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One of the first looks Emma Berg sent down the runway in tonight’s installment of The Mnfashion Shows was a swingy lipstick red dress with “It gets better” emblazoned across the chest. My smile lasted straight through to the last look: a sleeveless tiered white blouse with skinny lace pants and matching oversized hair bow that Minnie Mouse would die for. There were dresses like the white, below the knee halter style with one dynamite red panel you could imagine a fly girl wearing to a country club pool party juxtaposed with short and sheer with strategically placed sequined palm trees. As Berg said herself in the program, “The collection is filled with drama, confidence and wry humor. It is for a woman comfortable in her skin, who, at times, seeks out mischief.”

The uber-talented knitwear designer Kevin Kramp’s oversized men’s sweaters and clingy knit pants seemed downright practical, compared to his grown man onesies and 20 foot scarves of just a few years ago. The biggest cheers came for the chunky women’s sweater dresses. Some male models wore skinny, wrapped scarves with contrasting ends – and nothing else on top.

These are two talented designers who know how to put on a show. The lights were dim and blue, the music was ominous, both segments opened with a montage of fast moving video snippets – from Emma’s flurry of recent news headlines to Kramp’s appreciation for the male form. Berg and Kramp take the art of fashion very seriously, but aren’t afraid to have fun. That perspective makes for fantastic ride. So it was perfectly fitting that Kramp took his bow on a dirt bike.

Photos courtesy of Ellen Dahl Lawson.

Spring Style Dash + MNFW Tickets

Friday, March 25th, 2011

MNfashion takes its independence to the mall this weekend. That’s right: the local designers who seem the antithesis of all things Mall of America are  following through on their pledge to reach out to a broader audience. The Spring Style Dash takes place in the Nordstrom Court Saturday (March 26) from noon to 2 p.m. Three contestants will receive makeovers on the spot, and there will be a sneak peek of spring looks from the upcoming MNfashion Week shows in April.

Speaking of which, tickets for the MNFashion Shows, featuring promising designers Emma Berg and Kevin Kramp (pictured below) and Counter Couture and George Moskal, go on sale April 1. Get up close and personal with all four designers – and their designs – during a trunk show at the MNfashion Studio on April 16. More details on these and other upcoming MNfashion Week events here.

The Gaga jacket

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Minneapolis designer and arts promoter Emma Berg did not get to meet Lady Gaga, who was in town Monday and Tuesday for sold-out shows at the Xcel Energy Center. But the X assured her (and me) that the jacket they commissioned as a thank-you gift – read all about it – did make it to Lady Gaga (who may or may not have told a fan at the Turf Club last night to pass along her thanks to Berg). Here’s a look at the lady slipper inspired Emma Berg original: | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved