{Meet the Locals} Creatures of the Wind: Chicago's Design Duo

Monday, December 10, 2012

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This is the stuff of fashion legend. Vogue's Anna Wintour reaches out to say she'd be "very disappointed" if an application wasn't received for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards {a most prestigious honor for emerging designers}. What is one to do? {Rhetorical.}

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, the Chicago design duo behind indie label Creatures of the Wind {named after lyrics from a Johny Mathis song} threw their hat in the ring and soon after were named CFDA runners-up in 2011, earning a $100,000 monetary prize

And so the pair has continued to conceive and craft collections laden with quirky color combos and unconventional pattern play. With production expansion to Japan and Antwerp, the duo has pledged to work and grow quietly and carefully. 
“With so many garments in the world, if we are going to do it, it needs to be worthy, well made, responsibly made, and have longevity,” Gabier told Michigan Avenue Magazine in a recent interview.
Last season, Gabier and Peters referenced a little-known publication, a seventeenth-century book called The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies as the inspiration for their chimerical collection. The result? Highly-covetable, fanciful pieces.

Even the white, button-down blouse cast off its yawn/snore reputation in the nimble hands of Gabier and Peters. They're interpretation of the simple classic was embroidered with a quote from the fantasy classic The Last Unicorn. I do say, things are really heating up now {remember, you've got a bibliophile at this end of the computer}. 

But sometimes we must come down from the clouds and off of our imaginary single horned friend.

Alas, the fall 2013 collection {don't set your dials to normal quite yet, my friends} is a nod to the 60's. Lest you be disappointed, their unique silhouettes and signature mix-and-match styling still define their upcoming collection, which included pops of bubblegum pink and Crayola green. Not as unexpected as the previous season's inspiration, but just as lovely. And I, for one, continue to be inspired.

photomontage by f+d {top images: sweater via net-a-porter; notebook by Marie Gardeski & David Birkeyvia via imaginary animal; bracelet via by boe; scotch bio polish via abe's market; runway images by Monica Feudi/Feudiguaineri.com via vogue.com}

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