Anyse Mellott's and Cobilee West’s hard work paid off on the night of Sunday April 30th.
Walking into the venue around 3:00pm about two hours before showtime, the level of stress was visible upon entry. Aimlessly wandering to find Anyse or Cobilee, they were nowhere to be found. There were a handful of other people trying to find them as they were in high demand. But, two people cannot do it all on their own. With a little patience and searching, the women of the hour were found. In just a few hours all of their hard work over the past year was about to pay off, but there was not time to slow down just yet.
The Profile Event Center was the venue, not too far from the University of Minnesota Campus. Although the venue is typically used for weddings, it was transformed overnight for this Sunday evening show. Casablanca hall was the main room of choice. Peering around, the ballroom consisted of a center stage, with a large screen and DJ booth. To the left was a photo booth station with a large backdrop with images of the sponsors logos. Throughout the main floor were high-top tables for VIP seating. Amongst the other rows of seating, the runway emerged throughout the floor, weaving across the left and right side so that every seat in the house would be able to get a full view of the garments.
As people started to file in before the show, we guided them toward the artist’s corner. Various types of designers came to show off of their work, tell a store of their own brands, and of course everything was for sale.
Kim Nguyen worked tirelessly throughout the night time hours as she had no spare time during the day to work on her oil paintings. Kim is an associate at Saks OFF 5th as well. When asking her about her artwork, she believes that “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” As for her background, she has a degree in business administration, and she is looking into pursuing nursing next.
Jessie Sando is a local artist that has had her artwork featured throughout local downtown shows and restaurants such as Pizza Luce. She is known as a collage artist. Her favorite past time is sitting down with vintage National Graphics and children’s books, cutting and pasting them onto canvases. Jessie is fairly new to the art community as she started about two years ago creating these hand cut collages. In no time at all she was able to find her place in the Minneapolis art community. To her today, the art community in Minneapolis is not only a way for her to channel her artistic creativity and talent, but also create friendships that will last a lifetime. She now considers the art community family, and is especially humbled when clients purchase her artwork and place them on display in their homes. She is “forever flattered when her artwork is appreciated and or purchased by others.”
Tressie Schnieder is a local blogger, stylist, and accessory creator. You can find her work at TrendingwithTressie.com. You can find various blog posts and even an online store on her website. Tressie also has her own Facebook page and Instagram that she also keeps up with daily. Her niche is using a mix of old jewelry, hardware, and more to create up-cycled pieces. “Each is etched with time and its own sense of unique qualities.” Believe it or not she is keeping up with all of this while being a mother at the same time. Her blog also shares insights into being a mom on the go. A great post of hers is “5 Time saving tricks that every trendy mama needs to know.”
Ashley Wiermaa was also a Saks OFF 5th associate before the old downtown location closed. She recently spent some time in Australia, and has been pursuing her artistic abilities even when afar. She does it all when it comes to expressing her creativity. From paintings to sculptures made out of wire, her aesthetic comes in many shapes and forms. A favorite piece of mine was the large abstract sculpture of a creature opening its mouth with snowflake details.
Rene Reyes is a part time artist on the side, but never fails to put 100% into each and every one of his pieces. With his wife alongside him at the show, she explained that Rene would work here and there on each piece whenever a spark of inspiration happened, and or when he had extra time on his hands. As a father of two, free time is always sporadic depending on the day. At the Lasting Impressions Show, he had various jean jackets displayed. Each jacket was unique in the way that it not only hung, but the colors, the paints, and most importantly the message in which it displayed. The main aspect of Rene’s work is to bring forth social commentary, letting all to interpret his work as they want.
John owns his own photography studio – John Magnus Photography. He also co-owns Yours Forever Wedding Photography. His work consists of varying shoots of different events, ages, and looks. He has an eye for what he does, and captured all of the designs magnificently.
Bish is a local photographer, and he also owns his own business, Bish Photography. He also works closely with Fine Art Portrait, and started Midwest Model of the Week. You can find each of these photography platforms on social media. He has worked on various fashion initiatives throughout Minneapolis. Bish is a published Fine Art Portrait Fashion Photographer and a Traveler. Check out his Instagram @bishphotography, and MidwestModelofTheWeek.com
The clock was ticking closer to 6:30pm, and it was time for the audience to stop socializing, and time for the other artists to take their seats. As the host, I stepped onto the stage wearing a blue Cobilee West crop top gown. Greeting everyone with a warm “Good Evening”, it was time to give a round of applause to Anyse and Cobilee as all of their hard work was about to pay off.
Hair & Makeup:
Faces Etc. of MN which is a Minneapolis based licensed Multi-Media Makeup School, is the one to applaud for how fabulous each and every model looked in the show. Rachel Anderson, a Faces Etc. of MN alumni, deserved a huge round of applause as she was one of the main directors when piecing together the timeline for the show. Rachel is truly doing what she was put on this planet to do, and her smile shows the passion and pride after seeing each look walk down the runway.
Apparel designers included Huey Yang, Summer Vang, Leslie S Lee, Anyse Fashion & Design, and Cobilee West Designs.
Leslie Lee started off the show. Her line was inspired by the simplistic elegance and femininity of lilacs. Each purple toned garment sparkled in the light with the amazing sequined and floral hand sewn details among each gown. Between the ruffles, trains, and crop top, I could not pick a favorite.
Summer Vang recently graduated as an IB diploma candidate. She is an amazing designer that is not only intellectual but also extremely creative, and just graduated High School. Her next steps include college, and then grad school to become an audiologist. Her line Primary Revolution, is just as it sounds, revolving around primary colors. The silky fabrics popped on each model complimenting each other throughout the color scheme. My favorite look was the yellow sheer high-waisted pants with floral detailing. They contrasted beautifully against the white tank top, and I would love to have them in my closet. Why primary colors? The collection utilized primary colors to brighten and enliven classic formal wear, because black and white does not always need to be the answer.
Huey Yang’s line was titled Cerauno. What does cerauno mean might you ask? The meaning behind it is thunderbolt, which pairs perfectly with Huey’s theme. The RTW collection was inspired by nature. Not only your trees and fresh air, but instead this nature themed collection was inspired by “the mystic power of sky quakes, and the evergreen of misty mountains.” The dark makeup contrasting with the different shades of green and blacks in each garment confirmed that his inspiration had come to life. Huey is drawn to mystery not only in fashion, but also life, which embeds more inspiration into his fashion daily. Each of his garments were truly one of a kind and powerful as each model walked down the runway with nothing but confidence. He also worked previously with Anyse and Cobilee in the Notch Fashion Show this past fall.
Anyse Mellott’s line was titled Twin Cities. Inspiration was drawn from the architecture that surrounds her everyday life in the Twin Cities. She was inspired by architecture because it is an art form that possesses a constant presence, and influence in everyday life that not everyone stops to think about. Anyse wanted to recapture the beauty in that presence, and that is exactly what she did with varying lines and details throughout her garments. From circular skirts, to rectangular accessories, and square gemstones perfectly aligned, her designs were inspiring from every angle.
Cobilee West’s designs were paired with wine. This genius collaboration was made to portray a visual representation of the complexities behind the tastes of wine. Each look when walking down the runway embodied the wine it represented. This was done through each garments silhouette, fabric, color, texture, and surface detail. VIP guests were given a tray of intricate wine glasses, that were delivered before the models went out on the runway. As each look walked down, the guests were instructed to drink the coordinating wine in order to fully embody the artful connection between the taste and look of luxury in front of them. Between the hues of reds, golds, and whites, for both men’s and women’s garments, her concept was truly one of a kind and mesmerizing.
Although the crowd may have thought that it was time for the show to come to a closing statement, a surprise line was introduced.
Sakura, which stands for cherry blossom in Japanese was the grand finale line. This apparel line was designed and constructed by Anyse and Cobilee in partnership was Jared Admave’s magazine known as Immersion Mag. It was a touching moment to see Jared’s face light up as each design gracefully swept across the runway. He stated that it was an amazing moment being able to see the magazine come to life one more time aside from when the initial photo shoot happened. Various pink and gold fabrics flowed with the embellishment of cherry blossoms. Sakura was the perfect ending to this show.
