Spring fashion events in and around downtown St. Paul

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By Charles Brandt

Spring has long been celebrated as a turning point in the year, especially in Minnesota. It’s a time of renewal; a point in the year when we come out of our winter shells and watch nature start to come alive again. In the fashion world, this is the perfect opportunity to revamp style and fashion trends for the year and embrace color and a sense of flare. As such, it is no surprise that Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN) has chosen April 21 – 29 to host events. This organization is “a semi-annual initiative from a collective of independent producers and designers with a mission of community engagement and celebrating the best designers, brands, retailers, stylists and producers in the Minnesota fashion industry through a series of public events.”

While many of the events during Fashion Week will happen in Minneapolis, St. Paul is also joining the party, hosting events in and around the downtown area.

St. Paul Collection Fashion Show
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: The University Club of St. Paul
This spring fashion show will showcase many of the unique, high-end boutiques located in St. Paul. Participating boutiques include Flirt Boutique, Valise Boutique & Apothecary, Atelier957 and Heimie’s Haberdashery, as well as local jewelry stores. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Gillette Children’s Hospital and Clinics.

Mind-Full: By Alissa Paris & Stacie Yokiel
Saturday, April 22, 2017: Doors are at 7 p.m., Show is at 8 p.m.
Location: Gem Salon and Spa
Twin Cities dancer and choreographer Alissa Paris of Energy Dance Collective joins forces with award-winning fashion artist Stacie Yokiel of Kozol to present Mind-Full, an intimate evening of movement and fashion in honor of our Mother Earth.

5th Annual HAMMS Event
Saturday, April 29, 2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: City House
The 5th annual Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed (HAMMS) event is a Minnesota-made market with a twist. All of the event proceeds (up to $5,000) are awarded through a game of chance to one of the makers for their business. Makers include Minnesota fashion brands Tessa Louise, Anywhere Apparel, and Tradition Creek. Food, beer, wine and mixed drinks are available at the event as well.

Price: $10 online or $15 at the door

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