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Fashion Meets Religion… P.Scott’s “A Vision of a Fashion God”

Visual Artist & Designer P. Scott with his painting: Gucci Buddha

NowYouKnow is thrilled to have a guest blogger today sharing her experience at the P. Scott Art Exhibit and Reception.  A huge thank you goes out to Quiana Hughes of CWAE PR.  And even more exciting, if you are intrigued and wish you could have attended the event after reading Quiana’s great write-up, you will have one more opportunity to meet Artist P. Scott and view some of his masterpieces up-close at the closing reception to be held on Monday, November 21, 2011.  Until then, check out this great review along with some amazing photographs courtesy of Joshua Smith.

Rico “The Barber” Miller and Visual Artist and Designer P. Scott

Fashion Meets Religion… P.Scott’s “A Vision of a Fashion God”
written by: Quiana Hughes of CWAE PR

Visual artist and designer, P. Scott opened his three-part exquisite exhibit entitled ‘A Vision of a Fashion God’  at 2150 S. Canalport at the Lacuna Artists Lofts and Studios on October 21st and this past Friday, November 4th served as the 2nd showing. What a wonderful turnout…many guests within the local creative art community conversed over wine and hors d’oeuvres as they admired the creativity displayed before them.

The series of paintings, including ‘Gucci Buddha’, ‘Apollo Versace’, ‘Polo Christ’, and ‘Kali Vuitton’ to name a few explores the paradox between human spirituality and high reverence for fashion. P. Scott also uses a variety of fabrics and clothing in serval of his paintings for the exhibit.  The evening was hosted by Bakunzi Matemane of The Amber Factor Elite. Special guests included R&B singer and fashion advocate Peter Hadar from New Jersey, blogger Renae Bluitt, Allan Davis midwest director for P Nation Clothing Line along with a host of artists and photographers from the artsy Pilsen community. P. Scott also hosted a special raffle which included P. Scott’s “signature denim”  painting that is retailed at $1000; a lucky guest is now the proud owner of this custom piece.

The last public reception of this exhibit will be held on Monday, November 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm. If you have yet to experience ‘A Vision of a Fashion God’ at 2150 S. Canalport, Suite 5C-14, Chicago, IL – Lacuna Artist Lofts & Studios don’t miss what could be your final opportunity.  Stay up to date with upcoming events at or

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P Scott Exhibit & Reception
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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Art, Behind The Scenes


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Moon Mountain Vodka and Nightwood Restaurant join Slagel Farm and Bash Events for an evening of gourmet food and original cocktail pairings.

One week ago NYK received an invitation from our friends at Bash Events that we simply could not refuse: A complimentary gourmet dinner at Slagel Family Farm hosted by Moon Mountain Vodka. We guarantee that there is no better way we could have spent a Monday evening out!

Our trip began at Pilsen’s Nightwood Restaurant (whose Executive Chef, Jason Vincent would be in charge of the evening’s feast)  where we enjoyed a taste of what was to come. A large table was set with a sampling of Charcuterie, smooth creamy brie and a selection of seasonal fruit paired with an extremely enticing pitcher of Moon Mountain Vodka lemonade.

At 3 pm 33 dinner guests and our hosts jumped on the Windy City Limousine charter bus and began our 2 1/2 hour trek down to Slagel Farm in central Illinois. We had the opportunity to sit back and relax while sipping on more Moon Mountain Vodka (which had it’s very own VIP seat).

What really made this dinner special was the quality of the food and spirits used to make our meal. Some of you may be skeptical about eating organic products… Let us assure you that if it was grown on Slagel Farm, poured by Moon Mountain Vodka and/or prepared by Nightwood Restaurant you will taste the difference and you won’t be the slightest bit sorry that you did!

Slagel Family Farm is dedicated to producing quality meats and produce without hormones or chemicals. They are truly experts in their field who have been using the same natural and sustainable techniques since the mid 1800’s when the first Flagel settled on the land that is now their farm.

Moon Mountain Vodka is handcrafted in small batches by Master Distiller Gerry Webb. He uses a state-of-the-art filtration system that transforms organic grain and purified water into the smooth and tasty spirit we sipped and savored throughout the evening. The best part is not the simple fact that Moon Mountain is an exceptional vodka. It also contains no impurities and leaves a minimal carbon footprint! (Go, Go Green Production)

Before our tour of Slagel Farm we were presented with fresh hors d’oeuvres and seasonal cocktails.

Passed Appetizers:

Grilled Short Ribs, Butter Lettuce, Chilled Noodles, Chiles, Peanut

Tomato Tarts, Goat Cheese, Basil, Aged Balsamic

Marinated Shellfish – oysters, clams, lobster, potato, lime, cilantro, vodka

Paired with:

Four Under Par: Moon Mountian Vodka, Sweet Tea, Lemon Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Cocchi Americano

Spiked Summer Shandy: Moon Mountain Vodka infused with Hops Grains of Paradise, Lemongrass, Apricot, Beer, & Lemonade

As Lewis Flagel led the tour and explained the specifics of the farm’s operations and showed us the animal’s accommodations.  Allowing the animals space to move and exposure to natural sunlight, Flagel can insure the health of and therefor the quality of his live stock.

