Carlo Pieroni Pin-Ups

4th of July is coming this how you will celebrate?

the model is wearing a Fifi Chachnil nightgown and bra/panty...all sold at Faire Frou Frou!

the model is wearing the Fifi Chachnil 'Jolie Fille' bloomer & bra
all images copyright & courtesy of Carlo Pieroni

Last year we did a post on pin-up photographer Carlo Pieroni, and we recently discovered that he added a few new images to his portfolio! His work really does capture the essence of the vintage pin-up from the fresh-faced leggy models to the campy illustrated backdrops.
The lingerie in each shot is so adorable, and one of the images actually features an entire Fifi Chachnil set sold at Faire Frou Frou. We have the lingerie, all we need is Carlo to come over with his camera! Wouldn't it be fun to splurge and have someone capture you in a photograph looking this amazing?
To see the rest of Carlo Pieroni's beautiful portfolio, click here.

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Gaultier for La Perla Capsule Collection

images via here

Remember how we saw those exquisite Jean Paul Gaultier lingerie-inspired pieces on the runway (see our post here)? Now the look can be yours with the launch of a capsule collection between Gaultier and "the pearl of lingerie" La Perla.
On July 7th the limited edition pieces will make their public debut at Gaultier's haute couture show in Paris. The pieces will be available for purchase in specialty boutiques in November 2010.
We suppose that for those of you who have been hungering for your very own cone bra since the days of Madonna flaunting her bullet-shaped breasts are in for a real treat!

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Local fashion roundup

Vision model Ashlee Walker graces the cover of the latest issue of METRO Magazine. (The fashion spread inside is not yet online.)

[Photos by Eliesa Johnson]

Photographer Eliesa Johnson puts together an impressive menswear spread, pulling looks from Len Druskin. Johnson tells me it's a test shoot for her new commercial brand, Eliesa, that is set to launch in a few weeks.

[Coco & Breezy courtesy Vogue Black]

Coco and Breezy are Vogue Black's Look of the Day.

Jane Belfry interviews local designer and SCENEaSOTA producer Maritza Ramirez for City Pages. The show currently has a call out for designers.

Calpurnia Peach on mn original

Check out this adorbz video of local fashion designers Calpurnia Peach on mn original, a weekly series produced by Twin Cities Public Television.

And below for mn original's video from the duo's spring 2010 studio fashion show:

Super SALE at Faire Frou Frou!

Faire Frou Frou has just begun its annual Summer Sale! Enjoy savings of 30-75% off your favorite brands such as Fleur of England, Vannina Vesperini, Damaris, Carol Malony and many more. We have even taken further reductions on existing sale items!
Keep checking in as we add new items to our online store which will go straight to the sale bin!

Time to start shopping & enjoying the discounts at Faire Frou Frou!

Local fashion roundup: weekend edition

[Monique Darton in Cosmo South Africa]

Check out this image of Vision model and former Project Runway contestant Monique Darton in Cosmo South Africa. Cute!

Miss this year's Poolside Fashion Show? has posted video of the show, from prep to execution, by Star Tribune staff photographer Carlos Gonzalez. (Fashion styling by me!)

Local fashion designer Joynoelle announced her bridal line is being mentioned in an upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and that WWD shot two of her pieces for an upcoming spread.

space150, a digital communications firm located in Minneapolis, Minn., recently announced that it has been selected by youth fashion leader Forever21 as its agency of record. The firm’s first project out of the gate – masterminding groundbreaking real-time digital content for a giant billboard above the Forever21’s new flagship store in Times Square, New York. Check out the video HERE.

The Nordstrom Designer Preview show at the department store's Mall of America location was the traveling show's first stop in Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reports.

Check out photos from FiveTwoSix's most recent GO LIVE event, featuring a live photoshoot with custom lingerie by local designer Brittany Hughes and custom motorcycles by artists Atom Pechman and Tristan Thiel.

Jane Belfry offers up some affordable and chic summer staples for City Pages.

Minnesota Monthly blogs about the new Aveda Control Force Hairspray now available at Juut, styling by nationally-acclaimed hairstylist Pearson Knight at Juut Gaviidae.

Pioneer Press's Alison Kaplan has the scoop on longtime designer boutique Intoto's impending closing in July.

Local fashion roundup: mid-week edition

Vision model Blake walks at Calvin Klein menswear S/S 2011.

Cliché co-owner Delayna Sundberg posts photos from Friday's "Cross Walk" mini fashion show at Cliché by photog Cody Lidtke, as does designer Danielle Everine on her facebook page.

City Pages' summer fashion spread is now online and on newstands, with photography by Emily Utne, styling by Jane Belfry, hair by Charlie Brackney, and makeup by Nikol Jorgenson, featuring Vision models Mary and Wesley. Find out more about the shoot, check out some behind the scenes shots, and read a Q&A with stylist Belfry.

City Pages' "Freestyle Fashion" team shoots the most stylish Rock the Garden attendees.

