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Danielle Everine: After Project Runway

Friday, November 4th, 2011

She didn’t make it to New York Fashion Week this season on Project Runway, still, Danielle Everine completed her own Fall 2011 collection, which she will unveil next week at Cliche in Minneapolis.
“Call Me Ishmael” is inspired by life aboard a ship.  Everine says she used the theme to explore what a modern day heroine might wear during a trans-Atlantic journey. These sketches are a first glimpse. Everine promises  soft dresses floating under heavy, utilitarian outerwear. Look for old/new combinations of wool, leather, oilcloth and rope. Everine partnered with Lisa Luck of Yeti Records to create custom textile prints, and for the first time, Everine designed travel handbags with laser-etched motifs.
It seems Project Runway’s loss could be the Twin Cities’ gain. Be among the first to see the collection at its debut, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave., Mpls., 612-870-0420.

You and Me

Monday, April 18th, 2011

I popped in on Tim + Thom Friday at their new South Minneapolis retail space You and Me, shared with Katy Schmaty jewelry. The boys were slaving over a sewing machine and steamer, finishing designs for the evening’s Voltage: Fashion Amplified, but they couldn’t have been more polite about my bad timing. The self-taught designers and tailors are making fashion accessible beyond runway shows: Come into their funky little shop, and buy a reinvented jacket off the rack (they describe their look as inspired by Twin Cities bicycle culture), or get something custom made. Heck, they’ll even fix the hem on your jeans. Not necessarily for the Ann Taylor crowd, but then, everybody needs to mix it up now and then. 2114B Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-8200

Joynoelle fashion shoot

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Leave it to Joynoelle designer Joy Teiken to make burlap pretty. I got a sneak peek of her fall 2010 ready-to-wear collection during  a mini-fashion shoot today. Her signature retro-modern cocktail dresses are more textured than ever in this collection, which is heavy on gold and gray. You’ve got to see them close up to appreciate the way she weaves fabric and layers applications by hand. Her hometown crowd in Minneapolis will get a chance to see the entire fall collection on Sept. 23 at International Market Square. Stay tuned for ticket details. She’ll take it to New York in October.

Fashion: It’s a ball

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

IMG_0363 And to think, I worried my sparkly eyeshadow was a little bit over the top. Leave it to stylist, dancer, dreamer Grant Whittaker to create an event that brings together burlesque dancers, pageant queens and upper crust clients from Edina boutique Grethen House N'Etc. The Fashion Ball at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis combined over-the-top dance numbers by Ballet of the Dolls with runway segments featuring some knock-out looks from Grethen House and J. Novachis. It was glittery, raw and irreverent, as only male dancers in wedding dresses and head-to-toe leopard print can be. Fun. Exactly what fashion should be.
Some tickets still remain for Saturday night's show.

Good Rapport

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Rapportspring Budding Minneapolis accessories line Rapport is really coming into its own this spring. The new collection, now available online, features vibrant pinks and oranges, rich suede and luxe texture. These bags and bows won't go unnoticed. Meanwhile, another hot Minneapolis handbag line is poised to introduce a new collection: get ready for the April 15 launch of Harold, menswear inspired accessories from Nelle.

Voltage Spring 2010 Preview

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Fresh from the Voltage Spring 2010 Preview fashion show tonight at the studios of Vision Management, it's exciting to see the local fashion scene growing up. This was an invite-only event geared towards getting retailers interested in selling the clothes that will appear in the Voltage: Fashion Amplified show on April 16. The objective being to take local designs from runway to retail. I'll share my perspective on that in my Savvy Shopper column in this Sunday's St. Paul Pioneer Press. But I won't keep you in suspense over the hip crowd that attended tonight's show: Project Runway's Christopher Straub and Fox 9's Robyne Robinson were there, having contributed accessories for the show. Macy's fashion expert Laura Schara and the owners of several local boutiques were there – as was my shopping buddy, Calvin Klein model Will Defiel, just back from walking in the Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabanna shows in Milan. Not bad. But about the fashion. PFT Couture was a definite highlight (shown with a Christopher Straub handbag): IMG_0404

Danielle Everine showed potential with a feminine take on tailored clothing: IMG_0398 And here's CK model Will Defiel, just because he looks so cute. IMG_0396

Christopher Straub, the salesman

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


"Project Runway" designer Christopher Straub was a popular guy at the MNFashion Week Charmed Life event tonight at International Market Square. I'm guessing he'd like people to be as interested in his sassy handbags as they are in his sudden celebrity. He was at the event to sell, but graciously chatted with fashionistas and posed for pics. He's been very loyal to the local fashion community, even as his star continues to rise, but something bigger is brewing. Straub said he'll have an announcement soon about an accessories deal with a "major retailer." Stay tuned!

Behind the fall fashion shoot

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Great idea, colleagues exclaimed when they saw that we mixed consignment and clearance clothing in with new arrivals for the St. Paul Pioneer Press fall fashion section. It did work out amazingly well and was the perfect way to balance our desire to update and wear designer pieces at a time when buying them full price still seems gratuitous. But here's a little secret: I didn't really set out to mix old with new. It happened when the new stylist I hired, Jane Belfry, indulged her penchant for vintage by pulling clothes from June and gh2 despite my sending her out with a shopping list of new fall trends. I'll be honest: at first I was freaked. I've got one day to get this mammoth shoot completed. The models, the hair and makeup team the photographer were all set to go, and I had a rack of not-so-new clothes. But forget about the red marks on the price tags – there were some amazing pieces – Lanvin; Jean Paul Gaultier – everything looked perfectly modern and now…even if it wasn't. So who cares what the tag says? I know we're lucky to have designer resale shops like June and gh2 in town, but seeing some of the amazing buys really told me I need to look beyond the new arrivals when shopping for fall – or any season. See for yourself.

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.
They're here all week, so dress nice, get a blow out and be ready to cross to the other side of the street to avoid an inferiority complex.

Fashion happened here

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Unfinished hems aside, Laura Fulk's "Suffocate" fashion show tonight at The Lab raised the bar for MN Fashion Week. Original ideas. Decent models. Excellent production. Well-dressed crowd. We may be on to something here.
Fulkdress2 Fulk's 32-piece collection was artistic and playful, including this double dress (takes BFFs to a whole new level) held together by magnets. Lots of transforming pieces: hoods that turned into skirts, collars that could be released into a cascade of ruffles. Another interesting touch that should not be repeated at home: panty hose worn over ankle boots. Fulkshoes But there was a practical lesson to be taken from these sculptural, suffocating dresses: A collar that covers half your face eliminates the need for lipstick. Fulkdress1 | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved