Colorado Fashion Week – Sneak Peek!

Okay guys, I managed to go to Colorado Fashion Week this Saturday, and let me tell you; It was amazing. Seriously, I was impressed. (Not so much with the continuous delays, but still impressed overall.)

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(lookie! I even got a Press Pass! >w< Okay, so my name is spelled wrong, but who cares? Haha)

I have a ton of photos to share with you all, but unfortunately you’re gonna have to bear with me for a day or two while I go through them. Not only does my poor iPhone (currently standing-in for my digital camera) have some sort of corruption in it, but I took over 300 photos of the event!

So, it’ll basically be like you were sitting right there with me and my friend B if we can all be patient and endure the drudgery that is photo editing (did I mention I’m not a photographer?)!

As a teaser, here are a few of the finale’s from the collections featured in the show! (Sorry Robbi Sayuri, I still adore you, but my phone corrupted your finale video when I went to brag about you to my friends. So, Robbi=good; technology=bad. 😦 ) Don’t worry for those of you who are curious I will be adding the designer names and whatnot soon as well.

10 Reasons to Go to Colorado Fashion Week 2013 – FCF

this blog post was originally seen here at First Class Fashionista! This is an attempt to unify, cross-blog, and continue to promote a very important event in the Denver fashion scene! You DO need to attend *something* this week! 😉

photo used from CFW’s official Facebook page

You’ve heard the buzz…It’s time for Colorado Fashion Week!
If you haven’t had the run-down yet, run over and check Marissa’s lovely summary of this year’s event here at First Class Fashionista.

So assuming you know what’s going to be going on, you- like me- are no doubt excited for at least a handful of events that are to occur. Here’s a short list of reasons that you definitely need to be in attendance.

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photo used from CFW’s official Facebook page

10. Q&A with industry professionals

October 4th at 4pm, Walker Fine Art Gallery will play host to the  Business Of Fashion Town Hall Meeting and Panel Discussion. After an hour of insight and discussion from the industry panelists, the floor will be open to questions from the audience at 6pm. If you have a question about the business of fashion, the fashion industry, or making it in Denver this is the perfect opportunity to ask! How often will you get the chance to be in a room full of people with insight? Good opportunity.

9. Saturday with AI Alum Robbi Sayuri

Not to shamelessly plug my university, but I’m going to shamelessly plug my university. Robbi is a recent graduate of The Art Institute of Colorado, and speaking from personal experience she really does make some beautiful things. This is a wonderful chance to support not only a local Denver designer, but a talented AI graduate. It’s going to be a debut collection to remember- I promise.

8. Hair & Makeup Art in Action

The 3rd Annual “CFW Masters of Hair + Make-Up Artistry Fashion Runway Show”, spanning 3 days, will be running under the theme Fashion Is Art/Life Is Art: Lady Gaga Meets Grace Jones. Gaga and Jones? I can only imagine the couture looks that we will be privy to seeing. These artists blow me away with their moving art.

7. The Oxford Hotel

If you’ve never been to The Oxford Hotel, you’re missing out. It’s been voted the #1 hotel in the West by Condé Nast, and nestled in LoDo. It’s a mixture of European antiques and updated splendor. It’s hosting the runway shows October 5th and is enough to make any woman feel glamorous.

6. Trunk Show

There will be a trunk show October 6th, after the runway events, several local boutiques, MAI Couture, and many of the designers who presented runway looks. It’s the chance for the masses to bring some beauty home. I will be there scoping out rare finds that I absolutely can’t live without!

5. Good Karma

This year, Colorado Fashion Week will be starting a bit later in the evening to make sure guests are able to get to the Gino Velardi Fashion Show and Fundraiser Event. Each ticket sold to this show actually goes to helping the designer with his medical bills that have accrued due to cancer. They’re actually pretty affordable tickets for a fashion show, and you also get to see a retrospective-style presentation of Gino Velardi’s previous works. Good event, good cause.

4. Back-to-back Runway Shows

Anyone else get sad that runway shows are usually only 45 minutes long? And those shows require a lot of looks and production for a single designer. So, with back-to-back shows, we get to watch shows from 7pm to 9pm. That’s two hours with a short intermission. I’m very excited.

3.  The After Party

Don’t wanna go to bed? I always feel the need to step out on the town for a classy drink after a fashion show, and now I can- with all of you! From 10pm to 2am Mile High Spirits will be hosting the Official CFW 2013 Closing Night Fashion Party. See you until last call!

2. An Excuse to Dress Up

It’s time to bust out that slinky cocktail dress, that piece too haute couture for everyday wear, or your favorite stilettos, because Colorado Fashion Week is also an excuse to DRESS UP! So pretty yourself up and prepare for a night on the town. Try to avoid the cab-to-curb heels if you plan on walking to the after party on Saturday, though. Unless, of course, you plan to cab around anyway. Then by all means, go ahead.

1. Creating a Sustainable Fashion Culture for Colorado

This is the best reason to come! Denver may not be huge on the fashion scene yet, but it takes a lot of working together to get us there; and we are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Buying tickets and generating buzz and growing these events are how we continue to foster the growth of our fashion culture and local businesses.

