On night two of Denver Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 2014, stylist and fashion writer Samia Satchell trekked all the way from Colorado Springs to attend DFW on behalf of First Class Fashionista! Please enjoy and, as always, thanks for reading! With no further ado, here’s what Samia thought of Denver’s fashion weekend…
The City Hall Events center buzzed as Denver’s finest arrived for night 2 of 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend. The DJ set the mood for cocktail hour in the cue room and partygoers were treated by the partners and sponsors of the event. Happy Cakes Bakeshop presented Jack and Coke cupcakes, but with samples of ice cream and donuts, as well as an open bar. There was something for every palette.
Energy was high in the decked out venue as the crowd waited anxiously for the show to begin. Worth every minute of the wait, the show was opened by Denver native Oscar Utierre. Setting the tone for the show, Oscar sent a provocative all black and all floor length collection down the runway. His models rocked slicked back hair and oozed dominance in the cut-out gowns. Oscar, who is making a name for himself in Los Angeles, chatted with me about the state of fashion in Denver and with his newest collection it’s obvious he is doing his part to put Denver on the map.
Local menswear boutique Steadbrook followed with a collection of current offerings that can be found in their store. The vibe was distinctly independent but, unlike other street lifestyle boutiques, Steadbrook carries brands that you aren’t likely to find elsewhere. Among those featured was TwoThirds, the surf inspired label headquartered in Spain with looks that we would love the boyfriend to sport. Steadbrook was a crowd favorite.
Another crowd favorite was designer Crystal Lee. Inspired by Miami’s South Beach, Crystal showed a fun, on-trend collection for the contemporary woman. The Spring/Summer collection gave us cool prints, dressy shorts, and jumpsuits in loose and confident silhouettes that are popular this season. Crystal Lee took sexy and made it look easy and sophisticated for women of all shapes and sizes.
The third presentation in the line-up was from Kotomi Yoshida, an artist and re-designer known for her handmade and upcycled garments. The models, who had their hair styled into tribal inspired buns were draped in asymmetrical hemlines, fatigue accents, and gloves. The avant-garde collection was all about contrast and beautifully challenged the audience with sharp lines paired with soft florals and war paint.
Tikwid, known for its high end streetwear, presented a collection of distinctive and unconventional fashion. Standing out among the collection was an all white romper with a cross-body bag, and a black sheer blouse with studded leather sleeves. Not for the fashion novice, Tikwid put on a progressive and unique show with fashions from around the globe.
Next the Donna Baldwin agency presented a line-up of girls from their roster. With rockin music, and short shorts what wasn’t to love?
TFinally was the anticipated showing from hometown hero, and winner of Project Runway: All Stars, Mondo Guerra. Mirroring what we saw in the first collection of the night, only black was sent down the runway (with the exception of the models’ lips). The celebrity designer known for his unique style presented pieces that blended high fashion with wearable sensibility. When using unconventional materials, designers run the risk of making costumes rather than fashion forward pieces. Mondo effortlessly handles the challenge and manages to make plastic polka dots look beautiful and chic, showing us why he’s leading the way for the Denver fashion scene.
Denver Fashion Weekend night 2 was one for the books and is on my calendar as a not to miss event next year. Take a look at some of my pictures from Saturday night and tell us in the comments below which look is your favorite.
Samia is the editor of The Style Chronicle (www.StyleChronic.com) and author of the forthcoming book “Stop Looking at the Models! The 4 Laws According To a Personal Stylist.” With nearly 10 years of experience Samia has spoken to hundreds, and offers her services as a personal stylist to young professionals around the world. Email at: Samia@StyleChronic.com
Additional pictures by Brandon Sanchez Photography below…