By Julie Lawrence Special to Published May 15, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Calling all fashionistas; it's finally happening. Milwaukee hosts its own Fashion Week. It's not until Oct. 3, but if you're a designer, there's plenty to do until then.

Milwaukee's Hillary Fry -- who created Solessence, a natural and organic line of cosmetics, fragrances and skincare -- spearheads the "high profile series of public and invitation-only events featuring national, international and local experts showcasing trends in beauty and fashion."

But, first things first. If you're a fashion designer looking for a venue to break out into the industry, here's your chance. Artists can register to participate in Milwaukee Fashion Week here.

Stay tuned for more Fashion Week details as they develop.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”