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For those seeking to conquer their appetite for food and culture, The Salon Series presents guests with the opportunity to do so. Local artist John Coyle Steinbrunner has collaborated with The Bluebird restaurant in Chicago featuring special evenings complete with a four-course dinner, wine pairings and great conversation about art. This less traditional exhibition was designed to create an element of food and art discussion, get people off their Blackberrys and generate some publicity for Steinbrunner’s latest works, among other artists. We caught up with JC to discuss The Salon Series, his favorite part about the event and his work. -Nicole Simone Why did you decide to start The Salon Series? The Salon Series started during the 2008 recession as an alternative way to market and sell artwork (initially, my own) outside of traditional gallery and show structures. The general caution in spending, especially investing in the arts, had me thinking deeply about how to connect with collectors. This eventually turned into thinking through the gallery system. Why were they so intimidating? I wanted to make an event that showcased artwork in a way that let people form bonds with it. You can’t ask people to financially invest in your art without some form of emotional connection. Fomenting that emotional connection is what I think is missing from contemporary discussion.
What is your favorite part about these events? There are a few points in every evening when the plan goes awry. Generally this happens about 15 minutes into the discussion with the artist when conflicting opinions from audience members take the conversation from polite softball questions to an honest, critical debate between audience and artist and audience members with each other. Sometimes it gets quite vigorous. At these points, I stop pushing the discussion and let it snowball. The goal of Salon is to make the 40 people in that room make their own evening of it. When that happens, it’s just thrilling.
Ikram The Legend of Fashion Ikram Goldman is said to receive the Art Institute of Chicago’s Legend of Fashion Award. The Israeli native, Goldman, has earned her reputation by featuring labels such as Alaïa, Lanvin, Rodarte, and Jason Wu at her Chicago shop. The fashion visionary earned a spot on the 2009 “It List” by Elle magazine and is also known for being a celebrity stylist, including Michelle Obama. On May 5th, Goldman will be presented with the honor by Sally Singer, New York Times style editor. SAIC Fashion Design Department Chair Nick Cave expressed his excitement for the fashion guru by stating, “Ikram is the perfect choice for this award. She is a visionary, not only within the world of fashion, but within the world of art and culture. A visionary doesn’t function solely in the present, but sees into the future. Ikram has that ability. She functions from a place that is about growth and about one’s life continuing to evolve, reform and reshape itself.” Ikram is perfect for the award and we have many great things to look forward to from her in the future. -Nicole Simone
What’s your most memorable moment of being an artist? Every next day I can get into the studio. Factio Magazine Spring 2011| factio-magazine.com
BILL POWERS: What is your earliest memory of encountering art? PIPER PERABO: My earliest art encounter was a giant John Nieto painting of an Indian chief my parents bought while we were living in Dallas. BP: Last show you went to? PP: The last show I went to was the show I saw you at, the combo Joe Bradley and Nate Lowman + Rob Pruitt at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. BP: Favorite instance of art infiltrating Hollywood? PP: My most recent one is the Francis Bacon painting popping up in Inception, or the Ed Ruscha piece in Somewhere, and The Cy Twombly in Ghost Writer that I thought was pretty cool.
How do you choose the artists? Every way possible. Colleagues are an obvious choice since I know them and their work. I ask friends for recommendations and I review work submitted through the website thesalonseries.com. I’m always looking for new artwork and new artists. There are two pre-requisites: Is the work interesting and engaging? And, can the artist discuss their work cogently with a group of people? The Salon may even move into non-fine art territory—the goal is to inspire conversation and critical thinking, face-to-face. Right now it is art because that’s what I know ... but I’m curious about a lot of things. What impact do you feel your paintings have had on the art industry? “Art industry” is an odd term and, like “art world,” I’m not really sure what it means. To me it reflects the opaqueness and insularity we all paint onto that community. Frankly, I’m not really too interested in participating in that. I make paintings. Through various means I find ways to sell them. The people I make an impact on are the ones who make that emotional connection I mentioned before. Sometimes I find them and sometimes vice-versa. If the art industry can help me expand that exposure—as I’m sure it could—then that sounds interesting. Otherwise, I’ve been doing pretty OK hoeing my own row.
