FASHION FUTURE: FENDI FALL 2017

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Last week I know I gave you a bit of a sneak peak at the upcoming FENDI Fall 2017 Collection to be hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, now, here are all the details (I guess in today’s speak it is all the “deets”!!!!, one needs to be up on the lingo!) You are getting the Save The Date information first!!!!

Here is a bit of background on FENDI and a small look at the Fall 2017 Collection, which in my opinion, is a collection filled with new exciting must have pieces. I know you will agree.

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The house of Fendi was launched in 1925  in Via del Plebiscito, Rome. As in most Italian Fashion Houses, the brand has been family generated and the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla & Alda, carried on the tradition of superb craftsmanship. In 1965 Karl Lagerfeld joined the company to became the Creative Director for Fur and also for Women Ready-to-Wear (launched in 1977). Silvia Venturini Fendi, daughter of Anna, joined in 1994 and is the Creative Director for Accessories and Men’s lines. Since 2001, Fendi became a multinational luxury fashion brand and a member of the LVHM group. One can’t be truly fashionable without the signature FENDI handbag!  And after you see the new Fall 2017 Collection you won’t feel fashionable without a piece or two or more (who’s counting!!!) of this fabulous ready-to-wear collection to add to your wardrobe.

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EVENT AND TRUNK SHOW DETAILS:

Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago presents a private cocktail reception and preview of the FENDI Fall 2017 Collection on Monday, April 24 from 6 to 8 at The Museum of Contemporary Art at 230 East Chicago Avenue which will benefit A Better Chicago (100% of the proceeds will benefit A Better Chicago). The event is hosted by Amy Everard, Shannon Schuyler, and Trisha Rooney.  Tickets are $400 for front-row seating and $150 for general seating, limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Monday, April 10 at www.abetterchicago.org/events.

A Better Chicago mission: “Our mission is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans by investing in the most effective schools and programs in our region.”

You can view the FENDI Fall 2017 Collection when it is presented on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 from 12 to 5 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 North Michigan Avenue, Designer on Two. For more information, please call 312.799.5311 or email  katie_stickles@s5a.com

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COLLECTIONS: TIFFANY STAINED GLASS

imageAnother of my favorite books Clara and Mr. Tiffany.. It not only tells a fascinating story of females in a very male profession but gives you an insight into the wonderful world of Tiffany Glass, in this instance the lamps. I am a huge fan of anything Susan Vreeland www.svreeland.com writes…more please.

This post in continuing my architecture theme this week by featuring some of the wonderful Tiffany Stained Glass pieces we are fortunate to have in Chicago.  There are a lot, therefore, I will only cover a few today…of course, there will be more in upcoming posts.

First up, the Tiffany glass window housed in the Chicago Rooms at the Chicago History Museum www.chicagohistory.org  I could, and do, stare at this for very long periods of time.  This piece is from the William Wrigley Collection. There are other examples of stained glass windows in the Chicago Rooms but not Tiffany.

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Two of my most favorite pieces are not windows, they are domes.  First up the incredible dome in Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center…nothing could be more beautiful and to think the building was set for demolition when Eleanor “Sis” Daley, then first lady of Chicago, stood in front of the demolition team and said no way is this building going anywhere…what a disaster that would have been.  This dome, the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world, is one of the many treasures to be found in this landmarked building (I recommend you go to www.cityofchicago.org for further information).  The dome was originally put into place in 1897 when the building was the Chicago Public Library and was restored in 2008. It is comprised of 30,000 pieces of glass the majority of which resemble fish scales.  You can see the signs of the zodiac at the top of the piece in the photo.  One can stare at this wonder for hours and see something different each time.  The colors are amazing.

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Tiffany dome in the Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall.  Photo credit unknown.

Next up is a treasure that I am sure many of you are not aware of…it is several floors above the Cosmetic Departments of the Macy’s State Street store. It was covered for many years and has been opened for us to view…it is truly glorious.  It was installed in 1907 in the Marshall Field’s store.  It was the first favrile (this glass was patented by Louis Comfort Tiffany) iridescent glass dome to be built and is the largest glass mosaic (not stained glass!) of its kind, containing over 1.6 million pieces.The colors and designs are breathtakingly beautiful.

imageA close up of the mosaic Tiffany dome at Macy’s with it’s hanging chandeliers.  Truly exquisite. Look up next time you are in Macy’s, you are in for a major treat. Do, however, go on line to see more photos of this incredible piece up close and personal, views you can’t get staring up at it!  Photo credit for this image unknown.

Imagine these two amazing pieces are just a short distance from each other, you can enjoy them both in a few hours and take your own images.

