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Recap of SPLASH

Fashion Market at the Breakers Recap
B.Fresh, Blackberry Maverick, Byasimacouture, Lawrence and Larimer, The Haus, Prompt Flare Designs, Stylish Sparrow, Marie-Margot and Hair by Shanelle; an all star team of designers that came together for the Poolside Fashion Market and made a splash!

By Kenneth Hamblin III

Whether your fashion summer cocktail included ingredients such as linen, beads, tribal, traditional, dresses, laces and more, there was enough variety that satisfied everybody’s fashion buzz. A live DJ, sun, activities, a pool, and local clothes. What more could you ask for from a perfect Sunday for fun and shopping with friends and family.

By Kenneth Hamblin III

Local Colorado designers took the spotlight and showed what the 303 can create. As Colorado becomes more diverse, we saw some impressive energy and designs from all of the designers that set up shop. Great work to all the designers and thank you 303 magazine for helping sponsor the event. We can’t wait to see what all of the designers have planned for the future and it’s looking bright!

By Kenneth Hamblin III

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The African Fashion Show

The African Fashion Show Recap
By Daniel Saun | Fashion Denver Intern
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African Fashion Show
Photo by Dante | Canto X Images / www. d4nt3.com

Authenticity is a term that is used copious amounts of times within the fashion industry. However, is there truly authenticity within the fashion industry today? With consumers eating up fast fashion like it’s their last meal and those that have created womenswear and menswear into a commodity, it is truly hard to find a collection that is genuine. At the African Fashion Show Saturday night, I had the pleasure of experiencing fashion that is as authentic as it can be.

Tribal patterns, vibrant colors, traditional music, and most importantly; culture. Culture is what makes fashion unique and its people are the heart of that culture. From the few fashion shows that I have attended, the African Fashion Show was the liveliest and the most charismatic.

African Fashion Show
Photo by Dante | Canto X Images / www. d4nt3.com

As the models walked down the runway representing and owning the native threads from different countries all over Africa including: Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, etc., there was an incredible sense of heart and passion that included the audience. In a way, this was more than a fashion show. This was a representation. A representation of how influential and important all cultures from Africa are. This representation also became educational. The dropback for the center stage and the patterns on all the clothing turned into a realization. I never noticed it, but some of my favorite patterns from designers such as Burberry Prorsum and Junya Watanabe all took influence from very traditional African ornaments.  

African Fashion Show
Photo by Dante | Canto X Images / www. d4nt3.com

With such monumental motifs that most of the heaviest players in fashion are continuously paying homage to Africa for her designs, it is a cause for celebration and a celebration it became. As the fashion show came to a close, a guest singer sang and the audience danced, sung a long and some even rose from their seats. The atmosphere was uplifting with a great sense of community. Traditional dancing accompanied by the drums carried the spirit and the enthusiasm of the culture all the way to the end.

 

According to Davie, a gospel reggae singer from Uganda said, “this fashion show was classic and true to the heart of Africa and her people.”
Check out My African Roots FB for more pictures!

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Anthomania Fashion Show

13442609_10153890197327585_7399049042330129973_oThe summer fashion season certainly kicked off this past weekend at the Anthomania Fashion Show, presented by Studio Colfax. This family run artisan boutique on Colfax Avenue put on a wonderful fashion show in their very own courtyard in the back of the store.

The show featured local designers such  Minus the Dart,  Symantha Perrera,  and PUPIL Clothing. Hair was done by Jade Gordons Onsixth, and makeup by Cynthia Delgado. With yummy food provided by Extreme Pizza – Denver, and even iced tea by RL Linden & Co.

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Designer: FACE Photo by: Lynn Nguyen

The show began with models emerging from the back exit out of the store on to a brick walk way which wrapped around the entire courtyard and made for a great runway. Guests were seated all along the courtyard and given perfect little wooden fans to keep cool during the hot summer night. While it was definitely warm out, the weather was certainly not the only thing hot about the evening. Kicking off the show, we saw designs from FACE aka Symantha Perra, one in particular was a bright orange and red floral dress and this dress was hot to say the least. Her designs got me feelin’ some type of way for fashion this summer season! Next we saw designs from pupil and Minus the Dart. With leggings such as “Miente Libre Leggings” and “Opius Wars Leggings” from pupil and sleek black poncho’s from Minus the Dart, topped with jewelry from Canned Good, the combined look was powerful and definitely made a statement.

