Runway shows, parties and designers: It’s a Week of Fashion in Minneapolis and St. Louis

The Skinny:

  • Fashion Week: Minneapolis
  • Sept. 20 – 29
  • Six locations throughout Minneapolis

Here’s a look, my local fashionistas, at where to see and be seen starting this Friday.

  • It’s technically still summer (celebrate its official end
    with this party at the Walker), but the coolness of fall has finally hit which means we’re more than ready
    to embrace the new fall and winter collections local designers and boutiques
    will show at Envision. 
    Atmosfere, Caroline Hayden, Claire Ward, Cliche’, Cocoon by Elizabeth
    Geisler, Idle Child, Jenny Carle, Karma Boutique, Kjurek, Marissa Bridges,
    Martin Patrick3, Roe Wolfe and Tessa Louise will point us to what’s on trend.
    Let’s just hope that means things that are snuggly and warm!

  • The best in local
    fashion from the Minneapolis scene is handpicked to show their collections at
    the biggest event of the week: “The Shows.” Christopher Straub, Cocoon,
    Lisa Hackwith and Samantha Rei
    will send designs down the runway on the first night. Idle
    Child, Emily Trevor, Lindsey Hopkins and Caroline Hayden will follow up with
    their collections the second night. Later in the week Blush Beauty Room will
    host a sample sale for local fashionistas to shop the designs they saw on the
  • Tim and Thom the twin tailors. Try saying that five times
    fast. The brothers behind TIM+THOM will host an epic battle at Gallery 13.
    Inspired by the art of Jim Lee and Marvel Comics’ The Upstarts, each brother
    will show their own Upstarts-inspired mini collection of 12 looks. Who will
  • Sure, we’re in the Midwest, but MCAD is ready to transport
    us around the world to Japan. The college will host a two-day conference
    exploring the connections between fashion and costume/anime/manga. The first
    day will skew towards the academic, but the second day is all about the runway
    show featuring collections inspired by the street fashion in Japan.


The Skinny:

How about a little St. Louis Fashion Week by the numbers?
Here goes:

10 days 36 regional and
national designers, 
along with 70
and 22 retailers
will strut their stuff and show off the newest fashions 
in 7 runways
shows (plus more events) 
at 10 venues
across the city.

  • Whew. Okay, enough with the numbers. Let’s get down to
    business. Project Runway Alumni Laura Kathleen, Michael Drummond, Casanova,
    Anthony Ryan, Joshua McKinley, April Johnston and Viktor Luna will bring all
    their fabulousness to The Fabulous Fox Theater. Bring you’re A-game wardrobe to
    sit at this runway show, and get ready for a special presentation as the
    Scarlett Collection debuts for the first time
  • Local designers AJ
    Thouvenot, Ashley Ulicni, Conjetta, I AM SLY, Michael Shead, Michele Sansone,
    Whitney Manney and Devil City will get their time to shine in a street festival
    and runway show in the Delmar Loop. Days later emerging designers Abaya Dake,
    Black by Maria Silver, Fouché, Miita Collection by Angela Brugioni, Spansen
    Filles by Sabrina Spanta and Chanelle Bertelsen and Q Lui by Qun Lui will
    compete for $30,000 in resources to take their career to the next level. Last
    year’s winner Lauren Bander, and People’s Choice winner Elise Lammert will also
    join the show.
  • STLFW Industry Night will be your
    chance to rub shoulders with high-profile professionals, including New York Fashion Week founder and host of
    Industry Night, Fern Mallis. See presentations from Paulie Gibson, KayOss, Dipped & Dyed,
    Bluebird Apparel and Suzanne Lay, and a runway show featuring Samantha Pleet,
    Jennifer Chun, Eva Franco, Wai Ming and Laura Kathleen.
  • Four local retail spaces (the Galleria, Plaza Frontenac,
    Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue) will host will host runways shows and fashion
    presentations (including one from Tess Giberson) on what’s hot and what’s not.
    But here’s the fun twist: ticket proceeds from these events will go to four
    local charities, including HavenHouse and the Center of Creative Arts. Can’t
    beat fashion with a cause.