All photos by Sophia Khori

Sunday night, the local fashion community ended a week-long celebration of style. This year’s spring session of Fashion Week Minnesota (FWMN) concluded with a finale show at Paikka in St. Paul.

Culture Piece Magazine produced a night full of warm weather-ready catwalk displays and live performances at their “New Aged Noir” event. In traditional Culture Piece fashion, the talent included an all POC lineup of models, performers and producers. Here are our four takeaways of the evening.

1) Ambience

Paikka’s doors remained open throughout the whole evening, which allowed the fresh air that we’ve earned after a long winter to flow, and easy access to snap outdoor outfit photos in-between entertainment. The warehouse-turned-event-space also provided perfect natural lighting and a view of the sunset from the large windows. The vibes were complete courtesy of WNDRLND’s live mix of music from smooth SZA and Jhene Aiko to Cardi B’s upbeat “I Like It.”

2) Lula Saleh

Sandwiched between the fashion show, live music acts and a dancers made the runway their stage. To kickoff the evening, soulful singer Lula Saleh sang a bit of acapella and performed unreleased and recorded tracks about breakup and depression. Though heavy in content, her airy, jazzy voice floated effortlessly through the room.

3) Maya Clark’s outfit

Culture Piece co-founder Maya Clark wore a head-turning look crafted by local designer Nancy May Kuledge. Clark said she fell in love with the two-piece gown at a fashion show over the winter. Per the designer’s recommendation to have Clark wear one of her pieces to her next event, Clark naturally chose the abstract-patterned turquoise, jade, maroon, brown and gold dress with unique cutouts that perfectly displayed her tattoos.

4) Light-up flower crowns – The styling of models included an array of hairstyles, often topped with floral crowns and other headwear by Mixie DBest. The colorful flowers complemented the bold prints seen across the runway from other local designers, like Fulbekloset, Jummy’s Corner, RuvaAfricWear and the light-up crowns created an element of surprise.

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