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Denver Fashion Week March 18-25th

DENVER, COLORADO – This spring, Denver can officially say it has its own fashion week. Formerly known as Denver Fashion Weekend, 303 Magazine is happy to announce that it is launching Denver Fashion Week (DFW) on March 18-25. In addition, DFW is proud to say it is now partnering with Denver Arts & Venues, Visit Denver, Denver Art Museum and The Paper Fashion Show in an effort to grow the event.

“We recognize Denver Fashion Week as a well-primed step in supporting our fast-growing fashion industry in Denver and Colorado. The diversity of Fashion Week programming and dialog exchange will help to amplify Denver’s reputation for design on a national scale, while continuing to attract the attention of new audiences and growing the fashion industry through career-development,” said Lisa Gedgaudas, Denver Arts & Venues

With this announcement comes a huge new lineup of events, happening all week long. On March 18, our children’s fashion show returns that afternoon alongside a bridal runway show and the 303 Awards in the evening. Then, Monday through Wednesday, Denver Fashion Week will host industry workshops for models, boutiques and designers, as well as trunk shows, sales events and more. For these workshops, we will host local industry leaders, acclaimed designers from New York City and expert panels. The Denver Art Museum will also host an exclusive media discussion with fashion illustrator, Jim Howard. The media event will take place on March 21 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. as a part of Fashion Week and his exhibit at the museum: Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations. Denver Art Museum will directly share the media event invite, so keep an eye on your inbox. For all other events, go here to see the full schedule.

As always, we will showcase the best in local fashion as well as international designs. Below you’ll see our full lineup. This year, we are proud to announce Stevie Boi — an NYC designer known for his work with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna and others. He will present a brand new, exclusive line on Thursday, March 22 of Denver Fashion Week. Our non-traditional night featuring models of all shapes, sizes, ages and orientations will also return on Thursday, March 22.

All events below will take place at Wings Over the Rockies (7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver). The Paper Fashion Show will occur on Friday, March 23 at the Denver Center For Performing Arts Seawell Ballroom (1101 13th St, Denver).

Sunday, March 18
Children’s Fashion Show (Doors 3 p.m, show 4 p.m).
Dimple For Kids
Heloise Children’s Boutique
Peach and Penny
The Secret Boutique

303 Awards and Bridal Fashion Show (Doors 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.)

Femme Fatale
Nuorikko
Marie-Margot Bridal Couture
Gino Velardi
Bloom

Thursday, March 22
Non-traditional night (Doors at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m.)
Topping Designs
Kotomi Yoshida
Tyne Hall
Rachel Marie Hurst
Steve Sells
Night by Charlie Price
Stevie Boi exclusive collection

Saturday, March 24
National Designer Night  (Doors at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m.)
Velvet Wolf (Denver)
Kouture (Denver)
Mimi Prober (NYC)
Manfredonia (NYC)
Xuly Bet (NYC)

Sunday, March 25

Hairshow and SW Hairstylings Awards  
Charlie Price
Beauty Underground
Scruples
TIGI
Davines
Flora and Fauna
Duane Topping & Hannah Werling
Kotomi Yoshida & Stephan Lauren
Maggie Burns & Alicia McQuilliams
Rachel Marie & Hailey Hodapp
Tyne Hall & Bri Bird
Fire and Water
James Mucker
The Look Salon
Joe Denny
Goldie x Bob
Rita B Salon
Halo
Paul Mitchell

For high-resolution images go, here: http://bit.ly/DFWSpring18

For questions about tickets, general info or to set up an interview please contact Brittany@303magazine.com; For questions about photography please contact Kyle.Cooper@303magazine.com. The official hashtag of Denver Fashion Week is #303DFW.

When: March 18 to 25, 2018

Where:

  •  Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum – March 18 / 21 / 22 / 24 / 25

  • McNichols Civic Center Building – March 19 / 20

  • Denver Center For Performing Arts Seawell Ballroom – March 23

Tickets: DenverFashionWeek.com

Justin Great Season 2 Release

January 20, 2018 – Is it good? Well it’s never good enough for Justin Great. The energy was sky high on Friday night as people flooded into the Justin Great Season 2 Launch Party. Hosted at Urban Mix in Denver, the party was bound to come alive with food, drinks, music, dancing, and fashion.

New to the Denver scene but not a rookie when it comes to the fashion scene, Justin wanted to leave his mark with his newest line. The main style idea his clothing reflects is streetwear. I was initially intrigued by this because I’m quite invested in the streetwear culture myself. Not only this, but streetwear isn’t as prominent in Denver as it is in New York or LA – places Justin has worked before. The unique ideas surrounding streetwear create shifts in culture and allow people to be creative and open when it comes to expressing their style. Streetwear normally aims at both comfort and individuality – an appealing combination to many people interested in the realm of fashion. It is continually evolving and new concepts are introduced regularly to allow a diverse style to come to life.

“GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT”

Overall, my favorite concept from his work is the idea of a more unisex line that is simple and effortless. Streetwear can generally be made for both men and women because of the oversized fit and gender neutral designs. These cropped crewneck sweaters were simple and understated in the best way. With the slogan “GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT,” an encapsulating quotation that his line heavily revolves around, it kept it interesting and unique while still being effortless. These pieces are easy to wear, something Great was striving for when creating this line. When asked what one overarching statement was that really captured the essence of his line, Great said, “[it’s] Effortless. You can put it on and you don’t have to think.” This concept was quite popular with the crowd too. People loved the idea of an easy-to-throw-on piece that complements any outfit.

My personal favorite was the “White T-Shirt.” The white-on-white with the basic white scoop neck tee was genius. Sometimes less is more and this piece made that evident. The simplicity of this shirt is what gives it meaning. This piece is easy to throw on but will add extra detail to an outfit in substitution to a plain white shirt. I could definitely see the influence of other notable streetwear brands in this specific piece. Justin Great could pick out many different brands he identifies with but the three he rocks with the most are Ralph Lauren, Greg Lauren, and Off-White.  An essential combination, these three brands/designers seem to influence Justin’s own pieces.

The event itself was an interesting concept that shed a new light on fashion events in Denver. The show was prerecorded in a concrete basement and projected on a screen on loop. Instead of the traditional show, this spin on it was new and refreshing to see. Though I would have enjoyed watching people sport the clothes in person, this alternative was creative, something that captured the attention of the viewers. The visuals matched the rest of the Justin Great vibe, simplistic and aesthetically pleasing. I will have to admit, this idea won me over even though I wasn’t so sure about it to begin with.

Once again, matching the general aesthetic of Justin Great, the logo was clean, professional, and sharp. I appreciated the look because it could easily one day be an iconic logo, one that is recognized whenever it’s seen. The quality of his denim products was unmatchable. The stitching and line work was nearly immaculate and the designs were innovative and creative.

I couldn’t have been more impressed with the uniqueness of the event. Justin opted to not only create an impressive clothing line, he hosted an interactive affair as well. A local dance group wowed the crowd with an energetic routine. Cheers echoed through the room as people were astonished by the moves this group had. Happening about midway through, Justin knew this would get the people in even higher spirits. It worked. The people loved it and it elevated the event to an even higher standard. Justin, being a man of many talents, decided to share another aptitude he possessed. He performed a new song that he had just released. I was so impressed with the drive and work ethic he had to not only limit himself to one area of creation, but to expand on many others.

The Justin Great Season 2 release event was one for the books. Between his awe-inspiring clothing line and ability to throw a killer show, he really did it all. I will be sure to look out for more clothing and events by Great in the future. Congratulations on such a successful turn out, Justin!

-Sydney

More photos from the event:

“GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT”
“This garment was carefully crafted by JUSTIN GREAT with high quality materials for those who DO NOT accept good as the standard.”

SIE Phantom Thread Screening Party

January 10, 2018 – 1950’s everything was all the rage on Sunday evening when the SIE Film Center and Denver Film Society hosted a special screening of the movie Phantom Thread. Starring Daniel Day Lewis in the 1950’s London fashion era, he played a renowned dressmaker who crossed paths with a beautiful young woman, one that eventually changes his bachelor confirmed ways. Twists change the predicted plot line dramatically throughout creating an unforeseeable movie. Fortunately, we got to spend the evening with timeless fashion as styles hit the red carpet, daring all their best designer wear. Here are some of our favorite looks:

Kicking off the evening was the exuberant radio and TV personnel  Denise Plante. Her gorgeous vintage inspired dress was perfect to steal the spotlight in all night. The black mesh overlay created the perfect voluptuous flare to her tulle skirt. The white polka dots were the cherry on top; not to mention black and white polka dots are totally back in style RIGHT NOW! And she could never forget how important it is to make sure her dress spun perfectly under the right circumstances. 

Judith Boyd, better known as Style Crone, took over next. It was hard to decide what piece I enjoyed best from her fabulous ensemble. Between the matching satin ivory headpiece and glove set to the stunning silver metallic ballgown, Style Crone was poised, elegant, and sophisticated – everything a 1950’s inspired fashionista should be. 

