Photos: Voltage 2011
Voltage: Fashion Amplified at First Avenue, is a sensory overload (in the most perfect of ways).
If you haven’t heard of this MNfashion Week staple, it’s best described as a runway rock show where they pair Twin Cities bands with local fashion and accessory designers to blow the roof off First Ave.
Although it was a ridiculously cold and snowy (I cringe at even writing that word) April night, local fashionistas and fashionistos ignored all common sense and dressed to the nines. Saying there is eye candy at this event is the understatement of the year. It may be one of the only events where it is socially acceptable to stop and stare with your mouth agape; actually, I think that’s what everyone wants.
One of the best pairings of the night came from Communist Daughter dressed in Blacklist Vintage (duh) and fashion by Tim+Thom and Ivan Idland. Tim+Thom showcased active, postmodern mens and womenswear for those on the go. It’s easy to tell they’ve been influenced by the bike culture of the Twin Cities. Ivan Idland’s inventive and vivid pieces left you wanting more.
The other stand out of the night was the finale performance from Pink Mink, outfitted by Invisible Outfit and runway featuring Raul Osorio and Max Lohrbach. Mr. Osorio never fails to impress—his mix of modern lines with soft textures make you want to strip the models of their clothes and throw them on immediately. He even makes the hard to work with fabric, lace, look the least bit dowdy yet not overly sexy. Max Lohrbach’s collection is like Hello Kitty met Marie Antoionette. Everything was a yummy as a cupcake and the accessories by Bionic Unicorn was the perfect cherry on top.
Voltage is one of the few do not miss events that happen in our great state. Get ready to be very inspired by our local music and fashion scenes. Oh and, be prepared to cuddle up to some good-lookin’ strangers—it’s a sell-out show every year.
- Blair Shackle, freelance producer