Chicago’s Favorite Fashion Stylist

Love this new mag from Jason Binn + Gilt, DuJour. Many thanks for the feature, Anna.

It’s about that time … get your Haute Closet in order for FW12!


A Whole Lot of Love

Fall 2012: Topshop debuts in Chicago and asks AF what she likes most about Topshop.


Print on Print

We love it. We’ve been doing it forever. The pleasures of color and dynamism trump everything, especially when the skies turn dull and grey.

Recently, the Wall St. Journal asked us for our opinion about print on print. Check out the article, here.



Mix a coloful print with a black & white print.

Mix a big print with a tiny print.

Keep prints in complementary color schemes.

Blend florals with geometric patterns.

Get funky with print socks, hosiery and accessories.

Have fun with texture while you’re at it!


photos by Jon Shaft



Closets & Pantries

On My Plate took a look at what happens in The Haute Closet, here’s the infographic:

Full interview with both AF of THC and Dose Markethere.

Thanks for playing, Melissa! Really appreciate your work and your being in Chi-town — onmyplate is fantastic. Love, especially, that the inimitable Nena Ivon brought us together!

Pieces of April


Check it out on DailyCandy here. Thanks, DC!


Wild Style at Lollapalooza

PUBLISHED: Monday, August 10th 2010

For our full photo diary of Lollapalooza 2010 on, click here.

Lucky Right Now

Check out our favorite girls from the fest – the Australian DJ duo known as NERVO – above and loads more of our Lolla style coverage on Lucky Online here, here, here and here.

Power Couple

Jessica Herman from Time Out Chicago interviewed my business partner in black/francis, Heiji Black, and I for a great article about our new consulting venture for the August 12th, 2010 issue.

Click here to read the full article.

Where’s Yvie?

Where’s Yvie? Hitting the Streets of Chicago With Stylist April Francis!

Name: April Francis
Occupation: Stylist/Writer
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
DOB: April 18
Distinguishing Feature: My laugh.
Likes: Cowboy boots, rock n’ roll, hemp granola, cars & driving, making out
Dislikes: Cheap stuff, haters, local Chicago boutiques closing, fast food
Favorite Film: Masculin Féminin
Theme Song: “Ball & Biscuit” by White Stripes
Dream Affair: An affair like the one in the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Fashion Rehab

PUBLISHED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

For the full article, click here.

Time-Saving Services

Two Minutes With April Francis

For the rest of the tips and photo inspiration, click here!

Jay Cutler: Cover Boy

We styled Chicago Bears QB, Jay Cutler, for the cover of the September 2009 Michigan Avenue.


Finding a Flattering Cocktail Dress

PUBLISHED: Tuesday, June 22 2010

For the lowdown on dresses for all kinds of body types, get the rest of the article here.

Andreas at Salon Buzz

Lucky Mag: January 2009