Friday, December 30, 2011

Editorial: Mary Cann in Mary Katrantzou for Nomenus Quarterly

Minnesota model Mary Cann gets her Frida Khalo on in the latest issue of Nomenus Quarterly, wearing designer Mary Katrantzou's Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The vibrant and eye-catching florals worn by the Vision-represented model were gorgeously captured by native Minnesotan photographer Erik Madigan Heck, as styled by Heidi Bivens.

Danielle Everine releases one-of-a-kind pieces online

Local fashion darling Danielle Everine is the latest local designer to be added to One-offs Yippee!, an e-retailer that offers one-of-a-kind pieces from Christopher Straub, ArielSimone, Sarah M. Holme and many other locals. The seven pieces look to be a mish-mash of items from past collections and new, never-before-seen pieces, available in sample sizes fitting a 0-4 (though Everine does custom orders). The bouses and dresses are cute and easy-to-wear, but the real standouts are the outerwear - Everine's specialty. Prices range from $88 for a blouse to $290 for the fur-sleeved coat. View the full collection here; you can find more Everine at her Etsy shop and in-store at Cliché.

Hand-dyed floral sheer cropped blouse (pictured at right at l'etoile's "Bright Society," September 2011. Photo: Peter Jamus)

 White sheep fur & leather vest (pictured on right at "Pale Rider," September 2010. Photo: Digital Crush)

Fur sleeve and leather coat with embroidered yoke (pictured on right at "Pale Rider," September 2010. Photo: Digital Crush)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 trend spread: "Animal Collection"

My trend spread in the December 15 issue of spotlighted fall's animal trend: trend spread: "All That Glitters"

Last week's fashion spread in spotlighted some sparkly New Year's Eve-inspired looks:

Throwback: Benjamin Fredrickson's YSL poncho

I remember this image of then-Minneapoline contributor Tyler Stevermer, by photographer Benjamin Fredrickson, now based in New York City. It appeared in the final print issue of l'étoile magazine from Spring 2008, available in full at But I had never heard the story behind it. Via Ben's tumblr:

2011's top 5 moments in Minnesota fashion

Here are my five moments in local fashion for 2011, as originally published in

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Local inspiration: muses and lenses

And here it is, another round of imagery captured by local photographers, and/or their muses.

MCAD student photographer Vincent Marcinelli previews a haunting piece from his senior project.

Photographer Corey Tenold and model Ashlee Walker make a picture perfect Old Hollywood couple.


Designers Coco & Breezy get styled and shot for an editorial.

Photographer Peter Jamus takes a reflective self portrait.

Photographer David Mendolia follows Tanja into the woods.

Grand Forks-based photographer Emma Katka takes a melodic self portrait.

Former Minneapolis designer Frances Zerr offers a glimpse into her sketchbook for her Spring 2011 collection.

Kouwai Potocnik gets sassy during a test shoot in L.A. (Photo: Alyson Aliano)

Ellen Dahl Lawson snaps tomboy street style for The Minneapoline.

Serah Sauser offers a behind-the-scenes peek of the latest video by Twin Cities R&B songstress Mayda.

Style blogger Shannon Licari Walling harkens back to the '90s with circle sunglasses and a leopard fur coat.

Lottie Anderson gets a fresh chop.

Things get Old Hollywood at Saturday night's l'étoile holiday party, Jubilee, at XYandZ Gallery. (Photo: Christian Erickson)

Editorial: Kevin Kramp profiled in METRO Magazine

Via METRO Magazine fashion editor Mary O'Regan, here is the full article featuring Twin Cities knitwear designer Kevin Kramp in the latest issue of METRO:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday: Local Designer Sample Sale at Cliché

Local boutique Cliché has built a reputation for having a solid roster of emerging local designers. With their annual designer sample sale, local fashion fans have the chance to buy samples straight from the runways. Local designers including Danielle Everine, Amanda Christine (pictured), Sarah M. Holm, ArielSimone, Kathryn V, Jenny Carle and more will also be drastically reducing prices of existing inventory and bringing in past pieces that have not yet sold with savings up to 50 percent off.

When: 7-10 p.m. Friday, December 16. Where: Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420,

For more holiday shopping events this weekend, check out l'étoile's Guide to Sales & Shopping.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 spotlight: NELLE + Ogge launches & the World (Craft) Fair

I write about the NELLE + Ogge launch and this weekend's World (Craft) Fair in this week's issue of trend spread: "You've got plaid"

In this week's issue of, I showcase fall's plaid trend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Elijah Chhum's model profile for Vision's Mary Cann

Here's a little bit of pretty for the mid-day of the mid-week: local filmmaker Elijah Chhum's model profile of Vision-represented, St. Paul native model Mary Cann, who's walked the New York Fashion Week runways for Erin Fetherston and the Blonds.
Mary Cann Model Profile 3 from Elijah Chhum on Vimeo.

MNfashion announces Autumn/Winter 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

MNfashion just announced its spring fashion week - with some big changes. Instead of "MNfashion Week," it's being rebranded as Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, and it will take place a couple of months earlier - February 19 through 26. It's part of an attempt "to ourselves with the cadence of the rest of the fashion industry," says MNfashion executive director Emily Blanche in a press release. Another change will have designers showing the following season instead of the current season as an attempt to get in line with industry standards. The reason being, according to Blanche, to "allow buyers and the media to more conveniently engage with local designers and the great work they produce year after year" by offering more time between presentation and production. Registration runs now through December 23, 2011; a full event schedule will be released on January 16, 2012. For more information about Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week or MNfashion visit or email

[A look from Danielle Everine at Voltage 2011. Photo: Stacy Schwartz]

Emma Berg Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook: "The Midnight Garden"

On the heels of HAUS Salon debuting their Fall/Winter 2011 hair collection come additional images - in full color, all the better to showcase the intense hues of Emma Berg's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, "The Midnight Garden," featured in the shoot. The Midnight Garden Capsule Collection was created specifically for "Dress Rehearsal," an event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club in the Twin Cities, and is said to be inspired by the energetic members of the North Boys & Girls Club. "The entire collection is as varied as the singing flowers in Alice in Wonderland with a vast array of silhouettes, textures and colors," Berg says on her website.

Photographer: rau+barber
Hair & make-up: HAUS Salon
Models: Ashlee, Elle, Olivia & Mary from Vision Management Group & Jill from HAUS.