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February 13, 2012


What are you doing this NYE?

December 1, 2011

Ring in 2012 With an Evening of Splendor and Intrigue presents

Mystique 2012: Le Cirque

Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Epic Event Center

This New Year’s Eve, we invite you to dance upon the dividing line between reality and fantasy. Limited only by the boundaries of your imagination, you will enter the surreal world of Mystique 2012: Le Cirque at Epic Event Center. An enchanting and colorful realm awaits where the cares and concerns of the past vanish as the beat captivates and invites. This avant-garde event will celebrate the grace and dexterity of the human form through awe inspiring performances as revelers are drawn to the dance floor in celebration of the New Year to come. Raise your glass in communion with your neighbor as you admire the fluid movements and poetic beauty of le cirque.

Death defying acts of dexterity set against the backdrop of splendor and intrigue define this year’s event. Year after year, this 21+ event has proven itself to be the premier New Year’s Eve party in Minneapolis. Guests will enjoy an over-the-top fashion show produced by Ignite Models, featuring looks from CostumeRentals, a combined project of the Guthrie Theater and The Children’s Theatre Company. Runway looks will be styled by Secrets Fashion Agency with hair and make-up provided by Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spas. Spectators will be amazed by the cirque performances presented throughout the evening by world-renowned Circus Juventas. The event will take place at Epic Event Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, and it promises to be the most unique and exciting New Year’s Eve bash in the Twin Cities.

Doors for this event will open at 8:00 for VIP guests, who will enjoy a complimentary array of tempting hors d’ oeuvres provided by select area restaurants. General admission guests can start their evening at 9:00 pm and the Runway Show will begin promptly at 10:00 pm. Advance tickets start at $30 for GA and $50 for VIP, with prices going up after Christmas. There are limited VIP booth bottle service packages available by calling 612.968.6636. Tickets are available online at, or in person at Drama(4946 France Ave S, Edina) and Rocco Altobelli (IDS Location only).

Epic Event Center is located at 110 North Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN. For general questions about the event and/or venue, please call 612.332.3742. For more information and pictures from our 2011 event, please visit:

Drama featured in MN Fashion Week’s ENVISION: ARTOPIA Runway Fashion Show

August 25, 2011

Ignite Models Inc, V2 Nightlife, Futuretime Productions and City Pages, are pleased to present ENVISION: Artopia Fall 2011, a whimsical evening where Live Art, Fashion and Music will blossom into the can’t-miss-event for the Fall fashion season. The event will be held on Friday, September 16th from 9pm-12am in the 5th floor Ballroom of the Graves 601 Hotel.

Please join us for Envision Artopia Fall 2011, the Twin Cities largest fashion event–an upscale evening celebrating the best in local fashion, art and music. This will be the 9th ENVISION event, 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 most important fashion seasons. More than 1000 of the Twin Cities’ most glamorous fashionistas, glitterati, urban hipsters and all around trend setters will flock to the ballroom of the Graves 601 to see gorgeous Ignite models in fall looks from several of the Twin Cities best designers and boutiques during two high-energy runway shows including: Amanda Christine, Arwyn Birch, Caroline Hayden, Cliché, Drama, Gina Marie Vintage, Karma Boutique, Kathryn V., Kelly Ver Duin, Local Motion, OPM Boutique, and yqy by vivian. The fashion show will be styled by Secrets Fashion Agency, with Rocco Altobelli Salon and Day Spa providing hair and make-up on the models.

VIP guests will enjoy a sampling of spirits and hors d’oeuvres from local Twin Cities restaurants 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. Throughout the entire evening there will also be a silent auction and various live art elements taking place for guests to enjoy, including an art exhibition and a collaborative live painting in the gallery by local artists including: Brandon Regner, Allan Salmi and Robert Wayne.

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.

More info is available at:

Friday, September 16th 2011
General Admission: 9:00 pm – midnight
VIP: 8:00 pm – midnight

Graves 601 Hotel Ballroom (5th Floor)
601 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN

To celebrate the ridiculously talented clothing designers, boutiques, artists, models, DJs and creative people who make up the Twin Cities’ Fashion, Art and Music communities, and bringing them all together for a fabulous showing at the Twin Cities largest fashion event..

Advance General Admission: $20
Day of Show General Admission: $25
Advance VIP Seats: $50
Front Row Seats: $75

Tickets available online through or in person at Drama or Rocco Altobelli Salon & Day Spa (IDS Location Only).

