You saw the Facebook and Instagram pictures – “Aspen bound” read a caption. Aspen International Fashion Week was held March 13th -16th this year, and I say it was well worth the drive for those of us who road-tripped from Denver. I was able to attend on Friday, day 2 of AIFW. Unfortunately, I had to get back to Denver early the next day. To begin, I waited too late to get press credential approval for First Class Fashionista. Sorry ladies! We all at FCF wanted to attend. My family, friends and I had already planned to be in Aspen to celebrate a birthday. We rented a six bedroom house for the occasion and when we arrived, we decided to take a walk around town…
You couldn’t miss the outdoor Apres Ski Stage flanked by white vendor tents! The runway event was taking place against the picturesque backdrop of Aspen Mountain. Naturally fashion called and, yes, I was so there (it’s my art). After chatting with a few industry friends like Matthew Morris, Linda Bowen Scott and Stephanie Ohnmacht who is currently on this season of Project Runway: Under the Gunn, I requested admission. I was there. Why not? Honestly, this was the first year I was REALLY interested in supporting fashion week in Aspen. Brooke Fogg, owner of Wilhelmina Denver and President of AIFW, was radioed backstage and my guests and I were accommodated. Yes!!! We were in. Thank you bunches Brooke! One day only tickets were $100 Thursday and Friday, $150 on Saturday or you could purchase an all access pass for $275. Both the $150 ticket and the all access pass included admission to the Black and White Ball benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Caribou Club.
We received our wrist bands and the full event schedule with boutique shopping events and after-party details. To sum up my experience: Do you ever feel like you need a fabulous reason to wear your extravagant real or faux fur? Well, AIFW is it. Gorgeous furs were seen both on and off the runway. It was a little warm for fur that day, but I suddenly wished I brought my own. Next time. Don’t you just love the fashionista who decides to wear her fur no matter the temp? I have to admit, I was under-dressed anyway. Remember I was just on a walk…? Or should I say a stroll? For those of you who know me, you know that I fractured my foot and I’m getting around on a knee scooter – Definitely NOT a fashion accessory!
On the runway, Gorski Furs showed off pieces from their F/W 2014 collections. From luxury to sporty, we were presented with the best of the season. The “Fashion Must Furs” collection is an aptly named selection of contemporary furs. Fashion Must parkas, vests and ponchos are available in rich hues like blue, green, red, yellow and even purple. Layer up with Polar Max essentials, as seen on the runway the same day, and you’re a certified snow bunny! For more information and to shop Gorski Furs visit http://gorskifurs.com .
Aspen International Fashion Week sponsors included SNOWLINK.com, Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare, L’OREAL, Suerte Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, Heineken, Red Bull and more. This was a fashion experience only Aspen can offer. If you couldn’t make it this year, please mark your calendars for 2015. From Fort Collins to Colorado Springs up to Aspen and back to Denver, let’s continue to support our growing Colorado fashion industry.
Enjoy our complete photo gallery of AIFW’s runway events courtesy of Beelde Images, Sarah Perkins and Tom Valdez. Photos subject to copyright.