Afterward, we settled in for an amazing yet casual family style meal.


First Course:

Tomoato Salad, Melon, Prosciutto, Buttermilk

Paired with:

Take Ivy: Moon Mountain Citrus Vodka, Cucumber Shrub, Lemon Juice, Soda, Rhubarb Bitters

Second Course:

Wild Roasted Freshwater Bass, Beets, Dill, Crème Fraiche

Paired with:

Seersucker: Moon Mountain Vodka, Pear Brandy, Dill Fennel Syrup, Lemon Juice, Soda, Lavender Bitters

Third Course:

Spit Roasted Beet Sirloin, Aioli, New Potato, Roasted Garlic, Baguette

Paired with:

MMV Bloody Mary: Moon Mountain Vodka infused with Mirepoix, Tomato Water, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Lemon Peel, Celery Bitters

In between courses the rhyme and reason behind the food and vodka pairings were explained and each person behind the meal’s preparation was introduced.

Fourth Course:

Peach & Blackberry Pie, Sabayon, Moon Mountain Vodka Spiked Watermelon

Paired with:

Blackberry Limoncello: with Moon Mountain Vodka

Interested in checking out Moon Mountain Vodka for yourself? Here’s a list of some great local restaurants who proudly serve their products:

Bar On Buena
The Exchange



To treat yourself to an amazing, organic dinner and spirit pairing at Slagel Family Farm   Click Here.

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An Evening of Fashion Under the Stars With Anastasia Chatzka

Local Fashion Designer, Anastasia Chatzka

Anastasia Chatzka is a designer with a broad creative scope and a boundless interest in what garment design can be. Anastasia attended several design schools and eventually graduated from the International Academy of Design in Chicago. Since then she has worked with some of the best and most innovative designers in the world, including Betsy Johnson and Anna Sui. While Anastasia has the ability to design in a broad range of styles, she feels that, ‘designing is a very selfish thing that closely follows (her) mood.’

Anastasia , 2010 Collection

As you can see from her fabric colors and patterns, her designs do change with the seasons.  I think it’s fair to say that her past collections embodied a certain youthful whimsy.  They included layered frills, somewhat conservative lines, and flowered details. This new collection however, hit the runway hard with burgundy infused woolen plaids, stylishly layered over flowing printed silk.

Anastasia decided that it was time to play hard ball. While she’s not totally pulling away from her previous aesthetic (there may be more florals come Spring), Anastasia felt that it was time to show everyone what she’s about with a new luxury line.  Everything has been imported from around the world; From European wool to custom ordered Japanese silk and antique glass buttons this deluxe collection is not to be missed.  It does come at a price though- Literally.  Her earlier collections cost between $100 and $500. Pieces in the new collection will range from $500-$1200.

Chatzka feels that this next step is a vital part of who she is as a designer.  Her goal is to show the local consumer that you don’t need to invest in foreign goods to get a quality product.  The designer plans to build a mini design studio in her wicker park boutique.  There, shoppers will get to see first-hand the detail and the work that goes into luxury apparel. But don’t worry.  If this new collection is a bit out of your price range, you will be able to buy similar pieces at the old prices.

To view the new FALL 2011 collection by Anastasia Chatzka Click Here.

Visit Anastasia Chatzka:

1740 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

(586) 610-4096


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NYK Goes Behind the Scenes to Uncover a Hidden Gem in the Windy City

Chicago is swarming with talent and we believe strongly in supporting our local designers and getting their names out there for the world to see.

Meet Gabrielle Glass: Creative Genius Behind Gem V Couture.  We had the pleasure of being invited to her in-home studio for a close-up look at her upcoming Fall/Winter Mosaico Collection and we were also able to sit down and talk to the artist for a video interview.  We actually discovered Gabrielle’s amazing designs two months ago at the Chefs & the City Kick-Off party at Tzar Ultra Lounge.  We eyed the lovely Ange Yangas of the Lingerie Football League’s Chicago Bliss team wearing some of her pieces and were so compelled to ask here where she purchased them.  She graciously put us in touch with Gabrielle and we were finally able to schedule a time to meet.

It is hard to believe that Gabrielle has only been designing jewelry for two years and is self-taught, too.  Although she always had an eye for art, she actually studied business in college earning herself a triple MBA!  After visiting her studio it is clear that she has found her true calling.  Her pieces are stunning.  They are feminine yet edgy, delicate yet rough, beautiful yet rugged.  She combines so many different elements – chain, gems, leather, ribbon, antique findings, trinkets, stones, and more – yet manages to make it all work together.  And her craftsmanship is impeccable.  Gem V is top-quality and made to last.

