Get your style on as Denver Fashion Week Fall 2019 returns for the thirteenth year, Nov. 9-17, with a week of runway shows, industry workshops, parties, a Shop the Runway store and more.

Lauded as “one of the fastest-growing American fashion platforms” by Forbes Magazine, DFW has a lineup that spotlights nearly 40 designers across five fashion-filled nights. The event’s longest-running show, The Hair Show, has taken on an entirely new concept and vision and been renamed Avant-Garde night.

Spearheaded by 303 Magazine, DFW will be set against the masterful backdrops of the Forney Museum of Transportation (Nov. 9-10) and the McNichols Civic Center Building (Nov. 11-17). The weeklong event aims to spotlight emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists and models. It also provides the chance to mix and mingle at cocktail receptions before the shows.

Runway Shows

Street Fashion x Art launches the festival on Nov. 9 by pairing local artists and DFW designers, handpicked to accentuate each other’s styles and creativity. The duos will come together to design and create clothes that represent themselves and each other. The “mash-ups” include Royal Outerwear x Savannah Pits; Darkm0th Industry x PSYBEZERO; DarkDenim x Warming Worldwide; Charlie Price x Tiaja Pierre; False Ego x Shanah Leaf; and NOVL x Ruben Cabrera.

The next evening, Avant-Garde unites Denver’s top stylists and DFW designers for a night that is sure to push the boundaries, defy the rules and turn the fashion world on its head. Defined as “new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts or the people introducing them,” the term avant-garde sums up DFW’s newest concept that changes up versus replaces the iconic Hair Show. A sample of pairings for Nov. 10 include Beauty Underground x Tyne Hall, Swank x Idiot Cult, and Joe Denny x Rachel Marie Hurst.

Jump to Nov. 14 and Garbarini presents … Runway Show when this local boutique hosts a runway show of high fashion by top designers from all over the world. In previous seasons, Garbarini has shown Zadig and Voltaire, Milly, Haute Hippie and Diane Von Furstenberg, so expect a spectacular night like those attended during New York Fashion Week.

National & International Designers is DFW’s most popular night for good reason. Designers including Maxwell Bresler, Made in a City – Mexico City, Overseer, O’ Field Apparel and more are traveling from across the country and around the world to grace the runway with custom designs on Nov. 16.

For local flair, don’t miss Denver Originals, a worthy conclusion to the week on Nov. 17. These designers have been a DFW staple for the past several years and have been featured in the Best of Denver Fashion Week Exhibit and Denver Fashion Week pop-up markets.

Shop the Runway

During the cocktail hours preceding the National & International Designers and Denver Originals runway shows on the final weekend, don’t miss the Shop the Runway marketplace offered for only the second time. DFW designers create custom, one-of-a-kind looks that have never been seen before, and every season audience members are heard asking how and where they can buy the fashions. During Shop the Runway, ticketed guests can try on and purchase designs they’ve seen on past and present DFW runways.


Fashion not only requires an abundance of creativity and vision, it demands skill and business acumen. Monday through Wednesday evenings of DFW are all about learning and sharing information.

On Nov. 11 at the Designer Workshop: Tech Pack Boot Camp, Dr. Darlene C. Ritz, a product development specialist and chair of the Fashion Design Department of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, will work with participants to develop the perfect technical package in order to achieve the samples and production desired from contractors. This workshop will cover the differences between tech packs needed for FP (full package), CMT (cut-make-trim) and sample makers. Ritz is the creator behind DCR Studios and has been a designer for companies in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo and many other domestic destinations over the years.

An intimate conversation with Denver Art Museum’s Fashion and Textile Art Curator Florence Müller is on tap for Nov. 12. Müller has brought fashion to the forefront of DAM’s programming through groundbreaking exhibits such as Dior: From Paris to The World and Yves Saint Laurent – The Retrospective. Raised in Paris, she has had an illustrious career working for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.

Patents & Trademarks with the US Patent Office features Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO Director Molly Kocialski, digital marketing executive and inventor Sirena Rolfe, and Primary Patent Examiner Kristina DeHerrera. This Nov. 13 presentation discusses the importance of intellectual property in fashion design and the strategic management and use of IP rights.

Denver Fashion Week at a Glance

Nov. 9 – Fashion X Art Runway Show
Nov. 10 – Avant-Garde Runway Show
Nov. 11 – Designer Workshop: Tech Pack Boot Camp
Nov. 12 – A Night with Florence Müller – Fashion & Textile Art Curator for Denver Art Museum
Nov. 13 – Patents & Trademarks Workshop
Nov. 14 – Garbarini Presents … Runway Show
Nov. 16 – National & International Designers Runway Show
Nov. 17 – Denver Originals Designers Fashion Show

Buy Tickets to runway shows and workshops on the Denver Fashion Week website.  

Photo by Giacomo DiFranco/303 Magazine