New York, London and Paris all got their chance to shine, but now it's our turn Minnesota! This season Spring MNfashion Week could be called "Fashion Month". Officially the events run April 16 through 25, but there are events taking place as early as April 7. Did April just become anyone else's favorite month?
For those unfamiliar with MNfashion Week, it is put on by MNfashion, a local non-profit organization whose mission is "dedicated to providing resources and professional development allowing designers to establish a sustainable livelihood in Minnesota. In doing this, foster community and create a thriving, sustainable local fashion industry".
This spring the schedule includes everything from trunk shows to runway shows, sewing classes to "hair-cut happy hour"s.
Saturday, April 10 - Envision: Artopia Spring 2010 at Graves 601
(601 1st Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55403)
18+ doors open at 8:00pm
The show will feature local designers and boutiques coming together to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer research fund. The event will fuse art, fashion, beauty and music for a can't-miss evening with DJ Real Talk Radio spinning the entire night. Come dressed to impress. Tickets are available now at Envision.
Saturday, April 16 - Voltage: Fashion Amplified at First Avenue
(701 N 1st Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403)
21+ doors open at 8:00pm
Voltage is an experience you'll never forget. The night, in it's 7th year, is an amazing mixture of live music performed by some of the Twin Cities best bands, and a full runway show featuring the best of Minnesota's design scene. Tickets are available now at First Ave or through Ticketmaster.
Saturday, April 24 - Alter/Nation at The Bottling House
(79 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413)
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Need a little incentive to clean out your closet? Join in one of Minnesota's biggest clothing swaps! Bring those items that never see the light of day anymore, and swap them for something new. You will also have the opportunity to customize your new treasures with Anthem Heart onsite doing custom screen printing. Be sure to stay for CounterCouture's fashion show taking place during the swap.
Sunday, April 25 - Christopher Straub Premier Collection at The Saint Paul Hotel
(350 Market Street St Paul, MN 55102)
4pm - 8pm
The grand finale of MNfashion Week is a show by Christopher Straub. He helped gain attention for Minnesota on the fashion scene with his time as a contestant on Project Runway. Now, his first full show featuring his popular accessory line, as well as a full men's and women's collection, will take place back in his home state.