Neon in Logan Square

Très Awesome on Elle.com

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Très Awesome will be contributing Chicago street style to the Elle.com newly launched Global Street Chic section.
Kortnee Quiza of 7th Market (2nd from the right) looks incredible on Elle's homepage. She's wearing Drapes earrings by the wonderfully talented Chicago accessory designer Ashley Scott.

These are the cities currently represented. Chicago looks pretty damn good, no? You're probably asking yourself, "who's that purdy lady standing next to the Chicago Theater sign?" That's Chelsea Lavin director of sales at C/FAN, see Chelsea's whole photo on Elle.com. Be on the look out for new cities being added in the weeks to come, as well as more photos from yours truly
Local vintage dealer Erin Oldenburg looks stunning here in shades of yellow. View all 10 of my looks on Elle.


Jessica in Nanette Lepore

Jessica is a manager at the Nanette Lepore shop in Bucktown. She looks beautiful here on this very windy day in a Nanette Lepore embellished dress and cropped leather jacket.


San Francisco Street Style: Caroline

Wowza! Caroline looks insanely beautiful here with her matching red lips and tights. She's wearing a Nanette Lepore dress, D&G leather jacket, and Billykirk bag. Caroline is one of my dearest friends and it was wonderful catching up with her over the past couple of days. Look for a post that focuses on her adorable and very smart blog For Like Now in the coming week.
I am obsessed with this African beaded necklace. My friend Maggie McCoy (the owner of the lovely Bagel on Damen in Chicago) had it for awhile, got sick of it, and then gave it to me. I proceeded to wear it basically everyday. It's time for a new owner so I left the necklace in San Fran with Caroline. Wear it well C!

Not the most comfortable of shoes, but they sure do look good. Sometimes you gotta suffer for fashion dahling.

Mod Cloth Founder Susan Gregg Koger

I was waiting in line at Tartine Bakery at the early hour of 8 am this Saturday (I have never not waited in line at this over-the-top delicious eatery). I noticed a stylish couple walk up behind me. I just happened to have my camera with me so I asked the woman if I could snap her pic. After we were done we exchanged cards and it turns out she is Mod Cloth founder Susan Gregg Koger! Despite the early weekend hour she looks fabulous in her Dear Creatures shirt, Free Bird Jacket, and Jeffery Campbell Shoes. All from Mod Cloth of course!
The sailor tie on this shirt from Dear Creatures is SO sweet.  Check out more items from Dear Creatures on Mod Cloth.
"Life is a Cabaret" is the title of these Jeffery Campbell peep toe sling backs. Indeed it is! I love the men's wingtip inspiration.  Get your very own pair on Mod Cloth now.

San Francisco Street Style - Jacqueline

 Jacqueline looks smashing in this black lipstick. The fact that she's pulling it off without looking even a little bit goth is a real feat.

Gabriel Angelo - 11 Year Old Jazz Musician and Style Prodigy

While wandering around Union Square in San Francisco a street musican started to  play this really great sounding music, as I turned the corner I found Gabriel playing his trumpet on the street around Union Square. Surprisingly this mature sounding jazz was not being played by an adult, but by 11 year old trumpet player Gabriel Angelo. He's an amazing up-and-coming talent with a remarkable amount of drive and determination, for someone of any age.
Also can we talk about his clothes. I've never seen a young person with such a sophisticated take on personal style.  I spoke with his mother (who takes him out to play on the street regularly) and she said he studies menswear designers on the internet, particularly Ralph Lauren.  It definitely shows. Gabriel looks like he just walked off the set of a kids Polo ad. Oh and did I mention he has a blog? Read all about about Gabriel Angelo here.

San Francisco Street Style - Vaughan

San Francisco Street Style - Andy

Andy works at the sweet San Francisco vintage shop The Painted Bird  I love her oddly rouched leggings and top knot. C'est chic.

San Francisco Street Style - Stephen in Union Square

Stephen looks ultra-cool in this high collared coat with his Filson bag and oversized sktech books.
I love these bright Nubuck shoes and how he's just hacked off the hem of his jeans.


