Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: December 2018

By J.P. Anderson | November 30, 2018 | People

The latest from Michigan Avenue's Editor-in-Chief, J.P. Anderson.

Celebrating at our October cover party with the hilarious and wildly talented Megan Mullally. (Photo: Marcello Rodarte)

I’ve never been one to shy away from color. I wear purple at just about every opportunity, and I recently had a blast dyeing my beard a blazingly bright shade of fuchsia for Kehoe Designs’ Real Men Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign (see photographic evidence below). So you can imagine how excited I am—tickled pink, even—to unveil Michigan Avenue’s first annual Technicolor Issue. From loud-and-proud home interiors and design trends to flamboyant personalities and brilliant creatives, Chicago is a city that pops with every color of the rainbow, and our team enjoyed every step of bringing the theme to vibrant life on our pages.

Some of my favorite eyepopping subjects this month: artistic duo Alex Wallbaum and Aleia Murawski, whose splashy, spectacularly colorful photographs kick off the issue in style; party thrower extraordinaire Kristen Kaza, who glams up every room she walks into; the team behind new tome The Aviary Cocktail Book, which takes mixology books to stunning visual heights; and homeowners Graham Kostic and Fran Taglia, whom we capture in the middle of transforming their Barrington home into something out of a color-saturated European storybook.

Rocking a colorful beard for breast cancer awareness month (and a big shout-out to the amazing Nelida D’Alessandro and team from Mario Tricoci for restoring me to gray afterward)(Photo and production by Kehoe Designs)

The pièce de résistance? Our showcase design story on the latest feather in of-the-moment interiors wiz Summer Thornton’s cap: a daringly whimsical, audaciously colorful redesign of a home in an otherwise super-staid building on Lake Shore Drive, complete with passionate blue walls, racy red lampshades, confetti-esque floral wallpaper and an utterly perfect pink chaise. Both classic and taste-the-rainbow colorful, it’s jaw-droppingly over the top—and the perfect centerpiece to the flashiest issue of Michigan Avenue ever.

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