New York isn't the only place where you can get your fashion-week fill. Aspen International Fashion Week starts Thursday, March 16, and promises to showcase why Colorado is the place to find luxury winter fashion. Brooke Fogg, president of AIFW, took time away from her busy schedule to talk with us about her love of fashion and why Aspen is the place to be this weekend.
Westword: Brooke, tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
Brooke Fogg: I am from Colorado! A native. So is my VP of Sponsorship, Katie Van Horne. My VP of Production, Kerri Butler, is originally from Hawaii.
When did you first discover your love for fashion, and how did you get into the business of fashion?
I have always loved fashion and in one way or another, it always has played a role in my life -- whether personally or professionally. I actually also own Wilhelmina Denver, a Denver-based model and talent agency.
What is your take on the state of fashion in Colorado?
I think we are a developing market and that more and more designers are emerging from Colorado, which in turn creates a focus on the industry here. Overall, I think the industry here is very supportive, which we are very grateful for as it allows the potential of fashion-related events to grow as well.
What is the history of Aspen International Fashion Week?
AIFW was launched and rebranded in 2013 following the cancellation of Aspen Fashion Week, which ran for several years prior. The event is now owned and managed by myself, Kerri Butler and Katie Van Horne.
Who are some of the designers that will be featured during AIFW?
We are so excited to have Dennis Basso, Columbia, Obermeyer, A Perfect Moment, GORSKI, PolarMax, ALR Style Tribe, Mountain Hides, One Moon, Jitrois and Pilar Tarrau. Plus we have some very exciting mixed designer shows on Day 2, presented by Snowlink.com.
What trends can we expect to see?
We have such a diverse range of collections being shown -- from high-end fashion to luxury furs, as well as performance ski and outerwear. There will be a lot of new, exciting trends showcased this year in three event-packed days in Aspen.
How is AIFW different from all of the other fashion weeks happening over the next few months?
AIFW is the only luxury outerwear fashion week in the country. This year is unique because we are adding more of a high-end fashion component, too, with designers like Dennis Basso and Jitrois.
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Why is AIFW an event fashion lovers don't want to miss? Well, who doesn't want to spend the weekend in Aspen? Attendees will have an amazing time. The day events showcase collections on an open-air stage and once the shows wrap, attendees are invited to visit our participating boutique events, where there will be food, cocktails, giveaways and discounts. The evenings are also filled with private parties at popular Aspen hotspots like Escobar, Bootsy Bellows, Regal Room and Caribou Club. Our closing event on Saturday evening is the Black and White Ball benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We have made the event bigger than any other year and it is not to be missed. Tickets for AIFW can be purchased at aspenintlfashionweek.com/tickets.