Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week is in full swing, folks. And last night I made a stop at the highly anticipated “The Shows” presented by MNfashion. The event featured fall 2012 collections from Kimberly Jurek (Kjurek), Emma Berg and Amanda Christine.
Above is quick video of the final walks from Emma Berg and Amanda Christine (Unfortunately I missed out on Kjurek due to some pesky traffic).
I was looking forward to seeing Emma Berg’s collection after her showing in the same event last year — which is still one of my favorite collections I’ve seen. She’s known for her slightly over-the-top, slightly crazy and always beautiful designs that sometimes come off looking more like walking works of art.
This year, she named her collection Que Sera Sera – a study of unexpected pairings. The most unexpected pairing? I’d say any look where colored fur made an appearance. Or was it hair? Whatever it was, I couldn’t help but think of treasure trolls. While I thought the hair worked for some looks (like the jacket which reminded me of the Jeremy Scott rainbow hair coat), there were others that I just couldn’t wrap my head around (furry pasties, anyone?).
But with the crazy, Berg brought plenty of pretty. I couldn’t help but love the neon blue fringe dress with a coral underskirt…very Miami flapper. And the final dress with white, sky-high shoulders and white, feathered skirt…I need to get my hands on that and then go party with Lady Gaga. Oh, and I can’t forget the ode to Björk swan dress and jacket. It somehow totally worked for me.
Amanda Christine’s collection stayed true to what she does best — simple with a twist. Her collection which was “inspired by the classical American beauty in a modern woman’s lifestyle,” showed off pencil skirts, sexy cut outs and feminine silhouettes. I’m pretty sure every woman in that room saw two or three pieces walk by that they would wear a million times over. While I wasn’t crazy about the paisley print material she used for some of her tops and dresses, I was loving her wide leg trousers and black, chunky sweater dress (which looked surprisingly flattering). Overall there weren’t any real surprises with her collection — which isn’t a bad thing. I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding a few more Amanda Christine pieces to my wardrobe in the coming months.
For photos of all the runway looks from The Shows, check out MNfashion’s Facebook album.