Throwback Thursday: Front Row At Fashion Week

With New York Fashion Week coming to a close but fashion month nowhere near the end, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a fashion week themed Throwback Thursday. But even better than that, we’re going to take a look at the front row specifically — where it started, where it went, and where it is now. Let’s just say things get interesting circa 2002.

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Food Pairings: g.e.b. + Betsey Johnson

Over the weekend I dined at the latest Graham Elliot establishment–g.e.b (Graham Elliot Bistro) in West Loop.


With an open kitchen (my favorite!) and loud rock music playing, I was immediately intrigued. The music was interesting because they played everything from Bob Dylan to MGMT and even dubstep (after 10pm). Graham has a whimsical aesthetic when it comes to food and he’s also a little bit “rock ‘n roll.” Both of which I associate with designer, Betsey Johnson. Both Graham and Betsey seem to not care what others think, but they just want to create something fun that people will enjoy…and they do.


After sitting down and realizing the menu was on an old record, I was sold. Didn’t even have a morsel of food yet and I didn’t care…the menu was rad and I knew the food would be even better.


Here’s a look at what I ate…

PhotobucketBeet, burrata and arugula salad

PhotobucketAsparagus, egg and gremolata

PhotobucketCalamari with chickpea and espelette

PhotobucketChicken with buttermilk and tarragon

PhotobucketChocolate hazelnut beignets  + poundcake with strawberries, rhubarb, basil

This meal was not only delicious but it was just a super fun experience. Although I’ve never attended myself, it seems like Betsey’s shows are the most fun to attend during fashion week. And dining at a Graham Elliot restaurant is always a fun thing to do in Chicago.


Have you dined at g.e.b. yet? Would love to hear what you think!

Shop The Night Away Chicago

Chicago Shopping, Next Jump and the 900 North Michigan Shops are teaming up to give you the ultimate shopping experience for one night only! More than 20 of the Gold Coast and Magnificent Mile’s best known retailers are featuring one-night-only insider savings of up to 30% off plus VIP treatment — gifts with purchases, cocktails, and more. In addition, the 900 North Michigan Shops are hosting a Beauty Bazaar  featuring complimentary services including make-up applications and hair styling.

Participating stores include:
Michael Kors
Kate Spade
Scoop NYC
Exhale Spa
Juicy Couture
Ted Baker
Jack Spade
Betsey Johnson
Karen Millen
La Perla
Original Penguin
Denim Lounge


This is all happening on Thursday, April 19 from 5-9pm only. Don’t miss out on the Beauty Bazaar from 5-8pm on level 2 of the 900 North Michigan Shops. You can RSVP here and as always….happy shopping!