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Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Erik Hess

This week, as part of the fall 2013 edition of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, MNfashion hosted another installment of the Shows, a runway event featuring collections from incredible designers over two nights. This season, eight local designers flaunted their looks on the L-shaped catwalk at Aria.

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The Shows: Night one

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Erik Hess

Christopher Straub If there were ever a fashion week hosted under the sea, then Christopher Straub's latest collection would be the epitome of underwater street wear. That's not to say that the designer embraced (often) ill-fitting scuba fabric this season. Quite the opposite, in fact. The former Project Runway contestant started off the Shows with a very ready-to-wear collection that combined sweats with tentacle prints, leggings, and beanies. More casual than his bear-filled February line, this one felt like a very wearable nod to the rising trend of comfortable, yet expertly-shaped street wear with a hint of a Spring Breakers vibe thrown in.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Erik Hess

Cocoon Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler took a very professional approach to the runway this year, showing off looks that could be worn straight off the catwalk and into the boardroom. The office-ready collection combined well-fitted silhouettes and muted colors while still maintaining a hint of runway sophistication. Some of her standout pieces included riffs on cropped pants with piping down the sides, and pencil skirts (and dresses) paired with lace tops and delicate knitwear.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Erik Hess

Lisa Hackwith The phrase being thrown around after Lisa Hackwith's collection: "It's so very European!" One could easily imagine a young ingenue riding through the French countryside with all the scarves wrapped daintily around the models' heads and the loose yet well-shaped dresses. A couple of the most striking details included very carefully placed burn-marks on a dress, as well as the thin, crisscrossed straps holding up both blouses and dresses throughout the collection.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Erik Hess

Samantha Rei The first evening of the Shows closed out with a whirlwind collection from Samantha Rei's new line, Cyclone Wasteland. Stepping away from Blasphemina's Closet, Rei has begun the process of reinventing herself as a designer. Her latest collection looked as though it would be at home on a breezy prairie, with fitted vests and floral rompers, as well as skirts and dresses adorned with poppies (which appeared to be a subtle nod to The Wizard of Oz). The line was augmented by beautifully wrought headpieces -- with feathers, flowers, and leatherwork -- along with John Fluevog boots.   The Shows: Night two

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Lora Marie Hlavsa

Idle Child Idle Child kicked off night two of the Shows with an ethereal collection boasting a fairy-tinged vibe. Each of the models appeared to float down the runway in flowing garments that included pants, skirts, dresses, and caplets that caught the wind. Idle Child has found what seems to be the perfect festival-wear formula: maxi skirts; gauzy, lace pants; and kimono-style jackets and capes with a gossamer weave. The duo behind Idle Child also embraced head-pieces on the runway, using delicate leaves, twigs, and even lights to lend the collection an other-worldly quality.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Lora Marie Hlavsa

Emily Trevor Emily Trevor's line embraced three main things: white, leather, and buckles. A few of her pieces included a mesmerizing blue-and-white pattern, but the color of the collection was decidedly snow-colored. Trevor's use of hides in nearly every look could have veered towards an excessively Western look, but instead it brought just enough ruggedness to a line filled with delicate pieces. The most-striking item was a white-leather underbust corset that was paired with a long, satiny skirt with a train that sailed down the catwalk. It was a marriage of restraint and freedom in fabric form.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Lora Marie Hlavsa

Caroline Hayden As always, Caroline Hayden's collection was the picture of grace and poise on the runway. Hayden embraced several colors, including white, pink, and floral tones. She riffed on the oft-seen strapless gown, putting her own spin on it with the slightest of sweetheart busts and yards of sweeping fabric. One of the more experimental, but incredible, looks included a positively baroque-looking cropped white jumpsuit with ruffles. Hayden ended the set with several looks that were positively pretty in pink including a casually-cut but sophisticated jumpsuit and a floor-length gown made in a similar vein.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week: The Shows, September 2013
Lora Marie Hlavsa

Lindsey Hopkins The Shows ended with a collection from Lindsey Hopkins that was truly a spectacle. Religious iconography, bright colors, and sheer paneling made for a line best described as bold and beautiful. Experimental with a hint of haute, Hopkins's pieces vacillated between being audacious street wear and quite at home on the runway. Hot pants with a holy icon? Check. Neon strap-work? Check. Punky, pink-dusted bobs on the models? Check. Her last dress featured a little bit of the motifs from each of her looks -- a central image of the Madonna, florals, sheer panels, a daring keyhole cutout -- and turned out one of the best looks to close out the season.


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