Colette May in Givenchy Resort

Colette May in Givenchy Resort

April 30, 2012

…Or as my friend Chelsea who works at Sofia succinctly said when I breathlessly ran into the store immediately afterwards to show the girls, “the best street-style photo ever taken in Chicago.” Credit doesn’t belong to me, it’s owed to entrepreneur Colette May of Kindle Communications and her superb taste in fashion. Besides, who else in the Windy City would pair Givenchy with sky-high simple Louboutins (the best kind!) and an Hermés Birkin bag for a leisurely stroll down Oak Street?

Last year’s cornucopia of Givenchy prints accelerated designer Riccardo Tisci’s rise to the top. The Resort 2012 floral explosions were cheeky yet sensual, and belied an authentic sense of humor often missing from the corporate-owned houses. Perhaps that’s why Tisci’s Givenchy sits comfortably on the racks next to directional fashion innovators like Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Thakoon. At a time when so many other conglomerate brands struggle towards relevancy, Givenchy doesn’t need to rely on advertising dollars to ensure collections are included in influential editorials. The designs speak for themselves.


  1. Wonderful outfit and I love her super short haircut!

  2. Wow, her skirt is incredible! That print!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}


  3. I want to be this woman. So chic.

  4. I know Colette and love her style! Absolutely love the skirt!!

    -Chloé Akari

  5. I am not a fashion expert, definitely not a guy who ever writes in fashion blogs, not gay, not interested in frivolities. But, accostumed to seeing many women just trying too hard and looking ridiculous…when I saw this woman, I had to look twice. Getting the perfect look of classic elegance, that delicate balance of perfection, the perfect shoes, the perfect hair…is so difficult. But she has come very, very close. And she’s definitely got the pose right.

  6. Love her whole look. She looks amazing in that skirt and she wears the pixie haircut so well!

  7. she`s fantastic! your shots came out so amazing, i would definitely stop and do a double take if i saw her!

  8. looove this skirt, it is the most wonderful thing i’ve seen in months!!!

  9. Have to say – she & her fashion sense are breathtaking!

  10. What makes me feel slightly better about my ability to pull together something about .15% as chic as this is…I think she has a silly-band on her left hand! Love the whole thing.


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