Saturday night marked the 10-year anniversary of Envision Minneapolis, the glossy fashion show that features local designers, stylists and boutiques. The event was held in the expansive, all-glass atrium of Orchestra Hall. It was the late-night, cool-crowd culmination of Minnesota Fashion Week.
This was Envision’s 20th Minneapolis show, and the event definitely felt its age: young enough to be buoyant, electric and thrilling. (Anyone with FOMO, or fear of missing out, certainly wanted to be there.) Yet it was experienced enough to be well organized and highly produced. All the tech, lighting and sound systems functioned glitch-free throughout the two-hour show. The VIP room featured art and music from one of the event’s partners, Public Functionary, a nonprofit art gallery in northeast Minneapolis.
The looks coming down the runway spanned a range of styles, with some designers embracing 1930s-inspired silhouettes in richly colored velvet (George Moskal) to a futuristic men’s onesie that looked like pajamas you’d wear in outer space (Raul Osorio). Several of the women’s collections featured satiny fabrics and flowy, billowing lines, resulting in a goddess-inspired autumnal look. For men, asymmetrical angles and rich, tweedy textures made appearances on the runway.
Some of the more interesting fashions came from the crowd. Athleisure-wear was common: upscale tennis shoes, tracksuit tuxedo pants, satin warm-up jackets. Many eventgoers paired their fancy workout wear with big, bright boas in a rainbow of colors — like the character from a Lisa Frank painting heading for gym class. Then again, elegance reigned for many eventgoers. Some men wore all black with patterned ascots — there was even one top hat. More than a few women wore ballgowns or cocktail dresses with classic cuts.
While the clothes featured on the runway were hit-and-miss (some crooked seams here, some badly fitting pants there), the energy of the diverse crowd — not to mention the swirl of musicians, models and photographers — made Envision feel like the essential moment from this fall’s Fashion Week.
Laine Bergeson is a Twin Cities writer specializing in health and fashion.