Fourteen Denver-area high school designers took Tim Gunn and me on a trip around the globe last night with runway looks inspired by the world’s fashion hubs. The Emmy-winning “make it work” master was the extra special guest host of Goodwill Industries of Denver’s 2014 Good Exchange Fashion Show — with yours truly serving as both a mentor and judge.
This is my fourth year joining this wonderful event and I continue to be impressed by these young designers’ imaginations and talent. When I met with the students in January, their mood boards really excited me. But I took a note from Tim Gunn’s playbook and pushed them to take their design even further.
Boy, did they deliver!
Tim said he was thoroughly impressed with the students and I couldn’t be prouder. It is an honor and privilege to help support these young people’s creative dreams. The looks of accomplishment on the designers’ faces were priceless.
With so many great designs and such a variety of aesthetics, my fellow judges and I had no easy task. But after a tough deliberation, we recognized the top three:
1st Place: Kellehanna E’Shawn, Inspired by Tokyo (Denver School of the Arts)
2nd Place: Carlos Contreras, Inspired by London (Career Education Center Middle College of Denver)
3rd Place: Jackie Rodriguez, Inspired by Tokyo (Career Education Center Middle College of Denver)
As a special bonus, Kellehanna will receive an internship with Team Mondo. I’m looking forward to working together!
Congratulations to all of the students for an incredible show. Many, many thanks to Tim Gunn for making it an unforgettable evening. And thank you to Goodwill Industries of Denver for championing creativity and community.
Check out the slideshow for highlights from the 2014 Good Exchange Fashion Show.