City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Chicago In August:  Fashionable Windows
Chicago In August: Fashionable Windows

Chicago. On a day that was unusually cooler, given a recent streak of high temperatures, I boarded the train for the Windy City of Chicago. My monthly visual quest for fashionable inspiration.  The Fall-like weather that settled in paired with the layer of clouds that hung overhead (which would soon disperse)and certainly brought forth further Fall Fashion excitement. August. The end of Summer and the slow progression towards layers with cooler days and nights that are ahead. And so it was. Another journey to the fashionable streets of Chicago. Camera in hand. From State Street to Michigan Avenue to Oak Street & the Gold Coast. Fashion’s changing force visually presented. Inspiration abounds for those that seek visual appreciation and for those that seek fashionable impulse. Fashion’s appreciation, indeed.

Yet beyond the display that awaits behind the glass panes of fashion is a visual appreciation of the city that surrounds. Chicago and its architecture continue to remain a draw from behind the lens of my camera…Appreciation of a city, indeed….

Stellar City Scape :  Chicago Love
Stellar City Scape : Chicago Love

And of the fashionable statements that visual merchandising designers present behind the windows of fashion? Onward into finding inspiration, as always…

Vivid Red & Striking Accessories
Vivid Red & Striking Accessories
Feathery Delight:  Michael Kors
Feathery Delight: Michael Kors
Gray & Black Hues Of Timeless Appeal:  Tom Ford
Gray & Black Hues Of Timeless Appeal: Tom Ford
Tom Ford's Striking Autumnal Appeal
Tom Ford’s Striking Autumnal Appeal
Visuals Of Fashionable Appeal:  Accessories Of High Style Behind Tom Ford
Visuals Of Fashionable Appeal: Accessories Of High Style Behind Tom Ford
Tom Ford's Layered Classic Delights
Tom Ford’s Layered Classic Delights
Max Mara:  Autumnal Hues Of Elegance
Max Mara: Autumnal Hues Of Elegance
Aubergine Delight:  Max Mara
Aubergine Delight: Max Mara
Flowing Elegance Of Rose & Hued Beauty:  Max Mara
Flowing Elegance Of Rose & Hued Beauty: Max Mara
Elegance & Timelessness In The Details:  Max Mara
Elegance & Timelessness In The Details: Max Mara
Elegance:  Flowing, Sequined & Ribboned Delight:  Max Mara
Elegance: Flowing, Sequined & Ribboned Delight: Max Mara
Blue Hues Of Fashionable Appeal Behind Max Mara
Blue Hues Of Fashionable Appeal Behind Max Mara
Hues Of Autumn In Max Mara's Fashionable Visual
Hues Of Autumn In Max Mara’s Fashionable Visual
Burberry:  Fall's Approach On Display
Burberry: Fall’s Approach On Display
Autumn and Style:  Burberry's Windows Of Fashion
Autumn and Style: Burberry’s Windows Of Fashion
Autumn's Layers & Color Behind Herme
Autumn’s Layers & Color Behind Herme

 

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Jill Sander:  Classic Appeal and Neutral Hues
Jill Sander: Classic Appeal and Neutral Hues

 

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Autumnal Appeal:  Windows Of Fashion
Autumnal Appeal: Windows Of Fashion
Fashion On The City Streets:  Chanel's Chance
Fashion On The City Streets: Chanel’s Chance

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Reflections.  Part of the appeal….

Consider the world of fashion. The changing world of fashion from behind the windows that line the city streets. Visuals to inspire. Visuals to appreciate. There is an art form that lies behind the reflective panes of glass. Details to appreciate. As always, a constant focus from behind my lens. Summer’s end approaches. Fall lies before us. Fashion, onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

"Selfie":   Reflections Off Fashion's Windows In Chicago
“Selfie”: Reflections Off Fashion’s Windows In Chicago

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

Winter White: Wedding Blooms Of White Delight

Winter White:  Wedded In Floral Bliss Of White
Winter White: Wedded In Floral Bliss Of White

The Winter wedding. At a time where snow flakes dance and the world is layered in frozen snow, visions of a Winter white wedding bedecked in blooms of hues of white evoke a pureness of the season itself.

