North Designer: Joleen Torvick Spring Must-Haves

North Designer: Joleen Torvick Spring Must-Haves

 

The pieces you’ll grab time and time again!

 

Button Down Wide-Leg Belted Jumpsuit
Button Down Wide-Leg Belted Jumpsuit
 

This jumpsuit offers a relaxed fit and layering option for the modern woman.  Whether you’re dressing up for the office or a night out, this jumpsuit is the perfect piece for any occasion.

 

Pleated Culottes
Pleated Culottes
These culottes are an easy staple. Such a fun pant to style for all season. Wear with sandals, sneakers, boots, loafers, you name it. You will grab these time and time again.
Column Pants
Column Pant
This pant is crafted from a seasonless twill linen for a classic, relaxed fit.  Perfect for pairing with boots, loafers, sneakers, and sandals, these versatile pants can help you transition from winter to summer in style.
 

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Continuing to add extended sizes!
The response I’ve gotten from adding extended sizing has been great! While it may take a bit to add all the sizes on the website, I can certainly create any piece in any size. Not sure on the fit? Just send me a message and we can work it out together!
 

Joeleen Torvick is an independent designer brand that creates women’s clothing which is modern and refined while still allowing women to showcase their individual style. The clothing is stylishly chic and sophisticated with an effortlessness that makes the pieces easy to wear for many aspects of your busy life.

Because we care about safe and ethical working conditions, all of our product is designed, sampled, and produced under one roof. We also care about sustainability and work primarily with natural fibers – cotton, bamboo, silk, wool, linen, and any synthetics used are from deadstock fabric (meaning the fabric may have slight flaws which we work around, or is no longer in production and available in limited quantities).

 

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How One Minneapolis Upcycler is Changing Sustainable Fashion

How One Minneapolis Upcycler is Changing Sustainable Fashion

Kristen McCoy poses like a mannequin among her own designs made from condoms at the RETHINK studio on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
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Trash bags, CDs and condoms: How one Minneapolis upcycler is changing sustainable fashion

Arts and Culture: Kristen McCoy used to make purses out of old shower curtains and CDs. This was in the early 1990s in the rural Minnesota farming town of Hoffman.

So experimental design is nothing new for McCoy. She is equal parts designer, upcycler, professional tailor and problem solver.

Her experiences led her to a surprising fashion innovation — making clothing out of old (but unused) latex condoms.

For the “Ready or Hot” Planned Parenthood Minneapolis runway show which presented in February, McCoy made four looks out of condoms. Yes, it was a way to promote sexual health, but it was also another fashion challenge for McCoy.

Planned Parenthood North Central States began doing condom couture as part of their runway show in 2014 with a dress designed by Joy Noelle.

“There’s so many ways to be sustainable and eco-friendly and glamorous right now and you know, the price tag is right to do so,” McCoy said

Kristen McCoy is seen

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McCoy’s stint with condoms is just a small part of her overall mission for sustainable fashion. Fifteen years ago, for a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk fashion show, she collected trash from the streets of Minneapolis and used parchment paper and an iron to smooth out possible designs. She then used trash bags as corsets and lace.

McCoy has a long history as an upcycler, but not with intent. She says there was no money for her to buy new fabrics so she began cutting apart her old clothes.

“Everything just became upcycle out of necessity, it was what I had access to,” she said. “Upcycling is a great home for somebody with an overactive imagination, it has been really nice to channel it into these pieces that are deemed a lost cause and then I bring it back to life.”

After she ran out of clothes, she discovered the thrift store. That is where things started to change — she could buy all of the material she needed for only five dollars.

Later, she decided to go to Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study apparel technologies. She soon learned about fast fashion and how wasteful the industry is.

Kristen McCoy looks on with a sewing machine

McCoy is hosting a condom couture studio tour.
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“To me, that was mortifying, I had to figure out a way to be okay with being in the fashion industry. Otherwise, I needed to find another field to go into,” McCoy said. “So that is when I dug deep and revisited what I was doing as a kid and realized there was a word for it —upcycling. And from then on, I decided I was only going to work with surplus or secondhand fabrics.”

At her RETHINK studio in Minneapolis, materials are spread across the room. Upcycled jeans that had been deemed doomed, old choral dresses and floral bedsheets.

And in the middle of the room, her four condom couture looks. A puffer vest, faux fur, bomber jacket and fringe skirt.

But they did not come that way. Instead, things began with many boxes of condoms being delivered to her studio. She had to experiment. Could she cut them? Sew them? Fringe them?

Every outfit was stitched by hand, and if she was lucky, by machine. That meant hours and hours of work. She set up an assembly line with her family. The tips were cut and rectangles were measured.

