Chi City Closet: Fendi Spring 2011 Platform Sandals

Platforms are one of the biggest trends for Spring 2011. When I first saw them on the runway, I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about them. Then I saw the Fendi Spring 2011 runway platform sandals up close this past weekend, and I really fell in love.

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The moment I tried them on, I knew I had to have them…so now they are part of my Chi City Closet :)

So with that said, Spring needs to come ASAP. My Spring shoe collection is growing fast and I am getting antsy to wear them!

Ted Baker Introduces Spring/Summer 2011 Collection to Chicago

Ted Baker unveiled his first Midwest location at 1009 North Rush Street less than 2 months ago. I was very excited for this store to open because whenever I am in LA I always visit the Ted Baker store on Robertson, and I always pick up some new cool pieces that I can’t find anywhere else.

The new Chicago store highlights the best of English design elements while catering to our city’s ever-changing climate…which I can always appreciate when it comes to Chicago retail stores!

The Spring/Summer 2011 womenswear collection is simple with soft draped silhouettes yet playful with intricate, abstract prints. The menswear collection brings a softer and relaxed edge to traditional tailored looks by featuring offbeat color combinations, vibrant prints, and beautiful textures.

Take a look at some of the looks from Ted Baker Spring/Summer 2011…

For more information visit www.tedbaker.com and if you’re in Chicago, stop by the new location at 1009 North Rush.

Photos courtesy of Ted Baker

Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaigns

If you’ve been keeping up with your magazine reading, I hope you’ve noticed the new Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaigns are out. Although many designers have turned to short videos to accompany their ads, there’s nothing like a real stand-out photo in your favorite fashion magazine.

Check out my top five favorite campaign photos for Spring 2011.

Iselin Steiro for Chloe

This photo is just so cool, fresh and upbeat…you can’t help but smile when looking at this. It’s simple but it makes a statement. I’m also going to buy those shorts when they become available :)

Lindsey Wixson for McQueen

First off, I love Lindsey Wixson. She is a fierce model, I love her signature pout…and she’s only 16.! How can you not love her?  Every time I come across this photo, I just can’t stop staring. Absolute perfection.

Karlie Kloss for Dior

Karlie Kloss just seems like such a cool girl. I think we’d make great friends. But besides that, she is WORKING these looks for Dior S/S ’11. She looks sexy yet sophisticated and the look in her eyes say, “You know you want to wear this…” (and I do!)

Tati Cotliar, Kinga Rajzak, Mariacarla Boscono, & Arizona Muse for Prada

With such a vibrant and eccentric collection, it would take a certain angle and style of photography to really capture the beauty of the collection. It was a tough thing to pull off but these photos are perfection. It’s like a Willy Wonka fiesta at the zoo…on acid…in the best way possible.

Julia Saner for Valentino

This was my favorite dress from Valentino’s Spring collection and it also happened to be the first look to walk down the runway…worn by none other than Julia Saner herself. I love the look on her face in this photo because it’s like someone caught her off guard while reading classic poetry…all while wearing Valentino of course.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2011

The Chanel Spring/Summer 2011 show occurred today in Paris. I wasn’t going to cover any of the overseas shows but it’s Chanel, and it’s too amazing to pass up.

Compromised of everything from gowns and shift dresses to hot pants and of course, suits, this collection did not disappoint. I love how Karl did the hot pants…the look appearing to be a classic Chanel tweed suit from the waist up, but then surprise…no pants! (well, just hot pants)

Of course there was a ton of black and white, and we must have some pastel Chanel suits for Spring, but I loved the bright color floral prints against the black. One thing I was a little confused about were the long skirts and and sweaters…there weren’t many, but still…this is the SPRING/SUMMER collection and I’m not sure if they really belong. Don’t get me wrong, these pieces were still amazing, I just didn’t think grey maxi skirts and sweaters scream SPRING…ya know?

Overall, it’s Chanel…and obviously fantastic. Check out some of my favorite looks from the collection…

Ummm how cute is this?

A floppy hat turned umbrella? Yes please…

Leather “leg warmers”…I’m down!

Only Chanel could make hot pants look this classy…

My absolute favorite look from the collection…

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All photos taken from www.style.com

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