Review of MSPFW by Adrienne Yancy

Fortunately for us, with the new Fashion Week Calendar, we were able to go to many different events with hardly any overlap– thanks to the new and improved MSPFW. We (the Minnesota fashion community)  are now showing around the same time as larger fashion capitals (eg. New York and London), Minnesota Fashion seems a bit more relevant.  And by keeping the amount of shows down,  it was easier to attend more events and not feel like we were missing out on what our peers were presenting.

Here’s a quick review of what we saw this week, but keep in mind that there are two more events tomorrow also! The calendar of events can be viewed online.

Styles for Smiles

{Photo Source: Ruby Girl}

This was a very chill event at venue that was impossible to find. For some reason the directions were not correctly listed on any web source, which may have given every attendee a bad mood coming into the fundraising event! The runway portion of the event left much to be desired, and was understyled. At a fashion event, I love to see things that are new and never-been-seen. However, this show presented run-of-the-mill looks– some of which can be purchased at Heartbreaker and/or would never be considered high fashion. Other than that, the space was amazing! There were treats (who doesn’t love a cupcake or two!?), wine, and shopping which make for one happy girl!

The Red Dress Collection

These and more photos can be found on our Facebook Page!

This show was a great combination of local Minnesota designers who all dressed a ‘local celeb’ in a red dress to raise money and awareness for Heart Disease and women’s heart health programs. Sandy Simmons was our model (above in the ruffle back dress) and she looks amazing in her ArielSimone design. Seven Sushi was a great location, and the place was set up very well. My favorite thing about this show was seeing how different each designers look was, even though we all were required to use red fabric! The least favorite thing about this show was how the venue was only half full. Even though tickets were sold out a week before the show, an entire section of the venue was empty. We heard and witnessed excited supportors being turned away from the event due to ‘capacity’ restraints, which is rather unfortunate. This could have easily been used as an opportunity to raise more money and awareness for the charity in support. Overall, it was well received. We are also extremely thrilled to see this show grow for future MSPFW seasons. We look forward to next year (and hopefully a bigger space to accomodate more people)!

Emerging Designer Showcase

{Photo Source: Rhea Pappas}

Held at the CO Exhibition space, this show was produced by MNFashion and L’etoile. The concept was to show a ‘taste’ of a few emerging designers’ collections. One of my great friends Marissa Bridges showed at this show, her looks are above, and Marissa the designer is on the right. The other standout at this show was Caroline Hayden’s mini collection. Her black evening gown is above also. I did get to see this garment up close and the design was great! I would have like to have seen a greater turnout,  but I’m not sure the small space couldn’t have handled too much more anyway. Overall a great evening, but let me not forget to mention the music! Live music is always fun.

{Photo Source: Corey Tenold}

Oso performed a selection of songs with Mayda Miller. The duo played a couple sets– their sound varying from soulful and happy to electronic and dancy. Oso has an amazing stage presence (she should add hosting to her resume!) and Mayda has such a big, beautiful, soulful voice despite her meek appearance.

The Shows

Kjurek

Emma Berg

Amanda Christine

Set up like a truly traditional NY style show, this show went off without a hitch, and also without most of its viewers! A large portion of the crowd didn’t show until the second presentation.  The Shows designers were: Kjurek, Emma Berg, and Amanda Christine.  Each designer got their own separate presentation and models.  I liked a good number of looks overall, and there was a great crowd. Each designer has a very different aesthetic and mood, and it was really fun to see! At shows like these, I wish we had buyers and real industry professionals to help take designers to the next level in their careers.

Resurgent

{Photo Source: Corey Tenold}Resurgent was held at The Amsterdam bar in St. Paul, which I’d never been to before. They did a great job making it a runway space.  The runway show was slated to start at 7:30, but unfortunately didn’t begin until after 8:30. The post-apocalyptic, indigenous theme was a bit confusing, and I think the styling was over-the-top theatrical. I saw a lot of unfinished hems, puckering, and loose threads here and there, which may or may not have been on purpose because of the theme. I’m just not sure. The standout of the show was the upbeat DJ (D.J. Encounter) that kept us entertained throughout the show with her amazing personal and improvised choreography.  Also, there were a few menswear pieces that were really great!  Overall, I think they may have tried to push out too many looks, and should have instead focused on the tailoring and finishing.

 by Adrienne Yancy
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