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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

One of the fiercest arguments in the last Presidential election concerned the seemingly endless war. While both sides—one for its indefinite continuation and the other for its foreseeable ending—argued ad nauseum about the best strategy, design house Thorsten van Elten was able to find the perfect happy medium.

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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team

An interesting thing happened the other day.  A locally based multi-media website dedicated to the Hip-Hop lifestyle called 247hh.com launched an Election ’08 PSA that was meaningful, insightful and even tear jerking at times.  And to garner more exposure for the video, as well as bring local Chicagoans from the world of hip-hop together, they hosted a screening of the film at a lounge in the West Loop’s meat packing district.  

Now, of course, the purpose of the screening was to get exposure for their video and motivate people to vote on 11/4 but I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge the amazing venue where the event was held.  The 247hh Cooler makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the artsier side of the meat packing district.  The walls are covered with paintings by local artist Chad “Wick” Christian, there are two projectors that bounce images off of the exposed brick walls and the hand painted floors in the bathroom, yes I said it… the bathroom, are truly beautiful.

But I digress, because hands down, the show stealer that evening was the remarkable video featuring popular artists from the world of hip-hop such as rappers, The Game, Young Jeezy and Chicago’s own Common, as well as folks from the world of hip hop that are not as recognizable but still have something powerful to say about politics in America.   

These types of screening events are something that will be on-going for 247hh.com.  Their goal is to regularly and frequently launch and screen videos with purpose and relevancy to give folks from the world of Hip Hop a platform and invite people from Chicago and beyond to come and view their vids in a group setting.

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Tom Kolovos, NBC5 Street Team

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a blog about the “fall must haves” or the “top trends” or anything about those essential new purchases. I’ve not proposed any segment to the producers of the weekend news either, which would explain why you have not seen me on air at NBC5. (That may  also explain why this morning some woman from the Northbrook Court mall did a marketing segment on boots for fall– a trend I told NBC viewers about last fall.)

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for anyone (involved in any capacity in fashion) to keep a level head. It’s been trying for retailers who can’t budge merchandise off their shelves. It’s been trying for consumers who wish they had kept the receipts and the tags from their last few purchases.

And it’s been an epiphany for fashion critics who had to sit though the ill timed orgy that was Spring 09 fashion week in Milan and Paris. I cannot remember the last time I read fashion review after fashion review that was fraught with the meaning of life. Fashion reviews suddenly turned into tracts on sociology and freakonomics.

It turns out the state of the  global economy is actually forcing most of us to take the meaning of everything, including fashion, seriously. That, at least, is seriously good news.

Thursday morning I flew to New York to meet with a client. Within minutes of landing at LaGuardia, a woman remarked “great pants!” For the rest of the day, hardly a half hour went by that someone, from people with whom I was doing business to strangers on the street, did not say the same thing. There was an audible stir, I kid you not, when I walked into Harry Cipriani on 5th Avenue for dinner. A very good looking twentysomething tried to pick me up later in the evening with the tried and true pickup line “love your pants.”

Okay, I thought the plaid wool pants were really great too which is the reason I plopped down $245 at Marc by Marc Jacobs in Bucktown several weeks ago. I have been secretly pining for the weather to get cold enough to wear them.

At the very moment I feared that fashion (and style) had suddenly become frivolous to everyone (especially to someone like myself who takes it seriously), those damn pants reminded me that fashion/style, or a keen eye for it, has the power to attract, command attention–respect even–and garner favors from corners near and far.

I’ve been making some version of that case to my clients for years. It’s nice to confirm for myself, in spite of the times we now live in, that I haven’t been blowing smoke up anyone’s skirt.


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Megan Bowers, NBC5 Street Team

In an effort to further my big-city experience, I decided to check out the Gold Coast neighborhood, where the nightlife is rich and the men are richer — and older. The area is jam-packed with people, fancy cars and Fendi handbags.

All of my disclosed jealousy made me hungry, so me and a couple fellow street teamers “jumped” over to Hugo’s Frog Bar. While this place is usually “hopping” (OK, I’ll stop with the frog analogies) when the sun sets on Rush Street, it is now open for lunch!

We sat at an outside table (the sea captain digs inside isn’t really my scene), and it was a prime people-watching location. Granted, one should focus on their food during mealtime, but this neighborhood has such a unique crowd that you just can’t help yourself.

Ever wonder why it’s called a “frog” bar? Apparently, “Frog” was the nickname Hugo Ralli (one of the owners) called his grandfather, General Bruce Hay of Her Majesty’s Imperial Forces, which explains the ship-like decor.