This stunning couple waltzed down the red carpet like they belonged there. Kiri’s gorgeous black satin peplum dress flattered her so perfectly for the occasion. She didn’t stop there though. Paired with a dainty but stated necklace, a faux fur overlay, satin gloves, a Beauty and the Beast-esque clutch, and black heels, she came prepared to strut the carpet. 

Michelle Baldwin, @viviennevavoom, must have pulled out her most overstated shirt in her wardrobe but I couldn’t have loved it more! Her diner-esque multicolored button down was styled ever so perfectly with a black flared midi skirt cinching the waist… of course – its the 1950’s! A little black hat and purse topped off the entire look. She grazed the carpet with such grace, a true beam of light. 

Our very own Brandi and Christen rockin’ the photos!

I wish we could bring back the popularity of ringlet updos and high waisted slacks for men. The 1950’s era of fashion is sometimes looked over but always remembered as timeless. Today, I find that my personal style is often inspired by hints from this era as its classic style offers a full range of styling options.

Check out a little recap of our night on our Instagram as well!

-Sydney

Win tickets to a special screening of Phantom Threads

Phantom Thread Special Screening
SIE Film Center
Sunday, January 7th at 6:00PM

Fashion Denver friends!!We are kicking off 2018 in style by partnering with Focus Features and Denver Film Society to help host their Red Carpet Fashion Show advance screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD!

Come dressed in your best 1950’s or designer attire to this themed event, and walk the red carpet like a true celebrity! There will be photo ops on the carpet for all attendees, including big time prizes for the best costumes and fun drink specials at the bar.

For your chance to win a pair of reserved seats to the special screening event, please email FocusFeaturesDenver@gmail.com with your full name and birthdate. Please include “PHANTOM FASHION” in the subject line for your entry to be valid.

Entry deadline is Friday, January 5th at 9:00AM MT and winners will be contacted via email. *ONE entry per household and you must be 18 years or older to enter. #PhantomThread

Good luck!!!

Luxe 303 Fashion Show

December 8, 2017 – Miami flavor hit the heart of Denver on Friday night with the Luxe303 fashion show at Nativ Hotel. With cuban food, tasty drinks, hot music, and trendy clothing, this was not an event to miss.

All photos courtesy of Sydney Scarola

One of the first few outfits to walk out struck the crowd with a flavor they couldn’t resist cheering for. The owner and creator of this line, Dani, stepped out on stage to model her own design. A light electric blue lace jumpsuit took center stage. Paired with a small belt to cinch the waist, this combination was nothing short of flattering. Extra fabric flowed off the sides of the legs to give it that va-va-voom. The high neckline and snug fit offered a sexy look while still keeping it sophisticated. 

The menswear was classy and proper, it impressed me to say the least. Perfectly tailored suits seamlessly flowed down the runway. The structure was perfect and created an elegance. This gorgeous deep blue blazer with a dainty pattern on it mixed the right amount of proper and casual together. It fit the model like a dream and accentuated the shoulders, arms, and midsection just right. “Male model off duty” was the perfect way to describe this look. The light outerwear coat was simple and understated, perfect to pair with any look. The marbled buttons gave it some detailing and when paired with the multi-toned scarf, the model was ready to take NYC by storm.

Up next, a unique style strutted down the stage giving Denver something it has never seen. A jumpsuit with a mesh underlaying formed to the body while long fringe hung off in tiers. The long thin straps offered a low back, showing the perfect amount of skin. Fringe was the star of the show and it danced beautifully as the model glided down runway. 

Casual men’s streetwear took off with a twist. The Miami flavor had taken over with this look. A black long sleeve button up was complete with some color blocking near the beginning of the sleeves. When paired with it’s reverse, a white jean with distressed knees and black paint like strokes nearing the bottom, this look screamed night out in Miami. These slick pieces were universal and could be styled a multitude of ways.   

Between the next three suit looks, my jaw was on the floor. Not only did these look INCREDIBLE on the models, the construction of them was something not often seen in Denver. The color coordination was powerful and the tailoring made the men look smooth and stylish. Between the blues, reds, and blacks, these men looked nothing short of dapper and complicated. This is the “I-effortlessly-pickup-ladies-everywhere-I-go” look.

This next piece was a show stopper. Between the color blocked sequins and bright colors, this dress was turning heads. Short and flirty, it elongated the models legs. It was the perfect dress to rock at the club on a warm, summer night. The plunging neckline complimented by the change in color to black and gold was sexy and classy at the same time.

One of my favorite women’s pieces of the night was a ravishing two piece set. Embroidered lace and gorgeous ivory and fleshy tones complimented the feminine, sophisticated look. The scalloped detailing on the pants and sleeves added another womanly touch. This set would be perfect for a summer brunch with girlfriends or a night out.  

