Starting next week, you can expect serious style to hit the runways at Black Fashion Week MN. Thanks to Natalie Morrow, who established BFWMN in 2019, the organization provides a platform for talented creators and artists of color to show their dedication to their craft. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, here is the recap of six events taking place in the Twin Cities.
design of the time
Held at the legendary Paisley Park Soundstage – the property’s first-ever fashion show – the evening will feature music, a Q&A panel with special guest designer Debbie McGuan, and of course, the fashion from local designers showcasing collections inspired by Prince. May 5. 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, 952-495-6750
Mix and mingle with the Influence of Fashion Mixer at Moxy. downtown. This fashion show features colorful streetwear from local brands, No Excuses and Mind Your Culture.
May 13. Moxy Downtown Mpls, 247 Chicago Ave S, Mpls., 612-400-1810
Fashion on the roof
Get ready for an eclectic mix of collections from designers Scissors and Sass, Anyse Fashion and NSOD Clothing, from the fourth floor of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery.
May 14. Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, 1256 N Penn Avenue, Mpls.
Located in the Church of Macedonia, off Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis, this thrift store has great finds and deals. See their outfits shine on the Emery Hotel catwalk.
May 15. Hotel Emery, 15 4th St S, Mpls., 612-340-2000
black girl magic
This signature show will sprinkle a little magic on the catwalk. Featured designers include Aert Fashion, EtheReal, Lesley Helen and Kendoll Designs at W Minneapolis.
May 19. W Minneapolis – The Foshay, 821 S Marquette Ave, Mpls., 612-215-3700
black man magic
This show is the finale of BFWMN. Get ready for a night of elegance and class at Mercedes-Benz of St. Paul. Featured designers are Coty Clothing, Renaissance and Earle Bannister.
May 20. Mercedes-Benz of St. Paul, 2780 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood, 651-483-2681
To purchase tickets for BFWMN events, visit bfwmn.com