Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week opened tonight with the Red Dress Collection, a fundraiser for the University of Minnesota Physicians Heart Women’s Heart Program. Local designers, including Christopher Straub, Emma Berg and Danielle Everine created red dresses for citizen models…including me. It was definitely intimidating to walk the runway–especially with a group of gorgeous women including Macy’s fashion expert Laura Schara, Shop NBC personality Jennifer Kline, Vikings wife and hostess with the mostess Landyn Hutchinson, and Kaela Humphries–who has modeled at New York Fashion Week. But I was honored to wear an original design by Sarah Holm. When she told me she intended to put me in a strapless dress, I said just make sure it stays up, and it did! She created an interior corset that held me tight while making the dress totally comfortable. She added a gray belt and adorned my wrist in Corian (yep, Corian) bangles by Jennifer Merchant. I’m sure I made weird faces as I walked and held my arms like a gladiator, but I was not fashion road kill!
MNfashion should be proud of a well executed, professional event that sold out Seven Sushi Ultralounge and brought in a new, more mainstream audience of fashion enthusiasts, many of whom probably had no idea there were so many promising young designers in town.
There are more opportunities to see local fashion on the runway this week. See the full list of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week events here.