Deborah Lloyd is a woman in love. She’s in love with color, she’s in love with leopard print and — most importantly — she’s in love with the brand she oversees as president and chief creative officer: Kate Spade New York. But it’s not just her — according to Lloyd, Chicago women share her passions. “Our Chicago woman loves pops of color, she loves standing out in the crowd,” she says. “We really think about Chicago when we’re designing.”
I first met Mark Ellwood about 15 years ago when he and I were colleagues at a PR firm (he was based in New York, but we occasionally worked on the same consumer clients). What I remember most about those days is our frequent brainstorming meetings, a hallmark of agency life. At some point, Mark would always say to the group, “How can we take that idea and turn it on its head?”
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the films I’m excited to see as the fall season heats up. But 2013 has already been an incredible year for movies — especially smaller, lower-budget films. As you cozy up at home on cold Chicago nights, check out some of my favorites from the past year:
In the wake of Rebecca Sedgwick’s suicide, I am writing this blog to raise awareness and provide support to people who have been affected by bullying. October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also National Bullying Prevention Month. Since its establishment in 2006, little has changed, and, in fact, bullying continues to be on the rise — and often leads to dreadful consequences.
Sarah Michelle Gellar roundhouse-kicked her way to pop icon status as the lovely-but-lethal Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But that was more than 15 years ago. Since then, the actress has been busy: She’s starred in films like “The Grudge,” lent her voice to Seth Green’s stopmotion show “Robot Chicken,” married ’90s (and current) heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr., and given birth to two children, Charlotte Grace (4) and Rocky (1).
Stylish guests stopped by Sunda (110 W. Illinois) Oct. 9 to help local designer Maria Pinto launch her new womenswear line, M2057. Chic locals, including MCA curator Naomi Beckwith, Laudi Vidni’s Laura Kofoid, eDrop-Off’s Corri McFadden, Luxury Garage Sale’s Lindsay Segal and Dusty Stemer, kicked off the bash with a fashion face-off, styling models in Maria Pinto looks accessorized with pieces from their own closets.
More than 200 makeup fanatics lined up outside of Bloomingdale’s (900 N. Michigan) Oct. 16 for Splash’s Love Yourself event. Once inside, they celebrated the retailer’s new beauty department by snapping photos with YouTube star Lauren Elizabeth of Love, Lauren Elizabeth, getting pampered with free makeovers and snagging goody bags stocked with face creams, lip pencils and glosses.
Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard’s and craft-beer consultant Gary Valentine’s worlds first collided in the summer of 2010. Izard — the executive chef and owner of West Loop hot spots Girl & the Goat and Little Goat — stopped into Lillie’s Q in pursuit of good barbecue, where Valentine happened to be consulting. The two immediately hit it off as friends, and a year later, began dating. In 2012, Valentine popped the question in true Chicago fashion: He got down on one knee next to Buckingham Fountain.