& Mortar: Kalon Boutique
Jacqueline Lassa and Urania Gamouras had been
fast friends for decades when they each found themselves at a
personal crossroads. Strong women with shared passions for
fashion and taking care of others, the pair saw an opportunity
to uplift other women in the midst of their own evolution.
Yourself! Boat day or beach day, these
by-the-sea beauties from local boutiques will whet your appetite for
& Beautiful: This season’s fashions pack a pretty punch
Spring has officially sprung and
winter-weary Wisconsinites are jumping for joy — and refreshing our
closets. From bold stripes and pretty pastels to lively florals and
cheery splashes of color, celebrate spring and summer in style with
these gorgeous warm-weather fashions from local boutiques.
Cream City Rocks
Robyn Schoenung and Hillery Dennis first
met nine years ago through their full-time jobs with
Educational Credential Evaluators, a nonprofit
organization that evaluates foreign credentials. Growing
closer, the pair, along with a few other work friends, decided to
forgo exchanging Christmas gifts one year and get together to create
Minutes With: Linda Marcus Linda Marcus has a sprawling resume.
She was a TV anchor at TMJ4 in Milwaukee in the ’90s before
launching her own handbag business in 2009. Then, she started
dabbling in abstract fiber arts. After that, she was a contestant on
“Project Runway.” And now, she’s taking on another role: curator for
the inaugural art collection at the Saint Kate Arts Hotel, which is
slated to open this summer.
Hair!: Cut and color trends for 2019 As
Lexi Naughtin, a stylist at Mequon’s Erik of Norway,
says, “Your hair is your best accessory. Updating or
changing your hair can totally change the entire look of
a person, and make you feel like your best self.”
Whether you’re looking for a change in length or a pop
of color, Naughtin, Erik of Norway color specialist Rob
Thomas and Studio 890 master hair stylist and Director
of Education Jennifer Edwards explain what’s trending
for hair this year.
Welcome warmer seasons with pretty
pinks and nature-inspired bags.
& Mortar: Form Fine Goods In a city with an ever-growing number
of boutiques and small businesses, Beth Miller has carved out her
niche as Milwaukee’s source for minimalist wares — all form, no
Gentlemen, add these men’s local
finds to your repertoire and take your everyday look well beyond the
& Mortar: Steven Paul Designs Steven Kistner and Matthew Willert
discovered their love for crafting jewelry in high school, working
largely independently and mentored by teachers and local jewelers.
Kistner grew up in Madison and got his professional start at
Burnie’s Rock Shop, working his way up to the head lapidary
position. Willert was raised in Oconomowoc, studied at the
Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., and then
opened up a wholesale jewelry business in San Diego.
Perfect Fit(ness Wear)
Whether your gym-centric New Year’s
resolutions are still going strong or you need some incentive to get
back to buff, embrace the active lifestyle with these cute and
Athleisure Whether you’re running errands or
grabbing brunch with friends, these polished options from local
stores will keep you snug and stylish.
When dressing for the season of
entertaining, consider both style and comfort, as mingling is
expected and encouraged.
Whether you’re ready or not, winter is coming, and
though overstuffed coats are the inevitable (and
practical) norm in Milwaukee, cozy-chic accessories can
seriously up your cold-weather wardrobe game. We rounded
up locally available items to elevate your look from
blah and bulky to stylish and snug.
Shop Talk: Jennifer Van Wart of Twigs Citizens of Humanity, AG Adriano
Goldschmied and Rag & Bone denim? Check. Me & Ro and Kitsch jewelry?
Check. Frank & Eileen shirts and Theory cashmere sweaters? Check and
check. Think you need to drive to Chicago to find your favorite
designers? Think again. These are just a few of the famous names of
fashion available at Twigs of Brookfield.
As the weather cools and gala
season makes its triumphant return, embrace the most glamorous
trends of the year and reach for jewel-toned gowns and metallic
Talk: Faye Wetzel of Faye’s Faye Wetzel is one of those women who
just radiates a stylish confidence. From her close-cropped silver
hair to her always-impeccable outfit and carefully selected
accessories, Wetzel brings to mind the chicness of Meryl Streep’s
Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but with a distinctly
in Love: This autumn’s fashions marry city and country chic
We Wisconsinites are always kept on
our toes with the weather, and fall’s cooling temps usher in a
welcome change in seasonal wardrobe options. As the air begins to
chill and the leaves begin to fall, the time has come for richer
colors and transitional fabrics with heft and textural interest.
