Thursday, April 30, 2009
Bonus: Check out our Fashion Week Recap, complete with a ton o' pix!
FRIDAY MAY 1ST (THROUGH SATURDAY)
Cinco de Mayo Feista
@ District Del Sol
Westside St. Paul
Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 9am-6pm / Free
Whether it's for the end of unpredictably cold weather, the license to wear light dresses and flats or the plethora of outside events, MN hearts May. Okay, actually, we love every month out of the Winter spectrum, but with events like the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May just happens to be the month with the spiciest palate. The festivities kick off Friday afternoon in St. Paul's West Side District del Sol, where the 2009 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is a two day long celebration of non-stop entertainment that includes dancing, children's activities, a history area, a salsa tasting contest and a lowrider car show. But pace yourself, because the Sunday May Day parade events are of a calibur not to be missed.
The full Weekend What's What can be viewed on letoilemagazine.com
Who am I kidding? I can’t hate on Natalie. The Professional and this fragrance ad spoof with Michelle Williams have earned her a free pass in my book. "Greed" directed by Roman Polanski
Though there was a lot of fashion to enjoy, the highlight was finale designer Max Lohrbach. The clothes featured the designer’s signature painted fabrics and feminine shapes, with multiple trompe-l'œil bows and scalloped details . Models literally bursted through paintings, wearing ripped canvases and frames around their waists or shoulders. The voluminous trousers and baggy shorts were extremely on trend, though the collection was dominated by swingy skirts and flirty tops. The opening bustled dress was a masterpiece, and I couldn’t help wishing that we’d seen more of Lohrbach’s structured shapes. (This desire was exacerbated by sitting next to mplsart.com director Emma Berg, who was wearing a custom-made Lohrbach dress with a bustled skirt. It was a gorgeous creation that had me staring down at my pegged harem pants and wishing I’d gotten more dressed up for the occasion).
The music and sound editing were particularly strong this year, due to the bands’ excellent performances, as well as the crew’s impressively quick set ups and tear downs. First Communion After Party’s atmospheric set created an ideal atmosphere for a fashion presentation. And, as expected, Maria Isa kept the crowd’s energy up until the very end of her finale performance.
Every year Voltage continues to step it up technically. The video segments were well-edited, while the look book will certainly be the most treasured souvenir of MN Fashion Week. As always, the conclusion of Voltage raises the same inevitable question: How will they top themselves next year?
Oh, what do you know? It's me with lovely Mplsart.com director Emma Berg (left) and The Soap Factory and Walker Art Center's Katherine Rochester (center - wearing an awesome dress from Cliché)
Me again! With fabulous Walker Art Center Tour Manager Rachel Dubke and my manfriend Brian Gioielli. My hat is from Walgreens. And yes, if we had a child it would be born with a full mustache and a pair of Forever 21 earrings.
Fellow l'étoilette and all-around amazing gal Kate Iverson with local legend Scott Seekins
The clothes featured many of Fulk's signature details. The structured shapes and extravagant neck pieces that she has become known for were still a through line in the collection, though the looks had more ease to them than in previous Fulk collections. This was due in no small part to the adjustable technical details of the pieces. High funnel necks were molded into place and secured with snaps and buttons, magnets transformed a Siamese twin wedding dress into two individual gowns, and drawstrings unfolded a ruffled neckline into a beautifully lined cape. The transformative nature of the pieces was evocative of Hussein Chayalan, while the layered panels of fabric drew comparisons to Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 collection. The interactive elements of the clothing made for an engaging runway show, and the theatrical presentation helped the audience connect to the clothes as both wearable items and pieces of art.
Mplsart.com proprietors and Suffocate producers Emma Berg and Kristoffer Knutson raved about the space and the opportunity to be involved in every detail up to and including the lighting. The styling was strong, particularly the choice to outfit the models in shiny high heeled booties and thick beige dancing tights. The tights were worn over the shoes, allowing a glimmer of patent leather to shine through and creating an elongated leg that transformed the already lithe models into gazelle-like figures. Wearing dance tights over high heels may not be the most wearable trend as far as function, but the effect was accessible enough that I've been considering hitting up the Capezio website to attempt my own modified version. (Insider info: I was hoping to keep the tights from running by applying a border of clear nail polish around the sole. However, last night I asked Eclecticoiffeur stylist Jahna Peloquin about this technique, and it was actually something that they’d attempted for Suffocate, but with little success. Drat.)
The show clocked in at over half an hour, which ensured that the event was worth its $15 ticket price, but is also a lot of time for a fashion show. The models marched the runway one at a time, and though this provided audience members and photographers with substantial opportunity to absorb the individual looks, the presentation lost some of the collection’s fluidity. I'm not advocating the current standard of interchangeable models stomping past one another in brief ten minute shows, but having models pass one another on the runway helps an audience grasp the connections between individual looks.