From Studio Colfax's Facebook Page
Minus the Dart ended the show with a variety of beautiful top and skirt pairings. She also featured a casual striped  shirt dress that was sold right off the runway! If you’re looking to spice up your summer wardrobe or you’re just in need of a couple timeless pieces, you’re sure to find something provided by one of if not all of these designers!

The show concluded just in time for a typical late afternoon Denver summer shower and I was in serious need of one of Minus the Dart’s awesome poncho’s! For more pictures from the evening visit our Facebook page here. Studio Colfax is located at 2418 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80206. The boutique features not just clothing but also jewelry, shoes, purses, and many other goodies not to be missed!

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Wrap up for Matthew Morris 10 Year celebration

By Daniel Saun | Fashion Denver Summer Intern

Amazing. Even the honorable Mr. Morris could not find another word to describe the artistry and the expertise that he and his team have been able to achieve over the decade. His metallic gold Jeremy Scott Adidas wings sneakers graced the runway as he effortlessly exuded an energy that filled the ballroom. This was an event that not only hailed the past 10 years of Matthew Morris, but also to new beginnings.

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Hairstyles over the past decade. Photo by Lynn Nguyen

The eager guests that attended were treated to an array of eye candy that foreshadowed the occasion and the phenomenal spectacles they would witness. As the night progressed and with everyone taking full advantage of the open bar, courtesy of those that donated, it was time for the main show.

The avant-garde of Colorado gathered into their seats surrounding the X shaped runway that teased them as L’Erin and Marvin, parterns along side Matthew Morris, spoke and were reminiscent of days past that were part of the fundamental building blocks that shaped what the Matthew Morris Salon has become.

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Photo by Lynn Nguyen.  L’Erin, Marvin and Matthew

However, it would not be a Matthew Morris event without a just cause. This year, the wonderful team decided to help defeat Breast Cancer and to help promote early detection awareness among women. The brave Erin Monroe spoke about her experience as a Breast Cancer survivor and how important it is for  women to realize how impactful Breast Cancer is. Money was graciously donated as spirits were uplifted as guests thought about the women in their lives that, someday, might be diagnosed.

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Gold and black. Photo by Lynn Nguyen

Black, gold, chic, sexy and fierce: The Blonds. A New York household that has accumulated a dynamic cult following over the past 8 years. This was the first time the duo at The Blonds put their collection confidently into someone else’s hands. The Matthew Morris Vision and The Blonds is a match made in heaven and they did not disappoint. Grimey dubstep, trap, edm and rap music set the mood as the models strutted down the runway. As you would expect, it’s hard to put the collection into words.

Photo by Lynn Nguyen
Photo by Lynn Nguyen
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Photo by Lynn Nguyen

Congratulations are due to the entire Matthew Morris team for a wonderful 10 years in Denver. We look forward to every minute of the years to come. 

Next up for the Matthew Morris team! L’Erin was suprised by the gift of part ownership of the company and they are opening up a new salon in DTC!

MOPS Fashion Show Fundraiser

26621349792_db0d95cf4c_zDarling! A Fashion Fundraiser was held Thursday, April 14th at the exquisite Palazzo Verdi in Greenwood Village, CO. Delicious dinner by Epicurean Catering was provided as well as a fashion show featuring local MOPS moms modeling the Evereve Spring line.

What an incredibly inspiring  and beautiful event this was. We often think of fashion as the city woman, dashing down the street in stilettos but fashion is so much more than that! Fashion is for everybody including MOTHERS and this fashion show was all about celebrating motherhood, friendship and empowerment.

Before the fashion show began, we watched a heartwarming video about how MOPS has inspired and connected mothers, bringing tears to our eyes.  Although neither one of us that attended are mothers (or fathers for that matter), you could feel the love of family and community throughout the room.

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We listened to keynote speaker Danielle Stangler, founder of Neet Cheeks, about her  journey following her dream and ending up in an interview on Shark Tank! Neat Cheeks are a flavored wipe for babies and toddlers (well… adults too! We each got one in our goody bag and I have been carrying them around with me using them all the time). It was so inspiring to listen to her journey of having an idea and putting it into action.

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Danielle Stangler, creator of Neat Cheeks

 

MOPS fashion showIn between raffling off some wonderful gifts and delicious food and desert… the fashion show began! There is something so magical about hearing one’s story and then seeing them walk down the runway. It’s as though their soul was lit up, shining brightly. To be honest, I shed a few tears of joy watching these beautiful moms strut down the runway!

MOPS Darling show

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fashions by Evereve

Click on the image below to see all of the images from this fashion show! Images provided by MOPS.