Uptown Boutique Crawl, Wednesday May 25th

May 18, 2011

Five of Uptown’s hottest boutiques have joined together to create an evening of spring fashion! What better way to combine shopping and a fun night out?
From 5pm until 9pm, enjoy a 15% discount at all of the participating boutiques in uptown. You’ll also find complimentary cocktails, trunk shows, designer meet-and-greets, and more!  We will also be offering delicious complimentary hors d’oeuvres as well as a special after party–more info to come.

Guests who visit all five participating boutiques receive a swag bag, while supplies last.   As this is a sale, no other coupons/promotions will be accepted from 5-9.

Participating Boutiques:
ATMOSFERE: 1426 West Lake Street, COVERED: 1201 Lagoon Avenue, DRAMA: 1203 Lagoon Avenue, LOCAL MOTION: 2813 Hennepin Ave, VSTATE: 3001 Hennepin Avenue



April 12, 2011

Saturday is a day that is all about….FEATHERS.

One of the latest jewelry trends in Hollywood is feather earrings. Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Vannessa Hudgens, and Jessica Biel have all been spotted wearing them. Saturday we will be featuring feather earrings from local designer Jenna from Hot Mamas (no relation to the store) in a variety of colors and lengths. We have had a few in store this week and they’ve been flying out the door–no pun intended. 😉

Another hot trend this spring is feather extensions–add a few to your hair in natural hues or stand out with bright colors. The feathers are thin – perhaps an eighth- to quarter-inch wide – and from 8 to 16 inches long. A small silicone bead is thread onto a strand of hair next to the scalp, and the feathers are clamped into the bead.

Once applied, the feathers stay in the hair for six to eight weeks before they grow away from the scalp. The feathers can be reused. They can also be shampooed, blow-dried, flat-ironed and curled with a curling iron.

Featherlocks will be available for the reduced price of $15/feather from local stylist Amanda Felix of City Hairstylists. She will be in-store with a variety to choose from between 2:00 and 5:30, and they take about 5 minutes to add to your hair! I know I plan to add 2-3 in neutral beige colors to blend with my blonde locks, but I’m sure some of you will be more adventurous than I. 😉

As always, the music will be pumping, the wine sparkling, and the fashion flying. See you Saturday!

What are you doing NYE?

December 15, 2010

ROCKED Our Frocks!

December 10, 2010

The show is over, the dresses put away on their hangers, the jewelry replaced on their racks.  But the show lives on….in pictures!  A big thanks to everyone who came out.  A couple of photos below courtesy of, with many more to come from our fave photog Bethany of Appleye Photography.  Styling by Angie Hanson, Hair by Evolution Salon, Make up by I Do Faces By Leah.  Models from Ignite.

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Rock Your Frock: One Week Away!

December 2, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (November 12, 2010) – Drama Boutique with Suit Up and Atmosfere Menswear are pleased to present Rock Your Frock, a dramatic holiday fashion show.  Donning the most elegant of party dresses and hippest of menswear, Ignite Models will sashay down the runway adorned with glittering accessories from both local designers and your favorite celebrity-crave lines.

Hundreds of the Twin Cities’ most fashion-forward glamour girls, fashionistas, trend setters, and social butterflies will grace the second floor loft space of OM in downtown Minneapolis to take in the height of holiday fashion.  Cocktail dresses from TFNC, Nu by Mark Anthony, local designer KJurek Couture and many others will be beautifully enhanced by bold accessories from local designers m.bridget designs, Elizabeth Aloe, CAMBA, and ROX.  Hair will be provided by Evolution Salon.

Highlighted in this glamorous show will be London-based line TFNC (Time For New Clothes) which has just recently made its debut in the US after decades of popularity in Europe.  As the exclusive retailer of TFNC in Minnesota, Drama will dazzle guests with glamorous looks taken from the runways of Milan, Paris, and London.

“I’m very excited to share this amazing line in time for the holidays,” said Courtney Smallbeck, owner of Drama Boutique.  “TFNC is regarded by the British press for bringing the catwalk to the door.  I know the women of Minneapolis will embrace the fun, flirty style as well as appreciate the reasonable price point.”

Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the runway show will begin at 8:00 pm.  This is a 21+ event.  OM is generously offering attendees who wish to dine before the show a fixe prix dinner that includes two entrees of their choice and a bottle of wine for $60.  Valet parking is complimentary with dinner.

Guests will get a chance to purchase accessories seen on the runway at the event, as local designers will be setting up bazaar tables before the show full of items perfect for holiday gift giving.