It is interesting to note that the term “White Wedding” refers to a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain.  The term itself “originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding”. Of course the term would evolve to cover the Western wedding traditions (Fashion’s Iconic Dress Of White: The Wedding Dress). The color of white represents purity in its neutrality. Perhaps a sign of a fresh beginning. How befitting, as a New Year and Winter and its effects settle in, to layer a wedding in white blooms. Whether massed in a wedding bouquet with natural elements of Winter,  a boutonnière gracing a groom’s lapel or bedecking tables of celebration, blooms of white in the Winter are stunning and striking in their own simplicity and sophistication. Of course, flowers of white and various hues therein are elegant during any season. Yet Winter is white. Visions of white and a Winter wedding are dreamy combinations, for certain. Beautiful and lovely, a visual appreciation of pure white delight…..

Snowy White Delights:  Winter Flowers
Snowy White Delights: Winter Flowers
Winter White Flowers Of Wedded Style
Winter White Flowers Of Wedded Style
Hues Of Winter White:  Wedding Style
Hues Of Winter White: Wedding Style
Elegance Of White:  Winter Weddings
Elegance Of White: Winter Weddings
Whites & Pastel Flowers Of Sweet Appeal:  Winter Weddings
Whites & Pastel Flowers Of Sweet Appeal: Winter Weddings
Crisp Elegance Of Winter White:  Wedding Flowers In Hues Of White
Crisp Elegance Of Winter White: Wedding Flowers In Hues Of White
Sophistication of White:  Winter Flowers Of Pure  White Hues
Sophistication of White: Winter Flowers Of Pure White Hues
Wedding Bouquets bedecked With Winter White Appeal
Wedding Bouquets bedecked With Winter White Appeal
Black And White:  Elegance And Sophistication of Winter White Blooms
Black And White: Elegance And Sophistication of Winter White Blooms
WInter's Celebration In Floral Delight Of White
WInter’s Celebration In Floral Delight Of White
Sweet Elegance Of Wedded Appeal In White
Sweet Elegance Of Wedded Appeal In White

Consider the elegance and simplicity of blooms of white. Pure beauty of neutral appeal.  Forever a classic visual when paired with a bride swathed in white.  Timeless with enduring appeal.  Winter white delights, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”
-Leonardo di Vinci

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In October

Chicago In October:  Fashionable Windows
Chicago In October: Fashionable Windows

Chicago in October. On a sunny but cool October morning, I ventured into the city of Chicago by train. Not a cloud filled the early morning blue sky. For certain, the scenery form the train window had changed significantly since the previous month. As always, a monthly expedition to the great city of Chicago brings me back yearning for more. Inspiration. The world that surrounds endures to provide inspiration. If we simply allow those things that surround to inspire us. As our attitudes define us, so too, is how we view the world. Appreciation. A beautiful way to approach each day. And of appreciation, aside from the city itself, or any city, the fashionable windows and the artistry behind them lures and continues to inspire me from behind the lens

Chicago:  Stellar City In October
Chicago: Stellar City In October

With the Autumn season in full swing, the windows of fashion offer layers of delight and bold, heavier fabrics and embellishments that marry the season. The windows are a constant revolving window into fashion’s world. But perhaps, amidst the bold statements, are classics and timeless windows of fashion’s constant. For me, the windows of Max Mara resoundly have proclaimed a timeless elegance behind their mass of windows. With appreciation, a look at the glory of the striking mannequin swathed in October fashion

Max Mara:  Fashionable Statements Of Classic Style
Max Mara: Fashionable Statements Of Classic Style
Tweeds & Camels Of Autumn Delight:  Max Mara
Tweeds & Camels Of Autumn Delight: Max Mara
Camel Color Delight:  Max Mara In October
Camel Color Delight: Max Mara In October
Classic Appeal:  Max Mara's Fashionable Statements In October
Classic Appeal: Max Mara’s Fashionable Statements In October
Distinctive In Black & Gray:  Max Mara
Distinctive In Black & Gray: Max Mara

And for the other windows of fashion that line the city streets? A homage to the visuals set before us…in appreciation. As the seasons evolve, so too, does fashion. Announcing its arrival. Announcing its intent. Visual appreciation either way….

