Chicago Rookie Happiness: Saki, Chicago

As some of you know, I’m an unabashedly huge fan of teenage girl webmag Rookie, edited by feminist fashion blogging wunderkind Tavi Gevinson (I wrote here about how teen bloggers are taking over the world. Spoiler alert: as long as it’s teenagers like Tavi, I’m not bothered in the slightest). Though I don’t agree with every component of the Rookie worldview, it’s still one of my favorite publications. It’s well-written and intelligent (as well as funny, piercing, and relevant) enough for me to keep coming back, and I’d argue that Tavi’s being called the “future of journalism” by the likes of Lady Gaga for good reason.

From a fashion standpoint, I love what Rookie has to offer: everything from evocative mermaid-inspired editorials to broccoli crowns with a host of great interviews and DIYs in between. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to hang out with a bunch of Chicago Rookie-lovers tonight at Saki to hear readings from Tavi and other Rookie contributors, dance to some goofy tunes, and mingle with the best-dressed teens in town. Here are some shots of the evening.

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Things I learned: Rookie-reading and lookin’ fresh are directly correlated activities.
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Things I learned: Tavi’s tiny small in real life.
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Things I learned: A lot of Rookies means a lot of coats.
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Things I learned: Tavi interacts with Rookie readers like they (we) are all part of a community, instead of like the creepy fans that they (I) are sometimes tempted to be.
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Things I learned: Sometimes taking a shameless selfie with your partner in crime is an appropriate way to express that you’re happy to be wherever it is that you are. (Thanks, Jack).

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