Kristen McCoy poses for a portrait

Kristen McCoy has been upcycling her whole life. She began with old shower curtains and CDs making them into purses.
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A bomber jacket was made with a loom, sweatpants and rubber cement. For a skirt, all the fringes were cut by hand. The puffer vest is cut rectangles, and the faux fur is folded repeatedly and sewed.

For McCoy, her latest fashion adventure came at the perfect time.

“Things are so polarized now, it caught me off guard. When I made the announcement I was doing this, I lost a bunch of followers on Instagram,” she said. “Which, I mean, if you’re going to have a list cleanse, it’s okay if people leave because they aren’t comfortable. I grew up with abstinence-only education and had some really hard learning experiences with that. The things they [Planned Parenthood] are doing … it’s worth fighting for.”

At the end of the project, McCoy said she isn’t surprised by her latest new medium. She loves a challenge, and showing people what is possible with something they would never consider. And if she can make clothes out of condoms, her hope is maybe we can rethink our fashion choices.

McCoy says the easiest place to start for those who want to enter the sustainable fashion sphere is by working with what is already in your closet. Any change is still change — and you can’t do it all.

Rainbow fringe skirt seen

A rainbow fringe skirt out of condoms. The look debuted at the “Ready or Hot” Planned Parenthood runway show.

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The woven condom bomber jacket seen

A woven bomber jacket made out of condoms. The look debuted at the “Ready or Hot” Planned Parenthood runway show in Minneapolis.

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Faux fur condom jacket seen

A faux fur jacket made out of condoms. The look debuted at the “Ready or Hot” Planned Parenthood runway show in Minneapolis on Feb. 28

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You can find old pieces in your closet and make new ways to wear them, start getting clothes tailored and treat your clothes better. This means drying your clothes on low and air-drying stretch jeans and delicates.

Resale and repair stores are a must, and the Twin Cities offers many options. McCoy suggests 4evr Sale’ingOld SchoolCake Plus Size ResaleRepair LairScience and Kindness and Minneapolis Mending.

“There’s so many ways to be sustainable and eco-friendly and glamorous right now and you know, the price tag is right to do so,” she said.

You can shop McCoy’s designs online, or by texting 612-876-7978 to schedule a visit to the RETHINK Studio at 3449 Bloomington Ave in Minneapolis.

Kristen McCoy works on the Puffer Condom Vest

Once McCoy realized how wasteful the fashion industry is, she says she needed to figure out a way to be okay with it in her own way.
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Is Eyeshadow An “Old-Lady Thing?”

Is Eyeshadow An “Old-Lady Thing?”

NYLON’s beauty editor weighs in on the Gen-Z/millennial divide when it comes to going-out makeup.

BEAUTY: I’m not normally one to fear the churn of the trend cycle — if someone wants to bring back low-rise jeans and flared yoga pants, let them. But recently, I learned that my attitude wasn’t quite so casual when I was hit with a paralyzing, paradigm-shifting beauty revelation: We are, apparently, facing the potential end of eyeshadow.

As a beauty editor, I feel like I’m the last one to find out that eyeshadow is allegedly over. The first sign was when I was recently at The Spaniard in the West Village, where the crowd generally falls on the southside of the millennial-Gen Z cusp. I was wearing a full-on shimmery mint-green eyecourtesy of a gorgeous Pat McGrath Labs palette, but I couldn’t help but notice that everywhere I looked, there were only very bare lids. Soon after, I was served a now-viral TikTok video in which creator Jennifer Latch says her daughter “just told me that eyeshadow is a Gen X and millennial thing, aka an old-lady thing.” (The surrounding discussion is, tellingly, only millennials in an uproar — or offering ways to modernize their application based on this shocking information.)

I love all makeup, but I love eyeshadow the most — it’s also by far the makeup I get the most compliments on (perhaps from millennials, but still). And for as long as I can remember, applying powdered pigments to your eyelids — especially of the smokey, colorful, or glittery variety — has always equaled fun. It signifies getting dressed up and going out, we were taught in the aughts and 2010s. Good skin is nice, sure, but it’s not the centerpiece of a “look.” Lipstick is cool, but it’s prone to smudging or coming off on the rims of glasses. Eyeshadow, in comparison, is pretty, draws attention to your gaze, generally stays in place, and says “I’m here to have a good time.” Sometimes the best part of the night is getting ready with your friends, listening to music, and blending out dark shadow in the outer corners of your eyes. How could we have strayed so far from the light?

