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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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 03

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Welcome to Part 03 of Fashion Week MN Guide 2018 Series. In the previous articles in this series Fashion Week MN Guide 2018, I shared with readers general info about Fashion Week and Fashion Week Minnesota. I also gave you my 2018 Must Attend Recommendations. In this post I’m giving you some ideas about what and who you should be wearing.

Fashion Week provides us a glance into the fashion industry as fashion connoisseurs. Here’s an industry secret: Fashion show/event attendees are not just there to serve as an audience, you are also play a major role in setting trends and future looks. That’s right most of us are looking at what the locals are doing and building creating from what we see. As much as some try to hide there isn’t a spot where you won’t be seen, so why not make an impression.

First rule of fashion engagement know your event.  Most events and organizers encourage attendees to express themselves and be provocative in style while others can make specific requests to help keep the focus where they want it directed. Most events during Fashion Week Minnesota let attendees know right there in the event descriptions what type of dress attire expected based upon the themes and the time of day an event is held. When deciding on what to wear never lose sight that each event is its own kind of party, so dress the part.

For shows hosted before 6pm you can generally assume that the event on the more casual side.  You don’t need to come dressed to nines, but you don’t necessarily want to show up in sweats and flip-flops either. During your evening shows that are featuring gowns and tuxes you will want to go for a more formal look to class it up. Nevertheless, here are a few fashion ideas to help you build your wardrobe for Fashion Week.

The Classic: Denim, Tee, and Jacket/Blazer

The Classic Look

It’s very rare that you can go wrong with this combination, especially if the event you are attending is a casual event.  What’s great is that this classic look can change from day to night by simply switching up your accessories, shoes, and makeup. When selecting the right jacket or blazer size does matter and so does the style.  Going go too large can make you look lost and confused while going too small just makes you look a hot mess. Don’t be afraid to go with a loud jacket/blazer.

 Where to shop:

Go to a local thrift store in your area to find the jacket and/or blazer that you can rock all season long. Cake Plus-Size Resale have some really awesome pieces in plus sizes. You don’t have to break the bank just to attend Fashion Week, just look good and feel good. For jeans you and definitely head to Target and find your style.


Wear Your Message: T-Shirt With a Message

Wear Your Message

This season wearing a message across your chest, down your leg or across your derriere is the most fashionable statement you can make. Not matter what you wear you will most likely offend somebody, so select your message wisely. For those of you that like to “push the envelope” it’s a great idea to ask a friend that identifies and/or is recognized in Communities of Color as a Person of color just to make sure your message doesn’t borderline on cultural appropriation or is just plain racist (remember racism is about the power dynamic, don’t get it twisted).


Staying Neutral: Neutral Tones Paired with a Great Shoe

Staying Neutral

There’s just something about neutrals (black, gray, ivory, beige, shades of white, etc.) that just work for both casual and formal events. Committing with neutrals allows you to fool people into believing you have totally expensive taste (at least that’s what every fashion blogger/vlogger claims). If you are going for the look that says you care, but not really, this just might be what you are looking for. A great way to take the neutral look to the next level is to pop on minimalist inspired accessories and a great pair of shoes.

Where to shop:  

If you are looking to spend a good chunk of money you will definitely want to head over to Queen Anna. The fashion is highbrow and you can find real quality pieces that will last you a lifetime.


Embrace Monotones: One Color From Head to Toe

Monotone

 Wearing an outfit decked out in just one color is definitely eye catching. Whether you go loud or neutral you are bound to turn heads. There are a couple of ways that you can do monotone which includes committing to one specific color and adding layers with contrasting under tones. One can also go one color and throw in accessories like a clutch, shoes, or belt that happens to be a completely different color than your selected color of your outfit. 

Where to shop:

Bris Carbajal owner of the label Yessenya has some amazing designs that you can find in both colorful and monotones. I’m totally bias because I love everything that she makes.


Accessorize, Accessorize: Accessorize

Accessories

It’s amazing what a necklace or a pair of earrings can offer an outfit. Whether you are looking to dress up or dress down finding the perfect accessory is a must. Accessories should also accentuate an outfit not carry it. Experiment with color and different materials. Avoid wearing too many accessories that drown out your outfit in turn making you look less than the best. Consider acquiring pieces that you can pair with more than one outfit and are equal investment to who often you plan to wear said purchases.

Where to shop:

Pretty Rock Girl has a variety of options when it comes to unique jewelry options. I have been a long time fan and always recommend them if you are looking for some major statement pieces.


Formal Formality: Fancy Women and Menswear

Formal Formality

Formal Wear is more than a formality. With cocktail attire you are able to go big or simple. In any case wear pieces that fit and compliment your body. When considering the attire you wish to wear think about mobility and comfortability. Most formal fashion events have an opportunity before and after the event for people to mingle and take photos.  If you plan on moving anywhere beyond your seat then plan to wear something that allows you to relax and enjoy yourself (shoes included). While you can definitely spend a bunch of money on one outfit consider going to a consignment shop or a local formal wear vendor that can help personalize your experience.

Where to shop:

For menswear I would recommend looking up Tim +Thom as well as MartinPatrick3. Now I don’t know much about menswear, but I know that I’ve liked what I’ve seen. The fashions are always hot and they offer a personalized shopping experience. For women’s formal I would recommend exploring designer Victor Farmah, and shopping Via’s Vintage.

Casual with a Twist: The Basics Jazzed Up

Casual Twist

One of the best things about fashion is that you can dress just about anything or down.  You don’t have to go completely overboard to make a fashion statement.  You can jazz up an everyday outfit by simply mixing patterns, colors, layers, or adding accessories and a pair of good looking shoes.  

Where to shop:

All over the place, skies the limit!

Fashion Week is all about the fashion and drawing inspiration. Try not to be afraid to go against the masses, but are member to be respectful.  Everyone is out and about to have a great time so have fun, relax, and talk to 5 new people.

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Now that you have ideas on what you want to wear and which events to attend it’s time to starting thinking about where you want to eat and mingle! Be sure to make your way back to the kissmypassion Blog to find out which restaurants and eateries should be on your radar.