Indy Style

Fashion Fix: Get the look for $50

Fashion entrepreneur Heather Pirowski from Retro 101 issued a challenge to 2 stylist: create a look for less than $50 with these guidelines:

Head to Toe Look

One Item – needs to be gifted

One Item – needs to be from a thrift store/garage sale/etc

One Item – local shop

One Item – stylist choice

Budget = $50

The recipient of the winning look is Faith Blackwell, a local photographer who will be wearing the outfit to Steppin’ Out in Style on Friday night. Heather is also creating an outfit, and the two that aren’t chosen will be donated to Dress for Success.

The two stylists who were up to the challenge are Wandini Riggins, retail fashion buyer and owner of Profyle Boutique at Keystone, and Jody D, stylist and blogger at Red’s Shoe Diaries ( and on Instagram as @RedsShoeDiaries) and the Founding Board Member of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Wandini has recently launched an online storefront at Known to the local fashionista set as the source for new-to-Indy domestic and international brands, such as Korto Momolu (pronounced cut-toe mo-mo-loo) of Project Runway fame. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram @profyleboutique.

Jody is the founder of signature fundraiser Stepping Out In Style, which has raised nearly $1 million dollars for the organization in the last 13 years.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.