City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

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

Chicago in July. Fashion’s appeal reigned amidst the wave of heat that blasted upon those of us that ventured out onto the city streets. With a heat index of 105 degrees, I ventured from the train onto the streets of Chicago with enthusiasm (paired with several  venti iced coffee’s in which the ice melted in minutes). City love awaited and fashionable inspiration beckoned me from behind my lens.  Capturing the Summertime fashionable appeal paired with pre-Fall proclamations from the windows of fashion merchandising was my goal. For those that follow these monthly fashionable posts of Chicago, perhaps you have come to expect its arrival onto the pages of this blog. A constant for me. As fashion is always changing and the seasons along with it, one constant is my appreciation for the artistry presented behind the heavy glass panes of fashion . Changing appeal with seasonal inspirations. On the cusp of Autumnal impact in fashion, it is my hope to provide a visual appreciation of the fashion that awaited…from behind my lens….

Of course, a view of this stellar city (albeit, from my iPhone)….

Chicago View Of  A Stellar City
Chicago View Of A Stellar City

Onward in appreciation of fashion…from behind my lens…

Visual Impact:  The Windows Of Chanel
Visual Impact: The Windows Of Chanel

I must add that the windows of Chanel won me over immediately. Incredible visual artistry that offered unexpected impact. Full size images that delighted.  Chanel always delights and of the many images of Chanel windows that I have captured over the years, this visual above ranks at the top. Cheers to the visual artists behind Chanel!

Chanel:  Early Fall Interpretations Of Stylish Display
Chanel: Early Fall Interpretations Of Stylish Display
Impact Of Fashion:  Chanel
Impact Of Fashion: Chanel
Details Of Chanel:  Fall Inspired
Details Of Chanel: Fall Inspired
Spotted & Feline Inspired:  Stella McCartney/Sax Fifth Avenue
Spotted & Feline Inspired: Stella McCartney/Sax Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations
Mannequins Of Stylish Display: Neiman Marcus
Mannequins Of Stylish Display: Neiman Marcus
Solar System Appeal: Fashionable  Louis Vuitton
Solar System Appeal: Fashionable Louis Vuitton
Burberry:  Fashionable Windows Of Style
Burberry: Fashionable Windows Of Style
Classic Style:  Escada
Classic Style: Escada
Frills & Patterned Appeal:  Prada
Frills & Patterned Appeal: Prada
Carolina Herrera's Emerald Green Delight  & Fashion's End Of Summer Proclamations
Carolina Herrera’s Emerald Green Delight & Fashion’s End Of Summer Proclamations
Fashion's Windows Of Style In Chicago
Fashion’s Windows Of Style In Chicago
Madewell/Chicago:  Summer's Fashionable Appeal
Madewell/Chicago: Summer’s Fashionable Appeal
Banana Republic:  Summertime Appeal
Banana Republic: Summertime Appeal
Details Of Style:  Banana Republic
Details Of Style: Banana Republic
Max Mara:  Fall Inspirations From The Windows Of Macy's/State Street
Max Mara: Fall Inspirations From The Windows Of Macy’s/State Street
Fashionable Appeal Behind Windows Of Style
Fashionable Appeal Behind Windows Of Style
Changing Styles:  Max Mara
Changing Styles: Max Mara
Pre-Fall Inspirations:  Max Mara
Pre-Fall Inspirations: Max Mara
Color & Pattern:  Max Mara
Color & Pattern: Max Mara
Black & Carmel Hues:  Max Mara Delight
Black & Carmel Hues: Max Mara Delight
Neutral Style & Spotted Appeal: Max Mara
Neutral Style & Spotted Appeal: Max Mara
Details Of Fashionable Style:  Max Mara
Details Of Fashionable Style: Max Mara
Summer Fashion Classic:  Anne Taylor Loft/Michigan Avenue
Summer Fashion Classic: Anne Taylor Loft/Michigan Avenue
Coach:  The Iconic Coach Tag in Enormous Visual Form
Coach: The Iconic Coach Tag in Enormous Visual Form

Consider in appreciation the windows of fashion that surround you. The artistry of fashion’s marketing and the seasonal changes are sure to bring forth a nod of appreciation. I will always be behind the lens with the hopes of capturing an essence of fashion from the city streets of Chicago. Onward in that, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Stella McCartney: Fashionable Mannequin  Impact
Stella McCartney: Fashionable Mannequin Impact

PS: Appreciating fashion’s windows also brings appreciation to the city reflected in the image. And of course, often, the photographer themselves. Selfie, onward.

Selfie:  Reflections Off The Windows Fashion
Selfie: Reflections Off The Windows Fashion/Louis Vuitton
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4th of July: Let Freedom Ring…

Celebration Of America
Celebration Of America

Freedom. A liberation. An independence. Independence Day, indeed. A day in which we acknowledge freedom and the celebration of our American Independence Day, the “Fourth of July”, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

On such a day, the word freedom is a word that serves as a reminder of a determination for autonomy. A journey to liberty and liberation. Onward in that, always. Let freedom ring.

