Art-a-Wear

Art meets fashion this weekend at the Textile Center, with an artwear symposium that explores fashionable topics from dressmaking to hatmaking. There also will be trunk shows, a fashion show and an exhibit, "Inside Out: Fiber Art for the Human Form."

Several Minnesotans will be represented in the exhibit, including Nancy MacKenzie, who made a jacket out of mesh onion bags, and Jill Lynn, who crafted a seamless felted wool vest and coat on display.

Just how wearable is this art? "They could be museum pieces, but I do sell them," said Lynn. "I've sold scarves that people tell me they've hung on the wall."

Opening reception for "Inside Out," 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Exhibit runs through July 11. Free. Trunk shows, Friday through Sunday, free. Informal fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday, $5. Textile Center, 3000 University Av. SE., Mpls., 612-436-0464, www.textilecentermn.org.

Now open: n'etc.

It's musical stores on 50th and France. The accessories portion of Grethen House for the past 20 years, n'etc., has moved into the space recently vacated by Stephanie's.

The separation appears to be amicable. In fact, an announcement card featured a photo of n'etc. owner Nancy Heidman and Grethen House proprietor Mary Brindley smooching.

Heidman, the "N" in the store's name, teamed up with Veronica Clark, a familiar face to the retail scene, to develop the new store. They'll continue to carry tons of accessories: shoes by Robert Clergerie, Dusica Dusica and Tappet; handbags by Sissi Rossi and Johnny Farah; scarves by Bajra and Chan Luu; and belts by Oracini, Suzi Roher and Linea Pelle. But they'll also carry a selection of jewelry, some apparel and plenty of giftables.

Good news for practical Minnesotans: The shoes are mostly flats. "I can't wear heels anymore," said Heidman.

During the Edina Art Fair, Friday through Sunday, take 30 percent off everything, 5005 France Av. S., Mpls., 612-922-9321.

Handy handbags

Mom-on-the-go Aimee Richcreek Baxter was tired of switching her handbags for every occasion. So she designed the Heddy Freddy bag system. It's an eight-pocket "module" that holds necessities (wallet, lipstick, pens, phone and more) and can be transferred to different handbag shells. You'll be able to mix and match at the company's new showroom, which will offer many styles, including bright, bold fabrics.

Grand opening: 4 to 8 p.m Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours begin June 10: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 1595 Selby Av., St. Paul.

SALES AND EVENTS

THURSDAY

Marimekko fashion show: Straight from the Helsinki runway, there will be informal modeling of more than 30 pieces from the fall and winter collection. Sample sizes (smalls) will be available to try.

5 to 7 p.m., 160 Glenwood Av., Mpls., 612-333-2127, www.finnstyle.com

Bring in Your Bling fundraiser: Donate your old precious metal jewelry to Romens @ The Find and get 25 percent off everything in the store during the event. Proceeds from purchases and jewelry donations go to the Smile Network. There also will be discounts, games, appetizers, live music and a silent auction.

6 to 10 p.m., 7820 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, 952-934-3114, www.romensatthefind.com

FRIDAY

"Twilight"-inspired clothing line: Nordstrom is offering an exclusive collection inspired by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Twi-hards can create looks based on Alice and Bella. Clothing includes tanks ($28), dresses ($52) and Jeans ($58) along with a cosmetics collection. They'll also be selling life-size cardboard cutouts of Edward, Jacob, Bella and Alice. For any purchase of $50 or more in BP (juniors) merchandise, customers will receive a pass to an advanced screening on June 29, the day before the nationwide release of the film, while supply lasts.

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-883-2121.

Spring fling sale: At OPM, get 30 percent off of select merchandise this weekend only.

Through Sunday, Excelsior & Grand, 3700 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-567-7399.

Edina Art Fair discount: Get 20 percent off everything at Bluebird and Ladyslipper Boutiques. At Fringe, receive a free bracelet with a purchase of $50 or more.

Friday through Sunday, Bluebird, 3909 W. 50th St., 952-746-8675, Ladyslipper, 4940 France Av. S., Edina, 952-224-1900. Fringe, 3906 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-746-4922.

SATURDAY

The Talent Show: An arts and crafts sale in the Kingfield neighborhood, featuring more than 30 local artists, including jewelry by Rare Bird and Stamped Studio, beaded hair accessories by Ododo Originals and tees by Too Many Suitors.

Through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rau+Barber Studio, 4244 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.

CONTINUING

Robotlove reboot: The design-focused store sells T-shirts and accessories by local Burlesque Design along with limited-edition collectibles from artists around the world.

507 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-871-9393, www.robotlove.biz

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