Fashion Week MN Announces Spring 2019 Lineup for April 28–May 4
Fashion Week MN (FWMN) has announced it will host its spring 2019 edition on April 28 through May 4.
This spring, expect another exciting lineup that showcases the work of local fashion veterans and fresh up-and-coming talent. This spring’s lineup features 14 events that represent a cross-section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul fashion community, showcasing the diverse talent within the local fashion community.
Returning events include I AM Fabulous, a fashion show celebrating beauty and style of Minnesota women over 65; and FLAGRANT: Fashion of the Fringe, an eclectic runway show produced by Fox Den Salon showcasing one of the most imaginative hair styling teams in Minneapolis in collaboration with local fashion designers.
The week of events kicks off with W Minneapolis presents Minnstafashion: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff in partnership with The Scout Guide Minneapolis on Thursday, April 24, where attendees dress to impress while mingling with members of the local fashion community at the W Minneapolis hotel. This year’s circus-themed event features live fashion presentations featuring top emerging designers, pop-up shopping, and a live DJ.
Find tickets at fashionweekmn.com/calendar.
The full Fashion Week MN: Spring 2019 Official Lineup includes:
Sunday, April 28:
I AM Fabulous: The 4th annual event produced by I AM Sarah Edwards celebrates the distinctive style and beauty of women and men of advanced age. Bring the whole family to this afternoon runway show featuring models aged 65 and older, plus cocktails and pop-up shopping. (11am-2pm @ The Hutton House. Tickets now available.)
A Night of LEXURÌE Season 2: This runway presentation will showcase ready-to-wear, couture and high-end streetwear from the Spring/Summer 2019 LEXURÌE collection by Minneapolis designer Alexis Brazil. The black-American designer will showcase her designs on models from a range of cultural backgrounds and body types to represent a new beauty standard. (6-9pm @ Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Tickets now available.)
$i$tar: Official Fashion Week MN After Party: In honor of Fashion Week MN, $i$, a monthly event celebrating femininity through art, music, and dancing, will showcase local fashion stars bringing you unique pieces, amazing music, and a dance party to end the night. Hosted by Puffy, the night features musical performances by Xaria, SYM1 (f.k.a. Symone Smash It) and Henney_Velture (f.k.a. Destiny Spike), DJ sets from Mixie, Taye Drina, Babyghost and special guest DJ ProblematicBlackHottie (Detroit), and a fashion showcase featuring Buckanaga Social Club, Fabrik Marge, X.Rose and #CrownedByMixie. (9pm @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. Tickets available at door)
Monday, April 29:
Emerging Designer Showcase & Mixer: Mix and mingle with other members of the local fashion community while viewing looks by emerging designers at this casual social event. Free. (5-7pm @ Canopy by Hilton. Free)
Tuesday, April 30:
Trippy Stylez Fashion Show Pt. 2: Trippy Stylez is a Minneapolis-based hair braids and extensions salon creating styles inspired by fashion and self expression. After debuting at last fall’s FWMN, this fashion show will celebrate Minnesota’s diverse fashion community through colorful hairstyles paired with custom art and fashion by local designers. (7-10pm @ Modus Locus. Tickets now available)
Wednesday, May 1:
IamMoody presents Spring Has Sprung: IamMoody has been producing fashion shows in the Twin Cities for 30 years. This spring, Richard Moody & Co. present a runway show featuring new spring collections from a group of local designers in a high-energy runway show, showcased by models of diverse ethnicities and genders. (6pm doors, 7pm show @ Piggy Bank. Tickets now available.)
Thursday, May 2:
Inherit the Lifestyle: Silhouettes of the City: In celebration of its 2nd anniversary, North Loop boutique Queen Anna—founded by local retail vet Nicole Jennings—is hosting its first-ever in-store fashion show. Modeled by Queen Anna clients, the inclusive runway show celebrates the diverse styles and body shapes of working women on-the-go in the Twin Cities. (6-9pm @ Queen Anna House of Fashion. Tickets now available.)
Friday, May 3:
Larissa Loden Jewelry presents You’re a Gem Museum: Presented by local jewelry brand Larissa Loden, this “content museum” is an immersive, artist-inspired installation featuring local designers and artists, with each room highlighting various properties of gemstones. Think Museum of Ice Cream, only with gems. (6-10pm @ Northrup King Building. Tickets now available)
Fox Den Salon presents FLAGRANT: Fashion of the Fringe 2: Following their debut at last year’s Fashion Week MN, Fox Den Salon’s FLAGRANT Fashion of the Fringe is back—and this time, it’s going to be a hair brawl. Four salons, each paired with a fashion designer, competes for the title onstage with live music, judging and audience participation. (7pm doors, 7:30pm show @ The Pourhouse Uptown. Tickets now available)
Saturday, May 4:
Ice Cream Bow Ties presents ANIKI: Kids’ Fashion Show: Inspired by his love of cold treats and LEGO, 11-year-old designer Aniki Allen created Ice Cream Bowties, a line of handcrafted bow ties for kids. This event highlights the diversity of Twin Cities youth through a runway show featuring the brand paired with fun and edgy kids’ fashions. (Noon-2pm @ Minnesota Children’s Museum. Tickets now available)
St. Kate’s Katwalk: St. Catherine University’s annual student fashion show features designs by nine seniors and nine juniors from the school’s apparel, merchandising and design program. Featured designs also emphasizes sustainability and cultural diversity, including modern Hmong designs and a line inspired by Día de los Muertos. (4:30pm & 7:30pm shows @ St. Catherine University. Tickets now available)
HWMR presents KING KUNTA Official Launch: HWMR’s retail store and barber shop is fast becoming an iconic cultural gathering space in the Northside of Minneapolis. The official launch event for the brand’s new line will include a high-energy, in-store fashion show and the first chance to shop the new designs. (6-9pm show SOLD OUT. 8-10pm After Party & Shopping-free @ HWMR)
The Fitting Room presents Spring Soirée Fashion Show + Shopping Party: Minneapolis boutique The Fitting Room was founded in 2018 by fashion designer (and former co-owner of Showroom boutique) Kimberly Jurek-Valanzasca to showcase designs by a curated group of local fashion designers. This runway show will highlight spring collections from the store’s roster of designers, which can be purchased in a pop-up shop following the show. (6:30-9pm @ Center For Performing Arts. Tickets now available)
Additional information, including participating designers, locations, times and tickets, will be announced soon. Learn more at fashionweekmn.com, and follow Fashion Week MN on Facebook at facebook.com/fashionweekmn, and @fashionweekmn on Instagram and Twitter.
What is FWMN?
Fashion Week Minnesota is a bi-annual event of runway shows, presentations, panels, and shopping events used to highlight the current collections of Minnesota-based designers, brands, and retailers. The event is organized by Fashion Week MN, a volunteer-run, community-oriented, not-for-profit organization that organizes two fashion weeks each year—a spring edition in April, and a fall edition in September. Annually, FWMN is attended by more than 2,500 attendees during more than 15 events in 7 days. Fashion Week MN was founded in fall 2015 by Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards.
What Twin Cities fashion elite have said about Fashion Week MN:
“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
“[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