The heat of August is upon us, but the fashion world is looking toward fall. If you are searching for a fresh new look or simply getting ready to head back to school, events this month should have you looking good. From fashion shows and sales to charity events and trunk shows, there's plenty of style in store. Keep reading for the seven best fashion events in Denver over the next ten days.
1) Mondo Guerra Hosts Kiel's LifeRide for amfAR
Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 4
Kiehl's Since 1851
Cherry Creek Mall
3000 East First Avenue
Kiehl's Since 1851, the New York-based skincare and beauty experts, are hosting the sixth annual National LifeRide for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Inspired by a Kielhl's icon — the motorcycle — amfAR is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and advocacy.The LifeRide will start at Kiehl's Cherry Creek location and end in San Diego on August 15. Mondo Guerra, Denver’s own designer and HIV/AIDS education advocate, will host this charitable and fashionable event. "This issue truly impacts our community. Approximately 11,500 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Colorado. I hope Denver will rally to support this event and to welcome the celebrity riders to out great city," says Guerra. Today's event will feature treats and time to mingle with Guerra and the other celebrity riders; complimentary twenty-minute seated facials and hand massages will be available A percentage of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of the Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve will benefit amfAR. In celebration of LifeRide, every customer who visits Kiehl’s Store at Cherry Creek on August 4 will receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Follow the journey and join the conversation on social media by using #LifeRide6, or click here.
2) Denver Gives Presents the Suitcase Party
Thursday, August 6
Denver Gives, a local nonprofit, is launching the Suitcase Party, a fundraiser that grew out of Rock and Runway. This year's event at City Hall will raise money for the seventh annual Denver Gives Week, a free training and resource development program in downtown Denver August 10 through August 15. With a concert and fashion show featuring local designers, the August 6 kickoff will end with one person being chosen to grab a guest and to leave directly from City Hall for a private jet that will take them to Las Vegas for the weekend. Because of this, all attendees are encouraged to come with a suitcase packed. Tickets are $60 and include two drinks and a boarding pass; 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Denver Gives Week. “Smaller nonprofits focus so much on their mission, serving the needs of the hungry, homeless, animals, children and others in our community, that they rarely look up to see if there are better more efficient and effective ways to do the other things they need to do as a nonprofit and to meet the business needs of their organization. Denver Gives has long been a resource for them, but now we are partnering with companies like Google, LinkedIn and others to be the difference for the smaller nonprofits in our community. But we need help, too. We can’t do it without the support of our community. The Suitcase Party is a fun and easy way to help us help hundreds of local charities in our community all at once,” says Kevin J White, founder of Denver Gives and the man behind Denver Gives Week. To purchase tickets and for more information, click here.
3) 99 Cent Sale on all Children's Clothes
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 8
ARC Thrift Store
1515 South Broadway
Everyone loves a good sale, and this one is perfect timing before the little ones head back to the classroom. For one day only, every piece of children’s clothing — including pants, shorts, sweaters and shirts — will be just 99 cents at all 23 ARC Thrift Store locations. In addition to providing consumers with plenty of bargains, ARC provides advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, and is one of the largest employers of individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado. Visit ARC's website here for more details and to find a location near you.
4) Pamela Love Trunk Show
1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8
2040 West 30th Avenue
Meet renowned designer Pamela Love and see her Fall 2015 collection, titled "Sueno," which means dream in Spanish, while enjoying complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres at Goldyn at this event. In addition to swooning over Sueno, you can sign on for live tattooing by Minka Sicklinger and Patrick "Fish" King; each artist will be designing custom-flash tattoos inspired by Love's current collection. E-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for tattoo appointments; space is limited. Visit Goldyn's website here for more information on the evening.
5) Dress to Inspire Fashion Show
5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 8
Blue Harvest Apparel
115 East Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins
This casual-yet-chic evening offers a chance to see trendy fashions on the runway, meet the stylist, listen to music and mingle. Models will be styled by Ashmore in Blue Harvest Apparel clothing, with hair and make-up by Roots Wellness Studio; all proceeds will go towards Zonta Club of Fort Collins, a non-profit that empowers women worldwide through service and advocacy. “Our goal is to get the community together to open up a conversation about celebrating fashion,” says Blue Harvest co-owner McKenzie Hoffman. Mystery gift-cards for Blue Harvest Apparel will be passed out throughout the evening, as will snacks and beverages. Tickets are $7; click here for more information.
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6) Saint Laurent Trunk Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 13, through Saturday, August 15
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3030 East First Avenue
Head to Neiman Marcus's ladies shoe department for a collection of ankle boots with a bad-girl edge. The current Saint Laurent brand, headed by creative director Hedi Slimane, works within the boundaries that Yves Saint Laurent laid out in 1961 when he founded the Parisian fashion house Pierre Bergé'; see how Slimane is redefining the luxury powerhouse for a new generation of fashionistas. Click here for more details.
7) Then. Now. Next. Presentation
6 p.m. Friday, August 14
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek Shopping Center
3030 East First Avenue
Neiman Marcus Denver will celebrate 25 years of service and style in the Denver community with Then.Now.Next, a party that features a pictorial retrospective of the past 25 years of fashion and history, and also celebrates fashion today. You can preview the fall 2015 must-have trends — hint: the look is folklorica, a seamless segue from last season's New Bohemian trend — at a fashion presentation beginning at 6 p.m. The visual display will also feature fashions of the 1990s, historic Neiman Marcus advertising and, most important, the faces of Neiman's longtime Denver customers with candid photographs from the 1990 opening gala. Guests will also meet Britt Jackson, Neiman Marcus Denver’s new vice president and general manager. For more information, call 720-941-4508 or click here.