Ellen Dahl shoots the most stylish at last weekend's "Cross Walk" show at Cliché for

Stylist Jane Belfry, photographer Amy Gee and crew shoot Vision model Mary Cann for a recent test shoot.

SCENEaSOTA Fall 2010 has a call out for fashion designers (set for November 6), as does the annual Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits fashion show (slated for September 24).

Check out my posts from earlier this week:
Vision's Megan McNierney does resort
Calpurnia Peach pillow lookbook

Check out my reviews of Cliché's "Cross Walk fashion show and Rock the Garden for l'étoile magazine, where I also update the weekly l'étoile shopping guide.

Check out my content in this week, including:
Gay Pride 2010 Events Guide;
A preview of "Wings & Teeth: The Art of Doomtree at CO Exhibitions
A preview of Rhythmic Circus' "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!"
Previews of the Midwest Vintage Clothing Show and Vintage City Classics' Yard Sale
Rock the Garden in review.

In review: Cliché's "Cross Walk"

[Originally published at l'étoile magazine]

Text by Jahna Peloquin
Photos by Cody Lidtke

Forgoing its usual blowout summer runway show, local boutique Cliché instead brought its customer into the store - and out of it. Entitled "Cross Walk," the event cleverly put the "street" in "streetwear" as models styled in clothing by the store's national lines as well as local designers Ivan Idland, Danielle Everine and Elena Mercurio paraded outside of the store and onto the cross walk of 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue.

The event kicked off with Cliché's showing of its national lines, styled with a streets-of-Tokyo-meets-Chinatown vibe. The bold painterly-print dresses, graphic tops and leggings were paired with fan headpieces and Japanese shopping bags for an effect perfectly suited to the Cliche customer - street-styled with a twist.

Next up was a brand-new five-piece line by history-referencing designer Ivan Idland, whose custom, one-of-a-kind pieces were his best yet. The adorable jumpers and dresses looked ready-made for a modern-day State Fair, if only the most chic of us dressed up for it - styled, of course, with cotton candy, balloons and state fair prize ribbons. Combining his penchant for folded sailor collars, contrast colors and button-front construction with a newly youthful and fresh sensibility, Idland has created some of his most wearable and saleable pieces to date.

Another designer to show a brand-new line was Danielle Everine, who's apparently been keeping herself very busy since debuting her memorable Voltage 2010 line this past April. The five-piece line served as a preview for her upcoming Fall 2010 collection, a diverse yet cohesive blend of separates highlighted by ivory lace and pastel prints. Inspired by the Wild West, the line was kitschily styled with faux mustaches, custom-made leather gun holster belts, and straw cowboy hats.

Last up was Voltage 2010 designer Elena Mercurio, showcasing her Voltage collection for a second time. Though the futuristic collection of color-blocked separates was nothing new for followers of local fashion, she added some glo-stick-infused headwear as a dramatic touch to the presentation as dusk fell over the city.

Though the show was apparently a cost-saving way to still showcase its local designers and latest offerings, Cliché made use of creative presentation and a novel concept to make for a truly memorable event.

All items available at Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420,

Visit Cliché's facebook page for more photos.

Maison Close - Erotic & Chic Lingerie

Villa Caprice leg harness

Villa Caprice cupless bra with Villa Satine lace cuffs

The Villa Caprice garter thong...we love this piece!

Villa Caprice cuffs

The fishnet veil is such an adorable accessory!

Villa Satine skirt...perhaps worn as outerwear?

Bel Ami garter panty & corset bra...coming soon to Faire Frou Frou
images via Maison Close

We are so excited to share that the beautiful French lingerie label Maison Close is now being carried at Faire Frou Frou!
Not only is the collection visually enticing and risque in a sophisticated way, but it's very well-priced (we're talking under $100 for most items). Not even one week ago we received our first shipment and we're nearly sold out! Luckily the next shipment is on its way in and we're introducing some new styles that aren't yet on our website.
Maison Close is certainly special occasion lingerie and offers some wonderfully fun accessories to go along with your wardrobe. For instance, the masquerade eye mask and the "petite lecon" ruler have gotten an amazing response from our customers (even our celebrity clientele, ahem). Also, the Villa Caprice strappy cuffs and leg harnesses can make a great accessory to go along with your outerwear.
We highly encourage you to check out the new goodies at our shop...and you definitely need to buy something if you have an up-coming bachelorette party!

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In review: Rock the Garden

[Originally posted at online]

Text by Jahna Peloquin
All photos by Leslie Plesser

Despite selling out in days to MPR/89.3 The Current members, naysayers had been lamenting this year's Rock the Garden lacked a venerable headliner. Though previous years boasted The Decemberists and The New Pornographers, this year's big name was MGMT - a young band with with a hit-lacking sophomore album and a reputation for being disappointing live act. But as the day came, the anticipatory hateration somewhat dissipated, thanks to the power of the Current, gorgeous weather, and a solid lineup of live bands, rounded out by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, OK Go, and Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir (the local contribution to the day). Sparhawk's rockin' three-piece kicked things off on a high energy note, though the band's loud, brooding sound didn't translate as well to the festival setting as it does to the dank, dark rock club. Indie pop band OK Go went over better with its well-worn set of hooky tunes running the course of its ten-year catalog, and explosive bursts of red-white-and-blue confetti throughout the set.

The most anticipated live act of the night, funk-soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, were nothing if not the full package, with two backup singers, two guitarists, a bassist and an entire horn section. Fronted by the diminutive Jones, all Tina Turnered-out in an aqua sequin-and-fringe dress, the band slinked through its setlist, highlighted by Current hit "I Learned the Hard Way," with ease.

But the big question of the night was whether MGMT would sink or swim. The band, fronted by original members Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser and backed by a newly expanded band - set the tone by kicking off its set with "Pieces of What," a spaced-out ballad from its debut Oracular Spectacular, as the sun set over the stage. With its biggest hit, "Electric Feel," appearing fourth on the setlist, it was clear the band was as much about pleasing the crowd as it was about self-pleasuring extended psych-jams. But the hits are where the band came off weakest. Though "Feel" got the crowd going, the falsetto vocals - one of the things that made the song so distinctive in the first place - faltered. You know the slams on the band being a fluke hit are sort-of on point when a band can barely manage to sing its biggest hits live. The band's encore "performance" - if you could call it that - of its massive club hit "Kids" basically amounted to Van Wyngarden doing karaoke over his band's own song, with the rest of the band dropping its instruments to half-heartedly shake a tambourine or egg shaker. But songs less reliant on Bee Gees-esque vocals and electro hooks, like the more psyched-out selections from its debut and its groovy single Flash Delirium," sounded album-perfect. Thanks to the filled-out instrumentation from its surprisingly able backing band, it seemed as if MGMT could pull this live thing off after all.

Click here to view more Rock the Garden photos.

Rosa Cha... Inspired by Lingerie!

a Rosa Cha knit belted bodysuit - how adorable!

this piece (above) reminds us of the Christian Dior bodysuits & bustiers we've seen a lot of

images via Rosa Cha

Naturally when we hear the brand name Rosa Cha, we think of elegant Brazilian swimwear. Now we can add beautiful intimates to the list with the recent addition of lingerie to the label (along with some beautiful lingerie-inspired RTW). The moment we saw the images from the Summer 2010 collection, we knew we had to share. The 'High Summer' collection (does that mean Winter?) includes some darling bodysuits, and we particularly love the black knit piece with the belt & sweater. We can't help but wonder, however, if our love of model Chanel Iman is influencing our opinion of the designs!
An interesting little tidbit we learned about Amir Slama, the founder & original designer behind Rosa Cha, is that he launched the brand in 1990 after leaving his career as a history professor. The brand's new designer is Alexandre Herchcovitch.
To see more lookbook images (and there are plenty more), visit the Rosa Cha website.

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A Naughty Fairytale

Bordelle chemise, Agent Provocateur bra

Slips by Bordelle, bra, panty & robe Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur lingerie & robe, stockings by DIM

Bordelle lingerie
images via VS Magazine, photographer Ellen von Unwerth

Leave it to Ellen von Unwerth to feature lingerie in a playful yet risque way for VS Magazine. In her signature style, von Unwerth creates a Naughty Fairytale featuring coquettish girls having fun in very suggestive intimates. You can see the entire uncensored spread in the most recent issue of VS Magazine (we had to do a bit of light censoring as you can see).
We love that the models are wearing Bordelle, a UK lingerie brand coming to Faire Frou Frou this Fall! We're surprised there's no Fifi Chachnil in any of the shots...that's usually a von Unwerth staple.
Check out the frothy little video that accompanies this photo shoot...lots of Marie Antoinette-inspired eye candy!

On a completely separate note, have you visited the new Faire Frou Frou online store yet? Check out the site to see our new look!

The New & Improved

We are so pleased to announce the launch of the new & improved Faire Frou Frou online store! After months of planning, the new site is finally here to share!
Some of the new features of the site, aside from the beautiful new design, include the following:
  • Shop by size, color, category/department
  • Shop by price range
  • Create a Wish List of items you would like to buy
  • Multiple images of each product
  • Suggested products to complete an entire lingerie ensemble
  • Tell a Friend feature
  • Share any item via Twitter, Facebook or any social media outlet
  • Revised returns/exchanges policy
  • Improved customer service features such as Personal Shopper & FAQs
  • Lingerie size & care guide
  • Gentleman's Gift Buying Guide
  • Overall improved layout, consistency & flow of website
  • Affiliate program (coming soon)
This week marks the launch of phase 1 of the new site, and phase 2 of improvements will be launched in the next 2 weeks or so (with several more new features). Plus, we are still updating a few pages and some of the new features (such as the Affiliate program & our FAQs).
So, what do you think of the new Faire Frou Frou? We are so pleased!

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