Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weekend What's What 9/30-10/2


Excuse us while we gush! In addition to our usual lineup of cool, arty antics, this weekend includes a VERY special event indeed. l'étoile founder/creative director Beth Hammarlund and l'étoile advertising guru Brian Gioielli are tying the knot this Saturday and we couldn't be happier. Two of the most adorable, hilarious and good-natured peeps we've ever had the pleasure of knowing, Beth and Brian have set the bar of cute coupledom so high, the rest of us are surely doomed. Congrats B&B, we love you long time!


Photo by Rhea Pappas


LOL/OMG! Kate and Jahna party with Pete Campbell from Mad Men

Beth Hammarlund reviews the Pale Rider Fashion Show

Susannah Dodge snaps pix at Cliche's Crosswalk event

Jahna Peloquin reviews Joynoelle's Spring/Summer 2011 Show

Jahna Peloquin and Lauren Gantner update our Sales & Shopping Guide


Twin Cities Film Festival

@ Various Locations
Twin Cities

Chilly weather is officially here (sigh), but what better way to avoid it than geeking out with some of the year's best indie films in a cozy theater? That’s right, the first Twin Cities Film Festival is upon us, which means that you have through Saturday to catch some of the biggest fall studio films (Fair Game, Waiting for Superman, Secretariat) in advance, as well as several international and Minnesota-made independent films under most audiences’ radars. Highlights include Phasma ex Machina, Minnesota director Matt Osterman’s exploration of how far one will go to bring someone back; Mexican thriller Sin Retorno (No Turning Back), the story of to lifelong friends given the opportunity to have “everything” overnight; and Nowhere Boy, a portrait of John Lennon’s childhood and rise to fame. Tonight, among other things, head to the Fine Line Music Cafe for Music in Motion, a fun filmy party that includes live bands and a smattering of Minnesota-made music videos. An added bonus: several directors will be present at screenings throughout the weekend!

Click HERE for the full schedule, locations and more

Phasma Ex Machina Trailer from Phasma Ex Machina on Vimeo.


8th Annual Spark: Festival of Electronic Music and Arts

@ Various venues
West Bank

4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Free

The creators behind MPLS' experimental-driven Spark Festival know that a beat isn't always just a series of sounds and tones and that a light board is more than just visually pleasing; they are the elements of an art-tastic revolution. This weekend, join a plethora of multi-talented, local and international new media artists for a celebration as organic and it is improv-friendly. Now in it's 8th year, the festival showcases freaky, beautiful and groundbreaking works of dance, music, theater and art. One of the venues – known simply as the Love Power Church – boasts 3 converted levels of art and sound installations. Feast your eyes and ears on artbots, trippy videos, electroacoustic performances and theatrical choreography all weekend long, not to mention get down and electronic-y with danceable sets from DJs and tons of noise & industrial concerts that will carry attendees well into the night hours. With guests Furt, the Talea Ensemble, The Friction Brothers, Acid Circus, Vultures, performances from the recipients of the 2010 Art(ists) on the Verge 2 commission and oh-so-much more!

Click HERE for the full schedule and more info

Interactive installation from Spark Festival 2009

Building Music at Spark Festival 09 from Play the Magic on Vimeo.


What's l'etoile looking at this week?

An oldie but goodie! When it comes to tracking down all things eye-poppingly hip, the team of sharpshooters at The Cool Hunter are the best of the best. Particularly savvy art, architecture, design, gadgets, ads, transportation, bars, fashion, and more are highlighted on this site, founded in 2004 by the original Cool Hunter, Bill Tikos. The site even has a section called "Treelife," a massive photo montage of live-in tree houses all over the world (We want one!). We also recommend you check out the new Audi billboard they hunted down this week. Like everything else on the site, it's so cool you just might freeze.

Click HERE for the Cool Hunter site


The Haunted Basement

@ Soap Factory
514 2nd St NE

6 p.m. to Midnight / Thursdays-Sundays / 18+ / $20

Back for its fourth annual installment, the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement is, as always, the can't-miss event of the Halloween season. More psychological and mind-bending than your typical guy-in-a-monster-mask haunted tour, the Soap pulls out all the most disturbing stops to scare the living daylights out of those who dare enter. You'll explore the expanse of the sprawling art gallery's dark, dank underbelly through sensory deprived passageways, equilibrium-bending whirlygigs and creepy artist-crafted vignettes. Each twist and turn seems to uncover a new mind-fuck, specifically designed to inspire the most epic of nightmares. But keep your wits about you and bring your puzzle-solving skills along--this labyrinth of terror becomes increasingly difficult to traverse towards the end. 20 people stuck single-file in a dead end maze is a recipe for trampling if we've ever heard one. Our personal advice? Wear comfortable shoes and an adult diaper, you'll thank us later. The Haunted Basement runs Thursdays-Sundays now through Halloween and advance tix are highly recommended, as this event sells out every year.

Click HERE for the Soap Factory site


Jon Langford and Mark Davison

@ Rogue Buddha
357 13th Avenue Northeast

7 p.m. / Free

In the hands of ceramicist Mark Davis, found and discarded objects are given a surprising and inventive after-life, literally and figuratively. Intricate and precious, each piece reflects the artists’ thoughts and feelings of illness (he’s been HIV positive for 23 years), religion and death, as well as a creative process abetted and inspired by his studies of urns, reliquaries, shrines and burial masks across many cultures. Jon Langford’s “song-paintings” also express notions of death; publicity-shot portraiture and imagery from folk art, Dutch still life, classic Western wear, and the cold war are fused together in commentary of the death-dealing tendencies of American culture (the embrace of capital punishment, the death of authentic music at the hands of mass-market drivel). Muse with the two of them Friday, when their collaborative exhibit opens at Rogue Buddha.

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When Tru$t is the New Money

@ XyandZ Gallery
3258 Minnehaha Ave S

7 p.m. / Free

Known for their colorful, large-scale murals masterfully splattered across walls and architectural structures across Minneapolis, local artists John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons (aka Broken Crow) are back with a new ambitious challenge – condensing their immense imagery to the confines of an intimate gallery space. For When Tru$t is the New Money, the duo's aggresso-style painting and hyper-detailed stencil work blends with reoccurring themes of anthropomorphic humanoids and animals for a vivid showcase that explores a futuristic world where money is obsolete and trust is the new currency. These boys never disappoint!

