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Planning Your MNfashion Week

April 11th, 2011
by Allison Kaplan

Strap on some stilettos for a lively week on the Twin Cities runways. It’s MNfashion Week and that means more than two dozen shows and events to see (and be seen). Some nights have no fewer than nine events going on around town. It’s a great dilemma to face, but here are my top picks:

Tuesday, April 12: Glam Slam Week at Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge Pretty yourself for fashion week. Enjoy 10 percent off all services and products. Call 612-227-9363 for appointments.

Wednesday, April 13: The Voltage kids have grown up and gone on to produce serious fashion shows. The first of the MNfashion Shows will feature new collections from promising local designer George Moskal and forward thinking upcycling brand CounterCouture. Tickets are $20 to $30 and include two drinks. Doors at 7 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m. 79 13th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Thursday, April 14: The second of two MNfashion Shows spotlights talented local designer Emma Berg, a favorite in the arts scene, and Kevin Kramp, whose men’s knitwear designs are internationally recognized. Tickets are $20 to $30 and include two drinks. Doors at 7 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m. 79 13th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

If I could be two places at once, I’d hit the StevenBe Knitwear Runway Rockshow featuring knit creations by local designers curated by industry vet StevenBe, whose theatrical workshop has become a hangout for novices and skilled knitters alike. $30. 7 p.m. 3448 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Friday, April 15: Voltage: Fashion Amplified. The event that started it all, now in its seventh – and possibly final – installment. The show debuts spring lines of aspiring local designers, set to the sounds of local bands. $24. 7 p.m. First Avenue, 701 First Ave., Minneapolis

Saturday, April 16: Fashion Ball. Enter the fantabulous world of stylist Grant Whittaker, who mixes trend and fantasy, blends luxury fashion with thrift and vintage for an entertaining evening of fashion and dance to benefit Ballet of the Dolls. The show will feature fashion from Grethen House, Bluepeg and the new bridal collection from Joynoelle (also takes place Friday night, which could be more of a scene for those whose days of wearing earplugs to watch a show are behind them). $35 to $75. 7 p.m. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Sunday, April 17: Styles for Smiles. A fashion show featuring spring looks from KOKOON Design Studio and Local Motion boutique. Buy the clothes straight off the runway, including jewelry from local lines SBG Designs and m.bridget designs. A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Healthy Smile, bringing oral health education and dental supplies to underprivileged children globally. Admission is free. Doors at 1 p.m.; Show at 2 p.m. 2508 24th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Information on these, and more events is at

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