This is my first year at Lollapalooza, and boy am I impressed. I’ve never seen so many people partying at the same time so peacefully. In the style department I wasn’t disappointed either. Since most of its attendees are young, their sartorial choices reflect their desire to both belong and stand out. Lots and lots of flower crowns (see related post), denim shorts and boho tops, but somehow everyone adds their own flair to the mix. I also had a kick watching the budding fashionistas at Kidzapalooza and stars such as the Icona Pop girls, Ioanna Gika from IO echo and the Wild Belle duo showing their awesome style along with an approachable attitude—which of course makes them look even better. So yeah, Lolla totally rocked! Check out a bit of what I saw in the shots below.
—Text and photos by Isa Giallorenzo
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… be sure to wear some flowers on your head!
Flower crowns were so prevalent this year that Grant Park was in a state of sudden bloom.
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Web artist Molly Soda (mollysoda.tumblr.com
) was hanging out by the poster area during the Pitchfork Festival at Union Park.
What band or musician inspires your look the most? Has anyone playing at Pitchfork this year influenced your style?
Strawberry Switchblade, Nina Hagen… M.I.A. for sure. But most of the people who influence my style are not musicians. Usually friends do, cool girls I see pictures of on the Internet, people I see out while walking around…
Who did you come see play this year? Anyone whose style is worth mentioning?
Colleen Clarke was dining with her friends in Logan Square.
Has anyone strongly influenced your style?
My mom! Her style is consistently classic and cool…I’ve been raiding her jewelry box and accessories for years—great vintage finds! Alexa Chung, Lou Doillon, Kate Moss and Clemence Poesy are a few of my style influences.
Where do you go for fashion inspiration? Any favorite magazines or sites?
Garance Dore and Refinery29 are fashion blogs that I can’t miss. I’m currently reading “Grace” by Grace Coddington and find myself inspired by the Swinging Sixties London Carnaby St. scene. Magazines like Kinfolk, W and, of course, Vogue. Read the rest of this entry »
Noelle Smythe was hanging out in Wicker Park.
Can you tell me a bit about your hair?
My hair. Honestly it does this on its own. Right now, to prevent it from getting any bigger, I use this argan oil stuff that prevents it from frizz. But I use something different every time I run out of product, so it’s hard to keep track.
What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?
I’m looking forward to showing off the legs. Joining roller derby means show off them stems, girl! But then cover the bottom half up with an old pair of Doc Martens. Read the rest of this entry »
Accessory 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Artist Isabelle McGuire was photographed during Tavi Gevinson and Jonah Ansell’s “Cadaver” talk and film screening at the MCA.
Do you always opt for black and white?
I normally do wear black and white with red lipstick. I really enjoy the pop of color.
What look are you going for?
A spy/villain inspired look.
Where do you shop for clothes?
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Ting Tifa Zhou (tifazhou.com) was showing her work, “My Voice Is Not Being Heard,” at the SAIC MFA 2013 show.
Your video installation translates voice into visual symbols. Inversely, if your clothes could talk, what would they say about you?
I think clothes are the reflection of who I am on that particular day as well as how I feel. I think they could function as a mirror to show the inside out. I tried to honestly match my emotions and mood with these clothes. Be appropriate and comfortable at the same time.
You’re interested in communication. How effectively do you think fashion can communicate an idea?
I think fashion is one of the most effective ways to communicate ideas. There are tons of possibilities in fashion, from color to style, even the scale of the clothes. And all the aspects could create different perspectives of taste and people. But somehow, fashion is also personal and intimate—different people might have different understandings. But the feeling of clothes is intuitively spread out at first glance. Read the rest of this entry »