While Denver has not quite grasped the concept of spring with its crazy winter weather, we sure are ready for the hot April events that are bound to heat up the Mile High City. Of course, we are super excited about 303 Magazine‘s Denver Fashion Weekend presented by Schomp Automotive, but we wanted to include some other fashion-forward events happening throughout the rest of the month.
CSU Fashion Show
When: Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Collins Lincoln Center
The Low Down: Colorado State University Department of Design is getting back to the basics with their annual fashion show this month. Set to highlight 22 collections designed by graduating design students who have excelled during their academic careers from children’s wear to plus size garments. There is no doubt that this will be a night to remember full of awesome entertainment, cocktails and most importantly, fashion. This year’s theme is “Elemental.”
“Elemental” represents both the great beauty and the tumultuous unpredictability of our world. It is the fragile yet completely encompassing emotion that emerges from humanism. “Elemental” reveals the rare gems that are exposed once erosion strips away the foundation.
Meet the Founder: Indie Lee
When: April 2 at 12 p.m.
Where: AILLEA in Larimer Square
The Low Down: The founder of beauty brand, INDIE LEE, will have a master class to share her journey and the story behind the brand. Hosted by blogger Laura Krudener of AmongTheColors.com , the participants will have the chance to experience the all-natural Indie Lee collection and receive key beauty tips. Tickets are available at HERE.
Fluid: Manitou Fashion Show
When: April 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs
The Low Down: This fashion show is about a chic and contemporary mix between local makeup artistry, fashion from local boutiques paired with fun and funky hair designs. The Manitou Fashion show will feature a silent auction featuring products from local restaurants, like Good Karma Cafe boutiques, artists and more. Not to mention local DJ Eddy Sound will be on the 1s and 2s.
The goal of Fluid is to raise funds for the Mineral Springs Foundation of Manitou Springs. Since its establishment in 1987, the Mineral Springs Foundation has been able to restore and develop eight mineral springs with help from the City of Manitou Springs and private landowners.
Get your tickets HERE.
Denver Fashion Week(end)
When: April 6-11
Where: City Hall 1144 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
The Low Down: Five days full of fashion and fun is almost here as Colorado’s largest fashion show returns with Denver Fashion Weekend presented by Schomp Automotive.Below is the break down of each night.
Day One -303 Awards returns for another year. This event is where the magazine recognizes local artists, street artists, restaurants, boutiques, designers, local music and more. Some of the categories include Best Salon, Best Restaurant, Best Local Designer and Best Band. The magazine is excited to honor the iconic Tabatha Coffey with The Lifetime Achievement Award and the talented DJ Muldoon with The Independent Platform Artist of the Year Award during The 2016 Southwest Hairstyling Awards.
Day Two – Local designers will showcase various non-traditional shows like plus size fashion, petite designs, tattoos and not your average models. Beauty comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. Last year, this show was a fan favorite so we had to bring it back. One of 303 Magazine‘s own, Ab Aharonian, said “Fashion usually has high standards, and until now, we stuck to those standards. To go against the rules of fashion is scary, but we’re proud to be a part of the plus-sized-model movement happening all over the world…. It’s a celebration of the fashion scene in Denver. The idea is to showcase local talent and build a solid fashion community.”
Day Three – It will be full of local and national designers that will give you the chance to snag some pieces straight off of the runway. Many of the hottest trends for Spring will be highlighted on this day.
Day Four – The hair show is the event we all look forward to the most. The creativity paired with unparalleled fun is a fan favorite. From tremendously crafted costumes to the beautifully designed tresses, hairstylists from all over Colorado will uniquely showcase the remarkable world of hair.
Day Five – Boudicca is all about the hair and makeup masters coming together to share secrets and learning about new beauty trends. One of the subjects is hair color which will be displayed through live demos and pre-done models. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the host, Eden Sassoon’s organization Beauty Gives Back in support of The Thirst Project.
You still have time to get your tickets HERE
How to Buy Couture at an Auction
When: Thursday, April 7
Where: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
The Low Down: The Denver office of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has an upcoming Luxury Accessories and Vintage Fashion Sale you don’t want to miss. This auction will be filled with hundreds of designer, couture and historic garments that not only have unique style but are also modern and trendy. You will also have the chance to get some amazing insight from the director, Anne Forman. She can speak to the conditions of the garments, ways to bid remotely and what to look for in cataloging.
12th Annual Paper Fashion Show
When: April 22 6 p.m.
Where: The Westin Hotel in Downtown Denver
The Low Down: This one of a kind event is the largest paper fashion show in the country. Proceeds from the show benefit The Art Director’s Club of Denver’s scholarship fund and Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA, www.davarts.org), which provides community-based arts education programs for at-risk youth ages 3 to 17. The Art Directors Club of Denver has donated more than $38,500 to DAVA since the ADCD Paper Fashion Show’s™ conception in 2004. There will be over 50 teams crafting paper designs out of this world.
Purchase your tickets HERE.
Denver Botanic Gardens Conservatory-Inspired Fashion Exhibition
When: April 24 at 9 a.m.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
The Low Down: Mona Lucero, Denver designer and head of the Fashion Association of Denver, has curated seven different fashion designs inspired by the beautifully constructed Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. The exhibition is perfectly crafted to highlight the 50-year-old Denver icon. You can snag a ticket HERE.
Which events are you excited to attend in April? We want to hear from you in the comments below.