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Lookbook: Local fashion comes out to play

  • Article by: AIMEE BLANCHETTE
  • Star Tribune
  • April 11, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Spring is in full bloom on the local runways. Despite nonprofit fashion organization MNfashion being on hiatus, there’s a spate of fashion shows taking place this month to satisfy style appetites.

Minneapolis designer Emma Berg is showing her fall/winter collection, along with her spring/summer line, a collection of prom dresses that will be modeled by 10 teenage members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

Joy Teiken, the brains behind Joynoëlle, will be presenting a ready-to-wear collection inspired by body armor. To open the show, 10 children — “future makers” — will walk the runway in looks they envisioned and helped construct with Teiken’s assistance.

And Envision, a cornerstone of the local fashion scene, will return, but in a new location at Orchestra Hall.

“The spring show will be all about elegance and glamour, celebrating the always-evolving spirit of Minneapolis fashion,” said Allison Vaillancourt, co-founder of Ignite Models. “This year, the runway show will be much more intimate than it has been in the past, giving designers a space to truly showcase their collections.”

This month’s shows:

Sexy in the Twin Cities: A fashion show by the Pourhouse and M3 Productions. 8 p.m. April 18. $10 GA, $50 VIP. The Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St., Mpls. www.thepourhouse.com.

Circle of Design: Hosted by “Project Runway” alum Christopher Straub, an interactive show featuring local designers, models and performers. 7 p.m. April 18. $18-$50. Sheraton-Bloomington Hotel, 5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington. www.circleofdesign.net.

I Am Everything: Designer Emma Berg’s work is highlighted in a show of prom dresses, inspired by 10 young women from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. 6 p.m. April 22. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls. http://tinyurl.com/ooqeglv.

Elements: Design Competition and Runway Show: Students from the University of Minneota’s College of Design create garments for a runway show inspired by the Weisman’s current exhibit. 6 p.m. April 23. Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Mpls. http://tinyurl.com/m8o5upa.

Envision 2014: The runway show will feature spring/summer collections from local designers and boutiques. 8 p.m. April 26. $25-$80. Orchestra Hall, 111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. www.envisionmpls.com.

Joynoëlle 2014/15 runway presentation: Benefiting the Makers Coalition. 7 p.m. April 29. $10 show only; $35 VIP, includes seating and after-party. Miller Bag Building, 861 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. http://tinyurl.com/mf8flbx.

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