A Year Of The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara: Chicago 2016

Fashionable Windows & The City Scene:  Max Mara/Chicago
Fashionable Windows & The City Scene: Max Mara/Chicago

A year of the fashionable windows of Max Mara from behind my lens. Chicago. The Magnificent Mile. Michigan Avenue and the stylish and changing windows of fashion. Max Mara style. For one who over the last 3+ years has photographed every month the fashionable windows of Chicago, Max Mara stands out to be one of the highlights from behind my lens. Striking mannequins posed in changing Max Mara style. Sheer delight for one who loves fashion. Above fashion itself, Max Mara, located on the corner of E. Delaware and Michigan Avenue, offers windows that are key in reflecting the city that I love. Look closer and you will see the distinctive architecture of the John Hancock Building and the iconic silhouette of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. A look back at a compilation of images I have shared on this blog in my City Inspirations of Chicago over the year…

Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  January 2016
Max Mara: January 2016
Max Mara:  February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Fashion In A City:  Max Mara 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara: February 2016
Max Mara:  March/April
Max Mara: March/April
Max Mara:  April 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  May 2016
Max Mara: April 2016
Max Mara:  May 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara: May 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara:  July 2016
Max Mara: June 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: July 2016

 

Max Mara:  June 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara:  July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara: July 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara:  August 2016
Max Mara: August 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  September 2016
Max Mara: September 2016
Max Mara:  October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara: October 2016
Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara:  November 2016
Max Mara: November 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016
Max Mara: December 2016

As the famous saying goes…“Fashion changes. Style endures”.  Onward, from behind the lens in capturing yet another year of Max Mara. Style will endure from behind the glass panes of visual merchandising to the world that passes by.  Behind the lens of a camera, they are merely images that freeze a moment in time. Fashionable time.  Changing fashion. Enduring style.  The art of fashion and the love of photographing fashion, onward. With Max Mara style….

Onward,

Kristin

For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected:  Max Mara 2016/Chicago
For The Love Of Fashion & A City Reflected: Max Mara 2016/Chicago
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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: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In November

Fashionable Chicago In November
Fashionable Chicago In November

Chicago. Fashionable inspirations behind the windows of fashion. To photograph a city and its windows shortly after a World Series win by the great Chicago Cubs was memorable. After a city celebration and massively attended parade for our World Series champs, the city took on a camaraderie that was moving. The excitement in the air penetrated all those that walked the streets while strutting with Cubs blue, white and red attire. Beyond that, the storefronts proclaimed victory and acknowledgement for the team that Chicago has stood by relentlessly. Faithful for the red, blue and white. An iconic moment in time, indeed….Onward, Chicago Cubs!

A City In Celebration:  Chicago & The Chicago Cubs/
A City In Celebration: Chicago & The Chicago Cubs/”Fly The W”

Fashion’s windows showcased the winning team with a fashionable nod to the Cubs. “Make some noise”, Chicago did. And the “W” flag? “Fly The W” was everywhere. This moment in time will be marked in my memories as a unique moment to be in Chicago…

Neiman Marcus:
Neiman Marcus: “Make Some Noise”/ A Nod To The Chicago Cubs World Series
Celebration Bus Post World Series Celebration Parade:  Tourists On Michigan Avenue
Celebration Bus Post World Series Celebration Parade: Tourists On Michigan Avenue
Oak Street & Rush Street:
Oak Street & Rush Street: “Fly The W”

Of the windows of fashion in November, hints of the holiday’s arrival filled the storefronts. Layers of warmth and fur lined appeal paired with Fall and Winter’s accessories on stylish display. November brings the Autumnal season to a brisk end as the leaves drop and the bare trees will soon be filled with twinkling holiday lights. The holiday’s are upon us. A compilation of fashion’s presentations from behind the large glass panes awaits.  From behind the lens of my camera, onward…