Salvatore Ferragamo:  Fashion's Windows In October
Salvatore Ferragamo: Fashion’s Windows In October
Vivid & Bright:  Fashion's Windows In October
Vivid & Bright: Fashion’s Windows In October
Classic Inspirations:  Escada
Classic Inspirations: Escada
Burberry:  Timeless Appeal In Autumn
Burberry: Timeless Appeal In Autumn
The Classic & Enduring Burberry Trench:  Autumnal Basic
The Classic & Enduring Burberry Trench: Autumnal Basic
Autumnal Fashionable Impact:  Windows Of Chicago
Autumnal Fashionable Impact: Windows Of Chicago
Ralph Lauren:  Winter Cream Delights
Ralph Lauren: Winter Cream Delights
Visual Delights With Autumnal Fashionable Appeal:  Ralph Lauren
Visual Delights With Autumnal Fashionable Appeal: Ralph Lauren
Autumn's Fashionable Basics
Autumn’s Fashionable Basics
Fashion's Of Autumn:  Chicago In October
Fashion’s Of Autumn: Chicago In October
Neiman Marcus's Visual Window Delight
Neiman Marcus’s Visual Window Delight
Chanel: Tweed Delights Of October
Chanel: Tweed Delights Of October
Evolution Of Fashionable Statements:  Macy's/State Street
Evolution Of Fashionable Statements: Macy’s/State Street
Fashion Paired With  Embellishments:  Macy's Chicago
Fashion Paired With Embellishments: Macy’s Chicago

Of course, fashion being forward, the harkening of Winter can be found behind October’s windows of fashion. Plaid appeal, no doubt, paired with layers of knitted warmth and layered warmth. Alas, the winds of Winter await. Fashion’s warmth will beckon us once again…

Winter Forecast Ahead:  Fashionable Windows Harkening Winter
Winter Forecast Ahead: Fashionable Windows Harkening Winter
Autumnal Plaid & Layers Of Warmth:  Predictions Of Fashionable Appeal
Autumnal Plaid & Layers Of Warmth: Predictions Of Fashionable Appeal

Of course, the influences of fashion do appear on the city streets themselves. Always changing, indeed…

Fashion On The City Streets:  Chicago
Fashion On The City Streets: Chicago

And of the embellishments of the Autumn in the city of Chicago? Michigan Avenue is always a stunning road with sidewalk visuals of seasonal appeal. Visual focal points to garner our attention against the traffic and bustle of the city, skyscrapers and iconic buildings of fashion and the world of retail that surrounds. Worthy of our glance, for certain.

Chicago's Michigan Avenue In October
Chicago’s Michigan Avenue In October

Consider the windows of fashion. The art form and visual merchandising that creates a stir, a cause and affect, or merely an appreciation is certainly worth focussing upon. Our world changes. Fashion’s windows change. Never to be quite the same again. Still moments in life, from behind the lens, that I will continue to compose from behind my camera. In appreciation, indeed…

Onward,

“Selfie”: Behind The Lens/October/Chicago

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 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

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In March

Chicago's Fashionable Windows In March
Chicago’s Fashionable Windows In March

On a cool March morning in which the sun shone brightly and the brilliant blue sky welcomed the day, I embarked by train into the great city of Chicago. My solo monthly excursion into the city that endures to provide me with inspiration and renewed energy. No matter the weather or season. Living in the Midwest perhaps it can be said that March can bring with it an attitude of impatience for the arrival of Spring.  Alas, Mother Nature reminds us through a recent snowfall that Winter’s visible departure is slow yet the arrival of Spring is truly here! The tips of tulips have begun to peek out from the ground and birds sing regardless of the frost that forms in the early morning hours. Onward. Resiliency. True Chicagoans are just that. Resilient. In life, what we focus on expands. Focussing and seeking inspiration from what surrounds us that can lift our spirits or brings us appreciation for life and what it comprises? Priceless. That said, these journey’s are just that for me. Seeking energy and excitement from not just the architectural surrounds of this great city surrounded by Lake Michigan with the Chicago River running through it, but from behind the thick glass panes of glass of fashion’s windows. Fashion’s changing windows endure to appeal to me, for certain…

