[Image by Ellen Dahl / The Minneapoline]
Minneapoline gets national exposure (via Vita.mn)
When Vita.mn style shooter Ellen Dahl launched The Minneapoline in November 2006, she never dreamed it would be seen by anyone other than stylish locals. But after getting a decent amount of attention in the international street fashion blog world over the past couple of years, the Twin Cities’ first-ever street fashion blog gained a new kind of legitimacy when it was picked up last week by Glamour.com’s blogroll, accompanied by an interview with Dahl, who gives her take on how the Midwest sets national fashion trends.
Vita.mn online exclusive content:
So how did all this come about? Glamour's online senior fashion and beauty editor, Susan Cernek, contacted Ellen initially, writing her an email full of praise for the blog. Cernek had this to say: "The consistency of aesthetic, perspective and personal yet professionally artistic vibe is wholly unique online - both in and out of the street style photography realms. The style & personalities that you capture in your photos are a refreshing breath of fresh air from the black-on-black style of the many New Yorkers I see everyday!"
They've already started with the syndication; Here's a link to the first post.
More stylish events happening this week:
[Image provided by Foat Design]
Saturday 7/25: No-Sew Project at Foat Design (Via Vita.mn)
Like the idea of having something you made yourself without having to go through the tedious work of sewing? The sister duo behind local line Foat Design have you covered, literally. They’ll teach you how to craft a cute little shrug out of an old t-shirt, sans a needle and thread. You provide the shirt, they’ll provide the mimosas.
[Flyer design by Adam Turman]
Friday 7/24: Racktacular! (Via Vita.mn)
What do you get when you combine sparkly bras, burlesque dancers, and rock and roll? The coolest breast cancer benefit in town, that’s what. Racktacular! boasts live music by alt-rockers Hojas Rojas, experimental act Maudlin, and indie-pop trio Aviette; an Art Bra contest; the ladies of Lili’s Bursleque Revue (who’ll don the winning Art Bras); and a silent auction. The event was put together by Howwastheshow.com contributing writer Donette Ambrosy, who was inspired by her sister’s struggle with breast cancer to raise funds for her participation in the upcoming Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. The Art Bra contest will be judged by a panel of local “celebs” including Anna Lee (a close friend of Ambrosy’s) and Jill Riley of 89.3 The Current.
[Baby Parade "Bowdacious" onesie by Collaboration Thursday]
Sunday 7/26: Caffetto Craft Fair (Via Vita.mn)
After the success of last year’s first-ever Caffetto Craft Fair, it’s back and bigger than before, expanding to over 30 artists and live music from six acts. This time around Caffetto is clearing out its back parking lot to house vendors that include Collaboration Thursday, whose quirky baby onesie line Baby Parade were a hit at last spring’s SooVAC Art Sale, as well as bold jewelry by Kula and vintage-inspired gems by Mod Margarette. Other goods include stationary, paintings, prints, soap, candies, books, knits, and more – all handmade by local artisans.
[Flyer design by Dan Souligny for Soul Design]
Friday 7/24: Jean Jam 2: A Denim Dance (Via Vita.mn)
Now you have an excuse to wear your Texas Tuxedo in pride. To celebrate their first year at the VIP Room, party starters the Original Truth Squad are back with a sequel to last summer’s Jean Jam. Expect hip hop and dance jams from the ‘80s and early ‘90s with a side of funk and soul from Truth Squad DJs I Am Break, He Is the Beat; Rob Rob; and Sound Waav, plus live visuals by Time Squid. Up-and-coming local DJ It’s a Celebration opens.
[Max Glazer of Federation Soundsystem]
Wednesday 7/29: Scion Metro Minneapolis (Via Vita.mn)
Free 7th St Entry 10 p.m. 18-plus
Every month, hipster car company Scion foots the bill for a showcase of some of the nation’s hottest DJ acts. This month’s lineup includes Max Glazer (Rihanna’s tour DJ) and Kenny Meez of NYC-based dancehall collective Federation Soundsystem, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary; Phoenix’s DJ Fashen, who describes his sound as “grungy disco, electro goth hip-hop smooth out on the R&B tip”; and DJ Eleven of hip-hop co-op The Rub, which Spin Magazine named the “Beast DJ Collective in New York.” It’s free, but you have to RSVP for entry to www.scion.com/metro.
More fashion & shopping events (originally posted on Vita.mn):
[Blacklist Vintage hosts a digger sale for their one-year birthday]
Thursday, July 23:
IamMoody hosts a Paradise Soul Brazilian Party at Seven rooftop. It will kick off with a beachwear fashion show with designer swimwear from Nani Nalu and local designer Carol Bruns. Later on, the space will be transformed into a Blocos - a Brazilian street festival, with Brazilian-style drinks and music. Click for more info.
Friday, July 24:
Minneapolis' favorite party DJs Attitude City host the hugely popular fourth annual Attitude City Yacht Club aboard a yacht on the Mississippi. It happens during the Aquatennial, which means a great view of the best fireworks show of the year. But if you don't have a ticket already, you're out of luck - they're completely sold out. Click for more info.
Saturday, July 25:
Come celebrate Blacklist Vintage's first birthday with a genuine diggers sale. $1-$5 Digger Bins filled with fabrics, clothing and housewares will line the outside of Blacklist while Transmission DJ Jake Rudh spins vintage tunes. There will also be $1 veggie-friendly hot dogs and free cupcakes, as well as 10% off everything in store. ( 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 2 E. 27th St., Mpls. 612-872-8552.)
PBR's annual Blowout takes place this year at Grumpy’s downtown, and once again local t-shirt graphic designers du jour Anthem Heart will be doing live t-shirt screenprinting giveaways. There will also be live music from The Blind Shake, The Evening Rig, Gay Witch Abortion, and more. Click here for more info.
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More local fashion news:
Check out the Project Runway Season 6 Preview if you haven't already:
ProjectRungay profiles Season 6 contestant Christopher Straub and have these glowing words to say: "That's some of the best pre-show work we've seen yet. This is a little mean, but quite often we look at these pre-show portfolios and they all look way too "fashion student" to us; overthought and underpolished, if you know what we mean. Not so here. This stuff could be hung right on a rack in a boutique, ready to go. Plus it's all cute and very, very feminine. Sort of like Christopher."
Check out Kara Nesvig's interview with Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman in The Minnesota Daily.
Below is the just-released video by Token Media for the Vita.mn Poolside Fashion Show (which I styled):