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  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 4, 2013 - 7:35 PM

If they are going to go jacketless, male anchors need to make sure their shirts have the crisp look of heavy starch. As the season changes, we can look forward to Sven transitioning out of the muscle dress shirts and into the muscle sweaters.

I enjoy the dress shirts because I’m entertained by the notion of Sven’s accidentally ripping through the fabric like the Hulk, just before he turns all incredible and green.

Sudden interest in Essence

Suddenly lawyer Doug Carnival finds himself fluent on matters of fashion and Essence magazine covers.

The lobbyist and his wife, Megan Murphy, a St. Paul schools volunteer, are especially enthralled with the September cover of Essence featuring Kelly Rowland.

Their daughter Jenny Carnival designed “the vest the girl’s wearing on the cover,” he told me.

“If you look on the index page, down in the right corner, as I recall, there’s an acknowledgment of the company she’s with, Bernardo Fashions in New York. She’s the chief outerwear, I guess they call it, designer.”

“Jenny’s designs have also been for sale in Barneys stores and Nordstrom stores throughout USA and at a department store in London,” said Jenny’s proud daddy, in an e-mail after our phone chat. “Here are the coats that are now on the showroom floor in Saks Fifth Avenue that Jenny designed for the Ashley B collection of Bernardo Fashions. I will also send you her spring/summer ‘lookbook’ of new designs for the collection.”

“Lookbook”? Come on!

How many copies of Essence magazine have been bought?

“About a dozen,” he laughed. “My wife’s been giving them out to everybody we know.”

I don’t imagine you’ve bought Essence magazine before? “No comment,” he said.

And you have no idea who Kelly Rowland is? “I do not. Help me out,” he said.

I told Carnival the name of Rowland’s most famous former singing partner, to which he responded, “Oooh, I know who Beyoncé is.”


C.J. can be reached at and seen on Fox 9’s “Buzz.”


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