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The Royal Ballet's "Don Quixote" and Celebration Gala (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.21.2016 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

It was a royal week for Chicago when The Royal Ballet, Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, came into town (oh yeah, and that time the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup) after a 37-year-absence bringing their critically-acclaimed performance of Carlos Acosta's "Don Quixote."

SAIC's Fashion 2015: The Walk (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

As the school year came to a close, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) celebrated the 81st edition of its annual runway show, Fashion 2015, culminating in THE WALK, SAIC's annual benefit supporting the production of student work and scholarships.

Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Hudson was thrilled to meet her impersonators and happily took selfies with attendees all the while enjoying the dance party that wrapped up the evening.

Green Tie Ball XXIII (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

One of Chicago's most celebrated charity events, Green Tie Ball, returned last week with a glamorous theme, 'The Great Green Gatsby,' honoring the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story.

Windy City Style: The Fifth Avenue Man (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Men, take note. You have yet another shopping outlet down Michigan Avenue housed in the remodeled sixth and seventh floors of the Saks Fifth flagship store.

Windy City Style Spotlight: Lollapalooza 2013 (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

A sea of denim, grunge-wear, and Lana Del Ray look-a-likes dominated the fashion scene for Chicago's largest music festival, and I was there with my lens to capture the most dynamic, fashion-forward looks of the weekend.

Windy City Style Spotlight: SAIC Presents Fashion 2013 (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Fashion Week featuring men's and haute couture collections debuted earlier this month in Paris with Gaultier and Valentino leading the pack.

Windy City Style Spotlight: Chicago Spring Nightlife (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

The confusing Chicago spring is officially over, so let's take a look back at the gutsy Chicagoans who dressed to the nines in all sorts of weather spring had in store for us.

For Milliner Jenny Pfanenstiel, Hats Are Always in Bloom

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Hats bloom like wildflowers in the spring and milliner Jenny Pfanenstiel, a master milliner of sculptural hats that make a statement, claims she has never been busier.

Windy City Style Spotlight: Gilt Warehouse Sale (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.22.2013 | Style
Justin Barbin

The spring Gilt Warehouse Sale treated Chicago fashionistas to insider prices for luxury brands of the newest shoe styles, jewelry, suits, accessories, and outerwear for men, women, and children.

Flux Pavilion at Congress Theater (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.10.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Flux Pavilion, British DJ and producer, made a pit stop at Chicago's Congress Theater along with Torro Torro and Carnage for a night of electronic dance music and hypnotic light displays.

Spring Awakening Fashion Show (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

The first day of spring was all about escaping the dreary winter weather with a fashion show inside a garden of flowers and springtime warmth.

Windy City Style Spotlight: Gucci's 60th Anniversary of the Horsebit Loafer (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Gucci hosted a private cocktail party for more than 175 guests at the House's Chicago store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the horsebit loafer and the 1953 collection for men and women.

Grand Opening for Lulu's on the Avenue Vintage Store (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Over the past 10 years, Lulu's at the Belle Kay has earned the reputation for being one of the country's top vintage stores. Owner and curator, Laurie Davis, opened a second store last week: Lulu's on the Avenue.

Windy City Street Style: Winter Neutrals (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 04.15.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

From Uptown to Lakeview and Wicker Park to the Loop, check out some looks across Chicago's neighborhoods that take neutral colors to bold new levels.

Windy City Style Spotlight: Brimfield (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin


New Year's Eve in the Windy City (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 03.09.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

2013 has defied the ancient Mayan calendar... the world is still here! To celebrate the end of the mighty year of 2012, I hit the Chicago streets for a few choice hot spots.

Shopping for the Holidays With Corri McFadden (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Cori McFadden, star of VH1's House of Consignment, to talk about shopping for the holidays and getting through another Chicago winter staying as stylish as possible.

Windy City Street Style: Renegade Holiday Craft Fair (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

The historic Pulaski Park Field House played host to hundreds of DIY and indie-craft vendors for this year's holiday fair that attracted creative and fashionable crowds. Stylish craft-seekers strayed from the norm and displayed their personal style with bravado.

Practical Purchases

Jessica Baca | Posted 12.13.2012 | Style
Jessica Baca

Chicagoans are the friendliest people I have encountered in any city. What Chicago lacks in attitude and excess, both characteristic of NYC and L.A., it makes up for in "Midwestern Charm" and sensible street style. So what exactly is Chicago style?

World of Chocolate Gala (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

In conjunction with World AIDS Day, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago held its annual World of Chocolate gala benefit in Chicago. The evening of charity and decadence boasted creations from chocolate grilled cheese to chocolate-infused tea.

Burberry Chicago's Grand Opening Party (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

The procession of fashionable guests down the Burberry Chicago beige carpet (in lieu of red) last week to herald the grand opening of its Michigan Avenue store featured many looks sporting the iconic Burberry trench coat and monochromatic color palettes.

The Sartorialist in Chicago (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

It was an honor to sit at the same table as this world-famous photographer who has pioneered street style photography. As self-taught photographer and businessman, Scott Schuman has helped bring down the level of elitism found in the fashion world.

Windy City Street Style: Halloween Edition (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 01.02.2013 | Chicago
Justin Barbin


LUX MGT's "The Immaculate One" Fashion Show (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Alyssa, a 9-year-old cancer survivor, stole the show as her dream of walking down the catwalk became a reality when she opened the evening dressed in a Madison & Friends Boutique ensemble.