City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In December

From the Windows Of Chicago:  Fashion In December
From the Windows Of Chicago: Fashion In December

Chicago in December. Magical. Although my early December trek through the Windy City was not in the full swing and frenzy of the mass of Holiday shoppers as it would be in late December, the streets were certainly filled with those pondering or embarking upon their Christmas and Holiday lists. The holiday season in the great city of Chicago. Excitement always fills the air when one ventures onto the streets of any city. Yet the holidays seem to bring a different festive spirit that is fueled by the festooned buildings and lighted trees bedecked in holiday greens with twinkling lights…city wonderment, indeed…

Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights:  The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue
Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights: The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue

The embellishment of crimson red and boughs of pine against the backdrop of Chicago was a stunning view to behold. For certain, I adore this city in all seasons.

Oh, how I love and adore this city and the color red…

Chicago In December
Chicago In December

Of the fashion that filled the windows through the city and on the Magnificent Mile? Delightful. Some more festive than others, but each a representational of holiday flare and style. Fashion and its season’s presented in a visual compilation from behind my lens…

I begin with Holiday fantasy behind the windows of Neiman Marcus…Cheers to the mannequin and the artistry of visual merchandising!  “A little bit of  fantasy…”, indeed…

Fantasy & Fashion:  Neiman Marcus Elegance
Fantasy & Fashion: Neiman Marcus Elegance
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Louis Vuitton...Holiday Style
Louis Vuitton…Holiday Style
White & Black: Winter Delights
White & Black: Winter Delights
Michael Kors:  Shiny, Bright & Classic
Michael Kors: Shiny, Bright & Classic
Moncler:  Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Moncler: Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Prada:  Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Prada: Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Red, Red Delight:  Burberry
Red, Red Delight: Burberry
From The Windows Of Burberry...
From The Windows Of Burberry…
Salvatore Ferragamo:  Red & Gold Delights
Salvatore Ferragamo: Red & Gold Delights
Golden Treasures:  Salvatore Ferragamo
Golden Treasures: Salvatore Ferragamo
“Land Of 1,000 Delights”….Magic Behind Saks Fifth Avenue
Golden Delights:  Saks Fifth Avenue's Holiday Style
Golden Delights: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Holiday Style
Golden Palms Behind Tommy Bahama
Golden Palms, Comfort & Holiday Style
Max Mara:  An Abstract Holiday
Max Mara: An Abstract Holiday

A word about the windows of Max Mara. Typically my favorite windows.  Yet unexpected was the abstract Holiday window in unexpected hues. Regardless, Holiday-esque it certainly alludes to. And of the white and black topped hats? A love behind my lens, for certain…

The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected:  Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected: Max Mara
Stylish Impact:  Max Mara
Stylish Impact: Max Mara
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style

Perhaps beyond the Holiday visual, a visual conjured up of an escape to warmer temperatures behind the windows of Chanel on Michigan Avenue…

The Windows Of Chanel...
The Windows Of Chanel…
Walk This Way:  Chanel
Walk This Way: Chanel
Tod's Circus:  Defining Visual Of Style
Tod’s Circus: Defining Visual Of Style
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens...In Black & White
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens…In Black & White

From behind the lens my eye will never tire to seek and capture a mere visual of the artistry of fashion and its windows that seek to beckon those that pass by. Onward to another year of capturing fashion and a city ahead. For one who has photographed the fashionable windows of Chicago every single month for over 3 years…onward!

Inspiration and fashion, Onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

 

“Photography can only represent the present.  Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past”- Berenice Abbott

Reflected:  Fashion & The Photographer's Selfie
Myself Captured in Reflection: Fashion & The Photographer’s Selfie.

City Inspirations: Chicago In June

Chicago In June

Chicago in June. Yesterday found me venturing by train into the city of Chicago. As always, seeking inspiration and rejuvenation from the city by Lake Michigan. Surveying the changes a city takes on during the season of Summer’s arrival, onward I walked and walked. My camera and I. As the Summer’s heat infiltrated the city streets, the appreciation of the gusts of air conditioning from the storefront open doors seemed to lure the passerby’s inwards. Perhaps seeking a quick relief from the sudden heat or perhaps seeking inspiration with a wallet filled with planned weekend splurges. Summer shopping at its best. Color bursting from the store windows added visual “pops” of inspiration. As always, the architectural details are always a lure for my camera lens, no matter the season.

Architectural Jewels On Michigan Avenue:  Embellished With Greenery
Architectural Jewels On Michigan Avenue: Embellished With Greenery

The city in June is embellished with “green” life. Palms graced the city scape, visually evoking the essence of Summer. Ivy laden structures seemed to lure a closer look of appreciation, providing a lush cover upon distinctive architecture. Beckoning me, for certain.

Al Fresco Dining In Chicago
Al Fresco Dining In Chicago

And of Summer’s arrival? In a season where outdoor seating beckons the Chicagoans who have long awaited the sultry weather of Summer, the beach also calls for attention….

Oak Street Beach, Chicago
Oak Street Beach, Chicago

A quick venture to Oak Street Beach was in order. In walking distance off Michigan Avenue’s prime retail mile, the scene at the lakefront was one of weekend Summertime bliss. Chicago is truly at its best with its Summertime appeal. Sand, sun and the lake breeze paired with a bright blue sky sublimely affirms that life is beautiful. Life is certainly about seizing each moment and each season…

So, yet again, I ventured into the city that I adore seeking inspiration while gaining an opportunity for my thoughts to flow. And flow they did. Clarity. Living within the reach of Chicago is a gift. Validation of the benefit of living in the Midwest. Chicagoans embrace and relish their city with a strong passion during the transformation of their city within the Summer months. And of the tourists that have begun to infiltrate the city by the lake in droves? I, too, am one of them. With the exception that I claim the city as a past Chicagoan, as I have lived within the city and worked within the Magnificent Mile. Yet, with the tourists, I become one of them, melding into the backdrop of the crowds that walk the city streets.

But my focus? With my camera in hand, continually seeking and capturing inspiration. Spontaneous expression. From behind the lens….

Cheers to the beginning of Summer in Chicago!

Kristin