Steamy Surrounds Of Flowering bliss Heralding Spring's Arrival/Macy's (State Street) Flower Show
Steamy Surrounds Of Flowering bliss Heralding Spring’s Arrival/Macy’s (State Street) Flower Show

What awaited me on my walking journey was worth the windy chill. From behind the windows of Macy’s/State Street was a prolific explosion of colorful blooms that heralded Spring’s arrival. Behind a window filled with steam from nature’s impact placed within, mannequins in tulle adorned with rosettes and ballet pointe shoes graced the window in mesmerizing display. Celebrating Macy’s Flower Show (March 22nd-April 4th, 2015) the windows of Macy’s included a visual of moss covered mannequins dressed as dapper dandies holding umbrellas while large glass droplets holding water ‘floated’ from above. Certainly the art of window display at its best.

"Bloom":  Macy's Flower Show (State Street)
“Bloom”: Macy’s Flower Show (State Street)

Onward, invigorated by color and blooms of warmer weather days, the windows of fashion awaited. Window after window, my eyes sought the fashionable classics, reinvented once again, for a new season that we have entered. Vibrant accessories in shoes and handbags seemed to take center stage, drawing the eye with bold colors.

Vibrant, Spring Color From Behind the Windows Of Fashion
Vibrant, Spring Color From Behind the Windows Of Fashion

From the windows of Burberry’s the iconic trench coat reigns again. Classics that we will never tire of. Textural delight & vivid accessories adding a dash of color against the brilliant turquoise hued backdrop that lured my lens from across Michigan Avenue. The appreciation of fashion pulls me that way. I will never tire of composing the image my mind sees. Capturing the art of fashion. Changing fashion…

The Windows Of Burberry's:  Spring's Fashionable Arrival
The Windows Of Burberry’s: Spring’s Fashionable Arrival
Timeless, Enduring Classics:  Burberrys Perennial  Trench Coat
Timeless, Enduring Classics: Burberrys Perennial Trench Coat
Timeless, Enduring Classics:  Burberrys Perennial  Trench Coat
Timeless, Enduring Classics: Burberrys Perennial Trench Coat

Chanel’s windows were a sheer delight. The wrought iron fence and gate visual was the perfect backdrop for the mannequins on display. Intrigue pulled me in. The sign of enticing window display, for certain. Of course, one window offering a mannequin displaying a retro Mod feel and the other dripping in pearls and classic pin-stripe details provided a compelling visual allure...

Chanel:  Wrought Iron & Mod, Visual Appeal
Chanel: Wrought Iron & Mod, Visual Appeal
Chanel: Pin Stripe Classics With Gilded Appeal
Chanel: Pin Stripe Classics With Gilded Appeal

A nod to a classic chair brought forth immediate visual appeal and excitement from behind my lens. The Chiavari chair. A perfect visual combination of form & feminine elegance from behind the Windows of Neiman Marcus

From The Windows Of Neiman Marcus:  Chiavari Chairs & Shoes
From The Windows Of Neiman Marcus: Chiavari Chairs & Shoes
Moving Fashion:  The Windows Of Chicago In March
Moving Fashion: The Windows Of Chicago In March

Ralph Lauren offered, once again, timeless and sleek elegance in black and white. Perennial classics that take on a fresh appeal every time…

Ralph Lauren's Timeless Display:  Sleek, Classic Elegance
Ralph Lauren’s Timeless Display: Sleek, Classic Elegance
Windows Of Fashion/Chicago/March
Windows Of Fashion/Chicago/March
Fashion's Display On The Streets Of Chicago
Fashion’s Display On The Streets Of Chicago

Consider with appreciation the artistry behind the windows of fashion. A true art form. Consider the magical and exciting visuals on display. Take a closer look. It is the details that surround that can provide energy and excitement for the world that surrounds. No matter where you reside and what city you are near, the visual world awaits you. Appreciation awaits, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In January

