I am in an Asian frame of mine…this week I have been working with an amazing designer, Andrew Gn, and assisting in presenting his extraordinary Spring 2017 collection to the members of the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum and their guests.  There is so much to talk about I want to give the event the space it deserves and I have to digest all the excitement we have had this week, I will be going into great detail about this charming creator in upcoming weeks…so what, you may ask, does this have to do with Collections.  Well, we could stretch it and say a renowned French designer garments are collectibles, and believe me, Andrew Gn’s most certainly are, but Thursday’s posts aren’t about the fashion that we wear but rather what we surround ourselves with.

As I have previously mentioned, I am a very eclectic collector and Chinoiserie is a favorite.  I don’t collect blue and white porcelain, but many of my friends do (does that sound like another post!!!)  I think it all began with a screen that my Mother purchased at Marshall Field’s in their Fields Afar shop, what a wonderful place that was!

imageA section of the screen

My collection isn’t limited to small objects, I also have a chest with jade and stone inlay, it is used to store my fashion DVD’s, and I house a small part of my fashion designers research in two Asian inspired file cabinets.


The DVD cabinet

On top of the cabinet, I have amassed my small Asian collection which I add to when I find something that strikes my fancy (yes, that is a book nestled beside the cabinet, my books are everywhere!)


Speaking of striking fancies…the Randolph Street Market is not only this weekend…Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 but next weekend as well, Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 from 10 to 5 each day.  I will be gathering material for an upcoming blog as well as posting on Instagram from RSM!  Here is the address again, 1340 West Washington, do put it and the dates on your calendar.  And for the Holiday Markets the free trolley is back…catch it beginning at 11:00 at the Water Tower, there is, of course, plenty of parking on site.  You will need a break this weekend from your Thanksgiving planning and most certainly need to walk off the turkey and leftovers next week!  And if that isn’t enough there is yet a third market before the end of the year, Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11.  WOW!  A perfect way to spend a day and do all your Holiday shopping for yourself and for your gift giving. It is my favorite way to spend a day or weekend, hope you will join me you never know what treasure is waiting for you!

2 thoughts on “COLLECTIONS

  1. Hanlelore November 17, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    One of my fashionista client came in eight after the show yesterday and told me how in awe she was with Andrew’s collection. I wish I was there! How is his last name pronounced?

    • nenasnotes November 17, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Thanks. It is quite amazing. Like gun.

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