A MOPS Darling Fashion Show 2016

The fashions were beautiful, wearable, unique and fun. The feeling that was in the air was full of love, community, family, and friends. It was a spectacular event and I’m so happy that the Fashion Denver team could attend such a memorable event!

Thank you for having us MOPS!
xoxoxo

Day of Caring Colorado

On February 25th the Fashion Denver crew attended An Evening of Caring, presented by The Sue Miller Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness. The evening started off with a silent auction with wonderful packages for all! Spa packages, sports packages even fun kid packages, all to raise money for this amazing cause.

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We sat down to a delicious dinner, listening to the event honorees speak. The Lifetime of Caring Award went to Diane and Steven Levine and the Sue Miller Survivor Award went to Dr. Scot Sedlacek. To hear what these people have done to support breast cancer research was inspiring!

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Lark Acapella Group entertained us singing a fantastic selection of songs.

After dinner, the fashion show commenced! All of the models are breast cancer survivors and each and every one of them looked fantastic. The energy that was exuded throughout the night was powerful!

It wasn’t a typical “walk down the runway” type of event. They had entertaining choreographed dances that accomodated each of the looks down the runway. It was so much fun to watch!

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The first part of the fashion show consisted of fashions provided by Macy’s and the second part of the show were fashions designed by Denver’s own Brooks Luby, designer extraordinaire and breast cancer survivor. I’ve known Brooks for many years and her designs and energy inspire me!

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Brooks Luby on the left with gorgeous survivor and model Saundra Robinson in Brooks’ design.

Katie Shaw looked GORGEOUS in Brooks design!

All the looks in fast forward 🙂

What an absolutely beautiful and inspiring night! I am honored that we got to be in the presence of such inspiration, strength, courage, and love!

 

Venus Concepts Beauty Event

Denver, CO- Thursday October 22
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Last Thursday Lynn and I got to experience first had some new beauty/skin care options from Venus Concepts! Venus Concepts introduced the Denver community to two skin care technologies aiming to help women and men combat a wide range of dermis issues!

Venus Legacy is “a non-invazive treatment that uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency, VariPulse Technology, and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to treat all aesthetic concerns simultaneously.

Venus Viva is “the next generation in Facial Remodeling and Skin Resurfacing. It combines NanoFractional Radio Frequency and SmartScan technology to effectively treat textural irregularities, scarring, wrinkles and stretch marks.

If you’re interested in learning more about these technologies, click here!

IMG_7234Also at the event, Niki McCartney and her partner from Retro Room Lounge and Salon. Niki gave me some beautiful curls and later an awesome up-do which held the entire night! If you’re looking to get an awesome new hairstyle and/or makeup, check out the ladies at the Retro Room here !

The Show: A Haute Couture Runway Show

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Last Thursday, the Fashion Denver team ventured to The Studios at Overland Crossing for the “The Show: A Haute Couture Runway Show” and boy, was it quite the show!

Sponsored and produced by  Aesthetic Nurse Specialists LLC, The Show was put on as a fundraising event to promote skin cancer awareness. Featured designers included: Andrea Li, Maggie Burns of Marie Margot Couture, Francis Roces of Kimono Dragons,  Michael Sullivan of The HAUS, Parasite Eve, Stephanie Lauren, Margaret Sanzo, Julia Rhoden, Gabriela Martinez, Carlos Melendez, Andreas Tsagas and Gino Velardi.

From glowing jewelry, to live snakes on the runway, to extravagant evening/bridal gowns that looked as though they came straight out of a fairy tail, we were visually spoiled with an array of couture!

For more pictures, check out our Facebook page!

The Neiman Marcus Spring ’15 Trend Event

Last night, the Fashion Denver team got a chance to attend Neiman Marcus’ Spring 2015 Trend Event. The night was full of delicious goodies, hot new fashion trends and throwback music and styles. IMG_5444

We started the night with delicious “mocktails” that Ace restaurant had provided. We were also provided scrumptious little treats by Yours Truly Cupcakes, who also created an awesome display wall that went perfectly with their desserts. It was a great way to create the perfect ambiance for the night.

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The fashion show consisted of hot new trends hand picked by Neiman Marcus’ Fashion Director Ken Downing. There were many trends to look out for, and watching them all go down the runway made everyone excited for spring. It also looks like this spring will be an homage to the 70’s, bringing us back to more of a bohemian look.

Here are just some looks that will be trending this Spring:

-The New Bohemian: Jet set meets gypsy in boho blouses and tunics,  distressed denim, embroidery and maxi dresses

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