A group of sightseeing retirees from Rochester, Minn. boarded the METRO Blue Line at the Fort Snelling station just past Noon on Wednesday and found themselves surrounded by ridiculously good looking riders.
“Are they models?” one of them whispered, noting the preponderance of cameras, and the fact that the pretty people kept saunting up and down the aisles without taking one of the many available seats. Or cracking a smile.
Now, we're a handsome metropolis, with clean train cars and clean cut riders, but this was definitely extreme. Indeed they were models. The wide eyed women, on their way to the Mill City Musuem, had stumbled into Mall of America’s first-ever fashion show on the go.
The models (and entourage)—dressed in the latest ponchos, waxed denim, slim suits and long vests—boarded at the Mall of America station and road the light rail to downtown Minneapolis. They stopped at several stations along the way where they turned the platform into a runway.
The event kicked off MOA’s 10-day Art +Style Series, which celebrates fall fashion and local arts through a variety of events—the rest of which take place at the mall. MOA teamed up with Arts @ MSP, Made Here Exhibitions and Hennepin Theatre District to pull off the light rail show, which included art work on display at the Lindbergh/Terminal 1 station and a final strut in front of the new Bob Dylan mural downtown.
“We wanted to bridge the incredibly artistic and stylish communities throughout the Twin Cities,” MOA spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt says. “From the south loop in Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis."