Hiatus

Sorry for the non-posting, guys!

I kind of assumed everyone would know what was going on, but then I realized that’s kind of rude. We all know what assuming does.

So, here is my official notice of hiatus.

Between work, school, and my internship/externship at First Class Fashionista, I rarely have time to sleep, let alone update my blog.

HOWEVER I do update my work (every day of my life, basically).

I post 2 times a week on First Class Fashionista, so check out my work there!

Additionally, I update my Instagram & Twitter (serahstyles) and my Tumblr (serahinvogueish) on a really regular basis.

 

Thank you!

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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

Oranges & Zippers

I promise I haven’t been neglecting my blogging.
I’ve just been doing it twice a week elsewhere, on FirstClassFashionista.com for my internship.

Also I went to the Nan Desu Kan 2013 anime and video game convention, finished my finals, quit my old job, interviewed and got a new job and had one whole day off to myself and my hunni.

It’s really a wonder my head doesn’t explode from all this multi-tasking. (Does anyone know what it’s like to have a peaceful day? I grew up near farmlands and honest-to-betsy COWS and I forgot.)

So here’s a re-cap of my writing:
Denver YKK Zipper Trend Event
Orange at Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week 2013
Fall/Winter Fashion Trends for Colorado 2013
Come visit me over on FCF and I’ll continue to cross-blog when I can! Gino Velardi, a local Denver designer, is having a show Oct 3rd (ironically, my last day at the old job) so I’ll be sure to have lots of great coverage from that!

xxoo ❤

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.

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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

Nick Cave & Denver Night

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If you missed last Friday’s Denver Night,part of the Biennial of the Americas festival, don’t fret too much.

The Biennial of the Americas, described officially as “an international festival of ideas, art, and culture” is ongoing until September 2nd, so there’s still time to get some culture in before it bids us adieu and mosies on outta here. (they have a lot of other fun artsy things going on, too, so be sure to check out their website).

If you’re like me and basically did a giddy dance at the chance to see Nick Cave’s legendary Soundsuits in action, I’ll try to fill you in on what you missed. If you imagine real hard, you can pretend that you, too, were sitting on the pokey grass for an hour and a half before the show and refusing to relinquish your primo seats.
So a little background may be in order. Nick Cave is an American performance artist, who dabbles in sculpture, found objects, textile work and dance. A full-scale exhibit of his work, Nick Cave: Sojourn, is currently on display at The Denver Art Museum. Including 20 of his Soundsuits, fabric-adorned creations intended to be danced in, the exhibit also features short films and some other sculptural work of his. It’s a wonderful exhibit and it’s only running until September 22nd, so you had better check it out!
That aside, as a special treat for the Biennial of the Americas, Nick Cave put on a live performance of his horse Soundsuits specially choreographed  to coincide with his current exhibit. So, here are the images and a nifty little down-n-dirty video in the best definition I could muster for you to be inspired by. Clicking the photos will give you the much-larger version to ooh & ahh at. (ignore the occasional other photographers… how rude of them to weasel into my photos! ;P )

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The rainbow one was the favourite of my group. Its face was a little more elaborately stitched and also included shells hanging from where the ‘jaw’ area would be, along with more use of color. (and aren’t those kiddos adorable? I mean, I wanted to touch them, but didn’t muster the cahones until the little ones paved the way.)

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So, they started out the performance doing this resting thing. Just some calm music meant to evoke country feelings (which, speaking as a small-town girl m’self, it worked) while they sauntered around and sat or nuzzled each other…

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Then, all of a sudden they bumped up the tempo, the backs of the horses separated, and it was a crazy jungle dance party! (the video really does this more justice. But my favorite part was seeing the little horse rear’s get their solo groove on. Maybe it’s because they all reminded me of McDonald’s “Fry Kids’…)

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Then the music slowed back down, the backs and the fronts of the horses were re-united and the slow parade of them began to signal the end of the performance. It was funny to see the dancers all re-arranged to create new colors of ‘horses’. Like a great big “CHANGE PARTNERS!” in the middle of the dance.

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This little munchkin was afraid to touch them, but with encouragement en masse, she ended up crossing the rope and acting like a VIP. (too flippin’ cute, right?)

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But eventually, the last of the horse Soundsuits walked out of the ring again and left us as the main stage lit up for another act.

But, we’ll always have the memories. (& now you can fake you were there, too, in case you weren’t. I’ll never tell. ;p)

Nick Cave: Sojourn