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Fashion Week MN 2017

Daily from Sept. 7-15
All Day
Varies; many events are free
Barhopping, Fashion and Style, Festivals

While New York Fashion Week maintains an air of exclusivity, Fashion Week MN has grown more inclusive over the years. The nine-day festival showcases local designers and creatives through trunk shows, catwalks, pop-up events, and glam parties. This season’s installment offers sartorial potential for all, regardless of age, size, or community. Things kick off Thursday with #MinnstaFashion, a free happening at the W Minneapolis featuring looks from five emerging talents. There will be cocktails and a fab backdrop made for social media. On Saturday, Culture Piece Magazine will host a party celebrating the Harlem Renaissance, a notably sophisticated era of fashion. The evening will include POC models and designers, and live music. Sunday gatherings include Cliche Crosswalk, where fashion will hit the street as revelers shop and sip in the Wedge neighborhood boutique, and Return to Form, a panel talk at Hazel & Rose exploring the business of ethical clothing, from avoiding fast fashion to supporting new labels making a difference. Tuesday’s plus-size party at Surly Brewing Company will feature a pop-up shop for those who are size 14 and up, and a panel discussion on body confidence and serving consumers better. Body-positive geek-chic designer Samantha Rei, currently on this season of Project Runway, will also be in attendance. The fun continues next week with a shindig at Winsome Goods, and Flip Phone fun includes a panel on drag fashion and a rooftop party with Kim Chi from RuPaul’s Drag Race. For tickets, registration, and more events, visit fashionweekmn.com.


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