MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WINGs stands for Women Investing in the Next Generation, and the group helps women establish financial stability to overcome poverty.

Their Flight of Fashion fundraiser is this week, and here’s a sneak peek.

Local style expert Grant Whittaker is putting together the hottest looks for the runway at Grethen House in Edina.

“You’re seeing such a variety of different boutiques, such a variety of different looks,” Whittaker said. “We’ve got local designers, luxury designers.”

Inspiration from the top five fashion weeks in the world will all come together at the fifth-annual Flight of Fashion.

“It’s the one fashion event in the community that’s giving a message,” Whittaker said.

A mix of fashion and philanthropy, featuring world-class style with a hometown focus.

“Our focus is giving back to women, and helping them better their lives by job training or various opportunities,” Stephanie Eglund said.

Money raised from the fashion show is helping women fund their own dreams of learning industrialized sewing, a skill that can help women become financially independent.

“There was a gap in the employment market so what a great opportunity to give back,” Eglund said.

The night will end with a raffle, where one lucky fashionista will get a makeover.

The event is Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Minneapolis.

Tickets are $50 in advance, VIP tickets are $85 and raffle tickets are $20.

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