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  BOOKS In fashion: Jay Manuel dishes on 'The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown'

Jay Manuel has been many things, including an make-up artist and a creative director—and he is probably best known as taking on the latter role for several years on the reality-competition show America's Next Top Model. ...


  WORLD Zambia pardon, fashion house, HIV+ mayor, Costa Rica marriage

Zambia's president pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic conflict with the United States, Reuters reported. Japhet Chataba, 39, and ...


  Chicago artists virtually unveil mural honoring LGBTQ community

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago artists Andy Bellomo and Sandra Antongiorgi have virtually unveiled a new mural that highlights queer artists of color who use their life's work to improve community well-being and create social change. "Rebirth" ...


  Anne Steele, Kelli Carpenter raise funds for meals. Online concert April 29

Lesbian singer/ songwriter Anne Steele decided to start online concerts to lift the spirts of her fans, friends and family. While playing the "couch concerts" every Wednesday on Facebook Live, her wife, Kelli Carpenter, a travel ...


  NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Tim Gunn on his new show that's a 'Cut' above

Television personality Tim Gunn continues to take over the world of reality shows with a brand-new offering on Amazon Prime Video called Making the Cut. Many will recognize the openly gay fashion advisor from Project Runway, ...


  Five Worth Finding: From an absorbing memoir to cool socks

—Ordinary Girls: A Memoir: In this hard-hitting memoir, Jaquira Diaz writes of struggling with depression and drug abuse while growing into her identity as a queer, biracial girl in Miami and Puerto Rico. And as Diaz ...


  FASHION 2020 Sneaker Gala shares message about local human trafficking

Sneakers brought together fashion enthusiasts at the 2020 Sneaker Gala this year, hosted at Loft on the Lake. The purpose of the fifth annual sneaker ball, however, wasn't just about who won best sneakers that evening. ...


  SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'The L Word,' Bradley Cooper, 'Porndemic,' Tim Gunn

Lady Gaga's mother, Cynthia Germanotta, recently shared her side of the bullying and subsequent depression that her daughter experienced in middle school, noted. "In middle school, because she was unique, she started experiencing a lot ...


  FASHION Live Out Loud marks 10th anniversary with inclusive message

Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) hosted its 10th Annual International Chicago Fashion Show last month, and their message was loud and clear. "Live Out Loud Charity is a positive outlet for individuals who do not have ...


  FASHION Cristy Pratt: On a mission to display inclusivity

Chicago fashion designer Cristy Pratt is bringing inclusivity to fashion, unapologetically. Her clothing line, Morph Clothing, is dedicated to representing pieces that include all ethnicities, genders, ages and body sizes. ...


  WINDY CITY TIMES annual Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two

I'll drink to that Inspired by TV host Giuliana Rancic, Giuliana Prosecco ($14.99; is smooth, with a fruity scent and deceptively complex taste. It may sound weird to say you settled down with Giuliana after ...


  FASHION Jack Cave, turning accessories into art

Jack Cave—a Chicago-based artist, designer, instructor and the founder of Jack Cave LLC—definitely makes articles that help the wearer stand out from the crowd. Items such as PocketART, NeckART, WaistART and even BagART combine boldness and ...


  Local designer Richard Dayhoff brings gender neutrality to collection

One thing that makes Chicago's fashion scene distinct is the variety of designers and their own signature styles. Richard Dayhoff is one of several designers in the Windy City, but he cannot be mistaken for any ...


  FASHION NEWS Illinois bans makeup testing on animals

The ban of testing makeup on animals in Illinois goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Illinois is the third state to adopt this law, after California and Nevada. The law bars manufacturers from selling all cosmetic ...


  'Queer Eye' co-host part of Ideas Week

Queer Eye co-host Jonathan Van Ness will be part of Chicago Ideas Week when he appears Saturday, Sept. 28, at "Jonathan Van Ness: Beyond Permission," 7-8:30 p.m. at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. In ...


  FASHION Carl Wesley Brazel, gay designer, lives dream in the big city

Carl Wesley (Wes) Brazel, 25, knew as a child that he was a fashion designer. He had been sewing since the age of 5 and by the time he was a teenager, he was a designer. His love for the show ...


  Comic Con dazzles with stars, cosplay

Thousands of pop-culture aficionados (many donning the costumes of their favorite characters) visited Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Convention Center on Aug. 22-25 for Wizard World Comic Con. There were ...


  MCA extends Abloh exhibit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., has announced a one-week extension of "Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech"—the first-ever museum exhibition devoted to the work of artist/designer Virgil Abloh, who is, among other ...


  FASHION A 'Peach' of an event inspires queer fashion

Black Thread Agency is a cultural marketing and events agency based in Chicago. The agency has hosted a series of events throughout the year since 2017—such as Peach. Peach is an event series and brand that ...


