Her style icons: ’90s supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell
Her playlist: Dua Lipa’s voice is so fresh; her style even more. And there’s this new radio station, 104.3 JAMS, that plays classic hip-hop — it’s everything.
Her space: I never took the time to focus on my showroom, since I was busy with a startup and very limited on funds, so I’m now finally able to carry out my interior vision. I’m working with local marble manufacturer GI Stone to overhaul my showroom — I’m designing custom marble furniture for an uncluttered, minimal ambience.
Her favorite former trend: The ’90s’ plucked arched eyebrows. My eyebrows are naturally super thin and currently it’s all about the bold eyebrow, so I am having major FOMO.
Her apothecary: I really focus on skin so that I don’t need to rely on makeup. Dr. Julius Few’s products have turned my skin around, especially the Vitamin C serum ($120) and retinol cream ($99). I do KNC lip masks ($24.99) one or two times a week to ensure a plump pout. With this routine, a swipe of mascara, Glossier Boy Brow ($16) in clear and Dior Addict Lip Glow 001 ($34), and I’m good to go.
Her closet: For day-to-day T-shirts, I go to Target’s house brand because I run through so many; I’ve also stocked up on the Hanes x Karla ones ($30). RE/DONE high-rise jeans are my favorite, although you have to try on a million to find the best fit since they are reworked vintage. From my own collection, my volume mini-dresses (pictured on Kahn in cobalt, $795) in my signature blood red, black or white. I love wearing white. And I always carry a heather gray American Apparel hoodie ($28) — I’m always cold.
Her footwear: Off-White for Nike — I’m very proud that designer Virgil Abloh is a Chicagoan. I’m beyond excited for Off-White c/o Jimmy Choo to pair with my evening looks, even though I am traditionally a Manolo girl.
Her favorite artists: I have pieces in my home contemporary artists like Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Kaws and Curtis Kulig and emerging/non-conventional artists like Donald Robertson. The color palettes are very relevant for my work, and their not-so-seriousness really adds a daily reminder of youth.
Her travel itinerary: Turks and Caicos for the clear waters and farm-to-table cuisine
Her spring wish list: Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga or Yeezy “dad” sneakers
Daryl Sneed, 48, is reinventing his women’s label, ricorso, this year, unveiling one standalone piece per month.
His Chicago: Proxi (565 W. Randolph), Band of Bohemia (4710 N. Ravenswood) and Soho House (113 N. Green); Bucktown/Wicker Park and Andersonville, especially Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W. Summerdale), for shopping
His fashion no-nos: Jeans belted around the thighs and anything related to the ’80s
His favorite artist: I became an even greater fan of Takashi Murakami after his exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His techniques, colors and motifs are so intertwined in a style that allows the viewer to truly escape into the art.
His style icons: Personally, Idris Elba. Whether casual or formal, he takes simple style techniques of layering and tonal colors and creates a signature. For designing ricorso, Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Obama — they exemplify how individual style can create a lasting and empowering projection of who you are.
His playlist: Modern-day musicians: Lady Gaga, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Always: Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan
His most treasured possession: For my 40th birthday, 25 friends got together and bought me the Hermès “H” belt. Every time I wear it, it’s a reminder of the wonderful friendships and great times we’ve had over the years.
His travel itinerary: London for its equal blend of heritage and modern elements
Launched in 2012 by Christina Monley, 34, Wicker Park-based Christina Karin features structured basics with a chic downtown vibe. Christinakarin.com
Her style icon: Tina Turner for her rebellious style and fearless attitude
Her spring wish list: White heels
Her playlist: I’m really eclectic. One day it’s jazz or opera, the next it’s Flight Facilities’ “Arty Boy” or The Rolling Stones.
Her trend prediction: I never thought matching track suits would be back in, but here I am designing my new favorite pair.
Her travel itinerary: I travel a lot for work to LA and NYC and love both for their energy, but my absolute favorite is Nantucket.
Her most treasured possession: A heart-shaped jade stone from my Ukrainian grandmother — it protects my family and is sacred to me.
Her bag: I love my big LOEWE bag because it fits so much — but when I don’t have my kids in tow, it’s usually a Chanel filled with a lipstick, hair tie and sunglasses.
Her favorite artists: My dad is an art collector and I grew up around all kinds of art, so it’s hard to pick one. I particularly love Amedeo Modigliani and Cy Twombly, as well as classic French artists like Pierre Bonnard and Chaim Soutine.
Her style: I used to have ample time to get my look together, but now I’m a mom, businesswoman, designer and wife, so I have to be really focused. In a way, I think motherhood has improved my style, because I don’t have time to overdo it.