Thursday, July 30, 2009

Local fashion + shopping for 7.30.09-8.5.09

Local fashion + shopping for 7.30-8.5:
["Lord of the Flies" by Jesse Draxler]

Ignite Modeling launches FAME (Via
The modeling agency behind the Envision fashion shows (and just about every other fashion event in town) is kicking off a monthly fashion, art and music series called FAME during the grand opening of its new studio. The event will include a mini fashion show with Ignite models, a pop-up boutique featuring Cliché designers, an art exhibition and painting demo by Jesse Draxler and Garrett Perry, hair consultations by Nino Altobelli, DJs, drinks and eats.
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[A look from Jenny Han, one of the lines available at il Vostro Boutique]

Ladies Night Out at 50th & France (Via
Want a cocktail to go with that handbag? Head to 50th & France for its Ladies' Night Out. Participating shops include Italian-style women's clothing boutique il Vostro, which will serve up deals of 30 percent off everything (excluding clearance items), including new fall clothing, jewelry and handbags. Other events include Bumbershute's preview of new fall looks on live models, 70 to 90 percent off at Grethen House, 25 percent off at Spalon Montage and 20 percent off at Bluebird Boutique.
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The Ladies Night Out will give you one of your last chances to visit Italian-styled boutique il Vostro - owner Stacey Finnegan recently announced she will be closing the store after two and a half years of business on Aug. 14. On the closing, she says, "I have no regrets about the risks I took and the jobs I created. This is not a failure of the brand or the concept, but a sign of greater economic forces that are out of our control."

[Robyne Robinson modeling ROX; Image by Kate Iverson]

Treasured Chests Via
Founded by breast cancer survivor Kelly Moore in 2005, this annual breast cancer benefit has always drawn a big crowd, raising more than $20,000 a year. Highlights should include a nautical-themed fashion show with clothing from local boutiques Parq, VState, Stella Blu and Flirt; jewelry from Robyne Robinson's line ROX, worn by Ignite models and Vikings cheerleaders; live music by the Limns and opera singer Lauren Carter; body-painted models by Brant Kingman, plus a photo booth, DJs, art, silent auction and fire dancing.
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[Shingai Shoniwa of Noisettes]

Noisettes at Varsity Theater
Hot off gigs at Glastonbury and the BBC in June and opening for Lady GaGa’s European tour leg, psychedelic soul band Noisettes are playing some just-announced North American dates.
Wild Young Hearts, the trio’s second album on Mercury Records, features a mix of retro 1960s soul and R&B alongside the powerful, silky voice of vocalist Shingai Shoniwa, punk-infused rock, moody post-punk, and pyschedelic inflections. Keep your eye out for Shoniwa – her onstage charmisma and wild sense of style could very well make her the soul version of Karen O. It’s a practically unheard-of free show. (8 p.m. Wed. Free. 1308 4th St. SE., Mpls. 612-604-0222.)

More fashion & shopping news: (Via

Two events this weekend celebrate the dog days of summer - literally. Northeast Minneapolis and Parc Boutique host the Northeast Dog Parade on Friday, with a post party hosted by Key North at Red Stag; an all-day doggie sidewalk sale will happen Friday through Saturday in Northeast. (Get more details at On Sunday, Grand Avenue hosts Paws on Grand, a dog-centric shopping event that will include sidewalk sales, pet services, a pet parade and talent show, photo booths, and more. Visit Grand Avenue Business Association's website for the full schedule.

[Rewind Vintage]

Northeast vintage shop Rewind is having its annual "Get Pretty Sale" this weekend. Friday through Sunday, take advantage of a storewide 25% off discount as well as 500 additional square feet of shopping space and newly-extended hours. (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Johnson St. NE., Mpls. 612-788-9870.)

[Steve Aoki]

Be sure to RSVP for the and Amstel Light-sponsored event Amsterdam Live! featuring performances by Shiny Toy Guns, DJ Joe Maz, and celeb DJ/producer and regular Steve Aoki. The fashion connection: Aoki's clothing line Dim Mak Collection was launched in 2006, he's designed headphones for WESC, headwear with NEFF, bags with Burton, and sunglasses with KSUBI. Later this year he'll be launching a new line with the founders of Ksubi and his sister, model Devon Aoki. (8 p.m. Thu. Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-338-8100. For details and how to RSVP, check the facebook invite.)

Liam Watkins is best-known as the well-dressed Thurston Moore look-alike fronting local psychedelic band First Communion Afterparty, but he also moonlights as a vintage clothing buyer and seller. He's hosting a two-day sale at the FCAP house in Southeast Minneapolis. (12 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 3034 39th Av. S., Mpls. View the facebook invite.)

Men's shop Atmosfere and its sister store Vstate are hosting an open house on Saturday. Music, food, drinks and of course 20 to 75% off storewide. All men's suits will be two for $398. (7-10 p.m. Sat. Vstate, 3001 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-823-4699.)


Participate in a Fall Fashion Week challenge at "Charmed Life" at International Market Square on September 23rd and win great prizes! Each stylist will draw a "surprise" fashion element at the event and have 30 minutes to create a look for their model using clothing and accessories from participating vendors at the event. Participants will need to provide their own model, hair, and makeup (which can be done before the challenge begins). One stylist, one model. Finished looks will be shot by a professional photographer on-site, and may be printed in Metro Magazine. Contact to sign up!

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