LPF Productions Streetwear Fashion Show

    Mimi Nguyen made a Minneapolis return with her streetwear label Melevated at Prive on April 29, 2018.  The show, hosted by fellow Minnesota ex-pat and recording artist Finding Novyon highlighted under-the-radar designers on a “Fast and the Furious” inspired runway.   

LPF Streetwear Fashion Show runway.

LPF Streetwear Fashion Show runway.

    A self-taught designer driven to do whatever the hell she wants, Mimi put a lot of effort into organizing a Minneapolis event while back-and-forth between here and Los Angeles and putting together her collection (and making me a custom gown for a formal event…but that’s a story for another time).  

    The event was organized by LPF Productions and Guild Apparel with sponsors PRIVE MINNEAPOLIS, Pledge Empire Records, Global Impex USA, and PARKER XL.

    It’s a passion of Mimi’s to support underrepresented designers (and musicians) by connecting them with a crowd that is seeking something new or different.  My only wish is that more and more people get behind it!  The show may not have the buzz of more established Minnesota fashion events, but the talent is just as worthy of attention. 

The Clothes

Lighthearted casual wear from Chill Vibes:

The Brick Bow Tie Collection from Ice Cream Bow Ties 

FYI, Ice Cream Bow Ties was founded by a very ambitious (and dapper!) youth: 

Ice Cream Bow Ties founder Aniki Allen

Ice Cream Bow Ties founder Aniki Allen

Thought-provoking screen prints from LIFE Custom Clothing

Cool crop tops from Supply Mpls 

Sleek and metropolitan looks from RHEY Apparel, who has since been featured at the Northern Vogue fashion show and The Volk’s summer fashion show, and whose founder will be speaking at a Fashion Group International event later this summer.  

Sassy stoner apparel from Got Loud?

And of course, aggressively sexy streetwear and luxe jackets from Melevated.
Sidenote: Mimi’s attitude in life can be summed up by the fact that she opened her own damn show.  

Melevated designer + owner Mimi Nguyen

Melevated designer + owner Mimi Nguyen

The Music

Musical performances peppered the intermissions between runway segments.  

Kiyanna Ma  killin' it on stage.

Kiyanna Ma killin' it on stage.

Outfitted in Melevated, Kiyanna Ma really got the crowd riled up.  Her song “Bossay” still gets stuck in my head: 

  Another musical highlight was Paige Ellis wearing Got Loud?  Paige will also be performing at Culture Piece Magazine's 2 Year Anniversary event on June 24.

Paige Ellis

Paige Ellis

  Other musical performances included Yung Wes, Mr. Newz, Ced Linus, Sti-Lo Reel, Blond Todd, and DjAirmanheat. 

    Learning from experience is a side-effect of Mimi's gusto for creating and her time working and growing on the west coast seems to have helped her focus.  It’s great to see her flourishing in Los Angeles and making time to contribute to the Minnesota fashion community.  

    Expect more sexy streetwear and lots of surprises at the next LPF show at Prive on Sunday, August 5, 2018.  Tickets available now via Eventbrite and are $20.


    In addition to returning lines Melevated, Got Loud?, Chill Vibes, and LIFE Custom Clothing, the show will feature Lavish Denim, Penash, ICARUS, PAPARAZZI FLASH, and Che Couture.