It happened again and it could not have gone better. Beehive Chicago put together another Beehive in Bloom spring fashion show this year. The show was truly magnificent with roughly 30 looks including male, female, and children’s wear. The warehouse venue was the perfect, chic spot for the event.
INSERT: For those of you who are unfamiliar with Beehive Chicago and my obsession with it, Beehive Chicago is the home to ten veteran vendors of the Chicago vintage market scene. The loft is near the West side of Chicago, so-called East Garfield Park. On the outside the loft appears industrial, however, there lies a spacious showroom on the inside displaying furniture, clothing, jewelry, trinkets, home decor and housewares from all of the vendors. Each vendor’s space is arranged like a mini pop-up store and you can move freely about between each vendor’s designated space.
Now, back to the fashion show… the runway was illuminated with violet lighting and the surrounding area donned the feel of a lounge from Madmen. Prominent features of the lounging area included lush, fresh flower arrangements; 10-foot hanging Baroque-style mirrors; and a large, signed poster featuring The Supremes. The event was much different than last year and of course, it was still unforgettable. Piggy-backing my article from last year, here are my top reasons why Beehive in Bloom was so great this time around.
1. NEW FEATURE IN THE FASHION SHOW – ME!!!
This year I was invited (and so was my sister) to walk in the fashion show for vintage vendor and extraordinaire, Leah Onomatopoeia Vintage. I wore navy blue culottes with a gold belt and a mini Barbie-style crop top that tied in the front. My style was very “I Dream of Jeannie.”
My sister on the other hand wore a three-piece ensemble that identified with the style of Janis Joplin. Her outfit was navy blue with small-floral motifs (properly named by pattern, Calico, Foulard, or maybe even Toile de Jouy). The outfit consisted of high-waisted bell-bottoms; a mini, spaghetti strap, crop top with one large, centered rose; and a slightly sheer jacket with a retro collar. The outfit screamed “flower child.”
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2. COMPLIMENTARY GOODIE BAG (AGAIN!!!)
Thankfully and luckily I was able to achieve VIP status at the fashion show again. I received another super cute goodie bag filled with all kinds of tiny surprises. A few of the goodies included a handmade ring crafted by Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage; simple gold studs provided by Tarnish; and handmade soaps from Maple Tree Lane, LLC and Succulent Bath & Body.
3. SHOPPING and BROWSING ARE UNPREDICTABLE and SURPRISING AT BEEHIVE CHICAGO
After walking in the fashion show, I browsed the loft with my mom and sister; it was my sister’s first time experiencing the loft. No matter what you are or aren’t thinking, Beehive is likely going to blow you away with their vintage selection. You will come across things you never imagined. It is fun to think that people actually used these vintage items in their everyday routines (now we admire them and collect them). More times than not, these are the conversation pieces that we place in our living room or wear as a statement piece completing our outfit.
Lucky for me, I found a Bob Mackie designer blouse embellished with bejeweled and sequined faux medals of honor, and a silk blouse with flowers and a funky cherub pattern from Leah Onomatopoeia Vintage. I also purchased some colorful, animal lover mugs from Take 2 Vintage. The mugs have animals printed onto them; it’s a kitschy, Oaxacan vibe (if that’s even possible, check out my slide show and you’ll see what I mean).
Needless to say, once again I left Beehive Chicago with more than just tangible items in hand. I had a great time participating in the fashion show with my sister, and I am glad that my mom was able to tag along with us and enjoy the experience as well. Every time I go to Beehive Chicago I have a fun experience; I always walk away with cool, one-of-a-kind stuff; I make awesome memories; AND I am always looking forward to my next trip up to the loft.
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Beehive Chicago is an indoor vintage market located on a third floor loft in East Garfield Park, at 2958 W. Carroll Street, Suite 3S, Chicago, Illinois. Beehive Chicago is open every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and by appointment. The ten vendors include:
- Leah Onomatopoeia Vintage – Leah Brown
- Take 2 Vintage – Robyn Witt
- Poly Golightly Vintage – Laura Stran
- Kaleidoscope Vintage & Ephemera – Alaina Moore & Christopher Semel
- Field – Anthony Kreitzer & Morgan Duncan
- Imaginary Girl Jewelry and Vintage – Sarah Emerick
- Marthette Vintage – Martha Cuffie
- Tweed Creative – Courtney Breitenbucher
- South Loop Loft – Beth Taylor
- Yetti Treasures – John & Carrie Knox