We also must thank Richard Driehaus for his sensational Richard H.Driehaus Museum www.driehausmuseum.org which he founded in 2003 in the former Samuel Mayo Nickerson mansion.  The Museum houses a magnificent collection of Tiffany stained glass as well as other Tiffany pieces, perhaps you will see a lamp that Clara made while at the Tiffany Studios and transform yourself back into the pages of Clara and Mr. Tiffany.  In addition, check out the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at the tip of Chicago’s Navy Pier…well worth the visit but I think any time is well worth a visit to Navy Pier…remember Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano’s wwwchicagoflower.com begins this weekend, March 18th and runs through March 26th, you can do a double header!  You will even see me there, do say hello, it is one of my favorite annual events.

I think a Tiffany glass tour is in order, while you are at the Driehaus Museum you are next door to the Murphy Auditorium www.themurphy.com which is used for special occasions, many weddings, I have, in fact, done fashion shows there..it is a perfectly preserved building that, once again, I’m sure you have walked by and not paid it any attention. If you are planning something special be sure to make an appointment to see this beauty, you won’t be disappointed.

The Auditorium Theater www.auditoriumtheaterorg also has art glass, their arched windows above the doors as you enter and leave the theater were created by the firm of George Healy and Louis Millet in the Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan structure which opened in 1889 and was renovated in 1967…another building saved from demolition in 1963 by a prominent Chicagoan, Beatrice Spachner along with Roosevelt University.  It is now home to the Joffrey Ballet as well as many other cultural performances.

We must consider the truly magnificent Tiffany Stained Glass in our churches and other buildings…but alas that will have to wait until another time!!

Any special Tiffany pieces you like!!!???  Do leave comments.  And, by the way, I am not at this time, compensated by any of the organizations or publishers that I mention in my blog posts.  I give you websites for your further exploration of the subjects I cover.

 

WEDNESDAY MUSINGS: CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE

image35 East Wacker Drive aka the Jewelers Building built from 1925-1927

I seem to be stuck on Chicago architecture this week so let’s go for it and look at some of my favorite Chicago buildings and why I like them.

First up, one of my most favorite, why you ask, because this is where my Father’s ad agency was housed, yes, in the dome as well as two other floors.  Helmut Jahn now has this space as his offices where he and his team create their architectural masterpieces. As a child I was fascinated that you could take the private elevator from Daddy’s offices to the 42nd floor which opened onto this elegant space where the creative work was displayed…I loved it so much!  The views were amazing and it was once considered the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. In addition, I was able to walk out onto small parapets (you haven’t been able to do that for many, many years) I thought I was in a fairy castle.  It has had many names and a reputation with the notorious Al Capone.  When Daddy’s office were there it was the Pure Oil Building.

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Just down the street on Michigan Avenue is the Carbon and Carbide building which now houses the Hard Rock Hotel.  Designed by the Burnham Brothers it was completed in 1929.  The Art Decor design is truly magnificent. Absolutely love the detail, it is totally unique and adds glamour to our impressive skyline.

image The 190 South LaSalle building our one Philip Johnson structure.  It is extraordinary and I did a couple of fantastic fashion shows in the lobby, breathtakingly beautiful….much more on those when we get to the designer’s profiles.  One was none other than Christian LaCroix!!!

The 190 South LaSalle building our one Philip Johnson structure.  It is extraordinary and I did a couple of fantastic fashion shows in the lobby, breathtakingly beautiful….much more on those when we get to the designer’s profiles.  One was none other than Christian LaCroix!!!

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Another lobby that I used for fashion shows houses the Chicago Architecture Foundation, www.architecture.org and that is the organization that benefited from those shows complete with finales featuring our major architects who call Chicago home base.  The lobby is fabulous, I believe it now houses a scale model of Chicago iconic structures.  Do stop by and view it and be sure to take the architectural tour on the Chicago River, even if you think you know the City and its buildings you learn so much more…a must see not only for your own knowledge but a perfect way to introduce guests to our architecture.  The docents should be awarded the keys to the City!!!   Just a hint of Willis Tower in the background.

image Back North and across the River are two of the most recognizable of our buildings (actually a peek at the Hancock as well!). The Wrigley Building and The Tribune Tower.  I couldn’t possibly do a post without them in it.  They anchor the Magnificent Mile and are truly splendid.

Back North and across the River are two of the most recognizable of our buildings (actually a peek at the Hancock as well!). The Wrigley Building and The Tribune Tower.  I couldn’t possibly do a post without them in it.  They anchor the Magnificent Mile and are truly splendid.

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One of the newest buildings on Michigan Avenue is the Burberry flagship.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I say the sides being put in place…they represent the signature Burberry plaid..could anything be more clever and what an addition to our skyscape…obviously not a skyscraper but a fabulous building none the less, kudos to this creative brand. www.burberry.com.

