Chelsey Carter and Abigail Glaum-Lathbury
Two of my top Chicago-based designers weld a multi-disciplinary approach to the fashion and the body. I love a good drape, and my newest obsession is Chelsey Carter, whose custom-made and ready-to-wear Alex Carter line offers ample fabric, asymmetrical hemlines, and avant-garde forms that are seamlessly transitioning my wardrobe from fall to winter. When it comes to handmade leather bags, pleated skirts and colorful leggings, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury’s Elmidae line is my go-to. Glaum-Lathbury’s newest foray into fashion is through The Rational Dress Society, an experiment in counter-fashion created with her collaborator Maura Brewer.
—Allison Glenn, director, moniquemeloche (Art 50)
Best of Chicago 2015