So, if that didn’t convince you, I’m out of ideas. You can’t argue with a perfectly good top 10 list.
So dress up and come down; the team at First Class Fashionista will meet you there!

photo used from CFW’s official Facebook page

Ticket information available at http://coloradofashionweek.eventbrite.com

sources used: The Denver Post, Examiner.com Colorado Fashion Week Facebook Page

Fall Trends ; Rain Boot Edition

Well, fall is officially here!

And for those of us in Colorado, the first couple weeks of Autumn means some intense raining.

Seriously, flooding happens. Dams broke, roads were closed, I thought I wasn’t going to make it to work (and in all reality, should have probably weaseled out of that flood-plain adventure.). So, what’s an out-and-about girl to do? Not all of us can avoid the weather and hide inside sipping fresh apple cider and pouring over the September issues of our favorite mags again (wish as we might) so….
When the weather gets tough, the tough get rain boots!

I know. It sounds pretty horribly lame. Rain boots have this negative, childish connotation that seriously needs to end its reign here. (Get it? I’m punny.) They’re functional footwear, and there are ways to still look good while keeping your new pedi dry; here’s my top 5 looks for every personality.

The Classicist

Joules Women's Welly Print Wellies - Navy Floral

For the woman who wants to totally eschew the childish appeal while reaping the rewards of the wellies, we have this lovely pair from Joules. These lovely things are not only a classy way to incorporate rain boots into your wardrobe, but florals are completely on-trend for Fall/Winter 2013 (according to Stylesight, my dear love and forecasting service extraordinaire).
These are fairly inexpensive, but since they’re across the pond, you have to figure in currency exchange and shipping rates. They can be found here through allsole.com
 
The Colorphile
Whelp, is it any surprise I had to put these on here? I do adore orange.Tangerine is not only on tend for this Fall/Winter, but will continue to be popular into F/W 2014 as well! These are investment rain boots. Their simple design will allow you to add fun and POP into whatever you pair it with; show the world that rain only means you shine a little brighter. 😉
These can be found here on Topshop.com and also come in bright cyan and neon yellow.
 
The Rain Rebel

Boots

These are my maybe-someday-when-I’m-rich boots. But for now, I feel free to lust over them. Studded, belted, sexy. Who doesn’t want to dominate the wet pavement rocking these things? They definitely look more like normal shoes and could be a more neutral piece for those who just wanna look good going about their day. Not to mention attitude never goes out of style.

These babies can be found here at Burberry.com

The Inner Child

LAUREL PLAID

There’s just something so fun and appealing about dressing super-chic and then donning a printed set of wellies. Tartan is my personal fave, because I actually own some of these in slightly different colors. (And during my puddle stomping/grocery shopping yesterday, a woman insisted they were “the cutest wellies she had ever seen!”. They’re a crowd-pleaser; serious). They get a lot of compliments, but mostly they brighten my day because I get to be a little bit silly. These particular boots not only sport traction (more rare in rain boots than you might think/hope), but they’re super warm and comfy on the inside as well.

Scoop up these functional (yes, I went there. Yikes.) boots here at REI.com

So there you have it! Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to do it in style. There’s a ton to choose from, and the bottom line is to really feel good about the style you choose! 😉

How do you feel about rain boots? Yay? Nay? Not convinced by my selection?
(hey, I’ll track you down another pair if it means a successful conversion!)

A Taste of the Pacific

Well, I know it’s been a while, but I haven’t found much to inspire me lately.

After attending First Fridays:
(as always, you can click for bigger semi-decent photos)

Sante Fe Street FF
Down Santa Fe FF Tribal Drumming FF
Break Dancing FF First Fridays Gallery

But I couldn’t find a whole lot to do during the weekdays! (It’s one of the sad signs that summer is winding down here in Colorado. ;( )

However, whilst wandering around downtown in search of something interesting, I ended up fairly close to one of my favorite spots. So instead of moping about the excess of free exercise I got meandering atound, I decided to share one of my favorite places in downtown Denver with you.

Sakura Square

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Nestled in between 19th Street and Larimer Street, Sakura Square is a bitty little taste of Asia displaced among the skyscrapers and business buildings. Primarily, it serves as a small shopping center and entrance to the Tamai Tower apartments that loom over it, but there’s little points of interest for everyone.

A small Japanese garden rests in the center, which I always find a calming retreat from the bustling route of 16th street which I generally travel to get here. In this beautiful and simple garden are the busts of Ralph L. Carr, Minoru Yasui, and Yoshitaka Tamai. Each has a nameplate and a bit of history if you are interested in that, and it’s an enjoyable read just to get a taste of Japanese-American history in Colorado. I find Ralph L. Carr’s bust to be of particular interest; he was the only elected official in the US to issue a public apology to the Japanese Americans for their internment during and after WWII. (The *only* elected official to do this! What a fantastic guy. I always thought that was amazing, especially having seen the desolate site of Colorado’s Camp Amache/Granada War Relocation Center for myself.)