None of this could have happened altogether without all of the generous sponsors. Sponsors included:
Astrid Defense: Firearms instruction for women
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th: They are the ones to thank for all of the shoes and jewelry used throughout the show.
FAB: Fashion & Business Club: A fashion networking club on the University of Minnesota Campus
Megan & Minneapolis: MeganandMinneapolis.com
John Magnus Photography
Howard Soap Co.
Face Etc. of MN
Cobilee West Designs
Anyse Fashion & Design
The Radisson RED Hotel is a new hotel in downtown Minneapolis. It is located a few blocks from the new U.S. Bank stadium on 600 3rd Street South. The hotel is unlike other hotels (not just because it has the red theme), but because it truly supports artists, music, and fashion emerging throughout the Minneapolis area. Designers from the University of MInnesota were invited to show off their senior designs for an opening event.
Maddi Topp was the designer that I modeled for. She is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the apparel design program. Originally she is from La Crosse Wisconsin, but envisions herself in another city showcasing her designs. This past summer she interned in Los Angeles. Although she does not know yet what her plans are for next year, she is excited to get away from class assignments, and start working. Her designs consisted of red and neutral tones. Pieces varied from dresses, to wraps. All of the fabric was super comfortable and consisted of different textures. I loved the use of more sheer, mesh-like fabrics in the leggings and dresses. Shown below are some images of her designs from the University of Minnesota Senior Apparel Design Fashion Show.
The hotel lobby embodied the aesthetic of an artist. The initial piece of artwork that my eyes were drawn into was the white honeycomb wall divider. The end tables and cushion-ottoman like pieces on the floor grouped together connected well with the look of the wall divider. Once the show was ready to start, we all lined up in the back hall. As models, we maneuvered between the furniture in the lobby, pausing in every corner for the audience to see. We walked right in front of the audience, sometimes standing uncomfortably close to them in the designated stopping spots. Although I was face-to-face with individuals from time to time during the show, I kept a straight face the whole time. I loved how we walked in this formation because it gave off more of an artsy feel, going hand in hand with what Radisson RED stands for.
As for other vendors at the opening event, there were various artists selling their work. Amongst the paintings for sale there were also statues made from wire and.. I honestly have no idea! The photo will explain itself. After the show the hotel gave off a fun and exciting vibe with drinks and a DJ. It seems like a great hangout spot for after work drinks, or a casual night.
There is no rule in the book that states: “One must wear pinks and reds on Valentine's Day”
But….I personally am a big fan of those colors. This dress is from H&M, and the bright pink is pretty loud, but Valentine's gives you a free pass for any shade of pink. My friend Jozy and I decided to do a style shoot for Valentine’s Day, and for Style Guru Love Day. During the week of Valentine’s, College Fashionista dedicated February 17th to be Style Guru Love Day, having each Style Guru share photos across their instagram feed and Instagram Stories to share why they love being apart of College Fashionista.
Why I love College Fashionista:
It has introduced me to so many people across the United States! This was the reason why I got involved with blogging. Two and half years ago I had just bought my own DSLR camera (due to the fact that my mom was annoyed that I was always stealing hers), and I knew that I wanted a place to post them. I honestly do not even remember how I came across the College Fashionista application, Facebook maybe? You learn so much about fashion so easily, with people that also share the same interests as you. My favorite addition has to be the CF Podcasts, where they feature professionals in the industry on “Office Hours.” I always am so inspired by hearing how people go to where they are today as a lot of people have stories that you would never expect. They have featured Mackenzie Wagoner, Kristie Dash, Rebecca Minkoff, and Jordyn Woods.
The Podcasts are free and can be found on this link!
Clique media group has now bough College Fashionista, and they also own Who What Wear. They are a global media, marketing, and consumer brands company.
“Style Gurus are daring, bold, and not afraid to push boundaries while trying new things”
Apply at this link to join the team!
Style Guru Description:
Responsibilities of Style Gurus include writing one article per month, creating original social media content, and participating in online skill-building exercises. Students also have the opportunity to work on brand campaigns and be featured on the homepage of CollegeFashionista.com! The position is entirely online, and runs from the week of May 22, 2017 to August 18, 2017. Students must own or have access to a camera for the duration of the position (DSLR cameras preferred). Advanced editorial and social media internships are also available to students who decide to continue the program for more than one semester.
