The evening began with a walk through the dauntingly elegant doors of the ivy covered Minneapolis Club, into a line of decadently waiting gentry. The blur of fine black and white formal wear set to the sounds of crystal stemware waltzing on server’s platters established the mood for an evening unprecedented in recent Minneapolis history, and one such evening to be remembered for long after the last coat had been retrieved from it’s cedar hanger and we stepped out into the cold night, still in reverent awe of what we had just bore witness to.
A venerable who’s who of Minneapolis socialites buzzed lively conversation over the classical piano styling of Chase Polk. Among the crowd were local and international models, clothing designers, business owners and entrepreneurs, opera singers, actors, and fashion enthusiasts, most of which with a drink in hand and vibrant smiles. The mingling of so much character in such a lavish environment played out like a scene from ‘The Great Gatsby’ until a silent hush came over the crowd and we were underway.
In stark contrast to the mood set thus far, Icona Pop’s ‘I love it’ echoed through the room as Rachel Roff of deLange Designs made a bold statement with A Living Breathing Canvas. An uncompromising display that strove “To accent and highlight individuality.” And “Empowerment through self expression and vulnerability.” It was quickly clear that the evening was going to be much more than a posh soiree. But instead equal parts homage to the past matched with bolstering of the power of individuality, a new class.
In much of the evening afterwards we were met with equally powerful fashion performances one after another, with just enough time to breath and bask in the radiance of it all.
The unlikely pairing of strobe lights, bellowing opera, timeless bach, hors d’oeuvres, refined drinks, and lavish elegance ended all too soon, but with the same moxie and gusto as it had begun with. Closing with the breathtaking and aweinspiring deigns of Danielle Everine’s Nouveau Birkebeiner. The story of a long perilous journey culminating with the rescue of a child heir to the Norwegian Throne; a captivating operatic performance of chilling magnitude met with Everine’s equally stunning defiance, and redefining lines of individuality meshed exquisitely as the curtain was drawn on our ephemeral evening of unprecedented class and intrigue.
Stay tuned for a full length review in the upcoming Fashion Odds Issue
For more information on the designers and musical acts see: http://www.blackheartsball.com/
Article | Dane Edward Johnson