Check out Le Petit Connaisseur every Monday for the latest in local fashion news. This week: A Tiny Machine and I speculate the final three of Project Runway, I get the latest on Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman's post-PR plans, and recaps of last week's "Rock & Roll Circus."
We were on the edges of our seats for the third time in a row as local Project Runway contestant (and America's sweetheart) Christopher Straub was in the bottom two. I thought his look was more chic than that of Nicolas Putvinski, but we're really waiting to see Christopher knock it out of the park like he was earlier in the season. We're all crossing our fingers, and biting our nails for next week's episode.
A Tiny Machine and I speculated on which designers would make it to the final three based on the runway collection images that are available – namely because it appears many of the designers used their favorite models in their shows. It’s spoiler-ish, though of course it’s based on speculation alone. She also has some dish about Nicolas supposedly being the third designer to have the stars tattoo, in addition to Ra’mon and Christopher.
Christopher Straub's wallet designs now at ROBOTlove at Design Collective. The line includes clutches, keychains and men's and women's wallets, ranging in price from $20 to 200.
As for local favorite Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman, he will be doing a benefit fashion show with fellow former Project Runway contestants Korto Momolu, Jerrel Scott and Zulema Griffin in Washington, D.C., on November 8. Here's a clip of Ra’mon on Fox 6 News in Milwaukee as part of his participation in Milwaukee Style Weekend a couple of weeks ago. Alloy.com has another new interview with Ra'mon.
LOCAL FASHION BLOGROLL
Local fashion plate Marina Maric's must-read tumblr blog highlights a quote from my interview with Project Runway Season Four winner Christian Siriano, originally published online at Vita.mn:
JP: So I’ve read your book, but just to give a little blurb, what’s the difference between a hot mess and a hot tranny mess?
CS: Well, I know I said basically a hot tranny mess - because, you know, my terminology being hot tranny or being tranny is really being like overly glam. Like overly done, like you know with tons of sequins and jewelry and makeup and hair, it’s not really about being an actual tranny. Being a hot mess is basically wearing all these things, and basically being this whole person at one time. So when I say hot tranny mess, it’s the idea that there are drag queens out there that are definitely a mess, and they kind of emulate normal people. It’s when you’re wearing everything and you have your red lips and all your bangles up to your arms and your Ugg boots and your plaid bolero and all these things at the same time. So I guess that’s what it is."
-vita.mn ‘s Jahna’s Peloquin talked to Christian Siriano and asked the question we’ve all been pondering.
Star Tribune also interviewed Christian Siriano last week.
Minnesota Monthly’s Best of the Twin Cities 2009 issue is out. I'm super-excited they named Fox Tax Gallery as Best Gallery (congrats to curator Emma Berg!) and l'étoile magazine Editor-in-Chief Kate Iverson as Best Social Director. (Also picked: Picky Girl as best Women’s Boutique, Hooked Studios Skincare as best Skincare Product, June as best Resale Shop.) Fashion editor Elizabeth Dehn’s blog has a few shots from the event.
Minnesota Monthly's Elizabeth Dehn also has a new beauty blog, BeautyBets.com. The editor is a self-professed beauty junkie, having worked for Aveda and Kiehl's in the past.
Angie Hanson, local stylist and illustrator, posted this recent photoshoot with local burlesque performer Tomahawk Tassles. It features shoes she hand-painted with her original illustration “Love vs. Hate” for creative director Emmanuel Cienmandrogaras to show in an exhibit touring Spain.
Mpls.St.Paul Fashion Editor and freelance writer Christy DeSmith looks at Target’s dominating influence on the development of commercial art in the Twin Cities for PrintMag.com.
[The incomparable Tammy Faye Bakker]
The Daily Planet recently published a story about the fascinating history of the Band Box Theater in downtown Minneapolis. My favorite bit: "After several decades as a movie theater, the 1920 building served as a Pentecostal church presided over by the to-be-notorious Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. The basement was the gathering place for their youth group, the Navigators Club, and its walls still bear dusty hand-painted murals of the Holy Land, complete with a once-functioning wall-mounted fountain. It must have been a magical land for those little Navigators."
Fast fashion news: Star Tribune reports we won’t be receiving the Jimmy Choo for H&M line at any local locations, including the newly-opened Southdale location. But we're all jumping up and down in excitement for the coming Rodarte for Target line on December 20, and the just-announced Jean-Paul Gaultier for Target line on March 7, rumored to be inspired by Madonna. Also just-announced is Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line for JC Penney called Olsenboye.
Melly at the Galleria will be the only store in the state to carry Kate Spade's new clothing line. The locally-owned store has carried Kate Spade handbags in the past, and will home to the "very-Jackie O." collection of separates, coats and dresses.
METRO Magazine has the first look at local jewelry designer Stacey Johnson's new jewelry boutique.
Check out photographer Eliesa Johnson's blog for behind-the-scene photos from METRO's November fashion shoot. From the looks of it, it appears to very high-end and editorial for a local magazine. I can spot one of my fave models Kelly Streigel getting her hair and makeup done.
Walker After Hours parties are always on my social calendar, and the first since last April has been announced. It features music from hot up-and-comers Lookbook (recently written up in Pitchfork), Party People photo booth, free food and dranks from Wolfgang Puck, and fancy peeps.
[Solid Gold's "Bible Thumper" video, directed by John Carlucci, with additional visual effects from Suzanne Dyer]
Solid Gold is just getting back from CMJ this week, but not without first stopping by the MTV studios. They filmed for a segment there, and also have announced their self-made "Bible Thumper" video is going to be added to the MTV2 rotation.
LOCAL FASHION EVENT RECAPS
The Onion's AV Club has an interview with Bella Koshka on last weekend's Rock & Roll Circus. City Pages has a slideshow and Vita.mn has photos by Alex Uncapher, and The Minneapoline has shots from their photobooth up.
Juleana Enright interviews Ken Hannigan of Anthem Heart on his Worn to be Wild studio series for l’étoile. City Pages has a slideshow of images from the party. (And I managed to snag my own custom-printed shirt featuring layered prints in multiple colors. Sweet!)
Check out this photo set from the MIA’s opening party/annual member party for “The Lourve and the Masterpiece” last Saturday. The wigs and makeup were by Suzy Martin of Denny Kemp Salon and Spa.
Ellen Dahl shot some stylish folks at BlackBlue’s grand opening for Vita.mn.
Check out this just-released video of SCENE-a-SOTA posted by Anthem Heart A/V: