THROWBACK THURSDAY: Saint Paul Collection Fashion Show
The first Saturday of Minnesota Fashion Week, we had the opportunity to attend the Saint Paul Collection Spring Runway Show. It took place in the early evening on April 22nd and was held at the always beautiful University Club of Saint Paul in the historic Summit Hill district. As if the location was not spectacular enough, the funds raised from the show went to a wonderful cause, Gilette Children's Specialty Clinics.
The collection featured many of the upscale boutiques we know and love in Saint Paul: Valise Boutique and Apothecary (where I got all of those wonderful Arcona skin products), Atelier957, Heimie's Haberdashery (where we got the tuxes for our wedding from), and Flirt Boutique. Hair was by Gem Salon and Petite Salon as well as makeup provided by Eyes and Irons and Valise Boutique and Apothecary. Heimie's Haberdashery styled all of the hair for the male models.
Each boutique presented a number of looks followed by an intermission and a second showing of more looks.
The Clothing - A few of the looks that we liked (it might be the majority of the looks from the show). They were all so wonderful!! There were vibrant splashes of color that added a touch of femininity to otherwise black or monochromatic looks. A few gorgeous textured pieces were featured as well, one in millennial pink and the other perfectly on trend with statement sleeves (its even on our What We're Loving section here). The classic fitted black dresses had extra architectural details that kept the looks fresh and modern. I particularly loved the wide sleeves on the black sheath and the contrast of the metal zippers that made for an elegant yet still punk rock outfit.
The ladies at Flirt Boutique also crafted some stunning pieces. Not to mention, their models truly looked like they were loving every minute of it and rocked these sultry pieces. The headpieces, plumed fans, and pearls added a vintage 20s vibe to the pieces.
Lastly, the men's collections. All of the pieces were classic pieces styled in new and modern ways. It was a testament to Heimie's quote that
There were many reasons that we loved the show, including the looks presented which we will thoroughly review below. A few that we wanted to highlight were their commitment to generosity for a good cause. As an aspiring physician and current student of the laboratory, the funds that are provided for medical research are incredibly important and I see their effective use everyday. With the current scientific climate, it is incredibly important to continue to support the research that allows for future advancement in treating and curing diseases. During the intermission, a patient and current employee of Gillette Children's Hospital and Clinics, Rachel Wobschall, spoke about her experience with Gillette in treating her Cerebral Palsy. She emphasized the important work that is being done in the community for an array of disorders and it was incredible to see the funds from this collection support such a noble cause.
On a more fashion related note, we also loved that the models were people affiliated with the boutiques. I know for certain the models for Heimie's were people who sold my husband and my father tuxes and other mens accessories. These are boutiques that cater to real people and they had real and relatable people walking the runway. I can definitely appreciate that it is difficult is difficult to walk down a runway, more so when there are so many people watching. Just take a look at this video of me trying to walk... and there were like... 3 people there. All four of the boutiques presented stunning collections that were styled beautifully. Truly, props to everyone who walked and worked on this show!