Recently Piper Perabo was a Golden Globe nominee for her lead role on “Covert Affairs.” In 2009, she made her Broadway debut in Neil Labute’s “Reasons to be Pretty.” Other projects include films like “The Prestige” and her breakout role in “Coyote Ugly.” Here, Bill Powers talks with Piper about collecting art.
Coming Into Character Through May 29th, artist Jim Nutt will be holding his latest exhibition “Coming Into Character” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The exhibit will be focusing on a retrospective of his work and the development of his aesthetic as an artist. Nutt has been involved in the art industry for over 40 years but this will be his first showcase in a decade. www.mcachicago.org -Nicole Simone
BP: You once bought a Larry Clark book off a guy I know. What other art books would we find on your shelf? PP: Some art books on my shelf are Lucas Cranach, Egon Schiele, Joseph Cornell, J.W. Waterhouse, Gustave Moreau, John Currin, William Eggleston, John Gutmann, Elizabeth Peyton, and Joseph Sterling. BP: Artists you love? PP: I love Ryan McGinley, Sebastian Mlynarski, Anish Kapoor, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pina Bausch, Jay-Z, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. BP: If you could have any photographer — living or dead — do your portrait, who would it be? PP: If I could have any living photographer take my portrait, I’d ask Ryan McGinley. If I could have a dead photographer take it, I’d choose Martin Munkacsi.
Coming Into Character credit: Jim Nutt, Good-bye, Have a Nice Journey!!, 1973. Private collection, Chicago. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
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Bill Powers, Piper Perabo and Molly Rosen at Nate Lowman & Rob Pruitt’s “Bedbugs” opening at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Photo Credit: Christos Katsiaouni | Ikram Goldman: 2011 SAIC Legend of Fashion honoree Ikram Goldman. Photo by Kiley Taslitz
The Art Institute of Chicago presents the Judith Neisser Collection, emphasizing artists emerging from Minimal and Conceptual art of the 1960s. Judith Neisser was first known as a writer and critic of architecture and interior design, most recently evolving into a collector of international contemporary art. The Neisser Collection features a wide variety of paintings, sculpture and other works ranging from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a print version, “Contemporary Collecting.” This second series is a 160 page, full-color catalogue and is the first detailed look at 100 works from the collection. -Nicole Simone
Hotel des Arts #206 (Damon Soule) Bursting out of wall installation
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Artsy Hotels Hotels around the globe are collaborating with artists and interior designers to create some inspirationally unique hotel rooms with spaces that dual as museum-worthy displays of art. The following made our list of awesomely artsy hotels and will have you reaching for your American Express card and on the path to vacay bliss in no time. The experience doesn’t have to break the bank, and who knows, maybe it will get your creative juices flowing.
Hotel des Arts Room #201 (Kelly Tunstall) Girly Room, Mermaids
Located in Amsterdam, this hotel is more of a museum of modern art than a place to rest your head with its contemporary art installations and exhibits. No room is the same, and with themes like the Latex Room, the Tranquility Room and the Ultraviolet Room, this hotel is truly a bright light in the red light district.
It’s one of my favorite issues of the year, where we mix art and style as we gear up for one of the best art fairs around the country - Art Chicago! We check out artsy hotels around the world, some great exhibits coming to Chicago like Coming Into Character with Jim Nutt at the MCA and the Judith Neisser Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. We also just returned from worldwide fashion weeks, in the Bahamas, Rome, New York and London, where we look ahead at the trends of fall 2011. Enjoy this issue and have a great spring. - Melissa Maynard
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Hotel Fox 21 artists are featured in this 61-room hotel, which dwells in central Copenhagen. The creative lifestyle hotel holds everything from comical styles to strict graphic design, fantastic street art and Japanese Manga to simply spaced out fantasies. Each space is an individual piece of art consisting of flowers, fairytales, friendly monsters, dreaming creatures, secret vaults and more.
