The eight best fashion events in Denver in August

Tonight's Urban Nights Fashion Show, a benefit for Urban Peak, is just the start of a fashion-packed August. There will also be hot pool parties, cool exhibits, and the city's biggest community swap. Keep reading for the eight best fashion events this month.

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Urban Nights Fashion Show Friday, August 1 Mile High Station

The second annual Urban Nights fashion show is a fundraiser for Urban Peak, an organization that provides services for Denver's homeless youth. This year's event will honor Chuck Morris, president of AEG, with its Urban Legend Award; the fashion show will feature a special collection designed by Under the Gunn mentor Mondo Guerra that's inspired by artwork designed by youth facing homelessness. The grand finale is a performance by Charice from the hit show Glee. The VIP party and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., general admission at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 general admission, $125 premium and $250 VIP; to purchase, go to

Liquid Fashion Beach Events Sunday, August 3 RiNo Beach Club 1399 35th Street

Who needs a real beach? Get in the fashion swim at this party with beach games, DJs, drinks, giveaways and a best beach-body exhibition. Love Hope Strength's bone-marrow database is the beneficiary; tickets are $10 for babes, $20 and $199 for cabana seats. To purchase yours, go to

Clothes to Kids Grand Re-Opening 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 7 2890 South Colorado Boulevard

The Clothes to Kids shop received a full makeover last month, which more than doubled the amount of shopping space for students and their families. CTKD provides free, new and quality used clothing for students in need in a store-like setting. Stop by for small treats and a tour; RSVP to CTKD at 720-379-4630.

Fashion Camp 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 9 Fashion Denver Headquarters 1070 Bannock Street

Join Brandi Shigley, Fashion Denver founder; stylist Heather Okimoto; fashion-sketch artist Tricia Hokjke and Kathy Bacon, host of Fashion Forward Radio, for day of all things fashion. Learn how to sketch, design, style and interview like your famous peers. Campers will receive a fun pack with all the supplies needed for the day. It's $95 to register at Fashion

Summer Poolside Fashion Series 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 10 The Breakers Resort 9099 East Mississippi Avenue

This will be the hottest Sunday of the month as 303 Denver Fashion Weekend continues its Summer Poolside Fashion Series, with a poolside fashion show complete with live music and specialty cocktails; a portion of the sales go to local charities. Tickets are $20 to $50 and can be purchased at

Dandizette Live 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 21 Four Seasons Hotel Denver 1111 14th Street

The official launch party of Dandizette Magazine -- with a portion of proceeds going to the Dumb Friends League -- will take place on the pool terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel. There will be pop-up shops by A line Boutique, Borlino, Esari and LipBar, music by Spinhony and film presentations by the Denver Film Society. VIP tickets include signature cocktails courtesy of Breckenridge Distillery, light bites and the coveted swag bag. To purchase tickets, go to

Denver Swap Shop Festival Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21 CREATE Metropolitan State University of Denver 890 Auraria Parkway, Suite 120

Gather all of your unwanted and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories and go to the Denver Swap Shop Festival for the largest swap in town, where all items will be priced at $10 or less. Tickets are $25 pre-sale, $33 day of the event; to purchase, go to

Exhibition -- Fashion: Culture Colorado Photographic Arts Center Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, December 28 McNichols Building 144 West Colfax Avenue

Curated by Natascha Seideneck, this exhibition will showcase contemporary Colorado artists who use photography to explore the intersection between art, fashion, beauty and culture. The artists have explored themes such as the role of gender and identity in reference to fashion and the effects of fashion in our culture.

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