“This cape has power over people,” declared Elizabeth Geisler, designer of Cocoon, in a brief intro video shown prior to the presentation of her newest F/W collection last Friday at the sixteenth season of Ignite Models and Public Functionary's Envision. “[When people wear it], it makes them want to twirl, and I’d love to see it walk down the runway.” That supple, smoke-colored cashmere cape isn’t the only thing that’s got power over people—certainly, all kinds of clothes do, from the taupe trench coat that adds a certain dynamism to a woman’s life, what with its chic and expeditious temperament, to the well-tailored jacket that can give a man the confidence to land a dream job—and keep it.
Given the lively, well-heeled crowd bustling around Orchestra Hall on Friday night to see a show chiefly dedicated to clothes, clearly this power extends beyond the personal realm. Note that the art and business of fashion creates a community that's especially tightknit in the city of Minneapolis, and few events showcase the Twin Cities fashion scene more holistically than Envision. In the VIP room, artist Jesse Draxler painted over 4-foot tall prints of R&B artist Spooky Black, which were included in the silent auction, and DJs Sarah White and Adora Tokyo performed their sets live.
A mélange of thirteen designers, the show featured designs from Mary Pranica, Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler, Roe Wolfe, Velvet Moon, Kjurek, Cliché, and Idle Child in the first segment; the second segment showcased Ellie Hottinger, Samantha Rei, Tessa Louise, Emily Trevor, Lindsey Hopkins, and George Moskal. Models sauntered out in metallic varsity jackets, crop tops, boxy dresses and shirt-skirt combinations, and crisp white sneakers for Cliché's collection, which Delayna Sundberg described as "something someone in the '90s would wear to work."
Autumn is here, and damn, Minneapolis, you're looking good.