There’s nothing like a fashion show to get any shopaholics blood racing, especially one that’s in your hometown! So for those Chicagoans who can’t make it to Milan this week, we can all head to The Underground on Thursday to see a curated fashion show by one of Windy City’s own. Lily Duevel, the amazing stylist and blogger behind adoptedStyle, is putting together an of-the-moment showcase and giving insight into fall’s hottest trends, with a focus on how to adapt them to all types of personalities. But before the big night, she’s talking to us about the work that led her to this catwalk…
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO AT THE SHOW?
In every show I style I make sure that I feature local talent in some capacity. Guests will see some of my favorite pieces from jewelry designer, Amy Vorel, new items from my favorite luxury handbag line, Sterling & Burke, and tons of fall trends from Handle with Care, Comfort Me Boutique and local denim line, Henry & Belle! There will be great mix of casual wear, day to night and of course, girls’ night out pieces!
HOW IS THE CHICAGO FASHION SCENE UNIQUE FROM OTHER CITIES’?
To me, the Chicago fashion scene is a lot more humble than other cities. We may not be the “fashion capital of the world,” but there is so much talent in this city that it should never be overlooked. I also have to say that we are fortunate enough to have nice people in this industry who stem from Chicago. It’s refreshing to find people who are genuinely excited to see you do well and are willing to help out in anyway they can to help you succeed.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND HOW CAN THE REST OF US PINPOINT OUR OWN?
My personal style originated from my mother. My mom has always been a fashionista without ever having to put too much effort into it. Her refined, yet laid back style is what ultimately shaped how I dress every single day.
In terms of pinpointing your own style, following trends are great, but they will never truly be yours. Make sure to incorporate a bit of your true self into each outfit and NEVER walk out the door unless you feel totally comfortable in what you’re wearing – otherwise you’re doomed for the rest of the day/night!
WHAT IS A STYLE YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING THIS SEASON?
I have never been one to try out the military style however, my recent purchase is a military vest from anthropologie (similar here). To say the least, I am obsessed!
HOW DID YOU GROW YOUR BRAND FROM A PERSONAL VENTURE INTO A WHOLE TEAM OF STYLISTS AND CREATIVES?
My team actually grew completely organically. From meeting other people in the industry who wanted to get more involved, to former interns who wanted to gain as much experience as possible. Everyone on my team has become a best friend and I couldn’t do it without them!
YOU HAVE WORKED WITH SOME AMAZING BRANDS! HOW DO YOU FIND AND CULTIVATE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS WHILE STILL MAINTAINING YOUR OWN BRAND?
I have a rule of thumb that I would never work with someone who I personally don’t have a connection to. Anybody I feature on the blog, in a fashion show or represent by wearing their item(s) is a brand that I truly believe has synergy with adoptedSTYLE and with me personally.
YOU MENTION ON YOUR SITE THAT BOTH YOU AND SUPERMAN WERE ADOPTED. ANY OTHER SIMILARITIES WITH THE HERO?
Ummm, that I can fly?! Just kidding! I would like to say that we both truly enjoy helping others. I believe I have gotten to where I am today because I have always been willing to help out other people. When you help and expect nothing in return, you’d be surprised as to how many of them will help you back and be more than happy to do so.
To come see Lily’s show, email Host@TheUndergroundChicago.com or check out http://www.theundergroundchicago.com/ for details.