FASHION FUTURE: FALL 2017 COLLECTIONS the website a composite of the Paris Fall 2017 Collections.

Yes, another post on future fashion, the Fall 2017 Collections rather than my usual Fashion Flashback Friday posting.

As I have mentioned in a couple of posts, I have been extremely pleased with most of the four major market’s collections…in my opinion, there is LOTS of news, excitement, glamour and very wearable clothes for Fall 2017.  This excitement should be a boon to our local retailers, yay!  I don’t know about you but I like to see my clothes up close and personal not on a website.  Of course, I shop on line, I often do my grocery shopping, certainly, book shopping (but you know I do love our independent booksellers), etc. but when it comes to adding to my wardrobe it is definitely in person in one of our wonderful stores.  We are so lucky to not only have most of the major national stores in Chicago and suburbs as well as independent trend setting stores such as Ikram, Blake, neopolitan, Chalk, Lake Forest Shop, Frances Heffernan, (one of the things I love about these sensational boutiques is that they are all owned by women and feature cutting edge fashion for their clientele, be sure to check their websites for their upcoming trunk shows and personal appearances)…the list goes on, but also many brand name boutiques with more coming…think about the upcoming Dior boutique!  All making Chicago a go-to destination for shopping.

In addition, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts costume exhibition, to open on the first Monday in May the 4th, at it’s “Party of the Year”, will feature the controversial Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons, can’t wait for that, it will be amazing, the current collection, quite interesting to say the least!!! She will be the second living designer to be featured in a Met exhibition the first was Yves Saint Laurent during the Diana Vreeland reign. In the meantime, be sure to visit our own Chicago History Museum’s Costume Collection exhibition, Making Mainbocher, a must see not only if you are interested in today’s fashion but the history of the industry with this trailblazing creator.

I am so excited to share with you some of the extraordinary Fall collections that are coming to Chicago. I plan on doing individual posts on each of these events in the near future but wanted to give you a heads up today.

First up,. Brandon Maxwell will be at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue next week with his Fall 2017 Collection for a special presentation for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.  Known for dressing the stars his Fall Collection is right on point to add to the chic working woman’s wardrobe along with stellar evening gowns for all Chicago’s fall galas.

Brandon Maxwell photo from his website the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2017 Collection.  Photo from

The Fendi Fall 2017 will be coming to Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago with a benefit fashion show (stay tuned for details!).  The Fendi Collection, as you know, is designed by the incomparable Karl Lagerfeld…when does this man sleep???’m mad for this look…the combination of texture, color and the red boots with most of the looks, genius!!!! Nothing contrived about this collection, just plain wearable, chic and spot on for the Chicago woman. Photo from

Next up on the calendar, the return of Andrew Gn, in May, with his sensational collection filled with creativity, joy, new individual pattern (which he designs as well), WWD praised it as one of the highlights of the Paris collections, “Andrew Gn delivered a sartorial tribute to globalization, and the confluence of cultures, in a collection combining polish and tribal kick”, quote from WWD.  Can’t wait to share more with you, in the meantime, take a peek at a couple of the pieces.

Andrew Gn Fall 2017 Collection. Stunning as always, unique, imaginative clothes what more can you ask for! Gn

A name all of us are familiar with is Carolina Herrera, a house that has just celebrated its 30th year.  Mrs. Herrera will be receiving the 2017 Designer of Excellence Award from the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum on May 15th and will be making a personal appearance with her collection at Saks Fifth Avenue at that time…again stay tuned for further details.  You can go to for further information on the award. iconic Carolina Herrera in her signature white shirt. seem to be seeing a blue theme, if you have looked at many of the collections that is the predominant color, in many shades, look at Dior for an example.

Well, have I whetted your appetite for an exciting fashion season…I hope so…I’ll look forward to seeing you at all these amazing events and many others that are coming to Chicago.



  1. Marcia Buchanan March 10, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the heads up! I adore Carolina Herrera too. I remember when she did a show for ACS and we had a special preparty for her at the Hilton suite before the fashion show. That day I took my mother and Carolina was so lovely and came over to my mother and chatted and listened as my mother told her about the dresses she had of hers. I have inherited them now and have passed on some to my daughter inNY. Sorry to be missing her award party, alas I will be out of town.
    This upcoming season looks exciting!

    • nenasnotes March 10, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Marcia, she is an extraordinary person. Sorry you will miss sharing her special evening.

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