The 19th season of Envision, the longest running fashion event in the Twin Cities, took place on April 9, 2016.
Held once again in the atrium of Orchestra Hall, the spring/summer collections from nine Minnesota fashion designers walked the runway to custom mixes by Monsieur Adi, with choreographer and Hotrocity founder John Mark Hostetler hosting.
The silent auction pre-party portion was scrapped for a collaborative art table previewing a new exhibit at Public Functionary and more focus on musical performances. Electro-pop band Holidae performed and I absolutely fell in love. It’s fun when different local art forms and communities mesh together - some of my favorite bands and musicians I’ve come across at fashion events.
There were fewer designers than usual, but l find the video introductions for each designer/collection fun and helpful. I feel a stronger connection to the clothes and the community when I have some background on the inspiration and the artist. Collections from Envision veterans like Kjurek were included with up-and-coming designers like Form Over Function.
Part I - Jenny Carle, Joeleen Torvick, Hiccup by Handley, Russell Bourrienne, Kjurek
Part II - Form Over Function, Cliche, Cory Allen, Emily Trevor.
The clothes and felt whole show felt really spring - from the pastels and brights to the shorts and swimwear.
The 10 year anniversary edition of Envision is scheduled for September 25, 2016. For more information, see the Envision website.