To confirm this chilling news, I accessed my own Gen-Z data bank: my 21-year-old cousin. “If I saw a smokey eye, I would think that they are definitely older,” she says, though she adds that she has nothing against them (probably to soothe me). “I might wear it if someone was doing it for me for an occasion — but it’s just a lot of work for just going out.” Her preferred nighttime look, she says, is dewy and clean: maybe some eyeliner, but at most a little bronzer swept across her eyelids. All her friends subscribe to the “less is more” approach Sofia Richie Grainge and Alix Earle have popularized.

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Mentally, I wonder where the fun has gone, but as we talk, I start to get it. Part of the appeal is the perceived breeziness: If your “day” and “night” looks are one and the same, you don’t need to get ready because you are ready. But maybe the bigger reason is that the way we live has become so drastically different that the very idea of separation in the day is now outdated.

Millennials grew up going to class in the morning and going out at night; then, as adults, we commuted to offices where, at 5 p.m., we’d throw on a lip or eye at our desks to meet our friends for drinks. Every women’s magazine told us about tweaking our outfits and makeup to go from day to night, but it was also the real structure of our lives. But in the post-COVID era, fewer of us leave the house at 9 a.m. and come back late anymore. Work and free time have all merged into one, with the same comfy clothes and unchanging makeup — which some may find freeing, but to me feels monotonous.

So while it feels odd to accept that we’re no longer the youngest, coolest generation anymore, I can also cherish how I learned about makeup (and life) the way I did. And yes — to no one’s surprise, I, for one, will be holding onto my eyeshadow. Even if Gen Z is now making fun of us for our old-lady makeup and “wearing business casual to the club,” at least we were going to the club at all.

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Target X Prince Launch Pickleball Collection

Target X Prince Launch Pickleball Collection

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Target Serves Up Exclusive Pickleball Collection with Popular Tennis Brand Prince

Target Corporation announced its limited-time pickleball collection in partnership with tennis and lifestyle brand Prince. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country, and now Target is adding to the pickleball fun with the Prince for Target collection of nearly 80 apparel, accessories and sporting goods items starting at $9.99 with most items under $50. Whether new to the sport or acing every match, the collection has something for everyone — from on-trend outfits including skirts and retro-inspired track suits to matching sporting goods like paddles, pickleballs and duffels. The collection will be available in most Target stores and on Target.com beginning Saturday, April 20th, while supplies last.

“Our exclusive collections are part of the joy of shopping at Target, offering consumers new, on-trend products at a great value that they can’t find anywhere else,” said Jill Sando, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of apparel & accessories, home and hardlines, Target. “Partnering with Prince is the perfect way to help pickleball enthusiasts everywhere enjoy the sport that is sweeping the nation, with quality pickleball apparel and sporting goods at prices only Target can offer.”

Target Prince Pickleball Collection, Photos

The Prince for Target collection

Target worked closely with the Prince design team to create the Prince for Target collection, drawing on both brands’ expertise in apparel, sporting goods and industry-leading design. Featuring bright colors and patterns and men’s and women’s apparel that matches the pickleball paddles and other accessories, the collection celebrates the joy of playing pickleball while leaning into the fashion-forward athleisure movement.

Target Prince Pickleball Collection, Photos

Must-have items from the collection include:

Retro-inspired track suits and sets to mix and match

Pleated skirts and dresses

Pickleball paddles with colorful artwork that matches the apparel

Pickleball shopping made easy

Beginning April 20th, consumers can shop the Prince for Target collection in most Target stores and on Target.com while supplies last. For extra shopping convenience, they can either use the retailer’s fast and free fulfillment services, including Drive Up and Order Pickup, to receive their items in as soon as two hours with no minimum purchase and no membership fee required, or have items delivered to their doorstep through same-day delivery. Target Circle Card holders can save 5%2 if they pay with the Target Circle Card, which was recently reintroduced as part of the new Target Circle program.

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Lizzo Embraces ‘Body Neutrality’

Lizzo Embraces ‘Body Neutrality’

Credit…Yitty

Lizzo’s new Yitty Swim collection was influenced by the line of sports bras, leggings and other shapewear she introduced in 2022.

“These suits have a power to hold,” Lizzo, the Grammy-Award-winning singer and fashion entrepreneur, said in a video interview. “Let me tell you something: I have broken into a sweat trying to get some of these on.”

That Lizzo, a trailblazer of fat acceptance, has had to squeeze into bathing suits she developed for her brand Yitty was a striking confession. But she has tailored the concept of body positivity — that popular movement that urges self-love no matter your shape or size — to fit the times.

“The idea of body positivity, it’s moved away from the antiquated mainstream conception,” she said. “It’s evolved into body neutrality.”

Yet to hear her tell it, she is anything but neutral. “I’m not going to lie and say I love my body every day,” Lizzo, 35, said. “The bottom line is, the way you feel about your body changes every single day.”

