First congratulations are in order to the New Orleans Saints for winning the Superbowl! They were my pick from the start.
Chicagoan designer Maria Pinto, whose clients have included first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will be closing her boutique in the West Loop and ceasing her business operations.
Via Sun Times:
”I am confident that the ‘Maria Pinto’ name will not go away, but will merely take a break, before emerging in a new form. I plan on using the next several months to explore different avenues and opportunities for business, as economic conditions improve.”
Some celebrities that were spotted here in Chicago: Nick Cannon, DJ’ing at Billy Dec’s One Year Twitter Anniversary Party at Underground after his wife’s (Mariah Carey) Valentine Day concert. Bethenny Frankel (Real Housewives of New York) was in town for her book signing at Neiman Marcus. (see photo via Michigan Ave Magazine)
Owner, Nicole Jones of Sensual Steps (shoe boutique and shoe lifestyle connoisseur) in the Bronzeville Area was recently on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch her idea of becoming a franchise based company but sadly none of the Sharks wanted to invest in her idea.
News of celebrities being paid loads of money to attend Fashion Week and sit front row was released with lots of backlash and shock. Some of the stars:
Rihanna ($100,000 or more)
Kim Kardashian ($35,000-$50,000)
Jennifer Lopez (circa 2005: $80,000; circa 2010: $30,000)
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen ($80,000 each)
In sad news: Iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen has died at the age of 40.
Until Next time!
I tell what I know. Not what THEY say