"MNFashion Week is about bringing the community together to help build a sustainable fashion industry in the Twin Cities," says Nicole Dixon, MNFashion Week committee lead. "We're trying to not only keep creative talent in Minneapolis, but to attract outside designers, businesses, and buyers to our city." MNFashion Week is a relatively new event, having evolved within the last four years as a result of MNFashion's other popular happenings such as Voltage: Fashion Amplified.
Be on the lookout for designers, models, and musicians who will be out en force from April 11 through April 17, as there are over a dozen fashion shows and related events scheduled. While all look to be fun, energetic affairs, the following events especially stand out:
April 14: The Smitten Kitten will be runway (and retail) ready at the Lollycopter Loves EveryBODY show hosted by Magic Marc. The event will feature new pieces by Lollycopter, whose signature up-cycled designs turn drab vintage slips into new works of art. The party will also include live music by Neva Rosine and Gretchen Seichrist, plus a drag performance by Ms. Sasha Rodgers.
April 17: Since we're a biking city, it's appropriate that there be a show geared toward cyclists. Bike Style Social at the Angry Catfish will provide the opportunity to peek at spring cycling apparel from Rapha, Outlier, Chrome, and Mission Workshop. Stay later for the complimentary Intelligentsia coffee, a screening of Rapha's The Continental, and a bike ride to local pubs.
April 16: In addition to runway shows, the Fashion Dolls' second annual Fashion Ball will combine fashion, dance, and theater into one helluva party. Featured fashions include Grethen House, Bluepeg, and dancers dressed in couture by Grant Whittaker. The event promises to welcome its guests into "a world of luxury, with signature cocktails and fabulous food...music and video [will] take you from your everyday world into a fantasy experience."
Some shows have an added charity element to them, such as Styles for Smiles, where a portion of the proceeds from clothing and jewelry sales to will benefit underprivileged children globally through Project Healthy Smile.
Many fashion week events are free, however some are ticketed. For a more comprehensive schedule, including ticket information, check out MNFashion's calendar of events.