“In the deepest hour of the night, I confess to myself three things; I would die if I was forbidden to write, forbidden to love, or forbidden to fashion.”
An unsurprisingly natty crowd filled First Avenue on Friday night for the spring 2010 installment of Voltage: Fashion Amplified, an MNfashion event at which models strut the runway displaying the styles of local designers as a carefully curated crop of top-notch local bands—their own outfits designed for the occasion—play on the Mainroom stage.
Blue Sky Blackout, sporting white suits by Steve Kang, opened the show with their soaring stadium rock.
Models wearing designs by Frances Zerr were styled in a manner reminiscent of the 80s, an apt fit for the anthemic sound of Blue Sky Blackout.
Style by Kelson (Brianne Jones).
A model wearing Kelson stands in front of the Red Pens, band members styled by Red Shoe Clothing Co.
Style by Elena Mercurio.
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, becomingly styled by Calpurnia Peach.
Designer Danielle Everine makes capes, pocket watches, cross-dressing, riding pants, and the Victorian Era look sexy. (Actually, those things have always looked pretty sexy. Especially capes.)
Style by Carmichael Claith.
Mayda (styled by Laura Fulk) won legions of new fans with her energetic performance, which climaxed with the artist taking her own excursion onto the runway after the models had cleared off.
Style by George Moskal.
Voltage lead fashion stylist Jahna Peloquin looks on (above, at right).
The men’s knitwear designed by Kevin Kramp was the evening’s most talked-about style. The Voltage lookbook describes Kramp’s styles as, among other things, “high-concept,” “wearable,” and “sexy.” Before deciding whether you agree with the latter designation, note that the models were wearing socks and sandals.
Style by PFT Couture.
Emma Berg’s designs were a riot of bold colors and distinctive textures.
In background, above: Mark Mallman of Ruby Isle, styled by Anthem Heart.