Minneapolis fashion stylist Amy Seeman might not have always known what she wanted to do with her life. But she did know what she wanted to wear.
When she was younger and asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Seeman’s answer was always “a businesswoman in a big city, wearing a suit and high heels.”
Seeman is not the only one who believes in the life-altering power of clothes. David Kisan, owner of Sip n Bloom, a Twin Cities-based floral arrangement workshop, says that clothes have the ability to tell stories and alter the energy a person brings to a room. “They have the power to inspire us both internally and externally,” he added.
It is no wonder, living by these philosophies, that Kisan and Seeman have become prominent forces within the Minnesota fashion community.
The pair made an exciting splash on Oct. 4 at the 3rd Sip n Bloom runway show, “With Love from the Skyways.” Kisan served as the managing producer of the event, and Seeman, artistic director. The Sip n Bloom runway shows were born out of Kisan’s love for both the floral and fashion industries, as well as his fervent desire to “unleash the design thinker in everybody.”
The collaborative show took place at the Rand Tower Hotel and featured nine local brand and boutique contributors, including Requisite North Loop, Martin Patrick, D.Nolo, Bean + Ro, Glam Diggers Vintage, Rosella Vintage, Carrie Ann MN, Play By Marly, and Ela Mariie. The fusion of Sip n Bloom’s floral expertise, Amy Seeman’s creative vision and the work of some of the top names in Minnesota fashion made for an aesthetically jaw-dropping, immersive event.
Guests were greeted at the door with elegant ensembles by Martin Patrick, Amy Seeman, and David Kisan, put on display by live models. Kisan’s background as a florist shined through in a fall-foliage themed headpiece which complemented the model’s floor-length floral-print dress and fur vest styled by Seeman. Across the room, another model sported floral, with a matching long-sleeve blouse and ankle-length skirt, as well as a dazzling headpiece adorned in orchids, all the work of Patrick.
These two ensembles, however, were just the teasers. After guests enjoyed their complementary Champagne, Bean + Ro swag bags, and Brother Justus whiskey samples, the runway began.
The silhouettes that followed hinted at the imminent Minnesota cold, with models bundled up in fall-appropriate ensembles playing with a wide variety of textures and colors. While the dawn of fall may mean saying goodbye to colorful summer hues, “with Love from the Skyways” proved that dressing for the cold can be just as exciting.
This excitement came in the form of sequins, fur, oversized shades, snakeskin, pops of neon, plaid, suspenders, and– a crowd favorite– adrogynous ties.
“She was dressed like the executive who you love working for at the Christmas party,” Kisan laughed, describing one of the models who had sported a button up and tie layered underneath a midi black dress.
At the close of the show, the models returned one by one, followed by Seeman, who earned a roaring applause for her artistic contributions to every piece on the runway. The work of both Seeman and Kisan was tangibly praised by audience members as they lined up to congratulate the two designers following the runway. The successful event surely left guests itching to break out their fall outerwear and welcome the new season in true Sip n Bloom style.