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Check out a sneak peek of the show below...intense!


2009-2010 MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

@ MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Free

Every year, five fortunate and talented Minnesota artists are chosen to receive the generous Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The promising, edgy batch of artists granted the 2009-2010 fellowships will put the fruits of their labors on display tonight at MCAD Gallery. Witness Steven Accola's ambiguously lyrical acrylic works, Caroline Kent’s vast mixed media pieces, Tony Sunder’s creatively altered objects, and collaborative painters Tynan Kerr’s and Andrew Mazorol’s figurative pieces.

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Art by Caroline Kent


Get Cryphy

@ Record Room
701 1st Ave. N

10 p.m. / 18+ / $5

We know, we know. The amazing assortment of dance parties in this city is almost overwhelming. It takes just as much brain power to figure out which one to go to as it does to pick out your outfit for the evening (a very important component!). Tonight's edition of Get Cryphy features the kick-ass sounds of Plain Ole Bill, Fundo, and Last Word, hosted by Prof.

Click HERE for the Facebook event



@ Kitty Cat Klub
14th & 4th

10 p.m. / 21+ / Free

The Hotel is open! Head down to the Kitty Cat Klub tonight for this monthly dance off featuring DJs Famuel and Slamdunkapher along with host with the most, Jonathan Ackerman. Sip some dranks, shake your stuff and enjoy while killer DJs throw down some viciously hot jams for just you. Drink specials, sexy peeps and good times await.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


If you haven't yet discovered fashion prodigy/culture mini-hound that is 14-year-old Tavi Gevinson, read ahead! As one of fashion's most refreshingly real and excitingly keen bloggers, Gevinson breathes an unpretentious Addie Loggins flavor into her poetic style reviews, designer spotlights and fashion party coverage. Littering her posts with whip-smart additives, a highly impressive vernacular, a veteran's eye of couture and so many obscure references to 60's fashion ads, mythology, 90's TV shows and pop culture esoterics that readers can't help but endlessly speculate on how the pint-sized critic got so incredibly cool. When she's not hanging with eccentric designers and models and being gifted Rodarte tights (eek!), Gevinson can be found bobbing to the beat of eccentricity herself, sporting capes, granny cardigans and oversized hats exclusively ripped from the racks at the Salvation Army – her shopping boutique of choice – or making a hilarious “ode to” rap video about one of her favorite designers, Rei Kawakubo and carrying on social life that varies between “a Daria mind-set and Atticus Finch” in her Chicago suburb. Her blog, The Style Rookie, is one of our daily stops, not to mention an awesome window into the psyche of a young culture junkie. To hell with her tween-y age; Tavi Gevinson, be our BFF!

Click HERE for the Style Rookie site


Cirque du SoGAY II

@ Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Avenue South

2 p.m. / $5

Get your bikes and spandex ready: Cirque du SoGay is back, and this year promises to be even harder, faster, and more satisfying (prize-wise, that is) than ever. Queer Bike Gang, the group that brought you beach rides, queer breakfasts, and safe sex kits is behind this bicycle scavenger hunt, launching Saturday from Minnesota AIDS Project. Win prizes from Surly, Freewheel, The Hub, Fireroast Mountain Café, and be jazzed about free gifts from Pizza Luce, Peace Coffee, Red Stag, and Bike Porn (including a copy of Luke Woodward’s bike porn, Tour du Pants). An awards ceremony, queerformances, and a after/dance party will follow. So, sign up (duh). In the gang’s own, perfectly-put words: Cirque is “the most wonderful time of the Queer.”

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Threshold: Tara Costello

@ Rosalux
1224 NE 2nd St

7 p.m. / Free

Plaster, raw pigments, wax, graphite and oil swirl and collide in Tara Costello’s latest collection of paintings, opening Saturday at Rosalux. Titled Threshold, the exhibit features quite the continuum of canvasses, from the most enigmatic of minimalist paintings to full-blown, multi-layered landscapes. Lush with spontaneous textures, each piece reflects an emotional experience, and compellingly so; the reactions between materials are as curious and evocative as the image itself. Go and be sucked in; even if the aesthetics don’t get you, the heart of Costello’s work will. Seeking to find beauty in the unexpected!

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DULUTH! A Love Story

@ Cult Status Gallery
2913 Harriet Ave S

8 p.m. / Free

When gallery own Erin Sayer lived in Duluth during her Grad school days, she ran an art co-op in the Norshor Theatre called The Duluth Artists' Guild, where she met tons of fantastic Duluth artists and innovative creators. Tonight, don't miss as Sayer and Cult Status play gracious host to a few of the old Duluth art guild cronies including artists Sarah Heimer, Max Moen, Chris Monroe, Jim Richardson and Eris Vafias. The exhibit is a charming love letter from Sayer to Duluth's flourishing art scene and is a steady reminder that Minnesota visionaries expand far beyond our pretty little bubble in Minneapolis proper.

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Dark Dark Dark / Roma di Luna CD Release Parties

@First Avenue
701 First Ave

6 p.m. / 18+ / $10

Dark Dark Dark and Roma di Luna, two of the scene's best indie-folkers, come together for a dual CD-release show at First Avenue on Saturday night. All that talent bundled up in one place is truly gonna blow minds and hearts. As Roma di Luna's press kit states "Love is a friendship set to music." It is obvious that that love is too big not to share - from their humble beginnings as street musicians in downtown Minneapolis, to captivating a packed mainroom with perfectly timed arrangements and pipes that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, Alexei and Channy Moon Casselle are poised for a major breakthrough. And Dark Dark Dark...we've got such a band crush on them that we can use a myriad of descriptors - haunting, cinematic, stunning...but what is most fascinating about them is that all the words in the world wouldn't be able to grab the feeling you get from listening to their music. Their live shows have everybody in the house transfixed, swaying, and always wanting more. Up and comer Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps opens.

