Thursday, July 2, 2009

Local fashion events, news + sales for 7.2-7.8

Check out my writing in this weekend:

[Local designer Rebecca Yaker hosts 'Upcycling']

Next THURSDAY 7/9: 'Upcycling Is the New Recycling' at Walker Art Center
Part of the Walker's Free Thursday Nights, this workshop led by designer/artist Rebecca Yaker is sure to bring out the recessionista in you.

[A look by Monica Ulrich for Blacklist Vintage]

Monica Ulrich for Blacklist Vintage
Ever fall in love with a vintage dress but you're disappointed to find that it doesn't fit -- or makes you look frumpy? Fortunately for those of us not handy with a sewing machine...

[A scene from 2008 CONvergence / Photo by Stephen Stephens, Digital Crush]

THURSDAY-SUNDAY: CONvergence 2009 at Bloomington Sheraton
Ah, sci-fi conventions -- the few times out of the year when we are excused to totally nerd out. And the annual CONvergence is the mother of them all...
Read more... BONUS: l'etoile magazine hosts a party room with Alphasuede, the Intergalactic Vidtastik Space Bar & Photo Fun Booth. It's guaranteed to be off the hook!

[Dixie Longate]

Next WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Tupperware Party with Dixie Longate at Camp Bar
It's anyone's guess as to how a show that includes Tupperware sales pitches, off-color stories and a man in drag has become a nationwide hit.

More local fashion events:

[A look by Project Inspire designer Mitsou Ly]

THURSDAY: Project Inspire II fashion show at Profile Event Center
Hmong fashions are the focus of this annual fashion show was started last year to inspire the Hmong community with the artistry of its designers. It also has a dual cause: Raising breast cancer awareness.
More info

[A look by BothDol Fashion]

FRIDAY: ExtraVaaKhanga fashion show at Graves 601 Hotel
MNfashion co-presents this fashion show celebrating African khanga attire. Local designer Nyamol Both of BothDol Fashion as well as national and international African designers will send their latest collections down the runway to bongo-infused hip-hop and R&B.
More info


[A model wearing a look by Swank Dollar in the Cliche storefront]

For the annual 4th of July Sidewalk Sale at Cliché, expect deals on styles from spring and past seasons going for $5-30 from everyone's favorite local boutique. Last year's turnout was bigger than expected, so get there early to get first dibs on deals and avoid the crowd.

Pumpz & Co. will have a 50 percent off sale at their Galleria location...Uptown boutique Intoto is taking final spring/summer markdowns on both its women's and menswear of 50-70% off...Both the Highland Park and 50th & France locations of Stephanie's are having a progressive sale (buy more, save more)...At Elsworth Menswear, all Helmut Lang and Gypsy 05 is at 70% off...Grand Avenue shop Picky Girl just took fresh summer markdowns...Many of the stores at Albertville Premium Outlets will take 25-65% off their usual savings during the July 4 weekend sale, Thursday through Monday.

More local fashion news:

Check out the July 2009 cover of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: Macy's trend specialist Laura Schara is wearing a custom-made Red Shoe Clothing Co. dress and Madame Owl necklace - both local designers. Check out the behind-the-scenes video here:

H&M has just been announced as coming to Southdale. The “full concept store” will be the Twin Cities’ third H&M location in addition to Mall of America and Woodbury Lakes Mall; it’s set to open this October.

Drama recently closed its doors to relocate from Gaviidae Common to the former location of Status in Uptown (1203 Lagoon Av., Minneapolis). High-end sneaker boutique Status recently made the move to the Mall of America.

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