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Backstage at Glamorama

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Model down! It’s a long day for the tall, beautiful, skinny  models from all over the U.S. who come to Minneapolis to appear in Macy’s Glamorama fall fashion extravaganza. Those poor, poor things had to report to the Orpheum Theatre at 8 a.m. this morning and as one told me, strumming his guitar by the stage door: “We’re on lock down!”

What’s really disgusting: The Glamorama models are as nice as they are gorgeous.

And right now: they’re loading up on CINNAMON ROLLS!

The models are in hair and makeup for their afternoon dress rehearsal with Bruno Mars and Far East Movement. Sneak preview: Lancome’s National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez is creating a watercolor inspired look, with pinks and purples to accent Glamorama’s “Artrageous” theme this year. The key to making these faces last through showtime tonight: Primer.

Signing off until show time. I’ve got more, er, interviews to conduct…

Glamorama 2011

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Great get! Grammy Award winner and current hit maker Bruno Mars will headline Macy’s Glamorama on August 5 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Electro-pop quartet Far East Movement of “Like a G6″ fame, will also perform. And for the first time in years, it’s those fussy 20somethings who are most excited about the show. While Glamorama has certainly featured big names in the past, it’s often artists past their prime, rather than on the rise like this year’s headliners. A smart investment for a department store eager to reconnect with young shoppers.

“ARTRAGEOUS” is the theme for the 20th annual fashion fundraiser to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Featured designers will include Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel, and as always, the show will be followed by a party in Macy’s 8th floor auditorium and on the rooftop. Tickets for the show only are $60; show and after party admission starts at $175. To order, call 952-893-9355 or click here.

Even in office supplies, Raina looks hot

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

America’s Next Top Model runner up Raina Hein created quite a stir at Macy’s Glamorama Friday in a Joynoelle original made of dutchess satin, held together with paper clips, green rubber bands and gold fasteners. Designer Joy Teiken (right) has never been interested in Project Runway, but she took the Office Max challenge to create the one-of-a-kind dress, which, amazingly, looks like it could fit in to her fall 2010 collection. Leave it to Teiken to work in pockets!  Hein, who moves to Los Angeles next week to pursue modeling and perhaps acting, said she was honored to wear the Office Max dress – even though Teiken wouldn’t let her go to the bathroom in it.

Macy and me

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Yes, she’s Grammy winner Macy Gray and I…can’t carry a tune. But in the VIP suite at the Macy’s Glamorama after party in Minneapolis, we were just a couple of moms (albeit, one of us had bodyguards), talking about kids’ shoes, Real Housewives, guilt and homework. Can’t wait to bring you highlights from my great chat with Macy Gray in the St. Paul Pioneer Press next week.

I heart Eric Hutchinson

Friday, August 6th, 2010

“I’m feeling a little under dressed,” Eric Hutchinson said as he took the stage at Macy’s Glamorama in Minneapolis tonight to sing his hits “Ok, It’s Alright with Me” and “Rock & Roll.”  “I should have worn heels.” The poor guy is way too normal to be mistaken for a musician.  Before the show, he went to the gym and found himself working out in a room surrounded by male models. “It was a little intimidating. But I couldn’t stop staring,” he told me. I know he wanted to be staring at some of the female models after the show, but he was kind enough to pose with me. “I was trying to meet a few backstage, but no numbers yet,” he said, optimistically. “We’ve got four shows together.” Glamorama travels to Chicago next week and then to Los Angeles and San Francisco in September. Eric’s hoping maybe by show two or three, Macy’s will offer to dress him. That offer might have come sooner, if he hadn’t done such a decent job of dressing himself in Ben Sherman. The guy is more than alright.

Mugging w/Christopher Straub

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Project Runway alum Christopher Straub gave me a smile outside the Orpheum Theatre before Glamorama tonight, but for more “official” photos, he was all about the serious stare. To match his outfit, naturally.

The next big ticket

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

In some cities, Nordstrom’s Fall Designer Preview draws upwards of 500 people. The crowd at Nordstrom Mall of America was considerably smaller tonight, maybe 150, but give it a year, I think we’ll see the fashion troops mobilize for this classy event. It’s not the dancing-on-the-rooftop party that you get at Glamorama, but if you love fashion and want to feel like a New York housewife, it’s the real deal: a straight, serious runway preview of fall collections including Chanel, Gucci, Missoni (you can already picture the blonde MN ladies in their patchwork sweaters and leggings) and the gorgeous finale, Oscar de la Renta (pictured here). Thanks, Nordstrom, for realizing that you don’t have to live on the coasts to appreciate fashion. As proof: after the show, guests shopped while sipping champagne. Armani, Donna Karan – and none of it on sale.

Glamorama build up

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Expect a more dance-intensive Glamorama from Macy’s this year. “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Brian Friedman, who has worked with Britney Spears, Beyonce and Usher, has been brought on to produce the dance numbers. The fashion sequences will continue to be choreographed by Myron Johnson, artistic director of Ballet of the Dolls. At a kick-off event at Crave yesterday, the Macy’s team seemed especially excited to have Issey Miyake in the show for the first time. They also said Macy Gray won’t be the only headliner and promised another announcement soon. Glamorama takes place Aug. 6 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis and then travels to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For tickets, click here.

Glamorama wrap-up

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Just got home from Glamorama, nursing sore feet. Ne-Yo and Kristinia DeBarge were still partying in the VIP room when I left. They know a good party when they find it. Read my review of the show in the St. Paul Pioneer Press Saturday, Aug. 15 and tune in to Shop Girls 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on FM107.1 for tons of backstage gossip. (Don't miss my exclusive sit-down with Glam surprise performer Miss Piggy in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, Aug. 16)
Besides learning about Ne-Yo's "shopaholic" ways and Kristinia's love of Steve Madden, I learned tonight that iPhone pictures don't turn out well in the dark. I'm left with the memories. Sigh…
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Model spotting in Mpls

Monday, August 10th, 2009

If you feel like there are a disproportionate number of extremely tall, lithe, good looking people on Nicollet Mall this week, it's true. They're The Models. Pros from New York have descended on the Twin Cities this week to prep for Glamorama, which happens Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. More than a runway show, Glam is like a Broadway production requiring a lot of coordination, glitzy numbers and plenty of dancing. (Models will not only shake their booties – they are allowed to smile.) Poor things, they'll be working long hours on stage, in fittings, with hair and makeup all week. Many tell me they live a bit like hermits while working – early to bed, nothing stronger than milk to drink.
Yeah, right.
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