I’m not sure people believe me when I say it, but I do consider myself merely the current caretaker for this magazine. I get to have my picture on this page (and month after month, I am grateful to Cynthia Lynn, who shot it), and I get to go to a lot of fun parties, and help curate the mix of what’s in our pages, but week in and week out, I mainly feel that I am along for the ride. Something that lasts for 25 years deserves our best efforts. Above all, in each issue—on each page—we try to entertain our readership, showing respect and generosity toward all the folks who welcome us into their homes, month after month and year after year.
Yes, I am talking about you. Thanks.
Undoubtedly, the best part of this gig is the people we get to interact with—the meetings that become the stories and images in our pages. “Modern Mavens,” this year’s edition of the Women of Style, put togetherby my colleagues Elle Cashin and Laura Hine, is a case in point. (The brilliant Katrina Wittkamp shot the portraits again this year; she is one of this magazine’s most powerful not-so-secret weapons.)
Allow us to introduce Ceta Walters, one of the city’s most stylish bloggers. She loves Chanel and Givenchy, legacy titans of luxury, but she wears them with an edge and boho sensibility. Sarah Raskey, an artist and psychotherapist, graces the feature in what must be a first for us: She created what she’s wearing herself. “I have… designer items in my collection,” she told us, “but all that really matters is that I think it’s cool.” Fine by us. In a knockout Diane von Furstenberg dress and Brian Atwood heels, you’ll find Gabrielle Martinez, co-founder and managing partner of Agency EA, a versatile brand experience firm. Her go-to footwear is one of her 60 pairs of sneakers. Roopa Weber is the newly appointed chief marketing officer of Ariel Investments (that means she’s working with Mellody Hobson, No. 3 on our “25 Most Intriguing Chicagoans” list) and also serves on the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Council.
Finally, please meet the dazzling Caylei Vogelzang, the director of business strategy for a law firm. I think we found her at just the right time: Lately with her style, she told us, “I am less flamboyant in some ways—and more flamboyant in others.” In other words, she was ready for her close-up.