FROM THE ASHES
In the late summer of 79 A.D., fire and ash rained down from Mount Vesuvius and onto the Roman town of Pompeii, sealing its residents and their secrets away into a perfect time capsule of beauty, art, and destruction. Nearly 2,000 years later, while revisiting Italy on a lengthy trip, Evanston artist Eve Alfillé was able to visit the famously rediscovered ruins of Pompeii. Arising from the ashes, a series has taken shape in Alfillé’s mind that utilizes her medium of art jewelry to give form to both the Pompeii of today: a place of tragic beauty, frozen in heartbreaking detail…and the gilded Pompeii of Ancient Rome: a bustling, vivacious melting pot of color and life. From the archaeologists, to the jewelry connoisseurs, to those who simply enjoy beauty, Alfillé’s “Pompeii” series is guaranteed to please all as they celebrate with a splash of Roman indulgence: live music, sinfully delicious treats, and Champagne. The new series will be released and celebrated on May 2, 2015 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio. To join the celebration, call to reserve your space at 847-869-7920 or send an email to [email protected] Eve Alfillé is located at 623 Grove Street in Evanston, evejewelry.com.
THE EYES HAVE IT
Once upon a time, glasses were considered unfashionable. But today, all of the cool kids (and their parents!) are wearing them. Blink Optical is a family owned and operated business in the heart of downtown Lake Forest. Synonymous with offering well-crafted luxury eyewear and sunwear to a discerning public, Blink merges style and function with unparalleled designer collections from season to season. Attentive and knowledgeable customer service rounds out the experience for the fashion-forward shopper who loves labels like Cartier, Robert Marc, and Maui Jim. Yuri Kisilevich and his wife Stella Sharts are on hand to answer all of your eyeglass questions, so that you can worry about what’s most important—which frames look best on you? Blink Optical is located at 654 Bank Lane (just north of Deerpath Road) in Lake Forest, 847-234-6541, blinkoptic.com.
SEE IT IN PRINT
With spring finally here, Winnetka’s Skändal has the answer to winter’s grays with dozens of prints in vibrant colors. In its second season showcasing designs from Stine Goya, a Scandinavian designer receiving international acclaim for her influence over that region’s design, it’s all about pastels and graphic patterns. Stine Goye was founded in Copenhagen in 2006. Each of her seasonal collections is introduced by setting a mood through her use of color, prints she’s personally designed, and their structural shapes. Even though these pieces have modern sensibilities, there’s a timelessness to them that will make you want to hold on to them year after year. Skändal brings the very best of Scandinavia to the North Shore where it’s all about balance—in life, love, and of course, fashion. Skändal is located at 907 Green Bay Road in
Winnetka, 847-386-7900, shopskandal.com.