The intersection of Oak and Rush is one of Amy Creyer’s favorite spots to capture street style.
Although she’s tucked away in the back corner of a Magnificent Mile tea shop, Amy Creyer—clad in a gray printed Prabal Gurung T-shirt and a black asymmetrical Junya Watanabe skirt—is far too chic to blend in with the crowd. When asked to describe her style, Creyer takes a sip of bubble tea and finally comes up with “athletic and architectural.” Says the 27-year-old Ravenswood resident, “I love pieces that have an interesting design, or the silhouette is unique, or the way the designer used lines is innovative.” Why athletic? “I need to feel like I can run after somebody in my clothing because I’m always thinking, What if I saw somebody I wanted to photograph?”
Creyer has reason to need lightning-fast moves. As the creator of Chicago Street Style, the blog she started in the summer of 2010 as a graduate student at DePaul University’s School of Public Service, Creyer scours the avenues to document Chicago’s most fashionable denizens—and she knows firsthand that there’s no shortage of sartorial style here. “You go to galas, cocktail parties, house parties, fashion parties in Chicago [and] see the same style that you see in New York,” Creyer says, “but it’s just not as visible because it’s not as much a sidewalk culture.” She attributes her fashion sense to her Greenwich Village upbringing (she moved to Chicago five years ago), and from September 5 to 12 she’ll be documenting Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This will mark her sixth New York Fashion Week experience, and she’s excited not only for herself, but also for the city she now calls home. “People [in other cities] know me as the Chicago photographer,” she says. “Other international, really well-respected street style photographers are recognizing now that Chicago is a fashion city.”
Back home, Creyer (who cites Oak and Rush Streets; North, Milwaukee, and Damen Avenues; and State Street between Adams and Lake Streets as her three favorite intersections to capture street style) is now also recognized. She recalls meeting fellow blogger Stephen Young after his ensemble caught her eye and she asked to photograph him. “When I stopped him he said, ‘You’re Amy from Chicago Street Style! I’ve been waiting two years for you to find me,’” she recalls. “I was like, ‘See, if you have great style it’s just a matter of time.’”
Although her schedule as an advertising copywriter prevents her from posting multiple times a day like she did when she launched her blog three years ago, Creyer’s mission of celebrating Chicago’s community has proven a win-win. “Stopping someone for a photograph is such a positive experience,” she says. “It just lightens their spirit to have some stranger with a camera come up and say, ‘You look great and clearly put a lot of thought in your outfit. I would love to share you with the world.’”