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Happy Hats

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

It’s no surprise that Minnesota inspires well-designed winter accessories. Hats and scarves make great gifts–even better when they come from someone who knows what it’s like to get dressed on a miserable day in January.

All Knitwear is the perfect antidote to a gray season. Designer Annie Larson hand knits each and every one of her bright, bold, patterned hats. They capture the fondest of winter memories–flying down a hill on a toboggan, skating a pristine lake, building snowmen…and returning to a warm house where Mom has extra marshmallows for the hot cocoa. Larson is a University of Minnesota grad who worked for Target before starting her own brand, now based in Brooklyn. Her hats, $52, are sold at Askov Finlayson, 200 N. First St., Mpls., 612-206-3925

St. Paul resident Semera Faroog’s design credits include stints with BCBG and Free People. Starting her own sweater/knit collection led her to Peru where she works with local artisans who hand knit her luxe sweaters and scarves using Alpaca yarns that are dyed with eco friendly colorants. The brand is Made By, and each piece is actually stamped with the name of the artisan who made it. Find the chic hats, headbands and chunky sweaters, socks and scarves–starting at $70–at Allee Metro Chic, 493 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-414-0274

The New Mpls-St.Paul Fashion Week

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

MNfashion Week is becoming Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week and shifting its calendar to align with the industry. That means showing collections a season ahead, just like they do in New York, with the hopes of getting orders from retailers with time for manufacturing. Basically, moving beyond the fashion show as entertainment to fashion show as launching pad. The upcoming season, announced today, will be held Feb. 19-26, 2012 and will premiere Autumn/Winter 2012 collections. The MNfashion organization, in its quest to professionalize the local design community, is also implementing a review process to improve the caliber of events and streamline the schedule so shows aren’t double-booked. Registration for Minneapolis-St.Paul Fashion Week runs through Dec. 23. The lineup will be announced Jan. 16.

Amanda Christine at Arafina

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Alice & Olivia, Nanette Lepore and now, Amanda Christine. Galleria boutique Arafina has picked up social occasion dresses and separates from the Minneapolis-based designer.  Get a look at these modern holiday designs, and meet Christine at the store Thursday, Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.

Joynoelle’s Caged Bird Sings

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Joynoelle designer Joy Teiken unveiled her new ready-to-wear collection Monday evening in an intimate and elegant show at the Grand Cafe in Minneapolis. She was inspired by the idea of caged birds, interpreted as criss-cross fabrics, feathered skirts and delicately stripped overlays. The bigger idea behind Teiken’s designs was triumph over hardship–breaking free of the cage. She succeeded there, as well. Teiken has long been adept at executing a cohesive and clever theme–no small feat–but this collection is her most promising to date–confirmed by the oohs and ahhs of the ladies in the attendance. Her latest bridal designs have already attracted some attention from New York fashion editors. It would be nice to finally see that enthusiasm reinforced by an investor or retailer with the resources to take Joynoelle to the next level. Her hometown fans would love nothing more than to say we knew her when…

Scared Panda

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

It’s not every day a New York t-shirt brand releases a Minnesota-inspired collection. Turns out, Scared Panda owners Kaitlin Olson and Clint McMahon are from Minnesota, and they’ve been feeling a little homesick. Their witty new Minnesota-themed t-shirt collection pays homage to hotdish, Uptown (a ’hood they describe as “so cool, you’ve probably never heard of it”), the local music scene, Duluth, and, naturally, snow. The shirts, in men’s and women’s sizes, sell for $25. Scared Panda plans to donate 10 percent of sales to a Minnesota nonprofit.

Psst: You would have known about this even earlier if you subscribed to Swag!

Danielle Everine: After Project Runway

Friday, November 4th, 2011

She didn’t make it to New York Fashion Week this season on Project Runway, still, Danielle Everine completed her own Fall 2011 collection, which she will unveil next week at Cliche in Minneapolis.
“Call Me Ishmael” is inspired by life aboard a ship.  Everine says she used the theme to explore what a modern day heroine might wear during a trans-Atlantic journey. These sketches are a first glimpse. Everine promises  soft dresses floating under heavy, utilitarian outerwear. Look for old/new combinations of wool, leather, oilcloth and rope. Everine partnered with Lisa Luck of Yeti Records to create custom textile prints, and for the first time, Everine designed travel handbags with laser-etched motifs.
It seems Project Runway’s loss could be the Twin Cities’ gain. Be among the first to see the collection at its debut, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave., Mpls., 612-870-0420.


Friday, November 4th, 2011

The organizers of super cool, super successful American-made menswear pop up NorthernGrade are ready for winter. Their fans want another market, and they’ll get it–February 18. SnowGRADE, like its summertime brother, will take place at Architectural Antiques, organized by the folks from Pierrepont Hicks and J.W. Hulme, who certainly know how to throw a shopping party. Think: firepit, hot toddies and a small, well curated assortment of heritage brands. And if we have to snowshoe to get there, it will only add to the mystique.

The New Nelle Showroom

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

It’s exciting to watch an independent designer live out her dreams. For Laura Nelli–who in just a few years has gone from a publicist stitching bags on her own late at night to an accomplished designing being commissioned to create bridal pieces for Anthropologie–the opening of her Nelle Handbags showroom today in Minneapolis is yet another milestone to check off her ambitious list.  The chic new showroom within l’atelier couture showcases the entire Nelle collection–with more than 100 options for color and customization (the perks of shopping in the designer’s home town).

The 2012 Nelle line is on the shelves. Nelli’s structured evening clutches are dressed up in silk taffeta with opulent crystal appliques and exuberant bows (her adjective, I just love it). Prices range from $85 to $180; custom additions are $70. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

Nelli’s everyday tote collection, Harold, will also be available through the showroom. And showroom shoppers will be first to see bows, sashes and other accessories Nelli is testing out. 219 N. Second St., Suite 404, Mpls., 651-602-9492

Joynoelle, In Progress

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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.

NorthernGRADE Men’s Market

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Having modern classic fashion brands like J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks based in the Twin Cities makes us look good. The two teamed up again to produce the second annual NorthernGRADE men’s market today at Architectural Antiques in Northeast Minneapolis. If you wear bow ties, fitted plaid shirts, slim denim and Red Wing boots – generally all at once – or appreciate men in them, this shopping event is worth hitting. There will be live music, food and spirits, and of course, shopping. NorthernGRADE brings together iconic American-made brands new and old, including Red Wing Shoe Co., Duluth Pack, Stormy Kromer and Taylor Stitch. Go to support them. Go for the people watching. Go to get your man out of pleated khakis. And go to celebrate the cool, creative companies that make Minnesota their home – and the others from around the country that come to be associated with this movement.

NorthernGRADE, Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St. N.E., Mpls.

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