When Claire Danes accepted her Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “Homeland” in January, she began her speech a bit unconventionally: “As a brand spankin’ — or Spanxing — new mom…” The star-studded audience laughed in recognition, and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, watching from home, rejoiced. “We’re usually mentioned on the red carpet, but it was so fun to be part of an actual acceptance speech,” says Blakely, 42. “Women love their Spanx.”
Chicago has no shortage of summer festivals, celebrating everything from culture to cuisine, so it’s fitting that in a stylish city such as ours, there would be an event celebrating fashion too. And where else would it take place but on the city’s premier shopping street? Presented by MasterCard, the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival returns for the third consecutive year with 12 days of deals, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, giveaways and other events, including the Magnificent Taste culinary extravaganza, all taking place along the storied street.
The pencil skirt, epitomized by Joan Harris in AMC’s “Mad Men,” has always been a workplace staple. But the latest iterations of the form-flattering cut have broken out of the office and onto the party scene, thanks to fun patterns and an elegantly sexy vibe.
In 1993, from within a former banana warehouse tucked in London’s bustling Covent Garden, 29-year-old Nicky Kinnaird singlehandedly changed the state of the beauty industry. “I noticed that there were all of these young companies coming through with fabulous products, but they weren’t being curated by anyone or sold in any one venue,” she says. So Kinnaird took it upon herself to fill both voids, opening her own shop and stocking it with obscure, high-quality items she’d carefully unearthed from around the world.