Fall's Neutral Fashionable Appeal On Oak Street
Fall’s Neutral Fashionable Appeal On Oak Street
Distinctively Poised Style:  Versace
Distinctively Poised Style: Versace
Party Festive Display:  Burberry
Party Festive Display: Burberry
Holiday Festivity Appeal:  Burberry
Holiday Festivity Appeal: Burberry
Michael Kors:  Sparkle, Shine & Warmth
Michael Kors: Sparkle, Shine & Warmth
Accessories & Embellishments:  Michael  Kors
Accessories & Embellishments: Michael Kors
Black & White Fashionable Delight Behind Barney's
Black & White Fashionable Delight Behind Barney’s
Winter Ready:  Max Mara
Winter Ready: Max Mara
Fur Layered Warmth Behind Max Mara
Fur Layered Warmth Behind Max Mara
Window Appeal:  Max Mara In Layers Of Fashionable Style
Window Appeal: Max Mara In Layers Of Fashionable Style
Layered Warmth Of Fashion:  Max Mara
Layered Warmth Of Fashion: Max Mara
Details Of Fashionable Winter Style:  Max Mara
Details Of Fashionable Winter Style: Max Mara
Pom Pom Topped Delight:  Max Mara
Pom Pom Topped Delight: Max Mara
Fashionable Winter Forecast Behind Max Mara
Fashionable Winter Forecast Behind Max Mara
Sitting In Style:  Max Mara
Sitting In Style: Max Mara
Prada: Hued In  Red, Green & Black
Prada: Hued In Red, Green & Black
Salvatore Ferragamo:  Autumnal Appeal
Salvatore Ferragamo: Autumnal Appeal
Sequins & Tulle:  Party Ready Behind Marc Jacobs
Sequins & Tulle: Party Ready Behind Marc Jacobs
Visual Delights Of Fashionable Appeal:   Gucci
Visual Delights Of Fashionable Appeal: Gucci
Fashionable Windows: Sax Fifth Avenue & Oscar De La Renta
Fashionable Windows: Sax Fifth Avenue & Oscar De La Renta
Sax Fifth Avenue:  Mannequin Styling/Oscar De La Renta
Sax Fifth Avenue: Mannequin Styling/Oscar De La Renta
Behind Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Behind Fashionable Windows Of Chicago
Fashionable Display Behind Fashion's Windows
Fashionable Display Behind Fashion’s Windows
Autumnal Hues Of Red & Black:
Autumnal Hues Of Red & Black:
Autumnal Impressions Of Fashion
Autumnal Impressions Of Fashion
Saturated In Holiday Red:  Macy's/State Street
Saturated In Holiday Red: Macy’s/State Street
Fashionable Impressions On The City Street:  Michigan Avenue
Fashionable Impressions On The City Street: Michigan Avenue

Consider with appreciation the fashionable world, in a moment in time, that surrounds. For certain, inspiration in the visual styling and fashionable statements will endure to gain my appreciation from behind the lens. Season’s change and the windows of fashion embark to entice us with changing style. Timeless or trends, appreciation from the shutter of my camera, always….

Holiday’s Onward,

Kristin

Caught In A Fashionable Reflection:
Caught in a fashionable reflection: “Selfie”

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In October

Chicago's Fashionable Windows In October
Chicago’s Fashionable Windows In October

Chicago. Perhaps it can be said that a city in Autumn holds magical appeal. Yet like New York City, Chicago maintains appeal no matter the season. Seasonless. The great winds aside, I am continually lured to this city. Always with a fashionable intent and always with an architectural intent.  Visual appreciation.  Marry them together and I find continual delight. On a day that was unseasonably moderate, leaves had begun to turn colors and breezes blew that carried me onward with my camera in hand. Continually seeking inspiration and continually finding it within the city streets and behind the thick glass panes of fashion’s windows. Yes, fashion.  And a nod to the iconic architecture and riverway that meanders through this great city off Lake Michigan. Never do I tire of the scene set before me. Energized by it enduringly.

Typically my trek by train to the great Windy City finds me amidst the crowds of passerby’s on the concrete pavement of the city streets.  Each with a unique destination. This trip, however, brought me to viewpoints from high above Michigan Avenue and beyond.  Thus, a visual nod to the stunning view below. Chicago delights, indeed…

Viewpoint From Above Chicago River:  The Bridges Of Chicago & Lake Michigan
Viewpoint From Above Chicago River: The Bridges Of Chicago & Lake Michigan

Of course, fashion is found on the city streets. Visuals of fashion’s advertisement statements add to the city scene. Always changing like the seasons…

Fashionable Statements On Michigan Avenue
Fashionable Statements On Michigan Avenue: Stuart Weitzman

And of the windows of fashion in October? A mixed myriad of Autumnal inspiration, for certain. Layers have made their way to the mannequins that line the city streets. Fashionable proclamations of cooler temperatures ahead. So, in appreciation of the artistry of the windows set before us, a collection of images from behind my lens awaits…fashionable appeal, indeed….

Coach:  A New York Subway
Coach: A New York Subway “Car” Behind The Window’s Of Chicago
Michael Kors:  Fur Cuffed Style
Michael Kors: Fur Cuffed Style
Embellishments Of Fashion:  Michael Kors
Embellishments Of Fashion: Michael Kors
Orange & Black Hues Of Fashionable Delight:  Hugo Boss
Orange & Black Hues Of Fashionable Delight: Hugo Boss
Fashionable Details Behind Glass:  Hugo Boss
Fashionable Details Behind Glass: Hugo Boss
Prada:  Fashionable Fall Inspirations
Prada: Fashionable Fall Inspirations
Positioned In Style:  Tom Ford
Positioned In Style: Tom Ford
Details & Embellishments:  Tom Ford
Details & Embellishments: Tom Ford
Zara:  Fashionable Impact Of Autumnal Appeal
Zara: Fashionable Impact Of Autumnal Appeal
Layered In Style:  Max Mara
Layered In Style: Max Mara
Max Mara's Stylish Camel Hues With A Sporty Appeal
Max Mara’s Stylish Camel Hues With A Sporty Appeal
All That Shimmers With Camel Hued Layers:  Max Mara
All That Shimmers With Camel Hued Layers: Max Mara
Second Looks:  Favorite Windows Of Fashionable Max Mara
Second Looks: Favorite Windows Of Fashionable Max Mara
Angles Of Style Repeat:  Max Mara
Angles Of Style Repeat: Max Mara
Last Look:  Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Last Look: Max Mara Style On Michigan Avenue
Burberry:  Makers House On Display
Burberry: Makers House On Display
Makers House Statues:  Chicago Burberry/Michigan Avenue
Makers House Statues: Chicago Burberry/Michigan Avenue
Bottega Veneta:  Fashion's Architectural Window Into Chicago
Bottega Veneta: Fashion’s Architectural Window Into Chicago
Vivid Red Delight:  Colorful Kate Spade
Vivid Red Delight: Colorful Kate Spade
Carolina Herrera:  Floral Swirls In Skirted Delight Behind The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue
Carolina Herrera: Floral Swirls In Skirted Delight Behind The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue
Bold Red & Blue:  Classic Escada
Bold Red & Blue: Classic Escada
Fashionable Fall Behind Fashion's Windows/Chicago
Fashionable Fall Behind Fashion’s Windows/Chicago
Tweed & Autumnal Appeal:  Banana Republic
Tweed & Autumnal Appeal: Banana Republic
“Walk This Way”: Stylized Mannequins Of Visual Interest/ H&M
Timeless Tiffany's: Marketing Launch Behind Michigan Avenue's Tiffany & Co.
Timeless Tiffany’s: Marketing Launch Behind Michigan Avenue’s Tiffany & Co.