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San Francisco is known for trendy artists and this hotel captures the whimsy of its city. Local and emerging artists are featured in the hotel’s collective display of contemporary urban art and are complimented by its interior’s neutral simplicity, modern lighting and clean lines. The establishment believes in using its art not just as decoration, but instead an interactive experience for guests.
The James Positioned in the heart of the Windy City, The James hotel is a luxury experience for travelers. Just a few steps from Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and The Museum of Contemporary Art, it offers the perfect opportunity for first timers to explore the city. The luxury boutique hotel pays homage to the artistic community by promoting the works of local and international artists throughout the hotel. -Nicole Simone
FAME 2011 March 10, 2011 marks the sixth annual fashion and media extravaganza, FAME, brought to you by the most talented design students of The Illinois Institute of Art. FAME has generated some serious buzz around the Chicago area and gives some much need attention to emerging young talent. The works of these talented design students will be on display and awarded, featuring everything from fashion design to filmmaking. Students will spotlight their best work from 2011 at the Harris Center for Music and Dance at Millennium Park. Tickets are available for purchase online, www.fame-chicago.com or by phone, 312.334.7777. - Nicole Simone
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Art Chicago is the largest art event in the Midwest that provides collectors, curators and art enthusiasts a huge exhibit of current and historic artwork. An extravaganza for art lovers, this fair has multiple floors jam-packed with paintings, sculptures and art installations, as well as antiques —an ultimate visual stimulation for the eye. Seasoned collectors can upgrade to Art Chicago’s Black Pass| VIP program, which offers over 50 exclusive events and programs. The events include private and corporate collection tours, curator-led tours of exhibitions at Chicago institutions, art studio tours, and exclusive events hosted at popular nightlife venues throughout the city. Art Chicago 2011 is the third decade the city has been holding art fairs and receives guests from all over the world. -Damonica Boone
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The words modern and vintage seem more like an oxymoron than a cocktail ring, but jewelry designer Sobral does it effortlessly. Through creativity and color, the label truly creates art with each piece of jewelry. Focusing on the sculptural aspects of jewelry design, his latest line of cocktail rings have some serious personality and character. The Kandinsky Munique ring has an ethereal, hippie vibe, with a multi-colored oval top swirling with hues of lavender titanium, silver and copper. On the other end of the spectrum, the designer also creates more pop-inspired pieces like the Pop-Art with Base ring. www.sobralusa.com -Nicole Simone
Carolina Herrera, Photo by Arun Nevader | Elephant by Cynthia Rowley, Available at littlecollector.com
Gottex, Photo by Arun Nevader | Violet Horizon by Peter Wileman, Available at Art.com
Betsey Johnson, Photo by Arun Nevader | Sugarcoat by Michelle Hinebrook, Available at michellehinebrook.com
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk In 1976, a hungry artist by the name of Jean Paul Gaultier introduced his first ready-to- wear collection to the fashion world with a passion and zest unique to him. He was quickly nicknamed “enfant terrible of fashion.” Many years later, Jean Paul Gaultier has become fashion’s beloved designer who is avant-garde, fresh, and respected globally for his designs. In celebration of his works, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, a tribute to Gaultier, has been commissioned and will debut in June 2011 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. After Montreal, this fashionable homage will journey to the Dallas Museum of Art and San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The exhibit will take patrons on a Gaultier customized journey through fashion seen from five perspectives (Paris, Fusions, Multi-Gender, Eurotrash/ X- Rated, and Metropolis). The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features 120 haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces for women and men designed by the illustrious designer from 1976-2011. Fans will have a chance to browse original sketches and photographs of his garments and remember his collaborative efforts with others through videos of films, ballets, concerts, fashion shows, and stage shows that he designed for. Gaultier has influenced the world for 35 years and drew his inspiration from everywhere, different cultures, music, movies, television, photography, etc. His creative mind knows no bounds. He is a bold, eccentric, creative designer who’s respected by both his peers and fashion enthusiasts around the world. This first ever-retrospective exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, is remarkable and a definite must see. www.mbam.qc.ca -Kanae Jointer
