Spring is the season that brings us floral patterns, the first garden parties and reminders to clean out your closets. This month offers many ways to revamp your style and prepare for the hotter season ahead, everything from festivals to fashion shows. Keep reading for the best twelve fashion events in April, in chronological order.
12. Prom Swap
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1
555 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood
Get ready for prom season at the fifth annual Prom Swap, a Jefferson County tradition. Teens who donate dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes and accessories receive tickets to trade for new items; they can also trade for tickets with canned goods: five cans per dress, tux or suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. But anyone can make donations at the library; proceeds will benefit Florence Crittenton High School, one of the largest providers of services for pregnant and parenting teens in Colorado. Click here for more information.
"Red Pearl" premiers on April 2 at City Hall.
11. Red Pearl Movie Premiere at City Hall
8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Denver Fashion Weekend Spring 2016 will kick off with this event, the premiere of Denver's first fashion comedy-drama, Red Pearl, featuring protagonist Scarlet, who is fresh out of fashion school and mentored by Project Runway star and Denver native Mondo Guerra, in a cameo role. Free for all fashionistas; click here for more information.
10. Aveda Catwalk for Water
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Aveda Institute Denver
700 16th Street
Every year, Aveda hosts a hair-and-makeup show, and this year's is Catwalk for Water. Aveda's team, students and partner salons will showcase hair and makeup inspired by Earth Month; looks are inspired by the themes of recyclable materials, pollution and sustainability. All proceeds benefit Aveda's Earth Month partner, Western Resource Advocates, which works for land, water and air sustainability. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
9. Massif Fashion Week Spring 2016
7 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Massif Studio Space
2191 South Broadway
Massif Fashion Week is a runway event that caters to retail buyers, fashion enthusiasts and the garment industry as a whole. This event promises to be an evening of runway fashion, art, photography and fun; it will be followed by a few days of fashion pop-up shops. Admission sales and silent-auction proceeds will benefit Extended Hands of Hope, a local nonprofit that focuses on sheltering victims of human sex trafficking. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Photo courtesy of AILLEA
8. Skin Care Expert at AILLEA
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2
1408 Larimer Street
Celebrity skin-care expert Indie Lee, founder of the nationally renowned skin-care brand Indie Lee, will hold a master class at Larimer Square's clean-beauty retailer, AILLEA. Lee will share stories of her personal journey as well as the brand’s story as you learn how to read product labels and what ingredients to limit or avoid. Tickets are $30, which is redeemable in product during the event. Click here for more information.
7. Fluid Fashion Show
7 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Manitou Springs City Hall
606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs
Fluid is a contemporary fashion show that blends fashions from local boutiques and designers with hair styling and makeup by local stylists; it raises funds for the Mineral Springs Foundation of Manitou Springs and supports shopping in the area. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a silent auction, music by local DJ and production company Eddy Sound, and food provided by Good Karma Cafe of Manitou Springs. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
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A scene from Leather Fest 2015.
6. 303 Magazine Presents: Denver Fashion Weekend Spring 2016
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, through Sunday, April 10
For the opening night of Denver Fashion Weekend, 303 Magazine is bringing back the 303 Awards, honoring local artists in all genres; the magazine and hair stylist Charlie Price are also partnering for the second year of the Southwest Hairstyling Awards. The second night of DFW will feature local designers and alternative models, including plus-sized models, petite and tattooed models, and models over thirty as local designers showcase their latest collections. Night three of DFW will highlight local boutiques and national fashion, and the final night will present a hair show. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
5. Colorado Leather Fest
April 8 through April 10
Holiday Inn Lakewood
7390 West Hampden Avenue, Lakewood
If you are into kinky S&M clothes, leather accessories or are just plain curious, visit the Colorado Leather Fest, which will feature all things leather, including a master-and-slave contest, leather banquet and lifestyle classes. The leather mall will offer such brands as Fierce Fetish Gear, Clear Body Piercing and Clear Impact Toys. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
4. Neiman Marcus Trunk Shows
10 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3030 East First Avenue
Neiman Marcus hosts a slew of fashion events every month, and April is no exception. On April 14 the store will feature an Elizabeth Locke trunk show; each piece of jewelry was designed by Elizabeth Locke and completely handmade in nineteen-karat gold. On April 15-16, the Diana M trunk show will feature high-quality diamonds and gemstones in designs by Diana M. Designer Rebecca Proctor will appear in person on April 16 for the new MacKenzie Childs collection of home decor and gift items. That's also the date of the Stephanie Kantis trunk show, displaying jewelry pieces that have sculptural style. Click here for more information.
Photo courtesy of Denver Style Magazine
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3. Industry Mondays With Denver Style Magazine
10 a.m to noon. Monday, April 18
The Studio Denver
4950 Washington Street, Suite 200
This monthly networking event is open to all professionals in the Denver fashion, style and beauty industry; it's an opportunity to network and help grow the thriving fashion scene. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot.
2. Denver Style Magazine Issue No. 4 Release Party
6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 18
Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare
2644 Walnut Street
Walk the red carpet at this event, where you can take as many selfies and new profile pictures as you'd like. There will be dancing, DJs, sips, snacks and giveaways, including the latest issue of Denver Style magazine. Click here to purchase tickets.
1. AILLEA Earth Day Swap and Shop
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 22
1408 Larimer Square, Suite 102.
Denver’s toxin-free beauty boutique, AILLEA, will host its first annual swap-and-shop event. Clean out your drawers, bring in your "non-clean" products — any conventional brands that are not sold in the store — and get cleaner, safer products at AILLEA for a discount. (For every product turned in, you receive 2 percent off your order, up to 20 percent.) Click here to learn more.