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Envision Faves

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Two designers jumped out at me at the Envision: Artopia spring show:  YQY By Vivian and Sydney Ilten.

Vivian Aronson is new to the Twin Cities. YQY stands for her Chinese name, Yuan Qian Yi. She was a model who gravitated toward design. An online store is in the works.
Sydney Ilten is a local girl who returned to the Twin Cities after earning a degree in fashion design at Iowa State University. Her day job is stylist and inventory specialist for Hot Mama and she sells her designs online and at Cliche.
The designers sent chic, wearable dresses down the runway – Ilten with a bit of a preppy, classic American vibe; Aronson’s designs have a feminine, romantic appeal. Both impressed me as being well crafted and – perhaps most important for someone hoping to make fashion her day job – wearable.
Photos by Chris McDuffie.

Go to a fashion show

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

People over 30: Put a dress on and go to a fashion show! The 20somethings who partied past midnight at the Envision show on Saturday night (which included some really fab, very wearable pieces from Bumbershute, Local Motion, OPM and others) think we're lame. Not helped by the fact that I took my 20-year-old intern as my date (you looked great, Megan!) when my friends – and babysitter – failed me. We've got to represent. I've already pointed out some highlights for MNfashion Week but after going backstage at the Ritz Theater yesterday and seeing the Ballet of the Dolls dancers prepare to strut their stuff to Mary J Blige in 8-inch platforms, it's worth suggesting again that you get tickets to Fashion Ball for April 23 or 24. This is the first time Glamorama vets Myron Johnson and Grant Whittaker have done a fashion week event and it looks like it's going to be a blast. Besides the theatrics, they'll be showing collections from Grethen House N'Etc and J. Novachis.Tickets are $30 and proceeds support Ballet of the Dolls. Also of note: Laura Fulk's April 20 show, originally invitation only, has been opened up to the public. Click here to get on the list while the gettin's good. Last year, Fulk's presentation, while entirely conceptual, really raised the bar locally for serious fashion show production. Now that she's aligned herself with business partners focused on getting her clothes into stores nationally, it will be interesting to see how all the elements come together. YOU could witness a designer in the making. And wouldn't it be refreshing to do something other than dinner and a movie?

Envisioning better fashion shows

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Envision Forget New York. Major fashion designers ought to take their collections on the road. (Imagine: "Now playing in Dubuque: Michael Kors Fall '09!!!). They've been talking about selling tickets to Fashion Week anyway – it's not that much of a leap. Let's just take Minneapolis, for example. We've got fab venues, from museums to hotels, to stage shows – and it's got to be less expensive than the Bryant Park tents. We've got local hairstylists who travel to NY to participate – keep 'em home. And we've got interest. Oh, do we ever. I attended Saturday's Envision Spring '09 at the Graves Hotel. And besides wondering why the show needed to start at 11:20 p.m., I found myself more captivated by the crowd than the runway. Not to slight the participating designers and boutiques – they're great and working so hard to put Mpls on the map for fashion design. But we're still a small scene, and if you attend local shows regularly, they start to look the same. Same small handful of designers (pictured: Joynoelle – which should have been the finale, not the opening). Same unimpressive models. Yet every event – and get ready, we're headed into MN Fashion Week – draws a major crowd. Envision was especially impressive: young women in chic party dresses up to there, straight guys trying to be all JT in Fedoras. They are hungry for more than one Midwestern city can deliver on its own. Imagine if the fashion world brought us New York quality shows. These good looking, enthusiastic fashion seekers would go wild. Perhaps some might even be inspired to pay full price.


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