I've always been a fan of Whitney Port and her unique style. This past Saturday, she hosted an event called Design Your Life, right here in Chicago. Of course I had to go!
The event began with a selection of Chicago vendors and shopping opportunities. My favorite was Deliciously Vintage. Tabitha, of Defining Tabitha, insisted I go take a look. It was advice for which I am eternally grateful.
DV had one of the most well edited vintage collections I've ever seen. Could have done some major damage there. I ended up with a pair of ah-mazing vintage Givenchy pants which I will definitely be posting. Creators Law and Siobhan (pictured below) were so friendly and fun!
After we got our retail fix, Whitney addressed the crowd first about her life and career, and then opened the floor to us for questions. She was well spoken and sweet, commenting on everything from how to land a job with Kelly Cutrone to how keeping her morals in the fashion world comes from within (my question!).
I was secretly pretty stoked she had noticed I was wearing her line during the Q&A - but then it got crazy awesome. During the True Whit book signing, she asked to take my picture to document my Whitney Eve look. (!) It was very refreshing that she was so genuinely appreciative of a fan wearing her designs.
Needless to say, it was a great time! Thanks to Dime Promotions for organizing such a fabulous event.
The best part was riding mass transit while dressed up. In typical Chicago fashion, all of the costumed strangers ended up talking and laughing until their stops came up. You've got to love that Midwestern kindness.
My friend Amanda Joy Ball (who has been featured here a time or two) and I attended the Vert Couture Eco Friendly Fashion Show right here in Chicago last week. It seemed only fitting to choose to attend this show during Fashion Focus Chicago because of my tendency for all things thrift.
Each of the designers offered innovative and extremely out-of-the-box approaches to ecologically chic dressing. Techniques ranged from sustainably sourced fabrics and deconstructed vintage clothing to all natural dying processes on recycled silks.
My personal favorites included the eccentrically lady-like Lauren Lein, the hand-painted and structural designs at Heart, and Silk Utopia's answer to the maxi dress.