She continued, “There are some days I adore my body, and others when I don’t feel completely positive.”

Lizzo posing in front of a gray backdrop in a low-cut, white one-piece swimsuit. She has shoulder-length dark hair styled in loose waves, is holding out both of her arms and is wearing colorful makeup, a chunky bracelet on one wrist and metallic anklets around both of her ankles.

Credit…Yitty

“The idea of body positivity,” Lizzo said, has “evolved into body neutrality.”

A promotional campaign this year that teased Yitty swimwear, an extension of the line of bras, leggings and other shapewear Lizzo introduced two years ago, showed the singer flaunting her backside in a one-piece thong swimsuit. Models in the campaign similarly reveal generous amounts of flesh, wearing a series of one- and two-piece swimsuits.

“I’ve made my own wardrobe,” Lizzo said. “And now I get to be the C.E.O. and supermodel for my brand.”

Produced in partnership with Fabletics Inc., Yitty’s parent company, the swimwear is offered in sizes from 6X to XS. (The brand lists the largest sizes first.) It is aimed at the kinds of customers who may already own Yitty undergarments or similar items from Skims or Savage x Fenty — each of which, like Yitty, makes products using a stretchy combination of nylon and spandex.

What’s the difference between those products and Yitty swimwear? The bathing suits are made partly from recycled fabric, are meant to resist chlorine and are engineered, Lizzo stressed, “to create even more of a hold.”

The swim line includes a square-neck bikini top as well as bikini bottoms, shorts and one-pieces described in promotional copy as “cheeky,” “high-waist” and “waist-cinching.” Items are priced from about $50 to $100.

The range of available sizes, according to Lizzo, makes it easier to find something a little tighter (or looser). “If somebody wanted more or less compression, we give you the power to do that,” she said. “Just buy a different size. This line is about freedom.”

Lizzo, who is not touring at the moment, has lately had a bit more freedom herself to develop her line or to take up feel-good pursuits like exercise. “I’m taking the time every day to put some love into my body,” she said. “There is never a day when I regret taking a walk or doing some Pilates.”

She is dieting as well. “I’ve been methodical, losing weight very slowly,” Lizzo said. Others recognized for advocating candid self display have faced pushback after losing weight from people who see it at odds with self-love.

The singer, of course, is no stranger to controversy. She declined, through a publicist who was present for Lizzo’s video interview, to comment on ongoing lawsuits accusing her of harassment and of creating a hostile work environment, allegations she has repeatedly denied. Through her publicist, Lizzo also declined to comment on attacks on her appearance and character by Candace Owens, a conservative political commenter.

Speaking generally about some people’s obsession with her appearance, Lizzo said, “My body is nobody’s business.”
International Market Square: Home for Life’s Spring Gala with Special Guest Isabella Rossellini

International Market Square: Home for Life’s Spring Gala with Special Guest Isabella Rossellini

International Market Square

Isabella Rossellini is Life For Animals Santuary’s 2024 Gala Guest!

We are thrilled to announce Home for Life’s Spring Gala is back in 2024, and even more excited to share that our special guest for the event will be Isabella Rossellini! We will back at International Market Square in Minneapolis Saturday April 27th for this incredible evening! Isabella Rossellini is an acclaimed model with 29 international Vogue covers to her credit, including her most recent, the cover of Italian Vogue in September 2023 and a spokesmodel for the Lancome cosmetic line. A celebrated actress, she starred in such films as Cousins, Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, among many others, was married to director Martin Scorsese and was the longtime partner and fiancé of director David Lynch. Of course, you may also recognize her as the daughter of legendary actress Ingrid Bergman and the director Roberto Rossellini. But all that glamour was not why we were interested in having her as a guest at our event: Isabella is also an ardent animal lover, and owns and operates an organic farm in New York called MamaFarm, where she raises heritage, endangered livestock animals and heirloom farm crops.  Read more: B&B, Weddings and Private Events | Mama Farm

She is a dedicated volunteer for Guide dogs Foundation for the Blind and raises puppies and trains the young dogs for their program, providing guide dogs for visually impaired people. But we bet you will be surprised to learn she also has a master’s degree in animal behavior and is now a filmmaker, creating producing and starring in many productions, both movies and on stage, about animals and their behavior. “I always dreamed when I was a little girl interested in animals that I would go live in Africa like Jane Goodall. Then I found out that you can look in your backyard, and you can do your own safari.” – Isabella Rossellini

It should be a memorable evening with this elegant and beautiful, original and fascinating guest!

Event

Home for Life’s Spring Gala

Reservations

Saturday, April 27th

Location

 International Market Square

275 Market Street

Minneapolis, MN

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