Sophia’s World Runway Show

Alright! I know I haven’t updated on CFW yet. I’m very bad, but I promise it’s because I have a ton of photos and personal (and unbiased) reviews on each of the designers featured. I represented my own blog, and I’m a very… honest reviewer, so I promise you’ll have the truth exactly as I see it.

Until then! I do have a quick thing I wanted to bring up. Before I landed my new job, I was going to be off early enough to attend this fashion show that I was told about last week. Sadly it is no longer the case, but I want to give her a shout-out anyway!

I met Nancy, owner of Sophia’s World Boutique in Palmer Lake, CO at the Gino Velardi fashion show. She told me that she was having a show next (which is now *this*) week in Monument. This event is intended as a fundraiser, with the proceeds going to benefit the Military Artistic Healing Program. Because of her primary military occupation, Nancy wanted to use her side-job (the boutique) to help address a problem that she feels strongly about. As it was explained to me, this program uses art to reach out to active-duty and veteran military personnel with post-traumatic stress.

I think this is a great way to use something we love to solve humanitarian issues that we see around us every day. Why not use art and fashion as they were intended, to make the world a more beautiful, enjoyable place to live?

Even though I can’t go, I urge those of you who are up there to go check it out!

They will be featuring a few more local boutiques, showcasing Fall 2013 looks that you can love on the runway and take home and rock them yourself!

The event is tomorrow (I know, it’s short notice, I’m sorry), 2-5 at the Secret Window Fine Art Gallery.
Tickets are $25 in advance (it’s Eventbrite, so tickets bought before the event still count as “advance”) and $30 at the door.

Again, it’s going to a great cause. If anyone is interested, you can get more information and tickets on their Eventbrite page here.

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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

Barrera International – Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Preview

I need to tell you what I’ve been working on.

Guess who will be representing First Class Fashionista this Thursday? (Because you’ll never guess, here, on *my* blog…)

Alright, it’s me! ^0^ I will be at the Barrera International Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Preview down in the Santa Fe Art Districts, dolled up and ready to cover the event for everyone who has an interest in fashion, especially locally.

Barrera FlyerPhoto credits: Designer Juan Jimenez, Erroll Perkins- Beauty Director, Ted Medina- Hair Lead Stylist , Photo Credit-Kevin Alexander , Model-Oumou D

This Thursday will be an amazing fashion event not to be missed; we here in Denver should feel privileged to host this show.

Join fashionistas, fashion industry professionals, and other fashion-enthusiasts in a night previewing the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection of Juan Jimenez. Jimenez, only 22 (youth in vogue!) , is the designer at the helm of Berrera International. He recently graduated from Johnson & Whales and has interned at Tom Ford. I don’t normally do quote-for-quote from websites, but I love this:

“Every piece in the collection has been cut, assembled, stitched and sewn by hand to achieve perfection. From luxurious evening gowns to simple staple pieces, be sure to find a wide selection of items to covet. The beauty of this and every Barrera collection will be the availability to customize every look and make each piece unique.”
-Barrera International.

Berrera International throws out the power words “luxury, character & exclusivity”. What woman doesn’t want to be described in those terms?!

Those attending will be privy to the first glance at his Asia-meets-French-Couture collection, as well as formally introducing the designer’s Menswear collection and the newest pieces in the Barrera International’s Ready to Wear and Couture concepts.

So. My local people all need to be there. Seriously.

It’s going to be down in the Santa Fe Art District, specifically the Space Gallery (765 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204), and doors are at 9 PM. Unless you go for broke and get a VIP ticket. They *are* a little costly, but you get a lot for your money.  Plus, who doesn’t want to feel like a red-carpet celeb for a night? (PS. I will be there getting mingly with the VIPs; black tie, camera, iPad recording software. I’m techno-chic.)

Doors are at 8 PM for  and hour of VIP reception. With that, you get includes a Latin/Asian fusion menu and specialty themed cocktails, private parking, and front row seating.

Black tie attire is mandatory. (But really, how often do you get to wear black tie? I’m excited!)

General Admission is $25; VIP is $100 for 2 guests.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Denver, serving victims of domestic violence and their children since 1977.

If you’re still unsure, I suggest you watch this video, taken last year by the First Class Fashionista team (now I’m on the team! Yay!), to get a feel for what’s gonna go down in D-town.

For ticket information [you will 😉 ] visit http://barrerainternational.eventbrite.com or email info@barrerainternational.com.

See you there! -xxo