Thursday, June 07, 2018

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Brian Atwood, shoe designer

Brian Atwood shoe designer interview with fashion junkie
Brian Atwood, made his name designing exquisite heels worn by many stars like Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Lady GaGa to name a few. A former fashion model, he began his design career in the 90's working for the legendary Gianni Versace. As the first American designer hired by the Italian fashion house, he quickly rose to the position of Head Designer of Accessories. In 2001 he launched his namesake shoe label specializing in glamourous sky-high heels, which soon became a fixture on the red carpet. I chatted to Atwood at the Chicago History Museum where he was being honored at their spring fundraiser luncheon in support of the Costume Council, the sold-out event raised over $30,000.

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Shoes, of course! I’ve collected around 1500 shoes from every shoe designer you can image.

WHO ARE YOU STYLE ICONS?
Besides my mom, classics like Lauren Hutton
 Brian Atwood and Dusty Stemer, Brian’s mother and event co-chair
Brian Atwood and his mom Dusty Stemer, event co-chair

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Life of the party

LAST TIME YOU DANCED?
Last week at a karaoke party

LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?
Today

LAST FILM YOU SAW?
My girl Melissa McCarthy’s new film Life of the Party

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
I’m currently reading The Power of Now

LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?
At the Oscars, everyone was there from Nicole Kidman to Madonna.

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
A corduroy flared suit

LAST TIME SOMEONE MADE YOU LAUGH?
Last night on the phone with my brother Zak (Stemer).
Brian Atwood with this brother Zak Stemer
Brian Atwood with his brother Zak Stemer
FAVORITE VACATION HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Anywhere in Greece

BEST SHOE ADVICE?
If you don’t know what shoe to wear with an outfit my advice is select something simple, stay away from anything too trendy. So often I see a woman in a great outfit but with terrible shoes.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR ICONIC MANIAC SHOES?
Maniacs were inspired by the movie Flash Dance, I remember I was at Kate Hudson’s Halloween party. Brad Goreski was dressed as Jennifer Beals and said: “You should do a red pump called a Maniac.” And I said, “You know, that’s a good idea!”
Brian Atwood interview talks about his iconic shoe the Maniac
Maniac Shoe
YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Tom Cruise

LAST CONCERT YOU WENT TO?
JLo in Dubai

YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?
Tequila on the rocks with a lime

WHAT’S ON THE LIST DO LIST WHILE YOU ARE HERE IN CHICAGO?
The Wieners Circle with my brother

Brian Atwood In-conversation with Susanna Homan, editor and chief of Chicago magazine
In-conversation with Susanna Homan, editor and chief of Chicago magazine
Event photos by Mila Samokhina


Friday, December 01, 2017

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Angela Missoni, Missoni Creative Director

Angela Missoni's fashion confessions
This year sees the 20th anniversary of Angela Missoni as creative director of the Italian fashion house, Missoni. Started in the 50s by her parents, Missoni's colorful zigzag knits have become as iconic as Chanel's camellia. Angela has grown the family business into an empire with the expansion of 25 sub-lines, (M by Missoni and Missoni Home) plus several successful collaborations (Converse, Havaianas and of course Target). As she celebrates her anniversary at the helm, I caught up with her at Neiman Marcus - a fitting location as Missoni has been sold at the department store since the early 70s, longer than any other brand! Angela reveals to me her fashion confessions.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I’m a very lucky person; I have an amazing job. It may be more than what you think because I’m not only a designer I own the company. So my job is 360 degrees. And I’m a natural fixer and a problem solver, right, so I love to solve problems.

But on the creative side, it's the moment when the collection comes together when you have defined the look, and put on the show and see it all come together, that’s the most exciting.

CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Robert Redford.


FAVORITE FILM?
I love fantasy, so I have to say the Fellini movies.

LAST TIME YOU DANCED?
Last week I had a party in LA for my 20th Anniversary.

WHAT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?
Negroni Sbagliato as known as The Wrong Negroni.



FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
I love the seaside, but I love a place that can surprise me. I’m very curious person, so I to see and I need to discover, so I like to go to discover new places.

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
School of Awake by Kidada Jones.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?
In fashion, always wear something you feel comfortable because no matter the dress if you don’t you are always adjusting yourself and that is the most unsexy and unflattering thing to do.

And in life, it’s something no young person would listen, there are so many things which are irrelevant, and it’s not worth the stress. So my advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FASHIONABLE INVITES Chopard and Neiman Marcus

Chopard and Neiman Marcus Red Carpet Cocktail Reception
WHO: Chopard
WHAT: Red Carpet Cocktail Reception
WHERE: Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue
WHEN: November 15, 5.30-7.30pm
WHY: To view a special collection of Chopard watches and jewelry

Sunday, November 12, 2017

REAL: Princetown leather slipper, $995, Gucci
DEAL: Faux fur lined loafer mule, $90, Steve Madden

Friday, November 10, 2017

FASHIONABLE INVITE: fferrone Pre-Holiday Pop Up


WHO: fferrone
WHAT: Pre-Holiday Pop Up
WHERE: Boffi Chicago showroom, 309 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
WHEN: Saturday November 11th, 11am-4pm.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

Rebecca Minkoff  Sample Sale in Chicago

WHO: Rebecca Minkoff
WHAT: Sample Sale
WHERE: 106 E Oak Street, Chicago, Il 60611
WHEN: October 23rd – October 29th
•Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
•Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
WHY: Up to 75% off

Thursday, October 05, 2017

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

Gilt Sample Sale in Chicago

WHO: Gilt City
WHAT: Warehouse Sale
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, 1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622
WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017
• Friday Night First Access Session: 7pm-9pm, $25
• Friday Night Late Entrance: 9pm-11pm, $20

Saturday, May 20, 2017
• Saturday Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10
• Saturday Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10
• Saturday Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $5
• Saturday Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $5

WHY: The Gilt sale is back with a makeover. Along with up to 80 percent off retail prices of designer fashion you will also be offered onsite styling, makeup touchups, luxurious pop-ups, complimentary monogramming and more.

Tickets are now available at giltcity.com/Chicago