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Saint Paul Style Meets Fashion Week Minnesota

Saint Paul Style Meets Fashion Week Minnesota

Check out these five inspired looks from Saint Paul shops and businesses, curated for Fashion Week Minnesota.

Written by: Sade Young, Visit Saint Paul, Social Media and Content Specialist & Fashion Week MN Social Media Manager

You may be thinking, “Wait. Minnesota has a Fashion Week?” 

The answer is Yes! Let me break it down for you fast. 

Since 2015, Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN) has organized and produced a week of semi-annual events showcasing a handful of the top Minnesota fashion designers, makers, retailers and creatives all over the state. According to Fashion Week Minnesota CEO, Sarah Edwards, the mission of FWMN is to shine a light on Minnesota-based creatives to help foster a thriving fashion community. FWMN aims to inspire, educate and most importantly, create community.

Fashion Week Minnesota has primarily taken place in Minneapolis, which is great and all, but I wanted to find a way to incorporate a little Saint Paul this Spring 2022 season. As the social media manager for Visit Saint Paul and Fashion Week Minnesota, it became my CIVIC DUTY to combine my two worlds and bring Saint Paul style to FWMN ‘22.

I pondered on the possibilities. The fashion show venues have been booked. The designers are all set. Everything is good to go...except me. I had nothing to wear. I didn't even have a plan, not even an idea. Like Cinderella going to the ball, minus the hard labor, mistreatment and prince charming. So I had to find some Fairy God...boutiques and business owners in the city that I'm repping, of course. I reached out to them, and they were more than happy to help me represent the amazing fashion that also comes out of Saint Paul.

 

Look #1: Did somebody say Vintage?

Photo by Joe Dammel of Dammel Photography

The season's first show, La Vie En Rose, was rich with color, inclusivity, and inspiration for secondhand fashion. So of course, I had to hit up Saint Paul’s best vintage spots to find the perfect look. I stopped into Up Six Vintage and aimlessly roamed the store. My style is undefined and really matches my personality - all over the place. Sometimes I will dress for the venue, if there's a theme I will obviously dress for that. I saw "rich in color" in the show description, so that is what I ran with.

Luckily, Megan McGuire, owner of Up Six,  was extremely helpful in pulling a diverse set of looks because I could have been there all day long. I could see myself in so many of those options for so many occasions. One dress, I thought, “brunch at French Hen?” and another I thought, “Ooh. This is cute for a photo op’ at Como Conservatory by the flowers.” Either way, the variety makes it fun to think of occasions to wear something new, different and vintage! Also, you can also hit up Lula Vintage and Everyday People, located right around the corner! 

Vintage Dress: Up Six Vintage

Iris Apfel Purse: Enchanté

Gold Cuff: Spoils of Wear

Pink Lense Sunglasses: Leo Footwear

Henna Eyebrows: Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

Look #2: Cool, casual, sustainable and FUN!

Photo by James Perovich of MN Community

The fun part about attending Dirty Laundry was that I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Our only hint was to watch the designs be brought to life on the runway through dance - which wasn’t really a lot work with! 

Though thinking of what to wear with so little to go off came to me as stressful, Jill from Spoils of Wear started pulling options and my mind immediately eased. I figured for this event, I would dress for the venue. Hook and Ladder had a pretty cool and casual vibe, so I thought a hot pink jumpsuit would be PERFECT. Jill paired the jumpsuit with a metallic pair of sneakers and a pair of You're the Party tassel earrings. When shopping at Spoils of Wear, be sure to check out Leo Footwear for your shoe fix.

Pink Jumpsuit: Spoils of Wear

Metallic Sneakers: Leo Footwear

You're the Party Tassel Earrings: Spoils of Wear

Henna Eyebrows: Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

Look #3: Floral Frenzy & Picnic CHIC

Photo by Joe Dammel of Dammel Photography

Sip 'n Bloom's Picnic Fashion Show was everything you would expect from Sip 'n Bloom. Flowers arrangements filled the space along with swings, picnic tables and settings and so much more creating a futurist picnic environment.

With that, I knew that I wanted all floral everything, and that's where my friends at Enchanté came in. The owner Sarah pulled so many perfect spring options, but this dress was not only perfect for the picnic theme but fit me like a glove. The colors and feminine details of it screamed, "SADE." The clutch was the perfect accessory, but it was the lime green Jeffrey Campbell space girl boots that stole the show! Topped with my fedora laced with orchids, I felt like a picnic queen. Enchante is new to Grand Avenue, so be sure to stop by their flower-adorned space and show them some love!

Floral Dress: Enchanté

Leather Belt: Enchanté

Floral Clutch: Enchanté

Henna Eyebrows: Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

Look #4: An Edgy Springtime Moment

Photo by James Perovich of MN Community

It was an honor to attend the first fashion show at Saint Paul's very own Allianz Field to celebrate fashion and be a part of the immersive cultural experience that the Coalesce created around AAPI designers, wardrobe, hair and makeup artists to celebrate the work behind each designer’s collections on how their culture has influenced their work and creativity.

Based on social media teasers, I wanted to incorporate some leather. Don't ask me why, but that's just what I wanted to do. Seeing that Enchanté has a piece for every vibe, Sarah pulled this high-neck floral maxi to pair with the leather vest. I then paired my own leather boots and custom fashion purse (which can be made CUSTOM!) with the outfit to create the perfect "hard-but-soft" vibe. I think I pulled it off!

Floral Dress: Enchanté

Green Spacegirl Boots: Enchanté

Fashion Purse: Enchanté

Henna Eyebrows: Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

Look #5: Create your own Adventure

The FWMN finale show of the season was EVOLVE which was perfect because this specific event showcased many amazing local designers with a wide variety of looks. For this show, I put all of my trust in Jill at Spoils of Wear to put me in something new and out of my comfort zone - which was SO much fun. We loved this playful daisy dress! With the dress as the base, Jill had such a fun idea to add the multi-colored belt.At that point, I just went crazy, and accessorized with a pair of orange and yellow hoops, a sparkly clutch from Enchanté and a good ole' bucket hat to top it off.

Daisy Dress: Spoils of Wear

Multi-color Belt: Spoils of Wear

Hoop Earrings: Spoils of Wear

Sparkly Clutch: Enchanté

Henna Eyebrows: Drop Dead Gorgeous

 

Whether you are looking to refresh your style, show your personal style or try something new, you can find it at the many clothing boutiques in Saint Paul. Plan your next Saint Paul shopping spree here.

 

About the Saint Paul Boutiques & Businesses

Spoils of Wear

The products you'll find at Spoils of Wear focus on local production, organic textiles, and fair trade practices, among other socially and environmentally sustainable qualities compared to products that are considered "fast fashion" - an industry that values profits over people and artisanship.

Spoils of Wear Owner, Jill Erickson, has always strived to buy her clothes more consciously. She provides a broad range of opportunities for you to buy truly unique, lasting items at a fair price. In turn, Jill supports artisans, Benefit Corporations, and other brands that are dedicated to a common goal: ethical practices in the fashion industry.

Leo Footwear

Leo Footwear is not only the neighbor of Spoils of Wear, but it is also a part of the family. Spoils of Wear owner Jill Erickson teamed up with her close friend and business owner Kristie Case who owns neighboring boutiques Teeny Bee Boutique and Peregrine Kidswear to open a shoe store. The fashionable Leo business besties sell sandals, sneakers, mules, booties, sunglasses, socks and more!

Enchanté

Enchante brings fun and feminine fashion to both historic downtown Stillwater and Grand Avenue Saint Paul (Coming June 2022). Voted Best Boutique in the St. Croix Valley, Enchanté is dedicated to providing customers with a thoughtfully curated collection of wearable fashion that is unique and expressive. 

Native Stillwater resident, Sarah Stratte Quickel, brings her passion for fashion to life and intrinsically provides her thoughtful styling services to all of her guests. She shops all over from NY and LA to bring unique fashion not found in the midwest.

Up Six Vintage

Established in 2001 on the corner of Selby and Snelling, Up Six Vintage has specialized in true vintage clothing and accessories from the 1940s to the 2000s for all genders. Not only do you find unique garments when shopping vintage, but secondhand fashion is also sustainable.

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous is an LGBTQ-owned Saint Paul-based beauty spa that offers lash lifts, brow services and relaxing, results-driven skincare services. Drop Dead Gorgeous is an inclusive space that values body positivity and welcomes all people. The ultimate goal is to have everyone feeling Drop Dead Gorgeous!

Cody-John (He/Him) is a Twin Cities/Minnesota-based esthetician with an education from the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis. Cody-John loves to make everyone in his space feel welcomed upon arrival and relaxed and refreshed when they leave.