ON RIAZ: Suit, Dolce & Gabbana. Scarf, Etro.Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave.; neimanmarcus.com. Shoes, Prada.30 E. Oak St.; prada.com.ON CARLSON: Dress, Miriam Cecilia Carlson. miriamceciliacarlson.com. Shoes, Christian Louboutin.Neiman Marcus, SEE ABOVE. Tights and jewelry, Carlson’s own
CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST
Star-making stats: Sales in 2009 of Riaz’s industry-changing 24-piece brush collection topped $2 million. This year he expects sales to double with the launch of his color line, which includes five eye palettes ($95) and two face palettes ($115). Fast face: Thanks to cutting-edge and customizable brushes, a woman should be able to apply a full face of makeup in a scant four minutes. Muse: Women-Riaz has seven sisters. "I also design my collections according to what women tell me they need and want." Must-have fall look: The sultry, soft, smoky eye in shades of deep plum and soft gray-found in his new palette, aptly named Chicago.
Find the full collection at Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St.; barneys.com.
MIRIAM CECILIA CARLSON
FASHION DESIGNER, M.C.C.
Star-making stats: Carlson was selected for the Chicago Fashion Incubator, a program sponsored by Macy’s that provides emerging designers with the resources to launch their careers in fashion. She also received the Driehaus Fashion Show Award of Excellence in 2008 and showed at World Fashion Chicago 2009. Inspiration: Small, spontaneous moments found in nature Statement piece: A dress made with mica that she discovered in an abandoned mine. Fragments of that same mineral appear on everyday pieces, too, like the eye-popping neckline on the dress she wears here. On creating M.C.C.: “Something about fashion in Chicago is pulsing—I couldn’t have had this success in any other city.”
ON PAYTON: Jacket, Vince. Dress, Catherine Malandrino. Shoes, Christian Louboutin. Neiman Marcus, SEE ABOVE. Earrings, Masha Archer. Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave.; saksfifthavenue.com. ON KNOX: Shirt, hooded sweatshirt and sneakers, Nike. nike.com. Pants, Dries Van Noten.Apartment Number 9, 1804 N. Damen Ave., 773-395-2999
COHOST, WGN-TV’S CHICAGO’S BEST
Star-making stats: Born and raised in Chicago (her father is the legendary Walter Payton), the spunky DePaul grad cohosts Chicago’s Best, a new food and lifestyle show uncovering the top spots in the city. Payton also talks football and women’s sports on the Big Ten Network. Winning personality: “I’m really goofy and constantly dancing around and singing. I like to display my high energy on the show.” Final thoughts: “All the things I said I wanted to do, I’m doing now. And I love it.” Chicago’sBest airs on WGN Sundays at 10 PM.
WIDE RECEIVER, CHICAGO BEARS
Star-making stats: The 23-yearold’s impressive rookie season saw him score six touchdowns, rank among the NFL leaders in kickoff-return average and land in the Pro Bowl. Style statement: “I like to think I’m a stylish guy,” says Knox. So does Nike, which recruited him to be a model for its Fall/Holiday 2010 Collection of Nike Sportswear apparel. Secret obsession: Fancy footwear. “I have 60-something pairs of shoes—mostly [Nike Air] Jordans.” Words of wisdom: As he approaches his second year as a pro, Knox has a message for his fans: “People told me that, coming from a smaller college, I wouldn’t play my first year. But I believe you can play at this level no matter where you came from. Anything’s possible.”