Trends this autumn favor bold blazers, luxurious leather and
Milwaukee area boutiques are flourishing in the age of Amazon
It’s not quite 10 a.m. on a Thursday
morning and Rodney Ugent’s email inbox is already filled
with inventory inquiries from his daughter, Andrea, who
oversees the family business’ e-commerce platform. Ugent
and his sister, Lori Nashban, co-own Milwaukee-based A.J.
Ugent Furs, and, according to Ugent, online sales
account for about 10 percent of the company’s annual
revenue stream — a figure that is “moving up,” he says.
to Carry This Fall
Ask any woman. Purses are personal,
saying as much about our fashion sense as they do our chosen
lifestyle. Whether you go for small and sleek or a roomy carryall,
lusciously crafted, these styles will carry you into fall and
Mallory McConnell Colby decided to buy a sewing machine
in 2016, she had no thought of turning her new hobby
into a side hustle.
“It was kind of a project hatched out of boredom, because my daughter
started school,” says McConnell Colby, who works as an assistant manager
at Odd Duck in Bay View and often doesn’t start work until 2 p.m. “I
just wanted a project.”
Minutes With: Donna Rico Designer and entrepreneur Donna
Ricco built her famous label and a reputation for dressing real
women in New York, but her passion for fashion began in Milwaukee.
woman PORT WASHINGTON — When Madalyn
Manzeck was in high school at Living Word Lutheran in Jackson, she
had dreams of going to Harvard and one day becoming a cardiac
surgeon, but that was before she decided to take up sewing so she
could learn how to make her own prom dress.
Shop Talk: David, Patti and John Aversa of Aversa
Live life elegantly. The three
Aversas of the eponymous store, who are experts in assisting
clients, do just that. Their store, with allusions to Italian
design, has presented select women’s designer clothing since it
opened its doors in 1986.
Guest Dress your best for the impending
Talk: Russell Levin Of Picardy Shoe Parlour and
No matter the language, the message
is the same. In English we say “Life is short, buy the shoes.” In
French the saying goes “La vie est trop courte. Achetez une paire de
chaussures.” Russell Levin, owner of Picardy Shoe Parlour and
Argosy, Ltd., concurs. “Shoes make or break an outfit. People
frequently comment on them before anything else.”
Trends Swap out those
thick sweaters for flowing maxi dresses and tall boots for wedge
sandals. With another spring season comes new trends, and this
season’s looks favor pastel florals, bright blouses and
denim everything. From bodysuits to blazers, here’s how to stay
on-trend all summer long.
Divine Designs Milwaukee Fashion Week (MFW) is a bit
of a well-kept secret, but this annual fall production showcases
local fashion talent while raising money for a worthy cause as all
proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Young designers spend
the better part of the year working on collections in a variety of
styles, including womenswear, children’s clothing, menswear and
Talk: Whitney Schaefer of Orange and Blue Co.
Opened last June in Milwaukee’s
Brewers Hill neighborhood, Orange and Blue Co. boasts a carefully
curated collection of both vintage and modern goods sourced from
local artisans as well as makers across the world.
With: Deb Reimer New York, Paris, Milan, Milwaukee.
That’s the big idea behind Milwaukee Fashion Week, says Deborah
Reimer, the event’s president and CEO. Fashion-forward fans can take
in three separate fashion week runway shows showcasing more than 30
local designers Sept. 13 to 15 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
Talk: Andie Zacher of Little Monsters Once inside Little Monsters, young
mothers’ hearts go pitter-patter, and grandmothers swoon with
delight. As Andie Zacher, owner of the delightful shop with a
kid-sized teepee in the window, likes to say, “I’m a purveyor of
happiness. Everyone is welcome here.”
Resort-ready wear fit for your next
warm weather escape.
