Last night I got to cash in on one of my birthday presents and go to Fashion NOW – Fashion Fright Night put on by 96.3 NOW radio station and Kodak at the Fineline in downtown Minneapolis. I got to share the evening with my dear friend, Cas – it was so fun getting to comment and critique the event together. And we had wonderful seats to do this – we were in the second row, with the official critics sitting right in front of us – very legit!
B & C before the show began...
Okay, so for the most part the fashion was great! The musical acts…well, one was great – the other not so much…
Let’s start with the fashion. We saw looks from Jungle Red Salon and Spa (Hair and Make-up), Ariel Simone by Adrienne Yancy, Buckle Mall of America, Primp, Elsworth Menswear, Pink Door Boutique, and Christopher Straub (who you may recognize from Project Runway). From the more local places we saw current looks and they were fun and inspiring. However, from Christopher Straub we got to see his Spring 2011 line, which was inspired by a walk through the garden. We saw a lot of color and print – and the main color we saw was green. This was very fitting with all the other Spring 2011 lines we have been seeing – full of color – enjoy your blacks this winter, but come spring put on your shades because we will be wearing bright colors. He also loves texture and that was very clear by watching his line come down the runway. Now, I am a fan of texture – but you can get to the too much point where texture stops being interesting and starts being bulky – to the point of making you look like you are about 20 pounds heavier, and no one wants that. Other than that the line was beautifully sculpted and executed.
Would love to wear this little cocktail dress...
Green gown paired with purple tote
Not a Christopher piece but I LOVED the look and this model
Now for the music…so they say that the newest up and coming recording artist from Minneapolis is Ellis One. And good night, I hope that is not a true statement because they are straight out of the 90’s with their boy band-ish-ness, cheesy lyrics and really bad dance moves. It was nothing to be excited about – at least not for this music fanatic. Maybe with some severe over producing they could sound good, but nothing to see live – and really anyone can sound good with the right producer. The other musical guest was Miguel – and he was actually really good. He knows how to entertain…especially the ladies. In fact, the ladies were almost as fun to watch as Miguel himself. He sure had some great moves – and his band was no let down, either. Glad they were the closing act.
All and all, I would say Fashion NOW – Fashion Fright Night was a success and much more beautiful than frightful – but I am thankful for that! It was a good fashion show for Minneapolis, but we still have a ways to go until we reach NYC Fashion Week status…oh that would be the day…wouldn’t?! Minneapolis Fashion Week….ooo I like the sound of that! Do you agree, loves???
photos taken with my favorite new app for my iPhone – Hipstamatic