Krystal’s Rubber Chicken Handbag

I spotted Krystal the other day while I was looking for a copy of the magazine at Quimby’s on North Avenue. I am really strict with myself about never pulling customers (or sales associates) out of stores because I never want to be disruptive to businesses. So when I saw Krystal browsing the Zine rack, I crept outside to wait. And wait. And wait. I watched two North Avenue buses sail past before Krystal walked out but it was totally worth it. I mean seriously, a rubber chicken handbag; there was no way in hell I would pass up the opportunity to snap a street-style photograph of such an intriguing accessory. She told me she purchased it at the Art Institute gift shop. Humor and great design in one piece, how genius!

NYFW Candid: Jena Gambaccini, Lincoln Center

Jena at Lincoln Center
Who else could mix Prada, Opening Ceremony, Miu Miu, and House of Holland to create a quintessentially personal look? I was scanning my archives last night when I came across this fantastic candid photo of my good friend Jena Gambaccini. Here she is wandering through the absolute madness that descends upon Lincoln Center during New York fashion week. Every time I see her she has such great style but, like all other hardcore fashionistas, she brought her “A” game to the “street style olympics.” I took this photograph of Jena on September 12, 2011 in the middle of New York fashion week.

One of my favorite things about Jena’s style is that she is never, ever afraid to experiment with color. She thrives in her brightly-hued ensembles, which is why she is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. As far as Jena is concerned, the more color the better (and preferably neon). The expertise with which she mixes shades from across the rainbow is awe-inspiring, and a testament to her fearless ability to take fashion risks (and she lands them, every time).

In this photo she is wearing the Chloe Sevigny x Opening Ceremony ‘Mary Jane’ platforms; Prada ‘baroque’ sunglasses; dress by House of Holland; and a neon Miu Miu belt. Last but certainly not least, her handbag: would she really be Jena Gambaccini without carrying one Proenza item, in this case her trusty black PS1 satchel?

If you read The Style Tribe (you ought to be), you might also recognize Jena as one of the ‘tribeswomen.’ Click here to view her personal style posts.

If you want to see her inspirations, be sure to visit Chi.City.Fashion on Tumblr.

Follow Jena on Twitter, @ChiCityFashion. During the day she runs the @ShopEDropOff account as their social media associate, so be sure to follow both accounts!

PS11 at Lincoln Center, NYFW

PS11 Lincoln Center

The classic Proenza Schouler PS11 in merlot leather, photographed on Teen Vogue’s Laurel Pantin at New York fashion week, September 2011.