Had the privilege of looking in on fashion designer Joy Teiken at work on her next Joynoelle ready-to-wear collection, which she plans to preview in Minneapolis in October before taking it to New York. Custom wedding dresses pay the bills, so RTW is her place to play, create and explore her current mood. At the moment, that’s strong, resilient and independent. Her working theme is “Caged Bird,” but from what I’ve seen, this collection has the potential to fly. It’s ladylike, with an edge: transparent white dresses crisscrossed by black ribbon (underlay to be determined) and dresses with tight bodices and delightfully fluffy, feathered skirts. She intersperses white and black with shots of a deep, wine red. I can’t wait to see the finished pieces next month.