  ART Derrick Woods-Morrow collecting underwear for exploration of labor, play

Queer artist Derrick Woods-Morrow wants your underwear. Clean, dirty, new or heavily worn—it doesn't matter to him; he's more interested in the work you put in while wearing them. For the last two months, Woods-Morrow (a ...


  BOOKS Tan about town, 'Queer Eye' guru pens new memoir

The title of Tan France's new memoir, Naturally Tan, refers to the Queer Eye star's aim for authenticity—a mindset that once eluded the first openly gay, South Asian man on television. In the new book, France ...


  FASHION Wale Nubi aims to make men more fashionable

Wale Nubi was born and raised in Nigeria. He's a father of two sons and those are his inspirations for the name of his men's clothing line: Jojayden. "My sons are my greatest inspiration. They are ...


  FASHION Chicago lesbian offers unique jewelry, accessories

Every fashion lover knows that accessories complete an outfit—whether it's a simple brooch, a pair of earrings or a pair of fancy gloves. It's the detail in an outfit that stands out … and if you ...


  Rocco Steele discusses daddy image and product line

Last year, Instinct Magazine proclaimed popular adult performer and entrepreneur Rocco Steele to be "the daddy of all daddies." Washington, D.C.-based Steele said that "daddy" is a label he actually takes very seriously. "Guys who are ...


  FASHION Driehaus Awards honors emerging designers

The Driehaus Design Initiative hosted The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence on April 26, leaving an encouraging message for local emerging designers. The event was a cocktail party and runway-show competition highlighting the talents and fashion ...


  TELEVISION Transgender model works the 'Runway'

Mimi Tao is making history on the 17th season of Project Runway as the first transgender model on the hit Bravo show. This talented model from Thailand was featured on Project Runway mentor Christian Siriano's "People ...


  Local designer named Kennedy Center fellow

Local designer Sky Cubacub has been named one of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' newly announced 2019-20 cohort of Citizen Artist Fellows. Cubacub—a Chicago native—is an artist, designer and the leader of ...


  Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies

Iconic German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld—who was the fashion visionary and creative director of Chanel—has died at age 85, related. Lagerfeld, who started leading Chanel in 1983, was typically seen with his dark glasses, a ...


  Local artist delves into the abstract to develop fashion brand

Jeanette Billips is an artist, a sneakerhead and a lover of Chicago. She's 32-years-old and recently launched a fashion brand, Von Sole, that takes her love for art and Chicago to the next level. Billups told ...


  FASHION Rebirth Garments runs the spectrum in whom it serves

Sky Cubacub is the creator of Rebirth Garments—a line of wearables for the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. The fashion line was started in 2014, when Cubacub was 23. Cubacub is now 27, but ...


  FASHION Local designer closes boutique to focus on customized items

By Vee L. Harrison

Anastasia Chatzka's boutique—once located on the corner of Damen and Augusta avenues, in Wicker Park—is now closed. The store officially closed Dec. 14 following a monthlong liquidation sale. Store owner ...


  'STRUT' show marks World AIDS Day

The 10th annual STRUT fashion show took place Dec. 2 at the Promontory. The evening featured a runway fashion show with 14 different designers and boutiques as well as speakers ranging from AIDS activists to healthcare ...


  Carlo Chappelle, born to sing

"Carlo is somebody who loves to sing with every ounce of his body," said Beckie Menzie. "There are people who sing because they want to be heard—and he's certainly somebody who wants to share his music—or ...


  'One of a Kind Holiday Show' through Dec. 9

Through Dec. 9, the One of a Kind Holiday Show is returning to the seventh floor of The Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. More than 600 independent artists from across North America and beyond are ...


  Trending ethnic hairstyles for the new year

By Vee L. Harrison

Chicago barber Andrew Martinez goes by "Dreux" behind the chair. He works at Urbane Blades, a barber shop at 948 N. Orleans St. He's an open book and has no more problem telling you like it is. His bisexuality isn't what ...


  Karamo Brown in Evanston Dec. 5

Queer Eye culture expert Karamo Brown will give a talk, "Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success," on Wed., Dec. 5, at 7 p.m at Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Brown ...


  Inclusive Chicago Fashion Week takes place

By Vee L. Harrison

Chicago Fashion Week was a seven-day celebration of designers, models and absolute flyness presented by FashionBar Chicago. FashionBar is a fashion marketing firm and they are destined to create Chicago into a fashion capital. On Oct. ...


  Queer Eye's Karamo Brown in Evanston Dec. 5

Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay ...


  Out of Halloween ideas? Dress as these celebrities


Let's face it. Halloween is the one day where anyone can dress as anything and that is one exciting notion for queers! This Halloween, though, let's turn our neighborhood blocks to red carpets and our Halloween ...


  Chicago hosts Latino Fashion Week

The opening night of Latino Fashion Week was as fierce as the models walking the runway. The opening night was Oct. 11 at Block Thirty Seven in downtown Chicago. Models, photographers, spectators and friends gathered for ...


