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University of Minnesota – 45th Annual Senior Fashion Show “Flux”

20 Feb

Photos by Rebeca Solares



Jennifer Voth

Jennifer Voth

Junior Fashions

Junior Fashions

Junior Fashons

Junior Fashons

Ashton Frith

Ashton Frith

Ashton Frith

Ashton Frith

Backstage at "Flux"

Backstage at “Flux”

Junior fashions

Junior fashions

Jennifer Voth

Jennifer Voth

Jennifer Voth

Jennifer Voth

Anna Louise Sviben

Anna Louise Sviben

Anna Louise Sviben

Anna Louise Sviben

Grace Lorig

Grace Lorig

Jessica Loomis

Jessica Loomis


Kalia Bibeau (gold dresses)

Kalia Bibeau (gold dresses)


Junior Fashions

Junior Fashions

Junior Fashions

Junior Fashions

MN Musicians Vote NO

25 Oct

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we believe in bringing people together and building them up, whether it’s through music, art, theater and fashion or through politics. It doesn’t mean that we can’t disagree – that’s most of the fun of criticism and the arts – but it does mean that the channels of communication and exchange have to be open. We have to be able to say “yes” to each other as artists and humans, and this fall, that means voting NO on these two hurtful and divisive amendments.

The Marriage Inequality amendment would enshrine discrimination into Minnesota’s constitution and hurt the thousands of GLBTQ families by making them permanent second class citizens. Just like the best remedy for crappy music is to have more music, the best way to protect marriage is to expand it to all those who participate in the institution.

The Voter Restriction amendment is an unfunded mandate that would force expensive changes on Minnesota’s voters and unfairly targets the elderly, the poor, veterans and college students. It’s like telling the most interesting people in your life that they aren’t worth the effort, while at the same time voting for a tax hike, because that’s how this monstrosity would have to be funded. Both of these constitutional amendments would put us in a poorer, more divided place, and Minnesota can do better.

We’re sure you’ve heard these messages before, but we’re in the last weeks of the campaigning, and so now is the time to get involved. Please join us on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th at the Triple Rock Social Club – you can get your tickets here – for two kickass lineups that should leave you fired up to make a change. Ticket proceeds will benefit the two organizations taking the lead against these amendments, Minnesotans United for All Families on Marriage Inequality and Take Action MN on Voter Restriction. Your dollars help them air TV and radio ads, run campaign offices and get out the vote, but more than your dollars, your volunteer hours can make a huge impact – just click through to the website to find out more information about phone banking and door knocking. Just like having a conversation about your new favorite band is the best way to build up that band, a conversation you have about why you are voting NO is the best way to get that word out and build the vote NO movement. Check the Facebook event for some of the chatter and the music community members participating.

Thanks to the great folks at Modern Radio Record Label for helping get this all together, to Burlesque of North America for the sick poster and to the Triple Rock for being such awesome hosts. We’ll see you all this weekend, and out at the polls on November 6. And if you need a little more convincing, here are a couple great videos related to the issues of each amendment – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on equality, and Sarah Silverman skewering voter restriction. So vote NO, if only for your Nana.


23 Feb

It’s fashion week in Minnesota, do you know where your kids are? Last Saturday, the University of Minnesota fashion students were showing off the fruits of their studies, like a final exam, job interview and leap into public life all rolled into one. The look of student fashion show seems to fall into a similar pattern: the bulk of the designers work on well-constructed sportswear lines with some cocktail dresses and separates advertising their functional skills, there is an outré offering or two built around a sartorial in-joke and hopefully, something stunning. The quality of the work overall varies by institution, but happily, the U still sets the benchmark for educational quality in the Twin Cities.

The first three designers of the evening set the tone for sportiness, with Jennifer Robertus showing beachwear and suiting in stripy aqua, beige and coral, like a throwback to a 1980s Land’s End catalog with a slimmer silhouette. Andrea Sittler followed that with monochrome trousers, dresses and jumpsuits punctuated with panels of neon fabric, culminating in a flouncy layered skirt that was a definite crowd-pleaser. Kari Kachelmacher showed a line of re-purposed vintage fabrics cut to sporty separates and 60s inspired dresses and skirts which bode well for spring and summer and transitioned nicely into the more formal looks that were to follow.

Andrea Sittler

Kari Kachelmacher

Stephanie Hillman’s dresses in silks all had an added flair through a swirling floral patterned burst that touched on the garish, probably appropriately so as her inspiration came from gardens in Las Vegas. Gabby Goetz took us to Miami proms via a stated inspiration of Marie Antoinette, showing cocktail dresses in pale metallic lavenders with silver and gold threads, while Carol Fallabeck opted for a more flowing princess look deep purples and greens, topped off with a Snow White style blue and white gown, all of which had paper gold embellishments that were not actually attached to not a part of the fabric, but a tacked on addition.

Carol Fallabeck

Dziyana Zhyhar showed a line of professional wear with charcoal grey slacks and the occasional burst of aquamarine silk and some of the pieces had the extra touch of zippers that could be opened to lower the length of a hem or in one case, unzip entirely to reveal a different dress beneath. Zhyzar’s line of bureaucratic flair was a nice lead in to what was probably the most forward-looking set of the evening, a line of body-gripping athletic wear from Silvia Güttman with jackets and vest subtly marked with a silkscreen of a stingray or a koi fish – it was like Mission Control and then the cosmonauts launch party.

Dziyana Zhyhar

Silvia Güttman

Sara Lopez provided the art student line of the evening, with oversize suiting deconstructed to form draping coverings for the models, like the suits from “Stop Making Sense” got diced together. Lizzie Hillman’s line of sharp dresses and overcoats inspired by Paris and gothic architecture had a simplicity and style to them that came close to elegance, dark slate and aubergine banded with scarlet and orange made for a satisfying and mature look. To end the evening, Laura van Riper took us to the alter with a buildup of models from flower girl to bride, in light earth pastels and asymmetrical bunching that was both sharp in contemporary design and natural feel.

Sara Lopez

Lizzie Hillmann

In all, a well rounded class of 2012, and where they go – to the fields of Target? To bridal magazines? To start their own lines? – Only time will tell, but they’ve shown us that they can make it work. In this economy, it’s the safe thing to do. Check out Staciaann’s full set of photos on Flickr.

Laura Van Riper

NB: Here are some links to the reviews around “The Shows” on Tuesday, featuring Emma Berg, Amanda Christine & Kimberly Jurek. We’re sad we couldn’t make it out, but here are thoughts from l’etoile, City Pages Dressing Room Blog and MSPMag.

Wheel Sexy Cabaret

18 Feb

Since winter has been especially kind to cyclists this season, some cyclists are paying it forward with a gift of their own: burlesque. In that vein, here’s the latest in an occasional series of posts highlighting local Kickstarter projects we love, tipping a helmet to Wheel Sexy Cabaret, a burlesque event by the bike community (but anyone is welcome) at the Bryant-Lake Bowl March 1, 8 & 9.

Spearheaded by local cyclists, theater artists and community facilitators Au NaturElle (Elle Thoni) and Retro Spectacle (Amber Davis) and developed with community participation from seasoned burlesque performers, cycling enthusiasts and the errant boy-lesquer, it’s hard to imagine anything more that we DIY love about MPLS – they’ll even have live music! Wheel Sexy is already sponsored by Smitten Kitten, the Hub Bike Co-op and Calhoun Cycle, but head over to their Kickstarter page to get in on the action, The goal is only $500 in 10 days, but it goes to help pay performers and c’mon, those pasties and chain grease don’t buy themselves. Also, there’s apparently a guy out to shut them down, so don’t let that happen, freedom riders!

Avoid The Grey

7 Feb

Danielle Everine clothing, KR Designs by Kristi Relopez accessory design, box design by Isa Gagarin.

A body in motion tends to stay in motion, Isaac Newton once so succinctly observed. The annual Cliché Avoid The Grey show has traditionally been a welcome way to spark the local fashion scene into motion, kicking off the new year with a quirky range of designs and thematic ideas. That spark is always welcome mid-winter and the designs usually move us forward, unless of course, they are trapped in a partially opened shipping crates and dotted through a lofty concrete warehouse, which is what happened Saturday night at the Grain Belt Studios in Northeast.

