Nicole PopovichVogue: Designers Jose Clark and Armando Guerra strike a pose.
Nicole PopovichCrowd control: Tamarac Square was packed for the kick off the Fashion Project, where twelve local designers will compete for four weeks to win tickets to New York Fashion Week.
Nicole PopovichGive it up: Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver (in red) introduces Jill Kobe of Tamarac Square (in suit) and Kathy Bacon of Dress for Success, the charity that the event benefits.
Nicole PopovichUp close and personal: Designer Alec Smith and his model.
Nicole PopovichThe show must go on: Guests and judges wait for the designers to walk the runway and be issued their surprise challenge. Each designer will have five minutes to create something fabulous with only a dress form, a swath of fabric, a belt and some pins.
Nicole PopovichOn the spot: Alec Smith works quickly.
Nicole PopovichFinished! The designers await a decision from the judges.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Alec Smith. His use of the belt was intriguing, and the style was very au currant.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Armando Guerra. Mondo struggled a bit with the heavy fabric, and as a result he turned out something less edgy and exciting than his usual designs.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Deb Henriksen. Simple, elegant with good detailing -- very typical of Deb. The pin ruching at the bust is particularly nice.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Gino Velardi. A lovely creation, but something a little more interesting probably would have wowed the judges more. A halter dress is a pretty typical solution for this type of challenge.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Jose Clark. It is hard to believe this dress is just made with pins. A lot of designers wish their actual products looked this good.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Kandyce Hudson. The neckline on this top was quite lovely. Great potential.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun. There just was not much body to this piece --espeically when compared to the tailoring some of the other contestants performed.
Final look: Mona Lucero. The concept here was good, but it seems as if Mona had too much fabric to work with. Her normal style is much more sleek -- could this be an indicator that she plans to take some risks on the runway?
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Nancy Sedar Sherman. Very pretty, very Grecian, but as with Gino, the judges were hoping for more of a "wow" factor.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Stephanie Ohnmacht. Each of the designers were also given clothes pins, and Stephanie used them to good effect.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Tricia Hoke. The detailing on this top was inspiring. It was so intricate and lovely.
Nicole PopovichFinal look: Crystal Sharp. A sexy silhoutte that could be worn on the street.
Nicole PopovichAnd the envelope goes to... Brandi Shigley stands with Jose Clarks winning design.
Twelve local fashion designers met on the Tamarac Square Fashion Project runway, where they were each surprised with a swath of fabric, pins, a belt and five minutes to wow the judges with their creations.