The 312: Twista talks Sole Expo, the sneaker culture convention


In case you didn’t know, hip-hop and fashion often intersect at the gym shoe store. The day of this interview, Twista is rocking some Independence Day-centric Nikes. They are red, white and blue, with spangled stars. His partner, Alan Wehbi, is wearing gray and red …

Black women worried about Army hair regulations


New Army regulations meant to help standardize and professionalize soldiers’ appearance are now coming under criticism by some black military women, who say changes in the hair requirement are racially biased. The standards include bans on most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows.

Runway trends arrive on Emmys red carpet

Kerry Washington is the fashion It Girl right now, and she has the straight-from-the-runway dress to prove it. The “Scandal” star showed her style savvy at the Emmy Awards Sunday in fantasy gown in a blush color with gold embroidery that was at the Marchesa …

Florence Pushker, 89, model, fashionista


When she was a 14-year-old girl dreaming of fashion and glamour, Florence Pushker didn’t just read Vogue.

She went to Fishman Fabrics, bought material, and had a dressmaker copy the clothes in the magazine.

She saved her dollar-a-week allowance so she could eat salad at …

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Vera Bradley branches out with signature pattern baby line


Love them or hate them, Vera Bradley bags are a 30-year-old retail phenomenon that show no signs of slowing down. The distinct floral patterned bags — from “The Weekender in Portobello Road” to the “Tablet Hipster in Va Va Voom” — are available in 65 Vera Bradley stores, 11 outlets and 3,300 other retailers, like the 563 college bookstores that carry the brand, including Northwestern, Illinois State and Loyola University Chicago.

Vickroy: ‘Project Runway’ designer sells bridal gowns at Frankfort boutique


Katelyn Pankoke hates group projects. Having to compromise, having to carry the slackers, having to play that psychological game of getting people to like you so they don’t throw you under the bus. “I’m not used to interacting with my own kind,” said Pankoke, a …

A look back at Michelle Obama’s wardrobe


While fashion sages place bets on Michelle Obama’s fashion pick for tonight’s Inaugural Ball, here are Flotus’ dresses from events past.

Deerfield native turns love of sports into fashion brand Sportiqe


As a Deerfield teenager, Jason Franklin scored a dream job as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls. Now he dresses them. Franklin, 33, has turned his love of sports into a multi-million dollar sportswear brand Sportiqe, worn by athletes and celebrities like Derek Rose, Luol Deng and Tim Tebow.

Anna Nicole Smith daughter a Guess model


The 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith is walking in her mother’s shoes, taking a starring role in the spring ad campaign for Guess Kids. Guess? Inc.’s creative director Paul Marciano says in a statement that Dannielynn Birkhead has the “same playful spirit” …

Michelle Obama wears Michael Kors on Election Night


NEW YORK — As Michelle Obama stepped on stage with her husband in Chicago early Wednesday morning, she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years — this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress. …

Designers both famous and fresh to spring forward at fashion show


Six emerging designers share the runway with Macy’s Fashion Incubator alumni for annual fashion show Wednesday night. The show is part of the weeklong Fashion Focus in Chicago.

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Inspiration came from across the pond at this year’s Glamorama


At Friday night’s Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, the vibe was swinging ‘60s but the fall fashion preview was pure ladylike sophistication. Themed “The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!” the 21st annual event paid homage to British pop music of the past with …

Photographer scouts Lollapalooza look


It’s true all the world’s a stage. And for a Chicago street-style photographer, it’s a runway as well. Leo Burnett art director by day, Emma Arnold, 35, started documenting Chicagoan’s sartorial style more than two years ago. The photographer posted her finds on her blog …