The details are so arresting in person. Each Swarovski crystal is expertly placed by a master embroiderer who also works for Givenchy Haute Couture. Shane said that they like working with couture materials because they want to create something grand, but while still supporting small rural businesses that create couture. For a moment, upon viewing this in person, I got lost among the deliberate school of black and blue crystals that seem to follow their own path of movement.
The flower print features holographic threads that positively glitter in the sunlight. I tried to capture as best as I could with my camera, but failed to do it justice. The way this print shimmers is simply spectacular.
Precise jacket lapels, more experiments in romanticized shapes, yet almost seeming like the inverses of one another.
Creatures of the Wind sources their fabrics from the most assorted places; this blouse is constructed from 70s deadstock fabric.
One of their favorite pieces in the collection, this blouse used knitted plastic along with vivid tangerine threads that resemble polka dots, but aren't polka dots really, and are instead small lines in varying sizes, each one sewn in by hand.
Once again, they collaborated with Tabitha Simmons to produce the shoes. Chris says they like working with her because they are given unprecedented creative freedom when designing the footwear. Ankle straps and more crystals and patent leather feel so friendly and inviting, and despite how perfectly they match this collection, each shoe stands on its own as a happy addition to any wardrobe. I'm especially fond of ghostwhite crystal patent heels...
There is so much of this city in their clothes; I can't explain it, perhaps it is an intangible thing, a mood?, an idea, a physical capture of Chicago's sensibilities, through boxy tops and gently curving hems. Something about their clothing feels like home to me. And as someone who's had many impermanent homes throughout my life, that's a comforting feeling.