By Peggah Navab
Last Friday night at the IIDA Fusion + Fashion show I weaved through a throng of shouting guests, all dressed in black, scouring the room for a few unforgettable looks. It’s hard to distinguish yourself at a fashion event, especially when dress codes are imposed. The truth is, no matter how much time we may put into priming and preening, and despite feeling exceptionally chic as we walk out the door, amidst 100 other fashion conscious people, most of us won’t be sartorial standouts. Unless of course we’re models. Or designers.
I was able to catch Danielle Everine almost immediately after she came through the door. The local designer and contestant from Project Runway Season 9 looked wholesome but elegant. Her outfit, an eclectic ensemble of shopping finds, gifts from friends, and her own designs looked bohemian-chic and ’70s inspired. She was wearing a tan colored wool coat—a vintage piece a friend gave her, and the black jumpsuit she wore underneath was a Danielle Everine original. She also wore a copper ring with a leaf motif that she picked up from a Salvation Army in Key West while on vacation with her husband, and she held on to a simple red clutch. There was no fastidious hair-do; her long wavy hair hung naturally.
Danielle Everine’s designs can be found at Cliché on 24th and Lyndale in South Minneapolis. Her finely tailored and high-quality garments are inspired by her visual arts background (she was trained as a sculptor) and are based off of abstract concepts. She uses mostly natural fibers, including silk, linen, wool, and cotton. You can find her and pieces from her collection at a special event at Cliché on Nov. 30.