I wasn't able to go home after work, so I needed something that would pass for both day and evening activities. At work, I paired this over-sized tee over a short jean skirt. A little more casual than is typical for me Monday-Thursday, but somehow, it worked. I then ditched the jean skirt for the fashion show.
Shirt: Gap (bought with my Groupon!)
In true, funky Elaina fashion, she donned one of her own creations: a tiered skirt made out of thrifted lace curtains! And that amazing bag is her new favorite accessory from Patina (I'm a little jealous of it).
Annie also wore a custom item: she MADE this blazer. I know...talent...and patience. It's beautifully lined and everything. Way impressive.
This was my first visit to Cliche' and it was not what I expected. I thought it would be a very fancy storefront carrying locally designed items way out of my price range. I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of both well-known brands such as Kenzie and Tulle as well as local designers like Amanda Christine and Kjurek Couture at reasonable boutique prices. I don't recall seeing any item over $200, and most were under $100. What Cliche' lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in accessibility and inclusiveness - there is something for everyone.
With the 20% event discount, I purchased a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses and a very cool plaid shirt for little more than $40, both to be seen in upcoming posts.
The fashion show was fun. Especially the part where the models walked the intersection of Lyndale Ave. and 24th Street, stopping to pose in the middle of the busy road. Yes, there was traffic. Yes, they noticed.
Collections from three designers were featured: Tender Cuts, Kathryn V, and Nikki English. I definitely preferred some styles over others, but overall, was glad to have stayed for the whole event.
The best part of any fashion show (for me) is seeing what other attendees wear. At a trendy venue such as this, I enjoyed observing the crowd even more than the models. Perhaps I need to get out more...