It’s Fashion Week in Minnesota once again, thanks to the energy and efforts of a new generation of hardworking optimists led by event producer Sarah Edwards…who was wise to partner with the mother of MNfashion, Anna Lee. This week isn’t about packing First Avenue with the sort of rocking fashion shows that electrified—make that, amplified—local designers back in the dark ages before Instagram, more than a decade ago. Most of the events are intimate, and not only runway focused, which again, is a wise way to tiptoe back into building community around all of the independent design work happening in the Twin Cities today.
“When we started MNFashion, it was with the thinking that we could build it from the ground up—the infrastructure wasn’t there. It burnt a lot of people out,” Lee says. “Now, with the whole maker movement, there’s so much more activity and awareness. There’s a community of people, all operating at a certain level.”
The Homme event happening Wednesday speaks to that evolution. It's a celebration of Minnesota’s stellar men’s fashion scene, from heritage brands such as Duluth Pack and rising stars like Woodchuck, to retailers including MartinPatrick 3 and Heimie's. Fashion Group Intenrational hosts a full on luxury fashion show on Thursday. Brothers Tim and Thom Navarro team up for their first Tim + Thom collection in a few seasons, which they will show Friday along with collections from Samantha Rei, Jagress Intimates, and others at a show called Lark.
Plus size fashion blogs Bella Moxie and Cat Inspired present one of the most encouraging events of the week, the Twin Cities' first Plus Size Pop-Up Shop. It takes place Saturday at Goodwill/Easter Seals boutique Second Debut and will feature new and gently used women's apparel sizes 14 to 28 as well as jewelry, shoes and bags. The week culminates with Envision Fall 2015 featuring designers Caroline Hayden, Jenny Carle, Tessa Louise, Kjurek and many more.