Clothes Minded: 3 Top Chicago Tastemakers Show Their Wow-Worthy Wardrobes

By Heidi Mitchell and Lisa Skolnik, Photographed by Colleen Durkin and Evan Sheehan | April 8, 2019 | People Feature


Take a peek inside the dazzling wardrobes of three of Chicago’s most stylish tastemakers.

The Sophisticate: Heiji Choy Black

Photo by Evan Sheehan

The former shop owner (Hejfina in Bucktown was legendary back in the aughts) still dresses like a woman out to discover new labels for the world to love. She even partnered with a Vogue editor to start her own sustainable clothing line, called Bodkin, before becoming a fashion and style editor for five years. Now the 41-year-old is settling into her role as chairperson of the Fashion Council at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and roosting in her newly rehabbed condo on the lake... READ MORE

The Mix Master: Obi Nwazota

Photo by Colleen Durkin

Brand names are meaningless to this Nigerian-born architect-turned-cultural impresario, who went from designing hit projects (at Eva Maddox Associates and SOM) to hit restaurants (including gone-but-not-forgotten Okno) to hit emporiums, from now-defunct Softcore and E-Octopussy to River North’s very much alive Orange Skin and Minotti contemporary furniture showrooms. His inclusion in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2000 show on nine groundbreaking architects, along with Jeanne Gang and Helmut Jahn, solidified his status as a visionary. Today, the 51-year-old shares homes in Nigeria, Latvia and Chicago’s Humboldt Park with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. What hasn’t changed is his indie sartorial style, which is all about individualism and the mix... READ MORE

The Risk-Taker: Carrie Secrist

carrie-secrist.jpgPhoto by Colleen Durkin

She dresses only to enhance her mood, but gallerist Carrie Secrist nonetheless always turns heads. When she’s not hanging priceless new acquisitions in her signature overalls (“I own 20 pairs”), the 5-foot-10 blonde is walking the aisles of EXPO or Art Basel in vintage finds, seriously quirky Dolce & Gabbana dresses and always comfortable shoes. “I was a dancer for 20 years, so I can’t wear heels anymore,” she says, running her fingers through her shorn, towering mop... READ MORE

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