Voltage 2011: Fashion recap

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Twin Cities' style mavens put their best dressed foot forward for one of Minnesota's biggest nights in fashion, Voltage: Fashion Amplified. While First Avenue is usually packed to the brim with rowdy music fans, the space hosted a different crowd Friday night. A delightful teaming of runway pomp and circumstance with a backdrop of hard-rocking bands, Voltage presented the perfect excuse for folks to get out of the house and show off their finest threads.

Voltage producer and MNFashion founder Anna Lee greeted the crowd graciously in what looked to be a taste of designer Kathryn Sterner's upcoming line. Next rocker Hastings 3000, outfitted in his signature gasmask and a disco ball-inspired suit, emerged onstage and began shredding on his guitar. The night had officially begun.

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The performance was followed by Phantom Tails, who were heavy on the bass and drums as the models drifted by on the catwalk. Kathryn Sterner's sustainable runway looks, paired with camel-colored wedges, showed off a ready-to-wear line with a very natural feel. The models, with their crimped hair and minimal makeup, wore outfits highlighting a fusion between 1950s style and garden-safari khaki. Danielle Everine's line blasted the Victorian era into the present with a healthy dose of sheer sex appeal--literally. Her translucent structured blouses, skirts, and dresses paired with satin undergarments presented the classic Gibson Girl look with a shot of Madonna (see cone bras) that made for a stunning line.

Indie-rock duo Fort Wilson Riot took the stage next with a perfect blend of harmony and drum beats. The '90s vibe was in full force with Frances Zerr's line which focused heavily on nautical-colored stripes, cut-away shoulders, and maxi dresses. Bright reds paired with muted colors ruled the runway during Rachel Blomgren's showcase, her line knit together with embroidery and quilting. Netted statement pockets and cutouts lined most of her pieces, giving them a folksy feel.

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Me and My Arrow played while Terri Martin's minimalist line appeared on the catwalk. The models donned neon eyebrows and visors that highlighted the structural simplicity but incredible statement-value of Martin's clothing. Sarah Holm's fanciful dresses floated down the runway with butterfly-like cutout patterns awash in hand-painted silk. Of all her green-friendly pieces, the draped bralette vest paired with a high-waisted panty was killer.

Local favorites Communist Daughter took to the stage afterwards with front man John Solomon engaging the enthusiastic crowd with banter like, "Nothing says classy like a 300 pound, hairy model." Tim and Thom's mixed collection drove the crowd wild as male and female models strutted down the runway as if performing a choreographed dance. The line proved that ready-to-wear doesn't have to cost you any chic or hip points. Taking a step into retro-territory, Ivan Idland's collection highlighted the sexiness of drop-waists paired with short hemlines and bold colors. His Red Riding Hood-inspired crocheted hoodie earned a roar of applause for its marriage of fantasy and practicality.

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The final band of the night, Pink Mink, rocked the house with their catchy songs, including "Seeking Scott Seekins." Raul Osorio's collection featured a lot of lace and muted colors worked into structured pieces with strong silhouettes. His ivory ruffled bralette and high-waisted shorts duo followed by a white dress with a military-esque over-the-shoulder belt was inspired. Finishing up the show, Max Lohrbach's creations brought whimsical haute couture to First Ave's main stage. Lohrbach's creations teemed with bubbly energy and flirted with conventional lines. Signature lace hearts and ruffled petticoat skirts bobbed down the catwalk on models that looked ready to attend tea with the Mad Hatter--and we mean that in the best way possible.  

Ultimately, there's a reason why Voltage rules the local fashion world each year--it actually rocks. With an amalgam of five amazing bands outfitted by local designers and boutiques, 10 featured designers with collections unique as the snowflakes that fell outside that night, and a crowd of fashionistas aching for Twin Cities-bred sartorial innovation, nothing beats Voltage.

Want to see more? Check out our slideshows from the event:

Voltage 2011: The looks

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