Gabrielle is definitely an outside-the-box thinker always creating something new and never seen before from other designers.  Her pieces are versatile and several of them can be worn multiple ways. I actually tried on several of her pieces and was able to experiment with different styles including chain sashes, body chains, & even ankle cuffs!  Eying all the Gem V designs was the equivalent of being a kid in a candy store for me.  Saying I LOVE accessories is an understatement.  Just like saying I LOVE the entire Gem V Collection is an understatement.

Trust me when I say you will fall in love, too!  Don’t believe me?  Mark your calendars now because you will have a couple opportunities to view the new collection.  Her designs are being paired with Anastasia Chatzka’s pieces for a fashion show on August 3 at Tocco – 1256 N. Milwaukee Avenue.  And Gabrielle is also having a trunk show on August 17 at Seagrass – 895 Greenbay Road in Winnetka.  Plus her web site is scheduled to go live this Friday and will be fully launched very soon.  Keep an eye out for the link.  For now you can LIKE Gem V Couture on facebook.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Behind The Scenes


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Escape to Asia with a Behind the Scenes Look at Horacio Nieto’s “Mining the Ming Dynasty” Featuring Diego Rocha

Saturday night, April 30th, Loft on Lake was transformed into an Asian Escape with Horacio Nieto’s Mining the Ming Dynasty Fashion Show featuring exquisite handbags by Diego Rocha.  Immediately upon entering the loft guests were greeted with a Shanghai-like temple holographic image projected on the floor in a beautiful red and yellow hue.  Inside the event room White Chinese Lantern lights adorned the ceiling, the brick walls were illuminated in a rich red hue, and Asian-inspired food was served including edamame. potstickers, and spring rolls.

All appetizers were done by Las Dos Fridas Catering Inc.  There was also a hosted bar sponsored by Riazul Tequila & Ty Ku SpiritsVitamin Water and Michigan Avenue Magazine were also sponsors for the show.  Proceeds were donated to The Aparecio Foundation which provides mentoring, academic support, and scholarship programs for high-potential, low-income women in Chicago Public High Schools (CPS).

Marcus Riley, Multimedia Entertainment Reporter for NBC and Susanna Negovan, Editor in Chief of Michigan Avenue Magazine hosted the show.  Several other Chicago designers were in the audience including Elda de la Rosa and Hector Javier MonArrez.   Diana Palomar of ABC7, amongst other local up-and-coming celebs making a name for themselves in Chicago could be found in the crowd.  The list includes Cha’rron Chic of C Chic Chicago, CeCe & Melinda, Marco Foster founder of Chicago Models, Ryan Beshel Editor-in-Chief of the Bowtie Memoirs and Director of Runway at Agency Galatea, and Miss Illinois – just to name a few..

DJ Marshall Brown put together a special compilation of music for the show and then it was time for the models to hit the runway and for the anticipation of Horacio’s Fall/Winter 2011 Womenswear Collection to fade, but the wait was worth it.  Models walked the runway wearing rich Asian-inspired hues and rice patty hats keeping with the night’s theme of Mining the Ming Dynasty.

Horacio creates designs for every woman using rich, lush, patterned fabrics that are fun, feminine, and flirty.  He showed a variety of looks including work-appropriate dresses, gorgeous, luscious cocktail dresses, and dresses that can easily transition from day to night.  Some of my favorite aspects of Horacio’s designs are definitely the rich hues, the versatility of his pieces, & the figure-flattering designs that would look good on any women – no matter their shape or size.

His dresses are also very affordable and are custom-made to fit you perfectly.  Visit Horacio Nieto and make your appointment today!  While you’re at it, go visit Diego Rocha and get a one-of-a-kind, personalized bag handmade just for you right in his studio.

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Behind The Scenes


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Behind the Scenes with Borris Powell

Welcome to nowYOUknow’s newest feature, Behind the Scenes, where we are taking a closer look into the lives of Chicago designers and other local icons.  We are excited to share with you our first segment with the infamous Borris J. Powell.  We were delighted and honored that Borris agreed to do an interview with us and even more thrilled that he was our very first interview.  You won’t meet anyone more down-to-earth and humble than Borris.  He is always showing his love and appreciation for all the support and encouragement he receives not only from friends and family but from fans and strangers as well.

Borris invited us to his lovely studio in Lincoln Park recently to chat, view his current collection, see what he is working on, and get an up close and personal look at his Black Swan Dress which was worn on the Red Carpet this year at the Oscar’s after winning the “Oscar, Make Me A Designer” Challenge.  For those of you that know Borris and his designs, it should come as no suprise that his dress was picked.  It won’t be long before we see all the stars wearing his designs to other red carpet events.  You, too, can feel like a star in a BJP original.  Just visit Borris Powell online or on Facebook and book an appointment today.

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Behind The Scenes


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