by Alexandra Katz
Five little letters are enough to make all fashion enthusiasts in the Twin Cities weak in the knees: MSPFW. It’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, and with so many events, so little time and not enough clothes…you might need to go shopping to prepare.
Friday: MSPFW: Fashion Week Kick-Off Happy Hour
What: Start off fashion right with a drink in hand at the free kick-off party at Seven Ultralounge. Not to make your dress any tighter, but there will be specials on appetizers too. With some goodies up for grabs, this is the way to welcome in fashion week.
When: 4-7 pm Friday, September 21
Where: Seven Ultralounge, 700 Hennepin Avenue, mnfashion.org
Friday: MSPFW: Envision: Artopia
What: With a room full of 1,000 fashion lovers it will be hard to pick out what to wear to the Envision event. An 11-segment, two-part fashion show, live painting, tempting cocktails, glam décor and fall’s latest looks, there is no reason to miss this night. Designers including Amanda Christine and K.Jurek as well as local shops Cliché, Local Motion, Drama, martinpatrick3 and Roe Wolfe will be showcasing their latest fall looks. As if going out in your best digs isn’t reason enough to step out this MNFW how about helping others? There will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to Free Arts Minnesota, a program that brings art into the lives of at-risk and abused children. Charity is always in style. Tickets are $25 GA, $50 VIP, and $75 for VIP front row.
When: 9 pm doors (8 pm VIP), 10 pm show Friday, September 21
Where: Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis, envisionmpls.com
Saturday: Glam Slam
What: Remember dressing up in your mother’s high heels, dresses and makeup? Just because you are an adult, it doesn’t mean that fun has to stop! Glam Slam wants you to play dress up no matter what age you are. This biannual event happens every spring and fall. With the slogan, “There’s always time for a photoshoot” Glam Slam wants you to swap some clothes, get all dolled up and have your picture taken. Swap, dress-up, shoot, fun!
When:6-9 pm Saturday, September 22
Where: Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, glamslamswap.com
Saturday: MSPFW: Vintage Did It First
What: You know that saying “what goes around comes around”? It normally comes with a negative connotation. Not in this case. Would it be bad for looks from Miu Miu, Prada or Trussardi to come back around again? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Blacklist Vintage is taking these looks straight from the rack…the 2011 rack. This isn’t just any old selection, it comes from the 2011New York fashion week runway. Space for the show is limited so get there early to grab a spot (or call in advance to RSVP) to see what you will be wearing five falls from now. Remember, no matter what you are wearing now, vintage did it first. Tickets are $5 at the door.
When: 8-11 pm, Saturday, September 22
Where: Blacklist Vintage, 25 E 26th Street, Minneapolis, 612-872-8552, blacklistvintage.com
Sunday: MSPFW: You & Me: In-Store Showcase
What: Looking for a not so run-of-the-mill walk down the catwalk? Well, local designers Samantha R. Crossland of Blasphemina’s Closet, Samuel James for Skinned, Missie Kittok of Affair Nights Loning, and Sina Y. [Design] Collection have something else in store… A photo booth, live music, artist reception and trunk show, so not only do you get to see the looks you get to try them on and bring them home!
When: 4-8 pm Sunday, September 23
Where: You & Me, 2114B Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-823-8200, mnfashion.org
Monday: MSPFW: Emerging Designer Showcase
What: There are no two words that go better together than fashion and showcase. Up and coming designers will be displaying their spring/summer 2013 looks. Six apparel and six accessory designers will be paired up in three mini runway shows. DJ Robert James will be spinning all night with the shows running every half hour. This is your chance to be that trendsetter, you know the one who always has the most unique pieces that everyone swoons over? Up and coming designers equals undiscovered, practically unknown. What does this mean for you? A fashion gold mind. Note: this show is free, so it’s a great chance to check out some new designers!
When: 7-10 pm Monday, September 24
Where: Atrium at Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, mnfashion.org
Click HERE for l’étoile’s shopping guide for next week’s MSPFW show deets, or mnfashion.org for a full calendar of events.