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Jen Kao, Photo by Billy Rood Color Explosion by Michele Williams, chicagoartistscoalition.org
Jean Paul Gautier photo credits: Photos courtesy of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
They say a picture is a poem without words, and we say that fashion is art that’s come to life. Just like the artists in a gallery, fashion is the designers’ opportunity to paint their world beautiful. So when the two worlds collide at an art gallery opening or an art fair, the room definitely has a creative synergy in the air. Every designer has a style, just as an artist has a favorite medium to work with. This spring, designers have created an overabundance of choices, many pieces inspired by art. Our best advice is to explore and let your style guide you through the latest collections. Here are some examples showing how the two worlds collide. -Kanae Jointer
ISLANDS OF THE WORLD FASHION WEEK Nassau, Bahamas Photos by Factio Media
IQMatics IQMatics Contemporary European Furniture store is a close-to-home dream destination to find all of the hippest, trendiest, modern furniture designs from Europe. In their new showroom (168 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL), you can browse the designs of Noti, Mohodesign, Designers Guild, Bontempi, and others. Touch and feel the supple leather and premium fabrics in an endless color spectrum. Close your eyes and envision laying on one of those red Rosso European King Beds in your bedroom or hearing your kid’s laughter as they climb up to their Elf Multifunctional Kid’s Bed. Mirror the designs you saw in the 100th episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition or in the Chicago Design Show. Need a sofa, sectional, or wall system, they have it. Pick up a hip plasma stand like the Foscari-Plasma Stand, perfect for your man cave. Recline in style and increase storage space with some of the most contemporary wall systems you’ve ever seen. If you’ve always wanted your house full of contemporary designed furniture, then IQMatics is the place for you. Also, you can add some of these award winning designs to your commercial spaces, as well. Just head over to their new showroom to shop these contemporary, modern European designs. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love and it’ll be there in no time with their shipping across the U.S. and Canada option. Shop online at www.iqmatics.com. -Kanae Jointer
From November 11-13th, we took our annual jaunt to Nassau, Bahamas for one of our favorite fashion weeks of the year. The sun, talented designers and well-known special guests (Nick Verreos and Jay McCarroll of Project Runway fame) made this fashion week one not to miss. We took in some of our favorite designers who usually showcase, including Harl Taylor BAG of The Bahamas who is consistent with their stunning collections of handbags and clutches made of straw and sisal plait adorned with luxurious beading and shells. K-Bobby of Jamaica stunned us with his beautiful cocktail dresses, both long and short in sumptuous fabrics. ICandy, another Island favorite, showed off some of her latest swimwear creations in rich teals, whites and hot pinks to a crowd that no doubt loves the Bahamian beaches by day.
Jay McCarroll, who won Project Runway’s first season, showed off his colorful spring collection of mini dresses. He hasn’t shown a full collection since his documentary “Eleven Minutes” and it was exciting! Guest designer Indashio from the U.S. brought some bubbly fun to the runway with girly dresses in bright, happy colors, while Oliver Tolentino from the Philippines brought out couture dresses, each more stunning than the last. The final show was “Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show.” Dignitaries from Haiti flew in specifically for the event, sat front row and enjoyed watching the work of Haitian designers. We know where we’ll be next season, do you? www.islandsfashionweek.com - Melissa Maynard