Click HERE for the First Ave site

City of Music: Roma di Luna from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.


The Playa Unwind

@ Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave

8 p.m. / 21+ / Free

Didn't get to satiate your burner's desires this year? Don't despair! Tonight, Minneapolis collective The Flared Bass brings the theatrical spirits of the Burning Man Festival to NE's neck of the woods for a night of epic proportions: The Playa Unwind. If you just got back from Burning Man, don't pack up your costumes just yet; if you didn't go, dust something zany off. Tonight's affair is the perfect opportunity to relax, decompress and let flashbacks (or fantasies) of crazy BM adventures and giant insect art sculptures fill the air. Enjoy action painting by Ha Na and Linnea, body painting a la Brant Kingman, interactive photography and video art and – because it wouldn't be a mock Burning Man celebration without them – DJs, DJs and more DJs spinning decadent chilled out tunes. Fur and LED-laced costumes welcome!

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Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Lauren Gantner, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MNFashion Week in Review: Pale Rider

Text by Beth Hammarlund
Photos by Stephen Stephens

Last Friday, the raw, sparse surroundings of the Grainbelt Bottling Building were transformed into MNfashion Week central, thanks to an expertly-lit, angled runway, a chic soundtrack, and Twin Cities fashion insiders as far as the eye could see. For its first official runway production, the MNfashion team presented "Pale Rider," a joint show from two of the most promising local designers, Danielle Everine and Raul Osorio. Though varied and unique in their own rights, the duo jointly explored the masculine and the feminine - and East versus West - in looks that ranged from commercially viable to aggressive high fashion.

Up first, Everine's collection boasted a wealth of separates. Though the full looks were wearable, the coats, vests, blouses, ponchos, skirts and trousers will be sure to generate consumer interest as individual items. She opened her collection with a sheer floaty shirtdress in a pale paisley - a look that was both unconventional and accessible. The dress would satisfy tomboys and girly girls alike, paired with either vintage T-strap heels or broken-in cowboy boots.

A cropped drop-crotch pant in a slim cut and a fringed side seam led the transition to a modern take on traditional western wear. In this part of the collection, fur and leather details accented flirty, feminine looks and tailored women's suiting.

The finale look, a show-stopping quilted suit with exaggerated shoulders and wide-leg trousers accessorized with a fur ushanka-style hat, echoed both Julie Christie and Katharine Hepburn. The result made the impending Minnesota winter seem positively appealing.

Everine took her bow wearing a relaxed blouse and wide-legged trousers that epitomized the tone she captures in her designs. Though her collections feature plenty of structured pieces, her greatest strength lies in easy womenswear, pieces that effortlessly cultivate a mood. Since she seems to be taking plenty of inspiration from the late '70s, it would be interesting to see what the designer would produce after repeated viewings of 9 to 5. She certainly has the ability to capture the essence of Jane, Lily and Dolly.

Raul Osorio, known for his impeccable menswear, presented an equally successful dive into womenswear. Romantic lace blouses were paired with neatly cut shorts and skirts, upholding the evening's trend of sellable separates. A clever black bolero jacket and matching high-waisted skirt would satisfy a wide range of consumers without requiring the designer to compromise his trademark aesthetic.

An antique gold lace shirtdress with cascading ruffles was one of the evening's stand-out pieces. Interestingly, instead of pairing the piece with a coordinating slipdress, the styling team layered the dress over a pair of black biker shorts. Although it wasn't immediately noticeable, the choice referenced current ambitious runway trends.

The finale piece, a high-collared pink lace gown with tiered ruffles echoed American designers such as Ralph Lauren, renowned for his ability to reference the Old West in contemporary gowns. Osorio's interpretation was stunning.

Osorio seems to possess an innate understanding of silhouette. He can take a little black dress and turn it into a statement piece without sacrificing versatility. His challenge lies in his trousers. One look which paired tight white high-waisted pants with a bustier top was particularly unforgiving. Though beautifully made, the cuts and fabrics can be difficult to wear. It would be interesting to see him play with a wider variety of cuts in the future.

The styling team was spot-on throughout, pairing clean dewy makeup with loose upsweeps and fishtail braids. Brooches, hats and gloves were in abundance, and ponyhair made its requisite autumnal appearance. The designers' well-rounded collections masterfully balanced consumable pieces and statement looks, presenting plenty of wish list items for Twin Cities shoppers.

Monday, September 27, 2010

MNfashion Week in review: Cliché's Crosswalk 9/23

It may have been a dark and rainy night, but that didn't stop the stylish set at Cliché from stalking the runway last Thursday. The runway, of course, being the busy intersection of Lyndale Avenue & 24th Street. In their second incarnation of the Crosswalk fashion show, Cliché debuted a smattering of the Fall collections available at their hip Uptown boutique.

Playful separates in warm autumn colors and chic n' cozy outerwear were the name of the game as models strolled the crosswalk, vamping for onlookers and passersby wearing fall looks by Tender Cuts, Kathryn V. and Niki English. And as usual, Cliche busted out with some fun and unique styling; from gothy lace face coverings to small, ornate lanterns which captured the creepy/cool vibe of autumn perfectly while still being fresh and upbeat.

All photos by Susannah Dodge

Tender Cuts:

Kathryn V.:

See more photos by Susannah Dodge from Crosswalk here.

MNfashion Week in review: Joynoelle Spring 2011 Collection 9/23

Text by Jahna Peloquin
Photos by Tara Sloane

The Wild West. Seventies bohemia. Studio 54. For their Spring 2011 collections, fashion designers have taken inspiration from an around-the-world variety of places. But for her spring line for Joynoelle, longtime local designer Joy Teiken took inspiration from an unusual source: the whimsical tales of Dr. Seuss. With such a childlike theme, seeing how this would translate into the wardrobe of Teiken's chic clientele posed an intriguing concept.

Thursday night at the rooftop penthouse of the International Market Square, Teiken debuted her Spring 2011 bridal and ready-to-wear collections in two sold-out, salon-style showings. Amidst the clean surroundings of the loft were Seussian props and signage, setting the stage for a character-driven show (separated into segments with names like "A Scrambled Egg Supper" and "Put Me in the Zoo"). The designer's signature style took an appropriately humorous, yet no less sophisticated turn, with the addition of top hats onto the heads of many a model.

Elsewhere, the inspiration was less overt - the poof-hemmed silhouette of a youthful wedding dress (said to be inspired by Cindy Lou Who), the "Cat in the Hat" dress and coat with a fabric shading technique inspired by the drawings in that book.

And perhaps the first time, the designer incorporated her vintage-inspired aesthetic and smart fabrications into separates, in addition to her usual confectionary dresses. But while it was fun to see Teiken stepping out of her comfort zone onto edgier ground, some of the separates (such as the gray-and-pink charmeuse draped top and silver leather pants) looked out of place in such a whimsical collection.

Teiken's layered raw-edge silk construction was better suited to her extremely chic one-shouldered cocktail dress, tailored yet feminine.

Among her more classic Joynoelle pieces was a crochet-lace tea-length dress - charmingly sweet in fabrication while avoiding the saccharine thanks to a sleek silhouette.

Also inspired was her incorporation of burlap into high-end looks - a tailored jacket, a charming dress trimmed is raw-edged pink and navy silk (also featured in our fall MNfashion Week spread), an edgy mini skirt.

Though she clearly knows her customer and her style, Teiken showed she's not without a few tricks - and fresh inspiration - up her sleeve.

Click HERE for more photos by Tara Sloane.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weekend What's What 9/23-9/26


MNFashion Week has taken over the Twin Cities! Now in full swing, the bi-yearly showcase of local talent has yet again proved that Minnesota designers are a force to be reckoned with. With a bevy of fun events still on the roster for this weekend, you'll be hard pressed not to find a reason to don something sparkly. Along with a heaping helping of great art and music as per usual, the Twin Cities is a pretty exciting place to be this time around. Our advice? Plan your itinerary and plan it well.


Photo by Chris McDuffie for l'etoile
look by Blasphemina's Closet/Accessories by Bionic Unicorn


Jahna Peloquin & Richard Anderson review Envision: Artopia

Jahna Peloquin interviews Vision's Teqen Zea-Aida

Jahna Peloquin reviews Style Derby

Jahna Peloquin & Lauren Gantner update our Guide to Sales & Shopping

Jahna Peloquin & Lauren Gantner plan your MNFashion Week itinerary



@ Cliche
2403 Lyndale Ave S

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free

Forgoing its usual blowout runway show, local boutique Cliché instead is bringing its customer into the store - and out of it. Entitled "Crosswalk," the event cleverly puts the "street" in "streetwear" as models styled in fall looks from the store's national lines as well as new lines from local designers Tender Cuts, Kathryn V. and Niki English parade outside of the store and onto the crosswalk of 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Though the show is apparently a cost-saving way to still showcase its local designers and latest offerings, Cliché is sure to make use of creative presentation and a novel concept to make for a truly memorable event. BONUS: During event all merchandise is 10 percent off.

Click HERE for the Cliche site

Click HERE for our complete guide to MNFashion Week

Photo by Cody Lidtke


WAM Chatter: Do Local Artists Count?

@ Weisman Art Museum
333 E. River Rd.

7 p.m. / free

In the art world, so much of viewer reaction is conceptualized and internalized that artists may wonder “is anyone getting this?” Tonight, join local curators and artists as they explore what kind of an impact local art has on the scene and the community. Moderated by the Weisman's associate curator, Diane Mullin, the discussion's panelists include vice president of programming at the McKnight Foundation, Neal Cuthbert; MAEP associate, Tammy Sopinski Perlman; and local artist/editor of, Scott Stulen. Held in “pecha kucha” format, each panelist will have twenty seconds to present twenty slides supporting their argument. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and libations from the cash bar while you soak up the dialogue.

Bonus: Get to the Weisman before 6:15 and tour the re-contextualized exhibit, Ordinarily Here.

Click HERE for the Facebook event


Apryl Electra "Migration" Listening Party

@ Club Jager
923 Washington Ave N

9 p.m. / Free

On her debut album, From the Padded Cell of Suburbia, singer-songwriter Apryl Electra blew us away with her edgy piano rock ballads and a voice that packs a serious punch. Full of unexpected harmonies, Electra’s self-described “electracousticlash” songs speak of strength and empowerment twinged with a little bit of heartache--and that’s how we like them--especially considering that Electra plays all of the instruments herself. Tonight and Club Jager, Electra will hold a listening party celebrating the release of her second album, The Migration, an oh-so-fitting title considering this raw vegan chef by day is also moving to L.A. So join her for drinks, dancing, goodbye hugs, and a DJ set of '80s and '90s jams played by Boss Lady & The Associate and Electra herself.

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What's l'etoile looking at this week?

New York based, Minneapolis raised artist Ralph Lemon calls himself a conceptualist, but we’d say that’s a bit modest. In reality, he’s quite the amalgam: dancer, actor, choreographer, writer, photographer, installation artist, former painter, and master of long-term creative research. Since 2004, Lemon has been engaged in The Walter Project, a series of works in collaboration with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old former sharecropper from the Mississippi Delta. Like many of Lemon’s previous pieces, the work-in-progress is multimedia, integrating film, movement, and theatrical elements to explore issues such as personal belief systems, morality, and space travel. Over the past seven years, Lemon has held several public sharings of his progress; though each new work is different from the one before, each explores the artistic, cultural, historic, and emotional material uncovered through Lemon’s time with Walter. Lucky for us, he’s bringing his next sharing back home to the Walker Art Center. Inspired by both myth and reality, “How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?”, happening this weekend, delves into the ordinary, but inspiringly unique commonality of how one lives a life. A trifecta of dance performance, workshop and installation, this is a can't miss exhibit.

