Highlights from a visit home (Chicago, that is).
Number 1. Trip to Ikram. The newly relocated boutique is a shocking contrast to its stately town home neighbors with a facade of shiny red lacquer. I imagine this is what mecca looks like for fashion + modern design pilgrims. The selection inside is of a scale I’ve not seen in the states. Racks are jammed with piles of neon Chanel suits, Alia eyelet gowns, Creatures of the Wind florals…you get the drift. And if you need a knock out gift, this is the place to find avant-garde decor + jewelry. This was also my first time seeing a variety of Visionaire volumes on display. I’ll take the Alexander McQueen edition retrofit with a heavy brocade box + pages made from seeded paper that blooms if planted.
For those of you who aren’t in the market to pop on a Rodarte cocktail dress, head upstairs to the cafe where lunch is fresh, chic + (relatively) affordable. Watch out Fred’s!
Our favorite spot in the hotel was certainly the Library Bar, which turns into a relaxing European style coffee bar by morning.
Ikram signature red shopping tote + La Colombe coffee from PUBLIC
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