blue & White Checked Fashion: Gingham
The "Guess" Models In Gingham
The “Guess” Models In Gingham
Masculine & Classic  Style:   Gingham
Masculine & Classic Style: Gingham

Of course, the dapper man bedecked in classic gingham… a visual nod of appreciation, indeed…

 Dapper Classics:  The Man & Gingham
Dapper Classics: The Man & Gingham

The world of entertaining and grand events of life are not without the inclusion of this checked pattern of timeless style. Checked style of celebratory appeal endures…

Wedding  & Entertaining  In Gingham Style
Wedding & Entertaining In Gingham Style
Gingham Style :  The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Gingham Style : The Dapper Groom & Groomsman
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style:  Gingham Delights
Entertaining Bliss In Checked Style: Gingham Delights

Of course, a visual appreciation of gingham outside the world of fashion and into the world of the interior. Gingham is certainly a statement of bold appeal when found within the interior. Interior, appeal, for certain…

Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Interior Delights In Gingham Style
Gingham:  Interior & Exterior Appeal
Gingham: Interior & Exterior Appeal
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style:  Gingham Interiors
Vivid Appeal In Checked Style: Gingham Interiors

Consider the classic pattern of checks. Whether it is a modern take on the timeless fabric pattern that adorns our fashionable world, embellishes events and celebrations or boldly proclaims itself within our interiors, gingham is worthy of appreciation.  Now a modern classic with a historied past, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“The fabric of existence weaves itself whole” -Charles Ives

A Year Of City Inspirations: The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago, 2015

January, February, March & April 2015
January, February, March & April 2015
May, June, July & August 2015
May, June, July & August 2015

 

September, October, November & December 2015
September, October, November & December 2015

Another year from behind the lens

Another year of fashionable appeal of the timeless, ever changing world of fashion and its whimsy appeal brought forth by the intriguing and inspiring world of window display. Fashion window display. Although a retrospect of the year in photographs and compilations is not new to me (for I have ventured into the city of Chicago, with the sole purpose of photographing fashion’s changing settings, for two years now) the year 2015 in fashion deserves a visual review. Prior to the fashionable windows of 2014  it was a yearly visual appreciation of city inspirations. My love for the city has not paled. Yet my appreciation for the windows of fashion has deepened. Always have I been lured to the windows that mesmerize. Windows that flaunt a visual. Whether in elegant simplicity or in flamboyant and colorful display, fashion beckons me. From behind the lens, I have aimed my lens to capture the essence of the changing fashionable scene. Within the compilations I have sought to express the magic and changing world therein. Behind the lens. Behind the windows of fashion.

For those that wish to take a closer look at the photographic compilations beyond what is presented here, of each month of city scenes behind the windows of fashion, merely search “City Inspirations”.  The compilations of a month-by-month visual will hopefully provide you with fashionable inspiration and appreciation throughout the year wherever you reside.

Of course, a closer view at a mere representation of each month …

Chicago In January/ 2015
Chicago In January/ 2015
Chicago In February/2015
Chicago In February/2015
Chicago In March/2015
Chicago In March/2015
Chicago In April/2015
Chicago In April/2015
Chicago In May/2015
Chicago In May/2015
Chicago In June/ 2015
Chicago In June/ 2015
Chicago In July/2015
Chicago In July/2015
Chicago In August/ 2015
Chicago In August/ 2015
Chicago In September/ 2015
Chicago In September/ 2015
Chicago In October/ 2015
Chicago In October/ 2015
Chicago In November/ 2015
Chicago In November/ 2015
Chicago in December/2015
Chicago in December/2015

May you be inspired to look closer to the fashionable surrounds that exist around you. For me it is a continual visual of appreciation of the artistry and the magic of fashion merchandising and the evolution of fashion’s change.  Inspiring, indeed.   I will continue my photographic quest to share the fashionable inspiration from the windows of fashion. Chicago and beyond.

And as for the New Year ahead that awaits us? Perhaps the words I stated in 2014 deserve repeating:

“Edit and frame your view. Life is constantly moving forward. Move with it with appreciation. Focus on what surrounds you. May your eyes be wide and your interest piqued….always.” -Kristin

Onward. In appreciation. Onward. In inspiration.

