The new year is here, full of shining new hopes. Every January 1 we resolve to transform into the best version of ourselves, and this year is no exception. If you're determined to look good in 2017, Denver has plenty of events to get you off to a stylish start. Here are the dozen best fashion events in Denver in January, in chronological order.
1. Sip, Spiel and Sew Workshop
6 p.m. Sunday, January 8
Denver Design Incubator
2040 Clay Street
The Denver Design Incubator is hosting a $10 introductory sewing class where you can sip wine and learn basic sewing skills on home or industrial sewing machines, with the goal of making quilts that can be donated to local shelters or the camps at Standing Rock. Bring your own supplies, including a portable machine, if that's what you want to use; the Denver Design Incubator will supply industrial sewing machines, fabric and thread. Other workshops at DDI this month include Draping and Pattern Making, Advanced Industrial Sewing, Fashion Sketching, and a specialty workshop on zippers and button holes. Click here for more information.
2. The Zodiac Party
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12
2040 West 30th Avenue
Swing by trendsetting boutique Goldyn to celebrate 2017 in style at a free zodiac-themed bash, complete with tarot and astrology readings, hot toddies, nail art, and a dance party with a DJ set by Matthew Brown. Click here for information.
3. Uniqlo Denver X Tastemade Free Lunch
Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, January 12
Uniqlo Denver Pavilions
500 16th Street Space 110
Uniqlo is partnering with Tastemade to offer a free lunch; the first hundred shoppers will get a ticket good for a meal from the Yatai food truck. More incentive to shop: DJ Big O from 95.7 will be spinning, and shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Uniqlo will host additional Free Lunch events on February 9 and March 9; click here for more information.
4. Upcycle Club
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, January 12
Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing
3175 28th Street, #3, Boulder
This hands-on group meets monthly (except for February) to learn new upcycle and alteration techniques, discuss current projects (bring yours), and experiment with up-cycled fashion. Click here for more information.
5. Romantic Rock Fashion Show
7 p.m. Thursday, January 12
2721 Larimer Street
This winter fashion show by Emily Dearheart and Romantic Rock, with hair and makeup by Paul Mitchell, will be accompanied by music from Me Me Monster, BOX, Burnt Bridge Masons and Boxcar Eddy. Artist Vincent Gordon will show his work, too. The show is 21+; tickets are $5 to $8. Click here for more information.
6. Fashion Group International Presents: The Basics of Packing
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 17
Paradise Baggage Company
4442 South Broadway, Englewood
Fashion Group International and Paradise Baggage Company are teaming up to teach an essential skill every jet-setter should possess: the basics of packing a suitcase. Click here for more information.
7. Armani Collezioni Resort Trunk Show
10 a.m.-5 p.m Friday, January 20
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek
3030 East First Avenue
Although we're in the dead of winter, fashion is always a season ahead. Head to the fine-apparel department on the second floor of Neiman Marcus to see the classic styles of Armani for spring. Click here for more information.
8. Fab ’rik Second Anniversary Party
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 20
Fab ’rik Denver
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Suite 518, Littleton
Help Fab 'rik celebrate its second birthday in style at this shindig. Grand founder and CEO Dana Spinola left corporate America to pursue her dream of owning a clothing boutique that helps everyone dress in high style — without attitude or price shock. Fast-forward fourteen years later and Fab ’rik has over forty locations in the United States, including this spot in Littleton. Click here for more information.
9. Fashion Denver Fashion Camp for Kids
10 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday, January 21
2590 Walnut Street
Register the little fashionista in your life for fashion camp. Brandi Shigley and the Fashion Denver team will give kids ages five to thirteen a crash course in the fashion industry during a day of activities that include accessory-making and repurposing a white T-shirt into a new shirt or dress or skirt. Darlene Ritz, chair of Fashion Design at Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design, will demonstrate her T-shirt tying and embellishing skills; camp will conclude with hair and makeup done by a Denver salon, a photo shoot and a fashion show of the campers' designs. Click here for more information.
10. Beer, Brats, and Bras
2-7 p.m. Saturday, January 21
Zephyr Brewing Company
1421 26th Street
This fashion party promises two things: lingerie and free brats. Bra specialist Amanda Schneebeck will be on hand to demonstrate the "gift of the lift." Zephyr Brewery will be offering a free brat with a beer purchase, limited to one per customer. Rodan and Fields representative Holly will offer skin consultations as well. Click here for more information.
11. Denver Style Magazine Issue 8 Launch and Second Anniversary
6-9 p.m. Thursday, January 26
3150 Walnut Street
Although New Year's Eve is behind us, the party doesn't stop. Join Denver Style magazine for its second anniversary and the launch of its latest issue. There will be a live DJ providing tunes, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Peak Beverage food service. The first 100 attendees will receive a swag bag. Tickets are $15 (kids under twelve get in free) and include a coat and boot check, so you can bring those cute party shoes. Click here for more information.
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12. Ice Ball 2017
7 p.m. Friday, January 27
This winter-themed fashion, art and music showcase, presented by Beautiful Distractions, will heat up the night with hot designs from Gabriela Martinez, Andreas Tsagas, Karen Holloway, Jenn Costello, Min Lee Stevens, Denise Renee, Xitlali Baila, Sierra Wonderlynd, MinLynn Stevens, Blanca Romoleroux and Gabe Vigil. Local reggae/rock/jazz act ÜFR will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Tickets range from $15 to $300; click here for more information.