Although October in Denver is packed with scares, tricks and treats, there's also plenty of fashion, with events geared to turning over a new leaf — and getting a new fall look — all over town. From anniversary parties to pop-up shops, from fashion shows to sample sales, here are thirteen stylish activities to keep you busy through the middle of the month, presented in chronological order.
1) Willow Two-Year Anniversary Party
5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 1
2595 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Willow is a high-end women’s boutique in Boulder that carries well-known brands as well as up-and-coming designers that's celebrating its second anniversary two. The party will be co-hosted by Colorado-based stylist Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style; guests can browse through the collection while enjoying specialty cocktails from Geek Spirits and hors d’oeuvres. The event will include several giveaways from top Willow designers, making this a night that fashionistas should not miss. Click here for more information.
2) Jiberish Ten-Year Anniversary Party
7 p.m. Thursday, October 1
3317 East Colfax Avenue
Local fashion designer Jiberish is turning ten years old and throwing a shindig to mark its first decade in the fashion biz. In order to properly celebrate the occasion, Jiberish partnered with Alaskan Brewery to rent out the historic Bluebird Theater and is bringing in musical guests that include Gibbz and Big Wild. Doors open at 7 p.m., and while tickets will not be sold, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request guest passes. For more details, go to Jiberish's website.
3) Italian Jewelry Festival
Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, October 18
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek
3030 East First Avenue
Neiman Marcus is collaborating with the Italian Trade Commission to present the Italian Jewelry Festival, an eighteen-day event highlighting some of Italy's finest jewelers. The Denver store will feature Buccellati, Roberto Demeglio and Roberto Coin. “This celebration will bring to light the art and history of Italian-made precious jewels,” says Larry Pelzel, vice president of Precious Jewelry for the store. "The scope of this wonderful story is certainly worth the attention of every jewelry enthusiast." Neiman Marcus will be hosting various parties with Italian wine and food and personal appearances from the Italian “Masters” participating in the promotion; click here for more information and a complete list of events.
4) City Witch Botanica
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 2
Fancy Tiger Clothing
Sara Hale Brown is a self-proclaimed "city witch," and her new health and beauty line, City Witch Botanica, is all about integrating healing energy into your everyday life. Fancy Tiger Clothing will host the official launch of this local line, which got its start from Brown's explorations into aromatherapy and body work nearly twenty years ago. Over the years, she's developed a 100% natural, low-ingredient body care line for those who believe that what we put on our bodies has an impact on us as a whole. “All of the ingredients for the products have been infused with lunar energy," she says. "The Moon has a powerful connection to our subconscious behavior, emotional centers and quite possibly, manifestation. The gemstones added to some of the products interact with our vibratory patterns, systems and chakra centers." At the launch, Brown will also highlight solid perfumes encased in one-of-a-kind vintage compacts, pill boxes and lockets, as well as new fall-inspired fragrances. Click here for more information.
5) Luxury Garage Sale Pop-Up Shop
Preview party 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 1; shop the collection 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, October 2
Ily and Iley
2525 15th Street, Unit 1C
Ily and Iley, the new womenswear boutique in Highland, will host a Luxury Garage Sale Pop-Up shop, featuring the Chicago-based upscale consignment boutique that's setting up shop at Ily and Iley. Expect to find an impressive collection of coveted designer and vintage items. Stop by tonight for the preview party and shop the collection all day on October 2. Click here for more information.
6) Krimson Klover Sample Sale
Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, October 2, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3
4944 Pearl Street, Unit G, Boulder
Enjoy 50 to 60 percent off retail clothing at Krimsom Klover, the Boulder-based womenswear company that specializes in luxurious sweaters. Click here to visit the store's website and get more information.
7) Kismet Fall Open House
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 4
Kismet Cherry Hills
2500 East Orchard Road #2500D, Greenwood Village
Ladies' fashion retailer Kismet is having a Fall Open House event at its new Cherry Hills location, featuring an Ayala Bar jewelry trunk show along with a Christy Lea Payne trunk show featuring leather bags; MZ Wallace handbags will also show its new fall line. You can make an appointment to be styled for fashion on Saturday, and all weekend customers will get 15 percent off on full-price merchandise only (the discount cannot be combined with Kismet Kash). Enjoy sips and nibbles provided by Kismet while you shop, too. Click here for more information.
8) Live Love Lash Grand Reopening Party
5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 8
Live Love Lash
2717 East Third Avenue
Eyelash experts Live Love Lash are celebrating the grand opening of their new Live Love Lash studio in Cherry Creek, which is also a spa, hair salon and official Xtreme Lashes training center. Mingle and network while enjoying local fare, drinks and surprise giveaways. Live Love Lash will also be giving away a year of Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, ten $100 gift cards, gift baskets from Sanitas Skincare and GloMinerals, and an overnight stay in the store's luxury suite. If you want to attend the free party, click here to RSVP, call the studio at 303-388-5274 or e-mail email@example.com.
9) The Woods Fine Jewelry Trunk Show and In-Store Appearance
5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 8
2040 West 30th Avenue
The Woods Fine Jewelry was founded by sisters Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock, and is based out of Denver and Aspen. The sisters' brand, The Woods, was created from their love of contrasts — modern and vintage, shiny and matte, edgy and girly, sophisticated and innocent — by blending together organic elements like rough-cut diamonds and semi-precious stones with perfectly aged antique elements, For the first time, Goldyn will offer the trunk show online for those who are unable to shop in-person. Visit Goldyn's website here.
10) Project Style Denver Fall 2015 Pop-Up Shop
3 to 6 p.m Thursday, October 8, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10
Park Hill Village Club House
4100 Albion Street
Proceeds from each sale at this pop-up shop will be donated to Nurse-Family Partnership, a Denver-based national non-profit that works with low-income moms to help them be the best mothers they can be. The merchandise at the pop-up shop includes fall pieces found in Rome and California; Jessica Aerni will also offer some of her handmade jewelry. Click here for more information.
11) Condom Couture Fashion Show
7:30 p.m. Friday, October 9
Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU Boulder
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder
The third annual Condom Couture Goes Hollywood fashion show features a full runway fashion show with one-of-a-kind styles created from condoms. Yes, condoms can be used not only to practice safe sex, but as a textile material for constructing evening gowns. COLOR searched for artists, activists and fashion designers to create pieces of wearable fashion using condoms, and has partnered with Boulder Valley Women's Health Center to produce this event. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.; for ticket pricing and more information, click here.
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12) Second Annual Couture for Confidence Fashion Show
6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10
Fashion Design Center of Denver
3301 Lawrence Street
Bella Boutique is putting on the Second Annual Couture for Confidence show, a special event featuring couture redesigns of Bella Boutique's prom gowns courtesy some of Denver's best fashion designers. VIP entry begins at 5:30 p.m. and general admission at 6:30 p.m.; the $70 VIP ticket includes a reserved seat for the fashion show, hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, early access to the silent auction, and a private meet-and-greet with the designers. General admission tickets are $50 and include hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. wine. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
13) Garden of the Gods Fashion Show
11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
1105 Jupiter Drive, Colorado Springs
The Garden of the Gods Fashion Show benefits the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The $65 ticket includes lunch, a fashion show and live entertainment. Click here to buy tickets and get more information.