Instead of a traditional runway show or presentation, this year Cliché went with a novel approach – they asked artists to design the interiors of enclosed boxes wherein the models would stand and the audience would mill around trying get their faces pressed up to one of the little peepholes to get a glance. This is a great way to create a buzz of limited supply and to get people who give up on jostling for an eyehole to stand around and buy drinks while listening to some chilled out beats and Poliça. It is not a particularly comprehensive or engaging way to appreciate the full capacity and detail of the clothing design, which would seem to be a key element for a business engaged in selling clothes. To get that full capacity, you need vision and motion, both of which were effectively curtailed in the presentation. There’s a reason it’s a runway and a catwalk, not a standway and a catbox.

Of the designs themselves, it was a night of mixed successes. The designers of whom we have come to have high and exacting standards did not disappoint. Kimberly Jurek of Kjurek went for a full peasant look with a barefoot model wearing light tan leather vest with long fringe and full skirt of red, green and pink-and-tan cheetah print silks, Kathryn Sterner of Kathryn V created an elegant yet sly look with strapless gown out of re-purposed floral wallpaper and a long chemise of nude nylon accompanied with three fingered porcine gloves to riff off a Devandra Banhardt lyric about consumerism and Amanda Natzel of Amanda Christine Designs showed a smart crimson jacket and skirt set with an open front and black silk lining.

Those three designers were relatively well served by their surroundings (in box designs by Emilie Robinson and Caroline Debevec for the last two, respectively) in that the box designs did not generally interfere with the clothing itself. The most compelling box design came from Isa Gagarin, who covered the walls of her box in an Edward Gorey-esque black-and-white floral wallpaper and hung mock branches across the top to create an internal gothic forest. Those branches became unintentionally funny when placed in context of a model wearing a headdress that had two stuffed arms coming out like bulls horns (by Lela Baumann of Chrysopeia) which made it look like Rachel Blomgren‘s charming knit skirt and stocking look was trying to tear down the branches. That box, by the way, will be used for a video project by Margaret Lane, formerly of Hildur Victoria, so the care that went into that creation will get a second life.

Not so amusingly lucky was Kerry Riley of Needle & Black, whose excellent floor-length gown in black-on-black minisequins was marred by signs being hung off strings inside the box (another of Robinson’s designs) which blocked the already limited view, not to mention an overly large, unmatched, pseudo-Tlingit papier-mâché bird mask (Cocoquette by Andrea Oseland) perched atop her models head. Sarah M. Holm also had cause for pause, showing a bustier that had a number of plastic rifle barrels jutting upwards from it. Christine Carmichael of Carmichael Claith had also used a rifle earlier in the evening as a prop for her demure, Out of Africa-inspired jodhpurs and lace-overlay blouse, but Holm’s punky appropriation (paired with a pink plaid, ribbons and transparent floral hoop skirt) had the air of a hot-glue gun addition to it. The box by Daniel Jaffe that Holm was placed in was also the most problematic, with cardboard elements blocking peep-holes. That this was the first box upon entrance, and that the first designer, Gina Landes of Gina Marie Vintage, was showing a tank-topped and skirted model with bound legs, it set the unfortunate tone of unseeing stuckness that lingered over the rest of the night.

Newton also noted the opposite of his first observation is true, that a body at rest tends to stay at rest and it cannot be said that Cliché or the designers they serve are at rest. Even if there are bumps in the road, it is because movement in new directions is rarely smooth, if it were, it just wouldn’t be that much fun or worth doing. But please, as human beings wearing fabric sculpture, let your models move.

For a full slideshow of pictures, check out Staciaann’s shots for City Pages here.

A Slice of 2011

26 Dec

It is the end of the year and to mark the passing, we’ve compiled a slice of some of our top CakeIn15 posts. That means some of our most commented and most shared posts as well as some that were really just fun to write. We hope you have enjoyed what we’ve been able to bring you, and we look forward to serving it up even more in 2012.


