Now that Fall and Fall Fashion are fully underway, I've been thinking back to the big event (for me) of Fashion Week MN- the Arc's Value Village Pop-Up! Michelle had been been pulling product for months across Arc’s Value Village locations, and I was excited to help Michelle style, and to be a live mannequin for the event. (A unique take to models and mannequins that only Michelle would discover and apply!)
The Day Of: I had never been to the Northrup King Building before, which is where the event was held on a late September Saturday- what a cool place! It’s got studios, gorgeous boutiques, home goods galleries, and more hidden treasures lining the hallways. Plus, it has its own parking lot which is so rare that I have to call it out! I got there at about 9:30 AM, with bags of product for my and one of the models I had styled, Robina's, looks. I had found some amazing vintage looks and was pumped to get to work!
When I walked in, Michelle's finds were already set up and looked right at home in True Ethic's gorgeous space. It's bright, spacious, and the walls are littered with fair trade and sustainable goods. This was my first time meeting the boutique owner, Laura, and she was a sweetheart! The event truly could not have happened without her.
The models were either being dressed by Michelle and I or styled by local beauty-wizard Suzy. She had set up shop in the back of the store, and each model was treated to a hair-do and lipstick shade that perfectly completed her look. I even got her thoughts on my upcoming hair transformation! (Okay, it wasn't that huge: I got bangs, more on that in a future post.)
And each look was, of course, beautiful! Two of the models- Robina and Jasmine- were friends of mine, and I got to meet the other two- Cassandra and Coretta- who were so sweet! They had participated in other #FWMN events too, so they had this show in the bag. Michelle found the perfect sparkly, glittery bell bottoms for Cassandra, and paired them with a corset (!) and a drapey black wool shawl/coat. A statement choker and heels finished the look along with Suzy's pick of a dark lippy and a perfectly crafted top knot.
Coretta is amazingly tall, and a lot of our options looked pretty ridiculous on her.. but before we entered panic mode, a classic cape coat caught our eye, which Coretta rocked as a dress! Following the glitter theme, these chunky shiny heels were a must; originally, these were mid-calf boots, but she is so slim that we ended up tucking in most of the top, which was slipping, to make ankle boots instead. Fun, colorful bangles brought her look together.
Jasmine's outfit couldn't have been more perfect for her. I think she used the words Queen of Darkness. Her feathery, velvet LBD contrasted perfectly with her funky metallic sunglasses and silver jewelry. Michelle had done it again!
Aside from helping with the other girls' looks, Michelle let me add a bit of my own flare to the line up by styling Robina. She is teeny, tiny, so when we went shopping and found this long, velvet number, we knew we needed it. This dress was made for her! The hat was merch Michelle had found for the pop-up, but when I saw it, I had to prop it on Robina's head- it toned down the vintage feel of the dress, and was totally her style IRL! Suzy's dark red lipstick and Michelle's add of vintage heels and a fur stole finished the look.
My turn... sadly the blue and white striped vintage coordinates I had found for the event weren't lining up with the Fall, sultry feel of the rest of the girls' looks. So, with little time left until the show, Michelle and I went hunting to find a new outfit. I first tried on leather joggers, but they looked balloon-y at my thighs (Always my problem with leather joggers! Grr!)- so that was a no. Michelle was obsessed with this MINKPINK coat, and found this floral, detailed vest and perfect jeans to pair with it. Nothing beats being styled by #thriftstylist! I was obsessed with this coat and jeans-- both new with tags! Suzy did the best top knot I've ever had on my head, and gave me a lippy that made me Snapchat way too many puckered up selfies. Oh well. :)
The event: Before we knew it, it was 12 and our doors opened. Just as soon, True Ethic was filled! I was psyched for Michelle and Laura. There was a ton of energy in the space- laughter, excited finds, and more. The atmosphere was made even better by The Cookie Creative and Blackeye Roasting Co, local businesses who were serving up delicious cookies and coffee at the Pop-Up (and donating 10% of their proceeds to Arc). And, local singer and songwriter Katy Vernon sang beautiful melodies which we models were lucky to hear most of the day! (She is amazing.)
Modeling: The Live Mannequin concept was so fun. We shifted positions (because you can only hold a pose for so long) every time things were a bit slower, and even got creative when someone popped up unexpectedly, posing with cell phones and bagels in hand. After a few hours of standing and posing, we were honestly tired and starving! When we heard murmurs that PIZZA LUCE was on the way, we almost threw a little party. And I'm sure the delivery guy has never had such a made-up, well-dressed (hehe) group ambush him for a slice!
After the show, we wrapped up and headed home, and I of course stalked Instagram to see what everyone was saying and sharing about the event. It was so great to see many of the pieces I admired at the event had found some great homes! I actually snagged the jeans I had on for myself- they've been a great add to my wardrobe since- but most of the clothes we models wore were also sold to buyers that would receive them later (like my gorgeous coat, and Jasmine's Halloween ready dress!). It was also fun to see selfies and captions of people loving the event.
Overall- what a day! I had a blast, but more importantly, pre-loved fashion, at a sustainable boutique, with local businesses, artists, influencers, and fashion fans, was a part of Fashion Week and raised a ton for families and children with developmental disabilities. Michelle is also a doll to work with, and I can't wait for our next collaboration!
Fall Trends: If you've read all the way until here- thank you!! Here are four Fall trends that I am drooling over from Fashion Weeks all over the country and world, and this event, that are vintage and probably available at your local thrift store! (Or, in MN, at Arc's Value Village!)
1. RUFFLES- Are these ever going to get old? I obsessed over a pair of vintage bloomers at the pop-up (sadly not my size!) that would make the cutest cropped pants with ruffles at the bottom! Pair ruffles with chic shoes or accessories to mix the fun, flirty vibe with a little more edgy or polished look.
2. Ornate Florals- Okay, we have seen these all over the runways, on our favorite it girls and bloggers, and in mags and stores! I'm so psyched that these are on-trend, because vintage clothing and home goods are all about ornate details. Plus, they are super easy to style, and can be dressed down with denim, or up with blazers and skirts!
3. Velvet- Need I say more? If you've been eyeing a pair of dark plum bell bottoms (is that just me?), now is the time to snag them! There is little more vintage than velvet, so I am confident you will find your favorite new (but not so new) velvet item secondhand.
4. The Fray- Frayed, distressed jeans are (thankfully) still in! I have been loving the destroyed, flared denim that I've seen on many of my fav fashion icons lately. The other day, I was styling a client, and managed to convince him that we should hit up Arc's Value Village (HUGE win for the environment and his wallet), and I found a pair of fringed up, distressed denim- for less than $20! (I might have ended up in the women's section somehow...) Btw, if you are local and do head over to Arc's Value Village, you can actually book a free personal styling appointment with Michelle or another stylist. I know shopping at a thrift store is daunting- even as a stylist! I can't wait to try this amazing pampering service myself, and you should too. (Just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Okay. I'm finally done! Thanks for reading my Fall Fashion Week MN recap, loves! If you haven't checked out Part I yet, head on over to the post!
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PS: Au contraire to what you might think, I'm actually not associated with Arc's Value Village in any way. I'm just incredibly inspired by their vision and Michelle's (#thriftstylist) talent and creativity, and have a blast at her events!