Shockwave: Japanese Fashion closes on Sunday, May 28 at the Denver Art Museum.EXPAND
Shockwave: Japanese Fashion closes on Sunday, May 28 at the Denver Art Museum.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha

The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in May

May is here, and with Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day, there are more than a few reasons to dress up this month. Here are ten of the best fashion events in Denver in May, everything from trunk shows to fashion shows.

The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in May
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1. Violet Hour Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spinster Sisters Co.
Sleepwear brand Violet Hour is cut and sewn locally in Denver. Designer Katey Kaiser will be hosting a pop-up at her Cherry Creek North location. Swing by to meet the designer in person and shop her new collection of sleepwear. The store's robes and pajama sets make for the perfect Mother's Day gift. Click here for more information.

2. Denver Mini Derby
May 6, 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Marketplace

Even the miniature horses and racing Welsh corgis will be looking good at this event, which bills itself as the most fun Derby party anywhere.

3. 2017 Festival of Colors
Saturday May 6, 6 p.m to 1 a.m.
City Hall

The 2017 Festival of Colors is shaping up to be a full-on fashion extravaganza, with more than 120 models. This festival celebrates life's beauty and magic, while focusing on art, dance, lights, fabric, color and, of course, fashion. Designers presenting work on the runway include: Jenn Costellollo of Jeneration Apparel, Andreas Tsagas of Tsagas Leather & Furs, Denise Renee of Fantasy Designs, Francis D. Roces of Kimono Dragons, Sierra Wonderlynd of Sumeria Designs, Duane Topping of Topping Designs, Shawn Schram of S&K Custom Clothing, Eva Juzwiak of Saunders Customs, and Sherry Rivard of Sherry's Angels. The fashion show starts at 8 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in May
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4. Sips & Sweets
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.
Banana Republic at Park Meadows

The staff at the Park Meadows Banana Republic will help you pick out an outfit that is refined and sophisticated. Shop the new summer collection, while enjoying sips and sweets on this Saturday afternoon. Click here for more information.

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5. Quinceañera Fashion Show
Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Civic Center Park

Sometimes it's okay to wear the same dress twice. Head to Civic Center Park to celebrate Cinco De Mayo this weekend with the second annual quinceañera fashion show, produced by local radio station, La Invasora. This event will spotlight young ladies and their elaborate, recently worn quinceañera dresses, which represent a rite of passage into womanhood.To find out how to participate in the show, contact La Invasora at 303-514-7935 or click here for more information.

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6. Fur Re-Style
May 10-11
Neiman Marcus
Breathe life into that dusty old fur in your closet by revamping it for the warmer season ahead. Head to the Couture Salon on the second floor of Neiman's to consult with furrier Stephen Stewart about restyling your existing fur or leather coat. Click here for more information.

7. Favorite Things Brunch
Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Larimer Social
This event is designed to spoil mom on her special day and will include a fashion show, among other festivities. Guests ages 21 and up can enjoy bottomless mimosas, a bloody Mary bar, and bites from Bistro Vendome, Cru, and Rioja. Makeovers come courtesy of Glam Bar by L-Style. You can also shop an AILLEA pop-up shop, create a bouquet, eat ice cream, and see a fashion show from local retailers. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in May
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8. Fashion Guild International 2017 Fall Trends
Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m.
Denver Open Media Foundation

Fashion is always a season ahead. Figure out the latest trends for this autumn, courtesy of the Fashion Group International, which is hosting this presentation predicting the upcoming trends for fall 2017 from Milan, Paris and New York. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided at this opportunity to network with other fashion professionals. Click here for more information.

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha

9. Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design
Friday, May 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Denver Art Museum

The Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design exhibit features high-fashion couture from the 1980s and 1990s. This exhibit is a feast for the eyes, a visual treat and this will be one of the final days to see it as the exhibit closes May 28. The evening starts with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and stunning views of the city from the ART Hotel’s rooftop Fire Lounge. After dinner, walk around the corner to the Denver Art Museum for a personal tour of Shock Wave, guided by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Textile Art and Fashion Curator, from Paris. The exhibit features works by Japanese designers including Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, all of which started a fashion revolution. End the evening with a gift from the exhibition catalog. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

10. Denver Style Magazine Issue 9, Mix and Mingle
Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Backyard on Blake

Local style and fashion rag, Denver Style Magazine, will launch its latest issue with a family-friendly festival showcasing local boutiques, salons and fashionable movers and shakers. Reserve your spot for family and friends and enjoy sips and snacks, free magazines, and give-aways from Spinster Sisters, La Lovely Vintage, Judith & Joe, Meraki Moon, and the Parlour Hair Salon. Click here for more information.

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