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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPRING 2011 Photos by Billy Rood, Figphoto.net We’ve seen the collections from New York Fashion Week and now we’ve highlighted the trends for you. NYC brought us a whole new set of ideas and we are delighted to announce that classicism, femininity and pure luxury are back! Also, red, blue and orange are the new dominating colors for fall. A lot of those colors were seen on flowy fabrics oftentimes paired with a casual style, such as coats and parkas. Designers took it up a notch and offered us strong shapes and strict lines. It seems like “menswear suiting” in womenswear never goes out of style. The double-breasted jacket is and always will be a must-have in your closet! Fur trims were strong and seen on coats, accessories, shoes and skirts. Overall, the NYC season brought us great fall fashion to look forward to with pure creativity and innovation. - Vanessa Lambert
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ROME FASHION WEEK SPRING 2011 Photos by Jodie Talbot , jtalbotphotography.co.uk January 29th marked the first day of Rome Fashion Week organized by AltaRoma. Rome Fashion Week provides the means for the industry’s finest to celebrate historic Italian fashion houses and new international creativity. Not only were we privileged to view next season’s collections, but also experienced Rome’s unique locations for the runway shows. This fashion week started off with designers like Tory Burch, Fausto Sarli and Jack Guisso, among many other couture designers. Rome Fashion Week is known for recognizing the craft of avant-garde and haute couture designer collections. At this exhibition only those with moxie and ambition reached their full potential and praise from critics. www.altaroma.it -Nicole Simone
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LONDON FASHION WEEK SPRING 2011 Photos by Paul Szewcky, allPhotoLondon.com The overall theme for London Fashion Weekâ€™s fall/ winter 2011 collections that debuted from February 18-23rd seemed to be previous decades. Each designer had their own decade ranging from the settlers of the 1600s to the 1920s. Designers also tried to bring new gothic designs to the catwalk such as Belle Sauvage, to remind us that their collections were indeed for fall. There were a few who let the spring side of them out too early and gave us a calm, natural collection such as Betty Jackson and Holly Fulton. Fashion trends in womenswear were fur, spring colors and wild prints. Mary Katrantzou mixed the most prints this season. Every skirt, dress and pants contained at least two different prints. Burberry Prorsum may have used the most fur in their collection filled with coats. Menswear trends were sweaters and creativity. Designer J.W. Anderson took menswear to the next level as he dressed his male models in ankle-length A-line skirts. His autumn/ winter collection also consisted of cardigans, two-tier jackets, pleated tailcoats and fur-toed boots. E.Tautz collection consisted of coats, blazers and sweaters all layered in the colors of mustard, burgundy, grey and brown. James Long collection was edgy as his models walked the catwalk in big sweaters and coats in the colors of black, red and grey. -Damonica Boone
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Beauty EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone Environmental activist and actress Alicia Silverstone and EcoTools have partnered again for another collection. “I’m inspired to live the healthiest, kindest life possible. The EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone collection embodies this lifestyle,” she said. The sets that feature mint green, lavender and her favorite flowers are made of earth friendly materials such as natural hemp, recycled PET, non-toxic ink, and tree-free paper. The three new additions to the collection include a deluxe pencil case that features three interior storage pockets, a hanging valet that can be hung on a bathroom door to conveniently access beauty products, and a four-piece backstage vanity brush set that includes three brushes and a brush holder. Two of her cosmetic bags have been revamped with a new floral design. The collection is launching in April 2011. www.parispresents.com -Damonica Boone
Ole Henriksen: African Red Tea Skincare Line The cosmetics line was founded by Ole Henriksen about 30 years ago when he made the decision to create his own products after being diagnosed with cystic acne. After achieving a degree in cosmetic chemistry and skincare in London, Henriksen created a skincare line with the quality of spa treatments that were available for consumers in retail stores. His most recent line of products focuses around the use of red tea and includes a foaming cleanser, face mist, face scrub, face mask, and face crème. The incorporation of African red tea helps to strengthen the skin’s outer layer, in turn slowing the aging process. This line of products is also full of Borage Seed Oil, Vitamin C, grapefruit, orange and tangerine extracts. Overall, its soothing, non-drying formula is strong enough to remove makeup but gentle enough for regular use on sensitive skin. The spa quality line retails for $28 to $65 and is available at high-end retail stores and cosmetic boutiques or at www.olehenriksen.com. -Nicole Simone
