The Vanity Runway Show launched Denver into the modern summer season

As Denver prepares for another eventful summer, Fashion West he took the opportunity to start the season with the Vanity Runway Show, an extensive showcase with a number of fashion designers, makeup artists and hairdressers.

A disco ball spun overhead as a crowd of Denver fashionistas gathered to watch the night spinning heads ReelWorks Denver for the Vanity Runway Show on June 12th. The event served as a celebratory experience of every aspect of the dress; including fashion, makeup design and hairstyles. The creative turn of nostalgic styles has taken center stage as designers have pointed to various trends over the past decades, with a strong focus on the 90s and Y2K eras.

Fashion West lifted the show’s experience by including a variety of fashion pop-ups and libations that audience members will enjoy. Among the sellers were similar LEAD, MARGINALLY i Brooks LTD.

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The audience was overwhelmed with energy as the members of the audience took their seats and the music on the runway began. Andreali opened the night with a top segment of the runway inspired by the 80s. The jewelry designer put emphasis on luxurious looks and expressive pieces of jewelry. The models were spread in shoulder pads that were perfectly paired with layered necklaces and shiny earrings.

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Adobe Darko beautified the space with striking neons and youthful printed pieces. As a trademark of the designer, Adobe Darko has redesigned the company logos to play with branded clothing. The audience cheered when one of the models wore a face covered with stickers, reminiscent of the cult album cover of Olivia Rodrigo for her 2021 album SOUR.

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Themes of black pride and empowerment spurred the next segment of the runway of the award-winning make-up artist Tiaja Pierre. Encouraged by Pierre’s intensely beautiful makeup design, the models set up strong poses with fists in the air and confident looks towards the audience.

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Unlike current Y2K return trends, Idiot Cult embraced the reverse trends of the early 2000s by reviving grunge, punk and alternative fashion. The segment was complemented by low-rise pants, graphic T-shirts and camouflage prints. With bold hairstyles and dark makeup, the segment amplified the outrageously beautiful chaos of the “hot mess” look.

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Goddess Skin it is known for its handmade kimonos and leather belts. The designer gave the brand’s ethereal vibe to the catwalk show when the Goddess Skin segment began. Elements of gilded glamor were seen on the runway with glittering kimonos with fringes, a corset and metal leather belts adorning the models.

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Mona Lucero’s the designs embody liveliness and femininity in summer fashion. The models adorned the runway wearing printed dresses with halters and silk scarves tied around their wrists, which ran as they slid past the audience. Lucero’s segment was not without surprisingly prominent looks, one of which included a jacket with gigo sleeves and a Mona Lisa depiction painted on the back.

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The Tyne Hall The runway segment was a smart approach to current clothing trends, but the designer was especially flirtatious with styles from the late 90’s. Hall gave chewy pink mini skirts, chunky platforms and clean embellishments to his moment on the runway. Sparkling hairpins and black necklaces also gave the audience a taste of 90s-inspired accessories.

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Stephan Lauren he won over the audience with his classic but inventive hairdressing techniques. While the models wore the models out of their official clothes, each of their hairstyles got a unique personality that matched their clothes. Elegant ponytails, subtle curls and prominent hair accessories wore the segment as a whole.

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Originally from Cincinnati, Keva Davis presented Denver with pieces of clothing from his online boutique Q’Tique-ish and its empowering t-shirt brand YOWtees. She combined tulle fabrics with street styles, achieving a balance between casual and elegant.

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Erica Gomeza hair design bigger than life was a major player at the Vanity Runway Show. His segment was a vision, covering the range of colors with corset-style dresses on models with raised hairstyles. At the end of the segment, the models lined up horizontally to walk the runway as a united front, strikingly elegant poses that matched the regalia of their hairstyles.

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Darkm0th Industry’s the designs combined monochromatic styling with unpredictable shapes. The designer made the audience think about the future of fashion using asexual designs and industrial elements.

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The finale of the show was professionally done by the hairdresser and co-founder of Fashion West Magazine, Charlie Priceand fur and leather designer, Andreas Tsagas. With unwavering energy, the models covered their fur coats over glittering gold and all-white outfits. Oversized sunglasses, platinum blue wigs and a dazzling look gave the segment a high-profile aesthetic, promising a monumental moment on the runway that was eventually delivered.

The Vanity Runway Show gave Denver the fuel it needed to ignite the summer fashion scene. By bringing back to life the elements of style from previous decades, the designers have shown that they have their finger on the pulse of current trends. However, their exceptional ingenuity in multidisciplinary areas of design gave a spark to the Vanity Runway Show.

All photos by Roxanna Carrasco.

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