Scott Ian McFarland Runway Collection Preview

This Monday, I had the opportunity to take a peek at Scott Ian McFarland‘s latest collection, which will be on the runways this Sunday for San Francisco Fashion Week.

I had no idea what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised to find a small intimate gathering when I walked into Jillian’s. The venue was cozy, with dim lighting and wood-paneled walls that reminded me of a cabin in the woods. It was a classy affair with crudités, french bread, and cheese to snack on and waiters taking drink orders.

I browsed through racks of men’s and women’s sweaters, cardigans, coats, beanies, scarves, and knit leggings and played dress-up with the models. The knitwear collection worked well as a cohesive unit and I was impressed by how easy it was to mix and match individual pieces.

At first glance, the collection seemed basic, but upon further inspection, I discovered intricate knit work and lacing, interwoven braided ribbon, ruffled piping, and a palette of grays, deep indigo, and pearlescent hues. The first thing that came to mind when trying to describe it was Alice in Wonderland meets Where The Wild Things Are. The pieces possessed the effortless comfort of Max’s wolf pajamas and the whimsy of Wonderland. It was a match made in children’s book heaven.

Most of the pieces were masterfully crafted by Scott Ian McFarland himself, a rare feat in a world where many fashion designers do not sew their own designs. As a formally trained sculptor, Scott brings a fresh perspective to the San Francisco fashion scene. He experiments with three-dimensional shapes, color, and texture in a way only a sculptor can.

The inspiration behind Scott Ian McFarland’s latest collection is androgyny, the 1920s, ships, and the blues.

Androgynous influences are obvious in the gender-neutral colors and silhouettes, while the 1920s shows itself in the form of loose-fitting cuts and breathable fabrics. The ruffled piping and knitted diamond-shaped patterns reveal ships’ masts and sails. But the blues? Really?

I thought long and hard about how a musical genre could act as the inspiration for a clothing collection before I decided to do some research of my own. The term “the blues” comes from the use of the indigo plant in West African cultures during death and mourning ceremonies. The mourner’s garments were dyed blue to indicate suffering. The indigo plant was also grown in many plantations in the southern United States, where slaves sang of their suffering as they worked in the fields. These songs were called “the blues”.

It was no coincidence then that Scott Ian McFarland used a deep indigo color to accent the neutral grays, pinks, and tans in his collection.

Although Scott Ian McFarland is relatively new to the fashion world, I have high hopes for the new designer and I’d like to see how his clothing translates from the runways to the streets!

by Samantha J. Yee, originally posted on Sam Goes Glam

Fierce Fashion at ‘The Oscars of Fashion’

Yesterday was the CFDA awards ceremony, honoring excellence in fashion design. If you are not familiar, it stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America. This non-profit trade association consists of more than 300 designers and artists. They work to promote fashion and accessory designers, bring more awareness to the art, and raise the professional standards, codes and ethical practices.

This annual ceremony consists of awards for Lifetime Achievement, Best Womenswear and Menswear Designer, and Emerging Ready-to-Wear Talent. This year, Tommy Hilfiger was awarded with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, but the biggest winners were the Olsen twins, who won as Best Womenswear Designer for their line The Row.

So who stood out at the fashion awards?

Julianne Hough – I adore this dress on her. The pleats are in all the right places, and the length of the dress is ideal. Metallic is the next trend, and this silver belt goes perfectly. Mainly, I love a plunging neckline on a small busted woman. She looks so sexy and sophisticated!

Dakota Fanning – Looks striking in this brocade look. It’s more of a statement than I think she’s used to, but the entire look is fantastic, the shoes and bag are great compliments. I love the trim around and within the whole garment. Notice the metallic!

Lily Collins – Proves that metallic is coming back strong! This cute little dress is so unique with the mixing of gold and silver, the dropped waist, and large bird; such a unique combination. She looks very sweet, as opposed to edgy, and I like that.

Solange Knowles – She has been ‘one to watch’ in the fashion world for quite a few years now. I love the yellow on her skin tone, and the cage-like blocks on her dress, they are working wonders for her figure. I’m usually not a fan of clear shoes, but these look great with the metallic ankle strap.

Karolina Kurkova – I usually see her in full hair and makeup, so it’s great to see a simpler look. The cut of this dress is perfectly uncomplicated and the print is well placed, I like that the red is at the top. I love these shoes for this dress.

There were many more well-dressed folks who walked the carpet of this event, but I wanted to show the newer trends specifically and show different ways to make them work. For more Photos.

Get Your Tickets to Avoid the Grey

ArielSimone is going to be presenting a new one of kind look in this year’s momentous Avoid the Grey fashion show, held by Cliché!  This annual show is known for its Rolodex of great local designers, and trends. This  year’s show promises to be even better than the last!

