Thursday, August 6, 2009

Local fashion + shopping for 8.6.09-8.12.09

Today we were hit with the extremely sad news that legendary '80s filmmaker John Hughes has died of a heart attack at the age of 59. In tribute, here is a blog I did recently analyzing the style of the Boys of John Hughes:

I love me some, but those girls have really outdone themselves with this post on "The Ups And Downs of Having a John Hughes Boyfriend" rating the boys of John Hughes' movies in the '80s. They're all there: Duckie, Stef, Jake Ryan, Farmer Ted, John Bender, and Ferris Bueller. I've seen these films more times I can count, so I figured there's not better time than the present to look at the iconic fashions they inspired.


I'll be attending tonight's coincidental screening of
Sixteen Candles at Mears Park. (Lookbook plays beforehand; check out the preview of the event I wrote for my St. Paul STAYcation blog.)

Here's my writing that appeared in this week:

B-Girl Be will be
After taking a hiatus in 2008, the all-female hip-hop festival B-Girl Be is back -- sort of. Although it originally was a four-day event, it now will be condensed into a one-day block party at Intermedia Arts on Sept. 19, with smaller events leading up to it. What made the event happen this year?
Click here to read more.

[Necklace by Natalie Lucas]

Local jewelry trunk show
Old meets new at this trunk show as local jewelry lines Scout Vintage by Tracy Bennett and Natalie Lucas showcase their fall collections. Both lines are crafted from a mix of semiprecious stones and vintage pieces, reconstructed into bold, one-of-a-kind creations.
Click here to read more about the trunk show and Tatter's Half-Off Sale.

[Asia Ward's "Lips" toy]

Make Your Own Misfit Toy
At some point, you've probably been to a thrift store and spotted a bin of discarded toys from your youth -- My Little Ponys, Care Bears, Furbys. Abandoned toys happen to be the main point of inspiration for local artist and toymaker Asia Ward, who's made a name by creating her own "misfit toys"...
Click here to read more.

More shopping & style news (exclusive content via

A rare collection of vintage Japanese kimonos will be on exhibit at this weekend’s Kimono Show. Free festivities including appetizers from Sakura, Origami paper folding demonstrations and a chance to win a kimono. (Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Fri. 24 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul. 651-222-0053.)

Another store with a new location is Drama, which recently moved from Gaviidae Common to Uptown. This Thursday they're having a champagne social, offering 10% off all apparel and accessories (excluding jewelry) plus 15% off all m.bridget designs jewelry for one night only. (6-8 p.m. Thu. 1203 Lagoon Av., Mpls. 612-338-9423.)

On Saturday, Faythe Levine's documentary on the DIY craft movement
Handmade Nation will have its local premiere at Soap Factory. The director will be on hand for Q&As after each screening and a craft fair featuring local vendors will take place in between screenings. (Screenings at noon and 7 p.m. Sat. $12. Soap Factory, 110 5th Ave. SE., Mpls.

[A screen shot from Harold and Maude]

Classic 1971 black comedy Harold and Maude will be screened Friday and Saturday nights at the Riverview Theater. The film centers around the odd pairing of a 20-year-old, death-obsessed Bud Cort and the whimsical, elderly Ruth Gordon. Maude’s style (milkmaid braids, plaid, lace-up boots) and Harold’s classic trench coat and driving shoes has inspired fashion trends for decades. (11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. $5. 3800 42nd Av. S., Mpls.

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