Monday, August 31, 2009

Local fashion round-up for 8.31

Project Runway S2E6 in review:

[Ra'mon with his design for last week's episode]

Oh no! Last week's episode of Project Runway had us fretting for local favorite Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman. He ended up in the bottom three for his dress that was criticized for looking like a bowling ball and for its construction issues. Fortunately, both him and fellow local contestant Christopher Straub, who sent a one-shouldered mini-dress down the runway, made it safely through this pregnancy-themed episode. Shirin was named the winner for her dress-and-jacket look, and sadly, Malvin (who I had pegged as a top contender) was sent home. W, Ra'mon ended up among the bottom three Hopefully this was a one-time misstep for Ra'mon, who placed second on the premiere episode.

Click
here for Extended Judging of Ra'mon.
Click
here for Tim Gunn's Workroom visit with Christopher.
Click
here for Tim Gunn's Workroom visit with Ra'mon.
Click
here for Christopher's video blog.
Click
here for Ra'mon's video blog.

Project Runway blogroll:

Here's
Sara Glassman's take on the second episode and the new weekly Project Runway viewing party (sponsored by l'etoile magazine) at Hell's Kitchen for Star Tribune. Both Christopher Straub and Season Three contestant Katherine Gerdes were in attendance. Also just posted: Glassman's review of the premiere party held in St. Paul on August 20.

In a
cover story interview with Tim Gunn for USA Weekend, Christopher Straub was quoted as to how Tim Gunn inspired him: "He told me to work on my design -- don't work on someone else's, don't try to please someone else -- work on your own. It's one of the most important things I've ever been told: 'You need to find what your identity is and focus there.'" He also gives a fall fashion tip: "[Add] color with handbags and accessories. Everyone's wardrobe gets a little dark in the fall, so dress up all those grays and browns and blacks with a great purple bag or some blue or orange."

Local fashion blogroll:

[Jaslene Gonzalez]

Via facebook, Pioneer Press writer Alison Kaplan reported some other reality TV news: "America's Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez ate cheese curds at the MN State Fair. And didn't work out after. "I'm naturally thin!" Hate her." Apparently, she was in town to give "fashion tips" at the KidsChange Extreme Teen Makeover on Saturday. Also hitting up the State Fair last Saturday? Christopher Straub, of course (via his facebook status update).


La Nouvelle Femme has just released a promotional video for the September 18 music/fashion/art conceptual show at the Varsity Theater. The video, entitled "Wanderlust," highlights the female-heavy roster that includes fashion designers Calpurnia Peach, local female-fronted band Bella Koshka, and artist Tori Bonar. Buy your tickets now at indietickets.com.

[Image courtesy Glamour.com via The Minneapoline]

Recently local street style blog The Minneapoline was added to Glamour.com's Slaves to Fashion blogroll. They've since added these posts: Cute Outfit Idea of The Day: Polka-Dots and Glasses and MidSummer Night's Dream: A Gorge Party Outfit Idea.

The Midwasteland
highlights fall fashion-y films, including Coco Before Chanel, The September Issue, and New York, I Love You. First up is the Vogue/Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, which has its local premiere September 11 at Landmark Edina Cinema. Both Coco Before Chanel (aka Coco Avante Chanel) and New York, I Love You open October 16, also at Landmark Edina Cinema.

[Image courtesy The Minneapoline]

Here's mplsart.com director, Fox Tax Gallery curator and co-producer of the local Project Runway premiere Emma Berg at the premiere party on Aug. 20, via The Minneapoline. Her dress is by Zac Posen and shoes from Opitz Outlet. They also have a best-of take on someone who has frequented The Minneapoline over the past few years, Project Runway's Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman. Click here, here, here, and here for his guest blogging sessions.

Pioneer Press has just published their
Fall Fashion spread featuring wares from Grethen House, Belle Reve, Karma, Picky Girl, Stephanie's, and resale boutiques June and gh2, as styled by Jane Magnitude and modeled by model-of-the-moment Greta Sundquist.

Coolhunting.com spotlights 89.3 The Current and the Walker Art Center's annual Rock the Garden festival, which featured Yeasayer, The Decemberists, Calexico and local favorites Solid Gold, with a behind-the-scenes video.

Check out local blogger Beth Hammarlund's A Tiny Machine for her fashion and design-oriented reviews of
District 9, last week's Project Runway viewing party at Hell's Kitchen, and the blood drive posters put out by the makers of "Saw".

Locally-based blog
Worn Through by U of M grad student Monica Sklar is featured as a "fashion resource" in the new book by Nina Garcia (of "Project Runway" fame), The Style Strategy. The book is available now at major booksellers, but I suggest buying it at the independent Magers & Quinn.

Also be sure to check out this Mpls.St.Paul Magazine profile on local fashion icon, Margot Siegel, whose personal collection of Andy Warhol artwork and artist-designed Louis Vuitton handbags was part of the recent Goldstein exhibition, "Intersections."

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