It’s probably safe to say we’re more than ready to do away with chunky sweaters, heavy coats, hats and mittens. Spring fashion inspiration — and lighter layers — is just a hop, skip and a jump away.
Fashion Week MN’s spring installment (#FWMN) runs Thursday through next Sunday (April 19-29). More than a dozen events are planned throughout the Twin Cities, with a calendar full of fashion shows, pop-up shops, studio workshops and mix-and-mingle events.
Expect to see returning favorites as well as several new events and venues, said Jahna Peloquin, Fashion Week MN co-founder and co-director.
Peloquin said inclusivity and diversity continues to be an important aspect, and events with Afrocentric, GLBT and plus-size themes reflect that. “We really want to be a snapshot of what is local fashion in Minnesota and tapping into that.”
Here is the Spring 2018 Fashion Week MN lineup. For additional details, including ticketing information, go to fashionweekmn.com.
April 19: Fashion Week MN kicks off with its signature mix-and-mingle event. Five up-and-coming designers show looks with models on rotating platforms. Then there’s the chance to take your own photos with a photo wall offering a backdrop to Tweet and Instagram your #MINNSTAFASHION. A pop-up shop featuring local jewelry and accessory boutiques will also be on hand. 7 p.m., W Minneapolis-The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; general admission, free. Register through Fashion Week website.
April 23: This ongoing set of collaborations led by artist and milliner Anna Lee is ready for another round. A pop-up gallery and shopping event will feature the spring/summer collection of hats and digitally printed scarves from the paintings of Ruby3 by Anna Lee and custom lipsticks Ruby + Rosa by Elixery. Paintings and a photo/video exhibition will also be spotlighted. 6-9 p.m.; Winsome Flagship + Studio; 201 Sixth St. S.E., #2, Minneapolis; free; inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23: A new clothing line will launch during Fashion Week MN. Slate Collective by designer Allison Quinnell will feature a collection of versatile, luxurious, contemporary classics spotlighted by limited-edition artist collaborations with up-and-coming female artists. 7-9 p.m. (VIP 6-7 p.m.); Le Meridien Chambers, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; starting at $15 general admission; inquiries to email@example.com.
RELATED: Fashion Week MN not enough? Here are more events for your style calendar
April 24: Clothing and accessory designers from the fringes of the queer community collaborate with hair and makeup artists of Fox Den Salon for this runway show. Following the runway presentation is a cocktail hour and pop-up shop, where attendees can purchase designs. 7-10 p.m., (VIP 6-7 p.m.) Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; tickets starting at $16; inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 25: Summer festival season is near, and Cake Plus-Size Resale will showcase, through live mannequins, fashion-forward, plus-size looks inspired by local music festivals. The pop-up shopping event also puts a spotlight on plus-size fashion and promotes body positivity. Everyone is welcome to come for fashion inspiration, pop-up shopping and food truck eats. 6-8 p.m. (ticketed preview shopping hour 5-6 p.m.); Cake Plus-Size Resale, 5155 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis; general admission free, tickets for VIP early shopping hour ($8, includes ticket fees) through cakeplussize.com.
April 25: Panel of fashion industry professionals offer tips on how to build your brand through media, styling and promotion. Fashion Group International-Minneapolis/St. Paul (FGI-MSP) hosts this educational and social event, themed “Accelerating Your Brand: Media, Styling & Exposure.” Small bites and a cash bar will be available. 6:30 p.m. doors open; 7-8 p.m. panel discussion, 8-9 p.m. social hour; The Bachelor Farmer, 50 Second Ave. N.; $40 general admission; inquiries to email@example.com.
April 26: A chance to see sustainable fashion in the works. Six local designers of everything from clothes to hats, bags to jewelry host mini workshops that let you check out the raw materials and view the process. Karen Morris Millinery will feature a live demonstration of the art of hat making and introduce her new collection. Strey Designs will work with a performance artist to illustrate her small-batch manufacturing process. ACG will transform fashion into sculpture. ILO Studio, Tessa Louise and Foat Design will feature demonstrations. Ticket costs include two craft cocktails by The Sonder Shaker. 5-10 p.m., Northrup King Building, 1450 Van Buren St. N.E., Minneapolis; tickets $15; inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 27: Mix and mingle with members of the local fashion community at this social mixer presented by FWMN. The event is free event, but space is limited — registration is required for entry. Cash bar. 5-7 p.m., The Lynhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S.; Minneapolis; admission free, register through the Fashion Week MN website.
April 28: Mingle with seasoned fashion experts, designers and boutique owners while taking in live modeling, exclusive pop-up shops, food and wine. Local, independent women-owned boutiques featured include dugo, Roe Wolfe, and Big Island Swim & Surf. For every ticket sold, $5 will go to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. The event is sponsored by The Scout Guide Minneapolis. 1-3 p.m., Galleria, 7000 France Ave. S., Edina; admission $10; inquiries to email@example.com.
April 28: Emerging designers and stylists take the runway for “Innovations,” a “Project Runway”–style fashion show and ethical fashion pop-up marketplace. This sustainable fashion show features a series of eco-fashion design challenges from Twin Cities student fashion designers, including a non-conventional materials challenge, a second-hand stylist challenge, clothing and accessories by seasoned designers, fair-trade labels and sustainable brands. In partnership with Fashion Revolution Week, guests can join the global campaign asking brands #whomademyclothes. 6-9 p.m. Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul; tickets starting at $30 general admission; inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29: Hazel & Rose presents “Circa Now,” a fashion show, panel discussion and pop-up shop in partnership with local thrift and vintage curators Arlee Park, The Golden Pearl Vintage, The Keep, Moth Oddities, Tandem Vintage, and Thrift Stylist. “Circa Now” marries vintage, thrifted and contemporary fashion to highlight different ways to shop sustainably and ethically. A fashion show and panel will be for ticketed attendees only; the rest is open to the public. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (fashion show and panel at noon; pop-up shop, 1 p.m.); Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St. N.E., Minneapolis; tickets $10; inquiries to email@example.com.
April 29: The crosswalk becomes the catwalk at this annual event where models show looks from local designers. Jenny Carle and Mikaela Harrod will feature their exclusive spring 2018 lines for Cliche with styling by Abigail Guderian. 3-6 p.m.; Cliche, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; free, registration encouraged. First 20 who register receive 20 percent off their Cliche purchase; inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29: Culture Piece Magazine returns for another spring season to close out Fashion Week MN. The event will include an exploration of Afrocentric and black culture through art, beauty and fashion. A runway fashion show, interactive art installation, performances and pop-up shops are in store. An all people-of-color lineup of designers, models, stylists and production will be spotlighted. Food trucks will be on hand. 6-9 p.m., PAIKKA, 550 Vandalia St., #165, St. Paul; tickets starting at $20 general admission; inquiries to email@example.com.