Fresh Appeal:  City Windows In January
Fresh Appeal: City Windows In January

On a day when the white of the sky matched the frozen world outside the train window, I ventured into the city that provides enduring inspiration: Chicago. Past the patchy white snow that blanketed the frozen surface, the buildings that would arise within the scenery upon approach to this magnificent city, brought my excitement higher. Always. Having “blogged” for two years “City Inspirations”, sharing the monthly and seasonal delights that a city can offer, has become a personal addiction. Yet one of mere appreciation. A monthly “vitamin”, if you will. A monthly dose of inspiration and personal thrill from behind the lens. Onward in capturing another year of “Fashionable Windows” of Chicago…

January’s windows certainly offered implications of warmer seasons ahead. Fashion is certainly always one step ahead. Yet the classic layers that the current season still requires remain a part of the scene. Not surprisingly, “Sale” signs were also prevalent as the post New Years fashion inventory takes a great price reduction for those that seek the deals. As for the changing visual before me, the bright pops of color captured me. The world around me beckons the bright appeal. Although the sun would eventually filter in among the towering buildings of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the vivid injections of color seemed to lighten the heavy Winter air. Energy and delight. Of course, aside from the classic displays of fashion there will always be the wild and colorful combinations that draw our eyes. Unexpected and exaggerated visuals of fashion’s whims. Whims and trends. Always a part of the fashion scene and certain to be appreciated. Fashion is always changing…

City Style:  Chicago In January
City Style: Chicago In January
Stylish Display:  Chicago's Fashionable Windows
Stylish Display: Chicago’s Fashionable Windows
Visual Display: Windows Of Fashion
Visual Display: Windows Of Fashion
Whimsical, Fashionable Appeal:  Neiman Marcus's Chicago Windows
Whimsical, Fashionable Appeal: Neiman Marcus’s Chicago Windows
Fashion's Classics From Behind Fashionable Windows
Fashion’s Classics From Behind Fashionable Windows
Light Impressions:  Fashionable Windows In January
Light Impressions: Fashionable Windows In January
Ralph Lauren:  Fashionable Classics Paired With Gold
Ralph Lauren: Fashionable Classics Paired With Gold
Timeless Fashion:  Ralph Lauren
Timeless Fashion: Ralph Lauren
City Scenes Of Changing Fashion:  Chicago In January
City Scenes Of Changing Fashion: Chicago In January
Chanel's Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Chanel’s Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Iconic Chanel From Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Iconic Chanel From Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Vivid Impressions Behind The Glass Panes Of Fashion
Vivid Impressions Behind The Glass Panes Of Fashion
Inspiration & Delight Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Inspiration & Delight Behind The Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Visuals Of Pending Love:  Chicago In January
Visuals Of Pending Love: Chicago In January

Consider with appreciation the energy and visual display that surrounds the cities that you reside near. It truly is intoxicating. Aside from the fashionable windows, the onset of evening seems to transform a city. Even the windows that I had photographed earlier took on a powerful, vivid visual that beckoned my eyes even more. There is something magical about a city at dusk. Powerful energy. No matter the weather, a city holds an appeal that endures to draw us in and lure us. And always, looking up. Looking closer. Details to appreciate. Consider a New Year with a goal to slow down, daily, and “soak in” all that a city scene offers.

The Magnificent City Of Chicago
The Magnificent City Of Chicago From Behind My Lens
Fashion's Lure From Behind My Lens
Fashion’s Lure From Behind My Lens

I must add that it is rare that I have stood in front of a Chicago window, behind my camera lens, when another camera aims at the same fashion scene I am focussed upon. Delight! Another, inspired as I am, to capture the artistry on display! Sharing together our passions for windows and architectural elements of a city that inspires us, we parted. Both further inspired, no doubt. Onward to Chanel’s windows where I was approached yet again. An older Chicagoan woman, whose appearance expressed a love of all things artistic, paused next to me. Also appreciating the details set before us. Again, a conversation of the appreciation of the art of window display. She went on to comment that what I was photographing was fashion that will never be displayed in the same way again. For certain, captured through the seasons, the years, changing windows framed with fashionable intrigue exist to inspire us. To move us. To delight us. What I capture and compile from behind my lens truly is a moment in time. That, therein, is the excitement of it! Zoom, focus, click. Captured.

