FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | Artists Frame Service

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WHO: Artists Frame Service

WHAT: Opens a River North location, just one block north of the Merchandise Mart

WHERE: 433 N. Wells St, Chicago, IL

WHEN: Now open

WHY: The store has an impressive variety of stocked photo frames – which includes their own frames manufactured here in Chicago- as well as a custom framing services. Here you can find unique handcrafted made to order frames that have been sourced from around the world. They also sell local art, custom mirrors, and both pre-designed or custom gallery walls. But most exciting is their professional digital photo and art printing services. That is right you can print images straight from you phone.

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FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | The Goop x CB2 Collaboration

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop launches collaboration with CB2 today

(left to right) Britt Pattner, Creative Consultant / Diana Ryu, Director of Content Operations (Managing Editor) / Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder + CEO / Jean Godfrey-June, Beauty Director / Megan O’Neill, Senior Beauty Editor

WHO: CB2

WHAT: Launching a limited edition collaboration with GOOP

WHERE: CB2.com and in CB2 stores with limited products available on goop.com.

WHEN: TODAY, August 30th

WHY: The goop X CB2 collection merges CB2’s modern approach to design with goop’s sophisticated aesthetic, offering elegant, yet laid-back pieces that you’ll want to live with. The collection ($9.95 - $5,796) is a true representation of Gwyneth’s design aesthetic and CB2’s creativity - think a mid-century Curvo pink sofa, intricate parisian-inspired china and comfy meditation pillows.

Collection consists of a mid-century Curvo pink sofa, intricate parisian-inspired china and comfy meditation pillows.

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | 2017 Pirelli Calendar

The new direction of the Pirelli calendar continues with Peter Lindbergh’s 2017 images entitled ‘Emotional’.

Uma Thurman

The calendars, first published in 1964 to promote the Italian tire company, are famous for featuring supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr. They are often photographed scantily clad in exotic locations focusing on themes of sexuality, however, the times they are (finally) changing! Last year famed photographer Annie Leibovitz took the calendar in a much needed new direction instead showcasing inspiring women of all ages like Yoko Ono, Fran Lebowitz, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson, Serena Williams and Amy Schumer captured in statuesque black and white portraits.

Julianne Moore

Lindbergh continues the trend photographing a more stripped down and raw looking images of Hollywood actresses including Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman and Helen Mirren.

Robin Wright

Lindbergh said at today's Paris press conference "beauty is just commercial interest, as you see in magazines, women are washed out from every experience. That's just the opposite of what I wanted. These are the most talented women that I admire in the entire world. They are emotional and I wanted to show that."

Nicole Kidman

Lindbergh goes on to explain that the women appearing in the calendar are “nude while being fully dressed” because the camera had “stripped them to the very soul. It’s another kind of naked, more important than body parts. What is more than being naked is to show yourself the way you are.”

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | Nordstrom x Nike

Nordstrom have launched a sneaker boutique, a lifestyle concept shop that brings together fitness and fashion.

Nordstrom x Nike will each month introduce limited-edition product, as well as curated collections of activewear, sneakers for runners and sneakerheads alike, activewear and athleisure, accessories, tech and more.

The vice president of creative projects, Olivia Kim, has curated the shop with select seasonal items from the store’s different departments and merchandised alongside Nike product, such as denim, leather jackets, designer handbags, exclusive jewelry, curated beauty products, workout accessories, polaroid cameras and more.

Currently 3 locations exist including Seattle and Toronto, not even NY or LA have it yet!

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | Kenzo X H&M

Known for their hotly anticipated designer collaborations and this time is no exception. This November sees H&M collaborating with French brand Kenzo. Like with last year's Balmain collection, the collection does not come cheap. Larger pieces including jackets and layered dresses range from $349-$549, with smaller accessories like beanies and sunglasses starting at $24.99.

Set your alarms Kenzo X H&M launches on November 3.

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES | 2017 Met Gala Theme is Announced

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

It's official the next Met Gala and exhibition will be Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo. This will be the museum's second time that they have featured a living designer; the first was with Yves Saint Laurent back in 1983.

Costume Institute’s curator, Andrew Bolton, told Vogue, “Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

The exhibition will feature 120 designs going all the way back to the first collection in 1981 and divided into contrasting themes like East/West, male/female and past/present.

The exhibition opens May 4 with the benefit gala taking place on May 1.

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Victoria Beckham for Target

ANNOUNCEMENT Target Announces Spring Collaboration with Victoria Beckham

The secret’s out: Target just announced their next design partner, and it’s none other than internationally-known businesswoman, fashion designer and mother of four, Victoria Beckham. Victoria Beckham for Target includes more than 200 items for women and kids, marking the designer’s first foray into designing children swear. The collection reflects the essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, with easy-to-wear dresses, rompers and playful tops and bottoms for women, and corresponding styles for girls, toddler and baby.

