Keep your eye on the catwalk: Style's on full display as Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN) fires up its spring events this week.
The Twin Cities has enjoyed fashion weeks before, notably under the leadership of designer Anna Lee, who built both the local music and fashion show Voltage and the all-volunteer MNFashion.org. But those dissolved a while back as Lee refocused on her own lines.
Enter Sarah Edwards, the mastermind behind events including I Am Kindness and I Am Minneapolis, and Jahna Peloquin, a longtime stylist and editor (currently with Minnesota Monthly magazine and a Star Tribune contributor). When they reached out to the fashion/design community to gauge interest in rekindling the fashion fire, Edwards said she was "blown away" by the enthusiasm. It came not only from designers, but also from hair and makeup artists, Web designers, filmmakers and more.
Edwards and Peloquin launched FWMN last fall with a "think big, start small" mantra. The plan is to put on fashion shows and also develop a "resource hub" for designers at all career levels, to both elevate and showcase local talent — in part so that they don't feel the need to defect to the coasts. True to their word, they are already talking with potential sponsors about next fall's lineup.
But first, there's a big party and a run of shows starting Friday through next week. "I can't tell you how many times people say to me, 'It's nice to have a reason to dress up,' " Edwards says. "And there is just something about the feeling of being transported somewhere else during a well-produced show."
Here are three of the upcoming FWMN events that will give you a great look at what's happening in Minnesota fashion.
Envision is a full-scale fashion production on par with how you imagine New York Fashion Week to be. The show features several designers, so it's a great way to get familiar with the community. This year features Cory Allen, whose last collection by some accounts stole the show; Emily Trevor, and more storied designers like Jenny Carle and Kjurek. Dress up.
April 12, Joynoelle: A Study in Color
Joy is an artist, a visionary and a technical master. For a well-thought-out-can't-believe-it's-here fashion experience, look no further than Joy and her creations. The show will be a flight of fancy that will transport you into one of our loveliest creative minds. Chic, classic dressing will complement Joy's romance.
April 15, Tim + Thom Present Black Hearts Ball
This is a formal event, and participatory, too. As the event description says: "Seven Minneapolis designers paired with live operatic and classical accompaniments present an elevated cocktail party showcasing Minnesota artists in fashion and design." Designers include Project Runway alum Danielle Everine. Dress in black and white — and make it formal.
All dates, times, and information for both fashion shows and seminars are available at fashionweekmn.com.