She’s rock ‘n’ roll’s blonde bombshell, with a voice that’s been compared to Janis Joplin and guitar skills reminiscent of Freddie King on the iconic Gibson Flying V six-string. But Grace Potter hasn’t let the praise go to her head. “I’m flattered and mystified,” she says. “I’m just glad someone is listening!”
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.
On Aug. 22, Jason Derulo will roll into Chicago to kick off the Magnificent Mile Shopping Fest, where he’ll take the stage and serenade fans with his beloved R&B hits while surrounded by models sporting fall fashions. But a year ago, the singer wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to perform again. Derulo, 23, remembers what he calls “the scariest moment of my life” like it was yesterday. “I was rehearsing for my world tour, doing back-tucks, trying to condition myself, and I slipped,” he recalls. “I landed on my head and I broke two vertebrae. I remember thinking to myself, ‘Will I ever be able to dance again? Will I ever be able to walk again?’ ”
Dear Jenny, I recently started dating a widower. “John” lost his wife to cancer three years ago and has been back on the dating scene for a year. We’ve been together for six months and I really enjoy his company; we are compatible, and for the most part, things are going well. I am empathetic towards him and I know he cares for me deeply. However, John still talks about his deceased wife all the time. I am open to communication, but when is it enough? It’s a touchy subject, and I’m not sure how to approach it. I am ready for John to focus on our relationship. Please help! — Kim from Tennessee
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.
1. You can’t stop texting your best friend even though she’s sitting right next to you. 2. Your phone has become a permanent appendage. 3. You use an app to help complete basic every day tasks such as brush your teeth and pick out your clothes.
Grammy-winning artist Sheryl Crow rocked the house at Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, held Aug. 9 at Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph). Nearly 2,000 guests attended the annual bash, which has raised more than $50 million to fight childhood illness, cancer and HIV/AIDS over the past 31 years. Macy’s VP Andrea Schwartz walked the red carpet with Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren, who later introduced the runway show, packed with fall fashions from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Jules, Tommy Hilfiger and more. After the show, guests joined co-chair Candace Jordan, WMAQ-Channel 5’s Alicia Roman and Platinum Events’ Justin Jacobson for the rooftop after-party, where they sipped Patron-based cocktails. The event raised more than $250,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Photos by Sofia Spentzas