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Bemidji fashion designer takes part in Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

From left, Kelly Schultz and apparel designer Lindsey DeWitt are shown with models on the runway.1 / 2
Kelly Schultz, right, and Lindsey DeWitt, apparel designer, are pictured with the models backstage2 / 2

By Leslie Staker, Special to the Pioneer

BEMIDJI – It is not often that northern Minnesota and fashion have a connection. Northwoods residents are known as hunters, anglers and people of the outdoors.

However, with access to wildlife materials such as chicken, pheasant and turkey feathers, in terms of fashion, wild has a whole new meaning.

Kelly Schultz, Bemidji resident and fashion designer, was selected by MNFashion to showcase her fascinators (headpiece type of millinery) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week Emerging Designer Showcase Sept. 24.

According to, the show featured up-and-coming designers displaying their spring and summer 2013 looks. Six apparel and six accessory designers were paired up in three mini-runway shows at the Atrium at Grain Belt Bottling House in Minneapolis.

“I have been sewing since I was 8,” Schultz said. “Designing accessories and hats has come natural to me. I was inspired by the royal wedding in 2011 of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Since then, I have created hundreds of fascinators and other pieces. My aesthetic is a cross of European style meets the wild north woods.

“It is the greatest honor that I am going to be part of Fashion Week in Minnesota,” she said.

Schultz is the play-by-play announcer for the Bemidji State University women’s hockey games as well as the Beaver Radio Network marketing coordinator at RP Broadcasting.