Onward in capturing another year of fashionable city inspirations of the great city of Chicago! In appreciation. Chicago is “My kind of town”, indeed…

Kristin

Street Appeal:  Elements Of Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago
Street Appeal: Elements Of Fashion On The City Streets Of Chicago

Personal “Statements” On Display: Artwork On Walls

Artwork:  The Embellishment Of The Interior
Artwork: The Embellishment Of The Interior

Artwork on the walls. Statements. Meaningful, framed collections that present a menagerie of our personal taste and preferences. Enhancing the interior. Hanging framed objects perhaps can be considered the “art of dressing the walls”. Yet it is a personal “dressing” of the walls. For certain, the preference of what we deem as art that hangs on our walls is subjective. Alas, art is in the eye of the beholder. The selection of framed pieces, whether paintings, sketches, prints, photographs or other framed media, are a collected story of our personal lives. For beyond the art itself, the acquiring of each piece holds a story or memory associated with it. A visual of our unique perception of the world on display. A personal culmination of style that can transform an interior with stylish appeal.

When it comes to truly embellishing our interior spaces, what fills our world and our walls should inspire us. The framed objects that grace our walls should bring us pleasure and move us onward. Pleasing visual display. Surrounded by our own reverie, if you will. There is certainly no minimum or maximum of what our walls should hold. For some, less is more. For others, more is more. Whether eclectic displays or edited collections of simple impact the key is that what hangs from our walls speaks to us and holds true to our current interests and lives. Infusing our personal interests and style through art. Art, regardless of the medium, holds meaning. Art can define and unify a room while evoking and conveying emotions that create a mood within the interior. Power and meaning, for certain.

Considering that the wall is a blank canvas, surrounding the interior with framed collections will not only add visual interest and impact but texture and personal style. Yet selecting art does require our personal level of creativity. Perhaps decorating itself can be considered an extension of our personal story of choices in design and life. The artistic display of personal, collected framed art paired with the love of what surrounds. Personal statements of style, indeed…

Artistic Creativity:  The Display Of Artwork Within The Interior
Artistic Creativity: The Display Of Artwork Within The Interior
Wall To Wall Style: Artwork Within The Interior
Wall To Wall Style: Artwork Within The Interior
Artwork:  Our Personal Collections
Artwork: Our Personal Collections
Walls Of Style:  Personal Statements With Art
Walls Of Style: Personal Statements With Art
Personal Interpretations With Art:  The Decoration Of The Interior
Personal Interpretations With Art: The Decoration Of The Interior
Personal Collections On Interior Walls:  Artwork
Personal Collections On Interior Walls: Artwork
Layers Of Art:  The Interior Decoration Of Artwork
Layers Of Art: The Interior Decoration Of Artwork
Artwork Displayed:  Collections Of Personal Style
Artwork Displayed: Collections Of Personal Style
Personal Interpretations:  The Decoration Of Artwork
Personal Interpretations: The Decoration Of Artwork
Arrayed Art:  Personal Style
Arrayed Art: Personal Style

Layered And Displayed: Artwork On The Walls
Layered And Displayed: Artwork On The Walls

Interior Mood:  Artwork On Walls
Interior Mood: Artwork On Walls

Display Of Personal Style:  Artwork
Display Of Personal Style: Artwork
Varied, Personal Style:  Artwork On Walls
Varied, Personal Style: Artwork On Walls

Consider the embellishment of artwork within the interior. Whether one large framed statement piece or mass grouping, whether a gallery collection or a simple grouping the addition of art to our spaces speaks volumes of who we are. Perhaps it is our individualistic, personal style that should captivate us with what we select. What we are drawn to. Curiousity to those that will view it upon entering our interior worlds. Along with other collected decor artwork adds our personality to our interior spaces.

Although there are many methods, rules and schools of thought in hanging and displaying art, I state the case to approach your walls with boldness. Personal, unique boldness. Alas, if you cannot commit to hanging your framed art, there truly is an art to “leaning” framed artwork against a wall. Either way, decorate with intention. Personal statements on display, indeed.

Kristin

“I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right”
-Dorothy Draper, American Interior Designer (1889-1969)