Happy 4th of July, America!

Onward,

Kristin

Buntings Of Red, White & Blue
Buntings Of Red, White & Blue

PS: Fortunate am I to have been born on the 4th of July…what a day for an American birthday. Cheers, America!

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Chicago in June. The heat of the Summer. Onward by train into the striking city by the great Lake Michigan, once again. In a now vibrant world of green surrounds, the train sped along under the sunshine towards the towering buildings of Chicago. City inspirations. In a world that is constantly changing, one thing that remains consistent is the appeal of this great city. So too, does my intent to photograph and capture inspirations from within this city. A monthly jaunt to capture fashionable inspirations behind the glass panes of fashion’s windows endures. Behind the lens. Inspiration, onward….

Yet to be in Chicago during the season of Summer is to visually pause and appreciate the beauty of the Chicago River that meanders through this great Midwestern city. Boats and river cruises. Summer perfection in a stellar Summertime city, indeed.

Chicago Scene n June:  Visuals Of The Chicago River
Chicago Scene n June: Visuals Of The Chicago River

Of course, one should not journey through the city streets without visually appreciating the architecture that still graces this changing city. Timeless and iconic, the buildings from history past is what keep this city tied to its past. Appreciation upward, for certain.

Details Of Architectural Appreciation:  Chicago, Upward
Details Of Architectural Appreciation: Chicago, Upward

Look up for inspiration. Of course, looking down can also bring forth inspiration. Life is unexpected. Be amused. Be inspired. And move onward, in appreciation...

Inspiration Looking Downward:  Details That Surround On Chicago's City Streets
Inspiration Looking Downward: Details That Surround On Chicago’s City Streets

And of the fashionable windows of Chicago in June? A visual delight, indeed…from behind the lens…

Delicate Elegance: Michael Kors
Delicate Elegance: Michael Kors

It is always with anticipation that I walk towards the windows of Chanel. Always a destination. For when the scenery changes and a new visual is set before me, my lens aims and my shutter clicks. Fashionable inspiration of Chanel style. This particular scene is perhaps one of my favorites. Neon lights. Cafe Bar. Chanel black and white. Pearls. Lace. Chanel. Style onward, once again, with visual appeal…

The Windows Of Chanel:  Visual Delights Of Style
The Windows Of Chanel: Visual Delights Of Style
Chanel:  Window Appeal Of Classic Chanel Style
Chanel: Window Appeal Of Classic Chanel Style
European Flair & Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Chanel
European Flair & Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Chanel
Black, White & Pearls:  Chanel Style & Neon Sign Visual Delights
Black, White & Pearls: Chanel Style & Neon Sign Visual Delights
Pure & Simple White:  The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft
Pure & Simple White: The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft
White Hot Delights:  Summer Appeal Behind The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft
White Hot Delights: Summer Appeal Behind The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft
Bold Patterned Appeal:  Fashionable Visuals  Of Hugo Boss
Bold Patterned Appeal: Fashionable Visuals Of Hugo Boss
Neiman Marcus: Mannequins Poised In Bold Fashionable Proclamation
Neiman Marcus: Mannequins Poised In Bold Fashionable Proclamation

 

Burberry:  Fall Fashion Insights In The Heat Of The Summer
Burberry: Fall Fashion Insights In The Heat Of The Summe

Summer heat was a contrast to the windows of Burberry. Of course, Fashion is always onto the next season. Yet from under protection of my panama hat from the suns glare, I could certainly appreciate fashion’s next turn. Embracing the warmth from the city streets and the warmth from behind fashion’s windows. Onward…

Burberry:  Fall Fashion Insights Of Fur & Warmth In The Heat Of The Summer
Burberry: Fall Fashion Insights Of Fur & Warmth In The Heat Of The Summer
Bold & Vivid Details & Accessories Behind The Windows Of Burberry
Bold & Vivid Details & Accessories Behind The Windows Of Burberry
Fashion & Summer Style On Display:  Banana Republic
Fashion & Summer Style On Display: Banana Republic
The Windows Of Max Mara:  Layered Insights Of Fashion's Season Ahead
The Windows Of Max Mara: Layered Insights Of Fashion’s Season Ahead
Max Mara:  Visual Delights Of Poised Style
Max Mara: Visual Delights Of Poised Style
Stylized Details Of Fashionable Appeal:  Max Mara's Fashionable Windows
Stylized Details Of Fashionable Appeal: Max Mara’s Fashionable Windows
Mannequins Of Classic Style:  Max Mara
Mannequins Of Classic Style: Max Mara
The Windows Of Ralph Lauren:  Subdued Style Of Timeless Appeal
The Windows Of Ralph Lauren: Subdued Style Of Timeless Appeal
Fashionable Layers & Accessories Of Neutral Appeal:  Ralph Lauren
Fashionable Layers & Accessories Of Neutral Appeal: Ralph Lauren
Fashion's Impact On The City Streets Of Chicago
Fashion’s Impact On The City Streets Of Chicago