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I could go on and on and on…but not today.  I do however have to end this post with the old and the new…the Water Tower, the symbol of our City against the first of the Michigan Avenue vertical malls, Water Tower Place www.shopwatertower.com, and the Hancock Building looming behind.  Three different attitudes, different eras, and totally different styles…that is what Chicago architecture is all about!  I can assure you there will be many more posts on our historic buildings…which are your favorites????

Recipe time “building” a dessert…..

FROM TOM MANTEL’S RECIPE BOX

BLITZ TORTE

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Ingredients:
1/2 Cup butter
1 1/4 Cup sugar
3 eggs separated
6 TBSP milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Add slightly beaten egg yolks, milk, flour, baking powder, and vanilla
Divide batter between two greased 8″ or 9″ cake pans.
Beat egg whites, gradually add remaining sugar to make meringue.
Spread meringue over batter in each cake pan. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, 2 tbsp sugar, and a dash of cinnamon.
Bake at 350º oven for about 25 minutes. Cool
Before serving spread vanilla pudding, either made from scratch or from a pudding mix, between layers.

I can’t wait for Lent to be over…this looks yummy!!!

 

 

 

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS: THE FOUNTAINHEAD/LOVING FRANK

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I do know The Fountainhead isn’t a current read but I was inspired by yesterday’s post on Jamie Hayes and her love of architecture so I started thinking about novels on architecture and the one that immediately popped into mind was The Fountainhead.  I was a little girl when it was first published but did become totally obsessed with Ayn Rand in high school.  I have always been a reader and have always thought of myself as a non-conformist, an individual with a mind of her own (I’m sure I won’t have any arguments from anyone who knows me!) so Rand’s writing intrigued me and I devoured that book as well as one of my all time favorites Atlas Shrugged.  That was until I started reading about her philosophy and lifestyle which I found quite strange (still do). I’m sure all my readers have read both books so I don’t need to go into great length about them.  I did find The Fountainhead’s exploration of buildings and an architect’s life fascinating (blowing up your creation, that is yet another thought altogether!!).  Being a native Chicagoan architecture is second nature to me.  Residing in a living sculpture (a city of unique buildings where the skyscraper began) has always excited me.  Do I love them all, of course not, but having the best of the best of so many eras is thrilling!

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The second novel I really, really loved was Loving Frank, (again not a new release) a great read and one of those that I didn’t want to end,   It is, in my opinion, a well written and thoroughly researched fictionalized account of Frank Lloyd Wright, I love an artfully crafted novel and this is one.  We are so fortunate to have so many local examples of his work. By now, you know I love historical fiction particularly when it is about real people.  Certainly, the author can fantasize about the details while still keeping to actual events..  For some unknown reason, I like these stories more than biographies.

I always gave a book on Chicago architecture as a welcome gift to all our visiting designers. there are so many magnificent photo essays on our City and I always wanted to share our unique personality with our guests.

Your turn…any novels about architects or architecture you want to share!!??  Please do so in comments, I would love to hear your thoughts.

PROFILE: JAMIE HAYES (CORRECTED POST)

imageJamie Hayes at Dose Market. photo courtesy of Dose Market/Eva Deitch (corrected from original post!)

It is always wonderful when you find a new talent especially with an interesting story to tell.  A long time friend, Lawrie Weed, invited me to join her for lunch and a program at The Arts Club of Chicago.  Her invitation said the program was to be given by a “designer” that was all!  I presumed a fashion designer, but learned long ago never to assume anything!!!  I was, however, correct the program was to be given by a designer, Jamie Hayes.  The title that was presented on the screen was a bit off putting and I thought, oh my, I’m in for an hour of a “lecture on the environment” again I was correct but totally wrong in my presumption that it would bore me to sobs!  Jamie was not only a totally engaging speaker but her story of how she got to where she is captivated me and her designs enchanted me, I wanted to know more. I also realized that she had been in the Fashion Studies program at Columbia College Chicago. After her presentation, I asked if she would be interested in joining me in a blog post by answering my questionnaire.  She not only agreed but had returned it to me within 24 hours along with the wonderful photos you see in this post.  Do join me as I present a person who has not only found her niche in the fashion world (and is pursuing her dream by staying in Chicago making her garments “in house” another plus!!!) but has started to help change our thoughts on how to help the eco system, fair trade, and ethically made clothing.

I wanted to give you Jamie’s background from her website www.jamielhayes.com  followed by her answers to the NenasNotes questionnaire.

“Jamie Hayes’ interests lie at the intersection of fashion, art, labor, and identity. Her approach is both collaborative and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one’s body (not the other way around); that people should wear what flatters and interests them rather than what someone else dictates is fashionable; that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of production of clothing should be paid a living wage.”

