Thursday, November 3, 2011

lifeSTYLE: Fashion Focus 2011

I had the privilege of attending Fashion Focus this year, and for those unaware it's a week of celebrating Chicago's fashion scene by shopping locally, attending runway shows and networking with the rest of Chicago's brightest. Being the a week  solely dedicated to Chicago fashion you know I had to dress my best. And even 40+ mph winds and rain would not stop me or my peers from dressing in our favorite heels and signature separates.

Check out my lifeStyle for Fashion Focus 2011:

1) Raising Hell in Menswear
images via Lisa Goetzke

While I'm never one to wear flats the UNIF Hellraisers are too good to resist. With allover spikes reminiscent of the Louboutin Rollerball but with edgier sharper spikes I had to create an outfit around these signature flats. A leather tee, leggings and camel blazer made a great textural style but when paired with a Dimepiece Designs striped collar it made this menswear look original yet effortless.

Get the Look:

1) Similar Blazer by Topshop, $130, available at Topshop
2) Similar Leather Tee by Theory, $615, available at Net-a-Porter
3) Similar Black Leggings by Alternative Apparel, $34 $20, available at Karmaloop
4) Striped Collar by Dimepiece Designs, $44 $22, available at DJ Premium
5) Hellraiser Spiked Flats by UNIF, $165, available at UNIF

2) Leopards and Ponies
images via Lisa Goetzke

The following night took showcased a leopard look in feminine lace. This Rodarte x Target shift dress has always been one of my favorite go to pieces when I want to look professional, fun and stylish. I paired this short style with opaque black tights and luxe pony hair booties which add a signature polish. With multiple textures and bold gunmetal accessories I finished off this polished look with rich burgundy lipstick and a high ponytail.

Get the Look:

1) Similar Leopard Print Dress by Torn by Ronnie Kobo, $220, available at The Hip Chick
2) Similar Black Tights by With Love From CA, $10, available at Pac Sun
3) Wilma Black Pony Ankle Boot by Senso, $200, available at Singer 22

3) Spiked and REDdy
images via Lisa Goetzke, Marco Foster and Emma Arnold

I had to find a way to wear my Sass and Bide spiked top even in crisp fall temperatures. Since it has a removable harness and my friend had a closet to raid I paired it with a tie dyed Calvin Klein blazer that seemed to be made for this piece. To brighten up the look I added some red hot leather pants and 3D faceted Lo Res pumps from United Nude. All in all it was clearly a winning look that made a stylish statement at the Vert Couture 2011 show.

Get the Look:

1) Similar Spiked Harness by (IN)Decorous Taste, $250, available at (IN)Decorous Taste
2) Similar Blazer by Helmut Lang, $595, available at Shopbop
3) Similar Tank by Stylein, $219 $153, available at Farfetch
4) Similar Red Leather Pants by Malene Birger, $875, available at Shopbop
5) Similar Lo Res Pumps in Burgundy by United Nude, $225, available at United Nude

Now that it's over I can't wait for Fashion Focus 2012, only eleven more months!

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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