Category Archives: Fashion Events around town

Ignite the Runway on Saturday, October 7th

Condom Couture: Ignite the Runway
10/07/2017
6:30pm-11pm

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 www.urbannightsdenver.org.

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.

# # #

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!

<CLICK HERE TO READ OUR INTERVIEWS WITH FEATURED DESIGNERS>

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
katybelle
Lady Jane
NUR
Prickly Hearts
Rachel Marie Hurst
Resouled brand
Scoop Nemeth
Spruced Designs, LLC
Thalken
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

FUN FASHION EVENT IN COLORADO FOR THE STRONG WILLED UNCONVENTIONAL MODEL
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 theserenityproject@outlook.com

Contact:
Serene Singh
(719) 640-7469 theserenityproject@outlook.com

The 3rd Annual African Fashion Show: June 25th

African Fashion Show

The 3rd Annual African Fashion Show
June 25 2017
5:00 PM -9:00PM
The Double Tree By Hilton
4040 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80216.

The 2nd Annual African Fashion Show
The 2nd Annual African Fashion Show

This is an inspiring and unique fashion show! Featuring fashions from all different parts of Africa, we truly get a glimpse into the beautiful colors, fabrics, and designs of Africa! I’m honored to emcee this fashion show again!

Following the success of last year’s event, another high profile fashion show will take place  Nine African designers will be showcasing their designs on the runway. In addition; some designers will have vendors’ tables full of crafts, jewelry and outfits ready for sale. 

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

Denver, CO (April 3, 2017) – 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.

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 www.urbannightsdenver.org.

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.

# # #

ADCD Paper Fashion Show: April 6th

“It’s that time of year again, when designers from Denver
and beyond come to showcase their wonderful
paper designs on the runway!

This year marks the 13th Annual ADCD Paper Fashion
Show™, an event that features ingenious design teams
from diverse industries and backgrounds to showcase
unique fashions created solely from paper.

This event opens on April 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., located
at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the
Seawell Grand Ballroom. Admission to ADCD’s Paper
Fashion Show™ starts as low as $30 for general admission
standing tickets and as high as $135 for Ultimate
VIP tickets (front row seating, backstage access, champagne
pre-party, after-party, etc.). Early Bird tickets are
available now for General Admission and VIP seating
tickets and they are selling fast!

From http://askmissa.com/ 2014 show
From http://askmissa.com/ 2014 show

Come and experience the magic of haute couture in paper wonderland by purchasing your tickets at:
https://www.adcd.com/paper-fashion-show/pfs-tickets/

USE PFS17FD PROMO DISCOUNT CODE

ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show™ is the largest in the nation.
Since 2004, when the Paper Fashion Show™ was
incepted, ADCD has donated over $40,000 from the
event proceeds to support Downtown Aurora Visual
Arts (DAVA), a local community organization providing
art education programs in a positive environment for
at-risk urban youth ages 3 to 17. www.davarts.org

On the grand runway, a panel of judges will vote on
the category winners who will receive individual recognition,
along with trophies made of paper. This event
is a great opportunity, not only to support the future
artists of our community, but also to network with
local creatives.

Some of this year’s sponsors include Veritiv, Republic
National Distributing Company, Frost, Dynamite Laser
Beam, nxt | MODEL, Rita B. Salon, Neenah Paper,
Mohawk Paper, International Paper, Colorado Hemp
Company, D&K Printing, Ink Lounge, Colorado Maker
Hub, Fentress Architects, the Alliance Française de
Denver, Li’l Skirts, La Bulle Designs and more.

Paper Fashion Show
About the Art Directors Club of Denver (ADCD)
Founded in 1955, ADCD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
which mission is to elevate the local creative
community through education, workshops, informative
events and annual design competitions. ADCD’s main
focus is to empower the next generation of creative
professionals. For more information, please e-mail:
info@adcd.com

DFW Spring

This past Thursday I had a chance to attend 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend where I was absolutely blown away by the styles that graced the runway, the gorgeous models that wore the styles so beautifully, and the stunning job on hair and makeup. Ever year seems to get better and better (although every event is pretty darn amazing!).

Night 1 consisted of the following designers:  Femme Fatale Intimates / Gabriela Martinez / Lady Jane / Darlene RitzQi Zhou / Duane Topping / Margaret Sanzo / Jeremy Willard / Royal Outerwear / Steve Sells / Night By Charlie Price / 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart

I took a few photos the first part of the show and then decided it would be fun to do Facebook Live for the rest of the show capturing the show for those who couldn’t make it. WELL!!! FB took down my live feed because the music wasn’t couldn’t be recorded live. I was so sad as I didn’t snap any photos of this beautiful show!

Here are some of the photos I did capture though!

Mona and Andrea Li
Jeremy Willard
Jeremy Willard and his models. Jeremy is 2nd from the right
Gabriela Martinez
Gabriela Martinez
Femme Fatale Intimates
Femme Fatale Intimates

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design Recap

 

source: highsnobiety

What the brand Comme des Garcons means to you, can mean something completely different to me; that is the beauty of the world that Rei Kawakubo has created. Japanese fashion is like poetry. No matter how old a piece of poetry is, the intimacy and the feelings evoked from the imagery is subjective to the reader, and lasts forever. This holds true to the way that different consumers and admirers interpret collections presented by designers such as Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. Sometimes, a collection will fly over someone’s head. They assume that the collection is irrelevant, because they have yet to understand or experience the meaning behind the collection. For others, the collections presented may click with their psyche in a way that will changes their lives forever.

The world put proportions and aesthetic in a box. When designers such as Rei and Yohji appeared, they changed the way people looked at proportions. In the 80’s, they introduced new silhouettes that are still profound today. The well curated, vintage outfits presented years ago, at Shock Wave are historical looks that innovated the fashion world and continue to challenge the modern world.

 

source: nickknight.com

To me, the looks presented that I admired were the ones that transformed and influenced menswear from the same designers. It showed me that womenswear and menswear can transcend beyond gender and when mixed, something beautiful is born. Yohji Yamamoto used menswear as his main influence for his womenswear(Femme) collections and created something so sensual and refined. There were noire inspired looks, punk inspired looks, menswear inspired looks, traditional Japanese silhouettes, womenswear and looks that could only come from the imagination of Rei, Yohji and Issey Miyake. These designers can take different influences from cultures all over the world and make it unique to their style of clothing, as if they were a part of that culture their entire lives. It is truly incredible what these designers have done for the fashion community. This exhibition pays homage to them, and thanks them for introducing designs that have transformed the way womenswear and menswear are tailored and worn.
I encourage everyone in Colorado to visit this exhibit. What you take away from the exhibit will differ from my experience, and the person next to you. Your perceptions can only come from the intimacy that Japanese fashion brings out individually.