Announcing Fashion Week MN: Spring 2018

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December 19, 2017

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Fashion Week MN (FWMN) today announced the dates for its spring 2018 edition as April 23-29, 2018. Every spring and fall, FWMN organizes a week-long installment of events showcasing the designers, brands, retailers, producers, stylists, artists, influencers, models, photographers and other creatives who are elevating the Minnesota style scene.

This spring, expect another exciting lineup that showcases the work of our local style veterans and introduces new talent, “The mission of FWMN is to foster an interconnected local fashion community that celebrates and supports the established Minnesota fashion industry and creative community and breed opportunity for those emerging on the scene,” says FWMN co-founder Sarah Edwards.

FWMN welcomes Michelle Raven & Emily Baynard to the FWMN team

In anticipation of the spring season, FWMN has added two senior advisors to its team: Michelle Raven, the founder and creative force behind the free personal shopping and styling service at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores and a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree; and Emily Baynard, a branding consultant, social media strategist, creative director and trend and style expert who brings glossy big business style to the small business world.

As advisors, Raven and Baynard aim to help the FWMN team continue to highlight the creativity and diversity of the Minnesota fashion community. “Each season, FWMN curates a lineup of events that celebrates diverse forms of creative expression and gives voice to divergent viewpoints through the lens of fashion,” says Raven. “We want the fashion community in Minnesota to feel approachable,” adds Baynard.

FWMN x Fashion Revolution Week

This spring’s edition is timed to fall during Fashion Revolution Week, also taking place April 23-29, 2018. Fashion Revolution Week is a social campaign produced by London-based nonprofit organization Fashion Revolution, also known as #whomademyclothes. It falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 garment workers and injured many more on April 24, 2013. FWMN will show its support for this industry-changing campaign by encouraging sustainable and ethical fashion producers and businesses in Minnesota to participate in the FWMN event lineup and spotlight conscious consumerism options locally. Learn more about Fashion Revolution at fashionrevolution.org.

Event proposals for FWMN Spring 2018 now available

As of today, FWMN is now accepting event proposals for the Spring 2018 lineup. Interested parties can learn more and submit their proposal at fashionweekmn.com/apply. Proposals are due by January 14, 2018. The final FWMN Spring 2018 event lineup will be announced on January 25, 2018.

What is FWMN?

Fashion Week MN (FWMN) is a community-driven initiative celebrating the talent of the Minnesota fashion industry and creative community. Every spring and fall, FWMN organizes a week-long installment of events showcasing the designers, brands, retailers, producers, stylists, artists, influencers, models, photographers and other creatives who are elevating the Minnesota style scene. We believe that supporting the local fashion industry helps develop strong connections between local retailers, brands, designers, makers, advocates and consumers, helping in turn to strengthen the local economy. Fashion Week MN was founded in fall 2015 by Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards. Learn more at fashionweekmn.com, and follow Fashion Week MN on Facebook at facebook.com/fashionweekmn, and @fashionweekmn on Instagram and Twitter.

What Twin Cities fashion elite have said about FWMN:

“[Fashion Week MN is] a series of style events that drew large, well-dressed crowds. If [Spring] is as organized, action-packed and well-produced as the inaugural round, we can’t wait.” –Nancy Ngo, Pioneer Press

“While New York Fashion Week maintains an air of exclusivity, Fashion Week MN has grown more inclusive over the years. The nine-day festival showcases local designers and creatives through trunk shows, catwalks, pop-up events, and glam parties. This season’s installment offers sartorial potential for all, regardless of age, size, or community.” –Jessica Armbruster, City Pages A-List

“With each year, the festival gets more polished and professional, and the happenings that make up the FWMN calendar bring something important and relevant to the table. So many events this season made a point of being welcoming to everyone, no matter someone’s body type or personal style.” -Kara Nesvig, City Pages

How to get involved in FWMN:

Interested in getting involved with FWMN? Visit fashionweekmn.com/contact to learn more.