Monday, October 12, 2009

La Revue: METRO 100 Party + Joynoelle Fashion Show

Thursday, October 1: METRO 100 Party + Joynoelle fashion show

Even after MNfashion Week's close a couple of weeks ago, there still seem to more more stylish events on any given night than one can feasibly attend. But with the METRO 100 party and Joynoelle's Spring 2010 show happening on the same night, I was inspired to take up the challenge.

[A look from Cliché / Image by Molly Meehan]

First up: The METRO 100 party, happening on the 1300 block of University Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. The party was planned to celebrate three years of the increasingly-hip magazine, as well as the top 100 best things in Minneapolis laid out in the October issue of the magazine. And what do you know? l'étoile was among of the 100, so editrix-in-chief Kate Iverson and founder Beth Hammarlund were on hand to celebrate. Unfortunately, what was originally planned as a fall block party was tempered by rainy, chilly weather, forced indoors; fortunately, we snagged some complimentary Naked Grouse Scotch whiskey drinks to warm us up. But still: Why pass up the chance to try the new Northeast Social Club (359 13th Ave. NE.) and Anchor Fish & Chips (302 13th Ave. NE.), or grab a glass of wine and take in the art at Rogue Buddha Gallery (357 13th Ave. NE.)?

[Ignite model Kelly Streigel getting styled / Image by Molly Meehan]

Rogue Buddha also boasted the fashion element of the night, "Instant Couture," with live models being styled in looks from Uptown boutique Cliché, Minneapolis-based online shop, and local screen-printed fashion line Calpurnia Peach - all winners of a spot on the Metro 100 list. Stylists from Jon Oulman Salon down the street did the styling. Later, models tromped around the wet streets in style.

[RTW S/S '10 looks by Joynoelle / Image by Photogen-Inc.]

Before I knew it, it was time to head to the Joynoelle show. Designer Joy Teiken titled her collection "Pretty Little Houses" after an infamous Anna Wintour quote describing Minnesotans as "little houses." (Though it's a long shot that Teiken was aware of this bit of knowledge, it must be said for the record that local designer Max Lohrbach also designed a mini collection this past summer inspired by the quote for the Poolside Fashion Show. See Lohrbach's pieces here, here, and here.)

[RTW S/S '10 looks by Joynoelle / Image by Photogen-Inc.]

Teiken's long-awaited return to the runway (the hiatus the result of her having and raising her son Noel over the last year) did not disappoint. It was an effusively elegant affair, much like the clothing itself, full of vintage-inspired detailing, delicate fabrics, and structured-yet-feminine silhouettes (worn by Ignite & Vision Models). The two-part show made up of about a dozen ready-to-wear dresses and a dozen wedding gowns against the white background of Gallery 13 was a stunning display of mouth-watering confections. Highlights included gowns in floaty chiffon and silk, layered together like a wedding cake, a dress in sheer layered fabrics decorated with pretty little bows, and a taupe shirt-dress dress striped vertically and horizontally with pastel ribbon (much like the lines of a house).

[A bridal S/S '10 look by Joynoelle / Image by Photogen-Inc.]

As usual, her ready-to-wear is all very wearable and elegant, seemingly injected with a fresh (but subtle) shot of inspiration. But where she is strongest is her bridal wear. When Teiken takes her bridal line to the Bridal Show (a kind of mini Fashion Week for bridal) in New York later this month, it's a sure bet we'll be seeing her line in bridal magazines across the country this spring.

JOYNOELLE PROJECT from capture studios on Vimeo.

Also peep this video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Joynoelle leading up to the show.

[Solid Gold performing at the 331 during the METRO 100 party / Image by Molly Meehan]

Finally, I ended up back at the METRO 100 party just in time for Solid Gold's set at the 331 Club - phew! It was seriously sexy to see those guys play such a small club without fear of getting smooshed to death. Thanks, METRO!

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