Talk: Mary Seramur Owner of East
Towne Jewelers Armed with a teaching background (her
credentials include a bachelor’s degree in art education from Mount
Mary University, a Master of Fine Arts from UW-Milwaukee and years
spent teaching at the collegiate level), Mary Seramur, owner of East
Towne Jewelers, is not only an experienced jewelry designer, but a
patient educator — and one who works closely with each client to
ensure their desired vision is achieved.
Brew City With Love While the “mad for plaid” movement
draws influences from the English countryside, denim’s return
embodies all things Americana, and the detailed embroidery and fur
collar pairing channels a clear Russian doll vibe. Other standout
trends — which include moody florals, whimsical polka dots and red,
the “it” color of the season — further showcase designers’ penchant
toward a certain sense of sophisticated playfulness. Life’s too
short to be taken too seriously, after all.
The Slipper Fits
Muk Luks designers create eclectic
footwear and accessories to fit you — and your unique style — like a
At the West Allis headquarters for
Reliable of Milwaukee, Muk Luks designers Kathleen
Caylor and Melissa Ebel, both in dresses appropriate for
the mid-July heat, hover over sandal samples for next year’s
Together with its New York-based partner, André Furs
& Fine Outerwear can resize and reshape any type of fur-based
garment. “To completely ‘renew’ an old piece, we take an old coat
apart and actually lay out a new pattern,” says co-owner Peg
with Kendra Scott The Wisconsin
native and jewelry designer reflects on her Midwestern upbringing,
why philanthropy is so intrinsic to her eponymous company’s culture,
and her go-to spots when visiting Milwaukee.
Minutes With: AmMu Cherian
GE Healthcare asked Ammu Cherian’s husband to transfer from his post in
India to Wisconsin last year, she saw an opportunity to pursue her
dream of becoming a designer. She quickly absorbed the basics of
American entrepreneurship at Waukesha County Technical College
business workshops and launched her own label, called Amu.
Six trends to try inspired by the
spring/summer 2017 collections.
Buzz What are the biggest trends in hair
and makeup this spring? Two industry experts offer their insight and
SECTION: SPRING/SUMMER FASHION
WHAT TO WEAR THERE As the days grow
longer and the weather warms, tuck away your heavy knitwear and
monochromatic ensembles. This season’s trends favor loose,
easy-breezy fabrics, bright colors, peek-a-boo cuts, and a
mix-and-match aesthetic, in which individual pieces are more
versatile and can be worn multiple ways.
Haul Ease into
Autumn with a trendy ankle bootie.
fever Fall is
undoubtedly fashion’s favorite season. Fabrics transition from
summer’s signature wear (think lightweight cotton and breezy linen)
to more substantial materials like fur, suede and cable knit, and
accessories take on a bolder look, embracing seasonal trends and rich
"fashion," clothes, purses and shoes may spring to mind
first, but M Magazine wanted to explore other accessories more fully
— namely, jewelry and the Cream City artists who design it. We spoke
with four designers about their work — why they make jewelry, what
they love about it and where you can find it.
styles draw from nautical-inspired influences
in 2016 Decluttering
one’s life — or the act of removing all unnecessary thoughts,
people and material things — is a favored trend nationwide,and this season,
fashion took note. Clean lines, mod silhouettes, balanced neutrals and
defined graphic prints dominated runway collections, evoking a vibe
reminiscent of the ’60s-era housewife while still honoring the
modern, refined woman of today.
of the city Last fall
paparazzi captured Kourtney Kardashian shopping in Beverly Hills with
her son Mason. While the reality TV star’s racy ensemble garnered
the typical pseudo news coverage — the photo was, per usual,
plastered on numerous fashion blogs and entertainment outlets —
little Mason’s threads amassed attention in their own right.
and Fresh Athleisure
is still top of mind when considering this year’s fitness wear
trends, with bursts of neon color and funky patterns making their
influence As fashion
and interior design mirror each other more than ever before, jewelry
follows suit. Art Nouveau-inspired and contemporary peices paired wiht
fabrics sourced from Thiensville-based McNabb & Risely create a
visual depiction of the growing trend.
