Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kelsy Osterman written up in New York Post

[Photo: Yahoo!]

Hairstylist Kelsy Osterman, once a fixture of the Twin Cities fashion scene and was one of my partners in stylist collective Eclecticoiffeur, has been making waves since her move to New York - tons of gigs at New York Fashion Week and doing Courtney Love's hair just to mention a couple. She just got some nice press after being quoted by the New York Post's fashion column about the wave of requests for Kate Middleton's hairstyle.

From the writeup:

Ladies have been flocking to Cutler salons’ SoHo and Midtown locations, asking for Kate’s swooping bangs and shiny chocolate-hued locks, says head stylist Kelsy Osterman.

“It’s a definite buzz. Since the news [of the royal engagement] dropped, we’ve had a lot of women coming in and asking for either her cut or rich color,” says Osterman. One of the main components of the coif is half-coverage of the forehead, according to Osterman, who says the timing for the cut is perfect.

“In the last couple of years, it’s been all about the full bangs, and people are growing them out.”

Rob Shuter predicts Middleton’s hair will become the new “Rachel,” popularized by Jennifer Aniston’s character on “Friends.”

Congrats to Kelsy on the great press!

Hot photos: Raina Hein

A little eye candy to get you through a dreary December day: these new colorful, punchy photos of Ignite model Raina Hein (who you may remember as being a runner-up for last season of America's Next Top Model).

Photographer: Baokhanh Hoang

Rae Weisz in Alexander McQueen

Here's a little pretty to start your day: local Vision model Rae Weisz, one time contestant on America's Next Top Model, in Alexander McQueen F/W 2009. You're welcome.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Local inspiration: muses and lenses

Here is a new feature I'd like to introduce - local fashion muses and fashion photography via Facebook uploads. A little taste of local inspiration.

This appears to be an outtake from Maritza Ramirez's fall 2010 lookbook shoot, featuring Vision model Elle Williams (a muse herself). Clothing by, Maritza Ramirez, photography by Amy Gee, styling by Jane Belfry, hair by Charlie Brackney, makeup by Amber Brenke.

Here's another muse of mine, Ben Fredrickson - recently relocated to New York. He's also a mean photographer. This one is subtitled "Trying to get clean in a dirty bathtub with the help of a Pentax SMC P 67 - Soft focus lens - 120 mm - f/3.5."

This hot shot is of musette Miss Cayla Caul Field; photo by Dominic Taylor.

Now based out of New York, Minneapolis native (and my former partner in my Eclecticoiffeur styling collective) Kelsy Osterman uploaded some new men's hairstyle images to her portfolio. (Click here for more.)

Photography Amy Gee uploaded some photos of local fashion muse Sohail Akhavein wearing Raul Osorio garments from the MNfashion-produced Third Thursday show at MIA. (Click here for one more.)

Love this chic shot of Vision Management Group owner/founder Teqen Zéa Aida.

Fashion photographer Vanessa Meade shoots her longtime muse, Tiffany.

l'etoile holiday party promo images released

L'etoile magazine has just released promo images for its annual holiday party, Jubilee (which I styled).

The shoot was inspired by a 1950s ad - perfect for the party, with its 1950s, early Mad Men feel. Accordingly, three of the four models - Jessa Alt, Hannah von der Hoff and Jake Rudh - were all contestants in the official Mad Men contest last summer.

Photography: Stephen Stephens
Creative Direction: Beth Hammarlund & Kate Iverson
Art Direction: Chris Larson
Styling: Jahna Peloquin
Hair & Makeup: Hannah von der Hoff
Clothing from Blacklist Vintage (except Jake Rudh's suit, his own)
Models: Hannah von der Hoff, Jessa Alt, Jake Rudh & Danny Sigelman

Mary Cann does Singapore's STYLE Magazine

The spreads just keep coming from Minnesota-born Vision model Mary Cann. The girl has been hot since moving to New York and gracing the New York Fashion Week runways; as of late she's been working it in Singapore. Her latest? A spread in Singapore-based STYLE: Magazine.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Local fashion link roundup: Weekend wrap-up

[Designs by Samantha Rei. Photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts]

I helped style the recent MNfashion-produced fashion show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts featuring local designers Raul Osorio, Emma Berg, Laura Fulk and Samantha Rei. l'etoile magazine reviews the show. METRO Magazine fashion editor Mary O'Regan also has a nifty little event recap of the event with some fun insider gossip. The MIA has photos from the event on their Flickr page.

City Pages' Dressing Room blog highlights goods by local felt artists including silvercocoon and Karin Jacobson.

Secrets of the City's cool artist visit slideshow feature features the studio of local designer Crystal Quinn.

METRO Magazine's November issue features a cool, high-fashion fall spread with styling by Grant Whittaker, photography by William Clark, and model Alicia Severson of Vision.

Former America's Next Top Model contestant Raina Hein is the lookbook model for L.A. designer Ellie Lavelle.

minneapolis2night does a Q&A with local jewelry designer Kristin Berwald of Bionic Unicorn.

New York-based blog The Ride interviews local designer darling Emma Berg.

Local designer and fashion show producer Maritza Ramirez is also quite the beauty expert. Check out her top 10 beauty and skincare products, a la Oprah's "favorite things."

Juleana Enright of l'etoile interviews Minnesota ex-pat Sarah Ditty, now working out of London for sustainable product sourcing company Source4Style. She also has a couple of pretty sweet blogs worth checking out: One on sustainable fashion called Launderette, and a general inspiration blog Gold Dust Woman.

Ignite's Alex nabs cover of Elle Hong Kong Weddings

Since her move to Hong Kong, Alex of local modeling agency Ignite has been nabbing some high-profile gigs - the biggest of which has to be this latest cover spread from Elle Hong Kong's Weddings edition.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SCENEaSOTA reviews and photos

[A Kevin Kramp look at SCENEaSOTA by Digital Crush Photo]

It's been a crazy few weeks, so Le Petit has unfortunately been a bit neglected. I'll do my best to catch up.

I didn't review the SCENEaSOTA show from back on November 6, but here are some links to photos and reviews from others:

  • Cake in 15 reviews the show with photos by Stacy Schwartz. Here are more photos by Stacy.
  • Beth Hammarlund reviews the show for l'etoile magazine with photos by Digital Crush. Here are more photos by photos by Digital Crush.
  • Jen Boyles reviews the show for City Pages.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Coco & Breezy to appear in Vogue Magazine

[Originally posted at Vita.mn]

[Coco & Breezy modeling their "wearable art"]

If there's any more of an indication that Coco and Breezy have become national fashion darlings, it's being featured in what is perhaps the most important American fashion magazine, Vogue. According to a Facebook post the Minnesota-bred twins made earlier today, that's indeed the case. The shoot is said to feature their latest collection of "wearable art" as opposed to their bold, bejeweled shades. In what may be a related post, "Whip My Hair" pint-sized singer Willow Smith posted a Twitpic of accessories that includes three pair of C&B shades (confirmed by a C&B blog post), subtitled "I love photo shoots." Awhile back, Coco and Breezy announced that Smith had inquired about getting some of their shades for her personal use - coincidence, or could this be for the Vogue shoot?

[Photo via Willow Smith on Twicpic]

(Thanks for LOL/OMG for connecting some of the dots.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sneak Peek: Minnesota Bride shoot

[Photo courtesy art of wore]

Yesterday I had the privilege of styling a bridesmaid shoot for Tiger Oak Publications' Minnesota Bride. Under the direction of Fashion Editor Mary O'Regan, I selected bridesmaid dresses with a chic cocktail feel versus a more traditional look, and thanks to the amazing talent of photographer William Clark, Vision model Elle Williams, and the modern design of the aloft Hotel, the shoot was definitely more editorial and high fashion than one would expect. Here's a preview shot and recap courtesy of Mary's art of wore blog, featuring a dress from Christopher Straub's Spring 2011 collection.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ben Fredrickson featured in Oakazine

Many locals know Ben Fredrickson for his amazing photography (he's been regularly featured in national gay mag Butt) and for his distinct fashion sense. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Ben also happens to be a clothing designer, too. The LOL/OMG! blog just reported today that a poncho he made was featured in the new Oakazine published by Oak NYC. Ben recently moved to New York and now works for Oak, and reportedly plans to pursue his photography career and do more fashion-related shoots.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Mary Cann photos

Vision model (and Minnesota native) Mary Cann is blowing up since she relocated to NYC. Here is some of her latest work.

Her Singapore model card:
A magazine spread entitled "The Collectibles":

Renee Larson lookbook featuring Raul Osorio

l'étoile editor-in-chief Kate Iverson shot and styled this new photo shoot for local jewelry and accessory designer Renee Larson featuring her new line of fascinators, also featuring the fall collection by local designer Raul Osorio with model Lindsay Tauer. Cute! Osorio's womenswear is to die for, and Larson's headpieces are simply darling.

All photos: Kate Iverson

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ashlee Walker in Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture

As I was trolling the national fashion blog circuit, what did I spy but Vision model Ashlee Walker donning one of Erin Fetherston's pieces from her line for Juicy Couture, alongside the designer herself!

Image: Fashionfame.com

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Glamour Mag calls for stylish Minnesotans

[Photo via Glamour.com]

If you live in the Twin Cities, you know we definitely aren't as style-less as the coasts would assume. It seems Glamour Magazine has gotten the message - they're scheduling a photo shoot for a new street style spread in the magazine. A different city will be featured each month, with photos of locals and their fave restaurants, dive bars, and hangouts. Think you have great personal style and want to be included? Beauty Bets editor Elizabeth Dehn is organizing the local chapter; contact elizabeth@beautybets.com if you're interested.

Envision: Artopia video released

Check out this just-released vid of the Envision: Artopia Fall 2010 show, which took place this past September during MNfashion Week. It featured a whole slew of local favorites in the fashion world, including Calpurnia Peach, Tender Cuts, Christopher Straub, plus a bunch of fresh faces. If you missed the action, be sure to check out the highlights captured below by Anthem Heart A/V.

