Fierce in the City meets its second installment of showcasing live musical talent along with a runway experience with Colorado's top designers.
Produced by Salwa Owens who is a fashion designer first but uses her love of event planning to bring people together to create unique fashion events. Winner of 5280 Magazine's Top Of The Town Top Local Fashion Designer and as a member of Fashion Group International Salwa can tap into her vast network to curate some of the best talent.
This year was no exception. The music performers this year included Vincent Powell Season 13 top 20 finalist from American idol 2013; Devan Blake Jones Season 11 American Idol Finalist; Denver Violinist Mia Herlinger; pop artist Dorian Phaero and choreographer and dancer Karen Carlson and Suzanne Simone.
The lineup of fashion talent that took to the runway created a nice cross section of all things fabulous and hit nearly every facet of what it takes to be stylish. Everything from jewelry, accessories, ready to wear, evening gowns and furs.
It was an honor to share the runway with Zofia Wosinska of Estaine who specializes in high end and made in Italy scarves. Each fabric designs are exclusive and one of a kind. Andreas Tsagas Furs also made an appearance in his fun loving way. Always smiling with a mischievous glint in his eye, he almost always brings the party with him. His custom sexy designs are the epitome of glamour while maintaining a playfulness that makes his work anything but staid. Lastly our golden girl and beloved show organizer Salwa Owens brought up the headlining spot to show her ready to wear for real woman line followed up with her incredibly intricate evening wear Gold Label collection.
The evening festivities gave me the perfect opportunity to debut my new Minimalism Collection. It's always a wonderful challenge to create an entire new line for a live show. Something about looming deadlines that give the design process tremendous focus. Magic moments of productivity and inventiveness often occur under these circumstances.
The line also received a welcome boost of inspiration after I attended a well timed gem show where I picked up some of the best quality Herkimer Diamonds I have ever encountered. These quickly found a home in the new collection and gave the new pieces the perfect punch of additional bling that I was looking for.
The whole experience reminded me of why I love what I do. Between the community aspect of other fellow designers and live events, to my private time in the studio making pieces. All parts move together to create a flow. After all art should be seen and shared.