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Street View 160: Expressive minimalist

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Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

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I think great style happens when there's a balanced mix of thoughtfulness and effortlessness. Like an experienced artist: it all looks so easy, movements flow like second nature, but it actually takes some practice to get there. Kimberly Kim (an artist herself) is a perfect example of that: she's been thrifting since she was little, going on frequent trips to the Village Discount Outlet with her mother. "My mom would buy whatever crazy stuff I wanted," Kim says. Her style is now what I consider creative-contemporary-cool, tending towards minimalism but still expressive, unique. She pays attention to details—like the fur collar pinned to her second-hand cardi—without looking like she’s trying too hard. The first time I spotted Kim she was hanging out at Expo Chicago, making very nonsaccharine use of pastels.

You can see Kim's art at kimberlykim.net and her books at David Weinberg gallery (on display until the end of February). She said she's currently inspired by images of natural disasters, french fries and freaky cloud formations (maybe that’s where the pastels are coming from).

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See more Chicago street style in the Chicago Looks blog.

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