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3 Of-The-Moment Chicago Designers

Elizabeth Harper | December 14, 2020 | Style & Beauty

Meet this season’s crop of style stars.

AlexisNidoRusso2.jpgFounder and CEO of Local Eclectic Alexis Nido-Russo

1. Local Eclectic

Local, eclectic: It’s all in a name for Chicagoan Alexis Nido-Russo’s jewelry site, dubbed—you guessed it—Local Eclectic (@localeclectic). Stocking independent brands like Lumo, La Kaiser, Family Gold and Emi Conner, among others, this virtual collective of high design is a jewel box of baubles, vintage wares, fine jewelry and custom creations. This year, Nido-Russo has seen an uptick in “effortless, elegant styles with the versatility to wear on a Zoom call, at a socially distanced dinner or working from your couch,” she says. For the season at hand, Nido-Russo champions Family Gold. “The line includes a few of my favorite fall trends: signet rings, unique pearl jewelry and huggie earrings,” she explains. Fans take note: Local Eclectic dropped a new diamond-studded collection in December.

2. Azeeza Khan

With flowing frocks and an “it” girl mentality, Azeeza Khan (@azeezaofficial) is a household name for Chicago’s fashion inclined. This season, the all-star designer melds her voluminous silk silhouettes with Nike’s sporty-spice style in a capsule collection that’s both hyperathletic and ultrafeminine. Think an off-the-shoulder tiered minidress emblazoned with a certain signature swoosh, crystal-encrusted caps and sneakers, and a pullover that’s the essence of quiet glam. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 5th Floor

Coatcheck2.jpgCoat Check Chicago’s Walton ruffle coat. Of her outerwear, designer Liz Williams says, “Our Chicago woman loves our line of locally made statement coats because they are timeless yet different from the norm.”

3. Coat Check Chicago

“Our signature style mixes classic inspired design with modern functionality,” says Coat Check Chicago (@coatcheckchicago) leading lady Liz Williams. On her fashion radar this fall are the Chicago cardigan coat and Walton ruffle coat, two new outerwear staples. “This fall,” she adds, “it’s more important than ever to brighten our city streets with eye-catching pieces that will keep you warm while embracing life outdoors.” Fittingly, its bestselling Lasalle parka in a fresh marigold hue (“aka Optimistic Yellow!” Williams quips) is just the ticket.

Photography by: Adam Glickman, Model: Christina Glickman; courtesy of Local Eclectic