showers bring May flowers - or so the saying goes, but the dreary
weather also presents and excuse to invest in chic rainwear.
top five trends from the 2016 resortwear runway collections, plus
where to buythem locally
blush tones and cascading ruffles to adorned headpieces and scalloped
hemlines, this year’s bridal gown trends may err toward
nontraditional, but their attention to detail remains beautifully
intricate and utterly feminine.
that boring black hat and opt for winterwear in vibrant colors and
mustache man You’ve
got to imagine James McMahon in his Riverwest bathroom every morning,
checking the mirror for new growth in his Bernie Brewer-esque
mustache. Let others trim? Not McMahon. He eases the new sprouts into
the burly growth, just so.
like Sunday morning ’Tis
the season to cozy up by a warm fire, sip on a heaping mug of hot
chocolate, and relax with your nearest and dearest. Here’s how to do
so in style.
couture A study in
contrast, gala fashion is all about making a statement in a more
subdued atmosphere. This year’s trends incorporate feminine details
(think cascading ruffles, lace fabrics and floral embellishments) and
a variety of textures, including embossed fabrics and metallic
Laurel Z sought inspiration from the fall 2015 runway collections for
M’s annual fall fashion editorial, incorporating sought-after trends
like tartan prints, textured layers, glitzy accessories, pleating
variations and a newfound affinity for gloves over sleeves.
fashionable history Housed
within the walls of Mount Mary University is a collection unlike any
other in the state — one filled with couture garments, designer
illustrations and fashionable artifacts. Known formally as the
Historic Costume Collection, it boasts nearly 10,000 items, with
garments dating back to the late 1800s.
the scenes For most of
Milwaukee’s fashion-forward crowd, the dream of attending New York
Fashion Week is but a reverie lived vicariously through Instagram
photos, designer documentaries and magazine spreads.
movement If it seems
like women’s hairstyles have become a bit tired over the past couple
of years (think ombre coloring and those ubiquitous Kardashian curls),
you’re in luck — hair is about to get a lot more interesting this
techie Big curls,
black tops, skinny jeans and red lipstick (lots) — Sara Jendusa’s
uniform allows her to get ready for work in a New York minute. The
stylish computer wizard works at Vogue.com, the online division of
Vogue magazine in Manhattan. Wearing high heels is de rigeur, so she’s
always searching for a smashing, walkable pair.
fabrics in every color graced the Spring 2015 designer collections —
a trend that’s made its way from runway to ready-to-wear, with
lace-inspired pieces filling the racks both locally and nationally.
Factor Beauty is a
tricky subject. No matter how often it maybe
categorized as vain or egocentric, it’s a topic that inevitably
affects each of us in some capacity, large or small.
hatters As a young
boy, John McLaughlin was rifling through a family closet when he
stumbled across a black velour fedora. A far cry from the colorful
baseball caps most boys were wearing at his age, the stylish and
sophisticated lid belonged to McLaughlin’s grandfather.
26-year-old Lizzi Weasler opened her brick and mortar store in the
Historic Third Ward, she wanted it to be much more than an ordinary
Glam The 2013
American film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" prompted a
slew of 1920s-inspired wedding trends that embody the glitz and
glamour characteristic of that era.
the limelight If
Brookfield native Alex Wehrley seems at home in front of the camera,
it’s probably because she’s been there most of her life.
guide Calling all
grooms-to-be: Navy is the new black this year when it comes to suits
and tuxes. When done right, the rich color is more vivid than the
traditional black, making it a not-so-ordinary but timeless
fashion comes to Milwaukee For
African-Americans living in the Jim Crow-era, gaining access to the
world of haute couture would have seemed a distant dream. One only
needed to peruse the pages of Vogue magazine to see that high fashion
was a luxury reserved for whites — leaving blacks prodigiously
excluded from society’s perception of style and beauty.
royal treatment In early
2005, Kim Becker was a beauty salon owner in Indiana, struggling to
find fulfillment in her work. She had remodeled her salon several
times, relocated to a new location, and completed additional training
in Miami, Chicago and London — all in an effort to fill both a
professional and personal void.
fashion Picture an
eccentric millionairess preparing to host a lavish party at her home.