Travel the World Without Leaving Chicago The Elysian Spa & Health Club is now offering “culturally inspired” treatments from around the globe. The new series of treatments globe trot through the Pacific Islands, Thailand, India and back to Chicago. Each spa service experiences the destination’s native healing techniques like Tahitian Fruit Wraps, Thai Lemongrass Body Exfoliation, Bamboo Facial with Pineapple Scrub, Dosha Body Wraps, Healing Facial with Shirodara, and Chicago Style Urban Renewal Facial and Foot Rescue. Services range from $170 per 60 minute session to $230 per 90 minute session. To book an appointment visit www.elysianhotels.com - Nicole Simone
Clarins Spring Makeup Collection
Koh Gen Do Cosmetics Factio is proud to announce that Koh Gen Do Cosmetics is now available at Barneys here in Chicago. Derived from Japanese and Chinese herbs, Koh Gen Do products are, unlike other makeup products, petroleum free and do not have any synthetics or composite fragrances in it. These products are quite a cult phenomenon with celebrities (it has taken Hollywood by storm!) and has been credited in over 200 international films. Treat yourself and feel the difference! www.kohgendocosmetics.com - Vanessa Lambert Factio Magazine Spring 2011 | factio-magazine.com
Inspired by watercolor paintings, Clarins has created Neo Pastels, their 2011 spring makeup collection that can be worn as smooth washes of color or punchy vibrant hues. The spring collection consists of a Blush Prodige, a compact of illuminating cheek colors, complete with a matte shade for contouring, a blush for the apples of the cheeks and an iridescent illuminator to highlight the cheekbones. The Neo Pastels Eye Colour & Liner Palette includes a black eyeliner pencil and a six-shadow color palette in hues of brown, pink and violet. Clarins Neo Pastels new collection also contains a new line of Rouge Hydra Nude smoothing cream lipstick. All three products contain mineral and plant extracts, a natural way to improve and maintain the appearance of healthy skin. www.clarins.com -Nicole Simone
Argan Magic There’s no longer a reason to visit the hair salon for professional, healthy hair. Argan Magic hair products are now available at local CVS pharmacies. Argan oil is natural oil made from crushed fruit and nuts from the Argan tree in Morocco. It’s high in unsaturated acids and rich in omega 9 to improve hair strength and health. It also naturally contains Vitamin E, which helps revitalize hair damaged by heat, wind, oxidation and over-processing. The three new Argan Magic products include intensive hair oil, which helps avoid split ends and damaged hair; restorative hair mask, which helps restore damaged hair caused by chemicals; and nourishing hair cream, which helps eliminate frizz and adds definition and shine. There’s no reason why hair should remain unhealthy with these products right at your fingertips. www.arganmagicbeauty.com -Damonica Boone
Fêtes Ted Baker’s Opening Night Party
British Designer Ted Baker opened his store in Chicago with a VIP party in its Gold Coast location on Thursday, February 17th. DJ Megan Taylor provided hip beats for the party, while guests enjoyed sponsored cocktails by Bombay Sapphire and Goose Island. Public House served hors d’oeuvres and was also the location of the after party where a Ted Baker branded double decker, from the Chicago Trolly & Chicago Double Decker Bus Co., escorted guests to. Ted Baker appointed Lynne Bredfeldt from Park Hyatt and Corri McFadden from E-Drop Off as the two brand ambassadors for the city. The Chicago-themed store features exposed industrial flooring, distorted wood and glass tiles arranged to look as if they’re being blown by wind, creating an original ambiance for the Windy City. - Damonica Boone
Meet Miss America’s Teresa Scanlan Teresa Scanlan is the first seventeen-year-old in Miss America’s ninety year pageant history to win the crown for 2011. The beauty wasted no time getting her tour started in New York at the 5:01 Luxury Beauty Event at Lavo-NYC. We jetted to New York City for 24 hours and caught up with the new Miss America to get the scoop on what this year’s beauty queen’s style is all about and the products she can’t live without! FACTIO MAGAZINE: Outside of the spotlight, tell us about your personal style. TERESA SCANLAN: I really like to mix and match when it comes to fashion. I also love to shop vintage. I would have to describe my personal style as more eclectic than anything. FM: Tell us about your beauty regimen. What products can you not live without? TS: I have been using Artistry by Amway skincare and makeup for awhile now. My favorite products are the Skin Refinishing Lotion, which I love to use as a primer, and the Intensive Skin Renewing Peel really helps calm my skin, especially when I am stressed.
