Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018

Three Highlights from the First Night of Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018

The looks we want in our closets right now!

The lights dim, a hush falls over the uncommonly well-dressed crowd, and the driving beat of the music booming through loudspeakers reverberates around the Potawatomi Event Center. The 2018 iteration of Milwaukee Fashion Week has begun. 

Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018
One of the looks Kesslers Diamonds sent down the runway; photo by CJ Bown

Here are a few early highlights from the opening-night runway show:

  1. Kesslers Diamonds
    The local jewelry company kicked the show off with a bang, sending professionally styled models wearing simple black gowns and extravagant jewelry down the catwalk. The crowd oohed and aahed over the gems glittering at their throats, their ears, their wrists – the diamonds sparkled even in the dim lighting, and the all-black ensembles set them off beautifully.
  2. Ayla Visuri 
    Consider this young designer, who received a best-in-show award at Mount Mary earlier this year, proof positive that the 1970s are very much still enjoying a style moment in the sun. A patchwork leather skirt and a diaphanous, pussy-bow blouse were standouts here.
  3. ACDC Diaspora Designs
    The four designers who make up this collective take inspiration from the the colors and patterns of traditional African textiles. One of the chicest looks of the evening was a glittering gold and black tunic they’d paired with distressed dark denim and a statement necklace. Another? A series of mixed print dresses that evoked the riotous patterning of a Kehinde Wiley painting.
Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018
ACDC Diaspora Designs deftly combines past and present in this look; photo by CJ Bown

Milwaukee Fashion Week runs through Saturday, Sept. 15. One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.




Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.