Max Lohrbach with accessories by Bionic Unicorn and Pink Mink behind

Beirut: “Beirut is a band that fills a room not because they are wild showmen like Gogol Bordello or have the gritty weariness of DeVotchKa, but because Condon’s orchestration, and the musicians he gets to perform with him, feel like a dreamy wanderlust, a bygone courtesy and a stumbled-upon love note.”

St. Vincent at the Walker: “Clark giggled, and we in the audience ate it right up, “I like your spirit Minneapolis. I’ve always liked your spirit.””

Paul Simon: “Simon hasn’t stood still in his time here, and neither should we.”

Voltage 2011: “Strength like that doesn’t pop up overnight and if things are going to change for the fashion industry here in Minnesota, the foundation and momentum of Voltage is a huge gift.”

SXSW coverage from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Part I & Part II & Saturday: ““I haven’t done this song in five years,” Cecil joked, “And I was like, lets do it. Just throw some Budweiser on it.” If that’s not the South by Southwest spirit, I don’t know what is.”

Chapel Club: ““We’re a very nervous, self-conscious band. I probably shouldn’t admit that. I’m drunk.””


Little Man photo by Emily Utne, Styling by UpSix.

Aloha Dustin Thomas: “If there is anything short of catastrophe that could get people on the same page, it’s gotta be music.”

Oriel: “When you’re not working with other people in a studio and you have your space, you have so much more freedom to experiment and try things and think outside the box.”

Tristen: “…I’m interested in people saying something. I might be the minority in that respect.”

Even If We Never Look Forward: “Making less art. Not kidding. Like really, taking time to make, stop putting a show out because you want to do five a year. That’s a really sassy answer.”

Dan Israel: “Wow. Best question I’ve ever been asked, possibly. No, seriously, kudos!”

Little Man: “…[W]ith this album at this point, I’m up for working my ass off to try and pay for it. I did, but I’m in debt, you know?”

No Bird Sing: “I think the number one thing and one of the things I am going to take on as a personal quest for myself is to use my platform for the greater good.”

Das Racist: “TED: SUCK MY DICK!”


New York City, September 2001

John Lennon: ““Love is the answer, and you know that for sure.” That’s a wild idea for a kid to get into his head. I didn’t even know that John was dead then. I know that now. I know that his body is gone. I know that his songs live on.”

Occupy August Wilson: “What is good to know that the conflict and ambiguity of moments of change, which theatre lets us explore in a systematic way, remain omnipresent and are not to be feared.”

September 11, 2001: “Today I think about how it changed our country. How we live in fear, with crazy body scanners at our airports & red, orange & yellow warning levels. How people of a peaceful religion were changed & made out to be some horrible monsters trying to kill us all.”

OK Go & the Muppets: “…[D]ribbling out of the unenthused mouths of OK Go, it just becomes self-fulfilling: “Why do we always come here? I guess we’ll never know. It’s like a kind of torture to have to watch this show.””

Czeslaw’s Loop: “So if the conceit goes away, the show was free to be it’s own thing; a group of serious-looking hipsters standing on a rickety dock staring at an excellent drumline performing with dance party projections and electronic loops on a pontoon under a re-purposed McDonald’s billboard held up by 2x4s as brittle and bowed as fish ribs.”

Save the Southern: “In the end, we can’t be petty and say, “Well, it serves them right”, just to prove a capitalist, free-market point. As others have pointed out, if the Southern were a bank, it would have gotten a bailout, and the process of making art is not a solely an economic function…”

1001 Chairs: “Because we are all in the total animal soup, and it is our time.”


Wandering Stars: “…if you hit play on both videos simultaneously, you get POLIÇA IN STEREO!”

Espresso Showdown: “Give me my espresso concentrated and explosive, and I’ll go to bat for that any day.”

White House Correspondent’s Dinner: “Ryan wasn’t in attendance, Obama explained, because “his budget has no room for laughter.””

“Whirring” and the Foo Fighters: “In the end, I just like the positivity shown by Grohl in throwing that initial tweet out there. Even @joyformidable’s response was perfect: “Thanks Dave. Means a lot.””

Internet Now!

