The Fall 2018 Fashion Week MN Lineup Is Here
Fashion Week MN (FWMN) will host its fall edition on September 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 fall, expect another exciting lineup that showcases the work of local fashion veterans and fresh up-and-coming talent. Returning events include the Minnstafashion kickoff event hosted by longtime FWMN partner, W Minneapolis; Fashion Group International of MSP’s luxe annual fashion show, Fall Into Luxury; and a body-positive fashion celebration produced by local retailer Cake Plus-Size Resale.
This fall’s lineup emphasizes the diverse talent within the local fashion community, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and the body positive movement. For the first time, the 12th annual Fresh Traditions fashion show joins the Fashion Week MN lineup. Presented by the St. Paul–based Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT), the runway show features contemporary fashion collections by Hmong-American designers. This year’s lineup also features the 15th annual Full Fashion Panic fashion show, which visually explores the connections between anime, manga and fashion as part of the long-running Mechademia conference at MCAD.
Additional highlights include a collaborative runway show featuring Northside retailer and barbershop, Black Excellence by HWMR (Houston White Menswear) and Nigerian-born designer Aisha Umar’s label, Fulbekloset; the debut of The Lookbook, an exclusive, seasonal marketplace for local fashion designers; and Local Coterie, a new runway show concept featuring fall collections by top Minnesota fashion brands.
“The mission of FWMN is to foster an interconnected, inclusive local fashion community that celebrates and supports the established Minnesota fashion industry and breed opportunity for those emerging on the scene,” says FWMN co-founder Sarah Edwards.
This fall’s lineup features a whopping 24 events—double that of previous seasons. “This year’s expanded lineup helps give additional voice to emerging talent and the diversity of the Minnesota fashion community, and truly showcases a cross-section of local fashion,” explains FWMN co-founder Jahna Peloquin.
The full Fashion Week MN: Fall 2018 Official Lineup includes:
Thursday, April 20: The Scout Guide Minneapolis + W Minneapolis present Minnstafashion: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff: Dress to impress while mingling with members of the local fashion community in anticipation of Fashion Week MN: Fall 2018 at this kickoff event, which features live fashion presentations, pop-up shopping, and a live DJ. (7–10 p.m. at W Minneapolis)
Saturday, September 23:
The Lookbook: Shop clothing and accessories by a hand-selected group of local fashion designers at the debut of this unique and modern seasonal marketplace founded by designer Joeleen Torvick. Watch The Lookbook come to life through a live, stylized photo shoot featuring looks by the featured designers. (1–5 p.m., location TBA)
Blunt Cuts Live Podcast: “MN Fashion Women Get Blunt”: Park your Passive at the door and hear the inside scoop on the Minnesota fashion scene from a diverse panel of fashion insiders at this live episode taping of the Blunt Cuts Podcast hosted by CJ Fortier. (Noon–2 p.m., location TBA)
15th Annual Full Fashion Panic: The internationally recognized three-day anime and manga conference Mechademia presents its 15th annual runway fashion show directed by Project Runway alum Samantha Rei. The show visually explores the connections between anime, manga and fashion. (3–5 p.m. at Minneapolis College of Art and Design)
Design with Intention: MEND Jewelry, WAY the Label and Pursey are all local design brands with one thing in common: intentional design. Join them for an evening of bubbly, shopping with local brands and a panel discussion about running a business in fashion, fostering their creativity and surrounding themselves with successful women. (5:30–8 p.m., location TBA)
Monday, September 24:
Fulbe Couture by Fulbekloset Fashion Show: An evening of luxury world fashion by Nigerian-Minnesotan designer Aisha Umar of Fulbekloset, plus cocktails and live music featuring musical artist Carolyne Naomi. (7–10 p.m. at Uptown VFW)
Tuesday, September 25:
Local Coterie: Local Coterie was created to showcase the best in local fashion brands and designers. Featured brands will have a pop-up preview of their shoppable items, which will be available for purchase before and after the show. Local Coterie’s runway lineup will include up-and-coming brands Mx Apparel, Vandella and 1004. Featured designers include Alma Mia, Joeleen Torvick, Scott J Lehmann, Tessa Louise, Way the Label, ACG and Slate Collective. (6–10:30 p.m., Warehouse Winery)
HWMR: Leaders of the New School Fashion Show: HWMR celebrates 10 years of business with an evening of fashion celebrating Black Excellence in the Minneapolis fashion scene. Hosted at HWMR’s Barber Shop, the event includes an outdoor fashion show, produced by Richard Moody featuring the designs of HWMR, plus pop-up shopping. (6:30–9:30 p.m. at HWMR’s Barber Shop)
Wednesday, September 26:
Karen Morris Millinery presents Century Gone By: Take a step into the past with Karen Morris Millinery at this decades-driven Fashion Week MN event. Models will don a hat or fascinator from each decade designed by Karen Morris, paired with looks from local designers and boutiques. (6–8 p.m. at Studio 125)