That said, Suffocate boasted some of the most successful production design, both technical and artistic, that the Twin Cities fashion community has ever seen. It was an incredibly accomplished show and certainly the gem of MN Fashion Week.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
For those who haven’t been following the production and promotion of this film for over six months (I know, I read way too much io9), it follows Sam, an astronaut/miner who’s approaching the end of his three year contract working alone on the moon. As his return to Earth approaches, he is confronted with the existence of another Sam at the station, and it is unclear whether Other Sam is an android, a clone, or the hallucination of a man who has suffered from a psychotic break.
Jones wrote the story with Rockwell in mind, and the collaboration between the two artists couldn’t have been more seamless. Since the film is set on a remote moon base and features multiple Sams, you’re getting all Rockwell, all the time. He’s more than up to the task of carrying the emotional weight of the story, while also finding the necessary moments of humor that keep the film from drowning in its own isolation. Because make no mistake, this movie is heavy. The story is a thoughtful exploration of identity and loss, and there were moments that made me feel so lost and lonely that I felt sick to my stomach.
The director, who was extremely gracious and good-natured, filmed the movie on only two sound stages and for an impressively limited budget of $5 million. He used models whenever possible, rarely relying on CGI, except for the digital set extensions of the moonscape. In scenes featuring more than one Sam, Jones would identify the Sam that he felt was driving the scene, shoot that character first, then shoot the second character’s reactions based upon the first shots. It was a complicated process in which Rockwell wore an earpiece with the recording of the first Sam’s scene, so that he could time his reactions accordingly. There were moments in which Sam’s face was digitally pasted over that of his stand-in or stunt double, but most of the shots feature two genuine Rockwells, shot and layered The Parent Trap style.
The finished product is an intense character study featuring a wonderfully layered performance by Rockwell. The film is beautifully shot and scored, and will hopefully help Jones gain more substantial financing for future projects. His next movie will also be science-fiction, but set in a gritty urban future (sounds like he’s leaning towards Berlin for the location). He refers to the project as his Bladerunner, and if it’s half as impressive as the director’s first feature film, I’ll be there opening night.
In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy my craving for totally confusing and depressing science-fiction with Dark City, which we’ll be screening tonight at Jagercon. Starring Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Connelly’s eyebrows. Snap! (Who am I kidding? I would kill for those brows.)
the Moon trailer
the Dark City trailer, for good measure
Monday, April 27, 2009
Just have to give a quick shout out. Got that dress just a few weeks ago at Cliché and am head over heels in love with it. So a big thank you to the folks over there. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews of Laura Fulk's solo show Suffocate, as well as this year's Voltage: Fashion Amplified extravaganza. And a huge congratulations to everyone involved with MN Fashion Week this year.
P.S. Got a couple emails about the earrings. They're actually from Forever 21. God bless $4.99 accessories.
P.P.S. I swear I'm not that much of a douchey valley girl in person. Though I do gesture that much. It's a problem. Was I Vogue-ing at one point?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
@ The Lab Theater
700 First Street North
The North Loop
Twin Cities fashion designer Laura Fulk's first solo show is an event not to be missed. Known for her architectural constructions that act as both social commentary and conceptual art, this three-time Voltage alum and award winning designer brings together multiple mediums in one seamless show (no pun intended). Tattoo artist Jay Langer and painter Melissi Breitenfeldt have provided imagery to be digitally printed on Fulk's eco-friendly garments, further blurring the line between art and fashion. Produced by the thoughtful minds and curators behind local website http://www.mplsart.com/, Suffocate is sure to be a high-concept, fantastical affair. Visit the Lab Theater site for tickets.
Voltage: Fashion Amplified 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
"Mon Amour Ne Me Quitte Pas" from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg...This is what our weather looks like at the moment, but this beautifully sad love song is also a great argument for black liquid liner, hair bows, and of course, umbrellas.
The Cardigans "Lovefool," which makes me want to skip and dance in the sunshine. In the 90s.
Goldfrapp "A&E" stirs up memories of the forest by my mom's house in Nebraska. It's always lush and full of deer, and often, roosting turkeys. Which is a less romantic memory, but one I hold dear nonetheless.
Emma Bunton "Maybe," which is just the cutest video ever.
"Singing in the Rain," featuring the incomparable Gene Kelly, is sure to put a spring in your step no matter the season.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I watched this Silly Symphonies cartoon over and over again when I was little. In retrospect, it's pretty sexist and racist (hello, Miss Licorice). Not to mention the whole attempted bayonetting of a homeless person. But this was the short film that made me want to wear dark red lipstick in the shape of a heart. Plus, Miss Jello!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Hallett's first appearance on Angel, singing "I Will Survive"
And his bringing down the house performance of "Lady Marmalade"