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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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303 Magazine’s Fall DFW 2017

This season 303 Magazine returns to Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St, Denver, Co 80205) November 9th, 11th and 12th.

303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Week(end) is going to be bigger and better than ever.

“We are delighted to team with old and dear friends as well as stunning new talent this season at DFW — from the metal work of Jesse Mathes, iconic hair brands such as Redken TIGI and L’Oreal, to the legendary Denver boutique Garbarini. There will be something for everyone — everyone who loves  fashion and beauty that is!” said Denver Fashion Week(end) runway producer Charlie Price

DFW by Kyle Cooper
DFW by Kyle Cooper

“As we gear up for DFW’s 10 Year Anniversary in Spring 2018, we’ve customized DFW Fall ’17 and changed the format. The goal is to create a new and more invigorating show. Come see for yourself, “ Mr. Aharonian, Denver Fashion Week(end) producer

Doors are at 7 p.m. where there will be a red carpet and cocktail reception, doors close at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Featured designers/boutiques for November 9 include:

– Jesse Mathes Metalwork / Denver, Co

– Royal Outerwear / Denver, Co

– Nuorikko / Denver, Co

– Velvet Wolf / Denver, Co

– John Paul Ataker / NYC – Istanbul

Featured designers/boutiques for November 11 include:

Garbarini Presents:
– Byron Lars / New York fashion designer

– Zadig and Voltaire / French fashion designer

– ADD Down / Milano fashion designer

– Smythe / Designed by Canadians Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe

– Trina Turk and Milly / California fashion designer

– Diane Von Furstenberg / New York fashion designer

– Theory / New York fashion designer

– Haute Hippie / New York fashion designer

– Camilla / Australian fashion designer

Featured salons and designers for November 12 include:

– Beauty Underground – Ansley Meredith / Misha Belfer / Tiaja Pierre  / Sara Brentano

– 12 Benefits – James Mucker / Kia Sterling  / Keva S Davis

– L’Oreal Professionnel – Ron Lopez

– Scruples – Katie Renshaw Nielsen

– We Salon – Kim Herman

– Chrystalline – Goldie & Bob / Artemis & Birch / The Look / Georgia Tournai

– Charlie Price

– Redken – Ellen Lawlor / Jill M Leitz

– TIGI – Eric Gomez

– Vanity Dollz – Cha Cha Romero

– Obsidian presents – Hailey Hodapp & Rachel Marie Hurst / Hannah Werling & Duane Topping / Stephan Lauren & Kotomi Yoshida / Bri Bird & Tyne Hall / Alicia McQuilliams & Marie Margot

Ignite the Runway on Saturday, October 7th

Condom Couture: Ignite the Runway

This will be a grand time!

Ignite the Runway is a runway show featuring condom-inspired fashions created by local designers and community members, Condom Couture brings people together with a healthy dose of curiosity, creativity, and passion for fashion while raising critical funds for the mission of Women’s Health.


Urban Nights Denver: August 5th

The Joseph Family Foundation and Tempus Jets Present
Urban Nights Denver
Bank of America Runway to Shine with Nicholas K and Salt-N-Pepa

The fifth annual Urban Nights Denver prepares to celebrate its fifth year at Mile High Station on Saturday, August 5th. The city’s largest outdoor urban fashion show and fundraiser will benefit at-risk youth with the theme: Threads of Promise.

Donna Crafton Montgomery serves as this year’s Gala Chair and is supported by co-chairs Jill Landman Alfond, Matthew Keeney and Matthew Morris.

“On any given night in Denver, more than 900 youth are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless,” said Donna Crafton Montgomery, 2017 Urban Nights Chair. “This year, we are thrilled to add new beneficiaries that expand our reach into this vulnerable population providing a wide range of services that these kids need to obtain self-sufficiency and a safe life off the streets.”

This year’s charity partners include Urban Peak, The Danny Dietz Foundation and La Academia at The Denver Inner City Parish. All with the shared vision of providing critical services to the at-risk youth that each organization serves.

This year’s fashion show, designed and produced by Jenny Baker-Strasburg and Tobie Orr, will feature works from the Art Institute of Colorado and Suit Supply. The fashion show will be anchored by NYFW darling, Nicholas K, “Built from Scratch” Fall/Winter 2017.

In addition to delivering another fashion spectacle, this year’s event will feature 90s rap and fashion icons, Salt-N-Pepa!

The event will be held at Mile High Station — under the canopy of the Colfax Avenue viaduct —with The VIP party commencing at 6:00 pm, general admission opens at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Salt-N-Pepa hit the stage at 9. The show will be followed by an after-party until midnight.

Amy Meyer Smith, Marketing Director of Infiniti of Denver, has been named Urban Peak’s 2017 Urban Legend. Each year, the organization honors an Urban Legend to recognize his/her philanthropic work in the community. Meyer Smith is a former Urban Peak board member and past chair of Urban Nights.

“I am proud to honor Amy Meyer Smith this year,” said Gala Chair Donna Crafton Montgomery. “She is a tireless advocate, working on issues that affect our youth. Infiniti of Denver is a staunch supporter of Urban Peak, and our program frequently relies on Amy to share ideas and communicate our mission.”

About Urban Nights Denver

Founded by the Joseph Family Foundation in 2013, Urban Nights is Colorado’s largest outdoor fashion show, dubbed a Runway for a Reason. 100% of event proceeds support the selected beneficiaries.

Sponsors include: The Joseph Family Foundation, Tempus Jets, Bank of America, Jeep, Oakwood Homes, Mile High Home Pro, CBS4, AEG Presents, Integer, Look Listen, 211 Photography, 5280, and Matthew Morris Skincare & Salon.

