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Glamorama goes on

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The date is set for Macy's Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis: Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. Topping the list of designers this year: Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Sportmax, Maxmara and CNC Costume National. And get a load of the trends: "city sophisticate," "punk princess," and "classic cowboy." Macy's is promising the usual mix of fashion, music, entertainment and cuisine that has long made this the chicest event of the summer. (Though the department store decimated its Minneapolis-based executive team, Glamorama producer Laura Schara and a few other key players still have jobs here.) Tickets range from $75 to $500 and can be purchased through the Children's Cancer Research Fund at 952-893-9355 or Tickets can also be purchased at the State Theatre Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.

Oh, the models

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008


One of my favorite things about the Glamorama post-party, held in the auditorium of the Macy’s Minneapolis store and spilling outside onto the parking deck, is the models. They always show up, they always rock the dance floor and the rest of us just stand by and stare. You can’t help it – even in their own clothes (often picked up backstage at designer fashion shows), they look fantastic, their moves are sexy and the seem just so unattainably  cool.  And tall.


The real killer is, they’re super nice. This show is distinct in that the models get to show some personality on stage – dancing, smiling, riffing on the occasional air guitar.  So it tends to attract models capable of more than a pout. The cast spends a week in town leading up to the show and it’s rather like camp – although several models swore to me it was lights out
by 8:30 p.m. all week leading up to the show. Backstage, the guys were clowning around, the girls were mellow and everyone was eating actual food…Cheerios, eggs, sausage. It’s just not fair.

Hanging with Cyndi Lauper

Monday, August 18th, 2008


I tried – and tried – to make arrangements to go shopping with Cyndi Lauper when she was in town last weekend for Macy’s Glamorama, but I got denied. Time is always tight, I realize. But Lauper’s "people" wouldn’t allow Macy’s to schedule any interviews during her visit. Come on. She’s coming to town to PERFORM. She’s headlining a CHARITY EVENT. She has a NEW ALBUM. And she won’t talk to reporters? Please. I think most of the time, those decisions are made by managers and publicists who want to make themselves seem useful. The star is never even consulted Sure enough, after the show in the VIP suite at the fab after party at Macy’s, Lauper agreed to a sit down with me. She’s really adorable – tiny and with killer legs. Her eyelashes were so thick, I worried she couldn’t see. But she found her way to a chair – her feet were killing in those platform heels. "What are you drinking?" she asked me. Wild and crazy cat that I am, it was straight up water. "That sounds good," she said, and two bottles of FIJI appeared. At first, she started referencing some producers on her new album and the divisions between pop and dance and I worried our discussion was going nowhere fast. I expected to throw her a few fun questions about fashion, the ’80s and hair dye, but instead, she wanted to talk politics, motherhood, gay rights, the upcoming election. Read all about it in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and online at Cyndi was so cool, so down to earth, I think we’d still be hanging out if publicists and security detail hadn’t been glaring at me to hurry it up. Me? Cyndi was the chatty one!

2 legit for me

Monday, August 18th, 2008


I was surprisingly amused by MC Hammer’s performance at Glamorama. He’s aged well – looks buff (thanks to daily workouts, vitamins and fish oil), still has the stage presence, the humor and the dance moves. But, um, I’m not expecting an invite to join the entourage. My "reporter" title seemed to put the Hammer on edge when we spoke after the show. Or was it my reference to the VH1 special about his dramatic fall from fame and fortune? Come on, I’m a reporter – I had to ask. "Only reporters like to talk about rise and fall," Hammer retorted. "The kids, you say ‘Hammer time,’ and they dance." And yes, he’s quite proud of Cameron Diaz’s "U Can’t Touch This" dance scene in "Charlie’s Angels." Oh, and take it from Hammer – who performed in loose white linen pants and donned designer denim for the rehearsal and after party: parachute pants are making a comeback.

Glamorama ‘08

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Macy’s pulled off another Glamorama on Friday, and it was a blast. The show had an ’80s theme and the crowd took it quite literally, showing up in hot pink leggings, some bad prom dresses and yes, I even saw a unitard. (Get a look at what the Glam crowd was wearing in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday, Aug. 18 or online at Thankfully, the runway fashions were decidedly more contemporary, with just a few ’80s hints, like plaid pants and biker jackets. I loved the flowy, slightly bohemian dresses from Tibi. SportMax had more tailored dresses that looked great as well. I was less keen on Ports 1961, a newer label with a lot of hype, but others around me seemed to like it. Designers featured in the show weren’t quite as exclusive as some recent years, but you know, that’s not all bad. It’s nice to see some fab looks on the runway that are almost attainable. And they did include Donna Karan, Celine and Marc Jacobs. Every year the question is asked: will this be the last Glamorama? And every year, the Minneapolis team works with fewer resources and stretches them farther than ever before. Who knows what next year will bring, but for now, Glamorama remains the most fashionable ticket of the year in this town – and its impact is felt even in the chicest circles of New York.

Glamorama goes on

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

One of the big questions, as soon as Macy’s announced its plans to close its regional headquarters in Minneapolis, was what happens to events like the holiday show and Glamorama. We got one answer today, albeit one that raises as many questions as it answers. Glamorama will go on this year, Macy’s says. Mark your calendar for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Orpheum Theatre. You’ll want to be there – if for no other reason than to see how well they can pull it off without much of a local team left. Read more in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In Joynoelle at Glamorama

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Who cares what the models wore. Let’s talk about me. So here’s how my Shop Girls co-host Alexis Walsko and I looked in our Joynoelle dresses at Glamorama last night, and second picture of Minneapolis designer Joy Teiken with all of her eager subjects: Alexis, Lori & Julia and me. Tune in to Shop Girls this morning on FM107.1 from 10 to noon for the scoop on the show, the party and the fashion.

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Fashion shows — mark the calendar

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Macy’s is hoping to get some buzz going by announcing the date for this year’s Glamorama fall fashion extravaganza: Aug. 17 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. (Details and ticket information to come this spring.)

While Glamorama has long been considered the Twin Cities’ biggest fashion event of the year, featuring top designers, national talent and a lavish after party, Voltage Fashion Amplified is fast becoming known as the premier showcase for local design and music. Show creator Anna Lee took last year off to regroup following the overwhelming success of her first two Voltage shows. This April 11, Voltage is back at First Avenue, and if the new Voltage website is any indication, the event promises to be even bigger and slicker than before. Participating designers include Katherine Gerdes of "Project Runway" and Kimberly Jurek of Kjurek Couture, which is about to go national. Read the designer bios on the Voltage website and you’ll never again complain that Minnesotans have no sense of style.

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