The Shows: Night Three

The Shows Sept. 27th 2012

Featuring Emma Berg & Samantha Rei

      After going to the Atrium at the Grain Belt Bottling Company for three days, you’d think it would get repetitive and boring, but oh no! MNFashion continually brought in a generous sized crowd, but tonight was even more packed, and fellow fashion lovers were dressed to the nines. People watching alone would have made this night spectacular, which we did on our little breaks in-between collections. We each took turns giving stories to the elite and fashionable members of the audience, from their prestigious day jobs to glamorous night lives and how they might be connected with the designers.

Compliments of City Pages

Compliments of City Pages

Samantha Rei was first to hit the runway. Her collection consisted of pastel colored baby doll dresses in yellow, mint, violet, and classic white. There were ruffles and lace galore that made everything feel very youthful and innocent. It made you reminisce about dressing your favorite doll as girl. None of the models wore heels and had ribbons tied around their ankles; this small detail really helped create a dreamy carefree vibe. One thing we love about Rei’s designs is that they seem to be channeling the early 19th century era, but their hair was futuristic and big, with bright colors. Feather headbands and clips will definitely will be making their second debut this spring and summer, put to use in a more tame and classic way.

Compliments of Russell Heeter

      When Emma Berg’s first model stepped out onto the runway you could tell she was nervous and it was her first time on the catwalk; within 10 seconds the crowd stood and applauded her. This was the cutest little girl you have ever seen and a pretty fierce model, with a little flowing white dress, and black biker boots. Berg’s looks are edgy, empowering, and expensive looking. She brings a fresh insight on how women should dress, with bold asymmetrical lines that would flatter any body shape; which makes each piece look one-of-a-kind. She kept all of her pieces very modern and contemporary with the lines and fabrics she used, which consists of silk and two key leather pieces. The end of this show was by far one of the most inspiring and exceptional things that took place this whole week: two men were walking and met in the middle of the runway where they locked in a passionate and oh-so-sexy kiss. Then a tall African amazon princess of a

Compliments of Russell Heeter

woman glided down the stage wearing a black “Vote No” sequin top with a long cascading high-low white skirt. Since most of you don’t know her that well, Jordan is very sentimental and she was fighting back the tears. What a strong message.
      Overall, the two collections were on the polar opposites on the spectrum of femininity; Emma Berg presented more hard and calculated ensembles, while Samantha Rei’s designs created a spirited and carefree ambiance. We wanted to express how appreciative we are of the MNFashion staff for welcoming us in such a way that made us feel like we belonged and were a part of the experience. It was our first time in attendance at MN Fashion Week and we were so impressed by what our local fashion community can create. Minneapolis is an up and coming area for the fashion industry and MNFashion made that point hard to ignore.
Authors and Editors
Gabby Navarro & Jordan Nentl   A special thanks to Russell Heeter for the amazing photos from the Emma Berg website:
Also the City Pages:

You & Me: In-Store Showcase

“Will you be my new friend?” was the theme received from the You & Me Boutique. Within 30 seconds of entering the door Tim welcomed us with a lively approach and smile. The atmosphere was great; there was a live pianist and lots of chatty people. You & Me were featuring local designers: Samantha R. Crossland of Blasphemina’s Closet, Samuel James for Skinned, Missie Kittok of Affair Nights Longing, and Sina Y. [Design] Collection. You could really tell the staff enjoyed being at the You & Me Store. It was nice to see the t-shirts we wandered past matched their overall attitude.

Tim came up to us and gave us a tour of the store. He and his brother, Thom Navarro along with friends Jim and Katy Vereide own the store and opened it together about two years ago. They do everything from in-store tailoring to custom design and jewelry.  The store capitalizes on the custom shopping experience: there are work stations set up throughout the store, providing each customer with a role in the creative process of their garment. They’re not shy about their mission, you can find it right on their website: “We carry no sizes, if it fits it’s yours, if it doesn’t we can either alter it to fit or design something custom for you.” This boutique may not carry sizes, but they do carry something more important: an aim-to-please attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.

Not only are the folks at You & Me experts at tailoring and design, but they also make a killer drink! Their signature drink is called “The Button.” Light and refreshing just like their creators, it is concocted of mango, orange and pineapple juice, vodka and seltzer.

We  were immediately drawn to the most adorable and trendy accessory everyone should try this fall, a faux-collar necklace. These beauties come in all patterns and textures for you to find the one that fits your personal style best; from an argyle number with feather accents, to vintage-inspired with lace trimming, and shearling. Put the argyle collar with fur detailing on top of a black long sleeve top with a sheer chest and long sleeves tucked into a gray pencil skirt with black lace up booties. Another way to try the faux-collar look would be to pair the gray beaded collar with a green, chunky-knit scoopneck sweater casually tucked into an a-line black leather above-the-knee skirt. With so many styling possibilities, we definitely need to go back and buy one…or all of them!

