Between Friday and Saturday, the two-day event drew around 500 guests and developed a diverse cast of models who celebrated a variety of body types, ages, races and backgrounds. The faucet room transformed its 10,000 square foot patio into a full runway with a large seated fireplace in the center and a dynamic cast of models.
The theme, “Hope + Humanity,” was meant to prioritize time to connect, celebrate and focus on the arts and fashion community in Parker – and that’s exactly what he did.
Two days of fashion
Friday night’s performance was electric. From the lighting to the energy of the audience, the show was nothing short of fantastic.
Alongside award-winning designers Dan Richters and Borris Powell were three local boutiques: Little Parker, Parker Panache, and Twisted Wardrobe. The combination of boutiques and exclusive designers has given the public a good balance of fantastic, practical and luxurious collections to make an exquisite show.
Unfortunately, Saturday night’s event did not go so well.
A pioneer of Colorado’s “First Outdoor Fashion Week”, PFW not only set the stage, but also learned from his young myopia.
The sporadic rain and lighting on Saturday night forced the audience inside as the team behind the scenes brainstormed solutions. After three hours of waiting for time to settle in, Parker Fashion Week let the team at West Main Taproom do what they do best: improvise and resume the show indoors. After all, the show must go on.
Designers, Mondo Guerra and Duane trim were scheduled to show their collections on Saturday, but only one chose to walk their collection. Despite the unconventional circumstances of displaying a luxury collection in a restaurant, Topping did it anyway.
Her collection included caged crinoline skirts, exaggerated collars, and plenty of skin that embodied a sense of futuristic sex appeal, which ignited the crowd. But if you’ve seen his shows, you know the creator wants to ignite a crowd. His collection was followed by Topping’s iconic heavy metal performance which sparked an insurgent backlash from audiences after a disappointing delay in the show. Not only did his tenacity and optimism transcend the crowd, but also his role models, who devoted a lot of time, effort and energy to advancing their careers.
Topping runway model Trinity Thomas shared her experience at Parker Fashion Week and how it impacted her career:
“I was so honored to have the opportunity to walk in PFW’s inaugural year and look forward to continuing my involvement with PFW as this event grows in its potential over the next decade,” said she declared.
It takes a tribe
It takes a village to achieve a goal and there were many key players in the success of Parker Fashion Week, especially the backstage team members, which included models, makeup artists, boutique owners and design teams.
Some of the team even came from out of state to attend Parker Fashion Week. Develop Models, a modeling agency in Omaha, Nebraska, flew in for the week to manage the model casting throughout the weekend.
Additionally, The Stacy James Institute, a beauty school in Parker, on Saturday offered students the style and make-up of models who needed it. “The people who worked on the show and behind the scenes were the ones who really made this theme a reality,” said Colorado model Alyssa Reifer.
Just as important as the backstage team were the staff at West Main Taproom, who kept the event alive by providing exceptional service. “The senior staff in the West kept the energy of the show alive by providing exceptional service throughout the deadline,” said Walter Blunt, a local designer from Denver.
Making Parker Fashion Week a reality depended on everyone involved. As a result of these combined efforts, the show was an undeniable success.
Asked about her overall experience on the show, Parker Panache owner Brenda Zdanowicz, said that “Everyone – the chef, the DJ, the waiters, the models and the store owners – did their best to create what I will always remember as a magical night. “
Like other industries, the fashion community has been hit hard by the pandemic, which has interrupted the careers of models, designers, photographers and directors. Parker Fashion Week not only provided a safe space focused on self-expression, but also gave everyone involved the opportunity to reconnect with their careers in the fashion world.
Djeffery Daphnis, another model featured on the show, spoke about how Parker Fashion Week has boosted her career.
“The weekend allowed me to network with other so kind and talented models, inspiring and creative designers and planners worked tirelessly to make this event a reality,” said Daphnis.
In two months, West Main Taproom owner Pamela Brière used her connections with the the fourth largest fashion week in the country to organize an extraordinary event for a city that has supported its restaurant throughout the pandemic. Not only did this event shine a light on Parker’s thriving creative scene, it also inspired an entire community of people to be resilient and, more importantly, to be themselves.
When asked about the origin of the Parker Fashion Week launch, Brière’s response was simple.
“After a very difficult year, this is how I say thank you to Parker for joining West Main,” she said. “Parker Fashion Week is the icing on the cake. “
All the photographs of Roxanna carrasco.