Meghan Lorenz of Cities in the Dust

Meghan designs jewelry under the label Cities in the Dust.  I love this poncho harem pant combination.
Her work is organic and brutally elegant. Take a look at Kate from Outfit Chicago looking gorgeous wearing these pieces in a post from last month.


Discothèque Tuesdays are Here

We are happy to announce the addition of a sound track in the form of Discothèque Tuesdays, to accompany all the ridiculously sweet street style on Très Awesome. We'll be posting some of our favorite jams every week for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Discothèque Très Awesome by Très Awesome

Tatiana in River North

Tatiana is an Account Executive for the lines J Cooper, Drew, and Samantha Dru.  I spotted her while visiting Kate Nardo of Outfit Chicago at Style Max. She looks fetching here in a Drew faux fur Jacket and single feather earring.
LOVE these charms. High Times chic at it's finest.

Artist Noelle Sharp

Noelle is wearing a scarf and hat of her own design. 
She also makes wonderfully intricate fiber sculptures and tapestries. Check out all Noelle's work here.


Ashley Scott in Polka Dots and Drapes

Ashley Scott is the designer behind the incredibly cool accessory label Drapes. She's a knock-out in her coordinating purple lipstick and radical plated head piece from her Spring line. Look for a more in-depth designer profile of Ashley and her work in the coming months.


LA Street Style: Amber on Abbot Kinney in Venice

Amber is an associate at the Lily Kate Showroom. They represent awesome labels such as Strong & Dickerson and Young Fabulous and Broke
She was turning heads all up and down the avenue in her Modern Amusement Shirt and Vintage Levi's Shorts.
Amber's vintage Chanel belt and Melanie Dizon Purse are the bomb.
Tagerine nails and rings by low luv and Sheila Fajl


Rodney on Chicago Avenue

Rodney of iT Factor Agency looks amazing in his vintage Gucci sunglasses and Hermès Bag.

Go Back to the Future with Modern Vintage Chicago

Vintage Dealers from across the country will converge this weekend at Randolph Street Market to offer the finest wares from the Mid-Century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian, and ‘60s & ‘70s eras. Plus designer finds come from the legendary houses of Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci, Dior, amongst others.
Chicago's very own Karyn Dethrow of Dethrose Vintage will be selling her fabulous wares alongside the countries finest vintage dealers.

Frankly, you'd be a fool to pass up this sartorial stroll down memory lane. Modern Vintage Chicago runs this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 at 1340 W. Washington. Check out all the details here.

Yellow Fuzzy Sweater

Stylist Sheyssa Bernid Rosado in Wicker Park


Melissa in the Gold Coast

Love these wild lace tights and the Miu Miu Scarf.

Emily Rose in Vintage Lace

Emily Rose Giddings is a production manager at the Kenmore Live Studio. I took this photo of her outside the Taping of the third episode of So You Wanna Be A Designer, with Thakoon last Thursday.

Swim Wear Designer Rosina Mae Turner

Designer Rosina Mae Turner knows how to rock some neon accessories.

Perhaps this is because she's had some practice creating these HOT pool-side looks in a rainbow of bright spandex. Take a look at more Rosina Mae Turners work here.


Thakoon at Kenmore Live Studio

Tonight was the 3rd installment of Chicago's very own fashion reality series So You Wanna Be a Designer, hosted by Debbie Jagel and Issac King. The show is conveniently filmed right down the street from my house at Wells and Huron at The Kenmore Live Studio. Monica Dimperio of The Midwasteland was a guest judge and Thakoon made a very special guest appearance and showed four of his own looks.
Thakoon has worn many hats on his way to fashion stardom. He started out as a business major at BU and then made the unusual leap to fashion writer at Harpers Bazaar, before finally enrolling in Parsons and launching his line several years later to much fanfare. Michelle Obama wore his dress when her husband accepted his nomination in 2008.
Thakoon's clothes use feminine detailing and flourishes in ways that are unexpected and not overtly girly.

Here is his take on moccasins with heels.
This look by Jessica Davis was the strongest of the evening (even though the craftsmanship was not quite there) Both this and the second strongest look by Anna Hovet were deemed the lowest by the judges. It just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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