On week one of In The Cut: Fashion Design Series I came home with seven business cards, a lot of great ideas, some new friends and a parking ticket (we’ll get to that later). I was looking through my photos trying to figure out where to start this post. There’s really just too much to say so I will give you an annotated version of what could be a very long rant!
I got to Suite 200 early (definitely too early, but it was good to poke around) and was able to mingle with a few of the designers, meet the photographer, and hair and makeup personnel. The theme was “Favorite Cutting Edge Trend of 2012” and each of the three designer’s lines made me feel totally different!
The Mad Hattris
Designer Elizabeth 2nd from left.
Elizabeth Starr, also cleverly known as The Mad Hattris, was the first person (and designer) for me to meet. Her personality was as colorful and playful as the hats she designed. I mean seriously, she had the most amazing purple hair! Her line was 50s fashion meets Alice in Wonderland and it was fantastic. I loved the bright colors and her custom hats gave them some unexpected flair. The looks made me want to go to a trippin’ tea party with 50s housewives and Johnny Depp and Tim Burton (I think my invite is in the mail). My favorite piece was Elizabeth’s bright blue skirt and crop-top combo. Really well tailored with a hint of sexy.
Model Jae, rockin’ one of Elizabeth’s looks. Love this against her strawberry hair!
Re’veil by NJ
Designers Julia (l) and Nicole (r) with model Roxanne in the back
Nicole and Julia’s line by Re’veil had a completely different feel than The Mad Hattris (which is the whole point of fashion, right?). Their dresses made me want to put on my highest heels, get my spray tan on, and go to the hottest club in Miami! The challenge piece for these ladies was a white dress with diamond strapping in the back and this outrageous feather skirt. It screamed party!
Keep a look out for these ladies as they will be launching an online store in the next few months!
Re’veil model Roxanne working with Michael Beckerman Photograher
Designer Sam (left) with her models
Although I didn’t get to meet Sam (Creare designer) personally, I did get to watch her put together her models before the show. This girl was a jack-of-all-trades Tuesday night! Not only did she design all of her looks, she did all of the girls’ hair and makeup AND modeled. Creare’s line was a bit goth, a bit rocker, a bit 18th century upper class, but 100% sexy. I would actually venture out and wear the white striped piece with something layered underneath and a pair of wide-legged pants and some heels.
Creare was the winning designer of the night, so come out on May 8th to watch her compete in the finale!
Creare designer readying her models
Now that was just the designers. Don’t forget that I was hand-picked to be a judge for this competition! Ok, so I was a last minute fill in. It still gives me some street cred, right? It’s a little funny how nervous I was about judging. Really, it was quite simple: you get a sheet with each designer/model and you give them a 1-5 rating in 5 different categories. I think the hardest part was actually tallying up my score. My judging wasn’t perfect but who knows, they may ask me back and that means more practice! After all, I did get to sit at a table with four other very important people.
So what did I learn?
- Don’t show to any event too early. And yes, this is the most important (see #5).
- Every designer has their own unique style that makes the fashion world go ‘round.
- Never be too shy to just go up and meet people who might be important. Even if you are a nobody-just-beginning-blogger. You never know what kind of doors may open.
- You don’t have to start out being perfect with a clear vision. Our self-evolution is what makes each of us unique and that journey will always provide us with a vision.
- Denver parking meters DO run until 2am! You’re welcome City and County of Denver.
- When you don’t wash your face after a night out, the next morning you will look like you actually made an effort to get ready before bringing your son to school.
Possibly my favorite hairdo of the night!
A makeup artist’s fashion show arsenal
More hats by The Mad Hattris
Get on those falsies!
Michael Beckerman was photographer for the event
Shooting with Michael pre-show
Model being prepped for Creare line
Winning Model: Roxanne (left)
Winning Designer: Creare (right)
Next Week’s Category: Inspired by a Movie
*All photos by Denver Dress Up unless otherwise credited.