Urban Nights Put the Spotlight on Mondo Guerra and Other Denver Designers

On August 1, the second annual Urban Nights fashion show, sponsored by the Joseph Family Foundation, brought a fashion extravaganza to Mile High Station that benefited homeless youth while showcasing local designers. One of those designers was Mondo Guerra, who's gained national acclaim on Project Runway and Under the Gunn but continues to be based in Denver; he created a special collection for this event.

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"The special runway presentation I created for Urban Nights Denver was inspired by art from Urban Peak youth," he says. "I approached each look as a blank canvas, using different printing techniques to create symbols of growth and direction."

The clothes were colorful and graphic, and accessorized by huge hair, teased to the sky, and necklaces and purses featuring arrows -- symbols of growth for Guerra. The color palette and kaleidoscope-like geometric shapes and cut-outs exemplified a concrete jungle full of vibrant colors and fun. Video images of a time-lapsed Denver looped on screens while the models walked the 200-foot runway. Guerra's first model was wearing towering platforms and took a tumble three times down the runway, but all hiccups aside, the show was a success.

"It was humbling to see the Denver community really pull together and support such a worthwhile cause," says Guerra. "Urban Nights was an incredible evening and I'm proud to have been a small part of it."

Other segments of the fashion show featured menswear from Infatue and Steadbrook; Multiblazer and A. Tsagas Fur and Leathers also showed exciting looks for men and women. Infernal Contraptions Apparel by Karen Holloway kicked off the runway show with lingerie looks for ladies. Likewise, Baskit showed underwear, swimwear and activewear for men.

Guerra is keeping busy with several projects coming up. "I'm excited to be offering some new designs on my website later this year. I'm also passionate about continuing my HIV/AIDS advocacy as a spokesperson for both Merck's I Design campaign, as well as Subaru's annual fundraiser, Dining Out for Life," says Guerra. Guerra's second collection of frames and sunglasses with SEE Eyewear launches this fall and his footwear collaboration with Crocs hits stores online and internationally in a few months.

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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.
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