The Ten Best Fashion Events in Denver in May

Here's looking at you, Denver: Warby Parker's Downing Large.
Here's looking at you, Denver: Warby Parker's Downing Large. Warby Parker

May brings flowers and showers, along with celebrations of graduates (all month) and mothers (May 13), and big bashes for the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo, both on May 5. All of these festivities call for strong style, and Denver designers are happy to oblige. To make sure everyone in this city is looking good, Warby Parker, which just opened a store in Cherry Creek, has created Denver-exclusive sunglasses: Downing Large in crystal aqua, with flash-mirrored silver lenses. Click here for more information on those, and keep reading for the ten best fashion events in Denver this month.
click to enlarge Qi Zhou is one of the local fashion designers showing collections at Massif Fashion Week. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Qi Zhou is one of the local fashion designers showing collections at Massif Fashion Week.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Massif Fashion Week
Wednesday, May 2, through Sunday, May 6
Massif Studios
2191 South Broadway
This annual series of fashion shows focuses on both local and national designers. Tonight and tomorrow, the spotlight will be on Chicago-based Alicia Perrillo and Qi Zhou, a Denver designer. Friday will be dedicated to Colorado-based fashion designer Julia Rhoden; Saturday centers on Brooklyn-based designer Geoffrey Mac, who dresses such celebrities as Debbie Harry, Bj√∂rk and Lady Gaga. The series concludes on Sunday with a show produced in collaboration with the Aveda Institute for cosmetology. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF TRUE
Photo courtesy of True
True One-Year Anniversary Party
Thursday, May 3, 4 to 7 p.m.
Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Celebrate True's first birthday at Stanley Marketplace. The festivities include complimentary energy healing, a trunk show featuring Ambika Herbals, live music, food, cocktails, door prizes and more. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Josh Rosenbrook
Meet the Founder Master Class
Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m.
Aillea Cherry Creek
3000 East First Avenue

During his work in hair salons, Josh Rosenbrook searched for products containing natural plant ingredients but was disappointed with what he found. So he decided to create his own, handcrafting formulas and testing them out in salons. When he got a positive response from clients, he created his own brand. Rosenbrook will be at the Aillea store in Cherry Creek to answer questions and provide facials for guests. Find out more here.

Photo courtesy of Vehicle Vault
Casino Royale: Benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Friday, May 11, 7 p.m.
Vehicle Vault
18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway, Parker
Modern Gladiator magazine and Novelty Bride magazine are teaming up for the second annual Casino Royale benefit, an event with a James Bond theme and plenty of reasons to dress up, including a fashion show, live music, aerial acrobat dancers, drinks, dancing and poker. A silent auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; purchase tickets here.

The Navigator hoodie by Pulse of Prophets. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PULSE OF PROPHETS
The Navigator hoodie by Pulse of Prophets.
Photo courtesy of Pulse of Prophets

Find Your Pulse: Emergence
Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m.
The Current
1015 Federal Boulevard
Pulse of Prophets, an artists' community, is hosting Find Your Pulse: Emergence, a multimedia exhibit showcasing the beauty in the world around us. The brand designs streetwear such as leggings, hoodies, shirts and tanks, as well as home goods like blankets, yoga mats and tapestries. During the fashion show, models will walk through the crowd instead of on a traditional runway to show how the pieces interact with everyday life. The event also includes live music, live art, food, drinks and giveaways; click here to purchase tickets.

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
Contact: Mauricio Rocha