Your guide to Envision: Artopia, Spring 2013
Everyone in the Twin Cities fashion community knows that Envision: Artopia is one of the year's biggest style events. From the runway to the crowd, scoping out the chic is mandatory -- and ridiculously fun. This year, Envision: Artopia celebrates its 12th season with a dozen designers. That's a lot of runway action to keep track of, so we've made it easy for you. Here's the lowdown on what you can expect to see on the runway this weekend.
CounterCouture at 2012's Envision
Photo by Stacy Schwartz
CounterCouture Founded by Angie Arner in 2009, this design collective focuses on up-cycling pretty much any kind of clothing into a ready-to-wear wonder. Whether it's re-purposing old prom dresses or mixing some of last season's duds into something trendy, they're on the cutting edge (get it?) of sustainable fashion.
This upscale menswear boutique, found in the heart of Uptown, features looks from big names like Penguin, Ben Sherman, and Life After Denim. This is one of those stores you can hit up when you need a well-tailored look, and you can expect the same coming down the runway. (Read our recent profile on Atmosfere here.)
One of the hippest boutiques around town, Cliche has been a favorite at Envision for the last few years with their trendy-yet-classic looks. Featuring fashion-forward apparel and unique pieces of jewelry, the shop champions style originality while embracing time-tested wardrobe staples.
While she is conscious of trendy design aesthetic, Davison's looks are classically beautiful. Her latest runway collection, seen during Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week at the U of M's Flux Fashion Show, features lots of sophisticated silhouettes and neutral hues.
Kjurek Designer Kimberly Jurek plays with hemlines and silhouettes as much as she experiments with colors and prints in her collections. As one of Envision's veteran designers, you can expect pieces from Jurek that are easily wearable off the runway without putting a ridiculous dent in your pocketbook.
With structure juxtaposed with flowing fabric, and hard lines paired with soft silhouettes, Gleason's collections embrace a sort of architectural femininity perfect for someone looking to stand out on the runway -- or on the sidewalk. There are also stunning cutouts and zipper placement throughout Gleason's work that make for a delightfully modern look.
A look by Marissa Bridges
Marissa Bridges Bold prints and hues are the foundation of Marissa Bridges's looks. From there, she crafts outfits that can work at both the office and out on the town. Expect current, on-trend outfits with eye-popping neon, ombre, and crop tops.
From retro fascinators to '90s-esque crop tops, DeWitt mixes old-school styles with solid colors and prints for fun, youthful collections that would definitely be at home at a chic cocktail parties. Look for innovative uses of fabric and texture in her latest designs.
It can be hard to combine both practicality and style, but the dynamic duo behind MAI does it with flair. Their amazing comfort-chic active wear can bring you from yoga to errands to back home without skipping a beat.
One of the Twin Cities' staple menswear boutiques, MartinPatrick3 is for any guy looking to make his days a little more dapper. With a mix of both contemporary and classic looks, the wearability factor of the shop's apparel is one of its biggest draws.
This high-end boutique has it all, from clothes to beauty supplies to home goods. Look for contemporary clothing with a rustic-chic edge that could go from the city to the cabin.
This is menswear for the truly bold. From deep hues to eye-catching prints, Russell Bourrienne's looks merge masculine retro ideas and contemporary execution.
IF YOU GO:
Graves 601 Hotel
601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis
9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 13
$20-$25; $50-$75 VIP
More info at envisionmpls.com.
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