Haute Chicago

Strapped for Fashion

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This Spring it seems that all of our favorite shoes designers are bringing sexy back! Straps and metal hardware are the trend for the SS 13' season! I'm not sure if its the immanent heat or the popularity of all those 50 Shades Grey books, but sexy ankle strapped stilettos are taking over all the Spring runways! These seductive selections can be worn with anything from a sexy midi dress to your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans. Even I couldn't resist this fabulous trend! Check out a few of my finds!

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Skirting the Issue

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Gypsy chic is hot for the Spring and Summer. Belly chains, upper finger rings, and gooey fabrics will be all over the city streets in a few months time. The best way to get in on the trend is to start with an airy maxi skirt! This is the most translatable way to do the trend without feeling like you've gone total Olsen twin! ;)
The trend is pretty much carried everywhere, but my takes in the trend come from American Apparel, Zara, and Top Shop. These style are moving fast so grab yours before the gypsy wagons move out!!

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Givenchy Leather Envelope Clutch Bag

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Clutch bags are an essential to every wardrobe. As simple as it may appear, this little Givenchy makes a major impact in both style and functionality.  It offers an envelope front flap, folded sides, a silver-metal logo clasp, three internal compartments, and fabulously textured leather detailing. This piece is perfect if you are looking to add a little luxe and flirty sophistication to your look.

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Lookbook: Melody Ehsani ‘Fearless’ Collection

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 Melody Eshani laces us with gold for the spring! Her Fearless Collection offers a nice variety of statement peices. The Trilla The Rilla necklace happens to be our favorite. 

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Celebrity Instagrams: Wale Wearing Lime Green Balmain Jeans with Nike Air Tech Challenge Hybrids

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The MMG rapper posted pictures to instagram sporting the classic Nike Air Tech Challenge Hybrids in White/Volt-Hot Lava. Paired with a denim vest layered over a white tee-shirt and lime green Balmain jeans,  Wale continues to prove that while seasons change, some sneakers will always be timeless.

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Lookbook: The Casket Collection 'Coke Wave' Spring 2013

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The Casket Collection recently released a sneak peak into their Coke Wave capsule. If you thought their winter delivery was pristine, wait until you see what they have in store for Spring.  Consistent with the brand's message of integrating art with fashion, the visuals are just as dope as the line.

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Daft Punk for Saint Laurent Music Project

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St. Laurent's Creative Director, Hedi Slimane, has been stirring up quite the buzz with his latest Music Project. Curating an impressive collective of musicians to style themselves in new and iconic looks from the brand, Daft Punk has been added to the campaign as his latest recruits. The duo (photographed in the sequins Le Smoking jacket with their signature helmets)  join Marylin Manson, Courtney Love, Kim Gordan, and others who have also been featured since the concept's inception.

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Griffin Hartland Fall/Winter 2013

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It was very difficult to select our favorite presenter from Tokyo Fashion Week. All of the designers unveiled amazing collections, but  if we had to choose Griffin Hartland would be it. The contrast in variations between sophisticated ready to wear and street gear in his Fall/Winter line for 2013 offers an array of looks for the fashinisto to choose from.

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Audio: Salt Cathedral 'Take Me To The Sea'

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Take Me To The Sea is the first single off  Salt Cathedral's, formerly known as Il Abanico, upcoming self entitled EP under the band's new name. It is always interesting to watch artists grow and re-invent themselves. In this case, we give them two thumbs up as the Brooklyn collective charismatically blend hauntingly beautiful vocals mixed with unconventional guitar patterns. Witness their rebirth! You will not be disappointed.

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Audio: Coultrain 'Streams & Rivers'

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Streams & Rivers, is from Coultrain's latest project Jungle Mumbo which is scheduled to be released April 23rd. "It is the story of a poetess who is entrapped in the ever elusive arms of her heart's desire, Seymour Liberty, this is the story on the surface anyway. It also draws many other underlying themes, those of which you must allow your imagination to decide." If this is your first time being introduced to melodic depth and dopeness that is Coultrain, you are in for a treat!

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