The Best of 2021 Denver Fashion

During a year of many ups and downs as we learned how to fix the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver fashion has exploded. While many fashion shows, brand launches and events were canceled or postponed in 2020, this year ushered in a period where local fashion took shape in person. Many designers and brands brought their A-game to the Denver fashion scene after spending time in isolation to expand their fashion passions.

As we enter the new year, it’s clear that Denver fashion is on the horizon. While it’s hard to predict what 2022 has in store for the fashion industry with the continued spread of COVID-19 and its variants, we’ve seen immense growth in Denver last year. Here are some of 303 magazines fashion highlights from 2021.

2 seasons of Denver Fashion Week

Nicholas Anthony Collection at DFW Summer 2021. Photo by Roxanna Carrasco.

Denver Fashion Week is back this year for the summer and fall seasons. Both weeks featured three-night events featuring ready-to-wear, local and sustainable fashion.

The June event was held at the Forney Transport Museum and local designers like Machete & Sons, Nicola Antonio, Mona Lucero and others showed their unique collections. The event brought color, courage and elegance to Denver, bringing people together after a long year without in-person events.

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Menez Collection at DFW Autumn 2021. Photo by Roxanna Carrasco.

READ: What you missed from Denver Fashion Week 2021

The second Denver Fashion Week took place in November at McNichols Civic Center. What was probably the best season that brought incredible fashion to Denver. With unique themes, finely crafted pieces, and an entire night dedicated to sustainability, the events left the community in awe. Guide, tokiprism, efta., suppliers from Garage sale and more brought incredible fashion to the Denver stage.

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More sustainability practices and initiatives

The fashion industry is one of the main culprits of waste. Fast fashion has become a frequently used term this year to describe the result of textile waste and the massive use of resources such as water. As garments become ‘trendy’, they are quickly produced and sold just to allow consumers to put them on and throw them away after several uses.

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Collective of the lost rooms. Photo by Shelby Moeller.

READ: The evolution of sustainable fashion in Denver

Denver has specifically taken steps to improve the fashion industry by investing in sustainable alternatives. Thrifty, vintage shopping has emerged as a way to pass on garments to new consumers while avoiding the consequences of fast fashion. Several local showcases opened their doors this year with sustainability at the forefront, including Lost Room Collective, The Yellow Morning and the Common Collective Co.

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The Yellow Morning. Photo by Adrienne Thomas.

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The Common Collective Co. Photo by Roxanna Carrasco.

Local models Samantha Joseph and Alicia Myers created Color of Fashion

Samantha Joseph and Alicia Myers are seasoned models nationwide. Joseph is the CEO of his magazine, NWἉ Magazine, and has appeared in Forbes, Vogue and Lady Gunn. Myers is the creative director of NWἉ Magazine and has posed for magazines such as Vogue, Westword, Sheen Magazine, Cosmopolitan and others.

The two created Fashion color, “To elevate fashion and promote inclusivity by bridging the gap between diversity and high fashion”. Color of Fashion’s first show was a two-night event held in Denver in September.

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Alejandro Gaeta’s collection at Color of Fashion Night 1. Photo by Molly Olwig.

READ: Color of Fashion 2021: transcending fashion on the catwalk through a diversified representation

Presented in an avant-garde setting a Red line, a local gallery that celebrates diversity, created a platform on the first night for designers, models, MUAs and color volunteers to showcase their work and passions. The second night took place in a serene forest at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, creating a unique show that celebrates black designers and flawless fashion.

Myers and Joseph have expanded their platform to include not only fashion shows, but other events as well. Local director Blake Jackson worked with the two to create a film depicting the story of a black model navigating a society that upholds harmful racial standards. Called A / I and pronounced Autumn Winter, the film premiere a Mirus Art Gallery in early December it brought the Denver fashion community together, sparking conversations about racial inequalities in fashion and the conflicts many black creatives face.

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Myers, Joseph and Jackson at the A / I premiere. Photo by Kris Wade.

READ: Color of Fashion’s A / W Premiers with Powerful Emotion

Color of Fashion’s stance to celebrate the diverse voices and creatives in the fashion industry will continue to evolve and we can’t wait to see the growth the organization experiences in 2022.

Emerging designers

After a year of social isolation and quarantine, many people in Denver have taken the time to focus on creating stylish garments, accessories and pieces. As a result, new local designers have emerged with their unique contributions to the Denver fashion scene. From Dalton Bidula – founder of LAAW – to Dacy Luneberg And Reanne Alise Chase – founders of GYIDAH – creative juices flowed this year to elevate the fashion scene. Designers like it Alessandro Gaeta And jasmine lewis presented several collections at local fashion shows, while catalyzing the growth of its brand.

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Gyidah at Color of Fashion Night 2. Photo by Corey Myers.

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Dalton Bidula, founder of LAAW. Photo by Roxanna Carrasco.

Overall, 2021 was a pivotal year for Denver fashion. While there have been many ups and downs in terms of the pandemic, the community has once again promoted in-person shows and fashion events. While the fate of Denver fashion in 2022 is still unknown due to the continued spread of COVID-19, one thing is certain: Mile High City is home to an abundance of talented creatives and designers. Each year transcends the last one for Denver fashion, and here at 303 Magazine, we expect this trend to continue.

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