I'm beginning my week tired, but it's a good tired. My niece's wedding was Saturday night. A magical night for sure! Not only were two incredible souls officially united, but the Cub's won and will be going to the World Series. It's going to be a little crazy here in Chicago for a while!
Yesterday was the day after brunch which we hosted at our home. We could not have asked for a lovelier day. The weather was absolutely perfect. There were about 80 guests who came by to eat a little breakfast, enjoy a less hectic event, and wish the couple well. Just the perfect ending to the festive weekend.
Pictures of the dress will follow soon. Once I got her in her gown, she walked out and the first to see her was her father. He was so overcome with emotion. He looked at me with tears welling in his eyes, and all he could do was mouth the words, "Thank You." And then, the look on her soon to be husband's face...that truly sealed the deal :)
A quiet little exhibit recently opened here in Chicago, Maria Pinto: 25 Years. It's a free exhibit that can be seen at the historic Water Tower on Michigan Ave. This is not Water Tower Place, the shopping mall, but the actual Water Tower which was one of the few buildings left standing after the great Chicago fire. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2017. If by chance you come to Chicago to shop during the holidays, this will make a great diversion, and add to your entire Chicago experience. For those of us who live here in Chicago, this is an exhibit that you can visit numerous times as it's a rotating exhibit of garments from her archives.
Many of you may never have heard of Maria Pinto. She has a very interesting story, she decided to attend the Art Institute at the age of 30. Her first job was at Geoffrey Beene. She initially sold wraps and shawls, and then ultimately launched a full line of clothing.
Her new pre-Fall collection is quite nice. These are clothes for real women, stylish and yet appropriate for many body types. My Celtic roots especially like the bold plaid :) I have left the pictures in a large format so that you could really get a close look. Hope you enjoy the collection! If you would like to see more, you can find the full collection HERE.
Love how the squares were pieces together and placed on the bias to create this dress.
I especially like the unexpected detail of the inset on these pants.
She has a number of pieces in the collection with which she has paired the squares. This is an oversized shawl. Not exactly practical, but scroll down to see a smaller scarf. I do love the drama though!
A lovely dress that anyone can wear. Love the pockets too!
Here's the scarf. So easy to do and adds a lot of drama to a garment.
I am in love with this top, and especially the sleeves. Stay tuned for a Sleeves On Saturdays post ;)
I always enjoy learning a little more about designers, their career, how they got started, advice they have to share. The video below is rather long, an hour. It's one that you can listen to while you are in your studio. But, there will be times that you'll want to look up and see the clothes. So just a warning :)
Have a wonderful week!
Be sure to do a little something special for yourself :)