Tickets are now on sale at

Thread of Promise:

From far away, they might just blend into the crowd.
Maybe they have a home to go to, albeit broken.
Maybe they have a school to attend, albeit unsafe.
They might even have a few dollars stashed away for a rainy day
(If only they could keep them).
But take a closer look and you’ll see
They’re just hanging on by a thread.

But it’s that thread that connects us all.
This year, not one, but three, organizations have come together.
Intertwined to advance the basic needs of Colorado’s at-risk youth, beyond survival.

Urban Nights unique fashion spectacle
Works to create a new fabric.
One that connects, supports, lifts-up
And redirects the lives of at-risk youth.
One of which each of us forms a part, as individuals and as a group.
Building a stronger future: Stronger fabric. Stronger lives.

Give them just one thread of confidence.
One thread of a helping hand.
One thread of a new life.
So, they can see their threads of promise.

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Fashion Denver turns 13! Come and celebrate at our Fashion Bonanza!

Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Friday, June 16th 4pm-10pm
2875 Blake Street (Bierstadt Lager & C Squared Cider Beer Hall)
Free and Open to the public!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years this June 16th with a fashion market bonanza! Throwing back to the wild wild west, the Bonanza celebrates its history in the RiNo district and the several designers that have contributed to Fashion Denver over the years. The bonanza will feature local designers to shop through, 2 fashion shows (7pm and 9:30pm) and will also benefit the Denver Rescue Mission with a hygiene supply drive.

Fashion Denver turns 13!
Fashion Denver turns 13!  Featured designers Michelle Hale and Katy Bell fashions in this photo. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer.

The Fashion Denver Bonanza will feature local designers and their collection of jewelry, handbags, and belts to apparel to custom couture for men and women. With prices ranging from $5.00 to $300.00 there is something for everybody!


Fashion Denver
Raven on the left wears Jeremy Willard, Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

“There are so many things coming back full circle,” says founder Brandi Shigley. “We’ve done our fashion markets all over this neighborhood over the course of 13 years  and seen this neighborhood go through extreme changes. I’m really excited to do our summer market with Chris Rippe, owner of The Rackhouse. We partnered together 10 years ago when we did the market at Flying Dog Brewery!”

Fashion Denver is partnering up with the RiNo Arts District, Flaunt Salon and the Mayor’s Office for this celebration of fashion, Denver, and all the beautiful things Denver has to offer!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Featured Designers:

Born Ugli
Designs by M
Forever Stranger
Hope Couture Bridal
Instructions Designs Couture 
Jeremy Willard
Lady Jane
Prickly Hearts
Rachel Marie Hurst
Resouled brand
Scoop Nemeth
Spruced Designs, LLC
The Mechanic’s Wife
Topping Designs LLC
Idlewild Designs
Stylish Sparrow

History of Fashion Denver Markets

2004-2005 Andenken Gallery at 21st and Market
2005-2006 The Walnut Foundry at 30th and Walnut
2006 Flying Dog Brewery at 24th and Blake
2007 Cervantes at 27th and Welton
2008 Empire Theater at 29th and Larimer
2009 Taxi at 35th and Ringsby
2009-2010 City Hall at 11th and Broadway
2011-2015 The Grant-Humphreys mansion on 8th and Pearl
2014 Space Gallery
2015 The Byers-Evans house museum
2015 Illegal Pete’s on S. Broadway
2015 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut
2016 The Breakers
2016 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut

The Serenity Project 2017: Fashion Show featuring strong willed unconventional models with a story

Hosted By: The Serenity Project
June 2nd, 2017 beginning at 5 PM
Turnhalle Tivoli 900 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204

The Serenity ProjectFirst annual runway show featuring models that have persevered through life’s most difficult challenges. These models have found their unique beauty and will serve as inspirations to the greater community.

The Serenity Project 2017 is a volunteer based program aimed at encouraging recruitment of models from three amazing groups for this year’s show: candidates may include those who have adapted their lives due to special needs or have acquired or are recovering from a disability, candidates who may have faced the loss of a parent, challenges of a blended family, adoption or foster care systems, and candidates who have endured an abusive relationship battling to overcome as survivors. The Serenity Project is open to all candidates who feel like this project could help them – after all, that is the goal: no matter what story brings you to the Serenity Project, you will always be the hero of your story in our eyes. As the hero, we will work together to embrace, encourage, lift, empower every beautiful heart because our community and our society so rarely celebrates all of you.

The name Serenity Project was chosen because “serenity” means “to bestow reign upon someone else.” This Project’s aim is to make inspirational women who are not our society’s typical models feel as though they are worthy of any goal, dream, and aspiration they have. In a society that seems to have a “checklist” on beauty, we actively challenge that notion.

The event offers candidates between the ages 13-30 to model and shine on the runway as a wearing their choice of either ethnic Indian wear or donated pageant/formal fashionable clothing.

All the models will have the opportunity to share their story on stage. The models will be given the chance to learn modeling techniques from Colorado modeling coaches and pageant queens from across the country. All models will be featured in this year’s program book, have the opportunity to perform an optional talent or speech of their choice on stage, enter into a variety of other optional activities for awards, and finally, sashay their beautiful, confident, and empowered selves on the runway before a live and excited audience. Each girl will walk away from the night with hopes, lifelong friends, tools and resources to build confidence, and the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime.

We will have an area for vendors and sponsors from across the community to promote their products and services. All the donations for this year will be used to make next year’s show bigger and better.

The show is entirely voluntary and non-profit based. We will work with any community members who want to be a part of this celebrated event. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, donation inquiries, requests, and questions at

Serene Singh
(719) 640-7469