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“She has explored these topics through her academic studies, earning a B.A. from Washington University in English Literature, a B.A. from Columbia College in Fashion Design, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immigrant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade organizations including SERRV, Intercrafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan, and has volunteered as a Campaign Leader for Chicago Fair Trade, helping to pass an ordinance mandating that apparel procured by the City of Chicago be sweatshop-free. She is the owner and designer of an ethically made line of clothing for men and women called Production Mode (productionmodechicago.com)”

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR TALENT

When I was very young, I was fearless. I don’t think I even thought to wonder what other people thought of my talent–I just loved creating things. I mostly hand-sewed super hero outfits for my cat out of Kleenex and thought I was brilliant. Then like many children, I lost my nerve and it took many years to get back into a head space where creating was truly fun and joyful. I won a few accolades when I was studying fashion at Columbia College Chicago- I was in the Driehaus Competition and FGI, and it helped to have an outside panel recognize my talent. But I think I knew that I had truly found my calling when I was working on a self-generated art project in Vietnam, called Past Perfect, exploring the social meaning of fashion. I remember feeling so entirely focused and energized. I felt a click, like I did when I was a little girl.

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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD “MADE IT”I have “made it” in the sense that I’m passionate about my work–it combines my artistic, design, and ethical goals. In financial terms, however, I still haven’t “made it”, as my businesses are both very new. But they are growing.
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HOW DID YOUR ORIGINAL PASSION BRING YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW

I always loved to sew- I taught myself embroidery and hand-sewing as a child, and bothered my mother and grandmother to teach me on the machine. I was always drawing as a child as well, and playing dress up, like most little girls. But I took it really far and wore my dress up outfits to school.

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But by middle school I dropped art to focus on academics. It’s sad because I thought I HAD to make that choice, and studying English Lit, as I also love to read. Luckily, I circled back to fashion as an adult. Essentially, I found that I wasn’t happy unless I was working with fabric, texture, color … art. I realized that if I didn’t follow that passion, I’d always be regretful.

WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR ALTERNATE CHOICE AS A CAREER….WAS THERE ONE

I wanted to be an architect for a spell. Not so different than fashion!

YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC

I adore Latin music and dance- especially salsa!

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HOBBIES….

Besides salsa dancing, I also deejay. I have a monthly night at a bar called Danny’s in Bucktown. I adore music and worked at a record store while I was studying fashion at Columbia College. And I love to get people dancing!

HOME….MODERN, TRADITIONAL, ANTIQUES (WHAT ERA) ECLECTIC

My house includes lots of mid-century modern pieces. I’m from St. Louis and during the 1950s and 60s it was still a wealthy town, so when I was putting together my first apartments in college and afterwards, mid-century modern pieces were all over the thrift stores, selling for nothing. Now that era is very in vogue, but luckily I had many a thrift score before it became valuable.

WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AT YOUR FANTASY DINNER (LIVING OR DEAD) AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE
Madeleine Vionnet

Elsa Schiaparelli
Josephine Baker
Rudi Gernreich
Grace Jones
Sonia Delaunay
Prince
David Bowie
Annie Albers
Rei Kawakubo
Claire McCardell
Erich Fromm
A lot of big personalities at this dinner party! It’d be interesting to see if everyone got along.
I’d probably make a Mexican meal: ceviche, guacamole, fish tacos, mole, jamaica punch. Chicago has some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, so I’d play to our strengths. Or have Alinea cater the dinner party. I don’t think they cater but I’m guessing if Bowie and Prince were resurrected from the dead, they might consider it:)
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT VISITED AND WHERE DO YOU WANT TO VISIT

Mexico City & Oaxaca. I’d love to go to Japan and to Brazil.

FAVORITE RECIPE

Hibiscus Punch

Bowl 2 c. of dried hibiscus flowers* for 10 min.
Add sugar to taste
Drain
Serve as hot or iced tea
Or, spike it with gin or mezcal
*Dried hibiscus flowers are available at any super market with a good selection of Mexican foods. In Spanish, they are called “Jamaica” flowers.
The re-hydrated hibiscus flowers can be used to make tacos. They pair well when fried with carrots, onions, and shredded chicken (chicken tinga). Then top with cotija cheese.
YOUR FAVORITE CHICAGO PUBLIC ART PIECE AND WHY
It’s not public art per se, but I love Chicago’s architecture. Specifically, our Marina Towers, the Harry Weese’s townhouses on the river, and the beauty of the el tracks.