Instinct was the University of Minnesota’s Apparel Design fashion show for 2017. The apparel students had been working on their designs since August. After months of hundreds of sketches, endless brainstorming, the selection of fabrics and models, final line decisions were made. All of the sleepless nights (on-top of all of their other school work, activities, and social life), it was finally time for the designers to show off their expertise and personal aesthetics.
Sarah’s love for running inspired her for this clothing line. She has been running cross country for her whole life, and is on the University’s cross country team. This past summer she interned with Target Corporate as a design intern. Although she was not able to work in the athletic department, it is still her dream to work and design for Nike someday. Her clothing line embodied a futuristic running warrior. Reflective elements were used throughout each garment, and unique colors of rustic orange, teal, and maroon set the line apart from current trending items out there now.
The black make up across our faces really enhances the looks, and embodies the inner running warrior who will not back down.
A few of the designers were featured before the show on WWCO
The MN Daily reported on the two shows
University of Minnesota Women’s Track Website wrote an article
The TopShop dress selection catches my eye once again. We frantically walked in 20 minutes before closing praying to find something, and did! This taffeta dress adds a mix of shine into my outfit. I loved the tight fit around the waist and then the layering pieces of fabric making the rest of the dress fuller. The choker completed the look, matching the color tones of my Steve Madden boots.
Death & Co.
433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
We wanted to go somewhere more reserved, and saw great reviews for this place. When the Uber dropped us off, the people in line in front of us were told it was going to be a 45 minute wait. We then went to the door woman and told her we would like to be added to the list, and receive a text when we could go in. We also asked for recommendations for other bars since we were not from NY, and wanted a nicer place for my birthday. Coincidently the door woman was also from Minnesota, and magically said we could go in at that moment. We got our own booth as well, perfectly fitting five of us.
The atmosphere was very very dark. We even had to use our phone lights to be able to read the menu. The waiter brought over more mini candles, but the lighting was not idea. Thank goodness I do not need glasses. The drinks had fun names, I tried the “Lipstick Vogue” and hated it due to the rum. Overall I loved the quaint and intimate atmosphere, and would recommend the place.
I had the opportunity to attend the NRF's Big Show this January. This got me thinking about the impact that I want to make on the now omni-channel driven market sector of retail. Only time will tell, and the ultimate accomplishment is to someday be on the stage myself. Sharing a room with Karen Katz, Rebecca Minkoff, Heidi O'Neill, Paul Gainer, and Jean Chatzky was unforgettable.
A great quote we heard: "Amateurs practice until they get it right; Professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong"
We had the opportunity to represent the University of Minnesota at the NRF Big Show! Being in the same room as @rebeccaminkoff was truly amazing and inspiring at the NRF Big Show! Her claim to fame came with one of her I ❤️ NY shirts being featured on The Tonight Show. Her iconic "The Morning After Bag" and entire handbag line really became noticed from attention on the streets of New York. People passing the bag on the street would stop and as her where she got it from. Soon she was making bags all night long on her apartment floor. ADVICE: Never say no to an opportunity you have not tried. If Rebecca wouldn't have said yes to making a bag for a movie after being on the Tonight Show (even though she had never made one before) the fashion world would be missing amazing bags, clothes, shoes, and a woman who knows how to promote hard work.
I was an early fan. The anticipation of logging on and constantly refreshing the page until the moment the store opened was half the fun. Although now the product assortment of lip kits are more readily available online, the new exclusive products always sell out at the speed of light.
My Opinion: The matte lipsticks stay on SO WELL. After eating an apple, the color still does not fade. Now that is amazing.
Cons: Your lips need to be highly moisturizer before putting this on (or you will have cracked lines along your lip creases)
koko K - More brown than I was expecting
Koko K Gloss- REALLY sticky! Do not get caught in the wind with this and long hair
Smile - My FAV. The color actually looks light pink on me, aside from Koko K, where it was a darker tone than expected.
Andrea does it all! She knows how to bring out any model's inner confidence and has so much tool for large skirts, that had to be one of my favorite parts
Andrea Baue Photography