Preparations are complete down to the minute details, but one major
decision remains — what shall she wear?
life of a dress With a list
of accomplishments that includes her very own clothing line and
participation in multiple fashion shows and events nationwide, fashion
designer Julia Chew’s career is nothing short of impressive. And
what’s even more remarkable? Chew is just 19 years old.
It may be a favorite dress, a letterman’s jacket, the band T-shirt
that represents your youth — in any case, it’s a significant piece
of clothing that is so much more than just material.
Miller still remembers when the entrepreneurial bug bit her. At just 8
years old, she hosted her first backyard carnival to raise money for
the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She knew instantly she had found
Trending: Athleisure Gone are
the days of denim as the preferred casual wear of choice. Women are
now choosing to wear well-tailored leisure or fitness apparel (think
yoga pants, dressy sweat pants, etc.) in lieu of blue jeans, an
emerging trend that has been dubbed "athleisure" by the
in the footlights When it
comes to Milwaukee’s performing arts scene, Cream City and couture
culture seem a rather disparate pairing, but for the city’s theater
patrons it’s becoming customary fare to indulge in performances that
exude high fashion.
art of fashion If
Milwaukeeans aren’t familiar yet with the work of New York fashion
designer Cesar Galindo, they will be soon. The intrepid designer is
the latest courtier to bestow the city with his couture costume
creations, a revue that will be on full display during the Skylight
Music Theater’s upcoming fall production of Rossini’s "La
fashion trends have a reputation for being fleeting, if not fickle,
the top theme this fall appears to be a generous dose of more of the
a style trail Not
everyone can be a style maven, but who doesn’t appreciate those who
can blend the trendy with classics, flawlessly?
for your shape The
neckline on your clothes can make or break a look as this relatively
small part of your garment can radically alter your appearance. Be
prepared to dazzle by choosing the type that will play up your best
attributes and minimize your weaker ones.
with a passion for fashion hit the stores at the Mayfair Collection in
the box Sometimes
the best ideas are born in the strangest places. For Jaime Levine,
part-time attorney and mom of three, it was her youngest son’s
Crush Enter a
dreamworld of sweet summer fashions.
spotlight At the
InterContinental Milwaukee hotel, people are slowly filtering into an
upstairs ballroom. Beyond its double doors a white catwalk juts into
the center of the room like a boundless block of ice, panned by two
towering gala screens and soft blue lighting.
Mehta and Gabriela Grbic have become accustomed to doing things
together. The fraternal twins that were born in Germany and reared in
Spain and Mexico, both studied fashion design and marketing in college
and crisscrossed the globe to be with the husbands of their dreams in
comfy moccasins to blocked heels to open-toe booties and more, here
are five styles that signal spring.
Heat The romance
of the Italian-inspired Vizcaya Gardens in Miami sets the tone for
this month’s fashion story: a seductive, stolen day for two on the
edge of Biscayne Bay.
Hair hero The origin of
Jesse German’s career as a celebrity hairstylist can be traced back
to a receptionist job in high school at a salon and beauty store at
Bayshore Mall (now Bayshore Town Center).
feeling Combining a
woman’s pefume with a man’s cologne is one way to create your own
unique scent. "Men’s fragrances tend to be more pronounced in
the wood, moss and aromatic notes that are found to a lesser degree in
many women’s fragrances," says Rosemary Escamilla of Boston
there is one thing that is clear about the looks strutting the spring
runways it’s this: Fashion is fun again. From sophisticated styles
ripped from classic film noir to a daring return to the bold colors
and silhouettes of the early ’90s, this season is all about breaking
the rules and experimentation.
season of style The
holidays are upon us, and with them comes an influx of holiday party
the inevitable, "What to wear?"This
season, holiday style is all about a flattering fit, luxe details and
accessories that shine. And don’t forget to top off your look with
stunning holiday makeup and hair.
party season is here — and with it an influx of invitations to
family, friend and work soirees. Sick of the basic bun or nude lip?