  Howard Brown Health, Aveda team up for Fashion Week

Transgender youth face horrific societal reactions. To feel beautiful as their bodies are learning how to be true to who they really are is difficult. To express it is even more difficult, since society tends to ...


  Goodman Theatre's Costume Shop holds costume sale Oct. 20

(Chicago, IL) For the first time in six years, Goodman Theatre's Costume Shop hosts a costume sale on Saturday, October 20 from 9am — 2pm. More than 100 handmade items by the Goodman's costume shop artisans ...


  Lesbian makeup artist on business, planning own wedding

Growing up gay usually means that family and friends are convinced it's just a phase. For 30-year-old Chicagoan Casseita Sutton, better known as Missy, that phase has turned slowly into her upcoming holy matrimony. Missy said ...


  Men's fashion awards Sept. 12

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will celebrate the most stylish men in Chicago at the third annual Chicago Men's Fashion Awards on Wed., Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m., at Room & Board, 55 E. ...


  32nd Annual Chicago House Spring Brunch & Fashion Show May 6

From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is excited to celebrate its 32nd Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at ...


  Trans show part of Chicago Fashion Week

A transgender-themed show will be part of Chicago Fashion Week, which will take place April 23-30. (FashionBar is presenting the weeks' events.) Among the events is "Trans, Media and Fashion," which will take place Sunday, April ...


  'Project Runway' designer shows items at Paris Fashion Week

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Openly gay fashion designer Matt Sarafa aspires to be on the same level as some of the greatest designers in fashion. The 19 year-old designer is a reality show veteran and is currently on his third ...


  Multifaceted event 'Express Yourself' benefits [Trans]formation

On Oct. 2, The Nothing Without A Company Theater and The Living Canvas presented "Express Yourself," a gala fundraiser and celebration at The Crystal Ballroom in downtown Evanston. The event featured spoken word, live music, a ...


  Isaac Mizrahi talks 'Project Runway: All Stars'

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

Isaac Mizrahi has created fashion lines for decades and has become an icon in the process. He presented his first collection in 1987 and hasn't stopped since. He has worked for Chanel, Liz Claiborne and Xcel ...


  Mondo Guerra on 'Project Runway' and HIV-education campaign

When Mondo Guerra appeared on Project Runway he never anticipated that both and his work and his life would appear on the catwalk. Guerra originally appeared on the show during its eighth season in 2010. During ...


  Glamorama's 'British Invasion' Aug. 10

The theme of Macy's Glamorama 2012 is "British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!" From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Macy's Glamorama 2012 will pay homage to some of the world's most well-known and ...


  Fashion show benefits HIV/AIDS agency

Windy City Times online special. More photos at link below image

The EdgeAlliance—a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting those affected by HIV/AIDS—hosted a fashion show at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack Aug. 1. Dubbed "Unite: For the Love of Fashion," designers J. Toor and Shah Riaz held a runway ...


  Glamorama's 'British Invasion' Aug. 10

The theme of Macy's Glamorama 2012 is "British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!" From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Macy's Glamorama 2012 will pay homage to some of the world's most well-known and ...


  Fashion designer Borris Powell dazzles with runway show

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

At the River East Art Center on March 18, Chicagoan Borris Powell proved why he's one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the country. Unveiling his 2012 fall/winter collection, "Without a Shadow of Doubt" featured ...


  Logo announces NewNowNext Awards

Logo has announced the nominees for the 2012 NewNowNext Awards, which honor icons, trendsetters and stars on the rise, according to a press release. The public can visit or to view the entire list ...


  NUNN ON ONE: FASHION Horacio Nieto: Behind the scenes

Horacio Nieto is all set to be Chicago's very own next big designer. Windy City Times went inside the 28-year-old's studio to see behind the scenes of his next collection. Windy City Times: Did you always ...


  Chicago Latino Fashion Week

Beautiful Rita Moreno—winner of an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and a Tony award—was the guest of honor during Chicago Latino Fashion Week, Oct. 27-Nov. 2, which celebrated legendary Latino/a stars of early Hollywood. After being photographed ...


  Andrew Christian: From rags to britches

Extended for the Online Edition of Windy City Times

If you spotted clothing designer Andrew Christian pounding the star-studded pavement of Hollywood Blvd., you might mistake him for a cleaner-cut Colin Farrell or, perhaps, a more rugged Robin Thicke. But Christian is neither ...


  YPC fashion show April 19

Youth Pride Center (YPC) will host a night of entertainment and fashion Sat., April 19, at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, 2nd floor, 2-4:30 p.m. Food will be served downstairs at 1 p.m. The best ...


  Cirque Dreams' Costume Design Contest

Theater meets Project Runway as Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy and Jam Theatricals are offering one person the chance to sketch the design of a costume and have it interpreted by the Cirque Dreams costume designers ...


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