WBEZ | street style http://www.wbez.org/tags/street-style Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hot style, cold city http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-01/hot-style-cold-city-104770 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/doc-martens-chicago.jpg" style="height: 207px; width: 310px; float: left; " title="This season, Docs are the new Hunter boots. Pictured: The Dr. Martens store on 1561 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. (Google Plus/Commons)" /></div><p>Fashion isn&rsquo;t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Chicago (that would be sports and deep dish pizza), but in the dead of winter, my commitment to personal style suddenly becomes very important. I start asking myself questions like &ldquo;Where can I find a coat that doesn&rsquo;t make me look like the <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?q=the+Michelin+Man&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;tbo=d&amp;biw=1116&amp;bih=611&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbnid=uEJpD4JNBShXKM:&amp;imgrefurl=http://chrishowkerillustration.blogspot.com/2010/12/character-reference-michelin-others.html&amp;docid=XFmUNXdM82ZNRM&amp;imgurl=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yGfh-XW7chQ/TQ9T7ROI3QI/AAAAAAAACd4/_JPSXPJwGv8/s1600/michelin-man.jpg&amp;w=425&amp;h=687&amp;ei=lujtUOX9O8bZqQGil4DgCQ&amp;zoom=1&amp;iact=rc&amp;dur=273&amp;sig=102806527420761833284&amp;page=1&amp;tbnh=144&amp;tbnw=91&amp;start=0&amp;ndsp=20&amp;ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:120&amp;tx=72&amp;ty=34">Michelin Man</a>?&rdquo; and &ldquo;Can I wear motorcycle boots with floral tights and not look like I&rsquo;m trying too hard?&rdquo; I also wonder how many cardigans/sweaters/jackets I can layer before I turn into Randy from <em>A Christmas Story</em> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW4IZ0Flh3M">can&rsquo;t put my arms down</a>.</p><p>Luckily, Chicago has an eclectic mix of stylish people for me to observe and admire. 16-year-old fashion icon <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tavi_Gevinson">Tavi Gevinson</a> is an Oak Park native, and her blog <a href="http://www.thestylerookie.com">The Style Rookie</a> is an enchanting treasure trove of vintage-inspired creations. Other excellent local blogs worth mentioning include <a href="http://www.tresawesome.com">Trés Awesome</a>&nbsp;(which TimeOut Chicago recently voted <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/shopping-style/shopping/15796651/best-fashion-blog">Best Fashion Blog</a>&nbsp;of 2012), New City&#39;s <a href="http://boutiqueville.com">Boutiqueville</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicityfashion.com">ChiCityFashion</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://infashionchicago.com">In Fashion Chicago</a> with Barbara Glass, <a href="http://style-block.com">Style Block</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagolooks.blogspot.com">Chicago Looks</a>, &quot;Street View&quot; by Isa Giallorenzo for the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/blogs/Bleader/">Bleader</a>, The&nbsp;<a href="http://themidwasteland.com">MidWasteland</a>, the Chicago tab of <a href="http://www.refinery29.com">Refinery 29</a>&nbsp;and Amy Creyer&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagostreetstyle.com">Chicago Street Style</a>.</p><p>So, how does one keep up with the hot new fashion trends in freezing cold weather? Whether shopping at high-end boutiques in the Gold Coast or quirky secondhand stores in Wicker Park, three simple rules apply:</p><p><strong>Pile on the accessories&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Mom says layer up, and she&rsquo;s right. This is the time to wear all of those fuzzy mittens, chunky scarves, knee socks over patterned tights and adorable winter hats that you can&#39;t wear during the summer (unless you&#39;re trying to be <a href="http://myhipsterbrother.com/2012/08/21/winter-hats/">ironic</a>). Also, invest in a pair of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Texting-Gloves-Screen-Android-Devices/dp/B004FOHNT8">smartphone gloves </a>($3.99 on Amazon) to stay tech-savvy in the snow.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ditch the puffer coat&nbsp;</strong></p><p>At some point during every winter that I&#39;ve spent in Chicago, I&#39;ve found myself drowning in a sea of boring black puffers on Michigan Avenue. This year, however, I&#39;ve noticed that more Chicagoans are wearing <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/01/02/street-view-069-navajo-urban">colorful statement coats</a> that better express their personalities and unique fashion sense. A good warm lining (like wool, fleece or faux fur) can make a bomber or even a biker-inspired leather jacket feel comfy and insulated.