Voltage returns with an electrifying show at First Avenue
Bomba de Luz took the stage first. Their mature, folk-rock riffs shocked fashion mavens, as the group is still in high school. Singer Lydia Hoglund's voice projected over the crowd, filling the space easily as the first models started walking down the runway.
|deLange Designs' collection|
CounterCouture, one of the Twin Cities' up-cycling collectives, worked with neutral colors and no-frills tailoring. With clean lines and solid fabrics, it was easy to imagine these highly wearable pieces coming down the sidewalk on a summer day.
Sean Anonymous and Dreamcrusher opened the second set of the night with an energetic performance combining rock and hip-hop for an unexpectedly amazing fusion of beats. The models strutted and twirled down the runway during the set, embracing the fun atmosphere. The crowd was equally amped.
|Danielle Everine's collection|
Ellie Hottinger's line radiated, quite literally, as the expertly tailored dresses and skirts were created with mostly gold-flecked textiles. Her time with Alice + Olivia definitely shows through, with the merging of metallic and neutral materials and hues. Hottinger's use of upholstery fabrics added the right amount of structure and heft to the feminine collection.
Aby Wolf's powerhouse vocals and Grant Cutler's expert production took over the stage next, setting the perfect mood for the following collections. Shining in a metallic gold number from Blacklist Vintage, Wolf gave it her all.
|Idle Child's collection|
Lindsey Hopkins's collection pushed boundaries both structurally and visually. Her satiny dress, printed with a stylized photo-print of a 1900s prostitute, was gorgeous. The piece was reminiscent of Alexander McQueen's famed mirrored prints, with a similar color scheme carried throughout much of her designs. Although the line seemed a bit haute for street wear at times, Hopkins's pairing with mask designer Artist Built made for a visual feast.
The Chalice closed out the night's music acts, and were on fire from their first note. The powerhouse winners of our Picked 2 Click in 2012, and our hosts for 10 Thousand Sounds Festival, were at the top of their game, and gave a performance filled with intensity and a little bit of cheekiness. By the end of the evening, Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire de Lune had everyone tearing up the floor in their platforms and heels.
|Samantha Rei's collection|
Lucie Biros's line, Punkktual, embraced its namesake with a roguish merging of hard-lined punk wear with feminine silhouettes. Strong and structured shoulders, bralette tops, and the combination of leather and tulle were present throughout Biros's dark collection. Pops of color from handcrafted headpieces added both edginess and playfulness to many of her looks.
The night's ample turnout of fashionably fab folks made it clear that even with the highly-anticipated Northern Spark festival going on in St. Paul, Voltage is still a must-see event. MNfashion set out to refocus during Voltage's yearlong hiatus, and it seems to have worked in its favor. The pop-up shop featured looks from the 16 accessory and apparel designers, making it easy for attendees to get up-close-and-personal with the fashion, and the crowd could step right up to the stage and dance during performances. With Saturday night's success, let's hope the crew doesn't take a break from Voltage next year.