General Admission tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 day-of-show and at the door. VIP seated tickets along the runway will be $30 in advance, $40 day-of-show and at the door, if available. Tickets are available online at Tickets can be purchased without fees in person at Drama: 1203 Lagoon Avenue, Suit Up: 1440 W Lake Street, or Atmosfere: 1426 W Lake St.

OM is located at 401 First Avenue North, on the corner of 4th Street and 1st Avenue in the downtown Minneapolis warehouse district.   Valet parking available and ramp parking is conveniently located one block away at Garage C (corner of 4th St and N 2nd Ave).

Drama carries a unique mix of celebrity-crave and locally designed lines for every budget.  Located in Uptown, this boutique carries premium denim, cocktail dresses, trendy tops, vintage and locally designed jewelry, handbags, and accessories.  For more information, visit

SUIT UP and Atmosfere Men’s have been offering apparel to the Minneapolis community since 2005. They specialize in fashion forward clothing lines and are constantly looking for the next best look to include in their stores for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.  For more information, visit Atmosfere Clothing on Facebook at

For more information, please visit:


Suit Up and Atmosfere:

Ignite Models:

OM Restaurant

Many thanks to our event sponsors:

Ignite Models


Vital Culture

EMI Lighting


The Crystal Ball NYE Party

Holiday Dress Drive

November 9, 2010

Please make sure that your donations are in very good condition – no stains, rips, or broken items, please. Also please keep in mind that young women prefer more modern styles – if your gown is of a more vintage era as far as today’s fashion trends go, please use careful consideration or contact Ever After Gowns for input.

What are you doing NYE?

November 8, 2010

It seems early, but it’s only 8 weeks away!  Please consider attending the Crystal Ball: A Masked Affair this year.

Ring in 2011 With A Night of Mystery and Intrigue
The Crystal Ball: A Masked Affair
An Evening You Will Never Forget
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ Epic Event Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (November 8, 2010) – As the clock strikes
midnight this New Year’s Eve, immerse yourself in a world of spellbinding
spectacles and colorful couture during The Crystal Ball 2011: A Masked
Affair at Epic Event Center. Arrive in your finest New Year’s Eve attire and
if you wish, disguise and beguile fellow revelers as you masquerade through
the ball, into the wee hours of the night. Take in the sultry sights that
surround you: opulent atmosphere, mystifying masks, aerialists soaring high
above, fire performers, mannequins come to life, thumping dance beats, live
entertainment and an Avant Garde Fashion Show and local design
competition produced by Ignite Models. This will be unlike any New Year’s
Event you’ve attended before, and will surely be an evening you will never

Masks are highly encouraged but not required to attend The Crystal
Ball 2011: A Masked Affair. This will be the sixth-annual Crystal Ball New
Year’s Eve event, and each year it’s the most talked about and well-attended
21+ NYE Event in Minnesota. This is the first year The Crystal Ball will take
place at Epic Event Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown
Minneapolis, and it promises to be the most unique and exciting New Year’s
Eve bash in the Twin Cities.

Ignite Models will saunter down the runway wearing Colorful Couture
from some of the most talented Twin Cities designers accompanied by
Mystifying Masks provided by Twin Cities Magic and Costume Shop. There
will also be a local Designer Challenge where six finalists, selected based on
their sketches, will compete to create the most unique and well-made
modern masquerade ensemble. A cash prize will be given to the winner after
the panel of illustrious celebrity judges choose their favorite modern
masquerade design. This enchanting evening will feature several
performance artists, aerialists, fire dancers and live mannequin installations,
with many more surprises in store, including an impressive line-up of local
DJ talent.

Doors for this intriguing affair will open at 8:00 for VIP guests, who
will enjoy an array of tantalizing hors d’ oeuvres and delectable desserts.
Masquerade guests can start their sultry evening at 9:00 pm and the
Runway Show will begin promptly at 10:00 pm. Advance tickets start at $25
for GA and $40 for VIP, with prices going up after Thanksgiving. Tickets are
available at and There
are limited VIP booth bottle service packages available by calling

Revelers can celebrate safely by booking a room downtown at the
Crowne Plaza – all ticket holders will receive a discount on hotel rooms there
by giving the promotion code “The Crystal Ball”. The Crowne Plaza and Epic
Event Center are both conveniently located near light rail stops to ensure a
safe celebration for all Crystal Ball attendees.

Epic Event Center is located at 110 North Fifth Street, Minneapolis,
MN. For general questions about the event and/or venue, please call
612.332.3742. For VIP booth and bottle service reservations, please call
612.968.6636. For more info, please visit: