Milwaukee Fashion Week, 2017: Day One

By: Alicia Nieto

Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Milwaukee’s fashion community celebrated the Third Annual Milwaukee Fashion Week this September with a three-day schedule of shows featuring the works of 34 designers. The night’s events were held in the Milwaukee Athletic Club‘s Grand Ballroom, a beautiful setting for the occasion.  This year’s Fashion Week was presented by Wantable, a Milwaukee-based e-commerce personal styling service. You provide your sizes and fashion tastes, and they do the rest! The evening’s occasion also benefited Project: I AM POWER (with Je Zuis Talent), a non-profit organization that works to instill empowerment and confidence in today’s young females.

The fashion designers who presented on Day One of Milwaukee Fashion Week included PNX Designs, Native Nation Designs, Basia Rose Designs, Alpha|LaFemme, ElyseMichele Designs, BAVLANKA, AMU Cherian, Kucci Bu, Silversark and Featured Celebrity Guest Mark Roscoe of Mark Roscoe Couture.

The Milwaukee Fashion Week 2017 Designer of the Year, Madalyn Manzeck of Madalyn Joy Designs also presented on this evening. Learn more about Madalyn and her work here, in our one on one interview with her from this past summer.

View our gallery below for a selection of photos from the night’s designs.

We send our congratulations to all of the talented designers, models and those working behind-the-scenes on an amazing night of Milwaukee fashion!

Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Madalyn Joy Designs

PNX Designs

Native Nation Designs

Basia Rose Designs



Kucci Bu


Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Pleats Please!

By: Alicia Nieto

A new season means new trends, and with that I’ll say, “Pleats Please!” I am personally beyond thrilled to see voluminous pleats on the trend radar. One might assume that pleats only belong on skirts, but our design favorites (below) prove otherwise. Pleats are a fanciful way to add light volume and texture to a blouse or add a twist to a pair of trousers. Another misconception is that only certain (smaller) body frames are appropriate for these embellishments. However, that is not the case with the variety of pleated pieces trending now, as there is something for everyone. As a plus size woman myself, I tend to steer away from pieces that would add extra bulk on top. That said, I am quite fond of pleated sleeves and of course the classic skirt. The most important thing to remember in terms of any fashion trend, is to wear whatever it is that makes you feel amazing and true to yourself!

That said, pleats for everyone!


Pleated-Sleeve Blouse in Turquoise, Plenty By Tracy Reese, $288.00
Box Pleat Easy Dress, By EDIT, $420, ShopBop
Lane Bryant
Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, By Prabal Gurung, $98, Lane Bryant
J.Crew Trench Coat
Pleated Trench Coat, $298, J.Crew
Ted Baker
Bow Detail Pleated Dress in Baby Pink, $265, Ted Baker
Zara Jumpsuit
Pleated Jumpsuit in Anthracite Grey, $70, Zara
Pleated Flare Sleeve Dress in Pink Pansy, $145, Eloquii
Ann Taylor
Metallic Pleated Skirt in Metallic Gold, $98, Ann Taylor
Shine On Pleated Top and Shorts, Both $26, A’Gaci
City Chic Trendy Plus Size Pleated Ombré A-Line Gown, $149, Macy’s
Pleated High Waist Culottes, Alexander Wang, $525, Nordstrom
Pleated Sleeves Sweater in Dark Orange, $60, Mango

Hyde Park MKE + Sidewalk Fashion

By: Alicia Nieto

Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

As Wisconsin ushers in the beginning of the fall season, Hyde Park MKE and Rivolt Accessories hosted their very own F/W 2017 Sidewalk Fashion Show. Held on a beautiful September afternoon, the looks were spot on for this season’s fashion and beauty trends. With a wonderful team of models, makeup artists and hair stylists from Platinum Salon, the scene was fun, vibrant and best of all, welcoming. Ticket sale proceeds were donated to The Grace Foundation, an amazing local organization that aids families and individuals dealing with serious medical issues. View our photo gallery below for a peak behind-the-scenes as well as a look at this great fashion show!

Be sure to visit Hyde Park MKE at 6738 West Wells Street in Wauwatosa or shop online here!

To learn more about Rivolt Accessories, Platinum Salon and The Grace Foundation, view the links below:

Rivolt Accessories

Platinum Salon

The Grace Foundation

Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Photos: Emily Sisson for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Fashion Show Credits:

Clothing: Hyde Park MKE

Jewelry: Ashley Kolln of Rivolt Accessories

Hair: Kaley Wittnik & Kaitlin Kostrivas

Makeup: Molly Harmon

Music & Runway Coordinator: Diane Rutkowski and Kellen Nordstrom of Needle and Thread Blog

Behind the Scenes: Peter Sanger, Chris Kipp, Rose Deutsch, Dave Deutsch, Neha Lynch, Kate Walker, Katrina Vrakas

Models: Angie Miller, Ashley Lausten, Carolyn Neikirk, Elisha Dyer, Katie Nelson, Katie Young Eagle, Kirsten Strigenz, Lilly Caban, Lizzy Lynch, Lucy Deutsch, Maya Sanden, Meg Dewire, Meghan Deutsch, Moe Kwiatkowski, Molly Harmon, Sara Deutsch, Tracy Bredl

The Costume Council + Chicago History Museum Celebrate Chicago Men’s Fashion

By: Alicia Nieto

It was a fantastic evening of men’s fashion at the Second Annual Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards, 2017. Presented by The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, the event was held at The Gentlemen’s Cooperative, a high-end men’s outfitter located in Chicago’s South Loop. The venue was a beautiful backdrop to for this affair, celebrating Chicago’s most fashion-savvy men. The best dressed were honored by The Costume Council, recognizing individuals for their fashion sense in relation to their individual professions. Categories included law, architecture and design, sports, advertising, etc. The event welcomed former host of E! Fashion Police, George Kotsiopoulos, as the night’s celebrity guest judge. Also joining the celebration was Helmut Jahn, Chicago’s premier architect, named one of the 10 most influential living American architects by The American Institute of Architects.

For a peak inside this elite night of fashion, view our photo gallery below.

Photos: Reyna Zuno for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Photos: Reyna Zuno for ‘I Live in a Magazine’


Party in Stereo: A Night of Fashion and Music

Fashion and rock joined forces at Chicago’s Wicker Park Subterranean venue in a farewell to summer event titled ‘Party in Stereo: Music, Art and Fashion’. The night showcased the power of female creatives, featuring live music from alternative-rock bands, StereoViolet and DoubleSpeak and presentation of fashion designs by Anastasia Chatzka.

View photos from the night’s event below, and read more on Chatzka and her designs in I Live in a Magazine’s piece, Celebrating Swim Styles with Anastasia Chatzka’.

Photos: Yinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’

Photos: Yinjie Deng for ‘I Live in a Magazine’