Chicago Looks: Chic Rebel

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Photographer Shelley Brown ( was walking down Michigan Avenue.

How did you develop your style? 
As a young girl, I pored through my mother’s Vogue magazines and fell in love with Patti Hansen and many of the other models of the seventies. They seem to combine glamour, sexiness and rock ‘n’ roll. My platinum hair and red lips have been my signature for many years. I consider them my accessories and I do not wear jewelry. Because of the boldness of my hair and makeup and the fact that I am very petite, less is more in terms of color. I mostly dress monochromatic and wear a lot of black and muted colors—I go much bolder with color in the warmer weather. I may wear pieces for years and years and love pairing unexpected items together and layering different textures of the same color together. I went from dressing more whimsical to what I consider to be sexier and classier.

What inspires you the most?  
Art, music and what I see with my own eyes and through the lens of my camera.

What are some essential items to tackle the Chicago winter? 
Most definitely a “Gator,” wool glove liners, wool socks, awesome sunglasses and a smile.

Who are some of your style icons?
Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Audrey Hepburn and Edie Sedgwick.

—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo

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