For more than seven years, Cliché boutique in the Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis has produced runway shows featuring the ready-to-wear collections of the most talented local designers. This year, expect something different as runway devolves to voyeurism.


For Avoid the Grey, Cliché allows guests to gaze clandestinely into the private thoughts and inspiration of ten local designers. Each designer has concealed the inspiration for their 2012 collection within a chamber. Peer through these chambers and see what has never been shared before…the birth of a collection. No binoculars required, just a pair of prying eyes.

Featuring clothing and accessories by Amanda Christine, ArielSimone, Carmichael Claith, Chrysopoeia, Cocoquette, Danielle Everine, Gina Marie Vintage, Kathryn V., Kjurek Couture, KR Designs, Larissa Loden, Needle & Black, Rachel Blomgren, Realia by Jen, Sarah M. Holm and Sweet T.

And for this year’s show, ArielSimone is once again pairing with unmatched local designer of Realia Jewelry Jen Scheffler.

Art work by Bryant Locher, Caroline Debevec, Daniel Jaffe, Emilie Robinson and Isa Gagarin. AND  a short film by Andrea Bursott.

It’s a cash bar only event, and please not that this event will start promptly at 7pm. Unlike past years, there will not be two separate shows, so please come on time to see section 1 and section 2 of the show!

If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, ArielSimone has a plethora of tickets left, so please email Adrienne directly at Tickets can also be purchased at Cliché.




ArielSimone Holiday Soiree

If you haven’t heard yet ArielSimone will be having a Holiday Soiree this year, hosted by Keith Dorsett. We are so thrilled, we can hardly sit still! The event will be held at his space Elsworth Menswear in the LaSalle Plaza downtown Minneapolis on the skyway level (second floor).

RSVP on Facebook, if you haven’t already!

We will be grooving and mingling from 5-8pm this Friday, the 2nd of December. DJ Ander Other (Doomtree) will be dropping amazing beats– so get ready to have some fun! We will also be having an exciting mini fashion show at 6:30pm (Hair & Makeup by Taj Salon). We will be  presenting both men and women Holiday looks. Additionally, we will  preview some spring/summer looks!! So ladies, don’t forget to bring your beau. Complimentary drinks and delicious desserts will be provided. Best of all?! This event is free! So join us after work or Happy Hour!

We hope you come and support our first event and the wonderful vendors that we will have present, including our favorite jewelry designer Jen Scheffler from Realia by Jen. Additionally, Irely Intimates will be selling some wonderful products that make great gifts! You’re definitely in for a treat! See you there!

I Heart Cliché

ArielSimone has been so fortunate to sell at one of Minneapolis’ finest boutiques so we thought it was about time to share the love and tell you all why we love Cliché so much.

Cliché is a fashionable clothing boutique, located at 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405. If you didn’t already know, it is TOTALLY  the place to go for non-traditional Minneapolis fashion. The store carries an exceptional combination of nationally sold brands and exclusive foreign labels but also supports local designs. Over 30 local clothing, jewelry and accessory designers make a home at Cliché and ArielSimone is no exception. Shoppers are able to tell right away that  store owners Josh and Delayna Sundberg pay close attention to current trends while managing the expectations of the Minneapolis market. So much that Cliché was voted “#1 Hottest Local Boutique” by VitaMn readers 4 years running and “Best Boutique” by City Pages in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Cliché has an online store as well as blog detailing current store events.

We had a little conversation last night with Josh to tell us more about why Cliché  is such a successful boutique, especially with so few in Minnesota. It sounds like that Cliché listens to its patrons and has the right inventory to appeal to all customers. From his perspective, considering both higher and lower price points as well as a mix of safer and bolder garments, Cliché  has created a perfect balance that ultimately supports itself. One of the other amazing ways that Cliché  supports its customers and local designers are frequent events. Cliché participates in Vision fashion events, occasional sponsorship of local designer fashion shows as well as a few in store events. The next one is  Friday evening,  Sept 2nd, 2011.

So…I’m sure that’s enough for you to want to shop there! If you are a local emerging artist, you might want to consider Cliché if you haven’t already…. We asked Adrienne the following:

How long has ArielSimone been selling in Cliché?

This fall season will be my third season selling at Cliché

How did that relationship evolve?

I’d heard about Cliché through someone else (after I’d heard their great reputation with other local designer) and I set up an appointment with them after that!

What do you love the most about your relationship with Cliché?

I love how involved they are with the fashion community along with all the local designers. They really nurture and support local artisans. They actually care and want to make things work!


Cliché also hosts an annual fashion show called Avoid The Grey, which exclusively supports local designers. ArielSimone was thrilled to participate in that event last winter (below are some incredible photos from the evening).

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