  

HOW DO YOU  WANT TO BE REMEMBERED
I hope to bring light and joy into the world.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY JAMIE HAYES

www.jamielhayes.com

BLOGS YOU FOLLOW

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FASHION FUTURE: FALL 2017 COLLECTIONS

https://i2.wp.com/media.vogue.com/r/w_2000/2017/03/08/00-VR_collage.jpg?resize=994%2C414From the Vogue.com 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.

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Brandon Maxwell photo from his website www.brandonmaxwellstudio.com

https://i2.wp.com/assets.vogue.com/photos/58a39ceaf5bebe0b77a13a17/master/pass/_BRA0582.jpg?resize=466%2C699From the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2017 Collection.  Photo from Vogue.com.

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???

https://i2.wp.com/assets.vogue.com/photos/58aed24d2e5d504eebab7a15/master/pass/KIM_0111.jpg?resize=466%2C699I’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 Vogue.com.

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.

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

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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 www.chicagohistory.org for further information on the award.

https://i1.wp.com/gotham-magazine.com/get/files/image/migration/9725_content_Carolina-Herrera-Gotham-Magazine-4.jpg?w=994&ssl=1The iconic Carolina Herrera in her signature white shirt.

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https://i0.wp.com/cdn.fashionisers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Carolina_Herrera_fall_winter_2017_2018_collection_New_York_Fashion_Week6.jpg?w=994We 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.

www.chicagohistory.org

www.metmuseum.org

www.neimanmarcus.com

www.saksfifthavenue.com

www.ikram.com

www.neopolitan.com

www.chalkboutique.com

www.thelakeforestshop.com

www.francesheffernan.com

www.brandonmaxwellstudio.com

www.fendi.com

www.andrewgn.com

www.carolinaherrera.com

 

COLLECTIONS: MIRRORS

https://i0.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/77/d2/3e/77d23e93866a29199b41f317337e49d8.jpg?w=994Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors…….

I have always been fascinated with mirrors, no, not to gaze at myself but rather how they reflect light, give depth and, in my decorating, add dimension to a room.

When I was a little girl I would shop with my Mother when she was getting new outfits and I would sit on the floor fascinated with the infinity of the floor length mirrors in the dressing room.  I always wondered, and quite frankly still do, what was at the end of that endless expanse of mirror reflected over and over and….

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Mirrors obviously reflect our own images (is what we see really how we look to others, a question that really has no answer!), add to the decor of a room, give us stories such as Alice Through the Looking Glass or Snow White and the wicked Queen with her magic “Mirror Mirror on the Wall”!

https://i1.wp.com/www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/lookingglass/1.4.jpg?w=994Alice entering the looking glass world.

 

https://i1.wp.com/www.stepmothersupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/6a00e54f9153e088330134898811a7970c-600wi.jpg?w=994The Evil Queen in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Paintings throughout the ages have had many interpretations of subjects with mirrors

https://nenasnotes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/8be6e-morisotladyathertoilette.jpgBerthe Morisot’s Woman At Her Toilette, 1895 in the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

imagePicasso’s Woman At The Mirror, 1932 in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Obviously, none of these are in my collection…but here are a few that are…

imageThe requisite mirror over the fireplace mantle. I purchased it at a long ago Arlington Park Antique Show for $100.00 to say the least, I was beyond thrilled! I like the way it reflects the room.

Several, not stellar photos (it is very difficult to photograph mirrors when you don’t want to be reflected in them!), of the layering of mirrors in my minuscule bathroom.

imageProbably the best shot of the group…here you can see how I hung an elaborate baroque carved wooden mirror, which was painted black before its new white coating, over the existing standard bathroom mirrors.  It is fastened above the chrome molding with piano wire. Each of the mirrors was in another color and for each I used a different shade of white paint, some I distressed others I painted in solid white.  Another, you see below is Venetian glass and others, I have acquired over the years were already in shades of white.  I feel they all give major depth to a very, very small space.

imageOne of my older mirrors that was gilded, you can still see some of the gilt where I rubbed off the white paint.

imageA vintage find, probably from an old medicine chest, love the beveled mirror and how it is affixed to its frame,  from the Randolph Street Market several years ago, very reasonably priced, actually the one above it was also from RSM. www.randolphstreetmarket.com

imageHave I mentioned I also collection cherubs and angels…here a closeup of a metal cherub mirror that was almost black in color before I distressed it with white paint.

imageBehind the door mirrors and some of my white McCoy and Hall’s pottery collection, yet another post!!  The shell mirror was natural colored shells before the distressing took place!

imageThe ultimate “mirror” Cloud Gate Anish Kapoor 2006 Millennium Park, Chicago.

WEDNESDAY MUSINGS: COWS ON PARADE

I haven’t thought about our Cows on Parade for years, well, I guess I do think about it when I see one display here and there in the City.  Why do a post now…well, it came up as Annette Findling’s favorite public art piece(s) in her profile on Monday, so of course I had to go into further detail.

