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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.

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.

Project Runway Ousts MN Designer

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Danielle Everine got her walking papers tonight on Project Runway after judges tore into her for what Nina Garcia described as a lousy chiffon blouse. But it wasn’t just the one blouse. What cinched it was a series of unmemorable designs. Everine, whose reserved demeanor didn’t help her win sympathy votes, kept her cool. In her parting comments, she said she didn’t think her design was the worst and she knows she’s a good designer. No doubt, she does have potential – she made the show. But I do hope she takes the critique from the Project Runway pros to heart and uses this experience to grow. Confidence is good. Over-confidence, not as much. Wonder if Target wants her back?

Another Minnesotan on Project Runway

Friday, July 15th, 2011

When we gathered a group of up and coming Twin Cities designers for an April 2011 spring fashion feature in MplsSt.Paul Magazine, Danielle Everine was not the one I would have pegged as Minnesota’s next Project Runway contestant. Not that she isn’t talented – in fact, we chose Everine’s own design over a similar, sheer dress by Robert Rodriguez for her magazine shot (above). Everine, a Target intimates designer, struck me as quiet and cerebral. Throughout the shoot, she talked about approaching fashion through the eyes of a fine arts major. Her experience at Target exposed her to the commercial side of the business, of course, but even as she pursued apparel design as a profession, rather than strictly an art form, Everine maintained a certain purity and clarity about her work. Every piece has a story; every element a purpose. That depth could make her a compelling dark horse on TV…or she could be overshadowed by the wise guys in the workroom. We’ll be watching! Project Runway Season 9 premieres July 28 on Lifetime.

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

Christopher Straub for Maurices

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Minnesota’s favorite Project Runway alum Christopher Straub is working on product design for maurices, the Duluth-based, self-described “small town” chain that outfits young women, sizes 1 to 24. Straub is kicking off his collaboration by judging maurices’ Main Street Model Search. The retailer is looking for a dozen girls nationwide to be photographed for an ad campaign in their hometowns. “Maurices contacted me because we share the same home town philosophy,” says Straub, a Shakopee resident.

Can’t wait? Get a fix April 23 at the Sol Inspirations Eco Fashion Gala. Christopher and fellow “Project Runway” contestant Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman are among the local designers creating looks out of non-traditional, recycled and sustainable fabrics. “Project Runway” Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson will headline the event at The Depot. More information here.

Irina Shabayeva for Macy’s

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Remember Irina Shabayeva? The extremely competent, if not terribly exciting, winner of Project Runway‘s Season Six is collaborating with Macy’s on a capsule collection for house brand INC International Concepts.  The collection includes 13 complete looks – tops to shoes -inspired by movement and dance, with colors and patterns that take a cue from the Rubik’s Cube. Form fitting dresses with bold blocks of color, vibrant jersey tops and skirts paired with army anoraks, and details like exposed zippers, white lace and jeweled beading. Prices range from $49 to $169. Irina for INC launches Feb. 19 in just 50 Macy’s stores including Southdale Center in Edina.

Dress, $169; shoes, $98

Jacket, $159; t-shirt, $59; skirt, $89; shoes, $98

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.

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.

Straub mystery guest revealed

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Well, it's not Heidi Klum or even Tim Gunn, but Project Runway's Christopher Straub promised someone "big" would be coming to his premiere runway show at the St. Paul Hotel on April 25 and today he confirmed Janice Dickenson will be sitting front row. Hey, in Minnesota, that's better than a local news anchor, right?
Straub has never actually met Dickenson; both happen to work with Oryon Media, which is staging a model call earlier the same day that Dickenson will also headline. Straub said he'd love to dress the model-turned-reality star for his show, but he's not sure she'll go for all the ruffles. "She has a very specific body type."
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