Fashion Week in Minnesota may be over for the season, but fall fashion shows in the Twin Cities continue. The coming months boast a high-production runway show at the Mall of America featuring fall collections from Project Runway alumni, the long-running Full Fashion Panic and Fresh Traditions shows, and an intimate, retrospective runway show from local label, Joynoelle. Mark your calendars, and start planning your outfits now.
Looks by apatico from 2016 Full Fashion panic, Photo by Drayke Larson/PhotoSynthetique
Full Fashion Panic
The 14th annual Full Fashion Panic runway show is presented as part of the long-running Mechademia, an academic conference dedicated to the Japanese art forms of manga and anime. Held on the conference’s third day, the show explores the connections between fashion and anime, manga, and pop culture via collections by several alternative, independent designers. Taking inspiration from Japanese street styles and a science fiction theme, designers will showcase looks featuring bold prints, vibrant colors, over-the-top styling, unisex garments, and textured fabrics. As usual, the show is directed by Minneapolis designer Samantha Rei, known of-late as a contestant on the 16th season of Project Runway.
When: Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. (doors at 2:30 p.m.), Q&A to follow)
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
Curated Style Fashion Show & Blu’s Vintage Boutique
For a second year running, the Mall of America hosts a runway fashion show boasting high production values and some of Project Runway’s most recognizable names over the course of its 16 seasons. Designers include the Brooklyn-based Christopher Palu, a season 10 finalist known for his signature fabric feathering technique that he used several times on the show; Fabio Costa, a Brazilian designer from season 10 who uses organic fabrics and bohemian style; Liberia-born designer Korto Momolu, the runner-up of both season 5 and All Stars season 3, whose designs are inspired by her West African heritage; Mondo Guerra, the runner-up of season 8 and the winner of the first season of All Stars, known for his graphic, colorful designs; Atlanta-based designer Mychael Knight, a season 3 alum who also appeared on All Stars‘ third season, known for his bold, body-con designs; Mexican-born designer Viktor Luna, a finalist in season 9; and Minnesota’s own Christopher Straub of season 6. The seven designers will showcase pieces from their Fall/Winter 2017 collections at the Mall of America’s Rotunda in this show, which will also include performances from Minnesota native Eva Igo from World of Dance. The following day, Radisson Blu hotel at the megamall will host a pop-up boutique in its second-level Sky Bridge featuring collections from Palu, Straub, Costa, and Guerra, as well as pieces from Twin Cities vintage retailers including Encore Boutique, June, My Sister’s Closet, and Turquoise Vintage. Designer and vintage merchandise will be available for purchase, and small bites and refreshments will be provided by FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar.
When: Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. (show) & Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (pop-up boutique)
Where: The Rotunda at Mall of America, 7104 E. Broadway, & Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington
Tickets: Free wristbands for the show are available on a first-come, first serve basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday
looks from various joynoelle collections, images courtesy joynoelle
10 Years of Joynoelle Boutique & Atelier
Joy Teiken is a local treasure. Nearly every year since she founded her line, Joynoelle, in 2003, she has presented collection after stunning collection in various Twin Cities venues. Following a show-stopping runway show at Aria this past spring, this fall she’s opted for the intimate space of her atelier/boutique/studio in south Minneapolis for a retrospective event that will mark her 10th year in her space. The event features a salon presentation throughout the course of the evening with models wearing looks Teiken has crafted over the past decade, plus champagne to sip while you view the pieces up close and browse the designer’s collection.
When: Friday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Joynoelle Atelier & Boutique, 312 W. 42nd St., Minneapolis
Info: joynoelle.com and facebook.com
Nordstrom Mall of America Beauty Trend Show
Beauty fans will want to flock to the MOA for this fall trend showcase. Part of the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Week (Oct. 1-7), this high-energy runway show will feature backstage beauty tips and tricks from industry insiders, highlighting Nordstrom‘s beauty brands. Afterwards, attendees will receive complimentary makeup, skincare, and fragrance consultations as well as an exclusive, free Nordstrom Beauty tote.
When: Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Nordstrom Mall of America, 1000 NW. Court, Bloomington
Tickets: $20 and redeemable toward a Nordstrom Beauty purchase the day of the event.
Info: Call 952-883-2121 or visit shop.nordstrom.com to reserve your spot.
designs by Lylena Yang and others at Fresh Traditions 2016, image by Wameng Moua
Fresh Traditions Fashion Show XI
Since its founding in 1998, the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) has promoted the artistic talents of the Twin Cities’ Hmong population. One of its longest-running programs is the Fresh Traditions fashion show, a one-of-a-kind event that offers its all-Hmong roster of designers from Minnesota and beyond the opportunity to showcase their unique visions while challenging them to create contemporary garments inspired by the fabrics and colors used in traditional Hmong clothing. Last year’s 10th annual show featured a wide array of handmade fashions from ten local and national lines that raised the bar of innovation, inspiration, and quality for Twin Cities fashion and beyond.
When: Saturday, November 4 from 5-9 p.m. (VIP) at 5 p.m., doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p..m.
Where: Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal St. N., St. Paul
Tickets: Coming soon
Info: instagram.com/freshtraditionsfashion and facebook.com/FreshTraditionsFashionShow