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Review: FGI's Summer Breeze Fashion Show


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A menswear look from Macho + Metro at FGI's Summer Breeze fashion show at Calhoun Beach Club's rooftop deck

A.J. Olmscheid

It isn't summer in Minneapolis without a poolside fashion show.

Well-heeled attendees, dressed in their poolside best, converged at the Calhoun Beach Club's rooftop deck on Tuesday night for Summer Breeze, FGI (Fashion Group International) of Minneapolis-St. Paul's annual poolside fashion show. Hosts Sarah Edwards and Richard Anderson gave life to the proceedings—Anderson's humorous, witty quips and entertaining interactions with the models gave the event just the right amount laidback, not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously fun.

Hosts Richard Anderson and Sarah Edwards

On the runway, boho-chic reigned. Maxi dresses, fringe, sheer fabrics, and colorful, Southwestern prints were the order of the day. Bold, stunning necklaces by local designer Gretchen Ventura nearly stole the show—making the statement that a poolside look isn't complete without in-your-face accessories.

Look from Atmosfere

Look from Showroom paired with necklace from Milan'A-Style

Look by House of Gina Marie paired with Style A-Go-Go accessories

Look by Kjurek paired with Milan'A'Style accessories from Showroom

Look from Kisa Boutique paired with Gretchen Ventura necklaces

Look from Kisa Boutique paired with Gretchen Ventura necklaces

Look from Equation paired with necklace by Gretchen Ventura

Elsewhere, classic black and white looks proved minimalism is a great way to look effortless and chic for the summer.

Dress from Kisa Boutique paired with Gretchen Ventura necklaces

Look paired with jewelry by Milan'A'Style from Showroom

Dress from Kisa Boutique paired with necklace by Gretchen Ventura

No itty-bitty string bikinis here—the swimwear look of the season is chicer and higher-waisted and covered-up than ever (without looking frumpy or old-fashioned), as evidenced by swimwear from Tommy Bahama, which apparently has gone through a much-needed modern update.

Look from Tommy Bahama

Look from Tommy Bahama

Look by House of Gina Marie paired with accessories from Style A-Go-Go

One of the show's standouts was a summer capsule collection by local designer Gina Moorhead of House of Gina Marie: A series of striped seersucker skirts transformed into casual-chic tent dresses with the twist of a bow.

Look by House of Gina Marie paired with accessories from Style A-Go-Go

Look by House of Gina Marie paired with accessories from Style A-Go-Go

The guys opted for dapper, lightweight suits with colorful accessories (and even more colorful shoes, thanks to the bright-soled kicks from local footwear brand Greenwich Vintage) from local shops Atmosfere, Heimie's Haberdashery, and Macho + Metro.

Look from Macho & Metro

Look from Heimie's Haberdashery

Look from Atmosfere paired with shoes by Greenwich Vintage

A.J. Olmscheid

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