As MNFashion Week comes to a close this weekend, join in one of the largest clothing swaps the cities have ever experienced at the Grain Belt Bottling House. This Saturday go green (and save some green) at Alter/Nation by donating items you no longer wear and pick up some new additions to your wardrobe.
The event, based on the idea that the consumer can be the creator, is a great excuse to clean out your closet in exchange for great new clothing. Five dollars and a bag of clean clothing and accessories in good condition will get you in the door. Shop and enjoy the festivities from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The more you bring, the more you get
For each item you bring in, you will receive a voucher for another item. Be sure to get there early and stay all afternoon so you can see everything as new items are swapped in.
All about you
This event will be so much more than your typical clothing exchange as local designers and stylists come together to help attendees create fashion masterpieces out of their finds. From onsite alterations to embellishments and, for $5.00 per piece, custom screen printing by Anthem Heart; all you need is a little imagination to make each piece a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Strike a pose
Complete your new look by getting your hair and makeup done by professionals on hand from Taj Salon and Spa, then head over to the photo booth to get a picture of your fashion week transformation.
Eat, drink and be merry
It wouldn't be a party without food, drinks and a little music. Red Stag Supper Club will provide appetizers, while Phillips Prairie Organic Vodka will mix up the cocktails. DJ Ken Hannigan (AKA DJ Real Talk Radio) will be providing the soundtrack to shop to.
Stay for the show
At 3 p.m. CounterCouture, a local "upcycling" company that works with local designers to turn old formal wear into fashion-forward cocktail dresses, will put on a fashion show highlighting their spring collection. Then at 4 p.m. there will be another runway show featuring creations by local designers Kristy Janigo of Je Ne Regrette Rien, Marissa Bridges and Erika Langefels.
Donate a dress
Do you have an old prom or bridesmaid dress hanging in the back of your closet that you'll never wear again? Bring it along and give it new life by donating it to Ever After Gowns or CounterCouture.
Keep on giving
Any items left at the end of the day will be passed on to From The Archives, a resale event put on by and benefitting MNFashion, taking place the weekend of May 14, 2010.