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The Twelve Best Fashion Events in Denver in August

Urban Nights presented fashion under the Colfax Viaduct last year.
Urban Nights presented fashion under the Colfax Viaduct last year. Kenneth Hamblin III

Cool air is starting to roll in, bringing with it thoughts — and fashions — for fall. This month, Denver is full of fashion shows, trunk shows, grand openings and casting calls; here are the twelve best events in August.

Sephora Grand Opening Weekend
Friday, August 4, through Saturday,  August 5
Sephora Denver Pavilions
500 16th Street, Suite 156
It's time for a makeover. The new Sephora Denver Pavilions store has 5,648 square feet of retail space featuring 17,000 products from 250 makeup and skin-care brands. Beauty lovers will finally be able to shop from one of the most reputable makeup, hair-care, skin-care and fragrance brands on the market. Following the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on August 4,  Sephora will hold a celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, when the Denver Pavilions will host a free Love UR Selfie event in front of the Sephora store with beauty tutorials by local experts, a selfie station, a sunscreen station and free makeup touchups. Click here for more information.

click to enlarge Urban Nights: Good time, good cause. - KENNETH HAMBLIN III
Urban Nights: Good time, good cause.
Kenneth Hamblin III
Urban Nights
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 5
Mile High Station
2027 Old West Colfax Avenue

This annual event, a benefit for Urban Peak, will focus on a fashion show produced by the Art Institute of Colorado and Wilhelmina Denver. Designs on display with include work from Suitsupply and Nicholas K:Threads of Change and will be hosted by Garbarini, with hair styling by Matthew Morris of Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare and makeup design by Gina Comminello of the Look Hair Salon and Beauty Boutique. While the setting and fashion are plenty of incentive, ’90s hip-hop act Salt-N-Pepa will be performing as well, which makes this an event not to be missed. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The DaVinci Exhibit and Denver Fashion Weekend Present Summer Fashion Show
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 5, and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 6
Wings Over the Rockies
7711 East Academy Boulevard, #1

303 magazine is collaborating with the DaVinci exhibit, an interactive look at the artist's masterpieces, for a weekend-long event. The festivities on August 5 include fashion by W Boutique, Inspired Boutique, Steve Sells, Tyne Hall and Rachel Marie Hurst. On August 6, there will be a children's fashion show by Nest Children's Boutique, Billow + Bound, Hollyhocks Children's Boutique, Park Hill Design and Dimple for Kids. Click here for information and tickets.


Local fashion designer Akiala I. will showcase her latest collection on Thursday, August 10, at the Church Nightclub. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Local fashion designer Akiala I. will showcase her latest collection on Thursday, August 10, at the Church Nightclub.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Absolute Vibe Fashion Show
7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 10
The Church Nightclub
1160 Lincoln Street
Absolute Vibe is the fashion line of 21-year-old fashion designer Akiala I, who started sewing at the age of eight and has been designing ever since. Her collection of one-of-a-kind pieces, Absolute Vibe, is inspired by the journey of life, including birth, nature, duality, fear, joy, relationships and death. Click here to purchase tickets.

Funk, Fashion, and Fondue
7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, August 12
Society Sports and Spirits

1434 Blake Street
This evening will highlight a trio of local performers along with a fashion show from Astro Apparel, which will be presenting its first-ever dresses, new tank tops and trucker hats. Raffles and giveaways will be going all night, and the Melting Pot will be serving fondue. Denver hair stylist Cecilee Ciparro will be doing hair edge-ups and designs until the runway show starts. Click here for more information.

SCARS Model Casting Call
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13
Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Potential models are invited to bring head shots and hearts for this casting call for the SCARS fashion show on November 16; you'll be asked for a $20 entrance fee and asked if you're walking as a model or as a survivor. Local fashion designers will be on hand at the casting call. Call 858-205-9789 or click here for more information.

Poshmark Denver N Sip
6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 16
The 9th Door
1808 Blake Street

This fashion networking event is a chance to meet other people in the Poshmark marketplace while enjoying tapas. Tickets include one drink, a goody bag, and a chance to win raffle prizes. Click here for more information.

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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