This season, take a nod from the runways and integrate some of the
hottest beauty trends of the season into your party look.
forward When Vogue
and the CFDA made the decision to place Fashion’s Night Out — a
global celebration of fashion — on hiatus in North America for 2013,
the organizers of Fashion’s Night Out Milwaukee (an official Fashion’s
Night Out event) had a big decision to make: go on hiatus with the
national celebration or move forward with a new event that would keep
the event’s momentum moving forward.
been easier to take one for the team. The trend of athletic clothing
and accessories — and sports-inspired pieces — is taking the leap
from 2012 to 2013, continuing a game-time fashion fix. But you can
play (and win!) the fall fashion challenge at your next Packers, Bucks
or Badgers game by cleverly using color and on-trend athletic pieces
to your advantage.
and white goes fierce for fall, punctuated by bold prints, luxe
textures and show-stopping jewelry.
'Runway' behind Milwaukee-based
designers Timothy Westbrook and Miranda Levy brought more than their
share of drama to the "Project Runway" Season 12 cast. After
the two were paired together in Episode 3, the wheels fell off as the
two clashed over their Coney-Island-inspired design.
bright Five years
ago JJ Williams took a leap from her advertising job at a Fortune 500
company to develop her own line of jewelry called JJ Number 8. The
onetime Brookfield resident who has lived in London, Hong Kong and now
Laguna Beach, Calif., was recently back in town to launch her jewelry
line at Lyle Husar Designs in Brookfield.
closet makeover It’s that time of
year again. The month where you look at your summer clothing and
wonder what you can possibly still wear into fall — and open your
dreaded spare closet to see what trends you can reintroduce from the
for success Company
dress codes are a never-ending battle for women.We
often misinterpret the dress code, or don’t abide by it. This is
especially confusing when companies have a code in place but don’t
Dapper Man Men of
style. Women love them. Guys want to be them.And
guess what? It’s easier than you think.While
men tend to be risk-takers in many areas of their lives, fashion is
usually not one of them — which, as a woman, can be
color story From
neutrals and pastels — to bright pops of neon and moody blues —
the hottest hues of the season offer something for everyone
Fresh From world
beats to American classics, spring 2013 is highlighted by a range of
looks for every style, shape and budget. Mixing and matching patterns,
colors and fabrics instantly expands every wardrobe, while keeping it
monochromatic is stunning in its simplicity.
yourself You never get a
second chance to make a first impression — and that holds true for
your fashion choices, as well. The clothing and accessories you choose
to wear on a daily basis not only express your style, but your
personality and artistic point of view.
I dream in
color. And my wardrobe reflects that.
citrus hues to rich reds and moody blues, my closet encompasses the
full spectrum of the color wheel.
trend watch Design the day of your
dreams that’s on trend and so very you, taking your lead from
Milwaukee’s fashion and event insiders on the best of all things
bridal. As always, moderation is key. "Start with what is
intrinsically you," recommends David Caruso, owner of Dynamic
Events. "Approach trends in a simple way, and maximize your
budget with big statements."
Rich have a fashion focus in their lifestyle and careers," says
wedding planner David Caruso, owner of Dynamic Events. She owns 5
Hearts boutique, he works for Kohl’s Corp., and both have a
"love for beautiful things."
in love Classic
and sophisticated '60s style emerges as a leading bridal fashion
trend for 2013.
9, and Alexia Kempe, 7, Maryland Avenue Montessori School
fourth-grader and second-grader respectively, are as bright and
bubbly as any Milwaukee children their age.
on the move Fred
Boutique, 522 N. Water St., is expanding its collection of
affordable women’s clothing and accessories — inspired by
celebrity trends and styles — to top tourist destination Door
County by opening a boutique at 9432 Spruce St. in bustling Fish
Creek in spring 2013.
women want What
woman doesn’t want a quick beauty fix? Especially one that helps
her figure out the best colors to match her complexion, features
and personality in an instant. It almost sounds too good to be
true, but local entrepreneur Jalem M. Getz may have the answer.
been struggling with looking good during the Wisconsin winter
since I was a mini fashionista.Halfway
to school, I would strip off my winter coat, hat and gloves, and
freeze my way into the cold brick building.