303 Magazine Night 3 Denver Fashion Week

Denver Fashion Week (DFW) continues this week and last night’s show at Void Studios was filled with carefully constructed and divine fashion.

Spring collections have arrived bringing all the latest breathable, colorful and functional clothing to stores and online. The wardrobe collection is all about creating pieces that last for as long as your wardrobe will last – a look that will never fade.

KetiVani

Designate Keti McKenna opened the show with her brand KetiVani, offering 23 different pieces and 20 models all wearing looks inspired by the 70s and travels around the world. The show began with a women’s black and white blazer adorned with the Eiffel Tower and included a custom matching hat created by Victoria Regina. Many of McKenna’s pieces included hand-painted abstract art by Behnaz Ahmandian, a Colorado-raised Iranian who specialized in acrylic painting.

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Hailing from the country of Georgia, Mckenna’s hometown has also been affected by the current Ukrainian war. To send her love to the place she calls home, she incorporated blue and yellow ribbons into the collection. Her love for travel also inspired her forest designs and use of bright colors. Along with the opening look, the model carried a suitcase down the aisle to make it look like viewers were going on a trip.

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Through McKenna’s travels to San Francisco, she took inspiration from all the hipster stores with flared pants and bright colors. As a result, she created a 70s collection for Colorado.

“San Francisco blew my mind. It was blooming and it was beautiful – all the almond trees blooming with purple and lavender,” McKenna said. Many of her dresses included the same lavender she fell in love with while reminiscing on a warm trip in California.

KetiVani clothing can be found online, in Garbarini stores and by personally contacting McKenna for custom pieces.

INHERENT

Bold colors and shades of nude define INHERENT’s next collection. Taylor Draper created the brand in 2019 with to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

INHERENT took to 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 his relationship with his partner, he started going to therapy.

“I showed up for therapy in my costume because I knew it would give me confidence,” Draper said. From this feeling, he knew he could impact others and help build confidence on the outside as well as on the inside. He created Foundation by INHERENT, a men’s mental health initiative where a portion of his profits are donated to therapy sessions for those seeking help.

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Draper has been designing clothes since she was 10 years old. Through his collections, on the third night he worked with Brett Andrus who hand painted artwork that was scanned and printed onto garments. The result was an 18-piece collection that incorporated a mix of English and Italian cuts. Draper experimented with printed fabrics on woolen bomber jackets and sweatshirts. A very spring-like piece was a full suit in textured white linen paired with a button down shirt. Draper also created two looks for women with cardigans and floral print tops that caused a stir on the DFW runway.

At midnight after the third night, Draper released their new collection to the public online which is available for customers to purchase.

Overall, DFW’s third night was defined by clean, sleek, and captivating fashion created with love and determination.

Photograph by Roxanna Carrasco. Video by David Rossa.

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