Click HERE for the Walker site


SGMS: Full Fashion Panic

2501 Stevens Ave

6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show / $10

This year's edition of "Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits," the annual fashion portion of the weekend-long anime workshop/retreat at MCAD, Culture and Creation in Manga, doubles as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Produced by local neo-Victorian/steampunk afficionado Samantha Rei of Blasphemina's Closet, the show always features the latest in steampunk/Lolita/anime-inspired fashion from the Twin Cities and beyond, by students as well as established designers like Rei.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

Click HERE for our full guide to MNFashion Week


Duane Ditty & Jack Pavlik opening

@ Gallery 122 at Hang It
122 8th Street SE

7 p.m. / Free

Jack Pavlik’s sculptures move. They also create music. And we’re not speaking in abstracts here, although we wouldn’t be surprised if Pavlik’s kinetic structures struck a chord. His latest move (no pun intended): teaming up with fellow Nordeast artist Duane Ditty to create “Atmosphere & Movement” at Gallery 122. While Ditty’s large-scale canvas paintings aren’t kinetic, the painter’s method of working and reworking allows for incredible special depth and a visible sense of process. Together, the artists convey notions of light, fluidity, and sensuality existing within the rigorous boundaries of geometric and architectonic form. The exhibit runs through November 20, but why wait? Catch the opening reception Friday at 7 p.m.

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The $99 Sale

@ Soap Factory
518 Second St SE

Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / $20
Saturday, 9 a.m. to Noon / Free

Want cool art but don't wanna pay a bundle for it? Well, you're in luck! Part fab fundraiser, part aesthetic melée, The Soap Factory's $99 Sale features 5 x7” original, signed artwork donated from 200+ artists from across the country; one size and one flat price. Hone in on the next great artist, or just buy whatever strikes your fancy. Peruse through work by Jaime Carrera, Jesse Draxler, former l'etoile writer, Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Carolyn Kopecky, Alec Soth, Jehra Patrick and many, many more! Plus, get down to tunes by DJ Black Lacquer, sip on tasty cocktails and enjoy complimentary nosh from Restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie. Arriving late isn't always a bad thing; pop in after 10pm and enter the sale for a mere 10 bones or come back the following day from 9-noon for the Morning After Sale at no admission fee and rifle through the remaining works priced at just $66 – it's a “morning after” event, you don't have to feel sheepish about!

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Pale Rider

@ Grainbelt Bottling House
79 13th Ave NE

7 p.m. / $15

Local designers Raul Osorio and Danielle Everine share a good deal aesethetically, but definitely have distinct styles on their own. Osorio is known for incorporating feminine, Grecian draping into tough, militaristic menswear; now we'll see his womenswear for the first time. Danielle Everine, on the other hand, is known for her menswear-inspired womenswear, while incorporating sculptural, fine art elements and highly conceptual garments that still manage to be wearable. For "Pale Rider," Everine is said to embrace traditional Wild West styling and the Biblical imagery of Revelations. Osorio's collection aims to explore the juxtaposition of hard lines, soft textures, masculine silhouettes and feminine lightness. One thing's for sure: both designers are ones to watch.

Bonus: Head to Honey after the show for the official after party, hosted by l'etoile & MNFashion!

Click HERE for the Facebook event page


Autumn Music & Movies: Mark Mallman + Star Wars

@ Lake Harriet Band Shell
42nd St and W Lake Harriet Pkwy

8 p.m. / Free

There are only a few of these outdoor pairings left, so get your music 'n' movie-loving booty down to Lake Harriet Band Shell tonight to soak up the musical stylings of Mark Mallman and relish in the visual wonders of his nerd-appreciatory film pick: Star Wars. Be serenaded by the '70s-redolent, synthesized tunes of Mallman and his keys while the sun goes down and then snuggle up for Jedi-tastic screening of “Star Wars.” Load up on snacks and drinks on-site as well as awesome artist merch. And don't forget to bring a blanket; Autumn cold spares no one!

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This is the Peter O'Tooles: A Fecking Adults Only Variety Show

@ Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.

10 p.m. / $10 ($8 students or w/ Fringe button)

Performance artists, thespians, musicians, social media them what you will. Max Sparber and Coco Mault (of the now-defunct naughtybilly phantasm, The Dirty Curls) always keep us guessing! What have the dynamic duo cooked up this time? Well, between writing plays and getting "Limerick Day" declared in Minneapolis, Max and Coco have developed a brand new Irish punk band complete with a hilarious name: The Peter O'Tooles. Tonight head to the BLB to witness their first official live performance--in a variety show format, no less--along with a clever cast of characters including St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connelly, singer/songwriter Martin Devaney, and food n' sex blogger Erica Rivera, author of the forthcoming book, Man Eater.

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Photo by Craig VanDerSchaegen



@Infinity Productions
Secret Location

10pm-4am / $5 with RSVP, $7 without

You can take away the venue, but you can’t kill the party! That’s the spirit of BOMP, formerly held at the now-defunct Bedlam Theater space. The monthly dance party is relocating to other stomping grounds, for the time being anyway. This week, you can find party rockers DJs Shannon Blowtorch, Moon Goons, Wes Winship, Get Cryphy, and Kid Vicious at the Infinity Productions studios, tearing it down and getting dirty. The renegade air is sure to add to the ferocious atmosphere that BOMP! always brings with it...this is one edition of the Minneapolis dance staple that you don’t want to miss.

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What's l'etoile checkin' out on the web this week?

To add to your fashion week, we have found a totally savvy blog that is all about style. Say hello to your new best friend, design crush and style soul-mate Kelley Lilien A.K.A Mrs. Lilien! This lovely Cali lady knows everything about luscious eye-candy and flaunts tons of her weekly faves in her own whimsical and colorful “Styling House”. Peep tons of to-die-for décor, outfits for anywhere, gift guides, awesome accessories and so much more, all carefully hand-picked by this stylish Mrs. And to make things even cuter, all of her posts totally rhyme. Lovely!

Click HERE for the Mrs. Lilien site


VFW Fall Block Party

@VFW Uptown
2916 Lyndale Ave S

3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. / Outdoors all ages, After party 21+ / Free

Who says block parties have to end when summer does? Fall in the Twin Cities is a perfect reason to celebrate with some of the most talented local musicians around. Be sure to make your way down to the VFW in Uptown this Saturday for the extreme musical sensations of the buzz worthy Rogue Valley, Me and My Arrow, Fake Places, New Century Masters, the ever entertaining Fuck Knights, Pictures of Then, The 4onthefloor, Apollo Cobra, and Astronautalis - visiting all the way from Seattle. Now, there’s a lineup to rival any summer block party! Complete with the obligatory (and awesome) indoor after party with Hot Panda, We Became Actors, and Right From Rona.

