I read in an article yesterday, that Rush Street, State Street and Michigan Avenue are recognized as the cities most fashionable places to shop. All beautiful locations, yet I find myself drawn more to the streets in and around our city's neighborhoods. Resale and consignment shops that sell vintage clothing and pre-loved clothing. These are the places where I've felt the most alive.
On our cities north side in the village graphic artists have taken to the streets. The walls, buildings and sometimes windows in and around Galerie F in Chicago are decorated with the most amazing street art.
This, above all the white walled minimalist craze with clear bottles decorated with leafless branches inspires my sense of fashion more than anything. It restores color to where color is sometimes hidden in alleys, behind buildings, or as in the case of my childhood hometown, Detroit, it covers abandoned buildings. I must have this color, all the colors. And as in the case of Rebel Nell jewelry designers, you can turn these colors into jewelry.
Gwen Bielicki - vintage style addict, aging gracelessly
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