Out on The Town: Artopia 2017
I didn’t know what to expect from Westword’s Artopia. Art, culture, and fashion—I knew it was up my alley.
Artopia was held at City Hall. You all know my love for this venue, as I previously visited the space for The Cocktail Project party. City Hall is truly an event planner’s candy land. I had a VIP ticket which allowed me to enter City Hall at 7pm. I arrived and was given a wristband, and given a card to reserve my seat near the runway. I quickly reserve my seat in the second row (not quite Anna Wintour yet) and made my way to the bar and treats. There were several food samples from Chef Troy Guard. Also, Red Bull had a cocktail stands serving specialty cocktails with fun rock candy garnish. While munching and drinking, I enjoyed the sounds of DJ Rockstar Aaron who did a wonderful job mixing some of the latest hits. FYI—For those who follow our Instagram page, you know I adore DJ Rockstar Aaron from my trips to Forbidden Bingo on Mondays nights at Marion St. Tavern.
Next, I ventured around to see the exhibits from various Denver artists. Different floors and areas of City Hall represented iconic Denver streets—Larimer, Santa Fe, Federal, and Colfax. There were various displays of art work, work from local tattoo artists (including air brush ones for guests), and jewelry vendors. My favorite artist of the night was Bobby LeFebre of Denver and his display entitled, “Have You Seen Me?” Every aspect was relevant to current time. #woke
While on the top floor, I saw people dancing on the dance floor…to no music. WTH?!?! Oh! There were wearing headphone with the Silent Disco. Creepy and cool at the same time!
8:30pm was quickly approaching so I scurried back to my seat, which btw had a great swag bag (it included a full Urban Decay lipstick! Score!). The fashion show involved nine Denver Designers—all with unique styles. I will quickly give a rundown of my favorite designers:
D’Lola Couture: I need to find me a man right now because one of these gowns will be my wedding dress (I wish I were joking). Each one was unique and gorgeous—many with a rocker edge.
Denver Bespoke: Now for the fellas. Dapper, dapper, dapper. I loved every suit. The various textures, some jewel-toned jackets—2017 dapper.
AnnaFesta: I’m sitting in the audience and was thinking to myself, “It’s 2017. Where is the diversity? Where are the women of color? Where are the women of various heights and sizes?” THEN, AnnaFesta shut me up! Down the runway come women who look like women I see every day dancing and getting their life! They received the most attention and applause of the night in their all-white sportswear collection. I need to have one of the sports jackets. Praise, AnnaFesta!
Gino Velardi: Couture down! I’m usually not a fan of houndstooth, but I loved how it was used in this collection. Jackets, boots, and big hats. I loved it all.
The fashion show closed with confetti making it ultra-glam! Once the fashion show was over, the staff revamped the bottom floor and everyone danced the night away. And the other rooms had their own DJs as well.
Overall, I had a blast at Artopia 2017. Art/artists, tattoos, fashion, music, jewelry, food, dancing…it was a wonderful introduction to the Denver arts scene. I can’t wait to return next year! For more pictures of the event, check out Westword’s site here.