Presented by Fashion West Magazine and Beauty Underground, the Ephemeral parade on Sunday 27 March at ReelWorks has transformed fashion on the catwalk. The show was rather production with elaborate video introductions, aerial dances, musical performances, and most importantly, divine fashion. Ephemeral, listed in the dictionary as “things that exist or are used or enjoyed only for a short time”, was structured with different walkway segments curated by Anderson J Gonzales, Randi Rea And Charlie Price. The event was attended by both runway segments and pop-up shops from a variety of local designers, including Marginal Matilde, Mona Lucero, Marie-Margot Bridal Couture by Maggie Burns, Brooks LTD by Brooks Luby, Steve sells, Darkm0th Industry by Shayna Ariel, Andrea Li, Andrea Tsagas, Guide By Vincet and Saul Jimenez, Tyne Hall, Rachel Marie Hurst, Idiot cult And Adobe Darko.
The circular layout of the track created a space for members of the public in any area of the venue to enjoy the show. Aerial dancers kicked off the event alongside dancers dressed in metallic silver one-piece costumes, creating an elaborate show.
Each segment of the runway was more creative than the previous one. The show began with a backdrop that featured snow-capped mountains and models wearing sheer white dresses and elaborate blue headdresses and shoulders.
Introduced by a video compilation inspired by what appeared to be vintage and masquerade fashion, several designers took to the runway including Dividedsand Marginal. Dark shades and elaborate accessories made both of these collections stand out.A collaboration between Price and Andrea Li jewels led to an upbeat and fun runway segment where colorful and bright jewels popped up on simple dresses and jumpsuits. With the dancers and images of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can on the screen in the background, the segment was full of energy and talent.
After a short interval, the essence of the show evolved to establish a futuristic theme. As a galaxy ship was being decorated on the screen in the background, several people working behind the scenes to make the show took to the catwalk. From Price to Marginale a James Mucker, the creative minds of those who make shows like this have been brought to the fore. Wearing looks full of intergalactic tones, this segment stunned the audience.
After a fast streetwear segment with a performance of Moon.Roof, followed by a catwalk collection that stole the show. Rather than dedicating a segment to a single designer, the models walked the runway wearing the looks of a variety of different designers. For those familiar with the Denver fashion scene, it was easy to decipher which designer created each look based on the clear style present.
After the models took to the catwalk, during the final show they were accompanied by the same designers who wore garments somewhat identical to their models. In runway fashion, the creatives behind the models are often overlooked. By including a walk with each designer accompanying their designs, the entire design process was brought to fruition. Audience members could put a face on the projects. This unique segment was truly a celebration of Denver fashion and the incredibly creative designers who are the heart and soul of this niche fashion community.
The final segment was outrageous, sexy, and jaw-dropping. Featuring a look from Fatal women’s underweardesigner Angelo Mac she herself even hit the runway in a jaw-dropping lingerie look paired with a sleek dress and stunning jewelry. After each model walked the runway to showcase the enchanting high fashion lingerie looks, they all walked a specific path multiple times creating an incredibly eye-catching show and effect.
The event was followed by an after-party at Tracks Denver Jessica L’Whor, Victoria Sexton, Alysia Staxxx, Gary Givant, DJ Markie, Hard candy dancers, Gael Sterling Of 3seiT study, Victor Adeniran, Ashley Eaves, Lawrence Martinez Gomez, Katie KalamarasBlink Dance Company and The Tracks Dancers.
Ephemera provided a space to celebrate the best of Denver fashion and showcase the creatives behind fashion alike. Innovation was at the heart of the event through video compilations, live entertainment and fashion itself.
All photographs by Roxanna Carrasco.