Thursday, September 3, 2009

Local fashion + shopping for 9.3-9.9

Check out my contributions to this week:

[Coco & Breezy photographed in their sunglasses by Hi-Def Photography]

Coco & Breezy go to New York
Back when identical twin style plates Coco and Breezy first walked the Voltage runway in 2008, it was clear the duo were onto big things. Since then, the twins (nĂ© Corianna and Brianna Dotson) have become fixtures of the local runways and street style blogs, and most recently the twins seemed to have found their niche with their blinged-out sunglasses line Gemela Amor (“twin love”).
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[Load up on basics at American Apparel]

Back-to-school Deals at American Apparel
Whether you’re heading back to school or just need to stock up on basics, everyone’s favorite t-shirt store is making it easy with back-to-school package deals. Now through next Tuesday, you can build your own American Apparel "Student Survival Kit."
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[Devilrobots' contribution to the previous Dunny series]

Thursday: Dunny Trading Party at ROBOTlove
Designer toy shop ROBOTlove celebrates the release of the new Dunny series during its monthly Dunny Trading Party. The latest lineup includes contributions from Tokyo design company Devilrobots and Japanese graphic designer Mori Chack, who adds a Dunny twist to his Gloomy Bear character.
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Saturday: How To Build an Igloo? at Susan Hensel Gallery
Coal, ice and sod are not typical elements found in an art gallery, but then again, Andrea Miller isn’t your typical artist. The self-described “inner landscape” artist will incorporate these organic elements into her two-part performance art-meets-installation exhibition “How To Build An Igloo?”
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["Buffy" seed art by David Steinlicht]

Friday: Minnesota State Fair Seed Art at Foiled Again Salon
Though it’s hard to imagine a state fair without seed art, it turns out it’s a local phenomenon. Foiled Again Salon is hosting a best-of retrospective of the past 40 years of State Fair award-winning seed art. Subjects include everything from Spam to Bo Diddly to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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[MK + A rocking thrift-inspired style]

Via St. Paul STAYcation: Thrift Style in St. Paul: A Shopping Guide
I love designer threads as much as the next fashion fanatic, but I wouldn’t know style without having the art of thrifting. It’s that look that makes Mary Kate and Ashley’s high-low look, and major fashion designers regularly cull inspiration from street style sites like Lookbook that feature young, otherwise strapped-for-cash style makers that make a look out of the thrifty.
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More local fashion & shopping news, via online:

[A look from Belle Reve]

East Lake boutique Belle Reve is kicking off fall with an accessories promotion - if you spend $500 in-store anytime between September 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010, you can take $25 off anything from the shop's array of accessories, including jewelry, belts, shoes, handbags and scarves. (320 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-333-3148.)

Thursday: W Hotel, VimLab and Ignite Modeling hosts Where Fall Meets Fashion at the W. Fall fashion trends will be spotlighted from local boutiques Belle Reve, Bumbershute, Drama, Karma, and local designer Amanda Christine. I will co-host along with hair stylist Nino Altobelli of Rocco Altobelli salons. (7-10 p.m. 821 Marquette Av., Mpls. 612-215-3700.
View the facebook invite)

Thursday: The weekly Project Runway viewing party is once again going down at Hell's Kitchen. The l'etoile-sponsored screening will be hosted by Kate Iverson and Beth Hammarlund of l'etoile, who will be doing fashion trivia before the show, with a screening of spin-off Models of the Runway to follow. Expect prizes, drink specials, and special guests. (8-11 p.m. 80 S. 9th St., Mpls. 612933294700.
View the facebook invite)

[A look by Laura Fulk / Image by Nic Marshall, styling by Eclecticoiffeur]

Saturday: The annual Clapperclaw Festival at Intermedia Arts will feature local fashion designers Laura Fulk and Emilee Kuznar. Local t-shirt screen-printers Anthem Heart will be doing live screen printing of a limited-edition Clapperclaw tee, and you can bring your own shirt to get printed for as little as $5. The night will also feature the Minneapolis premiere of the DIY concert film "All Tomorrow's Parties," featuring concert footage from Sonic Youth, Animal Collective, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs among others. Heavy-buzzing band Free Energy headlines the show. (2 p.m.-midnight. $15-20. 18-plus. 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. View the facebook invite)

Saturday-Monday: Monthly flea market, the
Trader’s Market in Elko, is having its last rendition of the year. With 300-plus vendors, collectors and antique dealers claim to find some of their best vintage and antique finds of the year here. ($4. I-35 at County Road 2, exit 76, Elko. 952-461-2400.)

[Looks from BCBGMaxAzria's Fall 2009 collection]

Thursday-Monday: If you plan on stopping by the northwest suburbs over the weekend, stop by the Albertville Premium Outlets for their Labor Day Sale. Take an extra 25 to 65 percent off already-discounted designer goods at BCBG, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, and more. (6415 Labeaux Av. NE, Albertville. 763-497-1911.)

Monday: Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores are having a 50 percent off
Labor Day Sale, with everything in the store on sale. Three locations include Brooklyn Center, New Hope and Richfield. (9 a.m.-6 p.m. for location info.)

Local high-end boutique OPM is having a Labor Day Sale Monday through Wednesday, in which they'll be offering 15% off all purchases when spending up to $250, 20% off all purchases of $250-499, and 25% off all purchases of $500 or more. It includes full price and sale items ranging from Loeffler Randall, J Brand, Adam Lippes, and more. (3700 Grand Way, St. Louis Park. 952-567-7399.)

[The limited edition Pony sneaker at Hot Topic]

Next Wednesday: Set for a September 9th release date, these limited edition Pony sneakers were created after the movie 9, also being released on 9/9/09. Like the "stitch punk" characters of the movie created by Tim Burton, the sneaker is made up of canvas and various other pieces stitched together. Only 99 pairs are being made, which will be distributed through an online sweepstakes by Hot Topic.
[Blu Dot's Cherry Veneer Desk]

Through Sept. 8: Minneapolis-based Blu Dot is having its first-ever nationwide sales event. Now through September 8, everything in the design house's collection is marked 20% off. The offer is available exclusively at brick-and-mortar Blu Dot retailers, such as Roam and Target Commercial Interiors. (Visit for location info.)

Through Sept. 7:.
StyledLife is still offring 30 to 70 percent off spring accoutrements from Anya Hindmarch, Dunhill, Valentino, Missoni, Alexis Bittar, Versace, and more; select items of fall merchandise will also be 20 percent off. (Galleria, Edina. 952-928-8888.)

[Image by Kate Iverson/Styling by Eclecticoiffeur for l'etoile agency]

And as always, check out
l'etoile's Weekend What's What for more crazy-good things to do in the city.

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