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Quick Q+A: Danielle Everine + Crosswalk Fashion Show

Fashion Week MN #FWMN continues on through this weekend and into next week with a bunch of original and inventive fashion and lifestyle events, including Sunday’s very cool Crosswalk Fashion Show. The indoor-to-outdoor event returns after a 5-year hiatus in a big way: There’s pieces by Cliché’s roster of national brands, live illustrations by Claire Ward, refreshments, the spring collections of local designers Jenny Carle and Danielle Everine, and coincides with a sale at the boutique.

Before the looks head out of the store and across 24th + Lyndale, we sent some quick questions to Everine about designing for the crosswalk, her time on Pro Ro, other #FWMN fun, and how we should be dressing.

Secrets of the City: How much better is it to stage your collection for a crosswalk show than a standard runway?

Danielle Everine: Logistically it is has advantages! Rather than renting a venue, catwalk and lighting, we use the natural stage of the street. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or dress code needed! We must let go of full control, and subject ourselves to the elements— unpredictability becomes part of the presentation. Let’s just hope for great weather.

It’s maybe hard to quantify, but what being on Project Runway do for a MPLS + STPL designer? To you suddenly stop becoming a local designer and become a national personality? Do people jokingly tell you to make it work?

I saw behind the golden curtain of reality television. That changes a person in many ways. The best take away was learning to be comfortable talking about my work in front of a camera. The show fostered some great connections both near and far. I definitely still make it work!

How great is Cliché?

Cliché is my favorite! I have had the pleasure of working with them many times. In fact, I showed a cowgirl inspired collection at Crosswalk 5 years ago! Owners Josh and Delayna have incredible taste and always have lovely pieces.

How much of #FWMN do you go to? Anything in particular you’re excited for besides the Crosswalk show and Black Magik Woman?

There is so much going on! It is difficult to attend more than a few events. I am always excited to attend Black Hearts Ball. Organizers Tim + Thom always provide a stage for great talents. This year, I look forward to seeing work from two emerging designers I have worked with on other projects—Shiader Vue and Lauren Kacher (Form Over Function).

Block party season is coming up—you’re a fashion expert, what should we be wearing when we’re going out?

Linen, florals and ruffles!

Sunday at 2 PM. Free.

Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-0420, 


Fungi: Beauty From Decay

Tuesday, April 25th. $15 general admission, $50 VIP.

Join us at 6 PM for Social Hour at Aria Mpls with a runway presentation beginning at 7 PM followed by cocktails and music by Lori Barbero with models in a salon-style setting! Prior to the show, VIP ticket holders are invited into the theatre for a private reception with spring hors d’oeuvres, runway seating and gift bags.

Joynoelle’s 2017 collection, Fungi: Beauty from Decay, explores the world of mycology and nature’s transformative ability to create new life from decomposition, bridging fashion and art based on the colors and textures of molds, spores, lichen and mushrooms. Joy Teiken’s concept emerged from her many hikes in the Otter Tail County woods near her cabin. The colors and textures on those journeys led to an obsession with the mycelium world. Thus taken, she dug deeper into the subject, creating passion, respect—and a new collection.

Again, this year Ms. Teiken is donating 100% of proceeds to Kill Kancer in honor of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer. Kill Kancer uses art to communicate the most critical public health concern of our time: cancer. Kill Kancer creates healthy lifestyle campaigns along with supportive social initiatives that create awareness of cancer prevention and early detection strategies; reducing your risk of death from cancer by 90%.

Beauty from Decay is part of Fashion Week MN presented by W Minneapolis #FWMN.