As always….Onward,

Kristin

Behind The Lens
Behind The Lens

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In September

City inspirations. Yet another tour behind my lens of the fashionable world of Chicago. Changing seasons. Changing fashionable windows that proclaim those changes. Fashion is just that. Change. But consistently running through the changes are the timeless classics. Fashionable basics, if you will. Amidst the appreciation for the whimsy of fashion itself, my lens seeks the inspiration of the world that is artfully presented to the world of passerby’s on the city streets. Fortunate am I to have the proximity, by train, to arrive within the great city by Lake Michigan, and dwell within its energy. For the energy of a city begins on the pavement. It begins on the city streets, below the towering city scape that surrounds…

Chicago Loop:  Elevated Train Tracks
Chicago Loop: Elevated Train Tracks

And of the fashionable windows of Chicago? In September, the arrival of the cool Autumn winds upon the “Windy City” of Chicago await all of those that embark upon the streets. Beyond the passerby’s, the visual displays that beckon my lens await. Of course, the layers of the pending season were expected. Yet fashion’s display and visual merchandising of fashion itself is perhaps what lures me. Presentation. Life is certainly that. What is chosen to be marketed to the masses…the attitude that is emitted from the display and the focus of poignant fashionable elements from behind the thick panes of glass that are presented to inspire those that pause to view. Or for those that merely take a glance at the displays. Fashion as art. From behind my lens…

Winds Of Change:  Fashion Behind Burberry/Chicago
Winds Of Change: Fashion Behind Burberry/Chicago
Burberry/Chicago:  Fashionable Inspiration Of Timeless Appeal
Burberry/Chicago: Fashionable Inspiration Of Timeless Appeal
Layers & Patterns Of Iconic Appeal:  Burberry/Chicago
Layers & Patterns Of Iconic Appeal: Burberry/Chicago
Autumn Impact:  Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Autumn Impact: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Fall's Windows Of Chanel:  Chicago
Fall’s Windows Of Chanel: Chicago
Fashionable Chanel: September's Tweed Inspiration & Accessories
Fashionable Chanel: September’s Tweed Inspiration & Accessories
Ralph Lauren/Michigan Avenue:  Fall Inspirations
Ralph Lauren/Michigan Avenue: Fall Inspirations
Fashion's Autumn Proclamation:  From Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Fashion’s Autumn Proclamation: From Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Max Mara:  Visual Window  Delights In September
Max Mara: Visual Window Delights In September
Max Mara:  Autumnal Delights Of Timeless Appeal
Max Mara: Autumnal Delights Of Timeless Appeal
Max Mara:  Autumnal Delights Of Timeless Appeal
Max Mara: Autumnal Delights Of Timeless Appeal
Textural & Visual Appeal:  Max Mara
Textural & Visual Appeal: Max Mara
Muted & Textural Delights Behind The Windows Of Max Mara
Muted & Textural Delights Behind The Windows Of Max Mara
Bold & Bright Visual Impact:  Macy's/State Street
Bold & Bright Visual Impact: Macy’s/State Street
Fashionable Impact Behind The Windows Of Macy's/State Street
Fashionable Impact Behind The Windows Of Macy’s/State Street
Fall Lineup:  Macy's/State Street
Fall Lineup: Macy’s/State Street
“Fashion’s Front Row”/Macy’s/ State Street
Autumn's Fashionable Appeal:  Chicago In September
Autumn’s Fashionable Appeal: Chicago In September
Fashion's Statement On The City Streets
Fashion’s Statement On The City Streets

Fashion's Impact Upon Chicago's City Streets
Fashion’s Impact Upon Chicago’s City Streets

Beyond the evidence of fashion’s inclusion among us upon the city streets…remember that the world that surrounds you deserves appreciation. Look upward. Visual delight always awaits….

Architectural Distinction Off Chicago's Michigan Avenue
Architectural Distinction Off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue

Consider with appreciation the fashionable streets that line the city streets that surround you. The fashionable windows that hold visual appeal. Worthy of more than a mere glance, take a closer look at the art form itself. Bound to inspire, in art form. In a world that moves swiftly around us, taking the moment to appreciate the details that surround us is paramount. The world that surrounds is a visual gift. Merely waiting for appreciation. From behind the fashionable windows to the towering architectural forms that surround, take a moment. Pause. In appreciation….

