minneapolis-st. paul fashion week has just begun, but with big changes this year. this year's restructured MSPFW was bumped up to february in order to align with the fashion industry. instead of premiering spring/summer lines for the year, MSPFW shows will debut fall/winter collections at its events. two runway events in the past few days have helped kicked off the new MSPFW - "twelve," the university of minnesota's 44th annual senior fashion show and the red dress collection.

the university of minnesota senior fashion show also made some big changes, and i can say that this is the best one i've attended. huge thumbs up to the production coordinator, dustin dorris. without a raised runway like in previous years, the runway was more open and bright and allowed a better view of the designs for the audience. anthem heart's ken hannigan djed the event, providing a more streamlined soundtrack for the show. my favorite looks came from senior designer sara lopez. for all runway photos from "twelve," take a look at my gallery on flickr.

(sara lopez)

the red dress collection brought together fashion and heart health awareness. designers created red dresses for local celebrities to wear for the runway: emma berg for landyn hutchinson, tim navarro for alexus koch, danielle everine for kaela humphries, laura fulk for ann carroll, arielsimone for sandy simmons, sarah m. holm for allison kaplan, thom navarro for dr. jennifer dankle, max lohrbach for jennifer kline, maritza ramirez for amy james, rachel blomgren for robyne robinson, and christopher straub for laura schara. proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction, and donations benefit the Women's Heart Clinic at the University of Minnesota Physicians Heart: Women's Heart Program at Fairview. more photos can be found on flickr.

(max lohrbach)

(emma berg)

(danielle everine)