Burger Hunter: Lowry Hill Meats

Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. Staff and readers love him so much we added him to our header today! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

Heading down Hennepin just south of the Walker you’ll find a little gem of a butcher shop that would make even Thomas Lowry proud. This hunt takes place at Lowry Hill Meats and no we’re not making our own. Valid, tho—this is the spot if you need something for the grill. But on Wednesday and only Wednesday this meat market makes burgers that are so good you’ll retire your apron and let the propane run out for good. So I ordered it as is but doubled the patty and gazed their meat cases as I waited. Out comes this beautiful burger that immediately reminds you I could never do that at home. For one they are using a flattop and for burgers that’s like some kind of a secret weapon. Really is folks. Let’s start with the meat, it’s choice. They use chuck and stuff. The stuff is from cuts off steaks and whatnot all week. So that’s in the grind and you can tell. The depth is there in the taste. But gentle. And juicy af. While crushing I spotted them using those little tin covers on their burgers creating a steam bath. Take a bite. Sit and watch. Seeing is believing folks. This place is way fun! Now it’s smothered in the creamiest American you’ll ever have. It’s house made and we’re not sure why they don’t sell it but they need to. It’s got a little sauce-town going on. Sus of MMK (mayo, mustard, ketchup). Below the beef is some lettuce and some pickled carrots with mini cucumbers. Comes with caramelized onions but TBH they’re not all that noticeable. Which was nice. They just added a little flavor and went home. Kinda like a Seekins Sighting. The bun is a lovely pork fat bun. It held court. Fantastic burger that’s clean and flavorful. Not a heavy meat hangover at all. This is where you want to be in life.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.5   Presentation: 7   Originality: 8

Lowry Hill Meats, 1934 Hennepin Ave, MPLS;

Twincy Cheat Sheet: So Much Coming Up

It’s almost impossible to keep up with the arts and the culture and the entertainment and food and drink and the people and the places here in MPLS + STPL, so we’ve put together this list of stuff that we’re using as talking points this week and sharing them with you to pretend like they’re you’re own.

Who: Erin Sayer and Jeremy Novy

Erin Sayer, formerly behind the cool Cult Status gallery, just sent an announcement about the brand spanking new Amalgamated MPLS, a small space in Northeast that’s “dedicated to showcasing emerging and mid career, local, national, and international artists.” Their next show will be Jeremy Novy Presents: Queer Street Art, Fighting for Legitimacy from San Francisco/ national traveling street artist Jeremy Novy on Friday April 28 and Saturday the 29th, plus expect the location to be an actual art hot spot during this year’s Art-a-Whirl.

Where: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

Speaking of brand new cool art spaces, the First Native-Indigenous/POC Cultural Arts Center, the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, will kick off in St. Easy on Thursday, May 11th a weekend of Grand Opening events and receptions; check out the full lineup, including the intimate opening gathering and blessing.

When: April 29th, Indie Bookstore Day

Yes! We love Indie Bookstore Day, which is on April 29th of this year. Grab your passport for the 18 different book stores that will be participating and having special sales, events—like A Wrinkle in Time read-a-thon starting at noon at Magers & Quinn—and even different and exciting book-based prize packs for visiting a bunch of the different locations.

What: Wizard World Comic Con

If you haven’t been following the celebrity announcements for the upcoming big comic/cartoon/film/TV convention Wizard World that’s stopping here May 5th-7th, we’ll catch you up: There’s some recognizable faces like Dr. Who Peter Capaldi, Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Bendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the original Star Trek’s Uhura Nichelle Nicholas(!), Charlie Sheen, and more. They also have a lot of creators on hand, which can be really cool, and even have replicas like Back to the Future’s Time Machine DeLorean Speed Racer’s Mach 5.

Why (Not?): Music in the Zoo Lineup

The schedule for the annual Sue McLean Music in the Zoo just hit, and this year is pretty much on par with previous year’s adult and older adult contemporary selections. You got your big Blues names (Buddy Guy, Robert Cray), your post-club rockers (Gear Daddies, Bo Deans), your jam bands (Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper), your Indigo Girls and your Pat Benetar and your Steve Earle, and a few surprises like the B-52’s and Natalie Merchant. Tickets on sale the 22nd—take your parents, they’ll love it.

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