Onward,

Kristin

Fashion Behind My Lens

For The Love Of Denim: Homage To The Fabric Of Indigo Blue

For The Love Of Denim
For The Love Of Denim
Kate Moss & Cindy Crawford:  Iconic Poses In Denim
Kate Moss & Cindy Crawford: Iconic Poses In Denim

For the love of denim….Not a new topic of focus for me but rather, one that earns yet another visual nod of appreciation. Perhaps there is no other season where denim acquires attention and fixation than at the onset of Fall. A season that seems to equate itself with the fabric of blue indigo hues, denim has endured to appeal to us as an essential of Autumn. The thrill of a new pair of jeans, donning the iconic denim jacket or another workhorse of style, the denim shirt. Timeless.

Truly a seasonless icon, denim is always in ‘Vouge’. Making its appearance every season, the world of denim never disappears from fashion’s forefront. The true blue indigo world of denim offers a durable and versatile stylish fabric that is a staple in nearly every woman’s wardrobe. Denim is ageless. Perhaps that is why I still cling to it. “Forever in blue jeans”. Stylish options in which to personalize with flair. Indeed, accessorizing the look is merely how you own the fabric. Life is certainly all about the details.

Again, another nod to the world of the fabric of denim itself…

Fashion Covers:  Layered In Denim
Fashion Covers: Layered In Denim
Covers Of Style:  Denim In  The World Of Fashion
Covers Of Style: Denim In The World Of Fashion
Fashion Magazine Covers Of Denim  Appeal
Fashion Magazine Covers Of Denim Appeal
The Stylish Fabric Of Denim
The Stylish Fabric Of Denim: Verushka & The Iconic 90’s Supermodels
Icons Of Style & The Timeless Fabric Of Denim
Icons Of Style & The Timeless Fabric Of Denim
Denim Love:  Carolyn Murphy & Lauren Hutton
Denim Love: Carolyn Murphy & Lauren Hutton
Denim:  Fashionable Inspirations Of Enduring Appeal
Denim: Fashionable Inspirations Of Enduring Appeal
Stylish Denim:  Versatile & Durable Style
Stylish Denim: Versatile & Durable Style
Denim Love:  Enduring Style
Denim Love: Enduring Style
The World Of Fashionable Denim Style
The World Of Fashionable Denim Style
Indigo Blue Hues:  Denim Love
Indigo Blue Hues: Denim Love
Blue Hue Style Of Denim
Blue Hue Style Of Denim
Fashion & The Enduring Fabric Of Denim
Fashion & The Enduring Fabric Of Denim
Fashion's Denim: A Love Affair
Fashion’s Denim: A Love Affair
Denim Love:  Versatile Stylish Appeal That Endures
Denim Love: Versatile Stylish Appeal That Endures

Consider with appreciation the world of denim. No matter the season, denim is always in style. Indeed, denim has stood the test of time. It’s classic. Whether you layer yourself in a denim shirt, jacket or the classic jean, denim is a fabric that may fade with wear, but will never fade out of fashion.

Onward in denim…..

Kristin

PS: And of those blue jeans? Perhaps no one stated it better than Yves Saint Laurent
“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity- all I ever hope for in my clothes”
-Yves Saint Laurent

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

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

Chicago in August. Upon departing a train in the city of Chicago I embarked, once again, seeking inspiration. Lake breezes gently wafted through the city streets filled with tourists and city dwellers. Embracing the city by Lake Michigan, the visuals and energy set before me endures to provide ongoing inspiration. It is endless. However, it is not simply the windows I seek upon each visit, but an appreciation of the world of a city that surrounds. Always look up. Always look around you. What surrounds can surely inspire. Appreciation…

“Looking Upward”: Chicago

Beyond the windows of fashion that continue to change and evolve as seasons pass, the facades of the buildings, renovations or changing storefronts will also continue to evolve. Moments of a current transformation from behind the lens: Louis Vuitton, Michigan Avenue…

Fashionable Renovations:  Louis Vuitton/Michigan Ave/Chicago
Fashionable Renovations: Louis Vuitton/Michigan Ave/Chicago

And of the fashionable windows that line the streets, beckoning the lens of my camera? A multitude of images that I was compelled to compose from behind the lens and onto a bevy of visual pages that may provide a feel for the changing fashion behind the windows of fashion in Chicago. A new season ahead and windows that proclaim it. The layers of Fall were even more evident. Autumnal infusions of hues and layers of warmth seemed to provide excitement of a new season ahead…

