When the Fashion Week MN Spring/Summer 2019 dates were announced, I was so psyched that my birthday fell during the festivities. Now in its eighth season, FWMN will run from April 28 - May 4, 2019. Returning events include Sarah Edwards’s “I AM Fabulous” event celebrating style over a certain age, Trippy Stylez Fashion Show focused on hair styling and artistry, and Fox Den Salon presents FLAGRANT: Fashion of the Fringe showcase of more alternative fashions. Below, some of my top picks.
The Fitting Room Presents Spring Soiree Fashion Show + Shopping Party
Saturday, May 4
6:30pm - 9pm
The Fitting Room boutique stocks local designers like Alma Mia, 3 Jag Design, Foat Design, Gina Mount Jewelry, Joeleen Torvick, Karen Morris Millinery, Mandy by Mandy, Scott J Lehmann, Tessa Louise, and Vikse Designs. Designers will show their latest collections and guests can shop the runway immediately following. I am especially excited for this show since it’s the penultimate stop of my all day birthday party!
You're A Gem: A MN Made Museum Opening Night
Friday, May 3
7pm - 10pm
Jewelry designer Larissa Loden has partnered with other artists and designers like Girl Friday, Ashley Mary, Araya Jensen, Kevin Kramp, Celina Kane, and Pink Linen to create a mini museum centered around gems and jewels in the Northrup King Building. The exhibit will be open weekends in May (including during Art-A-Whirl) but the opening night festivities include special gifts, snacks from women-owned caterer Chowgirls, and an open bar sponsored by Bent Brewstillery. I love art and fashion, but also love craft spirits.
While volunteering at the American Craft Spirits Association convention in February, I fell in love with Bent Brewstillery’s offerings at the tasting event. Their aged spirits aren’t rushed like other local distilleries that may feel pressure to release product too quickly, and owner/head distiller Bartley is not afraid to get weird with the flavors.
Really looking forward to the fun and Instagrammable art ahead, as well as learning more about what goes in to choosing stones and making jewelry.
MINNSTAFASHION: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff
Thursday, April 25
7pm - 10pm
Speaking of Instagram, the official kickoff party for FWMN returns this Thursday! The circus theme has me thinking partially about Britney Spears and partially about the spectacle that fashion-show-attending has become over the last decade. Sip, shop, snap, mingle, and be merry at the W Minneapolis!
The event is free, prior registration required. VIP admission is $75 and includes snacks, an open bar, and a sequestered VIP lounge. The lounge is great for when the main party gets a little overwhelming, or when trying to have more of a conversation, or talking business.
Local designers Ashley Jensen of Gilded Roots, Coty Schooley, Gabrielle Rose, Rebekah Niemeyer, and Cassandra Berg will have models showing off two different looks each in the lobby of the hotel. There will be pop-up shops from Karen Morris Millinery, Baubles and Bobbies, Excelsior Candle Co., Local Motion, Gilded Roots, and Coty Clothing Co.
Very curious about how serious the mentions of acrobats, stilt walkers, and snake whisperers are...
More information on the rest of the events can be found on the FWMN calendar: http://fashionweekmn.com/calendar/