Sunday, August 29, 2010

In review: Amanda Christine Pret-a-Porter F/W 2010

[Photo by Claire Molepske for]

Check out my review of Amanda Christine's fashion show at online.

by Jahna Peloquin
photos by Claire Molepske for

For her first solo runway show, local designer Amanda Christine Natzel kept things to her strong suit - simple and classic with an oh-so-slight, street-smart edge. It's no wonder the hard-working, business-savvy designer has been able to translate her wearable, perfectly tailored designs to an ever-growing populace - her designs are now carried by 25 boutiques nationwide. Natzel also has a knack for figuring out what works in previous collections and updating it season after season (see the side-ruffled pencil skirt and the front cross-pleated skirt).
But Natzel isn't without her surprises - her draped-collar vests and jackets added a perfectly up-to-date chicness to each look, as did her perfectly-draped, drawstring silk pants, particularly when paired with the new handbag collection by Natzel and Kimberly Jurek. These are pieces are ideal for the gal on the go, as they can easily go from the office to the cocktail party with a few minor tweaks.

The Thursday evening show at the spacious Nicollet Island Pavilion promised a Parisian flair, delivered mainly via a few decadent fur stoles (and the confident walks of the Vision models). But apart from the fur and the occasional pair of gloves, the styling make good on its apparent French-chic inspiration, and the presentation came off more trade show than fashion show. Regardless, it was a nearly flawless, strong debut for one of the Twin Cities' most prolific rising stars in its fledgling local fashion industry.

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