Ian Ludwig and Sindy Griggs

Spotted at: Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

It was a night of music for this well-dressed couple. Ian Ludwig got his shirt from Express and his vest in Canada and Sindy Griggs got her entire outfit from Forever 21. She kept cooing over her shoes, which had 4-inch heels that made her almost as tall as the 6-foot-3-inch Ludwig. But not quite.

Five questions for Yeohlee Teng

Fashion designer Yeohlee Teng came to the Twin Cities last week for a visit. The Malaysian-born, New York-based designer, known for being highly innovative, was feted at JV & Co. and the Goldstein Museum of Design, where she donated one of her timeless pieces -- a Teflon wool cashmere open-back cape from her fall 2007 Yeohlee collection. Her designs are a rare combination of cerebral and wearable. We grabbed a few minutes with her.

Q What is the fifth season?

A Richard Martin [former chief curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute] coined the term to describe my clothes. They're seasonless. In today's world, that's more meaningful than ever. It enables the urban nomad to cross those borders. You're in Minneapolis and you can be an urban nomad in the sky bridges -- you don't have to be Nanook of the North!

Q What is the idea behind the cape that you donated?

A It exemplifies my core philosophy: Good design is forever. There is zero waste in the construction of the garment, so it is a more intelligent thing. And it really is one-size-fits-all.

Q Can you explain the zero-waste idea?

A We maximized use of the fabric, so there is less wasted. It's a way of thinking about sustainability in a common-sensical way.

Q What is coming up for spring 2010?

A It started with more color and pictures of tropical birds. It's about the shape of sound. We just nicked the surface of it, though.

Q Why do Minnesotans connect with your clothes?

A They're smart!

Sales and events

On Thursday, beauty expert Kari Solyntjes of Savage will host fans of her Fabulous Over Forty blog (www.faboverforty.com) at Macy's Oval Room (700 Nicollet Mall, third floor, Mpls., 5:30 p.m.). Solyntjes, along with Dior specialists, will offer holiday looks, skin-saving tips and gift ideas. There will be drinks and appetizers, as well. The event is free, but reservations are required (612-375-2360 or kari@faboverforty.com). If you buy more than $50 in Dior products, you'll receive a gift bag. If you're one of the first nine people to spend more than $300, your goody bag will be upgraded.

Purchase any Aveda boxed gift set Thursday at Juut and receive 20 percent off additional retail purchases, including the selection of hair accessories, Stephanie Johnson makeup bags and Nelle clutches.

From 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Turkish-born, Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Bora will be at Omorphia (206 Water St., Excelsior, 952-401-3311) for a trunk show and personal appearance.

Speaking of jewelry, Studio Vincent (Gaviidae, 651 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-3646) is having an opal and gem show and sale through Saturday. Join them Thursday (5 to 8 p.m.) for a reception.

Starting on Friday, all fall and winter merchandise at Grethen House Netc (4930 France Av. S., Edina, 952-926-8725) will be 30 percent off, including items by Under.Linge, Peter Cohen, Zero by Maria Cornejo, Robert Clergerie, Sisi Rossi, Comme des Garcons, Rogan and Martin Margiela.

On Friday, join the party at Lululemon (2313 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-929-2014, 5 to 8 p.m.). It will be Wish List Shopping and Pampering Night with personal fittings, hand and arm massages and brow services by Extrados, plus refreshments.

On Saturday, get browsing during the holiday boutique crawl. There will be specials at participating businesses such as 20 percent off at Parc (328 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-353-4966). Other East Hennepin-area shops include Bibelot, Bella Luna, Belle Reve, I Like You, Key North and Pacifier.

Local boutique Il Vostro is launching a private label collection, and celebrating with a trunk show Saturday at the store (5045 France Av. S., Edina, 612-920-3167, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Guests will be able to meet the designers -- Helen Wang (jewelry) and Jane Nordmeyer and Adrienne Yancy (apparel). Jewelry will be priced ay $60 to $250 and dresses will be $180 to $320. There will be limited quantities available, but custom orders will be taken.

Just in time for holiday shopping, there's a new Arc's Value Village Thrift Store & Donation Center opening in St. Paul (Hillcrest Shopping Center, N. White Bear Av.). Following a 9 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, the first 300 shoppers will receive a free reusable shopping bag containing coupons and goodies.

Humans aren't the only ones who need a little extra warmth through the winter. Through April 22, donate real fur items (apparel, trim, accessories and shearling) at Buffalo Exchange (2727 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612- 871-9115). The furs will go to the Humane Society of the United States to be used as bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 • sglassman@startribune.com