Look Like A Boss By Following These 11 Dos and Don'ts During Fashion Week

A Good Time

Everyone wants to have a good time when they attending a fashion event. Any time you attend a hosted event it goes without saying that you are a guest accepting your responsibility as an attendee. There’s an unspoken agreement that by attending a fashion event, that you, the attendee are a guest that to supports the whole event from the moment you arrive to the venue until the time you depart. If you recall last season I put together a 5 Day guide to help people navigate Fashion Week . In Fashion Week Guide Part 05 I focused on the topic of Fashion Show Etiquette for attendees. I wanted to revisit those points and add a few more rules that fashion goers should abide by.

Not your show

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You should not find yourself at the center of attention unless you are in the spotlight on the black/red/green carpet or posing for pictures at the designated time and place. If the fashion event is not your own, then all eyes needn’t be on you.

Stay humble.


Show some respect

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All fashion events are important fashion events to someone. Time, effort, and money has been put into the fashion events being hosted. Yes, the host eventually wants you to buy the fashions, but they also want everyone in attendance to have a good time. As an attendee whether you are in VIP or in the General Standing area, sponsor or ticket winner, red carpet event or pop-up shop treat each event and its attendees with respect.

Keep it to yourself

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Photo by Godisable Jacob from Pexels

Nothing is worse than going to a show and watching in horror as someone in a front seat has a leg or a bag reaching out to the middle of a runway. Keep everything on your person as close to you and as far away from the runway as possible as not to distract models from their walking path. Also, be mindful not to obstruct clear runway shots of photographers. Don’t be sh#$ty person. Pull it in!

Runways are for models & company

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Photo by sachin bharti from Pexels

The runway is sacred space for models, designers, hosts, etc. Non affiliates walking across them is considered bad luck and bad form. If you must, walk as close to the sitting area as possible without disturbing other attendees and stay off of the runway. If you really have to get a picture of yourself on the runway wait until after the show or run the risk of being asked to leave an event.  

Golf claps & snaps

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When you attend shows a great way to let designers know that you love their fashion is to give a short golf course claps or controlled snaps. This is a way to show respect for your favorite designs and to make sure that the attention stays on the clothes, not you. If you feel so moved by a piece that a vocal response cannot be stopped, so be it, but remain respectful with your words and keep it short. At the end of every presentation (end of a line or designer run) be sure to kick up your enthusiasm for said designer(s) to show your appreciation of their showcase.

Not your seat, Don’t sit down

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Photo by Ambar Simpang from Pexels

You should never ever sit down in a seat that isn’t reserved for you. Besides that fact that people have paid extra money or are affiliates of shows it’s considered bad form. No one should have to ask you to move out of the seat they have paid for. Once you have your seat and it’s 10 -15 minutes before the show you should stay rooted in your assigned seat until the very end of the show. The same can be said for those in the designated standing areas, just stay put.

Keep yourself upright

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Photo by Jacob Prose from Pexels

Being lucky enough to be sitting in the front row is awesome. Be humble and sit in your seat as not to obstruct the view for anyone else. If you are shooting the show live on social media do your absolute best to stay upright so everyone on either side of you also has an unobstructed view of the fashions coming and going down the runway.

Leave tall headwear home

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Image by Roland Nikrandt from Pixabay

Hats and head-wraps are great for the red carpet, but if your headgear is more than a few inches high then leave it at home. You don’t want to be the a#$hole that is blocking views because you want to be cute.

Dress as requested

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If the coordinator asks their guests to dress in black then dress in black. If they ask you to wear a mask get a mask or a fancy hand fan.  If the event it 18+ then by Jove you better be 18+. Do not take liberties and do whatever you want. Coordinators have set the boundaries for a reason, trust that over being a diva.

Social Media

If you are going live or snapping pictures to post to social media do your best to tag and @ the event, venue, model, etc. It’s a great idea to figure out which tags you want to use ahead of time as not to miss other fashions coming down the runway. If someone corrects you with information, be sure to update your info ASAP and thank them for their help.   

Have fun

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Photo by Godisable Jacob from Pexels

As mentioned in the first section, everyone wants to have a good time.  Enjoy the fashion as it comes down the runway give a nod to the model as they pass you.  Try to leave the negativity outside of the venue and enjoy the show, the people, event, and the fashions.

If you can follow these rules then you will make the fashion week experience great for everyone. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Dress to impress and see you at the show.



Black Fashion Week Minnesota (BFWMN) Has Returned for a Spring 2019

Black Fashion Week Minnesota Returns

Black Fashion Week Minnesota (#BFWMN) is alive and right around the corner. #BFWMN is a platform that gives IPOC designers and makers a chance to showcase their talents and efforts. Attendees of Black Fashion Week MN also get the rare opportunity to truly surround themselves with a fashion industry made of members from our black, latinx, asian, and indigenous communities. BFWMN will showcase local talent and include nationally recognized names during its run from April 18- April 27.

Black Fashion Week MN is hosting five official events including the jump off event “The A-List Mixer” hosted on Thursday, April 18. This premier event will be held at the stylish boutique hotel, Moxy Minneapolis Uptown. The A-List Mixer will be an event where BFWMN attendees can rendezvous, sip a little somthin’, and meet other fashion & style like-minded folks before fashion events get underway. Tickets for this fashion-packed week will be sold on-site at discounted rates for events that haven’t yet been sold out.

The current event roster lists the Tim & Thom presents Black Hearts Ball (black & white formal event) taking place on April 19, Fashion Bazaar will happen on April 20, 40 Lux & Fashionable on April 26 and Black Man Magic with Karl Kani on April 27.  

There will be photographers (and people that be doing the most with their cameras and phones, much like myself) on shutter mode. BFWMN is definitely a dress to impress affair. When I reached out to ask about the dress attire for guests this what a representative had to say, “For any of the fashion shows you attend at Black Fashion Week Mn you can wear whatever you like...whatever feels fashionable, whatever you feel pretty in.”  

Before go time you should brush up on fashion show etiquette and stay updated on everything #BFWMN related by following @blackfashionweekmn on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out events & such  to stay in the know of the latest MN POC Community Events & Upcoming Opportunities at kissmypassion.com.

As always I will do my best to keep you updated on all of the latest MN POC Community Events, but I am only one person, please visit the events & such page to submit an event or updates, today.

Fashion Week MN Guide Part 05

Proper Fashion Show Etiquette


Welcome to Part 05 of Fashion Week MN Guide 2018 Series. As we wrap up this series and Fashion Week in the Twin Cities I want to share that this season has been quite the experience. As sad as I am that things are wrapping up, I’m glad to share this final piece because too many people seem completely lost.  It’s important to remember when you attend a fashion event that you are a guest. By accepting an invitation, purchasing a ticket, and attending an event you are saying that you are there to support the whole event from the moment you arrive to the venue until the time you exit.

Runways are for models & company

Runways for Models & Co

The runway is sacred land for models, designers, hosts, etc. Non affiliates walking across any runway is considered bad luck and bad form. If you must, walk as close to the sitting/standing area as possible without disturbing other attendees and stay off of the runway. If you really have to get a picture of yourself on the runway wait until after the show or run the risk of being asked to leave an event.  

Dress as requested

If the coordinator asks their guests to dress in black then dress in black. If they ask you to wear a mask get a mask or a fancy hand fan.  If the event it 18+ then by Jove you better be 18+. Do not take liberties and just do what+ever you want. Coordinators have set the boundaries for a reason, trust that over being a diva.

Golf claps & snaps

When you attend shows a great way to let designers know that you love what you are seeing is to give their fashion a nice little golf course clap or controlled snaps. This is a way to show respect for your favorite designs and to make sure that the attention stays on the clothing, not you. At the end of every presentation (end of a line or designer run) be sure to kick up your enthusiasm for said designer(s) to show your appreciation for showcasing their designs.

Not your seat, Don’t sit down

You should never ever sit down in a seat that isn’t reserved for you. Besides that fact that some people have had to pay monies for their seats or are affiliates of shows it’s considered bad form. No one should have to ask you to move out of the seat they has been reserved for them. Once you have your seat and it’s 10 to 15 minutes before the show you should stay rooted in your spot until the very end of the show. The same can be said for those in the designated standing area. Just stay put.

Sit Up Diva

Keep it to yourself

Nothing is worse than going to a show and watching in horror as someone in a front row seat has a leg or a bag reaching out into the middle of a runway. Keep everything on your person as close to you and as far away from the runway as possible. You do not want to distract models from their walking path or obstruct clear runway shots of photographers. Don’t be that sh#$ty person. Pull it in!

Keep yourself upright

Being lucky enough to be sitting in the front row is awesome. Be humble and sit in your seat as not to obstruct the view for anyone else. If you are shooting the show live on social media do your absolute best to stay upright so everyone on either side of you also has an unobstructed view of the fashions coming and going down the runway.

Social Media

If you are going live or snapping pictures to post to social media do your best to tag and @ the event, venue, model, etc. It’s a great idea to get figure out which tags you want to use ahead of time as not to miss other fashions coming down the runway. If someone corrects you with information, be sure to update your info ASAP and thank them for their time.   

Have Fun People

Have fun

Everyone wants to have a good time. Enjoy the fashion as it comes down the runway and be sure to give a nod to the models as they pass you. Keep Debbie Downer at home. If that’s your personality, I get it, but try your best not to ruin the event for everyone else. Smile, keep conversations short, and take plenty of pictures. Try to leave the negativity outside of the venue and enjoy the show, the people, event, and the fashions.

If you can follow these rules then you will make the fashion week experience great for everyone. Thank you for reading and see you next season!








Fashion Week MN Guide Part 04

Minnesota Fashion Week Eats


Glad to see you made it to Part 04 of Fashion Week MN Guide 2018 Series. In the previous articles in this series Fashion Week MN Guide 2018, I shared with readers some general fashion options and designers to wear during Fashion Week and Fashion Week Minnesota. I also gave you my 2018 Must Attend Recommendations.

In this post I’m giving you some Instagram Worthy Restaurants with good food to eat. Fashion Week is all about Style so not only do you want to look good you want to eat good too.  I have pulled together 7 Awesomely Instagrammable places for you to snap pictures and eat.

Tilia

Lobster

If you are looking for something quiet and quiet, baby, you looking in the wrong place. If you’re looking for something loud, charming, Instagrammable, and having a good time then this is the place for you (and me).  Tilia is an awesome spot to visit with friends and have a really great time eating. Great conversations are had and because space is pretty intimate you can enjoy listening on the conversations of others. The brunch & lunch options are too tasty to keep to yourself. If you are looking to stop in for dinner beware! If you don’t mind a hefty wait for dinner, then enter the queue at your own risk.  

Hell’s Kitchen’s

Pancake Breakfast

American Dining at it’s best, so make sure you make a reservation to make time. The food is good, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is pretty cool. For the most part, food comes out looking pretty social-media-post-ready and it’s actually edible!  There are some fan favorites when it comes to their menu, but it’s a gamble you have to be willing to take. Hell’s kitchen is a great spot to visit, even though parking is not. Visiting this venue with friends or solo is definitely worth a shot. Before you eat take time to explore the decoration and spend some time looking over the humorously named food items on your menu.

Hoban Korean BBQ

Grilling Squid

This a good spot to come with friends to drink, eat, and be merry. If you have a love for KPop then you will find you are in the best place ever! While the customer service is not top notch, the food is good and it’s a pretty spacious venue. If you are looking for a place to chill for a while and really enjoy your food, you should plan to arrive pretty close to open before the mad dash of rowdy people rolls in. The food looks great and with space at your table so you can definitely work the camera especially with that lighting. Shoo’ don’t be afraid to take shots from multiple angles.

Hai Hai

Seafood in Sauce

The food is good and makes sure the company you bring with is, too.  The food is fun and flavorful. It’s definitely worth it to check out the menu online ahead of time so you won’t be surprised and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’ll want to ask about portions as your eyes will definitely get your stomach and wallet in trouble. The tropical vibes are fun and the drinks are flirty. You can’t help but find the charm in the the mismatched dishes and garnished drinks. If you gotta do it for the Gram the I recommend coming at least an hour or two before the sunsets to get the best lighting .

Martina

Spaghetti

The food is so picturesque and stylish.  If you aren’t on a tight budget then Martina is a top pick for picture-worthy locations to eat at. The decor is chic and the food pairs well with it.  This is a pretty trendy spot so reservations are a must. The drinks are not only tasty but just as beautiful as the food. This is a great spot to eat at even though sometimes the staff can be pretty off-putting.  If you just focus on why you are there then it’s all worth it. It’s all about the lighting so pay attention to placement and don’t be afraid to ask for a spot with the goods.

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

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Brunch is all the rage at this casual dining restaurant. Though you have to travel out to the burbs it’s a good trek to make for some pretty and tasty food. It’s also a good spot for fun-filled drinks. The lighting is decent so you just might get that Instagram worthy photo in. The atmosphere is relaxed but can get pretty loud. This is an establishment where you want to ask about portion sizes otherwise the joke will be on you. Try not to skip on the desserts or else you will be sorry. Not just for missing out on a tongue titillating experience, but they are majorly artisan.  

Nightingale

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The food is great, the atmosphere is great, it’s just great. The food is pretty much out of the minds of the Food Network. Eating at Nightingale can be a real challenge because you are torn between snapping pics and indulging in your food. Because all of my experiences have been positive I might be just a tad bias.  This spot is pretty hip, yes I wrote that. Fashionistas everywhere will feel right at home. The Chef can do no wrong, the bartenders know what’s up, and the servers are hella cool. The food and drinks are equally beautiful to look at and just as enjoyable to eat. And oddly enough the restrooms are picture worthy so IG is a definite must after your pit stop.

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Now that you have ideas on what you want to wear and which events to attend it’s time to start thinking about where you want to eat and mingle!  Be sure to make your way back to the kissmypassion Blog to find out proper fashion show attendee etiquette.












Fashion Week MN Guide Part 02

Fwmn shows you can’t miss


Welcome to Part 02 of Fashion Week MN Guide 2018 Series. In the previous article in this series Fashion Week MN Guide 2018, I was able to share with you some general information and touch on the history of Fashion Week MN. In this article I will share with you FWMN shows you are not to miss. With Fashion Week MN less than a week away it’s definitely a good idea to start planning which shows you want to attend. Any avid fashion lover will tell you that selecting the right shows and events is paramount to having the ultimate Fashion Week experience. With this article I will get you started in the right direction to make sure you know about the shows and you definitely won’t want to miss.

When selecting events and shows I am always looking to maximize my experience. The first, rule to planning is to make sure one hashes out what they want out of their time and efforts. Are you looking to attend as many shows as possible because you can?  Are you looking for a specific style of clothing? Are you going to network? My show and event recommendations vary due to my need to maximize my experience, network, support communities of color and supporting venues. Below you will find show and event recommendations that I believe will give you an amazing experience during Fashion Week Minnesota. These aren’t your only options of course, but these will get you on the road to good times!


Thursday, September 20

Minnstafashion: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff Event

7-9pm @ W-Minneapolis- The Foshay

This event is a great way to get just a quick taste of what is to come for the rest of Fashion Week.  Though this in a more informal event you still want to be sure to dress to impress. It’s been my observation that the vendors tend to be pretty homogenous, but if you can get past that and stick around for the long haul you have opportunities to see live presentations from new and upcoming fashion artists. What sets The Minnstafashion: Official Fashion Week MN Kickoff Event apart from all of the rest is that this event aims at giving attendees an awesome opportunity to network and mingle with a lot of other fashion aficionados that you will inevitably will see throughout the rest of the week. Did I forget to mention that there will be prizes given to the best dressed and best Minnstafashion IG Story? Don’t forget to bring business cards!