Elements Of Fashion:  Chicago In August
Elements Of Fashion: Chicago In August
Chanel:  Pearls & Classic, Iconic Style /Chicago In August
Chanel: Pearls & Classic, Iconic Style /Chicago In August
The Impact Of “Red”: Chanel/ Chicago
Fashion's Visual In Chicago
Fashion’s Visual In Chicago
Fashionable Inspiration: “Moving” Visual Appeal In Chicago
Sleek Contrast: Tom Ford/Chicago In August
Sleek Contrast: Tom Ford/Chicago In August
White Delight:  Tom Ford Style/Chicago
White Delight: Tom Ford Style/Chicago
Simplistic & Dramatic:  Tom Ford/Chicago
Simplistic & Dramatic: Tom Ford/Chicago
Fashionable Elements:  Chicago In August
Fashionable Elements: Chicago In August

And of course, what would Autumn be like without denim? Denim jeans were everywhere paired with classic layers of in-between-seasons style. Yes, the lure of denim jeans endures to beckon us. Styles may change, but the classic denim jean, worn with elegance, will endure within the wardrobes of women. Timeless. Appreciation of fashion’s evolution and proclamation, either way…

True Blue:  Denim's Enduring Appearance Behind The Windows Of Fashion
True Blue: Denim’s Enduring Appearance Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Window Style:  Chicago In August
Window Style: Chicago In August
Chicago In August:  Fashionable Distinction Behind Fashionable Windows
Chicago In August: Fashionable Distinction Behind Fashionable Windows
“Black & Red” Behind Michael Kors/Chicago
Whimsical & Sweet Delight:  Kate Spade/Chicago
Whimsical & Sweet Delight: Kate Spade/Chicago
Burberry's Chicago:  Enduring Style & Edge
Burberry’s Chicago: Enduring Style & Edge
Zara/Chicago:  Autumnal Style In Layered Neutrals
Zara/Chicago: Autumnal Style In Layered Neutrals
Pastel Layers Of Fall:  Zara/Chicago
Pastel Layers Of Fall: Zara/Chicago
Hues Of Unexpected:  Fall Layers Behind Zara/Chicago
Hues Of Unexpected: Fall Layers Behind Zara/Chicago
Zara/Chicago:  Fall Inspirations
Zara/Chicago: Fall Inspirations

Of course, a trip during the Summer months often beckons me to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. A setting off Oak Street Beach and the Magnificent Mile, visual and seasonal delight is offered year round. Yet during the Summer months, the shoreline seems to take on a life of its own. Iconic Summer in Chicago. Pair to that the mere sensation of the sand below ones bare feet sinking in the sand is Summer itself (Perhaps that is even more true for me as my childhood encompassed the beaches of Long Island). And of the waves that crash and offer the beautiful surge of nature that crests and recedes, only to repeat in a natural force? Details of life worthy of awareness, focus and appreciation, for certain…

The “Crash” Of Waves…Lake Michigan/Chicago
Fashion “on the street”/Chicago In August

Consider the windows of fashion that surround you. A mere appreciation of the artistry of visuals set before you. Timeless representations and even whimsical displays of the world of fashion merchandising. Always changing. Always evolving. The “Tried and True” elements of fashion that endure as basics to our own personal worlds of fashionable accoutrements. With appreciation, my camera will continue to click and compose from behind the lens. For the fashionable windows set before me now will never quite be the same again the next time my camera sets its focus upon the new scene that will be set. Changing fashion. Captured, from behind the lens, a visual appreciation of the Windows of fashion in Chicago, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”: From Behind The Lens

Flared Jeans: Wide-Leg Denim Of Enduring Style

Flared Style:  The Enduring Appeal Of Denim Flare Jeans
Flared Style: The Enduring Appeal Of Denim Flare Jeans

The flared denim jean and the art of denim. The art of denim endures. No matter the links that denim is attributed to, the layering of the indigo blue hued fabric of denim will always continue to layer the fashionable world that surrounds us. And in the regard to the flared jeans of wide-leg appeal? An evolution of style, indeed.

American Naval Influences: The Wide Legged “Flare”

The “Bell-Bottom” flare has a history of an American nautical influence. The denim “flares” offered functional, sturdy and rugged function in workwear for sailors during the 19th century. Described as “very wide-legged trousers, rather than shaped trousers that flared below the knee”, the wide-leg pant perhaps provided ease when removing boots while simultaneously allowing easy removal when soaked with sea waters. It is perhaps no surprise that wide legged trousers would become a part of the US Naval uniform that endures today.

