Vivian Aronson is new to the Twin Cities. YQY stands for her Chinese name, Yuan Qian Yi. She was a model who gravitated toward design. An online store is in the works.
Sydney Ilten is a local girl who returned to the Twin Cities after earning a degree in fashion design at Iowa State University. Her day job is stylist and inventory specialist for Hot Mama and she sells her designs online and at Cliche.
The designers sent chic, wearable dresses down the runway - Ilten with a bit of a preppy, classic American vibe; Aronson's designs have a feminine, romantic appeal. Both impressed me as being well crafted and - perhaps most important for someone hoping to make fashion her day job - wearable.
Photos by Chris McDuffie.