9 Sep

The lovely ladies of Blacklist Vintage have started to document their daily duds on Tumblr, so you can get your daily dose of good looks and envy there:

And Brother Ali dropped a sweet video for the TC Day of Dignity coming up on October 1 with food, medical care and music coming to North Minneapolis.

Finally, Brad Senne dropped a new Walker Fields video on us, which is pretty classic camp-tastic.

Dearling Physique Giveaway

21 Jul

A couple months ago we posted an interview with Domino of Dearling Physique who revealed his new album and hinted at the new look for the next DP project, Tracing the Alphabet. For those of you who are looking to get a sneak-peak of that fantastic and fashionable transformation, that chance is here. The new-look duo of DP will be taking the stage at Hell’s Kitchen a week from today and CakeIn15 has some list spots to give away!

Dearling Physique @ Hell’s Kitchen Underground
Thursday, July 28
w/ Youth at Large and 2NoHO
10pm doors // $5 // Ages 21+

What to do to win a pair of list spots to the event? Just be one of the first four people to leave a comment telling us your favorite letter of the alphabet and why, and we’ll get you down for the list. This giveaway brought to you by the letters “C” & “D”!

Back To Regular Programming!

14 Jun

You may have noticed, if you tried to visit the site at all yesterday, that all you got was a white page with a picture of a country road, saying that we were “Just another WordPress site.” At that point, sadly, we were, as all of our electronic posts and ramblings were shifting between servers, a state of both existing and not existing. Now that the transporter beam has landed us on solid internet ground again, we’re excited to have some new posts to share with you this week: recaps of John Waters at the Walker Art Center, interviews with up and coming bands and other bits to delight you. As we adjust ourselves and our regularly scheduled programming, here is something to get you going. Neil Patrick Harris and musical numbers, ladies & gentlemen!

C15 in NYC

4 Jun

Sometimes you just have to get out of the place where you are and get someplace else, especially if where you’re going is someplace with killer art, food and people, amongst other things. In that spirit, since the mid-career retrospective Glenn Ligon: America was closes at the Whitney this weekend, and because of all the raving around Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Met (totally worth it and more on that heart-shattering talent later) New York City was the midweek getaway destination for c.a.s. this last week. Lots of museums and galleries, some old friends and family, performance art and sadly and very specially, the remembrance service for the one and only Gil Scott-Heron. More on that later as well, but here are some snapshots and vids of odds and ends picked up whilst wandering around the city that never sleeps, and always keeps the lights on for you.
After landing in the Big Apple to sweltering, drenching heat, Papaya King was an amazing pick-me-up.
“Negro Sunshine” by Glenn Ligon (2005) hanging in the window of the Whitney.
Fun with cameras in the Whitney elevator!
Clip from Cory Arcangel’s “Paganini Caprice No. 5” (2011) in the Whitney’s exhibition Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools.
Handed this note by a comely middle-aged woman in the shop. Must be the ties.
Hanging out with a Brooklyn friend, he remarked that Manhattan is “pretty cool.” Yes, yes it is.
This was a sad and strange affair to attend. It was even heavier to head straight from that to McQueen at the Met, to have the loss of two huge talents right there in your face. Sad and strange and full of grace and beauty.
Whoever thinks graffiti is a modern problem should take a look at most antiquities, like the Temple of Dendur at the Met.
Self-portrait via Anish Kapoor’s “Untitled” (2007). Not the only person doing this.
This busker had the Chinese national anthem down, which is smart, given the number of Chinese tourists around.
Scene from Watch Me Fall by the British company Action Hero at the PS 122 performance space. Daredevils of the mundane and tragicomic!
Early work of David LaChapelle on display at Michelman Fine Art.
After being totally destroyed by the Egon Schiele drawings and paintings at the Neue Galerie, a second round of McQueen (where they were super vigilant about cameras and cellphones) and more wandering around the Upper East Side, Paul Gauguin‘s “Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary)” (1891) was almost enough to miss a flight for.

Now that we have gotten going on the food trucks, can we get some busking like this going along the Light Rail, or around the lakes?
But then in the end, Minneapolis-bound and well worn-down, but feeling like the sky really is the limit.