A gift for Gaga

When a musician or band plays at Xcel Energy Center, they are typically presented with a gift -- most often a Minnesota Wild jersey.

In anticipation of style icon Lady Gaga's performances next week, Xcel officials took a more fashion-forward approach and commissioned local designer Emma Berg to create a piece that references Minnesota. Berg's design used the state flower, the showy lady's slipper, as her inspiration. She ended up with a crinkled white satin jacket with a "skirt" of pink organza and yellow satin lining.

Berg even considered how the jacket might pair with Gaga's own outrageous sense of style. "The length is a good height, so that if she wanted to wear it with no pants it would be cute," she said.

Amanda Christine fall runway show

For her fall 2010 collection, local designer Amanda Christine demonstrates how she's stayed in business for four years: by keeping true to her feminine roots.

"It's a little French-themed, really girly and a little bit tough at the same time," she said of the collection, which will be featured in a Thursday night runway show.

The show also will feature a short segment from Cliché and a handbag collaboration with Kjurek Couture. "It's really fun to mesh our two styles together," said the designer. "A little edgy and girly, but boho at the same time."

Amanda Christine is available in more than 25 boutiques worldwide.

Fashion Show, 7 p.m. Thur., Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Mpls., $20 at the door. Clothes available at Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Av. S., www.clichempls.com; Karma, 867 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-291-1997 and Parc, 328 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls, 612-353-4966.

Now open: Bluepeg

Romance is thriving at 50th and France. Bluepeg, a new men's store, is the joint effort of real-life couple Sacha Martin (co-owner of Bluebird and Ladyslipper boutiques) and Adam Tischler.

The name of the store refers to the duo's first date more than two years ago. When Adam was courting Sacha, he suggested they meet at a spot near his place. She informed him that in "the game of 'Life,' the blue peg was always in the driver's seat and the pink peg was always in the passenger's seat."

He changed plans and now their styles have merged at Bluepeg.

The store features denim from J. Brand and Postage, plaid shirts from Zachary Prell, oversized watches by Nixon, chunky sweaters by Vince, work boots by Wolverine and snazzy ties from local label Pierrepont Hicks.

Bluepeg, 4946 France Av. S, Edina, 952-847-4777. Grand opening party: 6 to 9 p.m. Thur.

Goldenwear Girl

If you don't know who Nancy Golden is, you will soon.

An interior designer for 32 years, 10 of those as the host of decorating shows on HGTV and DIY, Golden has recently been working on segments for her son's new talk show -- Oprah "cutie pie" Nate Berkus.

She's also gone from "decorating the home to decorating oneself." Goldenwear -- her line of lightweight, high-fashion jewelry -- can transform a white blouse into a work of art. The line, known for its deconstructed look and mix of recycled leather and stones, retails for $45 to $275. Goldenwear is available locally only during occasional trunk shows, including one tonight that's part of Wayzata's Girls' Night Out.

Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., Fashion Avenue II, 810 Lake St. E., Wayzata, 952-224-7014.



Drama's anniversary: The trend-focused boutique is celebrating its first anniversary in Uptown with 15 percent off on all apparel (including sale items), plus complimentary cocktails.

6 to 9 p.m., 1203 Lagoon Av., Mpls., 612-338-9423, www.shopatdrama.com.

Excelsior girls' night out: A Mardi Gras-themed night of shopping and dining. Shop specials include 20 percent off any Caudelie skin care item at La Petite Parfumerie.

5 to 9 p.m., downtown Excelsior, www.excelsiorgirlsnightout.com.


Haute event: A fall fashion show with women's clothes from C'est Chic and men's looks from MartinPatrick3. The show benefits the Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota.

7:30 to 11 p.m., with show at 9 p.m., tickets $50 to $100, briangrahamsalon.com/haute, Brian Graham Salon, 220 N. Washington Av., Mpls., 612-333-3091.

Tarte mini-makeovers: A representative for the makeup line, known for its sheer blushes, will be offering complimentary services.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ulta Woodbury, 8290 Tamarack Village, Woodbury, 651-738-1654.

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