Sunday, May 23, 2010

In review: Goldstein's Garden Party

by Jahna Peloquin

It was a gorgeous summer evening at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus as the Friends of the Goldstein hosted its annual fundraiser, the "Dig Design" Garden Party. Though unlike previous years, it was not held outdoors in a garden (which seemed kind of against the point), it still provided a great chance to mingle with the Goldstein's members, see the latest fashions from local luminaries Joynoelle and Russell Bourrienne, and hear about the latest gardening trends from longtime Minneapolis gardening expert Bobby Jensen.

Joynoelle, by local designer Joy Teiken, showed adorable dresses from her spring collection, consisting of frothy confectionary bridal gowns and retro-infused, ultra-chic cocktail dresses, fitting for - of course - a garden party. Many of the pieces would be perfect additions to the Goldstein Museum of Design's permanent collection one day.

The tucks and gathers in her gowns were elaborate yet flattering, and manage to be interesting without being overworked. Young designers should pay attention to our longtime local talent like Joy, and better yet: try to nab themselves an internship with her. Believe me, it will be the best education you can imagine.

\Men's fashion wasn't left behind, as local menswear designer Russell Bourrienne showed his latest collection of sporty menswear that incorporates unique design details into crisp, all-American classics - fit for the East Coast prep of Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass.

And the British flag jacket, made of a creamy leather, could easily go from urban to punk rock depending on the styling.

And finally, here's yours truly with designer Joy Teiken in our garden party-ready outfits.

During the event, we were also given a preview of the Goldstein's ongoing Digital Database Project, for which the Goldstein recently received a grant. The project's goal is to capture each of the 26,000 items in its library of designer fashions, including clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, and other accessories. Click here for a preview of the project.

Jahna Peloquin is l'etoile magazine's Fashion Editor, as well as a Minneapolis-based freelance fashion writer and stylist.

All photos by Emma Berg

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