Fresh Faces In Fashion

Meet five up and coming Twin Cities designers modeling this season's trends

Time for a palette cleanser. While color is important this spring, you’ll see it set against a canvas of neutrals. There’s a certain optimism to the crisp khakis and clean whites, a refreshing vulnerability to the sheer fabrications. And, because fashion is a constant contradiction, there’s also a welcome liberation in returning to the ’70s, with its free-flowing prints and silhouettes.

Who better to model the season of rebirth and reinvention than our hometown talent? Inspiration abounds —never more so than this month, when dozens of Twin Cities–based designers will present their original collections as part of MNfashion Week and other local fashion events.


Age: 23 Lives In: Prior Lake Credentials: B.A. in apparel design from University of Wisconsin-Stout; a summer at Parsons The New School for Design; fashion internships in New York and Los Angeles Game Plan: Pondering a move to New York, Los Angeles, or Austin, Texas, to expand her business Recent Show: Participated in Avoid the Grey in January Spring Collection: Modern take on the ’70s with shorter hemlines, more structural silhouettes, chiffon overlay, and bold print Where to buy: Cliché


Age: 25 Lives In: Minneapolis Credentials: Studied fine arts at the University of Minnesota Defining Moment: A designer from Target saw her collection in the Pale Rider fashion show last fall and eventually offered her a job. Day Job: Intimates designer for Target Upcoming Show: Voltage: Fashion Amplified on April 15 Spring Concept: Bringing light to the intricate inner workings of tailored clothing by taking sheer to the extreme Where to Buy: Cliché


Age: 34 Lives In: St. Paul Credentials: Studied apparel design at University of Wisconsin-Stout; won a design contest judged by Stella McCartney, and got to design a capsule collection for Topshop in the U.K.; former Target textile designer Claim to Fame: Made it to the last round of tryouts for Project Runway in the Christian Siriano season Day job: Designer for J.L. Buchanan Upcoming Show: First solo show for MNfashion on April 13 Spring Collection: “It’s inspired by the ease and elegance of the French woman.” Where to Buy:


Age: 26 Lives In: St. Paul Credentials: B.A. in apparel design and art from the College of St. Catherine; launched Jenny Carle Designs in 2008 Day Job: Waitress Upcoming Show: Envision: Artopia Spring 2011 on April 9 Inspiration: Vintage design. Her spring collection takes cues from 1930s and ’40s sportswear. Affirmation: Seeing someone out on the town in a dress she designed. “I think it is possible to make it as a fashion designer in Minnesota.” Where to Buy: Cliché


Age: 24 Lives In: Minneapolis Credentials: Graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning; interned at Calvin Klein, Martin + Osa, Target, and Coach Day Job: Menswear designer for Target Upcoming Show: Voltage: Fashion Amplified on April 15 Favorite Spring Trend: “I’m really into neutrals with pops of color. White, black, mossy green.” Local Scene: “People are so interested in cultivating fashion here and working with new designers.” Where To Buy: