Friday, April 1, 2011

ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011 @ Graves 601 - Saturday, April 9th

Ignite Models Inc, V2 Nightlife, Futuretime Productions and City Pages present..

ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011
Saturday, April 9th @ Graves 601 Hotel

A Celebration of Twin Cities Fashion. Art. Music.

Two High-Energy Envision Runway Shows featuring Stunning Ignite Models 
Colorful Spring Couture from 16 Top Twin Cities Designers & Boutiques
Performance Artists, Live Painting, Art Installations
DJ Shiek
Silent Auction
VIP Tastings
Classic Cocktails, Elegant Decor and more..

To Benefit The Young Survival Coalition

        (Minneapolis, MN - February 10, 2011) - When the snow finally melts and flowers start to bloom, kick off MN Spring Fashion Week in style at ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011, presented by Ignite Models Inc, V2 Nightlife, Futuretime Productions and City Pages. The Twin Cities' largest fashion event, ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011 will celebrate the best and brightest in local fashion, art and music. ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011 will take place on Saturday, April 9th in the 5th floor ballroom of the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

    This will be the 8th ENVISION fashion show, which has quickly gained a reputation as the hippest seen-and-be-seen event to kick off MN Fashion Week each year during spring and fall - the essential fashion seasons. More than 1000 of the Twin Cities’ most glamorous fashionistas, glitterati, urban hipsters and all around trend setters will gather in the ballroom of the Graves 601 to view the latest vibrant spring looks from 16 of the Twin Cities best designers and boutiques.

    Designers who will be showing their creations on the runway include: Amanda Christine, Arwyn Birch, Carmichael Claith, Cece Vang, Dawson, Jenny Carle, Kelly Ver Duin, Kjurek, Niki English, Russell Bourrienne, Sydney Ilton and YQY by vivian and Boutiques: Clich√©, Drama, Karma, Local Motion and OPM Boutique. Beautiful Ignite Models will showcase these designer's fresh spring looks during two high-energy fashion shows, sashaying down the runway to dance beats by DJ Shiek. Creative hair stylists and make-up artists Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spa will be doing all hair and make-up for the models.

    VIP guests will enjoy a sampling of spirits and hors d'oeuvres from Twin Cities restaurants including Lotus and Crave, cheeses from Surdyk's and fine wines from St. Croix Vineyards,  from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. At 9:00 pm, doors will open for general admission. The runway show will be in two parts – the first at 10:00 pm and the second at 11:00 p.m.  There will be a silent auction and various live art elements taking place for guests to enjoy throughout the evening, including an art exhibition by Greg Gossel and a collaborative live painting created by local artists Shawn Dalsen and Matt McGorry from Rogue Citizen in the gallery.

    ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011 will end at 12:00 am, and then guests are invited to the Official After-Party at The Lounge, where DJ Shiek will keep the party going until the wee hours. A hand stamp from ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011 will ensure free entrance into the hottest after-party in town at the swankiest warehouse district venue - The Lounge.

    A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit The Young Survival Coalition, the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer.

    General Admission tickets will be $20 in advance and day of show before 4:00 pm, $25 after. General Admission tickets are available online at VIP seats will be $50 for reserve seating and include the food and wine sampling starting at 8:00 pm. SEATED VIP tickets are limited. VIP Front row seats are available for $75. Please visit for more information. Tickets are available at, Cliche', Drama, Local Motion, Karma and Rocco Altobelli Salon & Day Spa (IDS Location Only).
    The Graves 601 is located at 601 1st Avenue North in downtown Minneapolis and Envision: Artopia Fall 2010 will take place in the Fifth Floor Ballroom of the hotel. For more on the Graves 601, please visit:

    The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer. For more information on The Young Survival Coalition, please visit:

    Allison Hamzehpour and Jessica Cunningham founded Ignite Models Inc in 2006 under the premise that an agency should be as committed to its models as it is to its clients. Ignite models are carefully selected based on their unique beauty and character, their strong work ethic, and their love of the art.  In return, Ignite is committed to providing each model with respectful, honest representation, and unmatched individual attention.  In the same way, Ignite is committed to forming and maintaining strong relationships with clients—big or small—engaging each with the same level of care and integrity.  Lastly, Ignite seeks to situate itself as an integral element of Minneapolis’ burgeoning fashion scene, working with local designers and artists to create a point of view that is uniquely Minneapolis. Please visit for more information.

    FUTURETIME & V2 Nightlife bring new and creative ideas to the world of entertainment. Their main objective is to build on their reputation and proven track record of successful events to make Futuretime & V2 Entertainment the company to turn to for exposure in fashion and music industries. With their creative resources, industry knowledge and steadfast understanding of conceptual ideas, they bring intensity to all events ensuring success and triumph.

    For more information on ENVISION: Artopia Spring 2011, please contact Natalie Auger, VimLab Promotions, 612.229.8522,,

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