The big fashion event of not just this month, but perhaps this decade is the Nieman Marcus Denver 25th anniversary celebration, Then, Now, Next, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the store in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which is also turning 25....very, very quietly. The bash topped our list of fashion events for the first half of August, but there are plenty of other sales, trunk shows and other stylish events rounding out the fashion calendar this month. Here are the seven best, in chronological order.
1) Larimer Square 50th Anniversary
5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, August 15
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Larimer Square, downtown Denver's historic shopping, dining and entertainment district. Following Larimer Square's signature Dining al Fresco event, the Original Block Party will commence, with adult games like giant Jenga, beer pong, putt-putt golf; there will also be a graffiti wall, a photo booth and live music and surprise acts. And don't be surprised to encounter a flash mob. The party is free, but you can pay $100 for a special VIP ticket that comes with a gift bag, open bar, food, a private seating area and valet parking. Larimer Square has partnered with Metropolitan State University of Denver, which is also celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, to showcase outdoor art installations throughout the block — including a full-color mural that will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. during the celebration. Click here for more information.
2) Michael Kors Special Presentation
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, August 21
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3000 East First Avenue
If you happen to be on Level two of Neiman Marcus on August 21, look in the designer sportswear department for the Fall/Winter 2015 collection from Michael Kors. It's opulent, yet true to the designer’s all-American roots. Kors's new line includes fur in fun colors like blue and olive. with chunky leather bags. Click here for more information.
3) Third Annual Urban Nights Fashion Show
6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 22
Mile High Station
2027 Old West Colfax Avenue
Models will hit the runway showcasing unique pieces from Colorado's hottest designers during the Urban Nights fashion show. This year marks the third annual fundraiser benefiting Urban Peak, a local non-profit that provides services to Denver's homeless youth. The featured designers include Karen Holloway for Infernal Contraptions Apparel, which specializes in couture women's lingerie, corsets and costumes; Amy Cabrera for Lotti Clothing, a women's line featuring unique textures and bold colors; Eve Jenkins for Parasite Eve, with custom couture gowns with a steam-punk meets fairytale twist; Andrea Li Jewelry, which specializes in handmade jewelry featuring intricate wire and stone work; Stephanie Ohnmacht for Stephanie O., with separates designed for the on-the-go modern women; and Mona Lucero, creator of eclectic pieces custom-designed for individual clients. Others designers showing work include Andreas Tsagas for A. Tsagas Fur & Leather, maker of handcrafted leather and fur clothing and accessories, Gabriel Cisco Edina for Yocisco, creator of colorful, eco-friendly luxury men's underwear; Francis Rocis for Kimono Dragons, and Frank&Stein Co. This year's featured retailers include Goldyn, Garbarini, Suitsupply and Common Era. For more information tickets, click here.
4) Third Annual Help Find Kelsie Poolside Fashion Show and White Party hosted by 303 Magazine
Barbizon Southwest/303 Magazine
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 27
Riviera at the Breakers Resort
9099 East Mississippi Avenue
Your chances to wear white are running out — but here's a big one: The annual 303 poolside fashion show and white party, which this year is geared to helping find Kelsie Schelling, a girl from Denver who disappeared in Pueblo on February 4, 2013. Learn more about Kelsie and her disappearance here. Along with the poolside fashion show, there will be live music, models, DJs, pop-up stores, local celebrities, specialty cocktails, outdoor BBQ and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
5) Back-to-School Haircut Deals
Al’s Barber Shop
1425 Larimer Street
Ask any parent about getting their kids ready to go back to school and they'll tell you it can be costly. In order to ease the burden, Al’s Barber Shop is offering 25 percent off on all American Crew hair products through August. And if you want to head back to campus with a revamped hairstyle,Al's is offering 20 percent off for all first-time clients this month. Haircuts for kids eleven and under are $25. Call 303-534-1583 or click here for more information.
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6) Back-to-School Beauty Bonanza
1408 Larimer Street
When starting a new school year, who doesn't want to look fresh-faced and healthy? Stop by AILLE, a beauty boutique in Larimer Square, anytime this month, and you'll get a 15 percent off your first purchase when you show a current student ID from any Denver high school or university. For more information click here.
7 ) Brooks Ltd. Trunk Show
3 to 7 p.m Friday, August 28, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 29
3326 Tejon Street
The team at LoHi womenswear boutique Whorl loves to support and showcase Colorado talent by collaborating with local designers, vendors and fashion enthusiasts. This month Whorl will host a two-day pop-up shop with Denver-based designer Brooks Ltd., Founded in 1979, the brand specializes in creating custom apparel for weddings, social functions and special events. “I aspire to craft pieces that fit the lifestyle of my clients: active, comfortable, feminine and alluring,” says Brooks, who has developed a nationwide presence in the fashion industry. The brand was first sold nationally at Saks Fifth Avenue and is now exclusively designed and produced in Brooks's atelier in LoDo. For more information, click here.