Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pale Rider : Runway Images

Pale Paisley Sheer Shirt Dress - Leather + Fur Belt and Spats
 My complete runway collection for Fall 2010, Pale Rider. Photographed by Cody Lidke

Sunday, October 17, 2010


The western-inspired printed sheer dress from my summer and fall collection is featured in online magazine L'etoile's fall 2010 fashion spread.

From L'etoile:

Text by Beth Hammarlund

Though autumn has officially arrived, the occasional golden September day can still create the illusion of a hazy summer afternoon. These sun-dappled days lend themselves to unhurried meanders and wistful daydreams, to afternoons spent strolling down dusty paths and collecting wildflowers in flaxen fields where the sunlight is still warm on your skin.

Cling to the fleeting edge of summer while acknowledging the change in seasons with new fall looks by some of the most talented local designers featured during MNfashion Week. From looks suited for a Minnesota prairie girl to pieces with a street-smart '70s bohemian influence, Twin Cities fall fashion offers plenty of relaxed, romantic options for the country mouse and city mouse alike.

To see the complete spread, click here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pale Rider

My fall collection is inspired by Annie Oakley, the wild west and horses of the apocalypse. I hope you will attend our show this Friday Sept 24 2010. Please check out our look book here.

Thanks to Chris Larson, Molly Roark, Ingrid Werthemann, Gail Madden, Lisa Luck and Jane Belfry for the amazing work contributed to the stunning lookbook.

Thanks to Stephen Stevens for capturing our looks so well:

Pale Rider, an MNFashion Production - September 24, 2010 from Stephen Squared on Vimeo.

Style Derby 2010: A Bicycle Fashion Show

A bicycle fashion show hosted by four designers, cyclists one and all.
As a preview to my fall show, I showed a series of separates quite suitable as bicycle attire. For a recap and review, see L'etoile Magazine's post here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lauren Treece for Vaga Magazine

I was recently contacted by Minneapolis photographer Lauren Treece on assignment for Vaga Magazine. Our mutual friend (and model/stylist for me and this shoot), Telche, suggested they pull some of my work. She requested to use some of my sculptural pieces for her "teen riot" themed fashion shoot. I was more than happy to do so, knowing that her dream like, enchanting images would capture the spirit of the pieces. Featured are my leather scalloped dress, wood collars, wood armor, feather wings, white fur vest and feather printed dress. The images are unbelievably stunning.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Green Tea: Rescue

Commissioned by Jahna Peloquin of Le Petit Connaisseur dela Mode, each designer made a look inspired by a Vitamin water flavor. My flavor was Green Tea: Rescue. With a desire to tie this look to my fall collection, I explored the idea of a Chinese cowgirl. A heroine that has escaped the harsh working conditions of the transcontinental railroad and has taken to the trail. A rebel and a loner, always a distant and stunning figure at the edge of town. She holds on to the fabrics and aura of her origin, yet accepts the need for tough and practical garb.
Cotton mandarin blouse, blanket wool mini-vest with leather and fur applique, silk trousers with leather detail, leather quiver/bandoleer.
Check out Jahna's recap of the entire show here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Seven designers, seven flavors. Can you guess mine? I hope to see you there Wed Aug, 11th!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Crosswalk in Images

[Image by Cody Lidtke]
The in-store fashion show at Cliche on Friday was a success! It was a casual showing of my summer (preview to fall) line. Wild West style, the models took to the street with fake mustaches and lace bandannas for a new take on the old-fashioned stand-off. All looks are available at Cliche 2410 Lyndale Ave S.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cliche's Crosswalk

I am contributing five looks for Cliche's Crosswalk, an in store fashion show. This will be a preview, summer version of my Fall 2010 collection. The show is this Friday, June 18th and free! I hope to see you there.

Expect cute dresses and blouses with a wild west sentiment. My ideal vision requires the models to don rifles and handguns for a shooting match. We'll see how that works out. All looks will be for sale, some will even have size runs! Revolver holsters are the new hand bag.

Yee Ha, Cowgirl!

Western inspired textiles and sketches in preparation for Fall 2010. Flesh tones, prints and textured fabrics will be quilted and layered.

Fall 2010

My fall 2010 collection is inspired by the culture and clothing of the wild west. The people, landscapes and attitudes of the American west during the early 1800’s was a combination of rough and refined, irreverence and religion. Westward expansion introduced miners, pioneers, bankers, ranchers, and missionaries to rough terrain and conflict within themselves as well as with Native peoples. The lifestyle demanded rough, durable garb for daily wear, as clothing was scarce and the terrain untamed. Elements of style and proper dress were still expected among many, so an amalgamation of East and West emerged.

This collection embraces traditional western styles while converging with biblical imagery of Revelations, the last book in the New Testament. The supernatural imagery and iconography described in this biblical passage remind me of western films. The horses, riders, clouds and sky are represented in the west. The fear of death and need for bravery was nigh, these people journeying west at times felt as though God was ending the world.

Focusing on fleshy tones, the clothing will remind us of our humanity and powerlessness in the wild world. In contrast, the structure of the pieces will be tough and utilitarian to allow the wearer to function in adverse landscapes. As the palate is limited, I have incorporated a large variety of textures, fibers, prints and weights. Heavy wools, furs and weaves will compliment light cottons, chiffons and silks for a layered, amalgamated look.

Annie Oakley and western film has (obviously) captured my heart’s interest. I’m in love with Oakley’s badass shooting skills paired with her demure, modest attitude. She also was a skilled seamstress and made all of her costumes for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Jeremiah Johnson (1972). Robert Redford plays Johnson, a loner who ascends into the mountains of Utah to live off the land. After some trials and the death of his horse, an experienced grisly hunter shows him the way. The utilitarianism of the clothing is absolutely beautiful. Fur coats and capelets, leather shirts, boots and pants paired with heavy wools and coats.

Illustrations based on the book of Revelations:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kiss me, Cake

The wonderful team at L'etoile magazine pulled this leather scalloped dress from my fall 2009 collection for this super cute shoot. Click here to view the entire spread.

Spring 2010 Photo Story

To accompany my Voltage 2010 collection, this photo story depicts my vision that these clothes are made for fetching, jaunty women.
Hair by Micah Savage
Make up by Ashley Kilcher
Styling by Carly Schoen

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Voltage Spotlight: Danielle Everine from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.

Had the pleasure of sitting down with Cloud & Ryan from MPLS.TV.

Star Tribune

The wonderful Sara Glassman invited me to appear in the April 15th issue of the Star Trib. Suit and blouse by me. Hat by Angie's Hats.
Read the article here.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Metro Magazine April 2010

Story by Mary O'Regan
Photo by Marshall Frankin Long
Make up by Ashley Kilcher
Modeled by Tearra

L'etoile Interview

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Voltage 2010 Preview

These images are from the Voltage 2010 press/buyers event. Hats by Angie's Hats. Photos courtesy of Staciiann photography.

Christmas Pillows & Shearling Mittens

Although I don't normally consider myself a crafter, these gifts were enjoyable to make. I gave these appliqu├ęd and embroidered pillows and hand dyed shearling mittens as Chrismas gifts.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Voltage 2010 Concept

Borrowing textiles and silhouettes traditionally reserved for menswear, this collection embraces masculine details, while celebrating female form. These garments pair fine and rugged textiles with dainty chiffons, inspired by 19th century attire. From equestrian wear to lace collars, this collection pursues a look that is as much sophisticated, as it is alleycat.