MNFashion Kick-off Season by Lucie Jane

Its coming! MNFashion week is coming soon! This season’s fashion week will be held September 22 through 28th. There are trunk shows, boutique open houses, etc, and best of all: The Shows! The Shows are a series that MNFashion has been producing for the past year or so, showcasing successful local designers by putting on a show with full collections. This year designers include ArielSimone, Christopher Straub, Blasphamina’s Closet, Emma Berg, and others. Find out more info, and buy tickets, here.
This past Sunday I had a great time modeling for the lookbooks and promotional material for two of my all time favorite designers: Christopher Straub and ArielSimone! Christopher’s line showcases his talent with digital prints and gowns, and Adrienne’s line features some of her famous and unique swimwear. Here are a few sneak peaks below!

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Hope to see you at the shows!
xoxo Lucie Jane

Fall 2012 Trend: Houndstooth

TREND ALERT! A psychedelic twist on traditional houndstooth is all the rage for fall! The classic black and white look has been replaced with vibrant modern colors that make it anything but ordinary. These bold patterns were seen in varying forms, from suits, to coats, to dresses.

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This vivacious pattern suit was seen at House of a Holland (left), while the trend was paired with sheer fabric to create this sexy evening dress at Pucci (right). Dior took the trend a step further, pairing it with the fall muted pattern trend, to create this statement trench with scaled-back houndstooth print (center). This colorful print is being seen in everything from outerwear and dresses, to handbags and other accessories in soft and hard textures. With this trend it’s all about making a statement. Pair a colorful houndstooth piece with a classic black legging for an edgy city look. Or use it as an accent piece by updating a classic look with houndstooth accessories like Emma Stone in these Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth pumps. We also love this Oscar de la Renta houndstooth dress for a more elegant and professional look for the chic business-savvy.

GET THE LOOK: Want to rock this trendy style?  Try the ArileSimone houndstooth headband for a classic and elegant look in black and white, or choose a custom color for a more daring statement piece.  Admittedly the best accessory to any outfit that will spruce up that wardrobe and put some flirt back into your frock.

By Joanna Komvopoulos

{Photo 1} {Photo 2} {Photo 3} {Photo 4} Final Photo: ArielSimone for ILWYW.com

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

MSPFW Is Here!

MNfashion’s sponsored Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week has officially begun (as you know because we’ve been hyping our events all last week). The official kick off party was last night. Remember, we talked about it twice last week– The Red Dress Collection. We have some great images from the evening, which you can check out on facebook. It was a great event for a great cause. Our model Sandy was amazing– she simply looked STUNNING and we absolutely loved the realia by jen jewels that Jen styled our look with. To say that we were pleased with how things turn out would be an understatement!  We were happy to be able to support the charity and raise our glasses to celebrate fashion and philanthropy.


Even thought that is the last show in MN Fashion Week  that we will be working, we are excited to support our peers and local design friends throughout the week. We will have plenty of words and photos to fill you in if you are not able to attend everything.

Speaking of attendance, we are thrilled that the MN Fashion team curated and streamlined a calendar for the week with no overlap so that MSPFW attendees won’t have to miss a single show or event.

We’ve worked hard to create a well-edited mix of events that represent fashion and style in the Twin Cities…. All of these events are a can’t-miss and, fortunately, with our new scheduling process you won’t have to.

— Nicole Dixon, Fashion Week Director.

All events fall under one of three categories: The Shows, satellite runway shows and retail events. Voted the best local designer showcase by Minnesota Monthly, The Shows  are making a triumphant return on Wednesday, Feb. 21 with Emma Berg, Kimberly Jurek and Amanda Christine. Produced by MNfashion, The Shows have raised the bar for local runway shows and will continue that tradition this season.

Resurgent is on Thursday. You and Me will be producing their for their first-ever fashion runway show during this week hosted at the new Bar Amsterdam in St. Paul. Four designers have come together to create their first official line under the You And Me label, featuring: Camille Fashions, Katy Schmaty Jewelry, and Tim+Thom. By combining their creative efforts, they’ve created a line featuring Men’s and Women’s ready to wear clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Live Music by Loveless Aphrodite, Tiger Vs., and D.J. Encounter.

Another event that we are super excited about is the J.W. Hulme and Pierrepont Hicks event. Known for their genius creation NorthernGRADE Menswear Market, these fashionable producers will bring you SnowGRADE, a pop-up market for men, brought on by request. All vendors are American-made manufacturers. Local vendors include: Northern BrewersClancey’s Meats and FishFaribault Woolen Mills and more. It’s super hot and a great place to scope out cute duds for your man. And just a great event to scope out cute guys too 🙂

To see a complete event listing, visit the calendar.