Simply Smashin' Fashion

I've been a fan of Deb Henriksen since I caught one of her first fashion shows two summers ago. Her styles were innovative but still wearable, her sensibilities completely down with the skater chick who can hang on the half-pipe and still look good at the after-party. Project Runway only wishes they had her. She'd go to Olympus Fashion Week, for sure.

Henriksen's been lying low since her last show, and I've been patiently waiting to see what she'd turn out next. The time spent investigating new fibers, outfitting a new studio and retail location with fiancé Ben Owens of Super Screenprint, and getting her creative house in order has definitely paid off. In place of the ever-popular skull cat that graced her Equillibrium Clothing line of hoodies and T-shirts, she's got new graphics by two Th'ink Tank artists, along with some of her own designs. She's making work pants and shorts out of hemp material and T-shirts out of bamboo (once you've felt these, you'll never go back), and, in general, is employing a host of environmentally friendly techniques and materials — as befits an environmental scientist.

Westword's 2005 fashion Mastermind shows off all of her hard work tonight at 3 Kings Tavern, 60 South Broadway, starting at 8 p.m. Rock the house all night long at the Equillibrium Clothing Vol. II Fashion Show, featuring music by Get 3 Coffins Ready and Tard, plus a fashion show featuring sixteen outfits from Henriksen's new line. It's five bucks to get in, and the proceeds support the Emily Griffith Foundation and the Natural Resource Defense Council. For more information, call 303-623-2388 or visit
Sat., Aug. 19, 8 p.m.


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