An evening of sequins, sky high heels, and signature pink cocktails; Barrera International’s showcase event was undoubtedly a night to remember. Denver’s historic Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion housed the lavish event where the grand staircase provided the backdrop for models in elegant attire. Each of the mansion’s rooms was arranged with runway seating and enlivened by models gliding from room to room. Photographers, designers, writers, and lovers of fashion and design were among the many on the guest list.
Founder of Barrera International and recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Juan Jimenez celebrated the label’s one year mark with a collection of 40 beautifully crafted looks for Spring/Summer 2013. The collection encompassed all the glamorous aspects of a woman’s wardrobe, from cocktail attire and evening gowns to versatile staple tops and skirts. Several expertly tailored men’s wear pieces were spread throughout the show as well.
Drawing inspiration while traveling from Montreal to London, Jimenez describes the collection as “very soft and light, loosely-fitting and free spirited, yet closely fitting and accentuating the female body.” Gorgeous French and Italian fabrics including turquoise and black metallic silk jersey and floral embroidered lace in black and gold were perfectly allocated among the pieces. Scalloped hems, draped necklines, and tailored waists all delivered a very lady-like signature appearance. “Black, ivory, forest green, turquoise and the signature cobalt-blue represented the forefront and meaning of the collection,” states Jimenez.
Of the most memorable pieces, a high collar silver sequin evening gown stood beyond the rest, Multi-dimensional large silver sequins gave the dress movement in an eye-catching and dramatic way. A high slicked back bun and oversized art deco earrings polished out the look. Though this was one of the most show-stopping gowns of the evening, Jimenez’s penchant for elegance was expressed throughout the collection.