For starters, we had the crabmeat avocado. It was like a small crabmeat casserole topped with avocado slices. While I’m no professional food critic, I thought it was delicious. You can eat it alone or have it as dip with the great assortment of complimentary bread. However, I must warn you, although the serving looks small, it will certainly fill you up.

We all ordered different things, from the seared halibut to the garbage salad. There were no complaints among us and the service was magnifique! I went for the lobster roll/sandwich/huge mouthful of seafood. Even though I struggled to get a handle on it at first, it was completely worth it.

I definitely recommend this place. The lunch menu is reasonably priced, considering the good selection of seafood and the food is great. I’ll have to check this place out for dinner when night falls, but until then, you can find me people-watching from my intern desk. Until next time!

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Tom Kolovos, NBC5 Street Team

Several weeks ago I posted a blog with a reader’s question about men’s summer fashion. I really am working on an answer to that question but clients, Michelle Obama on “The View”, the European men’s Spring 09 collections and interviews with USA Today and Women’s Wear Daily are all conspiring against me in answering that question.

(Besides, I’m concerned that Hungry Z might eat my blog entry.)

So until I get to answering the specific question I was asked, I thought I’d give you a couple of links that you might find helpful in figuring out how to look cool. As I mentioned, the major European designers just showed their collections for Spring 09. These shows always coincide with the 50-60% off sales here in the good ol’ USA on this season’s merchandise.

One of my favorite games to play is to look at what will be in for spring and summer next year and then use that as a guide when I’m sorting through the sale merchandise now. That way I can buy next year’s look now and at a deep discount to boot.

Below you will find a link to my pick for the best/most influential men’s collection from 1) Milan and 2) Paris as well a link to 3) The Sartorialist’s picks of the best dressed men who were attending the shows. Personally, I always find those pictures to be a real treat. Click on each link below for a slideshow.

From Milan, Neil Barrett for Spring 09

From Paris, Lanvin for Spring 09

The Sartorialist

For the Sartorialist, you will need to scroll down on the right hand side, as the pictures run vertically. You can also click on pictrues and dates other than the one I picked for you.

I hope you all find this useful and that it keeps you, um, hungry (for more men’s fashion tips to come).


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Tom Kolovos, NBC5 Street Team

Did you know I take requests?

I will be tackling the following request in my next blog. If you have any other fashion conundrums you think I may be able to solve for you, please hit the contact button on my website or leave a comment here and I will try to accommodate.

Hi Tom:
I’m wondering if you’d consider doing a piece on summer men’s fashion? I’ve been out a lot since the weather has been warm and I have to tell you that it’s rather ugly out there when it comes to men in casual clothing. It seems like there are three options that guys can choose from – 1) polo shirt and khakis, 2) t-shirt, shorts, and bad sandals or flip-flops, and 3) un-tucked ill fitting button down shirts with jeans (the “Entourage” look). Blah and boring.

Even my “rock n’ roll” boyfriend the musician, who does care about what he looks like, has a hard time finding the right summer look. I know a lot of other guys who just don’t know what to do and frankly, I’m no fashion help to them. I can only complain about what I see out there.

So really this is a plea to you. Help a girl out, will ya? I’m sure women and men all over Chicago would be grateful for your advice in this area.


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Shreyas Shah, NBC5 Street Team

If you love the fusion of art and music, then I hope you can make it down to The Victor Hotel this Friday for Project Art 2.0.

The night will feature live painting performances by a talented selection of Chicago’s up-and-coming visual artists, Peabe, Revise, CMW, Blutt, and Joey Potts. Guests will witness cutting-edge art created in real-time before their eyes while enjoying energetic DJ sets by selectors Spre and Rahaan and an open gallery of art throughout the venue.

Following the success of the Project Art series launch party at Avenue M (attended by Alicia Keys, Patrick Dempsey and luminaries from Chicago’s art community), Project Art has quickly become an established gathering hub for artists, cultural enthusiasts, and music lovers of all backgrounds to unify and interact with one another.

Join us as we celebrate the launch of PLS’s magazines “Art & Photo” issue while shining a spotlight on a new generation of young emerging visual artists.

Friday, June 13th, 2008
Victor Hotel
311 N. Sangamon
Chicago , IL

RSVP for FREE B4 10:00
discounted after

Night Powered by:
Hennessy & Mark Nicholas Clothing

Live Paintings by:
Peabe, Revise CMW, Blutt, Joey Potts

Hip-hop, soul, funk soundtrack by:
DJ Spre & Rahaan

RSVP at: http://rsvp.goodforparty.com

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