Envision: Artopia Fall 2010 from Anthem Heart A/V on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christopher Straub releases limited edition holiday dress

[Photos: Kevin Ophoven]

Local designer (and Project Runway favorite) Christopher Straub has just released a limited-edition holiday party dress, just in time for the holiday party season. It's truly a great LBD: interesting sleeves with a contrasting fabric, plus a lovely, classic shape (not too loose yet still body conscious). It's available for two weeks only (through November 20, or when fabric runs out). The dress will be made-to-order in a size range of XS to XXL and will ship on, or around, December 4 via www.christopherstraub.com. The order will also include a signed photo of the original sketch:

MIA designer updates

As we approach MNfashion's Third Thursday presentation (November 18 at the MIA), the participating designers have been sharing their design process via social media. The latest updates come from Raul Osorio and Emma Berg.

Here are some of Raul's finished garments:

Click here to view Raul's inspiration images.

Emma Berg also has the beginnings of some finished work:

Collar for the Nkisi piece, made of cotton coil and hand sewn at intersections.

Dyeing the cotton coil neck piece. (Nkisi piece)

A dyed and partially painted cotton coil neck piece with some adornments attached. (Nkisi piece)

Click here to view Emma's inspiration images.

Click here for past posts on the event on Le Petit.

Kelsy Osterman does Banana Republic fall show

Hairstylist Kelsy Osterman (once my partner in local styling collective Eclecticoiffeur, now based in New York) posted some backstage photos from the recent Banana Republic show on October 26, where she was representing Cutler Salon. Enjoy the gorgeousness.

Friday, November 5, 2010

SCENEaSOTA previews

I'm very much looking forward to SCENEaSOTA tomorrow night at Loft2. Tickets are still available at Cliché, so be sure to pick yours up today.

[A look from Kevin Kramp, photo by Amy Gee]

Here's my (original, full-length) writeup for Vita.mn:

In its third annual edition, the SCENEaSOTA fashion show is set to continue its forward momentum for another year. Bolstered by an impressive lineup and perhaps an even more impressive lookbook (helmed by Voltage art director Chris Larson), the production of this year’s show is leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings, on a makeshift runway in a tiny bar only two years ago. It comes on the heels of September’s “Pale Rider,” an MNfashion-produced runway show featuring Raul Osorio and Danielle Everine that decisively raised the bar for locally-produced fashion shows. With its mix of up-and-comers (Britta Fueerhelm, Jenn Bratvold), returning designers (Jenny Carle, Kathryn V., Carmichael Claith), and more established names (Kevin Kramp, Raul Osorio, Frances Zerr) – coupled with some noted accessory designers (Carrier Pigeon, Ferociter, Ruby3) and Vision models – it’s clear the show owes a great debt to Voltage. In this case, rock and roll is traded out for some film segments by Elijah Chhum and additional visuals by Ken Hannigan. (8 p.m. Show at 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10-15. 21-plus. Loft2 (above OM), 401 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-870-0420.)

Here's my writeup for Secrets of the City and l'étoile magazine:

In its third year running, the show that is all about homegrown talent is back with another fresh crop of emerging local fashion designers. If the lovely lookbook (art directed by the fantastic Chris Larson) is any indication, this year's SCENEaSOTA should be a smashing success. This year, producer Maritza Ramirez is throwing in some additional multi-media elements - audio/visual design by Anthem Heart and film segments by Elijah Chhum - that are sure to be a nice match to the fashions hitting the runway. This year's designers include fresh faces (Britta Feuerhelm, Jenn Bratvold), SCENEaSOTA vets (Carmichael Claith, Jenny Carle, Kathryn V.), Voltage alumni (Raul Osorio, Frances Zerr) and established designers (Kevin Kramp), with new accessory collections from the likes of Ruby3, Carrier Pigeon, Ferociter, and Bionic Unicorn. Drop in early to schmooze with other fashionable guests, sip on a cocktail, preview the designs in a pop-up shop, and mingle with the designers before the runway event. Afterward, stay for a bumpin' afterparty with DJs and dancing. Tickets are $10 general admission or $15 seated and available in advance at Cliché. Doors open at 8pm and the event is 21+. For more info visit Facebook.

And check out the SCENEaSOTA lookbook while you're at it:

Raul Osorio featured in NYC-based blog Frank151

New York-based blog Frank151 has featured local designer Raul Osorio in an exclusive studio visit.

They have this to say: "Osorio is a fashion designer who understands risk, and effortlessly employs men to take as many as they can when it comes to clothing. From sleeveless cowl neck tops in soft fabrics, to tailored vests and cropped bolero jackets, the designer ushers in a new way of dressing."

They also preview his sketches for his 2010 men's collection, which he'll be debuting tomorrow night at SCENEaSOTA:

Click HERE to see the full post.

Images courtesy Raul Osorio

Preview: Frances Zerr F/W 2010 lookbook

Designer Frances Zerr (a Voltage 2010 alum and confirmed for Voltage 2011) has posted a preview of her F/W 2010 lookbook on her Facebook page. You can see the collection's debut tomorrow night at SCENEaSOTA.

Clothing: Frances Zerr
Photo: Katie Workinger
Styling: Lindsey Holmes
Model: Dahlia Brue