I really can’t believe that it was 1999 that the cows paraded down Chicago streets, once again, where do the years go…. I must say I wasn’t overjoyed when I first heard about it in a Magnificent Mile Association meeting but was thrilled once I saw all the creativity of the artists works.  The one outside Saks Fifth Avenue wasn’t my favorite, I felt it needed to be “more fashionable”, but, oh well!

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Let’s go into the story behind the “exhibition” and the Bronze Cow now residing next to the Chicago Cultural Center.

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The plaque next to the cow reads ….
” In 1999 a herd of fiberglass cows united citizens, visitors, artists, businesses through a unique community based public art event. The bronze cow is a gift to all Chicagoans in gratitude for the support of the cows and other art in public places.
A gift to the city of Chicago from the Hanig family and anonymous donors.
November 2001.
Bronze Cow cast at Wagner Foundary, Inc., Chicago, IL. “

Depicted as reflections in the eyes of the cow are two famous Chicago landmarks, the Chicago Picasso sculpture, and the Historic Water Tower.  Who knew!!!!

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Photo courtesy Jyoti Srivastava.

Quote from Public Art in Chicago website:

“In 1999, a herd of fiberglass cows united citizens, visitors, artists and businesses through a unique community-based public art project. Chicago’s 1999 summer public art display was originally conceived and presented in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998. Chicago businessman Peter Hanig saw the cows in Zurich and brought the idea home. he convinced the City of Chicago to bring in cows from the Swiss artists who had created the Zurich cows. The city purchased unadorned cows and held a contest for local artists to produce designs to decorate them. A local business could opt to sponsor an artist designed cow or to purchase a blank cow for its own design.

The commemorative bronze cow located in front of the Chicago Cultural Center, was a gift of the Hanig family and anonymous donors to the people of Chicago in gratitude for their support of the cows and other public art projects.”

 

Needless to say the project was a HUGE success..so much so it is still being talked about today…thank you so much Peter Hanig for the vision to bring this to our City where the Stockyards were also world renowned (see artifacts from the Stockyards as well as wonderful information on the Chicago Fire at the Chicago History Museum www.chicagohistory.org) as was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, who did not start the Chicago Fire!!!!

Recipe time……

Margaret brought this stew to me when I was stricken with the flu a couple of years ago…I swear it was my cure!!!  It is beyond delicious, serve with a tossed green salad, crusty French bread, and a full-bodied red wine.

MARGARET BUCKMAN’S VEGETABLE BEEF STEW

½ LB. BEEF STEW MEAT

¼ CUP  FLOUR

1 TEASPOON SALT

2 TABLESPOON TOMATO PASTE

1 CUP BEEF BROTH

2 CUP  WATER

2 CUP SHERRY (not cooking Sherry, GOOD DRINKING SHERRY!!!!)

1 CUP MATCHSTICK VEGGIES (CARROTS, ZUCCHINI, ONIONS)

4 STALKS OF ROUGHLY CHOPPED CELERY

1 LB. MUSHROOMS ROUGHLY CHOPPED

1 LB. BABY SPINACH

4-6 BUDS ROASTED GARLIC

BROWN ½ LB. BEEF STEW MEAT THAT HAS BEEN DREDGED IN FLOUR IN ¼ CUP CANOLA OIL, UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN.

ADD 1 CAN BEEF BROTH, ½ CUP SHERRY & 2 CUPS WATER TO BEEF MIXTURE. COOK ON LOW HEAT FOR 1 -1/2 HOUR OR UNTIL MEAT IS TENDER. 

KEEP CHECKING AND ADDING ADDITIONAL WATER AND SHERRY TO BEEF MIXTURE, AS NEEDED. ADD CELERY TO MIXTURE.

ADD VEGETABLES, TOMATO PASTE & SALT TO MIXTURE.

ALSO ADD THE MUSHROOMS AND SPINACH ON TOP OF THE VEGETABLES.

CHECK SEASONINGS AND ADD ROASTED GARLIC BUDS BEFORE SERVING OVER PIPING HOT NOODLES.

ENJOY!

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS: IN FARLEIGH FIELD

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I’ve been a fan of Rhys Bowen since I read the first Molly Murphy mystery, set in turn of the century New York City, and the Royal Spyness series, set in England, love all the characters and the creative stories. I have not read her Constable Evans series they are on my TBR list. So, needless to say, I was intrigued when I learned that Ms. Bowen was doing a “stand alone” book, In Farleigh Field. For some unknown reason, I got an advance copy on my Kindle app on my iPhone (which, by the way, I only use when I travel or have time before classes at Columbia).  I must say it is most certainly in Ms. Bowen’s style of writing, which I really adore.  I have read other favorite authors books off their usual series and haven’t liked them as much as their “main” books.  This proves to be the exception…I really, really enjoyed it.  By now you all know I love a good English mystery along the lines of an Agatha Christie, a “cozy” once in a while but nothing too sinister nor “scary”.  This is certainly not a “cozy” it is a most enjoyable read.