Hear what Victoria, herself, has to say about the collection for an interview with Target.

HOW ARE YOUR TWO LINES—VICTORIA BECKHAM AND VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM—DIFFERENT, AND WHAT’S THE ESSENCE OF YOUR LINE WITH TARGET?
The Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, or “VVB" as it’s often called, was launched three years after I began Ready-to-Wear, and is a lifestyle range incorporating all the pieces my customer needs in her wardrobe—at a more accessible price point. I always describe VVB as the younger sister to the Ready–to–Wear. It’s a range that reflects what I think of as the more “playful" side of my own style. The collections within VVB are fun and full of character, but always stay true to the refined brand spirit. The line of women’s and childrenswear that I have created with Target perfectly encapsulates the spirit of VVB and features some of the earlier silhouettes that the category originally became known for. From the outset of my brand, I have always designed clothes that I want to wear, and that’s exactly what I have done here, but this time there are also clothes that my daughter would love to wear, too!!

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE DESIGNING FOR KIDS FOR THE FIRST TIME COMPARED TO DESIGNING FOR WOMEN?
Designing for children is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I was incredibly excited to be able to incorporate childrenswear into this collection. When working on it, I really felt I could tell a story and have fun with it—and I think the clothes reflect just how much fun I had designing them! Being a mother has helped me understand what’s important when it comes to the category. I have had years of learning that function is often just as important as form, and that children need to be able to feel comfortable and free in what they wear. For me it was really all about finding a balance between the fun elements and the real-life functionality of a garment.

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN WORKING WITH TARGET?
For a while now, I have been thinking how great it would be to work on clothes for a customer that either doesn’t want to pay or can’t pay designer prices. I loved the idea of opening the brand up to a wider audience and being able to share my vision with a broader customer base. So when Target—a company based on accessibility and inclusiveness—proposed a collaboration which combined all of these things, it was an easy decision to make. I have always said that the best way for me to learn about new areas is to work with an expert in that field. In order to do something well, you need to surround yourself with the right people, and the Target team members have been the right people for me. It has been such a pleasure working with their team. What they have provided me with is a really unique opportunity to connect with families across the U.S. I’m so excited for the months ahead, and for everyone to see a collection that I am really proud of.

Victoria Beckham for Target ranges in price from $6-$70, with most items under $40, and will be offered in sizes XS-3X for women and NB-XL for girls, toddler and baby. The collection will be available April 9 through April 30, 2017, or while supplies last, at all Target stores and Target.com, with select pieces available for global shoppers via VictoriaBeckham.com

COVERGIRL KATE

Kate Middleton has finally made her Vogue debut! Shot by my friend and former colleague Josh Olins for the June issue, two of the pictures will also be part of the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at National Portrait Gallery.

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Director of the National Portrait Gallery Nicholas Cullinan

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, at the National Portrait Gallery

We, and I mean the fashion industry, have all been waiting for this moment. We've seen Princess Diana on the cover many times and even Princess Anne has been featured.

Dressing Downton | Changing Fashion for Changing Times

The British period drama, Downton Abbey, has come to an end but don’t let that be the finale for you. Currently at The Driehaus Museum on East Erie St. they are showcasing over 35 costumes from the series. As we all know the intricate wardrobe, along with the decorative locations, were integral parts of the show’s charm. Like most British period dramas of this quality, the production went to great pains to make sure the costumes were historically accurate. They recreated looks and also used original early 20th century fabrics and embellishments.

Robert Crawley, Earl of (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) 

The exhibit is a real coup for the Driehaus with Chicago History Museum’s Costume Collection being the obvious location choice. However, the venue is perfect; the items are housed in an elegant Gilded Age mansion. Once the home of banker Samuel M. Nickerson the mansion, at the time of completion in 1883, was reportedly one of the most expensive and elaborate private homes. More importantly, they are placed in context surrounded by European and American decorative and fine arts from the late 19th to early 20th century. With the exhibit spread over three floors, it allows you the space to also view the Driehaus Collection, which itself is impressive.

The exhibition showcases some of the most iconic pieces including Dowager Countess of Grantham’s purple silk dress and Martha Levinson's silk and fox fur coat.

Martha Levinson's silk and fox fur coat

Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine)

I was excited to see my favorite dress, worn by Cora Crawley for Lady Rose MacClare’s presentation at court to the King and Queen of England.

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham's lilac velvet and diamanté embellished dress

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) and Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James)

Advanced tickets have sold out, but you still can get them on the day. My recommendation is arrive early. I went on a Friday morning and I haven’t seen an exhibition so packed during the weekday since the Bowie exhibit at the Modern Contemporary Art.

Lady Edith Crawley evening dress (left) and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham evening dress

Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) and Martha Levinson ( Shirley MacLaine)

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times is on now through May 29 at the Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St. Tickets: $25; 312-482-8933 or driehausmuseum.org