Classic and tasteful – what better way to describe a dress like this one? Although all of the trendy pieces were to die for, sometimes it’s good to see that original, classic black dress. With its long length, fitted form, and high neckline, this dress screamed ball gown to me. With the added flare of the almost hip high slit and lace detailing down the sides of the slit, this piece still offered a little bit of Miami. 

One of my favorite ending pieces was a dazzling metallic gown. The brown-gold color was unique and the sparkle that the dress emanated left the model looking radiant. Another almost hip high slit was charming and added an enchanting component to the dress. All together, this dress was a dashing success.

Between the classic items and the more trendy pieces, Miami definitely left its mark on Denver. Luxe303 is going to continue with its success, leaving a little bit of Miami spice everywhere it goes.

-Sydney

My friends at Colorado Glasses are excited to help raise the standard on sunglasses! 

What does that mean? Their Bio-Series frames will degrade on their own over time, but, even better, they can be composted (turned into soil). These new shades are paired with their “Unlimited Renewals” program allowing to you send back your old shades in exchange for half off a new pair. They will then take your old glasses and either recycle or compost the parts.

Jackalope Denver

Jackalope Denver Returns!

Highlighting Over 150 Trendsetting Vendors From The Handmade Community.

December 9th & 10th, 2017
Fair Hours: 10am – 5pm
 McNichols Building, Denver

The Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair announces the return of its fall fair, with over 150 curated booths to fill Downtown Denver’s McNichols Building.  This free and family friendly event takes place from 10am to 5pm both Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th.  Jackalope offers attendees a perfect place to find a unique holiday gift for everyone on the shopping list, as well as a place to participate in DIY crafting workshops.

In addition to the 150+ indie artisans that will be selling their wares, there will also be a full schedule of art focused workshops for attendees to take a dip into the DIY crafting world.  Artisans will be hosting creative workshops, allowing attendees to get a better idea of the craftsmanship that goes into the one-of-a-kind handmade goods and products found at the fair. There will be activities for all ages available throughout the weekend.

Join Jackalope Arts on December 9th & 10th at the McNichols Building for a unique, curated shopping experience featuring the top trendsetting makers & designers of local goods.

Red Ball wrap up

November 19, 2017 – Red, the color of the night. All different hues swept down the runway on Sunday evening. Put on by Denver Colorado AIDS Project and Howard Dental Services at the EXDO Event Center in Downtown Denver, this was an event of the year. Exquisite and innovative local designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists helped transform the event into a sparkling success.

All photos taken courtesy of Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

The show opened in a unique way, bringing student designers from the RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design) to the stage to show off their individual creations.They proudly glided down the stage with their models showcasing their hard work in what seemed like a moment of pure happiness.

Bringing on the start of local designers, Zeljka Sladovic’s designs hit the runway. In what seemed like a bridal affair, ivories, golds, and champagnes took over. The gowns were gorgeously draped and structured to fit the model’s bodies perfectly. My favorite piece from this collection was an elegant peach colored, loosely fit gown with a gold beaded halter top strap. The color was exquisite and a bold choice but looked dashing under the lights as it danced across the stage. The head pieces complimented the gowns perfectly to create the ultimate princess effect courtesy of Fleur Salon. 

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Denver Fashion Weekend Night 2

November 11, 2017 – 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend was among us. From luxurious fur coats to carefully constructed designer loafers, each person’s individual style carried such a unique presence. This is what fashion is all about, the ability to express one’s self through clothing. As a rookie, I couldn’t wipe the beaming smile off my face. This was everything I expected it to be… and more. Truth is, fashion is my passion and I was truly in my element. This was where I was meant to be. National designers and brands featured their work on the runway Saturday night, curated by the amazing boutique Garbarini (located in Cherry Creek North). From Paris to Australia, each designer’s unique brand stood out in a multitude of ways.

All photos taken by Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

Byron Lars out of New York took the stage first. I have to say, he started the show off with a bang. Metallic beaded pants and skirts flashed under the light to be paired with simple, contemporary styled black tops.

The two piece blazer co-ord was structured so well and sat beautifully on the body, not to mention the elegant similar toned pattern subtly printed on the set. Bryon’s designs were the perfect blend of timeless business woman and trendy standout lady.

Milly took over for the next set and opened up with a gorgeous snug patterned dress that blended two toned floral patterns with a hot pink palette. Following that outfit came one of my favorites of the night: the florescent pink turtleneck tucked into black high waisted trousers. The fit of this outfit was flattering and elegant, the pants cinched the waist at the perfect point and gave a beautiful shape to the model.

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