Click HERE for the Facebook invite


Jagerfest 2010

@ Clubhouse Jager
923 N Washington Ave

6 p.m. / $7 from 6-10 & $3 from 10-2 / 21+

Fall is finally here. The temps are getting cooler, the leaves are getting crunchier and the parties are getting even more awesome! Clubhouse Jager is especially festive this weekend, kicking off Fall with their fourth annual Jagerfest celebration. Here’s the deal, all evening the clubhouse will be hosting tons of bands on the patio including The Parlour Suite, Pink Mink, Phantom Tails and more. Then, when the sun goes down, guests can get down to gritty grooves from the Wants vs Needs DJs. On top of that, Fox Tax will be supplying nummy nosh in addition to the already cheap drink specials from the Jager bar.

Click HERE for the Facebook event page


Split Personality Launch Party

@ The Hub Bike Shop
301 Cedar Ave

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free

New line Split Personality picked the perfect time to launch its collection of jewelry, cleverly crafted from recycled and new bike parts. Friends and cyclists Rachelle Thorpe and Hollie Olson created the line inspired by their love for fashion and biking. Head to the Hub Bike Co-op this Saturday to view their debut collection, buy up your favorite pieces (cash only), and snack on tasty treats and complimentary Surly beer.

Click HERE for the Facebook event

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Recent Work by Matt Franzen

@ Galleri M
4404 Abbott Ave. S.

7 p.m. / Free

Google painter Matt Franzen, and you won’t find much, save that a collection of recent work will be opening at the equally ambiguous Galleri M. But if the intrigue alone isn’t enough to lure you, you should know that Franzen’s work is hauntingly gorgeous. Literally – ghostlike shapes and faces appear in several of his paintings, and even the subjects of his portraits seem strangely faded and disconnected. Color palates are poetically monotone, creating almost nightmarish atmospheres. Only you don’t exactly want to wake up from whatever it is Franzen has weaved. Be haunted yourself Saturday at the artist’s reception of “Unplugged” at Galleri M. If you can find it, that is.

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Orpheus & Eurydice

@ The Ordway
345 Washington St
St. Paul

8 p.m. / prices vary

Opera season has arrived! The Minnesota Opera kicks things off with a stylized production of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orpheus & Eurydice. In a love story gone awry, Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue of his tragically killed lover, Eurydice. With "a voice so beautiful he can charm the gods," Orpheus uses his gifts to weasle his way into the beyond to be reunited with his muse. Bonus: Join Tempo (the Opera's young patrons group) to score discounted tickets AND be invited to an after party with the cast at Sakura featuring complimentary hors d'ouevres, a photo booth and tunes from Radio K DJs. Orpheus & Eurydice runs September 25, 28, 30, October 2 and 3.

Click HERE for the MN Opera site


BNLX EP #3 Release Party

@ 501 Club
501 Washington Ave S

9:30 p.m. / 21+ / $5

When it came time for local buzz band BNLX to debut their hooky, Britrock sound, they did things old school: released an EP, played shows and builded some unique, mysterious hype – a refreshing reverse to most famed musicians these days. Comprised of former Polara leader, Ed Ackerson and wife Ashley of the Mood Swings, the duo dishes out everything from New Wave-y tracks and noisy indie rock to blues-ridden pop and Sonic Youth-esque lo-fi punk. Tonight, join the band as they celebrate the release of their latest EP – simply titled #3 – backed by a few of their personal local faves. The bash features live sets from rockers the Red Pens and Blue Sky Blackout, plus tunes from DJ Nob-E between bands and rumored special guests for an evening of rock 'n' roll at its absolute best.

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What's l'etoile listening to this week?

Despite naming themselves after a race car driver and donning NASCAR jumpsuits, this Detroit duo are the least Motor City band ever. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. play minimalistic electronic indie music using delicate synth and carefully chosen beats. They make explicit their affection for the Beach Boys and the Flaming Lips, but don't need layers upon layers of muddled effects that are impossible to distinguish from one another to create one of this season's perfect pop albums. Regardless of having one of the most cringe-worthy names in indie rock, one listen to the band's first single Vocal Chords and it's sure to end up on your iPod's heavy rotation.

Click HERE for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. myspace

Editor in Chief: Kate Iverson // Contributors: Juleana Enright, Tara Sloane, Lauren Gantner, Natalie Gallagher, Kate Iverson, Robyn Lewis, Jahna Peloquin

l'etoile's Guide to Fall MNfashion Week 2010

Edited by Jahna Peloquin
Text by Lauren Gantner & Jahna Peloquin

It's fall MNfashion Week, and you know what that means - shopping, deals, fashion shows, and a celebration of all that is Twin Cities fashion! Take it from us - it's one of our favorite times of the year. (Note the § symbol for l'etoile's recommended picks!) For more sales and shopping, check out our weekly shopping guide.

BONUS: Check out l'etoile's 2010 Fall MNFashion Week preview shoot with photographer Chris McDuffie HERE.


