Getting Ready for Fall

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As much as I will miss the warm Summer months and all the fun excursions that Summer entails; along with many Chicagoans I am looking forward to my favorite season – Fall.  I would like to think that Fall is the beginning of the calendar season in a way.  Once the leaves start to change and those Pumpkin Spice lattes make their way back to the local coffee house I know it is time to put away the sandals and shorts.  It is time to plan some tailgating days with friends and unpack my favorite sweaters and leather jackets.  But wait, what am I forgetting in September that really gets me excited? New York Fashion Week!! I love seeing the trends for the next season, in this case Spring/Summer 2014.  It can be confusing to think about the next season when we have barely entered the first month of Autumn.  We live in a society of “what’s next?” so when you really think about it Fashion is just staying consistent with that mentality.  Based on the looks that are well received during the shows or back in the designers’ showrooms it will take months of reworking and actual production so Resort collections and SS14 (Spring/Summer) get delivered on time for when clients start going on vacations or migrate to second homes, etc.  The following is a list of some of my favorite designers and when they will be showing their collection at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek which you can watch live streamed on or on once they have happened:

Sep 5


Sep 6

11am Carmen Marc Valvo

3pm Rebecca Minkoff

Sep 7

3pm Herve Leger

Sep 8

3:30pm Trina Turk

4pm Diane Von Furstenberg

7pm Zac Posen

Sep 9

10am Carolina Herrera

Sep 10

9am Tory Burch

11am Vera Wang

1pm Jenny Packham

3pm Sass & Bide

Sep 11

10am Michael Kors

11am Nanette Lepore

2pm J. Mendel

3pm Milly








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Michigan Avenue Q&A

heidy best posing for interview

Hair: Marek Hartwig
Photo: Ron Chaille
Dress: Karen Millen
Shoes: Christian Louboutin


After learning the style ropes with positions at Neiman Marcus and Armani, Midwest native Heidy Best struck out on her own with BECLOTHESMINDED, a local fashion consulting business that offers personal styling and shopping, style seminars, and closet organization services.

But Best’s favorite part of the job is dressing women for galas and other major events. With Chicago in the midst of party season, we turned to the stylist to talk fashion and favorites in her Wicker Park neighborhood.




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