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 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.

My Take on Local Fashion in The Twin Cities

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

While everyone else in the fashion industry is focused on the big 4, I keep my eye on the locals and unrenowned. As a self-titled Fashionista and avid fashion show attendee, I love seeing new styles and fashions crafted from local artists. The fashion design pool in Minnesota has quite a few hidden gems, especially in a stream of designers of color. 

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit:  Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit:  Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Designers tend to showcase designs that reflect our many seasons and many faces. Minnesota fashion has its own vast array of character. The designs range from highbrow to lowbrow, street wear to formal wear and accommodates to seasonal flexibility. 

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Model on Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018 During Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN)|   Photo Credit: Mahina

Attending local fashion shows is an excellent way to show your love for designers and see the newest local fashion before everyone else. At the end of most shows, there are opportunities to see designs up close and meet the designers. 

Orange Jumper on the Black Hearts Ball Runway Spring 2018

While I love to watching fashion going down a runway and fall in love with the movement of fabric being worked by the models, I am also a major fan of people watching. Not only do you get a runway fashion show you also get to see what real people are wearing. If there's one thing that I absolutely love about POC is that we always show up and show out; meaning you can never be overdressed for an event.