Thursday, June 18, 2009

The weekend in local fashion for 6.18.09-6.21.09

There's a ton of great shopping events and shows happening this weekend at locally-owned boutiques. Check out my top picks, as seen in this week's issue of

[Image of Red Shoe Clothing Co. patent leather holster by Nic Marshall]

Les Fleurs du Mal 6/19 at Bedlam Theater (via
It seems like the Twin Cities has reached its limit in punk/goth fashion shows, but the surprising addition of local line Red Shoe Clothing Co. to this recurring event adds a twist. Red Shoe designer Kerry Riley is known for her tailored, wearable silhouettes and for her groundbreaking leatherwork. For this show, Riley merges her specialties with a darker edge in a collection of all-new mesh bodysuits and black patent leather holsters. Riley admits Les Fleurs du Mal is an unusual venue for her line, but concedes, "It's a no-brainer for the leatherwork." The show also showcases lines from Seamstrix, Golgotha and Greta Herman, and music from All the Pretty Horses, Stella Vector, the No-Nos and DJ Mach Fox. (9 p.m. Fri., $10. 18 & older. Bedlam Theater). -Jahna Peloquin

Ruby3 Summer Trunk Show 6/18 at MIA (via
Designer Anna Lee is launching her summer collection of floral and feathered hats, headdresses and headbands. Lee took inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite art movement, which is the theme of this month's Third Thursday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (6-9 p.m. Thu., free.) -Jahna Peloquin

[Image of Ruby3 headband & wings by Stephanie Colgan]

Kelson Trunk Show 6/19 at Cliche (via
You may have wondered what happened to local designer Brianne Jones after she showed her line Belle at Voltage in 2008, never to be heard from again. Turns out she was busy finishing up her apparel design program at the University of Minnesota. Her latest line, Kelson, which debuted last week at the Cliché fashion show, features Jones' trademark strong lines and feminine detailing. (7-10 p.m. Fri., free. Cliché.) -Jahna Peloquin

[Image of a Kelson look by Ryan Cloutier]

More fashion events & sales (via
New yoga studio Sigh Yoga + Boutique showcases the latest yoga wear collection by locally made Foat Design, along with a free introductory yoga class by designer and Sigh Yoga instructor Kaja Foat. (6:30-9 p.m. Fri., 612 W. 54th St., Mpls., 612-382-8736.) Also this weekend, designer Alison Voelz launches her new line Vacker, made up of sweaters, tops and dresses "up-cycled" from thrift-store throwaways. (6-8 p.m. Sat.) -Jahna Peloquin

Northeast boutique
Parc is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an in-store picnic. They’ll be offering 25% off every purchase and free wardrobe advice from stylist (and Hotness winner) Alice Sydow. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 328 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-353-4966.)

Urban Junket recently joined forces with local stationary company Red Stamp in a new showroom; they’ll be offering 20-75% off retail prices at this sample sale. (Noon-7 p.m. Fri. & Noon to 5 p.m. Sat. 4850 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park. 612-746-1510.)

Indian-styled boutique Mehera Shaw is hosting their annual Solstice Fete and Sale on Saturday with a wine reception; a storewide sale of 30% off runs through Wednesday. (2-7 p.m. Sat. Free. 2004 Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-874-9115.)

Peter Cohen Trunk Show + Personal Appearance 6/19-20 at Grethen House
High-end boutique Grethen House will be hosting Peter Cohen for a trunk show of his fall 2009 line. The designer, who's been making a stamp on the national design scene for his sophisticated, structured and impeccably tailored looks since the early '90s, will be there in the flesh. (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri. & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.)

[Image of a Peter Cohen look via Grethen House]

For more stylish things to do this weekend, check out l'etoile's Weekend What's What blog, for which I'm a contributor.

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