Saturday, September 22

Black Fashion Week MN Presents Runway Africa

5-8:30pm @ MOXY Minneapolis Uptown

Runway Africa is a show hosted by Black Fashion Week MN.  Be forewarned that attendees should expect the unexpected with style, flair and pride. Runway Africa will feature four local African Designers with collections from Jummy’s Corner, Thea Couture, Ruva Africa & Te La Vie Kollection.  This jam packed event will be accompanied body moving music, local Twin Cities vendors, and of course the some of the hottest fashions of the season. Despite this being a being a casual event you want to dress to impress because the photographers are always watching.


Wednesday, September 26

Trippy Stylez Fashion Show

7-10pm @ Public Functionary

Fashion, music, style and entertainment come together creating the ultimate fashion experience on the stage of Trippy Stylez Fashion Show. Attendees can look forward to seeing models of all sizes, ethnicities and backgrounds. Trippy Stylez promotes expressing yourself unapologetically proven by showcasing designs by Mixie D, Erica Chronowski, Taniguchi, Bimpe Bata Footwear.  creating the ultimate fashion experience. Dress to express and don’t forget to share the love by supporting local vendors, artists, and DJ’s.


Thursday, September 27 6:30-10:30pm

FGI MSP Presents Fall: Into Luxury

6:30-10:30pm @ Van Dusen Mansion

Don’t miss out on this red carpet event Hosted by FGI MSP.  Show off in your best at the luxury fashion event of the week. VIP guests will sip on fancy signature drinks and hors-d’oeuvres.  Hear Miss Minnesota 2017, Brianna Drevlow on piano accompanied by Jendayi Berry create one of a kind art. Besure to stick around after the fashion show for the after party to dance and mingle with all of the other beautiful people. There’s no excuse,you officially have a reason to pull those fancy clothes you have still hidden away in that garment bag.  


Friday, September 28 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Hues Company Presents Fly

6-9pm @ Public Functionary

See special guest designers Oceane Thea of Thea Couture, Jummy Oye of Jummy’s Corner, and Anyse Mellott of Anyse Fashion and Design presenting aviation-inspired exhibition and runway show. This aviation couture presentation will also be accompanied by a luxury consignment pop-up featuring big names in fashion. Fly, presented by The Hues Company, is in honor of the new lanuch clothing line Airline Brat.  This is guaranteed to be a one of a kind experience that you have to see for yourself.


Saturday, September 29

Fresh Traditions Season XII

4-10pm @ Union Depot

Fresh Traditions Fashion Show (FTFS) never disappoints when it comes to putting on an amazing show. The FTFS  is a program out of the the Center For Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) that nurtures and develops Hmong-American artists in fashion design and branding, and offers an opportunity for fashion designers to make fresh and contemporary interpretations (Get it, Fresh Traditions). Every event holds challenges for participating artists. This year participants are expected to create a collection that reflects this year’s theme “Creating Waves” and intertwine their personal story.  Designers also have create one new full garment using traditional fabrics from Hmong clothing. Pre-fashion show attendees have an opportunity to meet with vendors and other fashion minded individuals. You can expect great entertainment and an equally entertaining host. Get your ticket, today.


No matter what shows and events you plan to go to make sure you create the right agenda for you. As I said before and I’ll say throughout the series know what you want to get out of your experience and have fun!  If you know of or are hosting a fashion related event that you would like shared go to my contact page and share away.  Don’t forget to type in Upcoming Fashion Event(s)  into the subject line to make sure your event doesn’t get lost in a sea of messages.  

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Once you know where you want to go and what you want to get out of the experience the next step is to plan you wardrobe accordingly. Be sure to make your way back to the kissmypassion Blog to figure out what and who you need to wear during Fashion Week.  

 To find more information specifically about FWMN and official FWMN events be sure to visit www.fwmn.com.