Katie Holmes Launched Her New Spring Collection in Chicago Katie Holmes, along with her personal stylist and design partner Jeanne Yang launched their Holmes & Yang spring 2011 collection at the Chicago location of Barneys New York. The duo presented the line and gave packing tips that consisted of olive and tan colored skirts, tunics, tops, dresses and jackets. They also discussed spring 2011 trends and how one can take pieces from their collection and mix it with other designers to create a stylish wardrobe. In attendance was makeup artist Jenny Patinkin from Dollface Beauty School and fashion designer Amy Zoller, as well as other guests. The event served sweets, champagne, sparkling water and Valentine’s Day candy in bags that were wrapped with white and red ribbons that read “Holmes & Yang.” - Damonica Boone
FM: Do you have a favorite fashion designer, or favorite fashion piece that you plan to take with you on your upcoming Miss America tour? TS: I am not really that into labels and brands, but I will be wearing Joseph Ribkoff this year on my tour. If I had to pick my favorite fashion item in my closet, it would be my black leather skirt! With Miss America as their host, Artistry by Amway created an excellent spa soirée complete with facials, paraffin hand massage treatments, and spring-inspired makeovers. Guests were offered party passports and cucumber-garnished spa-tini’s at the door and then treated to Intensive Skincare Renewing Peel facials, a treatment so exclusive that it will remain unavailable to the public until March 2011. Glowing guests then had the opportunity to take their own Miss America pictures in the party’s photo booth and talk with the scientists responsible for creating Artistry skincare products before they went home with Michael Kors swag bags on their arm filled with new products from their spring line! -Jackie Medler
Barneys New York Welcomes Carven Spring 2011 Barneys New York and their Creative Ambassador-at-Large, Simon Doonan, hosted a trunk show and event to celebrate French designer brand Carven’s spring 2011 collection. This was the Parisian designer’s, Guillaume Henry’s, first trip to the U.S. to introduce the collection. Henry re-launched the ready-to-wear line two seasons ago and has had celebrities such as Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson and Leighton Meester wear his pieces from the runway. -Damonica Boone
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A Spa Soirée Glossed & Found and Beauty on Call hosted a Spa Soirée where ladies (and some gents) were invited to the Chicago Illuminating Company in the South Loop to enjoy a night of specialty martinis, delectable appetizers and desserts, and of course, spa services. What’s a party without a little pampering? Guests were treated to manis and pedis, massages, Botox, brow shaping, makeup applications, and facials. The event was definitely for a great cause, benefitting the National Marrow Donor Program and the reason was to seek bone marrow for Sebastian Milka. Attendees were all helping raise money, and some even volunteered for bone marrow testing on site. -Kanae Jointer
J.Cheikh Launches His Collection in Chicago We are still reeling over J.Cheikh’s collection which premiered at Loft on Lake in Chicago. He is a Windy City-based menswear designer who has established a name for himself in Miami and New York, and now is taking over his own city by storm. If you missed the fashion show, you missed a real treat! The event space was great, consisting of exposed brick on the walls and wooden rafters on the ceiling, which created a warm and ambient feel. The event also hosted a special performance by violinist Katarina and DJ Galvan. When the show started, we watched with much anticipation as the male models walked down the runway in basic black and a few opulent details all combined in tailored silhouettes. The highlight of the night was the new accessory for men: Fur, as in fox fur hanging like a bag on your shoulder. Overall, the design details were refined and had somewhat of a relaxed and modern dandyism to it. The motto here, men should always dress to impress! - Vanessa Lambert
Nivea for Men’s Posh Mansion Party A perfect January Los Angeles night amidst the posh section of Beverly Hills was the cool backdrop to Nivea for Men’s pre-Golden Globes Party, launching NFM’s 2011 marketing campaign entitled “Look Like You Give a Damn.” Nivea’s celebration, housed in style at the estate of internationally-famed jeweler Pascal Mouawad, predicated itself on the precept of the ‘re-civilization of men,’ with a nod to Old Hollywood and its well-groomed, debonair legacy. Such notable Hollywoodians as Mekhi Phifer, Shar Jackson, and Izabella Miko, to name a few, showed up to add flair to the event. As the task to re-civilize men is at face value an aggressively ambitious undertaking, it would conceivably be less daunting