Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ The 312: Twista talks Sole Expo, the sneaker culture convention ]]> Lead story image

In case you didn’t know, hip-hop and fashion often intersect at the gym shoe store. The day of this interview, Twista is rocking some Independence Day-centric Nikes. They are red, white and blue, with spangled stars. His partner, Alan Wehbi, is wearing gray and red Air Jordan 3s. A few months before this interview, Bucketfeet, a local custom, drawn-art-on-sneakers company, announced it had sold a collection to Nordstrom. A year before this interview, Kanye West made his signature Nike Air Yeezy Red Octobers, and they sold out in minutes, showing up now on eBay for about $6,000 a pair. I … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:18:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Black women worried about Army hair regulations ]]> Lead story image

New Army regulations meant to help standardize and professionalize soldiers’ appearance are now coming under criticism by some black military women, who say changes in the hair requirement are racially biased. The standards include bans on most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Runway trends arrive on Emmys red carpet ]]>

Kerry Washington is the fashion It Girl right now, and she has the straight-from-the-runway dress to prove it. The “Scandal” star showed her style savvy at the Emmy Awards Sunday in fantasy gown in a blush color with gold embroidery that was at the Marchesa runway show just earlier this month. “This was their final look, and the moment I saw it I asked them to send it to me,” Washington said. The Emmys red carpet stepped it up with modern catwalk trends, interesting colors and some risks. There were romantic lace overlays, graphic black-and-white combinations, strategic skin-baring slashes and … ]]> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Florence Pushker, 89, model, fashionista ]]> Lead story image

When she was a 14-year-old girl dreaming of fashion and glamour, Florence Pushker didn’t just read Vogue. She went to Fishman Fabrics, bought material, and had a dressmaker copy the clothes in the magazine. She saved her dollar-a-week allowance so she could eat salad at the Pump Room. But she was really there to watch the movie stars who dropped by Booth One for a little food and publicity. Mrs. Pushker had the kind of beauty that has been likened to a strawberry sundae — red hair and creamy skin. It carried her into a career in modeling, boutique ownership … ]]> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:56:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ On the download: ]]> Lead story image

Like Pinterest, but hate the hunt? has the solution for fashionistas looking to pull the trigger on emerging designers, the latest “it” bag or a designer’s current collection. The site points users to trending items in fashion, decor, accessories and design. Much like that other pinning site, Keep partners with tastemakers to showcase their favorite things. Chicago’s blogger Susanne Kopulus curated a collection with her “keeps” sourced from local boutiques. “My job is to relate to the public what is accessible in local boutiques,” Kopulos said. “Keep navigates my distinct point of view.” Where differs from Pinterest … ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:16:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vera Bradley branches out with signature pattern baby line ]]> Lead story image

Love them or hate them, Vera Bradley bags are a 30-year-old retail phenomenon that show no signs of slowing down. The distinct floral patterned bags — from “The Weekender in Portobello Road” to the “Tablet Hipster in Va Va Voom” — are available in 65 Vera Bradley stores, 11 outlets and 3,300 other retailers, like the 563 college bookstores that carry the brand, including Northwestern, Illinois State and Loyola University Chicago. ]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:25:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vickroy: ‘Project Runway’ designer sells bridal gowns at Frankfort boutique ]]> Lead story image

Katelyn Pankoke hates group projects. Having to compromise, having to carry the slackers, having to play that psychological game of getting people to like you so they don’t throw you under the bus. “I’m not used to interacting with my own kind,” said Pankoke, a Lincoln Park fashion designer whose Elaya Vaughn line of bridal gowns is sold at Fiancee Couture, 53 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort. So imagine Pankoke’s surprise when she learned her opportunity to compete on Season 11 of “Project Runway” came with a big caveat: For the first time in the history of the popular reality TV … ]]> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:12:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ A look back at Michelle Obama’s wardrobe ]]> Lead story image

While fashion sages place bets on Michelle Obama’s fashion pick for tonight’s Inaugural Ball, here are Flotus’ dresses from events past. … ]]> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:02:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Deerfield native turns love of sports into fashion brand Sportiqe ]]> Lead story image

As a Deerfield teenager, Jason Franklin scored a dream job as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls. Now he dresses them. Franklin, 33, has turned his love of sports into a multi-million dollar sportswear brand Sportiqe, worn by athletes and celebrities like Derek Rose, Luol Deng and Tim Tebow. ]]> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:02:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Anna Nicole Smith daughter a Guess model ]]> Lead story image

The 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith is walking in her mother’s shoes, taking a starring role in the spring ad campaign for Guess Kids. Guess? Inc.’s creative director Paul Marciano says in a statement that Dannielynn Birkhead has the “same playful spirit” that her mother would carry onto a set. The brand hired Smith in 1992, and she appeared in its sexy denim-wear ads through 1993. She was a relative modeling unknown at the time, although earlier in 1992 she was on a Playboy magazine cover. Smith died in 2007. Dannielynn’s campaign also stars Peyton Edmunds, the … ]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:34:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Michelle Obama wears Michael Kors on Election Night ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — As Michelle Obama stepped on stage with her husband in Chicago early Wednesday morning, she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years — this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress. As Mrs. Obama joined President Barack Obama, she sported a dress pulled in at the waist, and she topped it with a black shrug that showed a peek of a vintage pink brooch from House of Lavande. She was surrounded by her trend-right daughters: Malia wore an electric-blue, A-line skirt with a pink studded belt … ]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:08:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Designers both famous and fresh to spring forward at fashion show ]]> Lead story image

Six emerging designers share the runway with Macy’s Fashion Incubator alumni for annual fashion show Wednesday night. The show is part of the weeklong Fashion Focus in Chicago. ]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 06:31:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ How to ‘Million’ ]]> Lead story image

Strawberry  Basil Smash 1½ oz North Shore Vodka 1 oz Basil Simple Syrup 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Strawberries Club Soda Muddle strawberries and basil syrup. Add remaining ingredients except soda, and shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda. Garnish with additional strawberry or sprig of basil. Summer Caipiroska 1½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus 1 oz Honey Syrup (3 parts honey to 1 part hot water) 2 Orange Slices 4 Lime Wedges Muddle limes and oranges with honey syrup. Add Sol and shake with ice. Pour shaker contents … ]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:00:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Inspiration came from across the pond at this year’s Glamorama ]]> Lead story image

At Friday night’s Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, the vibe was swinging ‘60s but the fall fashion preview was pure ladylike sophistication. Themed “The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!” the 21st annual event paid homage to British pop music of the past with runway presentations planted firmly in the present, featuring richly textured collections from many designers influenced by the Brits — from Tommy Hilfiger’s English countryside-inspired cable knits to Marc Jacobs’ Iron Lady brocades. “There’s been a lot of momentum with Will and Kate and their wedding and the Olympics,” explained Glamorama fashion director Laura Schara. “Fashion … ]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:14:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Photographer scouts Lollapalooza look ]]> Lead story image

It’s true all the world’s a stage. And for a Chicago street-style photographer, it’s a runway as well. Leo Burnett art director by day, Emma Arnold, 35, started documenting Chicagoan’s sartorial style more than two years ago. The photographer posted her finds on her blog and before long, sought her out to capture the stylish on Chicago’s music festival scene. Arnold will be at Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza, and besides shooting the acts, she will be scouting music fans who have compelling looks. “I look for somebody where it is evident they have thought through their … ]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 06:13:02 -0600