Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with flowers and floral design, and there's no one better in the biz than Mike Hines of Epoch Floral. He is a genius in his field, and the masterpieces he creates change your perception of what flowers and plants can be.
I've now taken several classes with him, and I knew I needed to bring him to M2057! Please join me for this special class and learn from this incredible artist. But first, read more about Mike's aesthetic and inspiration—and how flower design relates to fashion—below.
Sensual shapes, rich colors — the essence of the Summer Collection.
Continuing the exploration of architect Zaha Hadid's work that inspired the Spring collection, for summer I loved the idea of long, lean, flowing forms.See More
Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory is one of my favorite places in the city. It's a true oasis for me, especially in the winter, when I can escape chill gray days in the warm, wonderful air of the fern room. I am also obsessed with flowers and think you can never have too many blooming in your daily life.
So when Garfield Park asked me to serve as Creative Director for this year's Fleurotica: Evening in Bloom at Navy Pier, I jumped at the opportunity. Fleurotica is a yearly fashion show to benefit the Conservatory, with a colorful twist: all the garments are made from flowers and plants, designed by some of the city's premier florists and artists.
This year Garfield Park also invited notable Chicago women to walk in the show, wearing M2057 clothing and floral accessories. I loved this concept—nature inspires so much of my design, and I was very excited to see M2057 pieces act as a canvas for showcasing these gorgeous floral treats.See More
Early on when we decided to carry curated jewelry collections at M2057, Ann Lightfoot was the first designer I turned to. I am so drawn to the natural materials she finds, and how she's able to craft them into unique pieces that marry a bright energy with a delicate touch and bold femininity.
This season, her collection of natural stones, colors, and shapes perfectly meshes with our spring designs.See More
Our favorite frocks this season are showstoppers all on their own. See our picks for the best spring dresses—from the chic little black dress to bright colors to the perfect day-to-night looks.See More
Every season, one of the questions I am most frequently asked is, "What are your favorite trends right now?" My typical answer: "None of them."
I swear I'm not a sartorial snob! I get it. We're bombarded with fashion magazines, media, and celebrities telling us what the hot new thing is. Every morning show has a segment explaining how to wear fringe or stripes, and we get excited about trying new things and looking "in the now."
Don't get me wrong—trends can be fun. I will always have a soft spot for a good animal print. But now, with spring fashion hitting the stores, it seems like an especially apt time to take stock.
Instead of focusing on trends, try thinking of your clothes as your armor. What do you put on in the morning that makes you feel strong, confident, and ready to face the world?See More
Spring is nearly here and it's time to think about those transitional staples. These coats and jackets offer chic layers that can fit under larger coats when it's chilly, then stand on their own when temperatures rise.See More