Check it out: A week devoted to local fashion

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September 14, 2009 // UPDATED 9:33 am - September 14, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Alert the fashionistas: Fall MNfashion week (MNFW) is set for Sept. 21–27.

The week will be packed with more than 25 events celebrating the local fashion design community. Highlights include:

—  A look at KOKOON’s new home in the Seward neighborhood and “boutique without borders” concept. The company has more than 70 sales representatives that sell wardrobe pieces through private at-home trunk shows. (Sept. 21, 4–8 p.m., at 2508 24th Ave. S.)

— A clothing swap at the Textile Center, 3000 University Ave., organized by Yelp! and MNfashion. (Sept. 22, 7– 9 p.m., at the Textile Center, 300 University Ave.)

— An informal trunk show by GO Travelwear at Lizze on Grand. (Sept. 23, 6–8 p.m., at Lizze on Grand, 1856 Grand Ave.)

— A night of shopping with the Twin Cities fashion community. (Sept. 23, 6–9 p.m., at International Market Square, 275 Market St.)

— Couture Noir, a show featuring dark couture fashions and costumed burlesque dancers. (Sept. 23, 9 p.m.–2 a.m., at the Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE.)

— An informal trunk show featuring Mars Clothing by Maureen Fuhr, Allilamodie by Allison Helliwell, Kokoon by Laine Weinberg, and Barbara Heinrich designs (Sept. 24, 4–9 p.m., at Local Motion, 2813 Hennepin Ave. S.)

MNfashion week is supported by MNfashion, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities fashion design community.

Sept. 21–27
Where: Events throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul (visit


Park(ing) Day

Want to kick back in a lawn chair in a metered parking space?

PARK(ing) Day 2009 is your chance. This year’s event is Sept. 18.

Folks throughout Downtown will convert parking spots into temporary public parks.

According to the event’s website — — anyone can get involved. It’s a noncommercial project “intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.”

The site notes that the design concept for the day is simple — “Sod + Bench + Tree = FUN.” Once you have an idea in mind for your parking spot, you need to register your space with the organizers (contact them through the website noted above).

Sept. 18
Where: Throughout the Twin Cities


Yoga parties

There are a couple of events on Sept. 26 yoga lovers should have on their radar — Yogapalooza and the third annual Midtown Yoga Festival.

Yogapalooza will feature yoga, food, fashion and other events at Open Book. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for cancer patients and survivors. For more information, visit

The Midtown Yoga Festival at the Midtown Global Market will have all kinds of activities, including yoga demonstrations, massage and bodywork experts and a “Yoga Resources” table with yoga information from groups around the Twin Cities. There will also be music and dance. Visit for more details.

When: Sept. 26 (Yogapalooza, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Midtown Yoga Festival, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)
Where: Yogapalooza, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S.; Midtown Yoga Festival, Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.


6 Degrees of Impact

Students Today Leaders Forever, a nonprofit based in Elliot Park, is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a benefit called 6 Degrees of Impact on Sept. 18 at the International Market Square, 275 Market St.

The group organizes community service trips around the country for college, high school and middle school students.The Pay It Forward tours are intended to inspire the students to get engaged in their own communities with other volunteer activities.

The Sept. 18 benefit will feature live music, a silent auction, appetizers and drinks.

For more information about the event, visit

Sept. 18, 7–10 p.m.
International Market Square, 275 Market St.