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.

DESIGNER Q&A for kids!

For the little fashionistas! 

Mona Lucero, Denver designer, is inviting students who are enthusiastic about fashion to come to her studio on  Friday, March 24th from 2 – 4:00 pm, for a Q & A session. Mona will do a short presentation of what she does and then open it up to questions. Always wanted to ask a real designer what it takes to be a part of the fashion industry? Here’s your chance.  

Where: Studios on Blake in Rino District

What: Open to students between 12 to 18 years old.

Since space is limited, please RSVP to mona@monalucero.com

Mona Lucero

Denver Fashion Event To Benefit Moms in Need

 Denver Fashion Event To Benefit Moms in Need

World’s largest meetup organization for mom’s hosts Colorado Fashion Show Fundraiser

World’s largest meetup organization for moms, MOPS International, joins forces with Evereve, a celebrated contemporary retail brand that specializes in styling moms to host the Darling! Fashion Show, taking place in Denver at Mile High Station on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

“Evereve is so excited for our third year of partnership with Darling!” says Liz Sinnott, Evereve Regional Director. “Both of our organizations believe that moms can change the world. This one evening inspires so many moms to embrace their power and beauty!”

Attendees will be the first to preview Evereve’s Spring 2017 line. Improv comedy group, Theater off the Cuff will entertain and food will be prepared by Footers Catering. Proceeds from the fashion event will go directly to support teen moms, military moms, and other moms-in need.

“Focusing on inner beauty and celebrating the tremendous journey of motherhood, Darling! is a can’t miss night out.” Comments Kristen Hallinan, MOPS Director of Development. “Cheering on moms as they model fashionable clothes selected with moms in mind, taking photos in a vintage VW Shutterbus, enjoying the delicious food, and seeing the reveal of the third annual high fashion dress that’s made entirely of The MOPS Magazine are just some of the highlights of this growing event.”

Visit mops.org/darling to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

 About MOPS: MOPS connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS moms come from every corner of the US and more than 38 other countries around the world. They span every socioeconomic, marital status, origin of mothering, race, faith background, age and lifestyle spectrum rooted in the belief that we mother best when we mother together.

Contact: Moria Cox at mcox@MOPS.org or call 303-733-5353 for more information

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🚀 👾 Intergalactic Planetary ’90s Party 🚀 👾

Daybreaker DENVER presents
🚀 👾  Intergalactic Planetary ’90s Party 🚀 👾
Wednesday March 22nd
Yoga 6 – 7am / Dance Party 7 – 8:45am
Space Gallery — 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

Featuring J|Adore + Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver
Free coffee, healthy juices + breakfast bites
GET TICKETS HERE — Tix movin’ fast like rockets. 🚀
Use 
FashionDenverLove for 15% off your ticket!

Summer and Rachel, brains behind Daybreaker Denver / Boulder
Summer and Rachel, brains behind Daybreaker Denver / Boulder

Since the inception of Daybreaker here in Denver and Boulder, I have been obsessed with this morning monthly ritual of getting my day started through dance and yoga. I fell in love with  this event and the two women who run it (Summer and Rachel) and have become part of the Daybreaker family greeting people with hugs. It’s pretty much the most rewarding tasks ever given!

I have watched the sunrise while dancing alongside amazing beautiful people, dressed in some kind of fun getup (every Daybreaker has a theme!) Then…. I’m at work by 9:30am and my day continues to float on this magical level that seems to carry on for the rest of the week!

Brandi Shigley & Sam Shredder dance
Sam and I dance the morning away at Daybreaker Boulder. Photo by Romeo Fernandez

Flash forward to March 22nd!!

What an absolute HONOR it is to be asked to emcee the next Daybreaker with one of my soul sista, entrepreneur, yogi and DJ friends Jenny aka J|Adore! Together we will be bringing the morning feels on March 22nd at Space Gallery. More details for this exciting morning are underway!

Here we meet with the Denver | Boulder brains behind Daybreaker to plot out the morning mischief of love:

 

Here are the details for the next Daybreaker Denver from Summer and Rachel…

Denver, we are back & ready for lift off!
The stars have aligned and it’s time to take back your morning once again. Daybreaker is back and about to explode with INTERGALACTIC PLANETARY ’90s PARTY!

Wednesday, March 22nd we’ll be taking over the Space Gallery– the perfect setting for this intergalactic reunion… just you, us and the glorious era known as the 90’s. We’ll stretch. We’ll dance. Together we’ll produce more love and positive vibes than a giant, exploding star. So pull out your brightest colors, strap on your moon boots, and get ready to dance your way into the ’90s dimension. Hold on tight, friends…

RSVP on Facebook, then slide into the Denver + Boulder Facebook Group for early invites & morning hacks, and to find your local Daybreaker fam. 

See you on the dance floor! 💕

With Love & Mischief,
// Summer + Rachel


About Daybreaker

DAYBREAKER is an early morning dance movement in 16 cities around the world and growing. We start with a one hour yoga + fitness experience and then dance with reckless abandon for two hours before work. You never know where our next location will be and what surprises are in store. We don’t need alcohol. We don’t need to pretend to be someone else. We come as we are to sweat, dance and connect with ourselves and each other. See you on the dance floor. 

Daybreaker Denver at The Church. Photo Romeo Fernandez
Daybreaker Denver at The Church. Photo Romeo Fernandez

Fashion Camp April 1st for children age 5-11

Fashion Camp Spring Edition
Saturday, April 1st 2017
Green Spaces
2590 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

Early Bird Special $75.00 (registration is at the bottom)
Goes up to $95.00 March 20th

Fashion Denver’s fashion camps are designed to unleash the creativity for kids interested in the fashion world. With special guests from the Colorado fashion community to hands on activities in designing accessories and an outfit, our campers end the day with a walk down the runway in their design that they created.

This one day camp includes the following:

Kindness coordination activity: We have a special guest come in and do a “getting to know you activity” as an icebreaker for the campers to get to make new friends, share goals and fears, and most importantly, understand that fashion, beauty and style is from within and that each of them are beautiful human beings.

Fashion sketching / brainstorming / drawing: Whether we work with a fashion sketch professional, or provide a blank template to begin their creative process on what the camper will design, we work with them to create a vision for what they want to design and create.

Fashion Denver's fashion camp

Krista Shiner is going to take the campers on an artistic journey sharing her adventures as an artist. Each camper will take the piece of art that they create and add it to the dress that they make. http://www.kristashiner.com/

Design and create: This is where the campers really have fun as they dive into learning the design process. Typically our campers are between the ages of 5-11 so we do not get into the nitty gritty of sewing but work to recycle / repurpose and an old piece of clothing or create a brand new dresss / shirt with a blank t-shirt. It is so much fun to see what our campers create with the same materials!

Zach Burke and Owen Wilson will lead the campers on an activity to make a handbag while Jeremy Williard leads the campers on a deconstruction / reconstruction project taking an old t-shirt and turning it into something new.

Model coaching: We bring in a professional model who works with our campers on how to walk with confidence down the runway and how to pose in front of the camera. We believe that models should be all shapes and sizes and that truly that beauty is captivated in the uniqueness of all of our campers. Maya McDowell, model, Fashion Denver intern, yoga instructor and writer will be taking the campers on a journey of self expression, sharing confidence and individuality.  The campers will do a journaling activity (journals provided) and they will use that exercise to move forward in posing for the camera and on the runway.

Hair & makeup: Our campers get pampered when we partner up with salons across the city who bring their creativity and experience to fashion camp. Each of our campers get their hair and makeup done with their creativity and input given to our stylists. In the past we’ve worked with Glamour Bar, 3 Little Birds Salon and Flaunt Salon, and independent stylists.

Debut on the runway:  At the end of fashion camp, we roll out our red carpet and campers get to show off their designs that they’ve been working on. It is so much fun to see their creativity and heart on the runway!

Fashion Camp is a day to remember! With new friendships being formed, creativity exploding through fashion, and confidence coming out as each hour goes by, it truly is a joy to witness. We strongly encourage parents to stay for the fun and participate!

We are so grateful for the volunteers who help to make fashion camp possible! Thank you to Meredith Harris (our photographer), Jeremy Williard (in-house designer), Molli and Kelly for being our adult volunteers overseeing the creativity, and to all of the amazing designers, stylists, models that have been involved over the past few years. We are so grateful!!

REGISTER HERE


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Sue Miller Day of Caring Photos

The Sue Miller Day of Caring event and fashion show was absolutely exquisite! With a beautiful silent auction featuring everything from trips to sports memorabilia, to a delicious dinner, to the presentation of the fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors, there was so much for the eyes to see and the heart to grow. The first part of the fashion show featured fashions from Macy’s and the 2nd half featured fashions from Denver’s own Brooks Luby. All photos by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Sue Miller Day of Caring Gala

Fashion Denver photos from Artopia 2017

What an amazing evening of fashion at the Westword Artopia Whiteout fashion show! I had a blast emceeing this event and sharing the stage with our amazing fashion designers.

Here is our slideshow of Nathan Leech-Proffer’s photos of the evening…

Fashion Denver Photos from ArtopiaDen 2017

Designers included:

D’Lola Couture
Equillibrium
Mona Lucero
Gino Velardi
Elyse Rainbolt
AnnaFesta
Blackberry Maverick
Denver Bespoke
Jiberish

Models from Wilhelmina Denver

Style Team Matthew Morris Salon & Well Beauty

Producers: Jenny Baker-Strasburg & Mary Spicer and team

Photos by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Day of Caring fashion show: Thursday, March 2nd

Day of Caring is pleased to invite the community to their 5th annual ‘Evening of Caring’ gala to be held on Thursday, March 2nd, at the Grand Hyatt (located at 1750 Welton Street in downtown Denver) from 5:30pm – 9:00pm; reception and silent auction will begin at 5:30pm.  

Purchase tickets here…

Each year Day of Caring honors one individual with the Sue Miller Survivor Award and the 2017 Honoree is Mrs. Arlene Johnson.  Day of Caring also honors community members who exemplify excellent service/work in the breast cancer community.  This year’s Lifetime of Caring Awardees are Dr.  Barb Schwartzberg  – Medical Field, and Ms. Antoinette Paniagua – Community Volunteer. 


The evening will culminate with a survivor fashion show featuring clothing from long time Day of Caring sponsors Macy’s, and Brooks Ltd., who creates one of a kind looks for the fashion show. Models will be dressed to highlight the 2017 gala’s “Evening in Paris” theme. We are excited that our co-mcees for the evening are Taylor Temby, Weekend Anchor at 9News and Murphy Huston, radio personality at KOSI.
 

Day of Caring currently offers support to survivors and co-survivors by hosting an annual educational symposia where low income survivors are able to attend through the Judy Ungerman Scholarship Fund.  Additionally, the Survivor Assistance Program provides non-medical financial assistance to breast cancer survivors (rent, utilities, groceries, etc.) and Day of Caring is currently exploring ways to expand services and programs in 2017. 

Thirty-five years ago, the Sue MillerDay of Caring  opened its doors as the first breast cancer not for profit support organization in Colorado.  Since inception, they have provided unduplicated educational services and programs to over 17,500 individuals and they serve breast cancer patients and survivors in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

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