Haute Chicago

Designer to Watch: Aminah Abdul-Jillil

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We are constantly obsessed with the influence and aspiration of the luxurious design houses that we have come to know and admire as household names. But, there is something more satisfying about the discovery of the unsung heroes — the designers who believe in their talent, craft and ability to create a brand that commands attention.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, shoe designer Aminah Abdul Jillil does exactly that. Offering a collection of booties, ankle-strap flats, and pumps, each pair offers intense detailing in some form. Our greatest obsession: the bow pump and flat.

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Tales of Two Kitties (Angela and Vava Take Chicago)



 It is not very often that I see a set of best friends and think “These are my best friends in my head!” lol, but that is exactly the case when it comes to Angela and Vava, the owners and curators of The Store On Queen (in Toronto). The unlikely pair, which includes a Restaurateur and a Fashion buyer, had a serendipitous meeting in 2012 and have never looked back (read the whole story at www.thestoreonqueen.com). Being a patron of their store isn’t just a shopping trip, its experience for the senses! There recent trip to the Chi was no exception. Their whimsical sense of style, and unabashed zeal for life came alive with Chicago as its beautiful backdrop! From Asian headpieces to sequins and tulle, these two beauties lit up the town in some of the most daring frocks to hit the streets since Carrie Bradshaw took a trip to Abu Dhabi ☺ Thanks for gracing us, come back soon ladies <3

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UPDATE: Fashion Finale 11.28.15 | A Place For Beautiful People To Come Out To Play





At Last! It’s a first for Chicago... A true weekly fashion industry event/party featuring leading celebrity designers on stage showing their newest collections adorned by top local, national and international models. With Chicago’s finest hair designers, make-up-artist, fashion-shoe & accessories boutiques, photographers, videographers, singers, bands, dancers, spoken word artist and gourmet chefs.

All roads are leading to the South Loop...

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Rolos & Icons: An Exhibit by Tony Peralta

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I've been following @saintfrida on Instagram for a while now, simply for my love of Frida Kahlo. One particular day I spent avoiding life and simultaneously scrolling on IG, I came across a flyer for the opening of Rolos & Icons. I knew I had to be there for the opening. I wasn't familiar with Peralta's work, but I spent some time that day looking at his site and e-shop and decided my attendance was a must. Departing New York two hours after the opening was a must as well. So, I packed my things, hopped on the F train, and made my way downtown. I knew it was going to be packed, but I had no idea that it was going to be THAT packed.

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We Wanna Be Close To You | Last Night in Paris With Taurean Roye

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I stepped off the stage at the Vinyl Room at the Soho House in NYC and needed some fresh air. Most artists are like that when we finish a show. I made my way down the carpeted hallways to the elevator, which was crowded with people. Once I got through the crowd of beautiful people to the front door, I was surprised to have it opened by this striking being. He smiled. I immediately knew he was an artist, and that is exactly what I asked him. His boys low key-arrogantly informed me that it was obvious, but the striking individual that opened the door reached out his hand and said "Hey I'm Taurean."

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Audio | Pull: Saba's 'Heartstrings'

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Imagine every single voice you've ever heard and loved...really picture and feel how your favorites sound and make you feel. Take a minute to remember why you love their voices so much. Keep going...keep going...a little more....now stop. Clear your entire mind of what it's used to when it comes to singers and get into my newest love, Saba.

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Something for the Gentlemen: Chmps ?! Parisse

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Self-coined as a luxury street fashion store, the brand gets it right every time. True panache comes from the ability to look on-trend yet classic simultaneously, giving the vision that the selection was oh-so effortlessly curated. Now, enter Stephane Adonai and Jaii’C Tan, the designers and owners of Chmps ?! Parisse, the Parisian brand who’s Instagram (@champaris75) makes you want to slice denim precisely, only to pair it with footwear and outerwear that would make a style prodigy nauseous – in the best way. The duo showcases how global influences can interlace, creating looks that are internationally coveted and appropriate—from the cobblestone streets of London, to the coastal island of Santorini. Applause is definitely due.

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Color to Try: Cashmere Rose

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Why we love it: Fall’s take on a softer palette of blush pink, Pantone’s Cashmere Rose is an unexpected neutral, but provides more impact than the typical nude or beige.

What to wear it with: Pair the color with variations of grey (Stormy Weather), oxblood (Marsala), and olive (Dried Herb). We love the fact that Cashmere Rose blends into both men’s and women’s wardrobes, adding a touch of color that is perfect for building on fall’s trend of layers. It’s the welcomed intruder, breaking up monochromatic looks just a bit, without ruining the relationship.

How to wear it: The key is to pick the right hue, so that it doesn’t appear that spring is being channeled to early. Pair the color with distressed denim, or as a layered jersey t-shirt under a merino wool sweater. Cashmere Rose also works magic as the selection of choice for furs and leather accent pieces and of course, it’s a sultry counterpart for black.

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Haute Chicago x PRSVR Shop-n-Sip 10.29.15

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HauteChicago.com is more than a website. It is a lifestyle for those who've mastered the art of social intercourse and personal style. The #shopNsip collaboration with PRSVR speaks to this as we are officially bringing the website off-line to create unforgettable tangible experiences with the brands, celebrities, and the like that we feature. Come join us October 29th to partake, indulge, and enjoy... dope people, dope fashion, dope music, and dope art in the name of breast cancer awareness! You do not want to miss this unique tasting experience :-)

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Audio | R∆§H∆Ð 'Time' (freestyle) prod. via DJ Premier

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Fresh off of his latest release I Thought About Leaving Her from his forth coming project The Quiet Loud (due out in mid November) The Columbus Ohio native R∆§H∆Ð pens a new track titled Time (Freestyle) which is his personal message to the young generation. In a time where racial tensions are high, and there's been a call to galvanize the young African American sector. R∆§H∆Ð steps to the plate and encourages the youth to...

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