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Young designers brought eye-popping looks to Chicago fashion week

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

17-year-old Isabel Antics ensemble
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Seventeen-year-old Isabel Antic designed this dress—and the fabric.

Last month a bunch of young designers descended on Style Bias: Street Style, a fashion show held at the Cultural Center as part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Fashion Focus, Chicago's fashion week.

Some of them—including Alex Swain, who presented one-of-a-kind distressed patchwork jeans—are members of Steam Studio, a free program offered by the Chicago City of Learning. Steam Studio in turn invited other collectives, including the 169, one of whose members, Isabel Antic, is a 17-year-old high school senior from Lane Tech. Inspired by collage and wearable art, Antic cut eyes and lips from magazines and used them to make custom-patterned fabric she fashioned into an ensemble that lands somewhere between the runway and a vintage Twizzlers ad campaign. I also enjoyed Isabella Fangmann's sculptural millinery, made with plastic mesh.

Jada Dejesus models Isabel Antics quirky ladylike outfit

This clever coat by Isabel Antic comes with an in-built belt
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • This clever coat by Isabel Antic comes with a built-in belt.

Alex Swains one-of-a-kind patchwork jeans

Alex Swains denim made of salvaged materials

Isabella Fangmanns sculptural hats

Isabella Fangmanns millinery

See more Chicago street style in the Chicago Looks blog.

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