Vintage City Classics Jewelry Workshop
Start your MNfashion Week off right with the DIY expertise of local jewelry line Vintage City Classics. Join these one-of-a-kind jewelry makers to create your own pair of totally unique earrings. They'll supply the pretty beads (as well as other glamorous jewelry and gems for purchase!) - all you need to bring is your creative side. -Lauren Gantner
Cost: $15 registration fee, includes all materials used in creating your own unique pair of earrings. RSVP to to reserve your spot.
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, September 20.
Where: Vintage City Classics Studio, 314 Clifton Avenue S, Minneapolis,,

The Big Chill Fashion Show and Benefit
What: Fall is here! Why not kick of the cooler weather (and your MN Fashion Week) with a Big Chill Fashion event? Knit pro Laine Sou Weinberg of KOKOON has collaborated with the mastermind behind Uptown’s Local Motion, Barb Heinrich as well as Rox Jewelry’s own gem guru, Robyne Robinson, to bring you a night of fashion to raise money for cancer research. Shop local trends (with 20 percent of proceeds going toward the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund) while enjoying your fill of wine, apps, raffles and more. -Lauren Gantner
Cost: General admission is free; VIP tickets are $20 (includes $10 off purchases made during the event and two free raffle tickets)
When: 7 p.m. Monday, September 20.
Where: KOKOON Design Studio, 2508 24th Ave. S., Minneapolis,,


Shop Talk: What the Mpls Fashion Industry Needs Now
Now you can really get in the minds of the people behind MNfashion! This year, MNfashion is bringing you their take on the fashion industry in an informal monthly lecture series called “Shop Talk.” This time around, chat with MNfashion director Anna Lee herself, with intelligent insight from Clothier Design Source leading lady Mindy Martell, about "What the Minneapolis Fashion Industry Needs Now." It's a priceless opportunity voice your opinions about the local fashion industry and MNfashion Week if you are so inclined. -Lauren Gantner
Cost: $5 suggested donation.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 21.
Where: MNfashion Studio, Grainbelt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE., Suite 212, Minneapolis, 612-228-1150,,

Haircut Happy Hour at Miyagi
If you haven't checked out Miyagi Salon in Northeast Minneapolis, now's your chance to take in the gorgeous lofted ceilings, artsy walls, and styling talents of co-owner and lead stylist Mo Murphy's team. For one day only, all haircuts will be $20 with full proceeds going towards MNfashion. -Jahna Peloquin
Cost: $20 (cash or check only); apointments are strongly recommended.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21.
Where: Miyagi Salon, 411 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-331-1912,,


Nigel Barker Book Signing at MOA
Esteemed fashion photographer, studly America’s Next Top Model judge and beauty business buff Nigel Barker knows real beauty inside and out. And now, he's written a book about it called Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. This Wednesday's book signing at the MOA is your chance meet the man behind the book and get the inside scoop on your more nagging beauty questions - just in time for MNfashion Week! -Lauren Gantner
When: 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, September 22.
Where: Mall of America, Best Buy Rotunda, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington,,


§ Joynoelle Spring 2011 Collection Fashion Show
Joy Teiken is one of the more established designers to call Minneapolis home, and coupled with her striking designs, gorgeous fabrics, and passion for the local fashion industry, we're definitely lucky to have her. Her craftsmanship is unparalleled, and her vintage-inspired design aesthetic continues to expand into edgier territory with each collection - so much so that she's recently been featured in daily fashion bible WWD. With Vision models, expert production from IamMoody, hair and makeup from Extrados, music from DJ Shiek, gift bags, tasty "Joytinis," and food from CRAVE, this will be one of the more popular shows of MNfashion Week. -Jahna Peloquin
Cost: $50 for first show, $75 for second show and entry to after party.
When: First show from 6-7 p.m.; second show from 8-10 p.m. (Attendees of the second show get a bonus opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with Joy Teiken.)
Where: International Market Square, 9th floor penthouse, 290 Market St., Minneapolis,,,

§ Cliché's "Crosswalk" Fashion Show
Forgoing its usual blowout runway show, local boutique Cliché instead is bringing its customer into the store - and out of it. Entitled "Crosswalk," the event cleverly puts the "street" in "streetwear" as models styled in fall looks from the store's national lines as well as new lines from local designers Tender Cuts, Kathryn V. and Niki English parade outside of the store and onto the crosswalk of 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Though the show is apparently a cost-saving way to still showcase its local designers and latest offerings, Cliché is sure to make use of creative presentation and a novel concept to make for a truly memorable event. BONUS: During event all merchandise is 10 percent off. -Jahna Peloquin (Pictured: Last spring's "Crosswalk"; Photo by Cody Lidtke)
Cost: Free
When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday, September 23.
Where: Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420,,

Raul Osorio + Vintage City Classics Trunk Show
In the spirit of MNfashion Week, Via's Vintage shop is open after hours for an exclusive trunk show and fashion preview. Come peruse Raul Osorio's new women's fall line before it debuts on the "Pale Rider" runway on Friday night, and peep the new Vintage City Classics hair accessories collection. Of course, you'll mingle with the designers and store owners themselves and have the chance to pre-order all the pieces you want. BONUS: Since the event is hosted at local classic collectors Via's Vintage, all Via swag will be an extra 10 percent off! -Lauren Gantner (Photo: Raul Osorio by Ingrid Werthmann)
When: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, September 23.
Where: Via's Vintage, 2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-374-3649,,

Jagress Intimates Launch + Dirty Dolls Lingerie Show
Local designer Sarah White is exploring uncharted territory in Minneapolis - couture intimate apparel. The unique designs for her line Jagress Intimates include both special-occasion and everyday lines. National line Jagress Intimates will present its Spring 2011 Resort Line, offer a peek at a few of the intricate hand-sewn pieces commissioned by the designer, and a trunk show of undergarments inspired by 1920s burlesque stars. BONUS: Gift bags for the first 20 customers and complimentary champagne for all! -Jahna Peloquin (Pictured: Dirty Dolls Lingerie)
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, September 23. Trunk show continues Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: La Bratique, 5007 France Ave. S., 2nd floor, Edina, 612-926-8308,,

Urban Rainment Fall Trunk Show
Local line Urban Rainment is taking part in the MNfashion Week festivities with a doubley-fun event: a little bit of trunk show mixed with a little bit of wine tasting. Make your way over to the Cabana Room to mingle with models, peruse the street-smart line's recycled, vintage clothing and jewelry with a multi-cultural flavor, and sip wine through the night. -Lauren Gantner
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 23.
Where: The Cabana Room at The Cliffs, 12000 Marion Ln. W., Minnetonka,

of Venus and Gaia Collection Launch
Local designers Jessica Penny and Christina Bussler are joining together this Thursday to launch their new clothing line “of Venus and Gaia," inspired by bright leotards and leg warmers straight from the eighties. The hand-crocheted looks will be paired with handmade leather handbags by Door County-based line Turtle Ridge. Live music from Lazlo Supreme and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles rounds out the night. -Lauren Gantner
Cost: $16 advance, $22 at door.
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, September 23.
Where: The Lab Theater, 700 N First Street, Minneapolis, 612-333-7977,,

