don’t be a victim



We are going to turn this, our favorite festival, upside down.

Corresponding for Lucky, we’re going to be staking out the best festival looks, talking to your favorite performers and attending all the best parties.

We’ve featured quite a few of the Lolla artists on our THC in Your Head mixes and we can’t wait to get their take on style.

SO: What are you going to wear?

See you there.


Fix Me, Please

Zippers, shoes, pants … things break. Don’t be ashamed. If it’s not something cheap (as in super low quality, and if it is, scrap it, you should be ashamed) you ought to get it fixed. Maybe it’s not so fun to take it in, but it is fun when you get it back. And it will be as good as new or better if you take it to one of our favorite apparel specialists. If you need something doctored, take it here:

Joseph’s Shoe Clinic
6173 N Lincoln – (773) 478-3228

Sandburg Shoe Repair & Leather Crafters
115 W. North Ave – (312) 266-8966

Gibson Couture Cleaners
3447 N Southport Ave – (773) 248-0937

Davis Imperial Cleaners
3325 West Bryn Mawr – (773) 267-4560

Golden Needle (female tailor)
814 N State St – (312) 787-3416

Boguslaw (male tailor)
65 E Oak – (312) 640-1521

Davis Imperial Cleaners
3325 West Bryn Mawr – (773) 267-4560

Without a Trace
100 E Walton St – (312) 787-9922


Get Glam for a Cause

So Daphne Guinness, the patron saint of The Haute Closet, is being an angel again, having scooped up the entire estate of the late Isabella Blow, the inimitable fashion luminary, daring hat-wearer and discoverer of the dearly departed Alexander McQueen. You can read about the major fashion acquisition here. Major love and thanks to Daphne for saving the treasure.

And! In other news, The Haute Closet is proudly hosting the event at the GUESS Michigan Avenue flagship tomorrow. 500 fashion lovers, cocktails, GUESS and Lucky Mag there to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, a mission possible organizationvery near and dear to our hearts. An organization that, you never know, is probably helping out a future fashion designer right now. So come out, make a purchase, donate and feel good about some fun summer accessories or swishy dresses – and, of course, GUESS denim – to wear around town, on a hot date, or at our favorite Chicago event: Lollapalooza.

What, you haven’t already planned your Lolla wardrobe? You better: We’ll be seeking style-setters on the festival grounds, photographing and interviewing those whose style we love for Lucky Mag and Lucky Online.

Come to GUESS tomorrow from 7 – 9 and get some style advice from The Haute Closet, a mini-makeover and a photograph of you in your favorite GUESS look. You can rock it; just wait ’til you see our outfit!


Charney Non-Controversy

Agreeing With Dov’s Brow Decree



The Blood Sucked Out Of Our Fave S/S 10 Look

We never say this, but: girl’s outfit was worn SO much better on the runway, as demonstrated in the above right. Are we right or are we right?! Perfect in its elegance, utility and spunk. The perfect uniform.

So … rock it or drop it, K-Stew!

Nobody likes a bad attitude in Proenza Schouler. No exception for you.


ALT in the Second City

His High Fierceness Hits Chi’s New Paris

So, the DNC helps get Obama elected and Chicago reaps a few benefits. Numero Uno: André Leon Tally coming to tea at the Elysian. Yes. Yes. Yes, the man who interfaces with Anna Wintour on a daily basis is coming to schmooze on style here on Thursday, Nov 5th.

Nick Cave, Chairman of the Fashion Department at the Art Institute, will also be in attendance. Truly, this is the ticket of the season. Perhaps of the year, at least here in Chicago. It may be pricey, and you may be Republican or Apathetic, but, hey, this is fashion’s finest.

photo via nymag


Demand It: Rollasole

Wanted in Chicago

Feet hurt? Wide open wound from a too-tight strap? Sad victim of a broken heel? It’s happened to us . . .
Rollasole: Ingenius. Vending machines dispensing ballet flats. That aren’t expensive. And totally cute. TOTALLY Haute.

There is someone looking out for us. Now if we can only get them to cross the pond …


A Few Words On…

Kate Moss and Not Being a Victim

When Kate Moss stepped out – about a year  ago – in the fabulous outfit to your near right, well, I’ll admit, I rejoiced.

It was positively thrilling for everyone laying eyes on her that she’d chosen this perfectly envelope-pushing rock-chic outfit for the reunion of Led Zeppelin.

I didn’t blink an eye at the lack of pants.

Now, on to exhibit B, your far right: the tragic Daisy Lowe.

Yes, we all go about in ill-advised outfits sometime in our lives, but, as Blair Waldorf said so elegantly on last night’s episode of Gossip Girl, tights are not pants.

Especially not sheer ones.