The first order of business for Denver Dress Up is attending the eight week design competition In The Cut: Fashion Design Series at Suite 200! Initially, I was simply going to go and get my feet wet, meet some of the designers and models and then come home and blog about how much cooler everyone was than me. Then, on my way to eat lunch with my husband, I got a phone call from my friend Laura (an account rep for Hpnotiq who is sponsoring the event) and she says, “So I am here in the Lotus offices with Chanelle and they need another judge for tonight. I offered you up so now you can’t say no!” So much for testing the waters first. I guess I’m jumping right in!
So excited and seriously nervous about tonight! Stay tuned for updates about each weeks competition and get the dirty dirty on some of Denver’s best up and coming designers!
Ladies drink free for Babydoll Tuesdays throughout the series! Want to go?
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
If anyone is interested in attending the In The Cut: Fashion Design Series here in Denver, this is the line up for the next 7 weeks. Don’t forget every Tuesday night is ladies night at Suite 200 from 9pm to Midnight! So grab your girlfriends, bring out your inner fashionista and join me!
- Tuesday, March 27th- Inspired by a Movie
- Tuesday, April 3rd- Neons and Bright Colors
- Tuesday, April 10th- Fantasy Resort 2012
- Tuesday, April 17th- Casual Wear
- Tuesday, April 24th- Modernize a Past Era (Victorian, 20s, 70s, etc…)
- Tuesday, May 1st- (One week off for finalists to prepare)
- Tuesday, May 8th- FINAL! Challenge to be Announced
Photo: Creare Website
My new favorite! Check out Creare Designs on Facebook and if you are one of the first 5 people to “share” her link* you get a 20% off coupon to her etsy store! Creare designer, Sam, was also the winner of week one at the In The Cut: Fashion Design Series at Suite 200 here in Denver. Come out on May 8th to watch her compete in the Finale!
Stay tuned! I’m going to look into personally meeting with Sam to talk about her designs and her new Spring line!
*You must share the link that mentions the 20% off coupon to qualify.
Photo: Michael Beckerman Winning Model-Stephanie
Well, I must be doing something right because for week two of this design series I was asked back to be a judge! Or maybe I have just become “important by association.” I mean, I have gotten to hang out with the hot shots at the judges table two weeks in a row now! All of my new popularity aside, this week’s fashion show at Suite 200 was so much more fun. It had nothing to do with the designers but everything to do with the fact that I felt so much more at ease. I wasn’t afraid to go up and talk to designers and models, I didn’t have to use a calculator to tally my judging scores, and I didn’t have to follow Laura around like a sick puppy to make it look like I belonged. And on top of it all, I got to rock my new BCBG dress (thank you mother-in-law) and some killer ALDO heels (thank you sister).
This week’s movie theme was exciting for me because I really wanted to see each designer’s interpretation of their chosen movie’s components. The only problem was, I hadn’t seen any of the movies (what, no one wanted to do Schindler’s List?). On the up side, I had heard of all the movies and watch enough ET to have a good grasp of plots and characters.
Now to the good stuff…