Fall into Style with Local Color
For MNfashion Week, join local artist co-op ELINOR to peruse its extensive fall collection from over 40 Midwestern artisans and crafters. Get ready for the season by shopping their latest goods - jackets, scarves, clothing, art and jewels from designers like Knit-n-Jules, Susan Horowitz and more. The night also includes prizes, discounts and tasty treats. -Lauren Gantner
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, September 23.
Where: ELINOR Artful Adornments, 1559 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 651-771-1791,,


§ "Pale Rider"
Local designers Raul Osorio and Danielle Everine share a good deal aesethetically, but definitely have distinct styles on their own. Osorio is known for incorporating feminine, Grecian draping into tough, militaristic menswear; now we'll see his womenswear for the first time. Danielle Everine, on the other hand, is known for her menswear-inspired womenswear, while incorporating sculptural, fine art elements and highly conceptual garments that still manage to be wearable. For "Pale Rider," Everine is said to embrace traditional Wild West styling and the Biblical imagery of Revelations. Osorio's collection aims to explore the juxtaposition of hard lines, soft textures, masculine silhouettes and feminine lightness. One thing's for sure: both desires are ones to watch. -Jahna Peloquin (Photo: Danielle Everine F/W 2010 by Ingrid Werthmann)
Cost: $15 general admission, $30 VIP.
When: 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, Friday, September 24.
Where: MNfashion Atrium at Grainbelt Bottling Building, 79 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis,

§ "SGMS: Full Fashion Panic"
This year's edition of "Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits" - the annual fashion portion of the weekend-long anime workshop Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime workshop/retreat at MCAD - doubles as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Produced by local neo-Victorian/steampunk afficionado Samantha Rei of Blasphemina's Closet, the show always features the latest in steampunk/Lolita/anime-inspired fashion from the Twin Cities and beyond, by students as well as established designers like Rei. -Jahna Peloquin (Photo: Blasphemina's Closet)
Cost: $10
When: 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, Friday, September 24.
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, 612-874-3700,,

"Fashion Dance for Life"
What's better than a runway fashion show? A fashion dance party of course! Six local designers have teamed up with Minneapolis' finest dancers, models and music makers to raise money to help fight HIV and AIDS. Make your way over to the Lab Theater to take a peek at designs from established local favorite Amanda Christine, ArielSimone (freshly home from showing at New York Fashion Week), recent U of M design grad Mae Rodgers, Sina Yi, Steven Be, and Tony Eliason to celebrate local fashion, dance, and life. -Lauren Gantner (A look by Mae Rodgers; Photo by Stacy Schwartz)
Cost: $15 advance, $20 door, $30 VIP.
When: 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, September 24.
Where: The Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Minneapolis, 612-333-7977,,

An UNExpEKted Night of Fashion
Online collective Uneek Collection is bringing together clothing, talent and imagination this weekend for a New York-inspired runway showcase with three of its designers: JE Designs by Joy Elliot, Dejamone by Will Chandler and Trinity by Trinity Design.
When: 9-11 p.m. Friday, September 24.
Where: 414 Sound Bar, 414 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-0363,,


Split Personality Launch Party at The Hub Bike Co-Op
New line Split Personality picked the perfect time to launch its collection of jewelry, cleverly crafted from recycled and new bike parts. Friends and cyclists Rachelle Thorpe and Hollie Olson created the line inspired by their love for fashion and biking. Head to the Hub Bike Co-op this Saturday to view their debut collection, buy up your favorite pieces (cash only), and snack on tasty treats and complimentary Surly beer. -Jahna Peloquin
When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 25.
Where: The Hub Bike Co-Op, 301 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis,


Runway on the Rooftop
End your MNfashion Week right with a rooftop runway event! Join lovely Ignite models and trendy Uptown boutique VState to nom on tasty hors d’oeurves and sip on a complimentary drinks from the new Uptown Cafeteria sky bar while taking a peek at a ton of new fall collections from VState. -Lauren Gantner
Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door.
When: 6–9 p.m. Sunday, September 26.
Where: The Cafeteria, 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-877-7263,

Catwalk on a Hot Tin Roof
If one rooftop fashion show on Sunday afternoon isn't enough for you, try this one from IamMoody productions. This event merges jazz-soul group Wenso Ashby and a delicious brunch. The afternoon wraps up with a fashion show featuring the latest fall look from two of the Twin Cities' most well-edited designer boutiques, OPM and Bumbershute. -Jahna Peloquin (Pictured: a look from OPM)
Cost: Ticket cost TBA.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. show at 2:30 p.m. Sun.
Where: Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar, 700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,,

The Sweet Life Fashion Show
Step into the Sweet Life with a fashion event brought to you especially by the cool peeps behind RIYO and OM Restaurant. This Sunday, walk into the whimsical fashion world of designers such as Ayad Ahmed, The Yan, Kathryn Rogers, Nyce and Homm of Jeantrix and ArielSimone as well as some exclusive extras to keep the night exciting. -Lauren Gantner (Pictured: A look from ArielSimone)
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door, $40 VIP, $50 front row.
When: 7:30 p.m.– 11 p.m. Sunday, September 26.
Where: OM Restaurant, 401 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-1580,,


Saint Paul Capitol Collective
Get a taste of St. Paul style with this IamMoody-produced runway show from a collective of the capital city's best and brightest. Womenswear from eclectic shops Karma and Allee Metro Chic will make their way down the runway, as will Parisian-styled lingerie from Flirt and vintage threads from Lula's Vintage Wear. Ladies, bring your guys - top menswear boutique BlackBlue will give your fellas something to crave. Best of all, proceeds go to benefit the CapitolRiver Council and Capital City Partnerships, which work for the physical revitalization and economic growth of the historic St. Paul downtown. The evening is rounded out with gift bags and a catered afterparty. -Jahna Peloquin (Pictured: a look from BlackBlue)
Cost: $40
When: 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show. Wednesday, September 29.
Where: Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., St. Paul,,