Spring 2016 marked the second official Fashion Week Minnesota. There seemed to be even more people and more events than before and I hope the energy throughout the fashion community stays this strong moving forward.
#fwmn was so fun, exhausting, and inspiring. Loved exploring the creativity and innovation in the #minnesota #fashion community and hope to stay more consistent with sharing what I discover on my blog. There are a lot of wonderfully talented people here that I support and I can't wait to show you why! #minneapolis #shoplocal #onlyinmn #madeinmn @fashionweekmn #fashionweekmm #minnesotafashion
Samantha Rei - id.ego Homecoming & Elixery Lipstick Release
While not part of the “official” FWMN lineup, Samantha Rei’s Elixery lipstick collaboration launch and id.ego collection homecoming (after walking the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week) event was a great way to get in the spirit. The collection was paired with John Fluevog Shoes and three custom created lipstick shades from Minnesota based cosmetic line Elixery.
I tried on all three lipsticks and ended up buying one - the deep burgundy shade "Quantum."
The event showcased the collection at Samantha Rei’s North Loop space and featured pop ups from Fluevog and Elixery, and also newly launched Minneapolis goth-y jewelry line Anhedonie.
Fashion Week MN - Kickoff Party
The “official” Fashion Week opener was the kickoff party at Cliche. I’ve seen Cliche’s offerings at Envision and passed by the store on the bus, but have never actually stopped in until the event. The DJ was setting the tone for a week of local fashion by dropping a lot of songs by local musicians, which I loved.
The current longest running fashion event in the Twin Cities, Spring 2016 marked the 19th season of Envision. There were fewer designers showing than in past seasons, but the audience was bigger than ever. Still a really big fan of everything Lauren of Form Over Function is doing, and loved/hated finding out that a lot of the pieces Kjurek showed had already sold when I inquired about them a few days later.
Full review to come.
Edit 8/11/16: Full recap posted - http://www.urbanorchidblog.com/home/2016/7/23/fashion-week-minnesota-envision-spring-2016
Challenger Collection - Kandler
Luci Kandler held an informal open house displaying her latest collection not only on mannequins and hangers, but also on live models. In addition to the clothes, the prints that she created by hand were displayed - on canvases and as backdrops.
At first, I was a little taken aback by the inspiration of the collection being the Challenger explosion, but her further exploration (as documented in CityPages) into human fragility made it somehow less taboo. There was a lot of thought put into the collection, but it didn’t seem over designed.
The pinks and blues made it fun for spring, combined with the grey and black make it easy for anyone to wear. Mostly, I loved all the different uses of texture - from the tinsel-y top, to the mesh, to the embossed leather.
The second installment of The Scout Guide + The W Hotel’s #Minnstafashion was a lot bigger than the first one. I got there a bit late and missed some of the highlights, but there were pop up shops from Flirt Lingerie, Martin Patrick 3, and more.
I moved to Minnesota without knowing anyone here really and met a lot of the people I like to spend time with through social media, so a night out at a social media themed fashion event was a great way to spend an evening.
If you know my sense of style, you know that sometimes I love an outfit that makes my undergarments part of my outfit. This DVF wrap dress had a really deep V in front, so I layered a Uye Surana cami over my bra and under the dress for coverage.
Black Hearts Ball
The third annual formal black-and-white affair headed by Tim and Thom Navarro usually takes place on or around Valentine’s Day, but this year it took place near the end of Fashion Week Minnesota.
Full review to come.
Edit 8/11/16: Full review posted - http://www.urbanorchidblog.com/home/2016/8/9/black-hearts-ball-2016-fashion-week-minnesota-spring-2016
The Shoot: Part II
A sequel to the Fall 2015 event, The Shoot aimed to show the behind the scenes magic behind a fashion photo shoot. There was coffee and a pop up shop with clothes from ACG and Workerby, lipstick from Elixery, jewelry from Neal Jewelry, and headwear from Ruby3. Spring weather was in full effect which meant a couple of food trucks even popped up outside.
Projectors displayed the photos as they were being taken. All of the work that goes into a lookbook shoot tends to be appreciated in the finished product, but not necessarily noticed - all of the styling and editing takes time and it was fun to take an afternoon to get a glimpse of the action.
I feel like I never caught up on rest after FWMN, but that’s okay because I’m happy to ride the energy of all the creativity and inspiration the designers, producers, and everyone in between have sparked.
Supporting Minnesota fashion doesn’t end when fashion week does. There are events with local makers, artists, designers, and boutiques year round! Some upcoming highlights include SAZONmoda’s debut fashion show on May 5, Ruby3 and Allegra Lockstadt’s Kentucky Derby themed party + pop up shop on May 7, various pop-up shops and open houses (including Tessa Louise and Hazel & Rose) during Art-A-Whirl on May 20-21, and FGI Minnesota's "Runway to Ready to Wear" presentation on May 24.