From the references and continual links to past, these flares of denim have endured to repeat their impact on fashion. The 1960’s brought forth a fashionable presence layered in flared denim. During the 1970’s the flared denim jean, that spread out from the bottom of the knee, iconically became an emblem of the “hippie” culture. Between the world of “Free Love” and the rising groove of the disco scene, these “bell bottom” pants would endure in fashion’s ever changing world. Evolution of a style, for certain. And as with change, a nod to the world of fashion’s continual reintroduction of the indigo, swinging denim jeans is in order. Homage to the past and an acknowledgment of the timeless appeal of a denim style that has earned the right to stand on its own stylish appeal. Modern shapes and leg-lengthening styles of “full-legged” and “Boot Cut” (or “Boot Fit”) flared jeans presents a stylish option in denim of classic form. Offering a modern, tighter fit at the knee with the flare out from knee to hem, modern energy with an updated style is offered to those of us who adore denim. Ageless. Can it be said that the flared silhouettes have spread into a modern revival of 1970’s fashion? For certain. Yet I err on the side of classic lines. Modern lengths of widened appeal. The mere image of the timeless icon, Katherine Hepburn, in flared denim jeans during the 1930’s certainly attests to an elegance of flared appeal

Katherine Hepburn: Classic & Timeless In Denim Flares/1932
Katherine Hepburn: Classic & Timeless In Denim Flares/1932

Timeless 1960’s images of English actress and singer based in France, Jane Birkin, endure to validate the stylish flared denim jean…

Denim Flares Of Timeless Jane Birkin Style (English Actress/French Singer1960's)
Denim Flares Of Timeless Jane Birkin Style (English Actress/French Singer1960’s)

Of course, the mere 1970’s image of Farah Fawcett in bell-bottom denim flares , perched upon a skateboard, in “Charlie’s Angels” is a testament of fashion’s impact of flared appeal. A visual memory from my youth, for certain.

Farrah Fawcett/Charlie’s Angels/1976: Denim “Bell Bottoms”

And of course, a visual appreciation of the modern “flare” denim jeans…

Wide Bottom Denim:  Modern Style Of Timeless Fabric
Wide Bottom Denim: Modern Style Of Timeless Fabric
 Model Style:  Karlie Kloss In Denim Flares
Model Style: Karlie Kloss In Denim Flares
Denim Blues Of Wide Appeal:  The Flared  Jean
Denim Blues Of Wide Appeal: The Flared Jean
Personal Style Of Self Expression In Denim:  The Flared Denim Jean
Personal Style Of Self Expression In Denim: The Flared Denim Jean
Flares Of Long Legged Silhouettes Of Denim Style
Flares Of Long Legged Silhouettes Of Denim Style
Timeless Denim With Modern Appeal:  Flared Jeans
Timeless Denim With Modern Appeal: Flared Jeans
Wide Bottom Style Of Enduring Fashion:  Flares
Wide Bottom Style Of Enduring Fashion: Flares
Style & Length:  Wide Legged Flare Denim Of Modern Style
Style & Length: Wide Legged Flare Denim Of Modern Style
Denim Style:  Flared Jeans Of Casual & Elegant Appeal
Denim Style: Flared Jeans Of Casual & Elegant Appeal
Blue Delight:  Denim Flared Jeans Of Enduring Appeal
Blue Delight: Denim Flared Jeans Of Enduring Appeal
Striking Impact In Flared Denim
Striking Impact In Flared Denim

A homage to denim flares certainly must include a visual nod to the world of denim in fashion. A love affair of indigo blue, indeed…

Denim Love:  The World Of Fashion & Denim
Denim Love: The World Of Fashion & Denim

Consider with appreciation the flared silhouette in denim. Providing the visual illusion of mile-long legs, the casual appeal paired with modern, polished elegance will endure in fashion’s past and future archives. For the love of denim, indeed. These wide, flared denim jeans certainly earn the right to reside within the woman’s wardrobe. Worn with elegance, always…in enduring style.

Onward,

Kristin

PS: Of course I simply had to capture my own personal “Flared Denim Love”…

“Selfies”: My Flared Denim Love

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