Spring 2018 Highlights

February 9, 2018



Don’t act like you weren’t hitting refresh on that FWMN page home button just to see this year’s lineup…Cause I was! I was anticipating and was pumped to see who would have the spotlight on them in this year’s Spring Fashion Week.  The greatest excitement factor for me is that a huge focus is being placed on inclusivity this season pertaining to inclusion of people of color on the runway, ethical and sustainable fashion, body positivity, queer style, and underground fashion. This is beautiful and a great step towards a more inclusive future in the fashion industry and I am excited to be a part of this! Now that it’s all out there, it’s time to start updating those online shopping carts, yes I’m already planning my outfits and I’m planning to stunt. The real question is are you? In this post I introduce all the amazing producers and designers that will be making FWMN Spring happen!


Minnstafashion, Fashion week’s Kickoff, is a huge sartorial celebration, an amazing time to get out there and mingle with an amazing fashion network, get excited for the season and pass a compliment or two on the next person’s outfit since everybody goes all out! The Scout Guide is a leading publisher of thoughtfully designed and carefully curated city guides and with Foshay, they present this glorious event and I am personally very excited about this since the event features live fashion presentations, pop-up shops, a live DJ, and prizes for best dressed!


Gray Matter Series: Sense of place

Workerby is a design studio based in Minneapolis with several areas of focus such as trends, design and tech development. Their primary focus is on hats, scarves, and cold-weather accessories for clients in the fashion industry.They also set up workshops in their studio here in Minneapolis and do career coaching and consultation.

This year Workerby presents the second edition of its Gray Matters Series, part of an ongoing collaboration which began with the Fall 2017 collection of gray hats and colorful abstract paintings from Ruby3 by Anna Lee, and is ultimately a photographic collaboration between creative souls that Anna Lee has worked with over the years.

The show includes a pop-up gallery and a shopping experience that launches the SS2018 collection of one-of-a-kind hats and digitally printed scarves from the paintings of Ruby3 by Anna Lee accompanied by the original paintings and photo/video exhibition.


Founded by Minneapolis-based fashion designer Allison Quinnell’s slate collective promotes artfully crafted clothing for the modern woman. In the Spring show, Allison presents her new collection, slate collective, a collection of versatile silhouettes that merge design and art through a series of artist-designed prints, in an unconventional fashion presentation that includes an artist exhibition, performance, and live models.


Cake Plus-Size Resale (formerly Cat’s Closet) is a plus-size clothing shop for people of all genders and is a space where plus-sizes are unapologetically celebrated! They have secondhand (gently used and some new) clothing and accessories in sizes XL – 4XL+. They have also has built a plus size community in Minneapolis that celebrates body positivity. I absolutely love all efforts that go into building communities such as this, since our industry lacks diversity in this aspect and as much as were slowly coming out of it, we still have such long way to go and Cake is taking us all the way!

In this year’s show, they present plus-size festival looks in a live fashion presentation and pop-up shopping event in celebration of plus size style. This is beautiful to me and I long for a day in fashion where body positivity will be fully celebrated and women will feel free, beautiful, liberated and comfortable in their bodies!


We saw FGI-MSP last fall during Fashion Week MN for their Fall into Luxury event and they are back this year with a presentation on accelerating your brand, media, styling and exposure. FGI’s mission is to be the preeminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help it’s members become more effective in their careers. It provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

This event will feature a social/cocktail hour followed by a business panel presentation and a discussion on the emerging and current topics in the business featuring local fashion business professionals.


Studio Progressive provides quality hand-crafted bags and accessories made in Minnesota. This traveling event will offer a behind-the-scenes look into the work and creative spaces of designers such as Sarah Butala for Strey designs and Karen Morris and others while observing pop up shows and live photo shoots throughout the evening. 

Sarah Butala does her work believing that each bag that she creates is with the intention and purpose to provide a ethical and sustainable products that have  been produced under fair wages and with a minimal carbon footprint. Karen Morris founded the brand Karen Morris Millinery in 2011 with her  brand’s philosophy being quality, simplicity and elegance. She aims to develop a variety of hats transformed into multi-functional collections that can be worn in an everyday environment, and yet still has a modern twist.


New this year at FWMN, the Global Fashion, Local Flair fashion event as all about giving us an international fashion experience by local, independent women-owned boutiques, including dugo, Roe Wolfe, and Big Island Swim & Surf.

Dugo, founded by Nancy Shank, is a locally owned boutique in Galleria in Edina that sells rare pieces and prides itself in being able to constantly come up with styling solutions for unique and enviable situations.Roe Wolfe, also located in the Galleria, is a distinctive women’s boutique offering a beautifully curated collection of apparel, accessories, home goods, beauty and apothecary products.

Big Island Swim and Surf was founded in 2012 on the grounds of bringing simplicity to the swimsuit shopping experience believing that everybody deserves that perfect swimsuit, no matter their size, shape or means. These brands come together in this show to give us the opportunity to meet and mingle with seasoned fashion experts, plus enjoy live modeling, exclusive pop-up shops, snacks and sips, and more.


Founded from a one night fashion show, Sol Inspirations has grown to be the Twin Cities go-to resource center for eco-fashion and ethical style. They are huge advocates for socially responsible clothing, styling and beauty and they work to educate consumers about ethical products and how they impact the world around them.

This annual sustainable fashion show features a series of eco-fashion design challenges from Twin Cities students and stylists as well as clothing and accessories by seasoned slow-fashion designers, fair-trade labels, and sustainable brands.

 HAZEL & ROSE presents Circa: Now

I discovered this beautiful gem when roaming around Broadway Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, and it was love at first sight! I’m attracted to all things minimalist, and Hazel & Rose just did it for me!  According to the store, “Hazel & Rose is about recognizing that what you wear matters… It’s not just about buying sustainable and ethical fashion because you should. It’s about buying sustainable and ethical because you want to.” Ethicality and sustainability in fashion is a huge trend and people are slowly recognizing that we need to pay more attention to this realm of the industry and Hazel & Rose is here for all that.

This year for FWMN, the boutique is presenting “Circa: Now,” featuring in-store fashion show, panel discussion, and pop-up shop that marries vintage, thrifted, and new fashion.


This unique, traveling fashion show will take place at the crosswalk outside of Uptown boutique Cliché, featuring models styled in a variety of looks from Cliché’s spring collections and spring capsule collections by local designers Jenny Carle and Mikaela Harrod

This gorgeous boutique in uptown has such a highly curated selection of apparel from national brands and local designers and intricately fabricated jewelry.Clichè’s show is a cause for anticipation for me at least, since I know it will have an exciting spin to where the fashion taken to the streets which bridges the gap between runway and street fashion; a beautiful affair!


Culture Piece Magazine was founded in 2016 by journalist-photographer duo Maya Clark and Pierre Ware. The two wanted to launch a publication that made millennials want to tune in and feel like they’re being heard.The first time I experienced a Culture Piece Magazine-curated runway I felt the strongest sense of pride in who I was. A runway consisting of all POC was beautiful to me and I felt represented which is a feeling that I don’t typically get when watching runway shows.  I was hooked, in love and could not wait to see more from them. I’m so invested, have their blog bookmarked on my laptop and if you don’t already, you need to get on their blog posts because they are full of so much life!

This year they are coming at us with runway fashion show featuring an all-POC lineup of designers, models, stylists, and production, accompanied by live performances, a larger-than-life, interactive art installation, and a pop-up shop featuring POC artists.

By Faith Ndung’u.