The date is set for Macy's Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis: Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. Topping the list of designers this year: Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Sportmax, Maxmara and CNC Costume National. And get a load of the trends: "city sophisticate," "punk princess," and "classic cowboy." Macy's is promising the usual mix of fashion, music, entertainment and cuisine that has long made this the chicest event of the summer. (Though the department store decimated its Minneapolis-based executive team, Glamorama producer Laura Schara and a few other key players still have jobs here.) Tickets range from $75 to $500 and can be purchased through the Children's Cancer Research Fund at 952-893-9355 or ChildrensCancer.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the State Theatre Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.
Just got off the phone with hair god Oribe (think Jennifer Lopez and every super model and movie star. Ever.) who made me feel better about my lifelong bad hair day by telling me that Kate Winslet can't do much with her own hair. Cameron Diaz, however, can. The bitch. I'll have his candid comments on Victoria Beckham, Megan Fox, Jessica Simpson and others in the Pioneer Press next week. But I just have to share this one now: Kate Gosselin. All he knows about embattled "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star is "someone had an affair." But the hair? He likes it! "These days, it's all about being a character. Sexy in the front; crazy in the back. It suits her."
Oribe's new product line will be available at Spalon Montage in June.
With stray grays and blah browns threatening a hostile takeover of the sandy, sun-struck territory at my part, I knew what I had to do. I promised color guru Jason Backe, when he made me a Clairol blond, that I'd see this experiment through by touching up my own roots. The rubber gloves in the box made me nervous – like there was potential for this project to go horribly awry. I brushed the goop on the roots where my hair wants to part, but there was so much left. So I started flipping my hair to the other side and dabbing dye on those roots too. Then I worried the touch-up was touching too many non-touch-up hairs and I might end up with a partial Gwen Stefani. But, 10 minutes later, I dutifully rinsed and voila, no damage done; roots seemingly covered. Saved time and gobs of money. I might do this again!
Retailers are really listening. I complained on the radio recently that it was disappointing to stroll through Excelsior & Grand on my way to dinner and find the stores closed at 6 p.m. So silly not to capitalize on the restaurant/park/Starbucks traffic, especially now that it's nice and everyone is desperate to be outside. What do you know: I just received word that the boutiques at Excelsior & Grand will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays this summer, starting June 4. Be sure to shop so they keep this up!
The fashion show I hosted at Oakridge Country Club yesterday focused, refreshingly, on dressing for your age, not the trends. Sure, there are some general rules…the above-the-knee sundress and slinky maxi dress would have looked silly on the 73 year old model, Arlene. Aisha at Belle Reve had planned to dress our "senior" in a long sleeve top…until she got a look at her arms and decided to play them up. It's all about knowing your assets at any age. Arlene rocked it – from head to toe. She arrived with her short hair in a standard, coiffed gray-hair 'do: blow dried and curled. Pamela Cruz (looove her) from Bella salon in Edina decided to shake things up by straightening Arlene's hair and styling it seductively over her eyes. You're never too old to rock a blow-out! With short hair, Pamela says now is the time to try it straight. But the stick-straight thing looks very tired on longer hair. Go for loose waves and more volume, she said. I'm trying!
You want to think it's all logos and status – that expensive clothes aren't really any better, just pricier. But I unknowingly tried on a $930 dress and it was bliss. The white-with-black-polka dot Charles Chang Lima dress zipped up the back, but inside the bodice was a second, interior zipper to hold the cleavage in place. The lingerie straps adjusted. The length was perfect. When does that happen? Ever? The dress will be 30 percent off later this week during the spring sale at Grethen House, the store owner offered. It wouldn't help.
I guess personal finance guru Suze Orman doesn't mind being a party theme – boxy blazers and all. She had this to say about my 5/17 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on paying off credit card debt: "Here is a sweet tweet–to all you negative reporters you can't stop something that is working and helping people" and she included this link.
We missed out on H&M’s first Matthew Williamson collection, but today, the retailer does right by the rest of the country, bringing Williamson’s summer line to H&M stores nationwide, including Mall of America and Woodbury. It’s all about holiday with long flowing dresses, smocks and caftans in weightless fabrics and warm colors. For the first time, Williamson is doing menswear – inspired by his own style. Think proper Englishman traveling the world, mixing classics with ethnic flavor, like a seersucker blazer worn over a Cuban-style print shirt. The comprehensive collection includes accessories and swimwear for women and men. And all of it is at H&M’s usual budget-friendly prices.
At an event for local retailers this week, Bay Street Shoes president Darrel Besikof expressed dismay at the way customers today will brazenly pick up a full price item and shout out an offer. He gets offended. Frustrated. Even hurt. But sometimes, if the offer is reasonable, he’ll take it.
In this economy, Besikof says he either had to power up, or get out. He is building a brand new store at Calhoun Square, twice the size of the old one. It is expected to open in the fall.
Where are the Bravo cameras? The Mall of America announced this morning that it wants to open a concept salon/spa (Progressions Salon must be thrilled) and is seeking a hairstylist or salon manager to give the place some personality. Next comes the contest, the challenge, the TV show, right? Not this time. There's no catch. The chosen partner will be a part owner without making a financial investment. That stylist or manager will be involved in decision making from the ground up, including salon design. “This is a new and exciting creative business model for Mall of America – something we have never tried before," said Maureen Bausch, executive vice president of business development at Mall of America, in a statement. " We are searching for the best of the best in the local market that can help the salon be exciting, trendy and successful.”
Any local stylist or salon manager up for the challenge should contact Bausch at [email protected]