by Allison Shilinski
There’s no denying that “’70s for fall” is all the rage this year, popping up at New York Fashion Week and Fashion Week Minnesota alike. With pattern mixing, bold solids, and long lines in the clear, this season has become the perfect time to introduce retro looks and vintage couture. Fashion Group International of Minneapolis/St. Paul held their fall showcase on Thursday, September 24 at Morrie’s Luxury Auto in Golden Valley; featuring runway presentations from Mona Williams, June Resale, Martinpatrick3, and jewelry by Stephanie Lake. With a backdrop of Maseratis framing the Twin Cities’ fashion elite, the unbeatable couture at this Fashion Week Minnesota event, accompanied by heritage quality menswear and decadent jewels, proved itself as so much more than ’70s looks and fringe for fall.
June presented the first collection and embraced the theme of the night. June’s second look took “’70s for fall” and ran with it, featuring forest green and tangerine overall bib style dresses demonstrated in two lengths, both with a pussy bow blouse and without underpinnings. For better or worse, this duo look was not included in the final walk through, but it did make clear that the show was embarking on a bold, vintage endeavor.
Overall, the looks by June Resale were fabulous and varied, from a look pairing a metallic blazer worn over the shoulders with a white mini dress to a black brocade peplum jacket with black skinny trousers. Another theme that carried itself well throughout the entire event was menswear-inspired looks and separates. A bright poppy bouclé women’s suit made an appearance right away, but the look proved itself as far from business casual when paired with a gold statement necklace and no blouse.
Martinpatrick3 featured believable heritage looks for fall, served with a healthy dose of, “Can he be my boyfriend?” Outfitted appropriately with commuter bags, scarves, gloves, and hats, the looks were complete and well carried.
The amazing vintage couture by Mona Williams tied the evening together and ended it on a high note. The pace picked up and the models seemed hurried at the end, but we only noticed because we wanted stare at the unbelievable pieces, such as the richly colored brocade ball gown paired with an embroidered burnt orange cardigan seen above, for much much longer.
FGI Minneapolis & St. Paul’s Fall: Into Luxury surpassed our expectations with its incredible vintage couture collections and fall styling. All of the fashion featured by Mona Williams will be available at their upcoming private collection sale at International Market Square. As the biggest sale of vintage couture that will happen in the country this year, we can’t wait to shop vintage apparel, handbags, and shoes from some of the greatest names in the world. The private collection preview event will be held Wednesday, September 30, with ticket proceeds benefiting fashion programming in the Twin Cities. The sale opens to the public Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3.