Consider the world of fashion from the changing windows off the city streets. Visual merchandising and visual appeal that is set before us. Certainly, I am beckoned to see what awaits each month and present a mere essence of the fashionable world from Chicago. Certainly I will continue on this quest. From behind the lens, always…

Onward,

Kristin


Lastly, the October sunset over Chicago…from behind my lens…  City Love, Onward.

Magical Chicago:  Nightfall Illumination
Magical Chicago: Nightfall Illumination

 

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Selfie. Behind The Lens.

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

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

Natural & Fruited Holiday Appeal: The “della Robbia” Wreaths & Swags Of Colonial Williamsburg

Festoons Of Natural Delights:  Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Wreaths
Festoons Of Natural Delights: Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Wreaths

The holidays always bring forth bursts of color. But perhaps the natural colors of nature laden upon the wreaths of green found upon the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, offer hues of vibrant bounty. What is referred to as “A living-history museum and private foundation presenting part of a historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia”, the historic streets offer a walk through yesteryear and a visual delight to the eyes to behold when swagged and bedecked in Holiday style. Williamsburg style. The festive and natural Holiday wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg seem to inspire a simplicity of elegance. Wreaths and swags reminiscent of yesteryear. The wreaths that grace the historic structures of Colonial Williamsburg are bedecked with all things natural such as festoons of fruit, flowers, boughs of holly, fans of apples, oranges and pomegranates and other natural embellishments of visual delight.

Elements of nature found in the borders and decorative motifs of these wreaths of evergreens hold distinctive and enduring appeal.  Historically, the swags of fruited appeal that have decorated America’s front doors and exterior spaces is linked to the beginning of the 20th century.  Paired with the significance of Christmas and the Colonial Revival, it is believed that these fruited decorations harkened back to the decorative styles of the eighteenth century. Yet the custom of affixing fruits, vegetables, dried flowers, herbs, and other natural details to evergreen wreaths, swags, and roping has often been referred to as “Colonial Williamsburg Door Decorations”.  A practice that was adopted and adapted by Colonial Williamsburg had popularized the fruited and bedecked natural appeal of holiday greens. Designs fashioned from boxwood and magnolia greenery paired with imports by the colonists of pineapples, lemons and oranges from the West Indies, would have longstanding impact on the celebration of Christmas within the Southern state of Virginia and beyond. The mere cause of admiration of these fruit laden wreaths and swags have drawn throngs to view their annual natural display. On a recent holiday in Virginia, I too, was drawn. From behind the lens I was struck with admiration and appreciation at the simplicity of bounties of nature in grand display of elegance and artistic display from nature’s gifts itself.

House Beautiful, Circa 1926
House Beautiful, Circa 1926

“Of late years, besides the staple wreaths of plain greens to which we have long been accustomed, the holiday’s emblems have blossomed forth,–or perhaps we should say fruited forth,–with richness of color produced by the use of either natural or artificial fruit as an embellishment. This idea was undoubtedly suggested by the gorgeous Italian carvings and terra cottas of the Renaissance…”
-1926, House Beautiful

The quote from the 1926 magazine issue of House Beautiful is said refer to the fifteenth-century Italian sculptor from Forence, Italy, Luca della Robbia (Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482)  who became “synonymous with fruit and foliage swags on glazed terracotta roundels”.

Lucca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482) Italian Sculptor
Lucca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482) Italian Sculptor

Of note, during the 1700‘s Sculptor Grinling Gibbons also produced festoons of fruit and flowers on architectural detailed wood carvings and decorative motifs for English cathedrals and English royalty. Yet it is “della Robbia” that is given the credit for the emulation of fresh fruit laden wreaths that inspired and were popularized in the mid 1930’s within the rich history of Colonial Williamsburg.

Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) Dutch-British Sculptor & Wood Carver
Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) Dutch-British Sculptor & Wood Carver

In the early years of the Colonial Williamsburg restoration, visuals of these fruited swags and wreaths would spread across the country through images in decorating magazines. Thousands of visitors, fascinated by the imaginative and natural decorations, continue to pay homage every year to the idyllic setting festooned in greens and natural delights of holiday beauty. Interesting, it was 1936 when Colonial Williamsburg first decorated for Christmas. At that time it is said to have been merely the simple greenery of plain wreaths with running cedar (a low growing evergreen) that would adorn the the Governor’s Palace and the Raleigh Tavern. Yet the embellishment of fruited appeal would embark upon the green decorations with longstanding impact. Credit is given to a “Mrs. Louise Fisher”, responsible for the decoration of Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg,  who is said to have brought pictoral examples from the Library of Congress of English and American decoration styles to guide her in her feat. By 1939 the “della Robbia” wreaths of Mrs. Louise Fischer had deemed the phrase the “Williamsburg Christmas look” and the embellished wreaths of natural appeal was forever launched. What would soon become a serious contest within Colonial Williamsburg, complete with blue ribbons affixed to the houses of five to ten winners, would become the “Christmas Decorations Tour” in 1969.  The contest continues. Decades of fruited and natural appeal, indeed.

With appreciation from behind my lens….a visual of natural delight in festive appeal….

Bedecked In Natural Style
Bedecked In Natural Style
Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Traditions:  Fruited & Natural Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Traditions: Fruited & Natural Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg: Fruited Holiday Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg: Fruited Holiday Appeal
Evergreens & Nature's Delights:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Evergreens & Nature’s Delights: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Nature's Embellishments In Festoons Of Holiday Style
Nature’s Embellishments In Festoons Of Holiday Style
Colonial Williamsburg: Natural Delights In Holiday Embellishments
Colonial Williamsburg: Natural Delights In Holiday Embellishments
Holiday Emblems Of Colonial Williamsburg:  Bedecked Greens
Holiday Emblems Of Colonial Williamsburg: Bedecked Greens
Fruitful Holiday Appeal:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Fruitful Holiday Appeal: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Evergreen Wreaths & Swags Of Timeless and Natural Appeal
Evergreen Wreaths & Swags Of Timeless and Natural Appeal
Embellished Greens With Fruit Laden Appeal:  Colonial Williamsburg
Embellished Greens With Fruit Laden Appeal: Colonial Williamsburg
Swags Of Evergreen & Natural Fruited Delights:  Adornment Of Colonial Williamsburg
Swags Of Evergreen & Natural Fruited Delights: Adornment Of Colonial Williamsburg
Elegant & Artistic Display:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Elegant & Artistic Display: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Holiday Decoration  Of Colonial Williamsburg
Holiday Decoration Of Colonial Williamsburg
Embellished With Nature In Colorful, Artistic Array: Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths
Embellished With Nature In Colorful, Artistic Array: Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths
Williamsburg Wreaths:  Embellishments Of Timeless Appeal
Williamsburg Wreaths: Embellishments Of Timeless Appeal

Consider with appreciation the festive wreaths and swags of enduring appeal. Graced with fruit and other natural elements, such as holly berries, seed pods, pepper berries, eucalyptus, pine cones, magnolia leaves and other wonders of nature, the decorations offer a visual appreciation of the blessings of nature. Upon the historic structures of Southern architecture and charm, the visuals  have impacted since.

And of myself strolling the streets of Colonial Williamsburg yearning to capture the essence of the visuals of exuberant and festive holiday style embellishing this historic setting?  Enamored. With a love for history and architecture paired with an appreciation of the natural and elegant delights that bedecked the surfaces of this quaint historic town, my camera continued to frame and capture.  Yet the visuals I set before you, from behind my lens, reflect only a sampling and a mere moment in time within the seasonal surrounds of Colonial Williamsburg. Captivating in the moment, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Myself, 2014/Williamsburg, Virginia
Myself, 2014/Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In November

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In November
Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In November

