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 16 events that represent a cross-section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul fashion community, showcasing the diverse talent within the local fashion community.
Fashion Week MN co-founders Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards are also excited to announce the organization’s new Director, Hamdi Mohamed. “After more than three years leading Fashion Week MN together, Sarah and I decided it was time to bring in a fresh vision and perspective for the organization,” said Peloquin. “As a longtime supporter and behind-the-scenes coordinator of several Fashion Week MN events, Hamdi has solidified himself as a trusted member of the local fashion community. He was an obvious choice to take FWMN in its next chapter.”
Returning events include Crosswalk, a high-style runway show held within local boutique Cliché that turns the crosswalks of Uptown into a catwalk; I AM Fabulous, a fashion show celebrating beauty and style of Minnesota women over 65; and Fashion on 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.
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.
Styling from the Inside Out: On the heels of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix show that has inspired legions to “tidy up,” this workshop provides attendees with tools to cleanse their own closet and create a capsule wardrobe that fits their lifestyle and reflects their personal style. The event also includes a curated pop-up shop from local designers and boutiques.
A Night of LEXURIE Season 2: This runway presentation will showcase ready-to-wear, couture and high-end streetwear from the Spring/Summer 2019 LEXURIE 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 2:
Karen Morris Millinery presents Up and Up: For her third consecutive FWMN event, Karen Morris Millinery presents a traditional runway show accompanied by a unique gallery experience, each of which will showcase Karen’s one-of-a-kind hats and headpieces made from upcycled materials. The runway also will feature fully upcycled fashions created in collaboration with several local designers to celebrate sustainable fashion and creativity.
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.
Friday, May 3:
Fashion Passion: Art as a Vehicle for Social Change: Presented by Strey Designs—a Minneapolis-based, woman-owned leatherworking company—this fashion-infused variety show will showcase local talent styled to the max by a hand-selected group of local stylists. It’s held in partnership with Share Night, which showcases a diverse range of ethnicities, ages and talents, including spoken word, singing and instrumental music.
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.)
Fox Den Salon presents Fashion on the Fringe 2: Following their debut at last year’s Fashion Week MN, Fox Den Salon’s Fashion on 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.
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.
Cliché presents Crosswalk: This in-store and on-the-street fashion show has been stopping traffic since it first debuted on the streets of Uptown in 2010. The semi-annual event showcases the of-the-moment fashions of Uptown boutique Cliché as well as local designers in an energetic, high-style presentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.