Journalist and essayist Brittany Julious was about to meet her friend for an interview and a manicure session. (In full disclosure, Julious is a contributor to this magazine.)
How do you compare the music and fashion scenes in Chicago?
The music and fashion scenes in Chicago mix, but usually on the underground scale. Many of my favorite small designers and store owners DJ in their free time and interact with different independent producers. Although I am a part of both, I feel more comfortable with the music scene as people tend to be more accepting. And from a fashion standpoint, more sartorially interesting.
Definitely more exposure. We lack a lot of mainstream and independent publications in general and especially ones that cover fashion. When it comes to artistic scenes covered in the city, theater gets the most coverage hands-down. And look how respected it is! We have the talent here, but there are only a handful of folks doing the writing and giving the exposure. We’ll also need to create more resources for designers to want to stay. If we don’t even have a true garment district, how can we expect designers to want to create here?
I love the refinement of Pine and Plastic’s tote bags and the sleek drapery of the clothing from THE ØRDER.
Crop tops, sequins and body chains from Ready to Stare. So basically, everything I already wear all of the time.
—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo
Journalist Isa Giallorenzo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has elected Chicago as her beloved home since 2009. She runs the street-style blog Chicago Looks and wants to see this town become one of the fashion capitals of the world.