in a comfortable, well-acclimated environment. Men - re-civilized, hopelessly barbaric, or otherwise - all have heartfelt appreciation for red meat, tasty libations, burlesque, and of course unusually close brushes with death. Nivea, clearly not giving one damn to expense, smartly played on these male genetic truths. Five-star quality food was served at stations set up along the main floor of the five bedroom-seven bathroom Beverly Hills mansion, with filet mignon, lamb chops, lobster and sushi highlighting the menu. Two well-apportioned, open bars bookended the stations. The mansion’s second floor housed various rooms that provided even more unexpected entertainment. The main bedroom, with its bathroom that would dwarf a majority of Manhattan flats, served as a spa of sorts with plenty of space, beds, plush chairs and open air from the balcony to refresh the party-goers. Across the way in one of the guest bedrooms was a jazz lounge with a golf putting green open to the public. Another guest bedroom housed the burlesque/dessert room. The word ‘decadent’ would be a staggering understatement to describe it. The highlight of the evening had to be the tiger that guests were allowed to take a picture with on a back patio bed. The seriously wild animal had a handler, but even he could not contain the beast’s utter irritation to the constant picture posing and other un-tiger-like activities surrounding it. By the time I was less than a foot to its foaming mouth, it was writhing and jawing as if it had had enough. The picture was taken and I bounced off that bed like someone had pushed the eject button. The exhilaration was the perfect ending to what was a solid launch for Nivea, which will travel the country on its quest to energize its campaign and refine all men. -Kevin M. Culwell *Photos by Xomad Factio Magazine Spring 2011 | factio-magazine.com
Fantasy Fundraiser: “Masked Ball” The Guild Board of Directors’ 27th annual fantasy fundraiser, “Masked Ball,” held 550 in attendance at the Civic Opera House on Saturday, February 5, 2011. A perennial backdrop of deep-fuchsia and hot pink orchids in crystal cut centerpieces, eggplant table linens and curtains, and rose-colored lighting all set the mood for the ball. Not only did the event’s décor set the scene, but guests alike took part in the spirit, where ornate masks were everywhere. Chicago’s top chefs prepared an array of savory bites for guests who also enjoyed “Royale Unmasked” cocktails prepared with blackberry cassis and champagne. Silent bidding (for the first time this year) was available electronically for guests by using their own communication devices or ones provided for the evening. Overall, the Fantasy of the Opera gala benefit raised $484,000 for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Guild Board of Directors. - Nicole Simone
Chicago Looks Heaven Gallery, a non-profit gallery and multi-disciplinary art space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, exhibited a photo collection portraying street fashion and the idea of style aesthetic with a cool opening night party. The photo collection portrayed an eclectic array of pretty young things and dapper gentlemen by street style photographers and bloggers Isa Giallorenzo of Chicago Looks, Monica Dimperio from Midwasteland, Emma Arnold from Tres Awesome, and Amy Creyer from Chicago Streetstyle Scene. Finally, Chicago is being represented as one stylish city! - Vanessa Lambert * Photos courtesy of Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome
Omega Launch Party The Omega launch party was quite a success with over 100 guests in attendance at the boutique opening in Chicago. While sipping on a glass of champagne, guests were able to try on an array of Omega watches including styles from their new ladies collection, Ladymatic. Light hors d’oeuvres were also served; and at the end of the evening chocolate dipped strawberries made the rounds, which we simply couldn’t resist. The Rush Women’s Board partnered with them for the opening, and the women enjoyed a fun dinner at La Spiaggia across the street afterwards with Stephen Urquhart, the company’s CEO. -Vanessa Lambert
Sebastien Grey Custom Clothiers celebrated the launch of their line and announced the opening of their shops in the Loop, South Loop, and Lincoln Park locations of Halo for Men. The event catered to the stylish men of Chicago, as they rolled and smoked some of the finest cigars, sipped on Chaves and sampled tasty dishes prepared by Chef Ryan Poli. They had a sneak peek at the collection of customized shirts, slacks, vests, and three-piece suits. Grey even threw in a complimentary signature tie and a generous gift card toward their purchase. This was a must attend event for all those well-groomed men of Chicago. -Kanae Jointer factio-magazine.com | Factio Magazine Spring 2011
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