Consider with appreciation the fashionable windows that surround you. No matter the city, the artistry of display of fashion’s whims or timeless, classic display is an art form to be acknowledged. For me, the fashionable windows of Chicago will always remain a destination while I reside near this great city. From behind the lens, with appreciation, I will continue to aim to visually express the art form of visual merchandising. With a love of fashion, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Reflections & A Selfie:  From Behind The Lens
Reflections & A Selfie: From Behind The Lens

Espadrilles: Timeless Natural Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers Of Lightweight, Warm Weather Appeal

Summer Appeal:  Jute Sole Espadrilles
Summer Appeal: Jute Sole Espadrilles

Jute sole “Espadrilles”. Long have they been an emblem of casual Summer “chic”. These jute sole shoes with canvas uppers have endured as a coveted warm weather essential. For certain, variations abound of this timeless shoe that pairs with a flexible and defining characteristic sole constructed of jute rope. Natural and lightweight delight, indeed…

Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations
Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations

Since the 14th century espadrilles have been crafted in the Pyrennean Catalonia region of Spain. Originally constructed as peasant footwear it is perhaps no surprise that the form and function of this lightweight, natural shoe would evolve and pair with fashion. Interestingly, the most primitive form of espadrilles date back as far as 4000 years. Quite an enduring history of natural appeal. The French term “Espadrille”, in the romance language of “Occitan”, was derived from “Esparto” (a plant that was originally burned then braided to make the soles) and from “Espardenya” in Catalan or “Alpargata” in Spanish. For certain, the braided rope soles with hand sewn fabric have endured as in craftsmanship. Today Jute Espadrilles are imported from Spain, France, Italy, Bangladesh and Argentina. Jute soles of broad, world wide appeal, indeed.

The Art Of The Espadrille:  Enduring Craftsmanship
The Art Of The Espadrille: Enduring Craftsmanship

Beyond the origins of peasant footwear, espadrilles have certainly evolved into a fashionable statement of warm weather style. Although traditional espadrilles are worn by both men and women during the warm weather months, it is the modern espadrilles on the feet of the woman that my focus is upon. As for the appeal of these natural jute braided sole shoes in America, it has been attributed to the “Silver Screen’s” 1948 film “Key Largo” starring Lauren Bacall. Bacall, with her ankles ribboned with espadrille ties. Perhaps Bacall created a fashionable stir that has not ceased to appeal. The world of Hollywood would soon embark and stroll upon the streets with soles of jute…and the rest is history.

Key Largo (1948) Directed by John Huston Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Key Largo (1948)
Directed by John Huston
Humphrey Bogart &Lauren Bacall
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Enduring Fashionable Appeal: Jute Espadrilles
Hollywood & Fashion:Enduring Fashionable Appeal in Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion:  Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion: Jute Espadrilles

In 1970 it was Yves Saint Laurent who brought the espadrille to greater heights with the pairing of his vision for a wedge espadrille. Having met Spanish espadrille manufacturers, Lorenzo & Isabel Castañer, at trade shoe in Paris, the Castañer’s successfully interpreted Yves Saint Laurent’s vision. Alas, fashion’s allure to the stacked jute soled shoe remains. Of course, with fashion, revivals and revisions will always bring the classics back to the forefront. During the 1980’s America again experienced a revival with these jute soled & canvas shoes. No matter the decade, this jute sole shoe will continue a journey of fashionable Summer appeal…

“If Yves Saint Laurent wanted a wedge espadrille, a wedge espradille he would have!”
-Lorenzo Castañer.

Yves Saint Laurent's Iconic 1970's Stacked Espadrille
Yves Saint Laurent’s Iconic 1970’s Stacked Espadrille

And of the stylized high-heeled variations? Fashionable statements of height paired warm weather appeal, for certain. Yet it is the flat soled espadrille that my focus falls upon. Comfort and ease. Lightweight and simple. A warm weather classic

Fashion's Enduring Love Affair:  Espadrilles
Fashion’s Enduring Love Affair: Espadrilles
Claudia Schiffer:  Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Claudia Schiffer: Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers:  Summertime Perfection
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers: Summertime Perfection
Stylish Variations:  Summer's Espadrilles
Stylish Variations: Summer’s Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials:  Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials: Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas:  Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas: Espadrilles
Timeless Black & White:  Summer Espadrille Classics
Timeless Black & White: Summer Espadrille Classics
Espadrilles & The Man:  Enduring Ease
Espadrilles & The Man: Enduring Ease

Of course, a nod to the men that don a pair of espadrilles and to cooler temps with the addition of leather uppers…fashion evolves, always.

Fall Inspiration:  Espadrilles In Autumn
Fall Inspiration: Leather Upper Espadrilles In Autumn

Consider the ease and stylish appeal of the warm weather espadrille. Perhaps they are the perfect carefree & lightweight shoes of natural appeal when the sun soaks upon us. What is for certain is that the jute braided soles of these distinctive shoes is certain to remain an element of fashion paired with ease and breathable comfort. A timeless solution to sultry days. Warm weather appeal, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”/My Espadrilles: This Summer’s Interpretation Of A Classic