World War II is the setting and we find our characters, who come from the English countryside, either working in British Intelligence, the Bletchley Circle or in the RAF along with the gentry and their staffs.  The main female character, Pamela, is one of five daughters of Lord Westerham, one of whom works in Paris for a couturier fashioned (pardon the pun) after Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel complete with her association with the Gestapo and the British aristocracy and who lives at the Ritz (right up my alley!). The main characters have grown up together so there is definitely history between them.  Two are from the landed gentry and one is the son of the local vicar.  At the beginning of the story, a man’s body is found, by the youngest daughter, on the grounds of our protagonist’s family home. He is in the uniform of a group of soldiers (which proves to be false) that are billeted at the Manor House and has fallen to earth and killed when his parachute has failed to open.  Why is he there, is he a spy, why would he be in the countryside?  Many questions appear before they are solved.  We, of course, have a romance (actually a romantic triangle) secrets revealed, and interesting characters that are true to the time of the story.  I truly found it to hold my interest and to be a good read.  Let’s hope for more “stand alone” books from Ms. Bowen along with more of Molly Murphy and Lady Georgiana. In my opinion, she is a superb author who thoroughly researches her material and who gets us involved in the story from page one and keeps us until the final sentence.

From the Publishers:

“World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.”

 

Rhys’s next Royal Spyness book, On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service, will be published on Aug. 1, 2017.

The next Molly Murphy book, The Ghost of Christmas Past, will be published on Nov. 14, 2017.

www.rhysbowen.com

My Independent bookseller of choice www.boolcellarinc.com

 

 

PROFILE: ANNETTE FINDLING

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I do believe I mention this every week before I do my profile subject’s answers to my questionnaire that I am so fortunate to have such a diverse and truly fascinating group of friends.  This week’s personality is not an exception.  Although I have only known Annette for a short period of time we have become friends, first through the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum where I currently serve as Historian and Annette is Vice President, Programming and now over regular glasses of wine during a Happy Hour or two! I wanted to share her story with you today, I know you will feel you have added a new friend as well. Enjoy Annette in her own words….

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOUR TALENT:

I’m not sure of when the first impression was but as I reflect on my childhood, I now see how my talents fit together.  My mom immigrated here from Germany after World War II, met my dad and got married.  They’ve been happily married for 54 years.  My mom always told me that being good in math was really important (she was good at it too!)  She was also a seamstress. As a result, I am a math geek!  I would rather do complex calculations than a word puzzle all day long.  Growing up, my mom made all my clothes.  Sadly, I didn’t learn the skill (believe me, she tried to teach me!) That is where my love of fashion comes from.  I started my career in my late 20s and knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. As a financial advisor, I love “dressing” my clients to design a strategy that fits for their goals.  That is what motivates me every day!

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD “MADE IT”:

I was 33 years old and an elderly male client called me to his home on a very hot summer day in July.  He was very sick and asked me to make sure I took care of his wife when he passed.  He said the end was near.  His wife never wanted to talk about money.  He passed away in October of 2001.  Shortly after, she and I worked on a plan to help her move forward.  This is when I knew I made it.  I “make it” every day.  Helping clients pay for their kid’s education, retire, buy a business and the list goes on.

HOW DID YOUR PASSION GET YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW:

Over the last 25 years, I have developed a passion for educating women about money.  Don’t get me wrong, I love men too! I have a wonderful husband and two awesome sons.  However, the financial services industry in general hasn’t caught up with the “Power of the Purse”.  Women are living longer, inheriting money, starting businesses and are employed and raising families, divorce. etc   I started my blog, Rich Women Rock to educate women about money in a fun, easy way to learn.  We touch on a variety of subjects and try to incorporate a little bit of fashion analogies. I am also starting to do public speaking engagements.  Currently my favorite one is: Designing your financial closet where I use clothing to describe assets classes and build a portfolio, just like you would a wardrobe.  I feel there is a correlation to one’s clothing style and investment style.  It is fun and women understand it.   I love designing strategies for my clients but more importantly educating them so they feel confident in the decisions they make.  I feel that being confident and having choices is one of life’s luxuries. My firm, Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, is a firm where we all follow the same philosophy.

WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR ALTERNATE CAREER:

Fashion stylist or buyer!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOKE, MOVIE, MUSIC STYLE:

It’s hard to pick a favorite of anything because I love so many.  Favorite book I am reading now is “From the Ankle Down” A book about the history of shoes.  I love fashion history because much of it reflects upon what was going on in the world.  Movie:  Hidden Figures.  Amazing awesome movie!  Again, women and math!  I love music…I am a classic rocker at heart.  Both of my sons are musicians so we have a lot of noise in our house!  I appreciate musicians and their talent from Classical, rock and jazz.  In the food category, I really don’t have a favorite type or restaurant.  I just love a few good appetizers paired with a glass of wine or good cocktail in a place with good company.

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At the 2017 Grammy Awards with husband David Findling.

ANY HOBBIES, IF SO WHAT ARE THEY:

With running a business and raising two boys I haven’t had time for a true hobby.  However, I do get up at 5 am Monday – Friday and workout. My husband and I love going to listen to live music.  If I have a quiet moment, I love to needle point, knit, noodle around on my iPad and always go on a walk with my dog Coco.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR HOME STYLE:

I am in a transitional time in my life as my youngest son is graduating high school and my husband and I are moving back to the city.  I want to decorate our new place with more contemporary style.  However, I like mixing old with new.  Stay tuned!

WHO WOULD BE AT YOUR FANTASY DINNER PARTY AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE:

I would have my favorite designers all at the same table:  Coco Chanel, Valentino, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Bonnie Cashin, Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen, Achille Maramotti (founder of Max Mara).  I would probably serve good Italian food since that would probably appeal to most.  Paired with good wine of course!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT:

My favorite vacation was London with my family.  Since we love music, London is full of music history.  We took a tour called “Monsters of Rock and Roll”.  It was a day long tour in a van with a guy who was like Jack Black (He goes by Chicago Mike and is really from Chicago)  He was hysterical but we not only saw so much of the London area and experienced so much of music history too.  We then took a train to Liverpool and dove into Beatles history.  We had a private tour with Chris who took us into the Best home where we got to visit with Rory Best, Pete Best’s brother.  The basement was the Casbah club where the Beetles started playing and building their audience. I would do this trip again.  If you are a music nut, this trip is a must.  However, my next two trips would be to 1) go back to Germany with my husband and sons and 2) do a fashion trip to Italy with girlfriends.

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Annette and David with sons Kurt and Erik getting to watch their beloved Cubs win the World Series!!!

HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:

I want to be remembered as one of the kindest, generous woman you’ll ever meet with a little spunk.  Plain and simple….salt of the earth.  What you see is what you get

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FAVORITE CHICAGO PUBLIC ART PIECE:

I have to say, my favorite was the Cows on Michigan Avenue.  It was unique at the time and every now and then I’ll see one in someone’s yard.  I also loved the dress forms on Michigan Avenue that followed a few years later.

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FAVORITE BLOGS:

Nena, as you know…I wake up to you, nenasnotes every morning…love with my coffee!  Others I follow every day are:  The Daily Skimm, Investment News Daily, WWD, Catherinegraceo, and 1010ParkPlace.  A little bit of business, fashion and lifestyle.

A FAVORITE RECIPE:

Funny you ask for a favorite recipe, my least favorite thing to do is cook.  My family and friends make fun of me.  Just sayin, I’m being honest at least I know my weaknesses too and willing to admit it.  However, I am all about eating pretty clean and making a healthy dinner for my family after work.  This is a recipe from my mother-in-law who’s also German but made a mean spaghetti sauce that my Italian friends rave about.  I make a double batch on the weekend then fill it in Quart size bags and freeze.  This way I can take out a bag or two to defrost before I go to work and make a good spaghetti meal with a salad for dinner.

ANNETTE’S MOTHER-IN-LAW’S SPAGHETTI SAUCE

2 lbs lean hamburger

2 medium yellow onions

3/4 lbs Italian sausage or substitute half with veal

2 bay leaves

2 cans 15 oz tomato sauce

2 cans 6 oz tomato paste

3 cloves fresh minced garlic

1T oregano

1/2T parsley flakes

1 1/2 TSP salt

1 1/2 TSP sugar

2 15 oz cans water

2 TSP Basil

Pepper to taste

Brown meat and onion.  Simmer in a large pot for 2-3 hours

Links to me are www.stonebridgewealthadvisors.com and my blog www.richwomenrock.com.  You can follow my page on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Annette is a registered representative with, and securities are offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through HighPoint Advisor Group, a registered investment advisor. HighPoint Advisor Group and Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, LLC are separate entities from LPL Financial. The client experience described may not be representative of any future experience of our clients, nor considered a recommendation of the advisor’s services or abilities or indicate a favorable client experience.