Ok. So "The Onion" had a laugh today at our fashion sense here in Iowa. Sure Iowans can appreciate the practicality of a sturdy pair of snow boots or the versatility of a basic white tee. We can't completely deny our Midwest frugality and farming heritage. That's just not Iowa nice. We're not just long john, windbreaker and hooded sweatshirt-wearin' folks. We also like carharts and overalls. Remember the people featured in MyStyle in both the print pages and online over the years? There was Cedar Rapids marketer and jewelry designer Yvette Craddock. Don't tell us she doesn't have style. And Kate Ungs who owns Purse-n-ality in Marion.
Oh, and our guys -- like designer Chuck Cavanaugh -- clean up nice too.
We would also would like to point out that Iowa has some fashion credentials that don't lie.
Iowa State University has the largest student-run fashion show in the nation. Students there are putting the finishing touches on this year's show, which takes place during the school's fashion week April 8 through 12 and will feature designs by students that are definitely NOT "new clothing lines (from) St. John’s Bay, Champion, Joe Boxer, Lee jeans, and Starter" thankyouverymuch.
Plus - take this Onion:
A two-time guest designer at the show is 1992 ISU alum Todd Snyder, former Vice President of Menswear Design for J. Crew and co-founder of Tailgate Clothing Co. He also worked for Gap for 15 years, and for Ralph Lauren. His self-titled collection, launched in 2011, and he’s been named one of GQ Magazine’s Best New Designers in America. He was also nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Oscar equivalent, the coveted Swarovski Award for Menswear. He made an impression at this year's NY Fashion Week too.
Closer to home in Cedar Rapids, there's cool stuff coming out of Kirkwood Community College. Like last year's Technicolor Time Travel show and another show organized by Kirkwood student Emily Carlson in June 2012 featuring her designs and those of three other students.
And just last month, Melissa Lockwood, a former Cedar Rapidian, University of Iowa graduate and a working artist in the NYC area fashion scene, was featured in a New York area fashion week event.
So, yes, here in Iowa, we may spend $20 on a pair of heels from Target or Kohls instead of $600 on a pair of Christian Louboutin's.
But that's not ugly, it's just common sense.