Thursday, July 14, 2011

Helpful Summer Trend Alert: Fans are Uber Chic & Functional!

The past few days in Chicago have been so hot, I've finally stopped complaining about working in an office with its AC set to “Siberia.” Every time I do venture outside, visions of last week’s couture shows and the resurgence of old-fashioned folding hand fans come to mind: Hilary Alexander churning up a breeze front-row at Chanel… Elena Perminova wielding hers in the sizzling hot Third Arrondisement (sub-division) outside Jean Paul Gaultier…

Speaking of, JPG sent models Frida Gustavsson and Andrej Pejic flapping fans of their own down his runway, and at Armani Privé, Philip Treacy combined several of them to create an ornate headpiece that channeled the Far East.

I’ll be scouring the city the next few days, looking to scoop up a fan or two of my own (I might have to wait until The Randolph Street Market at the end of the month on July 30th -31st to find a true vintage beauty).

Will you be joining me in embracing this uber chic & functional summer trend?

Andrej Pejic tickled his fancy with a feathered number, at Jean Paul Gaultier.

Frida Gustavsson created her own breeze after Jean Paul Gaultier.

Street Style Tip: Adding a feminine touch to a cute, tomboyish outfit.

Demonstrating they aren't just for girls, in Florence.

Sitting front-row at Chanel, Hilary Alexander channeled Madame Butterfly.

Louis Vuitton's decadent monogrammed lace fan, from the Spring collection.

A dramatic Philip Treacy-designed headpiece, at Armani Privé.

Elena Perminova's accessory of choice at the couture shows was an old-school folding fan.

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