Now in its seventh year, RunUp to the Runway is the celebration of Milwaukee’s fashion, art and design scene. Held at the Milwaukee Art Museum next Friday from 5 p.m. until midnight, this stylish soiree features enough components to keep even the most discriminating fashionistas busy for the entire evening.
During the run of the exclusive party, attendees can view the museum’s current exhibit, “Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper,” to get their evening started. From there they may sip cocktails and snack on hors d’oeuvres from the museums own Café Calatrava. Or perhaps they’d like to discover up and coming Mount Mary College senior fashion students, whose innovative designs as well as their process boards can be viewed prior to the main event. A hair art display will be held simultaneously with the student designs and showcase the avant-garde follicle-fashion styling of Mr. Kelton Hatton. Other highlights of this starry night will include music mash-ups by DJ Jai Cherney in addition to the great folks at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee spinning their patented brand of eclectic tunes. And Halloween will arrive early at MAM with an exclusive sneak peek of the Milwaukee Ballet’s dramatic production of “Dracula,” which will whet your appetite for all things dark, romantic and dreamy.
But the real showstopper is the fully loaded runway fashion show that features the best and brightest of Milwaukee displaying their designs on the catwalk. Featured in the stomp-off will be Violetville Vintage, avant-garde designer Miranda Levy, Mink by Amanda Ergen, Delanie Couture, Judi Rath Lingerie, Linda Marcus Designs, and creations by Terry Crumble.
Ra’Mon Lawrence Coleman, “Project Runway” season 6 alum and lead designer for Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s Department Stores collection, will showcase his looks for Spring 2012. This collection was last seen in NYC during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September. The men’s and women’s ensembles were inspired by Ethiopia and photos from the 1930s that Mr. Coleman got from his grandmother. Watch for print blocking, asymmetrical hemlines, cutouts, and interesting seaming from this rising fashion star. Now’s your chance to see what you may be wearing next year from any and all of these intriguing designers.
The latest in hair and makeup will be brought to the catwalk by Eric of Norway salon, many of whose crewmembers, including master stylist Scott Yance, work tirelessly backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the Aveda team, who groom the models for lots of top designer presentations.
As if all that is not enough to get design on your mind, join the revelers at The Iron Horse Hotel for a fabulous and fashionable after party. Tickets are on sale now in the following categories: standing room $15 for MAM members, $20 for non-members; reserved seats $25 (Mm), $40 (Nm). There are also a limited number of front row seats for the seriously stylish available for $60. The proceeds benefit Mount Mary College and the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. Interested? Be sure to check out www.mam.org/afterdark to purchase tickets and for additional information about the event.
Photos from last year’s event provided by sevillemedia.com.
Presenters for this one of a kind couture collective are: David Caruso of Dynamic Events, Libby Castro of LP/w Design Studios, and Jordan Dechambre, Fashion Editor of M Magazine.