Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

This is my extremely delayed post on my adventure at Paris Fashion Week this season. On the first day I attended the Tranoï Trade Show which displayed many up and coming designers from all over the world. When walking into Palais de la Bourse there was a sense of electricity running though the event. Guests crowded the edges of the runway, trying to sneak in or see the show. I managed to stand with the photographers in the "press pit" which ended up being a prime spot. I was able to catch most of the Veronique Leroy SS18 show which was absolutely lovely. Numerous looks with light pastels and sheer fabric. After the show was over I decided to wander through the trade show which was room after room filled with amazing new collections.

Next I helped with setting up the Hunting Season presentation which was very fun. The bags they have this season are absolutely amazing! I am obsessed with their candy colored collaboration with Carolina Herrera. If you are looking for a super chic bag for spring look no further.

One day while strolling around le Marais I walked into this very unique concept store, Springsioux. I was hypnotized when I saw that almost each piece was asymmetrical and black. I ended up falling in love with a skirt and just couldn't part with it. A few days later I went to their SS18 presentation at their store. As my friend Erin and I entered the "chic goth" scene we were greeted with glasses of black champagne. The models wore animal horns and heavy makeup while interpretive dancing. Outside there was another spectacle with clouds of cigarette smoke and guest dressed in the most avant guard pieces.

To end fashion week with a bang I helped out at the Esteban Cortazar show. I arrived, dressed in head-to-toe black, at les Beaux-Arts ready to be thrown any task. I was stationed at the front door checking guests into the show. Working with the Esteban Cortazar's team was such a great experience. After the guests were all checked in I found my seat and waited for the magic to commence. Music thumped and models began to walk down the zigzagged runway. The Colombian spirit was present through out the atmosphere. The cohesive collection included many pieces with rich textures, bold silhouettes, and stunning colors. Experiencing the collection was absolutely exhilarating. Without a doubt, the Esteban Cortazar show was the highlight of my PFW.


-Chloé Akari

A Queen D

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017

"A Queen D" is my latest editorial series featuring my sister Danielle. We shot this at the end of August right before I left for Paris. This editorial represents a fresh start and a new beginning. I styled her in a structureless gingham two piece to contrast the strong architecture. 
Danielle represents strength, confidence, and beauty. 


-Chloé Akari
Photographer: Chloé Akari
Location: South Pond, Chicago
Model: Danielle
Outfit: Zara Top & Skirt, Cynthia Rowley Cuff, Vintage Snakeskin Purse, and Deena & Ozzy Heels. 

Back at Roy's

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

This editorial is one that I have been saving to publish. When visiting my grandparents in Palm Desert we decided to drive through the desert to this abandon motel in Amboy, California called Roy's. There was something haunting about the white vacant rooms and the etched messages written all over the closet walls. The ghostly 1950's presence is well alive throughout the area with several abandon little houses scattered along the highway. When styling this shoot I wanted to focus on contrasting old and new. Danielle is wearing a vintage gown with a pair of suede sneakers and a modern silver choker. Additionally, I am wearing a mens shirt with a waspie corset and platform shoes. I hope you enjoy this shoot!


-Chloé Akari

Location: Amboy, California 
Danielle's Look: Vintage Gown, Balenciaga Choker, and Adidas Sneakers
My Look: American Apparel Long Sleeve, HUE Tights, and Opening Ceremony Platforms.

Rhyming with Orange

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Rhyming with Orange" is my latest editorial photo series featuring Allee Struve. These past few months I have had an unexplainable magnetic attraction to the color orange. I found the inspiration for this photoshoot in a singular color, orange. When curating and styling this shoot I focused less on accessorizing and more on accentuating shape, hence the minimal amount of garments. One of my favorite, if not my favorite, places to shoot is along Lake Michigan. It is where the vibrancy of the city comes alive. The color orange represents happiness, strength, and rejuvenation. I wish everyone a calming and recharging rest of the summer. 


-Chloé Akari

Photographer: Chloé Akari
Location: Montrose Harbor, Chicago
Model: Allee Struve

Riley Versa

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Have you ever been stuck deciding between two handbags when packing for a fabulous vacation? Melissa Urfirer the founder of Riley Versa has! She created a genius bag with changeable covers so when traveling there is no need to panic on weight restrictions. The Versa bag which I carry, is the perfect size to fit the essentials. It is the ideal transition bag from day to night! Below is my interview with Melissa speaking on how she got her start with Riley Versa. 


-Chloé Akari

Where do you find your inspiration for each design of your bags? 
For the base bags, I really tried to concentrate on what women need – and want!  For the “Riley” bag, it was important to me to be able to fit a full size travel wallet in the bag. Part of the appeal of the bag is that you never have to transfer the contents of your bag to switch the style. You simply switch the cover and leave your belongings in place. So I wanted everything a woman might need for a night out to be able to fit in the purse. For the “Versa” bag, I wanted a sleek alternative where you could slip in a credit card and lip gloss and be done for the night. Inspiration for the design of the covers really comes from all over! Art, movies, fashion…really everywhere.

Where do you source your materials? 
America, Italy, Turkey, China…we have no bounds!   

Who is the Riley Versa woman/ your muse?
The Riley Versa woman is someone who is confident in her style and doesn’t want a huge logo printed across her bag. She likes to have fun with fashion and change her looks!

What is the Riley Versa aesthetic?
The Riley Versa aesthetic is clean, refined design for the base bags -- and an array of bold, fun, cutting edge styles for the covers! We are constantly coming out with new covers that tap into every possible aesthetic.  

How has your brand evolved?
We launched a little over two years ago with one style bag and three cover options.  Demand exceeded our wildest expectations which led us to launch a second style option and thirteen covers to choose from... and more on the way!

How did you come up with the genius idea of interchangeable skins? 
I came up with the idea when I was on vacation! I packed a bright bag for the weekend, and didn't realize until I arrived that it clashed with everything else I packed. My suitcase was already overstuffed (oops), so I couldn’t even have packed a second bag. I was talking to my husband (boyfriend at the time!) about the issue and how I wish I could just have one bag and change the covers, and the rest is history!   

Is there any exciting news or collections for Riley Versa we should be looking out for? 
Yes!  There has been a lot of exciting news lately. Riley Versa is now sold at Intermix, which I couldn’t be more thrilled about. We also recently collaborated with jewelry designer Stephanie Gottlieb and Riley Versa is now featured on her website. And we are doing a three-month pop up in South Hampton this summer with Random Acts of Creativity that I’m very excited about!

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