Chicago in November. On a bright but cold November morning, one in which the temperature I ventured out into hovered around 10 degrees, I headed by train into the city of Chicago. The day after 13.5 inches of snow had settled onto the town of Woodstock from which I departed, the journey into Chicago was also layered in the hue of white. The snow that had laden heavy upon the tree branches glistened like shining dust of sparkling diamonds. Shimmering and twinkling. The blue sky became a backdrop to the snowy Winter wonderland scene…

November Snowfall:  Train Window View
Blurred: Moving Train & November Snowfall

The sound of the train moving on the tracks harkened to a daylight version of Polar Express. Magic surrounded. Crystalized snow blowing past with the force and speed of the train was stunning to watch. Alas, when one lives within the great Midwest, expecting the unexpected serves one well. Changing seasons. Each moment one in which to be appreciated. Although the city was clear of snow on its streets, it was a chilly world that surrounded as I forged onward in seeking inspiration from behind the lens. Inspiration is seasonless. It is not bound by changing weather patterns. It is constant. If only we look closer…

Chicago In November
Chicago In November

So, prepared with layers of warmth, onward I walked. And looking closer behind the fashionable windows of Chicago?
A Holiday mix of visuals that delighted. Indeed, the Holiday’s are upon us. The windows told a tale of Holiday reverie and the attire that one adorns in the celebration of memorable moments ahead. Timeless classics of tried-and-true fashionable appeal paired with whimsy. Fashion’s inspiration, indeed…

Sequined Delight:  Michael Kors
Sequined Delight: Michael Kors
Holiday Flair:  Salvatore Ferragamo
Holiday Flair: Salvatore Ferragamo
Hermès:  Enduring Fashionable Appeal
Hermès: Enduring Fashionable Appeal
November's Fashionable Windows
November’s Fashionable Windows: Max Mara & Gucci
Holiday Glamour Behind The Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Holiday Glamour Behind The Windows Of Ralph Lauren
Timeless & Alluring:  Ralph Lauren
Timeless & Alluring: Ralph Lauren
Burberry's:  Holiday Delights Of Charming & Fashionable Appeal
Burberry’s: Holiday Delights Of Charming & Fashionable Appeal
Fashion's Whimsy Of Holiday:  Burberry's
Fashion’s Whimsy Of Holiday: Burberry’s
Black & White Holiday Elegance
Black & White Holiday Elegance
Fashion's Classics In Black And White
Fashion’s Classics In Black And White
Fashion's Classics:  Sequins & Neutrals
Fashion’s Classics: Sequins & Neutrals
Winter's Sherpa Warmth & Suede:  Fashionable Distinction Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Winter’s Sherpa Warmth & Suede: Fashionable Distinction Behind The Windows Of Fashion
Neiman Marcus:  Holiday Glitz And Glamour
Neiman Marcus: Holiday Glitz And Glamour
Plumage Of Vivid & Fashionable Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Plumage Of Vivid & Fashionable Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Holiday Delights Of Visual Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Holiday Delights Of Visual Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Fashionable Inspiration On The City Streets:  Chicago
Fashionable Inspiration On The City Streets: Chicago

Consider the fashionable windows that surround. Visual delights that promote a season. That promote an ideal. That provide whimsy and fantasy or the elegance of grand display. Fashion’s merchandizing captured from behind the lens. Details in which to pause and appreciate. The world of fashion itself is constant. Like life itself, change is inevitable. The mere images I capture are moments in time of fashion. Fashion changes. In agreement with the words of Coco Chanel…

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same”
-Coco Chanel

Style. Remember that it is our personal style that we carry throughout the year. Throughout time. That style, unique to you, can find inspiration in what surrounds. In appreciation. Fashion’s inspirations from the behind the fashionable windows of Chicago, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

My "Selfie":  Mirrored Reflections From The Window of Ralph Lauren
My “Selfie”: Mirrored Reflections From The Window of Ralph Lauren