Chicago Looks: Wear It All

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IMG_9374Accessory design instructor William Walton was arriving at The Walk, a SAIC student fashion show held at the Millennium Park.

What’s the first thing you teach your students?
To make bold design decisions. You must also be brave enough to take risks in fashion. Almost like jumping off a building and constructing your wings on the way down.

What’s the most important style lesson you have learned?
Vivienne Westwood said to me once at a party: “When in doubt… wear it all. It’s always better to be the life of the party, instead of a wallflower.”

What’s your approach to accessorizing?
“Wear what you mean!” is my motto. Fashion is a language. Accessories are the exclamation points in your conversation with style.

Who’s your favorite accessory designer?
Jimmy Choo, Walter Van Beirendonck and Viktor & Rolf (in that order).

What inspired your look today?
Philippe Model court shoes complement my “Harpsichord-playing, Baroque Gay Vampire Look.”

—Interview and photgraph by Isa Giallorenzo.

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