Haute Chicago

River Island Fall/Winter '14

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As one of the most successful retailers in the UK, we can not say that we are surprised that River Island's Fall/Winter 2014 menswear collection has yet again effortlessly meshed head to toe looks with affordable price points for the budget conscious fashonisto. It's no secret that we love our high end designers, however, fashion is an artform and it is more about what and how you put it together rather who you put together (at least in our minds). With design, sustainability, and style at the forefront of their creative process check out their presentation.

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In Case You Missed It | Evan Yurman Named Chief Design Director

 David Yurman and Evan Yurman


Word on street is that Evan Yurman will be leaving his spot as David Yurman men's designer to take on a new role as the Chief Design Director for the company!!!! Evan, who is the prodigal son of David and Sybil Yurman (husband and wife creators/owners), has been the sole designer for David Yurman Men's since 2004. He will now be taking the lead in ushering the brand into a new era. Evan is said to have drawn inspiration for the men's collection from everything from dungeons and dragons, to maritime themes and Greek mythology. His funky and eclectic use of materials range from ethically sourced turquoise to actual meteors that have traveled into the earths atmosphere. With the price of the pieces ranging from the low hundreds to thousands of dollars, the Yurman's  have seen a double digit rise in sales since he has taken over the men's design.

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Supermodel Style | Kate Moss x Topshop SS '14

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Kate Moss has teamed up with Top Shop owner Sir Phillip Green for a second time to bring her signature bohemian style to Select Nordstrom stores here in the US. The festival-ready collection features fringe, flowing tops, sequined mesh bolero jackets,pajama pants suits, and intricately fabulous sequined cocktail dresses. Moss has been a long time trendsetter in fashion since she hit the scene as a teenager. Her collaboration with Topshop showcases her evolving style as well as some of this seasons hottest trends. The collection (which hit Nordstrom stores April 29th, and ranges in price from $76 to $1200 USD) has already been featured in Harpers Bazaar.

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The Death of Mediocrity | Kelly Towles

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I get the opportunity to travel a great deal in the US, and often I am wowed by my findings. I have a special love for cities like Chicago, LA, DC, NYC, and even Atlanta because of their richness of culture and teach city's desire to show the world what they are made of. On a recent trip from NYC to Southern VA, decided to stop in my hometown of Washington, DC because I was invited to an art opening, ironically my first invite as a VIP/Media previewer...yes, I felt special. So, despite my crazy schedule, how could I miss that? The answer is, I couldn't.

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The weather is getting a tad bit warmer, not a whole lot, but definitely a bit. Right on schedule, since cuffing season is coming to an abrupt end, we need something else to satiate our need to feel good. So instead of cozying up with a vintage fur or a under a customized knit blanket with a significant other, it is time to get up, get out, and do something a little exclusive. Enter Cinq, the newest member of the Chicago Bite Club, an underground supper club founded by the elusive Chef T.

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Wednesday Rewind | Miguel 'Simplethings'



So, I admit, I am somewhat obsessed with the HBO series Girls. Judge me if you must, but I think it's healthy to see how other women view life. Plus, Lena Dunham is hilarious to me. Well, since I decided two years ago to eliminate cable television from my home life, whenever I get a chance to catch up on my episodes, I take full advantage. I had just finished watching a pretty awesome episode and decided to get up, make myself useful, and prepare brunch for my kind friends that let me be a couch potato for a few hours in their home. No sooner than I rose, did a smile take residence like an alien invasion on my face.

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Download | Okay Future x Underdog The Dj 'The Unseen 7'



Being a musician I come across so much material, and to be honest, even with a 32GB iPhone, there isn't enough space. I suppose I could throw everything in a cloud, but I need absolute musical bliss at my fingertips at all times! I've been an avid supporter of Underdog The DJ, based out of Washington, DC, for a number of years now. From the OkayAfrica parties to the Future Bass parties, I cannot seem to get enough of his sound. I came across The Unseen series on SoundCloudand after the first one, I wanted another and another and another. Fast forward to now...

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Editor's Pick | Under LA Double Crossed Leotard

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 I come across a plethora of independent brands and up and coming fashion designers. Sometimes I write about them, or give a shout out via social media, but Under LA is one of those that always sticks in my mind and keeps me coming back to see what they have brewing. From LA to Tokyo, their arrival was much needed in the industry. It was very hard for me to choose what I like the best in their reputa. From their men's, women's, and unisex offerings, they have their finger on the pulse.  Fashion is not just about labels.  Although there are some labels that cannot be denied for their dopeness. Fashion is not just about 'stunting,' although... hey, it happens. I chose Under LA's Double Crossed Leotard as my pick of the week because it does what a great piece of art should do... be aesthetically pleasing, have an message, but yet be left to the viewers interpretation. 

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Celine Summer '14 Handbags



No introduction is really needed. Celine is one of those brands that stays consistent in making timeless pieces. Though there may be variations in color and texture, when it comes to handbags, Phoebe Philo (Creative Director) understands the phrase "if it's not broken, don't fix it." That is one of the things that has caused the brand to catapult over the years. As retailers in the US start to supply their summer collection, here is a sneak peek of what to expect. We say "yes" to use of blue, yellow, red, and green. Our conclusion: Totally #Haute! Do you agree?

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Haus Von Lila Black 'Dogma' Sandals



Last spring Haus Von Lila gave us a major shoegasm when they debuted the black 'Dogma' sandal. Only available in limited in quantities, it quickly sold out as it received a warm inviting welcome into the closets of collectors of specialty designer footwear. The good news is just as warmer climates are smiling at us from a close distance, so is the re-stock date for this bold and sexy thigh-high gladiator. Although the harnesses and knee pads are removable, the 'Dogma' isn't for "just anyone." It takes a fierce haute-nista to pull these off gracefully.

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