Denver Fashion Week (DFW) kicked off last night at Wings Over the Rockies for its inaugural season. The former three-day event expanded into a week of runways, workshops, industry parties and more. Last night was the debut of two new concepts for the event, including the first-ever DFW bridal-only show and the children’s fashion show, which was conceived only last summer. Both runways were hosted at the beautiful aerospace museum where models hit the catwalk under the shadows of giant aircrafts.
Starting at 4 p.m., the daytime children’s event presented a wide range of designers. The lineup included petite ready-to-wear by Dimple For Kids, couture handsewn dresses by Peach and Penny and prom dresses by The Secret Boutique. There was even a special runway surprise from The Beauty Underground, the artistic team behind DFW.
Next up was the bridal show. Despite the sudden flurries, which brought heavy snow and wet attendees, the house was packed. Many in the crowd were also there for the reveal of the 303 Award winners, which occurs every year during DFW (go here to find out who won). After several awards were handed out, the runway show commenced.
The theme of the night was indeed bridal, but each designer focused on different elements of wedding wear. Femme Fatale Intimates started off the evening the way most wedding nights would end — with lingerie. Models in various stages of undress flaunted delicate but ultra sexy unmentionables in shades of white. Nuorikko, another local brand, followed with a more traditional, but exquisite showcase. Separates and clean lines were the name of the game for the brand known for its custom pieces. Next DFW veteran, Marie Margot Couture ended the first segment with a beautiful display of custom wedding dresses and a few separates but deviated at the end with a gorgeous black tulle ballgown.
After a brief intermission, and several more awards, the night returned with Gino Velardi. The local designer is known for his glamorous apparel, which he showed off with cocktail and party dresses perfect for a reception. Several of his pieces though, like his fuschia gown made of cascading ruffles, might be better for a wedding crasher as they are bound to steal the spotlight. Denver Bespoke By Machete & Sons followed suit with elaborate menswear that would easily make the groom the center of attention. Luxurious satin smoking jackets, jewel-toned ascots and a hint of steampunk marked the unique runway segment. Last but not least, we had Bloom. Although not traditionally a clothing shop, the team of florists used their creativity to mastermind avant-garde looks that revolved around traditional wedding flowers and gorgeous foliage. There was a rose petal bustier, suit cuffs made of baby’s breath and orchid accents. Each made with living flowers, Bloom’s pieces were a literal breath of fresh air.
Night One set the bar high for the rest of the week, but we’re more than excited to see what’s in store. Make sure to check out the schedule at www.DenverFashionWeek.com and get your tickets now.