Saturday, March 21, 2009

FCM report on Shecky's Girls Night Out

FCM likes to check out the local talent for our blog and to stay on top on the scene here in Chicago. So we went to the raved about shopping event Shecky's Girls Night Out. Over all it was a nice time. Chicago is lagging behind major cities so we don't have many events like these. There were many vendors selling spring dresses, denim, shoes, handbags, and even beanies. Most of the merchandise was nice but we took special notice to some designer feathered earrings.
These earrings were sleek and full of color. They are from Haji Couture's Mystic Collection and they are full of style and whimsy. They are our pick for the winners of the night.

If you appreciate shopping we suggest you go to this event. They tour the U.S. but they will be back soon doing what they do best. they bring the highlights from what the city has to offer. You never know maybe you will discover the latest trend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Street Lingerie: an edgy, feminine take on fashion

This fall you will see lingerie taken to the streets in sexy night wear inspired garments. We've all seen the camisole come in and out of fashion. The lacy, satin getups are back again but they are not alone. Robes are being belted to produced a chic, posh look. Nighties are being crafted for evening wear in gorgeous fabrics, patterns and details.

Fashion's hottest designers are bringing this trend into the lime light. Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Stella Mc Cartney are just a few who are creating these billowy, soft, delicate pieces.

Heels in velvet, or satin and opaque tights compliment the smooth texture of these designs. The jewelry should be kept minimal with this trend. Stick with wearing one type of jewelry like necklaces, earrings or bracelets. The focus should be on the lingerie, so make sure your accessories allow that.

Wear these ultra feminine pieces on a night out on the town. The deep colors of most of the designs are two luxe for day.

Monday, March 16, 2009

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Celebrity Hairstylists with Chicago Roots

Great hair is also a big part of fashion. Hair styles change with the times as does fashion. Our home base Chicago is one of the "hair-happening" places across the nation. All of these stylist have some Chicago tie. From styling Jessica Simpson to the first lady these celebrity hairstylists are making a big impact.

Kim Kimble, who's hometown is the Second City, styles divas like Beyonce. This down to earth hairstylist loves fashion and staying on top of trends. She combines these by being inspired by new fashion collections. On hair milestone she has not cross yet is runway hair, but we feel with her interest in Haute Couture she will do just fine.

Ken Paves, originally from Michigan has frequented the streets of Chicago many times while he was not in Hollywood performing his magic on celebrities: such as Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Catrall. Commonly known as one of the hottest hair dressers in Hollywood, Paves does much with his talent and fame. He believe everyone should have the hair they desire, and he achieve this by creating the hair care products, Flawless.

Last but definitley not least we have Rahni Flowers, a true Chicagoan at heart. He has owned his shop on East Huron for 21 years. Flowers has been styling Michelle Obama since she was in high school. He even tended to her hair thorough inaugration.

The famous, even celebrity hairstylists get their start somewhere. We are proud to have one of their stops be Chicago. FCM!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Behind the Scenes of the March 09 Shoot

It was smooth sailing at the last Fashion Chicago Magazine photoshoot. The shoot was for our bridal issue. Thanks to the fantastic photographer, a great designer and on point models, our hair and makeup team we all had a great time.

Designer Jorge del Busto styling model Jennifer

Photographer: Robert Beczarski giving direction to model Lisa

Hot Bridal Hair

The dress, the flowers, the cake, the caterers, and the bridesmaids, the list goes on of things a bride must secure for her wedding. Another daunting task could be her hair. On this big day when everyone is staring at her, the hair must be stylish, and flawless. Here at FCM we make the decision easier with ideas of how to tackle the wedding day hair situation.

The first hair style is a classic updo. Women commonly choose updos for weddings because it provides a unique look that allows them to stand out, as they should. Done the right way an updo can produce a look of timeless style that radiates across the room. The classic updo ties in the back of the head, with the front hair brush back. This allows a tiara to be added if desired.

If you have great long hair, and what to show it off on your big day, you can. We have a look that allows just that. We part the hair down the middle, curl the hair into thick wavy locks; we add a floral tiara here since it adds to the look where a traditional veil might distract from it.

If your hair is a medium length, you can have a great look too. A great idea is to have small side swept bangs. Tease your hair to add some volume and allow the tresses to fall naturally, and then secure them in place with a pin. Add a veil in the back to hid the pins or use the ones that are the same color of your hair and that can be hidden.

With these tips and ideas your wedding day list gets a little easier to check off. Remember confidence is the key to pulling off any look. You are marrying the man of your dreams, so just rock your hair style and you will look amazing.

A little extra sparkle

Bridal gowns are the main event at a wedding. Brides take time intricately picking out the perfect dress. But accessories make all the difference since they must flow and compliment, yet not over power. We have a few examples of veils and more that do just that.

One option is switching out a regular plain veil to a rhinestone and crystal one. Along the hem of this two tiered veil are rhinestones that shimmer in the light. Pair this with a jeweled tiara or hair clip and it will instantly take the dress to another level. The beading along the hem only measures two inches which creates a subtle effect.

There are a few options with one falling to your elbow and the other traveling down to the tips of your fingers. The veil is attached with a comb in a solid color. White, Diamond white and ivory are your colors to choose from.

If you wanted to steer a bit away from tradition the Bradshaw Bridal comb is good pick. The comb has one large ivory colored flower decorated with Austrian and Swarovski crystals. The flower resembles a rose in full bloom and it also has wispy feathers throughout the pedals. It compliments many styles of wedding dresses like contemporary, or vintage inspired gowns.

The comb is about 4 inches in length with a safety pin attached. It comes in white and ivory and matches any dress including champagne hues.

After the big day it can also be worn as a decorative brooch with formal wear or you can be unique and pair it with something casual like a spring or summer dress.

Great jewelry is the last note in the symphony of your wedding. It helps make the bride feel glamorous. The Couture Collection from Liliana will do just that. The necklace has a floral design that catches the light and sparkles because of the Genuine Swarovski Crystals. The look is complete with the matching earrings.

Measuring about 14-16 inches long the necklace is sure to fit with the included extender piece. The earrings have a perfect dangle falling just 1 ½ inches.

From veils to hair accents, to the jewelry we have it all covered to fit your bridal needs. Once everything is in place your big day will come at ease, and the only thing left is wishing the day would never end.