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Christopher Straub, the salesman

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


"Project Runway" designer Christopher Straub was a popular guy at the MNFashion Week Charmed Life event tonight at International Market Square. I'm guessing he'd like people to be as interested in his sassy handbags as they are in his sudden celebrity. He was at the event to sell, but graciously chatted with fashionistas and posed for pics. He's been very loyal to the local fashion community, even as his star continues to rise, but something bigger is brewing. Straub said he'll have an announcement soon about an accessories deal with a "major retailer." Stay tuned!

Low-down on the newspaper dress challenge

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Thank you, Project Runway, for showing us last night that there is a future for newapapers…in fashion. I asked Minnesota contender Christopher Straub what became of his spectacular feathered gown made entirely of newspaper (thinking it would be perfect for the next Pioneer Press ball…um, if we had such a thing). “The network owns it,” he said. Well, at least he got to hang with guest judge Eva Longoria Parker…right? That would be a no. The designers didn’t actually get to meet her.

Straub He's got immunity, so Shakopee designer Christopher Straub, winner of "Project Runway's" first challenge of the season, can kick back and enjoy this week's "Project Runway" screening at Hell's Kitchen. Feel free to join him – and study up for the fashion trivia. Details here.

St. Paul: Center of fashion universe

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Ramoncollection Straubcoleman At a "Project Runway" season premiere party Thursday at the St. Paul Hotel, Mayor Chris Coleman called St. Paul "Center of the fashion universe tonight." That was a stretch (as was his claim that he resembles Tim Gunn), but St. Paul was the center of "Project Runway" news: Shakopee designer Christopher Straub (left) won the first challenge and former Minneapolis resident Ra'Mon-Lawrence Coleman unveiled the collection he called "A Cool Summer's Breeze" (above) and revealed that he will show it, on his own, during New York Fashion Week next month. While "Project Runway" was held up by a legal dispute between Bravo and Lifetime, design careers apparently moved forward. Coleman presented a collection of refined resort wear for women and men with safari influences. Surprisingly reserved, perhaps, for a confident designer with a major Mohawk, but Coleman has worked for both Target and Kohl's. He knows what sells. Straub, meanwhile, showed his new handbags: fancy clutches and satchels with loads of embellishment. Check them both out online: Christopher Straub and Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman. They gave out each other's URLs on stage before the show. "We are not afraid of shameless plugs," said Coleman, who slipped in minutes before the show started. Straub, with his mom, aunt, brother and supportive partner (an engineer, whom he dresses) was one of the first to arrive, happily working the room for more than an hour. Read more about the premiere party and the contestants' reaction to the show in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Cricketsyndicate Picture Tim Gunn, the epitome of elegance, in low cut boxer briefs with "Top Gunn" emblazoned on the crotch. "I was going to make him a custom pair, but no gifting is allowed," says "Project Runway" Season 6 designer  Christopher Straub of Shakopee, Minn., best known for his Cricket Syndicate underwear (pictured, and sold at Design Collective). Still, at his tryout, Gunn and Season 2 designer-turned-fashion analyst Nick Verreos "loved the underwear," Straub says. I talked to Straub and fellow cast member Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman today – their first basking in the glow of the upcoming season of reality favorite "Project Runway." Straub said he's received more voicemails and emails today than in the last year. Coleman, who launched his solo career in Minneapolis before relocating to Milwaukee, created a fan page on Facebook and started a Twitter account (this evening's post: "kind of freaking out!!!!! Just when you think you are ready for the storm you realize you aren't.") As a couple of the only Midwesterners on the show, the designers said they formed an instant bond. Both were warm, fun and incredibly gracious. My gut says Coleman is in for the longer run – not only is he the more accomplished of the two (he's currently collaborating on the Lauren Conrad line for Kohl's), he's got a flair for the dramatic. "You just have to let passion drive you without any resistance," he told me today.

For more on the designers, the upcoming season of "Project Runway" and what the attention could mean for Minneapolis fashion design, read the Pioneer Press.

MN is IN on Project Runway

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The cast of Project Runway Season 6 will finally be announced today and among the designers are two Minnesotans: former Target designer Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman, a fixture on the local design scene for the past several years who recently relocated to Milwaukee for a design job with Kohl's, and Christopher Straub of Shakopee who designs a racy/retro line of men's underwear called Cricket Syndicate (guessing those low-cut boxer briefs offered sex appeal to TV producers). They're the first locals to make the show since Katherine Gerdes in Season 3. Expect to learn more about them and the long-awaited season in the Pioneer Press this week. Project Runway Season 6 debuts Aug. 20 on Lifetime. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved