Events: Fashion shows, Ivey Awards

Updated 9/24/2013

MNfashion Week's "The Shows" kick off Wednesday at Aria.

A look by Christopher Straub, who headlines MNfashion’s “The Shows” on Wednesday.
Photo by Rhea Pappas


‘Envision: Artopia’

Fall’s edition of this long-running art/fashion show is making good on the “Artopia” part of the equation. Proceeds from the show will benefit northeast Minneapolis art gallery Public Functionary, whose curator Tricia Khutoretsky will serve as the host. PF’s contributions also include a stylized silent auction room and a partnership with artist Jesse Draxler — creator of fashion-oriented, hand-sliced photography collages — who will compose three pieces live alongside photographer Anna Louise Cone. Runway highlights include newcomer Claire Ward, returning designers Caroline Hayden and K.Jurek, and boutique segments from Cliché and Martinpatrick3 accompanied by Tambuca, a pair of DJs spinning records simultaneously while backed by live musicians. (9 p.m.-midnight. Fri. VIP at 8 p.m. $20-$75. Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Av. N., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin



Ivey Awards

Ivey Award nominees aren’t announced ahead of time — in fact, there aren’t nominees, only surprised winners. That approach might not work for the Oscars (how do you discreetly hint to a Ukrainian animator that he might want to buy a ticket to Hollywood?), but it’s fine for the Iveys, since it seems like just about every actor, director and flamboyantly dressed teenager within 100 miles crams into the State Theatre for the annual presentation of the Twin Cities’ professional theater awards. This year’s hosts are Brave New Workshop vet Shanan Custer and Mu Performing Arts artistic director Randy Reyes. (7:30 p.m. Mon. $35-$95. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. Jay Gabler




‘The Shows’

The Twin Cities’ wealth of fashion talent ranges from the fresh-out-of-design-school set to those who have made fashion a career. MNfashion’s two-night “The Shows” features spring/summer 2014 collections from eight designers, from the emerging to the established. Night one is headlined by “Project Runway” darling Christopher Straub, whose collection of slouchy, chic streetwear shows the designer moving in an edgier direction. He’ll be showing alongside Samantha Rei, who merges steampunk/Lolita styling with a high-fashion aesthetic, plus Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler and Hackwith Design House. Night two stars Caroline Hayden and Lindsey Hopkins, who both emerged in 2012 as ones to watch, plus newcomers Emily Trevor and Idle Child. (7:45 p.m. Wed.-next Thu. $25-$40 per show; $45-$70 two-day pass. Aria, 105 N. 1st St., Mpls. J.P.