Last week, fall 2021 Denver Fashion Week (DFW) was arguably the best yet, showcasing exquisite local fashion and bringing the community together in the process. Produced by Review 303 and sponsored by The green solution and Wizard, the three-night event took place at McNichols Civic Center. Thursday night’s catwalks celebrated ready-to-wear fashion, bringing a fierce energy that puts Denver fashion on the map.
Thursday, November 18 – Ready-to-wear
Thursday night’s ready-to-wear fashion shows kicked off the weekend event. After a cocktail for the participants to mingle and express their love of fashion, N3ptune took to the runway to present the designers with a high-energy, jaw-dropping performance. Wearing Tokiprism, he prepared the crowd for the night.
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B Fresh, a local brand offering funky and colorful gear and accessories straight out of the ’80s, opened the night with a quirky collection. Models of all genres rocked matching sets from head to toe with fun pastel colors, geometric shapes and unique designs. From fanny packs to bucket hats to ski goggles and more, the designer Brian McBroom brought the ’80s to Aspen on the DFW track. McBroom joined the models on the last step dancing to the beat of the music, encapsulating the unique energy of her collection.
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Yaneth Alatorre then paraded with a beautiful collection embodying the Mexican Revolution of November 20, 1910. Ready-to-wear pieces such as floral maxi dresses and stunning hats were paired with ammunition belts draped around the bodies of the models, slung toy guns and other items symbolizing combat. Alatorre is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, and she aimed to encompass her culture and the importance of the revolution through this collection. The looks featured bangs, browns and greens, sequins, ornate flowers in the models’ hair and more. The overall vibe was a mix of bohemian chic and Mexican culture. Each look elevated the last, making this collection truly revolutionary. Alatorre paraded in a fitted black jumpsuit and a fringed belt, still as beautiful as ever.
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My Generation T followed by a trendy collection that took ready-to-wear to a new level. The brand is known for its colorful celebrity prints on basic t-shirts, although the runway collection has many more. Looks ranged from lounge sets to intricate t-shirt dresses adorned with safety pins and chains. Some looks had elaborate tulle trains layered on the back of the t-shirts. The collection embodied high-end streetwear with high fashion silhouettes. Along with the catchy music and high energy of the crowd, the designer Ashleigh Perri has created a collection of catwalks like no other.
After a brief intermission, afta. brought a comfortable yet incredibly trendy collection to DFW. Living room sets in neutral tones of lavender, teal, beige and pink were paired with hats and beanies. These high-end basics featured intricate yet simple designs like a hand holding a cigarette, âthe unitâ. written on the chest and even a simple “e”. to symbolize the brand. The established collection is perfect for high streetwear fashion. Designate Teagan glass walked the trail in an oversized vest and tie-dye pants, interacting with the crowd along the way.
Glenn + Glenn then walked the runway with a collection perfect for the businesswoman who wants to look trendy and chic. Neutral colors like yellow, burgundy, navy blue, and gray were used to create pantsuits, rompers, and fitted sets. The models wore low slick ponytails with their hair teased at the bottom, giving the collection a very cohesive look. The looks introduced business fashion with dresses and costume sets suitable for a meeting or a night out on the town. Designers and sisters Jillian Glenn Altman and Hillary Glenn Riley followed the models always so elegant.
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Tokiprism followed by a collection of amazing and daring looks. It was the designer by Nagisha Corbett (aka Toki) first parade.
âThis is my first time doing this, so it’s a new learning experience. Just a few challenges, but I feel really excited about everyone I work with and everyone has been really nice so I feel like I’ve learned a lot already, âsaid Toki.
The collection was inspired by Japanese culture and streetwear, with intricate designs and shapes. Models of all genders paraded in ensembles, lace up dresses, cape t-shirts and more.
âMuch of my collection is very black and white, like duality. A lot of the pieces also have recycled fabrics, so a lot of old shirts, âToki said. âI have this skirt and there is a knot in the back. I cut the fabric of the skirt and tied it in a knot. So I just recycled a lot of fabrics.
Tokiprism wowed audiences with a bold and stylish streetwear collection with beautifully constructed looks. Toki paraded the runway in a black look, waving to the crowd as she celebrated her accomplishments.
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DCR Studios followed by a collection that made the participants sing and applaud while enjoying a breathtaking and unique fashion. Each model featured a crown and elaborate jewelry. The looks consisted of feathered capes, yellow and blue tie-dyed pants and dresses, sequined tops and more. Designer Darlene C. Ritz has achieved an interesting phenomenon by making a high class dress fit for a king or queen, casual. The mix of ready-to-wear street pieces and high-end accessories for a breathtaking collection. Ritz joined the models with a feathered cape and had fun with the music and energy of the show in the process.
Dark Denim ended the night with a bang. Designate AldoElCreator’s The fashion house is now based in Los Angeles, and although he only had a month of preparation for DFW, it surely didn’t disappoint.
âIt’s something different, I don’t really do those kinds of very fast collections, but I was really happy to do it under pressure,â he said.
Besides intricate skeleton-like makeup, Dark Denim’s looks were bold and striking. From a fur poncho with fishnets underneath to a long quilted waistcoat and floral velvet dress, each look was entirely different from the last.
The collection featured âa lot of twisted Mexican traditions. I’m culturally Mexican, you know I’m from Mexico. So I took a lot of things that are just your typical Mexican traditional household items and turned them into clothes,“said AldoElCreator.
The collection was the perfect way to end a night full of energy and ready-to-wear fashion. AldoElCreator paraded the catwalk in a double-layered floor-length jacket, flashing peace signs to the crowd as he returned backstage.
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Overall, the first night was filled with unique streetwear fashion and indescribable energy. The crowd cheered as the models walked in, making a community essence that puts Denver Fashion Week above the rest.
The street style was equally lovely, as the attendees wore a variety of different looks.
All pictures from Roxanna carrasco.