Denver Fashion Week (DFW) continues this week and last night’s show at Void Studios was filled with divine fashion and carefully constructed.
The spring collections have arrived, bringing all the latest breathable, colorful and functional garments to stores and online. The wardrobe collection is all about creating garments that will last as long as your wardrobe will, a look that will never fade.
designer Keti McKenna opened the show with her brand KetiVani, featuring 23 different pieces and 20 models all wearing looks inspired by the 70s and world travel. The show started with a black and white women’s blazer decorated with the Eiffel tower and included a custom matching hat created by Queen Victoria. Many of McKenna’s pieces included hand-painted abstract art by Behnaz Ahmandian, an Iranian woman raised in Colorado who specializes in acrylic paints.
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Originally from the country of Georgia, Mckenna’s hometown has also been affected by the current Ukrainian war. To convey her love for her in the place she calls home, she has incorporated blue and yellow ribbons into the collection. Her love for her travels inspired her forest-like patterns and also her use of bright colors. Along with the opening look, the model strolled a suitcase down the aisle to make the runway look like audience members were embarking on a journey.
Through McKenna’s travels to San Francisco, she drew inspiration from all the hipster stores with flared pants and bright colors. As a result, she created a 1970s collection for Colorado.
“San Francisco took my breath away. It’s blooming and it’s been beautiful: all the almond trees blooming with purple and lavender, “McKenna said. Many of her dresses included the same lavender she had fallen in love with when she reenacted a warm trip to California.
KetiVani clothing can be found online, in Garbarini stores and by personally contacting McKenna for customized pieces.
Bright colors and nude shades defined the next INHERENT collection. Taylor Draper created the brand in 2019 with the goal of raising awareness of men’s mental health.
INHERENT walked the DFW runway after debuting at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. The brand is growing rapidly and its mission stems from Draper’s personal experience. After enduring difficulties in her relationship with her partner, she began pursuing therapy.
“I showed up for therapy in my suit because I knew it would trust me,” Draper said. From this feeling, she knew it could impact others and help build trust both externally and internally. She created Foundation by INHERENT, a men’s mental health initiative in which a portion of her proceeds go to therapy sessions for those seeking help.
Draper has been designing clothes since he was 10. Through his collections, the third night he worked with Brett Andrus who hand painted pieces of art that were digitized and printed on his garments. The result was an 18-piece collection that incorporated a mix of English and Italian cuts. Draper experimented with printed fabrics on wool bomber jackets and gamut sweatshirts. A very spring outfit was a white, structured, linen suit paired with a button. Draper also created two women’s looks with cardigans and floral print tops that made a stop on the DFW runway.
At midnight after the third night, Draper released his latest collection to the public online which is available for purchase by customers.
Overall, DFW’s third night was defined by elegant, elegant and eye-catching fashion created with love and purpose.
Photo by Roxanna Carrasco. Video by David Rossa.
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