Stump the Stylist?!

There’s nothing that gets us going like a challenge! At THC, we like to think know there isn’t a styling situation we can’t handle. Jumpstart the season with THC this Tueday, September 4th to get your butt in gear for 9/6’s FNO + the always exciting Fall season.

From 6-8pm on 9/4 we’ll be guerilla styling in the In Fashion Lounge at Water Tower Place, leading the Stump the Stylist Fashion Challenge, part of the Magnicifent Mile Shopping Festival. I mean, there isn’t a happening we’d like more. We’ll be working out your fashion issues in the friendliest way ever. Oh, and we’ll be giving away our signature styling service, The Initial Edit, to an attendee. You gotta be there!

Want some of this? Register here!


Stump the Stylist Fashion Challenge with Haute Closet’s April Francis

Haute Closet’s April Francis has styled celebrities and civilians alike, but does she have what it takes to style you?  Find out at this FREE event!

April style five lucky shoppers LIVE on stage in Water Tower Place’s In Fashion Lounge on Level 7.

Guests at this event can enter for a chance to win a personal styling session with April, and all guests will receive a gift bag filled with fabulous finds from select Water Tower Place retailers.

For more information, call (312) 440-3166 or visit us online at


Bodacious, Babelicious, Festival Goddess

Wake up and say hello to Summer in the Chi, lovies!

We’ve been cooking up some extra special treats for you all Spring and we’re happy to announce that one of them launches today — a super fun giveaway from The 900 Shops (our spot for Fogal tights and a Bloomie’s 5th floor fix.)

Here’s what a THC kinda babe wears to stay cool from Big Star to Pitchfork to Lollapalooza:

The best part about our look? Every single piece is begging to be worn so many ways. Behold, the magnificent six for THC-style Summer rockin’:

  1. Rebecca Minkoff’s bracelet sends the message you’re not to be messed with. Desirable.
  2. The Miu Miu shades? They’re sparkly red. Enough said. [Squelches squeal.]
  3. An AllSaints tee lives like lounge-wear, keeps you covered, easy and breezy.
  4. A Cambridge Satchel goes clean in white, remains streamlined for hands-free jamming.
  5. Fiorentini & Baker Boots equal awesome All. Year. Long.
  6. J Brand lavender jeans? What’s not to love. Game on, gamines.

Cast your vote for your favorite look online (we’ll take a #2 please) or stop by to do so on the second floor of The 900 Shops all month long. Oh, and if you share your favorite on social media (that would be a #2 again, ladies), you’ll earn even more entries.

Hello — go!

PS: We won’t hate you if you go for glossed & found, stay tres awesome or take a note from pink memo — we love it all. XX


First Forays

Here is a final from one of THC’s first commercial shoots — this one for Sapporo at Aria.

That Manish Arora dress is still delicious.

c. 2008


A Grand Opening, THC-Hosted Double Header

We’ll be getting our Nike on and styling their super fresh gear at the Grand Opening of Lady Foot Locker on State St from 11AM-2PM this coming Thursday, September 22nd.

Then we’ll be switching out of our running gear and marathon-readying mode into an all-red ensemble for trend presenting at the Armani Exchange opening that’ll be happening from 6-8PM the same day. Hosted by People StyleWatch, THC and the creative team at Armani Exchange, rsvp to

Come on out and see us and score a free gift at Nike and $20 off every $100 at Armani Exchange, not to mention the free personal shopping!


THC does FNO in Chicago at VINCE.

Join me Thursday, September 8th from 5-8PM at Vince on Oak for some bubbly and dedicated personal shopping from THC.

It’s FNO – the most fun you can have when it comes to retail. For the past two years, Anna Wintour has been stoking the flames of this fantastic party in NYC and Chicago is finally on board with more than one awesome Fashion’s Night Out event.

But! This one at Vince is the BEST and a can’t miss …

If you don’t already know, Vince is hands-down the best place in Chicagoland to pick up the staples that will make your wardrobe sing, season after season. From their leather and fur to their very best t-shirts, the cuts are divine and my associates who work in the store are even finer. And bring your boyfriend/hubby/lover — Vince stocks the best for gents, too!

I’ll be on hand to help you make decisions about the best pieces to add to your own wardrobe for Fall/Winter.

See you then!

XX April

And … the rest of the best FNO events coming to you in Chicago on September 8th:

Yes, Mr. Brad Goreski himself. We’ll be heading over there for a little post-Vince hosting at the 900 shops.


And, of course, we recommend this Brian Atwood event at Saks — we’re big fans of this homegrown shoe tsar.


The All-Season Shirtdress

Hello darlings! It’s been a minute.

Have been getting Dosed and loving every second – check it out here. The third installment, Dose Tres, is this Sunday, August 14th, from 10am-4pm at the River East Art Center.

In other happy news, I’ve been asked to contribute more regularly to refinery29 and my first post happened July 27. It was an ode to a fantastic shirtdress specimen from The Row.

The fabric is KILLER lux. You can see how I styled three of my girls — Swathi, Christina and Hilary, at right — in the piece over at

I kept it and wore it the other day with a simple braided leather belt and a fab pair of SS2011 ankle bracelet Isabel Marant heels. And more of those Etoile bracelets on my wrist. I’m sure I’ll pull this Row piece out at least once a month for the rest of the year and then again in Spring, of course. I simply adore pieces like this — blank canvases made to hang with any accessory in your closet. I go into more styling detail, how-tos and ideas in the refinery post. I snagged this particular dress from chalk but you can also shop The Row direct. But it’s definitely better to go to chalk.

Why? Right now, chief among my endless list of reasons is that they have a full selection of (well, I snagged an AMAZING little gold one) Jerome Dreyfuss bags … and he’s married to Isabel. The bags come with little attached mirrors AND flashlights (I feel guilty I didn’t get one for my mom). Those two must be the coolest couple in Paris. Happily, I’ll be there myself in September and October with C/FAN. Christina is taking me and her line to (capsule) to sell it to the world and we plan on hanging out with jacquemus and the chalk ladies.


PS: Are those perforated buck Nike’s AWESOME or what?!


Singles Portraits

Some of the final portraits, taken by Maria Ponce and styled by THC, for the July 2011 issue of Chicago magazine:


It was a fun shoot. Big thanks to Maria, Manase Latu, my assistant Alice Kim and all of the places I sourced the stuff: Ianneci, Lara Vincent, Artfully Disheveled, Alcala’s, Bloomingdale’s, Sofia, Vince and C/FAN.


8th Grade Dreams

The lovely Riya, an 8th grade student, contacted us earlier this year. She was assigned to do a project on her chosen profession: styling.

She asked us some questions and here’s the Haute Closet part of her project if you’re dying to know why we do what we do and how we do it!



We say, good luck and keep it up, little lady!


Chicago Mag or black/francis 2.0

So, black/francis is no more, but it doesn’t mean Heiji and I have parted ways. Below, our first collab post-b/f, with Heiji as new contributing editor to Chicago Magazine. I helped style, capturing Laura Letinsky and friends at a garden lunch at Laura’s fantastic Hyde Park home. Great idea, H! Looking forward to your future pieces in Chicago, far and away our fave Chicago mag!