Trippy Stylin’ Fashion Show: Trippy Stylez is a hair braids and extensions salon that incorporates fashion and expression of self. The show will infuse colorful hair styles and custom art and fashion by hairstylist Ashley Mari and other local designers. (8–10 p.m., location TBA)
Thursday, September 27:
Queen Anna Presents: The Art of Leather with Bano eeMee: Join Queen Anna owner Nicole Jennings and Canadian designer Aleem Arif of Bano eeMee for a Fashion Week MN event celebrating all things leather. Get the chance to meet the designer, customize your own leather jacket and special order the Bano eeMee Fall Collection before it lands in stores. (5–7 p.m. at Queen Anna)
Pharmacie presents Amalgamation: Hosted by home, men’s apparel and gift boutique Pharmacie, this evening celebrating the diverse and varied coming-together of fashion, community, and art through a casual, open house–style event. (6–9 p.m. at Pharmacie)
Cake After Dark: Film Screening & Plus-Size Intimates Pop-Up: Join Cake Plus-Size Resale for this fashion-focused event that features a screening of a new, short documentary film focused on body confidence, plus-size fashion, and feeling sexy in our own skin, and a plus-size lingerie pop-up. (7–10 p.m., location TBA)
FGI-MSP presents Fall Into Luxury: This annual fashion event presented by Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul features luxe looks for men and women from upscale Twin Cities boutique and designers in a high-impact, high-style runway show. (7:30–10 p.m., location TBA)
Friday, September 28:
Flyover presents Fabric Podcast Launch Party: Fabric is a podcast that tells often-overlooked stories around fashion, politics and culture in the Midwest. Iowa-based group, Flyover, will launch the podcast at a live taping event and party featuring creatives and influencers based in the Twin Cities. (5–6:30 p.m., location TBA)
The Hues Company presents FLY: “Fly” is an aviation-inspired exhibition and runway show presented by The Hues Company. The runway show will showcase “aviation couture” inspired by international travel, the airline industry, and the history of flight. The event will also feature an exhibition of memorabilia from Minnesota’s rich history in the airline industry.
(7–10 p.m. at Public Functionary)
Conspiracy of Strange Girls presents Cultus Unknown: This fashion show will shift from a traditional runway model, focusing instead on creating installation pieces and custom couture garments and pieces around the themes of the unknown, the uncanny, the subconscious and fear. (8 p.m.–1 a.m., location TBA)
FWMN at FAM Fridays: FAM Fridays, and ongoing series of fashion, art and music, brings in the local arts community and showcases what the city’s creative minds have to offer. During Fashion Week MN, we’ll have pop-up shops and runway shows from some of Minneapolis’s best fashion designers. (8 p.m.-midnight at Radisson RED)
Saturday, September 29:
MegoLisaLand Fashion Show: MegoLisaLand is a new print-based fashion collaboration between clothing designer Meg Browning and illustrator Lisa Luck. This event includes informal runway show along with display sketches, photos and objects that are central to the duo’s creative process together. (Noon–3 p.m., location TBA)
The Fitting Room Streetside Fashion Show & Shopping Party: Join new boutique The Fitting Room for a streetside fashion show curated with the store’s roster of local designers. After the show, shop the designers’ full fall collections while sipping and enjoying small bites. (2–6 p.m., show from 2–3 p.m. at The Fitting Room)
Minneapolis Vintage Market: Mid-Century Modified: Minneapolis Vintage Market will gather the Twin Cities’ top vintage vendors selling quality one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories. Shoppers can participate in interactive demos and entertainment including vintage styling consultations and a modification lab to customize treasured vintage finds. (4–9 p.m., location TBA)
Fresh Traditions Season XII: Fresh Traditions Fashion Show (FTFS) is a program of the Center For Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) that nurtures and develops Hmong-American artists in fashion design and branding, and offers an opportunity for fashion designers to make fresh and contemporary interpretations. (6:30–10 p.m. at Union Depot)
S’Habiller Avec Amour: “To Dress with Love”: This event showcases a salon of creatives curated from local boutiques integrating vintage, consignment, designer, couture and artisan fashions, accompanied by atmospheric live opera and lush, baroques styling. (7–11 p.m. at WORKSHOP)
September 14–29: The Golden Pearl Vintage presents Recollection: A local designer pop-up sale of past work: The Northeast vintage fashion store is hosting a local designer pop-up in the weeks leading up to and during Fashion Week MN, showcasing and selling past designs by local designers. It’s a great opportunity to shop and wear local designs to Fashion Week MN events, at discounted prices. (Opening event September 14 from 6–10 p.m.; open during store hours at The Golden Pearl Vintage)
[Pictured: S’Habiller Avec Amour: “To Dress with Love” by Shelly Mosman]