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Lollapalooza

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.

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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:

For SHOE REPAIR/LEATHER REPAIR
Joseph’s Shoe Clinic
6173 N Lincoln – (773) 478-3228

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

For EVERYDAY CLEANING to TOUGH SMELLS/STAINS
Gibson Couture Cleaners
3447 N Southport Ave – (773) 248-0937

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

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

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

For FUR/LEATHER CLEANING
Davis Imperial Cleaners
3325 West Bryn Mawr – (773) 267-4560

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

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A Really Haute Swap

Plan on being at Robin Richman, 2108 North Damen, June 24th from 5 – 7 for a reprise of last year’s well received ‘Swap and Shop.’

Come in with tagged, already priced items you no longer wear, a few precious pieces that don’t suit you anymore, and get ready to swap for something you’ll love. It’s the best kind of recycling you can do.

Sell your items (cash only) – or better yet, swap with the fashionable ladies that will be setting up beside you. Robin requests all bring “gently used designer clothes, shoes [and] jewelry from the Robin Richman store and the like to sell and swap.”

A party after our own heart – and at a store we truly love – come in with something to Robin-like share ready to crush a cup of wine with the hostess herself.

RSVP to the store appreciated but not required: 773.278.6150

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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!

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Get a clue with GUESS

On Thursday, June 17th from 7-9 we invite you to join us The Haute Closet, GUESS and Lucky Magazine for personal styling and serious cocktailing at the GUESS flagship on Michigan Avenue. After party info to follow!

Day of shopping you’ll get 20% off your purchase with a donation of $5 or more to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and also walk away with a fab GUESS gift bag! Please don’t miss – Click to RSVP!

Oh, and GUESS has some AMAZING shoes and accessories that aren’t going to break the bank. Trust us, you’ll walk away with something you’ll wear for a long while! XX – April


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The Totally Haute, Well-Read Affair


Celeb Benefit for Literacy Chicago

When asked what our dream affair would be by YSL’s Parisienne, we said “Like that in the song ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.”

We lied. It would be this, The Well-Read Affair, because, happily, we live Home every day.

Put on by the young Associate Board (upon which sits The Haute Closet’s very dear friend, Sean Kienzle) the party goes down next week, Thursday, February 25th, in a to-die-for location. You should click that link.

And note! Though the back of the invite calls for ‘Business Dress’ believe us, that is NOT the case. It’s going to be one good looking group bidding on sexy bookmarks created by literacy-lovers like Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and James Earl Jones who, we might add, has put up for auction artwork containing one of the best and most useful phrases in the canon >>>

If we were Rachel Zoe, we would say that is OOC. Also, Zac Efron.

Indeed. Don your party best and benefit a most essential cause, the cause closest to our hearts: literacy(that, and having everyone feel comfortable in their clothes!) Literacy helps everyone feel more comfortable in their own skin.

Seriously, kids, it is of utmost importance that every child and adult be able to read. Can you imagine if you couldn’t read? For more about Literacy Chicago and The Well-Read Affair click here.

PS: The Well-Read Affair was sponsored in part by Sharpie. We Sharpies! They work hard to hand-color our THCIYH mix discs!

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This Photo is Everything

That is Do for Spring 2010

Miranda Kerr in Russian Vogue

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Make It Yours, Marlaina

The Statement Show at SHE Boutique

Rachel Zoe, Tim Gunn, yours truly – we’ve all been telling you to grab a statement necklace while the getting is good. This essential wardrobe staple takes a t-shirt from game to glam, a cocktail dress from mellow to “Hello!”

So, the getting is going to be really good tomorrow at SHE Boutique, where Marlaina Stone is setting up shop from 2 – 8.

See that pretty lady to your right? Get up to Highland Park and score your one of a kind chain of love. Made of the most precious and unexpected elements, we totally adore.

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Shop SHE Sidewalk Sale


And Cover Girl Party at Chaise Lounge

Get up to Highland Park now through Saturday and score big on some of summer’s sweetest looks – the SHE S/S 09 collection was the last one by previous SHE store buyer, Lindsey Madigan (now director of racks at all Chicago Intermix)!

And don’t miss the swanky summer party at Chaise Lounge celebrating Mrs. Nicolette Prpa, owner of SHE and current TCW cover girl, on July 30th.

Happy shopping and, most importantly, darlings, champagne swilling!

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Reminder: (Don’t) Knock it Off

Remembering and Celebrating the Civility of CHANEL

–  CHANEL ad placed in WWD, July 2002

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This Weekend in SoHo!

The Fiercest Pop-Up Shop on the Block

If you’re in NYC this weekend check out V is for Vintage! It’s going to be nothing short of ridiculously chic, fantastically fun and pretty pretty! Also! There’s gonna be a little grit. It’s vintage! And this is NYC. There will be graffiti. And celebrity designers. And me!

Stop in and join the party: DJs will be spinning while you’re shopping for vintage duds made by the best names in the game. I’ll be liveblogging the whole thing at visforvintagenyc.com !

Find us on Greene between Prince and Spring this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 5, 6 and 7th, from 12-9!