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Rock the ugly boots&nbsp;</strong></p><p>2012 was the year of the <a href="http://www.zappos.com/hunter-original-gloss-black?ef_id=UO39PgAAVpWUA3rj:20130110000202:s">Hunter boot</a>. I couldn&rsquo;t go anywhere without seeing them, and felt a little self-righteous about the fact that I refused to buy a pair. This season, I&#39;ve observed a markedly different trend: the uglier, the better. Okay, so calling <a href="http://www.zappos.com/dr-martens-1460-navy-smooth?ef_id=UO39PgAAVpWUA3rj:20130109232902:s">Doc Martens</a> &quot;ugly&quot; might be a bit harsh, but the fashionable return of these grunge-era boots proves that 2013 is the year of alternative footwear. Edgy combat boots are also making a comeback, as well as these <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?q=floral+vintage+doc&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;tbo=d&amp;biw=1116&amp;bih=611&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbnid=VyQj5OKcK2O8PM:&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/294980-Vintage%2Bfloral%2Bdocs-h-m-top-dr-martens-vintage-shoes&amp;docid=ag7-U1ZsL5jsqM&amp;imgurl=http://images2.chictopia.com/photos/FashionZen/3236844039/dr-martens-vintage-shoes-h-m-top_400.jpg&amp;w=400&amp;h=600&amp;ei=TP_tUNuCD4TwrQHx1oGwCg&amp;zoom=1&amp;iact=hc&amp;vpx=414&amp;vpy=233&amp;dur=323&amp;hovh=178&amp;hovw=115&amp;tx=72&amp;ty=118&amp;sig=102806527420761833284&amp;page=1&amp;tbnh=141&amp;tbnw=90&amp;start=0&amp;ndsp=20&amp;ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0,i:117">vintage floral</a> Docs.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your cold-weather fashion staples? Do you frequent any local stores or street-style blogs that you think should be on our radar? Send us a tweet or leave a comment below.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a></em></p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-01/hot-style-cold-city-104770 Undressing New York Times 'On the Street' photographer Bill Cunningham http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-21/undressing-new-york-times-street-photographer-bill-cunningham-86873 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-21/Bill-Cunningham-New-York-d.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-21/Bill-Cunningham-New-York-d.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 280px;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/style/bill-on-bill.html">Bill Cunningham</a>, facing down a deadline, eggs himself on with the line ‘let’s get snapping and cracking’.&nbsp; Tthe photographer at work is the subject of the <a href="http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/">new documentary </a><em>Bill Cunningham New York</em><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/"> now at the Music Box</a>.</p><p>I’m a long-standing, (okay, rabid) fan of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/style/bill-on-bill.html">Cunningham’s New York Times column <em>On The Street</em></a>. It first appeared in print, and though Cunningham himself apparently isn’t fond of it, the <a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/playlist/style/on-the-street/1247463985977/index.html.">audio slide-show version </a>of the print edition is a gift to devotees.&nbsp; Cunningham's voice - in all its quavery, enthusiastic glory – underscores his at once precise and spontaneous style.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-21/billcunninghamnewyork.photo01_sm.jpg" style="width: 146px; height: 82px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title=""><a href="http://streetpeeper.com/%20">Cunningham’s beat is street style</a> – which he calls the best fashion.&nbsp; Blogs dedicated to street level fashionistas have been all-the-rage for awhile.&nbsp; You can check out some Chicago sites <a href="http://www.chicagostreetstyle.com/">here</a> and <a href="http://chicagolooks.blogspot.com/">here</a>.</p><p><a href="http://bikefancy.blogspot.com/">This one</a> is an especially nice match to Cunningham's sensibility! And if you'd rather not wait for someone else to capture your street cred, take your own pics and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/wardrobe_remix/">share them here on Flickr</a>.</p><p>But Cunningham’s the granddaddy of the trend; his first column appeared in the 70s.</p><p>His tools of the trade are simple - a Nikon, some Fuji 400 color negative film, and a classic Schwinn bicycle. But they work.&nbsp; And by staying out there and letting the streets ‘speak to him’, Cunningham spots new styles emerging long before fashion editors at glossy magazines ever get their paws on them.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-21/billcunninghamnewyork.photo02_sm.jpg" style="width: 146px; height: 82px; float: right; margin: 7px;" title="">But what I learned most from the film is the journalistic integrity behind Cunningham’s column.</p><p>In addition to the streets, he shoots high society events – though he chooses those events based on the worthiness of the cause, not the guest list. In fact he refuses food, drinks, or even a glass of water while on those jobs.&nbsp; He's driven by - and obsessed with - surfaces and commodities of the highest order: clothes. And yet, he never treats his subjects as commodities, and he tends to <a href="http://www.stylecaster.com/fashion/13004/is-pippa-middleton-next-global-street-style-star.%20">shun celebrity driven fashion</a>.</p><p>Early on Cunningham worked for free, saying ‘if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do.’&nbsp; And the pleasure in his pursuits is palpable. But while that commitment is admirable, it also can be a bit alienating. Does anyone else live like this - could anyone else? Or is it the culture at large that's the real oddball, chasing after celebrity?&nbsp;</p><p>Maybe that’s what led director Richard Press to probe Cunningham’s sexual orientation and religious leanings - what's the heart that drives this singular pursuit?&nbsp; In response to those questions Cunningham first laughs, then parries, then appears shattered.&nbsp; And to what end? For me it’s the only misstep in what’s otherwise a great ride into the world of Bill Cunningham.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 21 May 2011 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-21/undressing-new-york-times-street-photographer-bill-cunningham-86873