Minnesota’s favorite Project Runway alum Christopher Straub is working on product design for maurices, the Duluth-based, self-described “small town” chain that outfits young women, sizes 1 to 24. Straub is kicking off his collaboration by judging maurices’ Main Street Model Search. The retailer is looking for a dozen girls nationwide to be photographed for an ad campaign in their hometowns. “Maurices contacted me because we share the same home town philosophy,” says Straub, a Shakopee resident. Can't wait? Get a fix April 23 at the Sol Inspirations Eco Fashion Gala. Christopher and fellow "Project Runway" contestant Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman are among the local designers creating looks out of non-traditional, recycled and sustainable fabrics. "Project Runway" Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson will headline the event at The Depot. More information here.