In the square, there’s also a Buddhist temple, a restaurant (Yoko’s), and a book store (and dental places, for some reason…).  Aside from that, Sakura Square also hosts the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in June, with traditional food and dances! It’s wonderful!

Personally, I can never pass by Sakura Square and not go buy myself a little treat!

Pacific Merchantile Company

Here is the Pacific Mercantile Company, an Asian grocery store located at the base of Sakura Square. They have things here I haven’t been able to find locally anywhere else, especially at such low prices. (And when I went this time, the huge blocks of curry mix were even on sale! ヽ(*▽*)ノ )  They’re only open until 6, so if you have work that day, you might have to book it, but it’s totally worth at least stopping by and giving this place a look-see.

Sakura Square Card Aisle Sakura Square Shelf Sakura Square Cold Drinks

They have cards, drinks, food, and cooking and dining supplies, along with a few beauty products and assorted miscellaneous stuff. (Try a Ramune, you have to push a marble into the bottle just to drink it! Or a Calpico drink. Or a delicious kiwi or mango-flavored mochi cake! ^w^ YUM!)

However! If you can’t make it out to my lovely Sakura Square yourself, I am pleased to announce…

SERAH en VOGUE[ish]’s VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Alright, to enter, just use the widget at the bottom. To enter, you simply have to leave a comment on this blog post. (It does have to be *relevant*! Or it won’t count. 😛) Why not leave your favorite place? Favorite Asian treat? Something you like about the blog?

EDIT – **NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN IS LEAVE A COMMENT!**

You will be entered to win the Sakura Square Prize Pack!

(aka, I bought a bunch of small things any self-loving fashionista shouldn’t be without!)

Sakura Square Prize Pack(click for larger images!)

Sushi EraserTweezersDragon Tags

This prize pack includes:

1. An *adorable* eraser shaped like sushi. Sushi is so trendy, erasers are such a staple for designers, no?

2. A set of eyebrow tweezers- featuring an adorable manga-style print girl! Reminding you that beauty is maintenance.

3. Chopsticks featuring a schoolgirl motif. I couldn’t resist; sailor suit and all, her long socks make up the length of these fun chopsticks, which can be used as an eating utensil or to pull up your hair! (but please only do one…)

4. What fashionista isn’t a dragon inside?! These year of the dragon tags feature the Chinese zodiac figure along with writings on their attributes and dates. Who cares if you weren’t born year of the dragon- celebrate a strong year anyway!

The Ferocious Alebrije & the History Colorado Center

Sorry it’s been a while.
Originally I had intended to post Sunday or Monday and make a weekly habit of it, but that didn’t work out. (I need to get more comfortable posting from my iPad. But it’s weird. Does anyone else have trouble adjusting to on-screen keyboards?)

Anyway! To make up for it, here’s the first of two posts.

As previously mentioned, Denver is hosting the Biennial of the Americas, which is still ongoing. The public events are mostly winding down (and most of them were shoved into a span of a few weeks anyway; that’s how Denver parties hard!), but evidence of the increased art presence can be seen all throughout the Denver area.

Possibly one of my favorites has to be this big ol’ guy.

Rawr!

It’s partially because he’s whimsical, and partially because the butterfly instillation on the 16th Street Mall disappointed me. (We can make the ‘beauty is fleeting’ and ‘nothing is permanent’ cliche’s to make it less upsetting, but mostly, the butterflies escaped and left us with an empty net. Denver got dumped by butterflies.)

So! Instead we have this coyote-drago hybrid cheerfully waving one clearly clawed hand at young and old alike outside the History Colorado Center. Despite a lot of digging, I couldn’t find who made this lovely creature, and the History Colorado website basically makes me feel like I should be visiting somewhere that isn’t made of concrete and office buildings.

Thankfully, the artist was kind enough to clearly explain to us that this is an alebrije. I remember these guys from my fine art student days. Alebrijes are Mexican folk art sculptures, almost always made from copal wood and always brightly colored. There is nothing about this guy that isn’t vivid; I love the use of color. This guy is made from paper mache (which I suck at, so WOAH), and it does look made by hand. To me, that makes it look a lot more personal than a generically perfect piece of work might.

So, what do you think? Cute? Frightning? Super out-of-place in Downtown Denver? (I agree with that last one; that’s why I like it. :P)

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As a side note, Colorado turns 137 tomorrow! Happy Birthday, Colorado!

The aforementioned History Colorado Center will be hosting a celebration with free admission and events!

If you want to check it out, it runs from 10am-4:30am with various events happening throughout the day. For a complete list of performances and events, click here (because I won’t make you navigate that website!).

Nick Cave & Denver Night – Video !

As I said, the video really does more justice to that dance than my photos did.
And, honestly, my video isn’t super fab either.
I understand if you sift through YouTube and find one of the official ones (but please remember they were invited and given special passes to wander around *inside* the event).

But if you want the real experience, here’s where you’ll be. Right? Right.
 
(psssttt! There’s no sound, really…because who wants obnoxious crowd noises… but I like to put on my favorite upbeat track du jour and enjoy!)