Metallic is overtaking the runways. This year-round trend makes these pieces easy to transition from Fall to Spring. The first cropped top has a gold and black circular print pattern for the bust and a cut out lace chest detailing. You do not need to rely on jewelry to make a statement when wearing this top! Match it up with a pair of black skinnies, a blazer and a pair of booties and you’re ready to go out for a night on the town. The middle shell would be perfect paired with a wide leg pant and sky high stilettos. The leaf appliqué makes the blue sequin bandeau a fun way to resist the cold weather by baring just a sliver of tummy with a high-waisted bottom and jacket. Either way you dress it, adding metallic is an effortless way to make any size, shape, color, or age stand out in any crowd.

It’s hard to believe that we have never happened across this little gem in Uptown, tucked away between the Red Dragon and Clown Glass; but I am very happy we came to check it out, and look forward to many more visits in the future! A big thanks again to Tim & Thom Navarro and also Jim & Katy Vereide for their incredibly warm and genuine hospitality.

Authors and Editors

Jordan Nentl & Gabby Navarro
Check You & Me out at:

2114B Lyndale Ave S

Mpls, MN 55405

Phone: 612-823-8200

Sample Sale

Come to the Hopkins Clothing Sample sale tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 13th from 9am to 8pm and Sunday, Oct 14th from 9am to 6pm. Wholesale priced clothing samples for designers, crafters, scrapbookers and everyone else! A special secret treat, there will be purses and jewelry for sale too, so get down to the VFW in Hopkins, 100 Shady Oak Road, Hopkins, MN 55343.

La Bratique, La Femme, La Fashion

Come in from the cold for an intimate affair previewing Europe’s finest Lingerie brands for the

full bust. Be seduced by lace, the attention to detail, and the absolute support of quality fabrics

and superior craftsmanship. Allow La Bratique to entice your feminine spirit into trying something

beautiful for not only that someone special, but also to capture your own inner beauty.


Brands featured during the evening will be: Conturelle from Germany, Elomi from the UK,

Empreinte from France, Prima Donna from Belgium, and others.


Monday, November 12, 2012


Location: Bella Salon and Spa at 50th and France (3811 W. 50th Street), look for the gentlemen in

tuxedos at the door.


5:30 to 6:00pm Light refreshments, nibbles and live Jazz by Wenso Ashby.


6:00 to 7:00pm Fall/Winter Lingerie Fashion show styled with jewelry from Realia by Jen.


7:00 to 10:00pm Not yet ready to retire, $5 glass of wine and happy hour menu at Beaujo’s Wine

Bar with proof of attendance at event.


The evening will have a limited guest list, RSVP required at


La Bratique is an appointment only, professional bra-fitting boutique offering its customers the

privacy and personal attention that raises lingerie shopping to a full-on personal consultation

experience. Located in a second-floor studio at the intersection of 50 th and France, the staff of this

hidden gem gives each customer 100% of their attention to educate women and help them find the

perfect bra for each occasion and outfit. From every day bra essentials, to flirty and feminine fashion

pieces, to full sport support, to special occasion foundations, at La Bratique, you will find the best

brands in the world for fit for the full busted woman. A full bust is a band between 30 and 40 and a

cup size D and up.

Kids Voting Minneapolis

Do you have a child between five and seventeen years old?


On Election Day, Kids Voting Minneapolis provides students an authentic voting experience either during the school day (in specific schools), or with their parents between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00. Students cast a Kids Voting ballot that includes many of the same candidates and issues on the adult ballot. We can only provide this with the help of many volunteers working 2:00-5:00, 5:00-8:00, or 2:00-8:00 on Election Day (November 6, 2012). We have a volunteer in every precinct to explain the voting process and ensure that each precinct’s votes are tabulated correctly. We love volunteers who neighborhoods kids might recognize: parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, directors, etc.

For more information or to volunteer in your neighborhood, contact Will Howell at or 612-568-VOTE.

Vintage Did It First

Blacklist Vintage was packed with local vintage fashion lovers for their Second Annual Vintage Did It First show. The idea is simple: using the stores many treasures to re-create trendy modern-day styles using the clothes that bored them at first. Stylists use vintage clothing to re-create the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Lanvin, Valentino, and many more. Here are our three favorite styles that we think are easiest to incorporate into day to day wear.

First is the Crimson Velvet Pant Suit inspired by Ralph Lauren. Why do we love it? Overall, the rich, luxe texture; it brings an edge to any look and gives an otherwise basic suit more substance. We love the chandelier necklace and the smoking slippers are a nice touch.


Next, is the Boho Sweater inspired by Michael Kors. This look consists of a basic gold/ metallic dress coupled with a carelessly chic long neutral sweater with a fur collar. A must for this outfit is an updo.  If you have long flowing hair it would only distract from the beauty of the collar. Using a patent leather belt shows off the waist and makes the look complete.



The key piece that inspired our next choice ensemble is Vivienne Westwood’s wool plaid pants. The belted, high-rise waistline creates an hourglass shape every woman lusts for, while the gradually tapered leg makes for a long, more sexy overall appearance. The graphic tee and trench coat add a casual punk rock feel.

     A special thanks to Blacklist Vintage for hosting an delightful event. Shopping your amazing collection of merchandise, $3 drinks and awesome throwback music was a treat. PHOTOS BY STACY SCHWARTZ on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Blacklist Vintage

25 E 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Authors and Editors

Jordan Nentl & Gabby Navarro