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Belinda Jensen’s Cover Shoot

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Kare11 Chief meteorologist Belinda Jensen was one of the first “notables” I called for a quote on her favorite thing about a Minnesota winter when we were putting together our January cover story. She skis. She has a million coats. She stands out in the cold every night delivering the forecast with a smile. That quote turned into a cover photo of Belinda…and a fun photo shoot with her family. What with the forecast, we had to truck in our own snow. The January issue of Mpls.St.Paul magazine hits newsstands Dec. 29. Here’s a peek behind the scenes:

Stylist Elizabeth Doyle and I were feeling the metallics and fur trim for our cover photo. Bel…not so much. We assured her that this skea jacket from Hoigaard’s (also available at Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters) was extremely flattering and totally chic. She’s a good sport.

White on white? Why the heck not! That’s makeup artist Rhonda Jackson touching up Belinda and family. (We had to keep stopping to pick fake snow out of Belinda’s hair…the photographer told her kids to throw it. Man, that stuff sticks.)

Yes, she does look familiar! That’s Katherine Gerdes, Minnesota’s first Project Runway contestant. She’s also featured in our Winter Hot List story, modeling snowboarding gear. That’s right, Gerdes has set aside her apparel design work to become a pastry chef and snowboard instructor. We were glad to bring her worlds back together.

Scrubbed Into Fashion

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Grey’s Anatomy met Project Runway and I attempted to channel Nina Garcia as a judge at Saturday’s Scrubbed into Fashion, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Medical School Student Council and FAB: Fashion and Business group to benefit Smile Network International. Six student designers were challenged to create two looks, one ready to wear, one couture, out of medical scrubs. The master of repurposing, Project Runway alum Christopher Straub hosted, and created four of his own looks for the event (pictured above). I had the difficult task of judging, along with Juut founder/owner David Wagner and another Minnesota Project Runway alum, Katherine Gerdes, now the manager of Hell’s Kitchen. I sort of thought I’d go all Simon (David announced upfront he was a hopeless Randy), but turns out I’m a little more Paula – though all I drank was Vitamin Water, swear. The designers showed real talent and creativity – and the models, all medical students, looked amazing. Maybe Grey’s Anatomy is more realistic than I gave it credit for. After much deliberation, we gave it to Jen Voth, a full time student and jewelry designer, who took inspiration for this challenge from the human heart – color, contrast, and even chamber-like cutouts. The two very wearable dresses were constructed entirely of medical scrubs. Check it out (she made her own dress out of scrubs as well). Congrats to all on a clever, well executed charitable event!

Photos by Kristen Holte, FAB creative director

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.

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.

Stay tuned for ticket information — this show is sure to be a sell out. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved