Best Fashion Haul from The Underground Music Showcase 2019

The Underground Music Showcase, you sure know how to throw a three day party! This past weekend music festival The Underground Music Showcase (aka The UMS) took over the Baker neighborhood in Denver, CO. We partook in so much live music almost 200 acts during the weekend, live podcast recordings, street food, shopped the local businesses, and sipped on so many drinks. During the festival we caught some of the coolest, trendiest, wildest fashion hauls. Peep our festival goers lewks below:


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THRIFTCON 2019 Recap

Pictures provided by Station and Thriftcon.

Pictures provided by Station and Thriftcon.

If you didn’t go to Thriftcon on Sunday, can you even call yourself a fashion icon? ;P But really, you missed out on some of Denver’s finest street wear, Vintage, collectibles, and also just a good ass time. There was music bumping all day, food trucks, a bar, and the best people watching money can buy. For only 8 bucks, you could have gained entry to a good kick off of summer shopping.


Thriftcon started last May with only 50 vendors and maybe 500 attendees. The next two events had about 55 vendors and 8-900 attendees, and Sunday there were 64 vendors and just over 1800 people. Founders expect the event to grow larger once they find a space that can accommodate that growth.

Co-founder of Thriftcon and Station, Mario Conte aka Mars expressed much gratitude for the steady incline of attendees as well as vendors, especially when it came to the clothing drive that was tied to this Sunday’s Thriftcon. “Over 125 people donated clothing yesterday resulting in over 1000 pieces of clothing to benefit The Denver Rescue Mission.” As the event continues to gain momentum, this is a wonderful way to give back to community that Station is a part of.

Conte left us with, “A giant thank to everyone for coming out and especially to those who donated! We ended up with 650 pounds of clothing to donate to The Denver Rescue Mission which was huge!”

This event is similar to many of the bazaars and clothing pop ups showing up all over Denver, but this one has a special air about it. Not only can you donate your old clothes to people who need them, but you can also trade or sell your more valuable pieces to people who are truly stoked on them. It really feels like a community of people, coming together in an environment unlike any other. Keep up with future events by following Thriftcon here.


ThriftCon is a vintage collector’s dream. A one day vintage convention featuring clothing, collectibles and nostalgia pieces from the 50s through the 90s.

ThriftCon was born out of a tidal wave of nostalgia sweeping over a generation. Individuals born offline and living online, who want less emails and more experiences. ThriftCon is a return to the roots of the shopping experience, where price tags are optional and 2 day shipping is conquered by 2 second shipping.

Please join us at ThriftCon from 10am-5pm on May 19th at EXDO Event Center. Do your part to impact the community, and find a few “new” pieces to add to your collection.


ThriftCon Clothing Drive: Benefitting The Denver Rescue Mission

EXDO Event Center May 19, 2019 10am-5pm

ThriftCon is excited to announce its most meaningful endeavour to date; the ThriftCon Clothing Drive: Benefitting The Denver Rescue Mission. As ThriftCon’s platform grows, so too should its commitment and dedication to the community. Attendees who bring 5 or more pieces of clothing will receive a free ThriftCon tee shirt, as a token of gratitude to donors. The average American will throw away 81 pounds of clothes this year, amounting to 26 billion pounds of textiles and clothes ending up in landfills. This clothing drive is a small, but valiant effort to shift this trend.


Behind The Scenes of Denver Fashion Week

Denver Fashion Week has become one of the premiere fashion events in the country boasting various designers, local boutiques, national brands, hair stylists, makeup artists and models. With a growing fashion scene in Denver, the week takes time to showcase the best our city has to offer. Take a look at some of the sights from this years event including some behind the scenes of what Forbes magazine calls “one of the fastest growing American fashion platforms.”

Photos by: Nikki Rae Photography.

Spring 2019 Color Trends

Another season draws near, and wardrobes will need some spring cleaning. Last year, lavender, millennial pink, and prints lit up the runways. 

Want to know what colors you need for this year’s seasonal update?

Soft Lilac

Many high profile designers have used lilac in the past four years, thanks to '80s hues making a comeback. Its unique Vaporwave-y vibe evokes an ethereal and nostalgic feeling. We expect it to continue popping up in the coming season. However, its recent variation, soft lilac is much more subdued, so it fits with flowing and simple designs that do not have to rely on multiple layers to create an interesting look.

Image Credit: Flickr

Deep Orange

Like lilac, orange was the rage back in 2018. And as bright and bold colors continue to dominate, deep orange will define 2019's spring season. Deep orange can be used to spice up an outfit, whether it’s with a pair of deep orange glasses or a hat. It’s a vivid and spunky color that is perfect for people with outgoing personalities. As we say goodbye to the winter months and bask in the heat, wearing orange can bring positive energy.

Image Credit: Flickr

Cherry Red

Cherry red has all the fierceness of red, but with a playful touch. It reminds us of candy, summer flings, and sultry lips. For a more striking look, you can rock the color as outerwear. The double-breasted peacoat on Woman Within comes in the very same shade, and can be worn just about anywhere, as you can wear it with jeans for a stylish casual outfit or with a dress for more formal affairs. The hue is a true attention-grabber. As we have previously reported here on Ultra5280, we expect suits to be in vogue this coming season, too. It's a great time to adopt a fierce androgynous look with a cherry red coat, a pair of oversized pants, and boots.

Image Credit: Instagram salymoodvintage

Living Coral

Living coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year, and we dare say that it deserves the recognition. Pantone says that the color symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.. and embodies our desire for playful expression.” Indeed, living coral’s golden undertones and pink-orange are very bold without being too loud. This vibrant yet mellow color hasn’t made an appearance for a few years, but it is well overdue a comeback. 

There are many ways to rock living coral, whether it’s as a puffy top or as an accessory like a handbag. While the color has a casual and urban vibe, it is often deemed rather classy too.

Image Credit: Instagram hybrid_closet

Marigold Yellow

Like living coral, marigold is expected to blow up this spring. The banana cream color is everywhere, from Instagram to Kate Spade New York, Monse, and from a whole load of other high fashion designers. This bright and funky color is fast replacing Millennial Pink as the demographic’s color of choice, although it’s not an easy color to pull off. But as spring approaches, marigold will fit right in. A marigold jacket or tee is a good way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe, especially if you’re wearing a marigold full dress feels too intense.

Image Credit: Instagram gen.z.yellow

New Season, New Outfits

A change in seasons means, once again, Fashion Week is here! Trends, old and new, have been featured on runways around the world, and here they are from the beginning of Spring Fashion Week 2019. Watch out - they can easily influence your wardrobe for the changing seasons!

1. Women in Suits

We’ve seen more and more that women are wearing what are considered more masculine looks. With 2018 labeled the “Year of the Woman,” there is no denying that 2019 will continue to display woman in clothing that strays from expectations. There are no rules in fashion and we can predict that both men and woman will blur the lines between what they’ve been told they should wear and what they can wear.

Models across several runways, like Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford featured below at New York Fashion Week 2019, are sporting pantsuits of all kinds. Whether it’s a satin fabric creating a dark classic look, or a white suit featuring a deep V-neck and a more formal structure, this trend effortlessly combines masculine fashion trends with classic women’s pieces.

Ralph Lauren NYFW 2019- Harper BAZAAR UK

Tom Ford NYFW 2019 Harpers BAZAAR UK

2. Glitter and Metallic

Ralph Lauren did not hesitate to display his love for silver and golds. Displayed on everything from gowns to belts to sweaters, his shimmery hues and gold glitter were featured from head to toe on the runway. Amazingly, he made statement pieces featuring this trend, but also produced more everyday, wearable looks for the casual fashionista.

Ralph Lauren NYFW 2019- VOGUE

Ralph Lauren NYFW 2019- VOGUE

3. Oversized Sweaters

The oversized sweater trend made its debut early last year, seen often in streetwear style. However, the trend has taken control of the runway, converting the seemingly casual look into something far more formal. Khaithe’s 2019 collection displayed several oversized sweaters, paired with anything from suede flare pants to latex pieces. There is no denying that this trend is easy to style and wear, whether you prefer formal or casual.

Fashion Week has only just begun and this is only the start of the spectacular looks and trends that will be seen on this year’s runway so, keep a look out!

Khaite NYFW 2019- Harpers BAZAAR UK

Khaite NYFW 2019- Harpers BAZAAR UK

Ella Zeiler

Designer Red Carpet Dresses That Would Be Beautiful Wedding Gowns

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While the summer wedding frenzy may still be a little way off, we’re right in the middle of another fashionable gown-centric season: award shows. Already we’ve seen some beautiful frocks that would be perfect for brides, so we thought we’d look at what Hollywood has to offer when it comes to bridal gown inspiration.

Hollywood Loves A Wedding

Come to think of it, Hollywood has always had a bit of an obsession with weddings. In fact, one of the most popular movies made in the last decade was a wedding movie: Bridesmaids(2011). With a star-studded comedy cast, this chick flick went far further than simply being a box office hit. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards, as well as for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Plus, although Kristen Wiig and company may be against a sequel, the film did inspire a spin-off Microgaming online slot available at Betway Casino as well as quite literally every sort of Bridesmaids-themed merchandise you can think of. Over at Etsy, there are well over a thousand different Bridesmaids-themed goodies created by fans of the franchise, from champagne flutes to tank tops. The same can be seen on Redbubble, where the Bridesmaids merch portfolio rivals that of The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lord of the Rings. As for the film itself, as recently as 2018, outdoor cinemas were screening the comedy chick flick on all over the place from Malibu to Essex. Really, Bridesmaidsmarked a new era for Hollywood, an era where a female-led comedy could be a worldwide sensation, and it didn't hurt that the movie revolved around a wedding.

Of course, Bridesmaidsis just one link in a long line of Hollywood wedding movies. Let’s take, for example, the classic Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face(1957). The movie inspired Whitney Houston, Madonna, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Beyoncé, who have all created music videos and album artwork devoted to the 1950’s flick. Other top wedding movies include Father of the Bride(1950), Sex and the City(2008), Bride Wars(2009), and The Wedding Planner(2001); the list goes on! Even Fiona in Shrek(2001) had a pretty fashionable gown on, and so did Bella in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1(2011), if we’re being honest. Each and every one of these movies has gone on to inspire wedding dress trends in some way or another. Whether it be the living-for-the-frills-of-it, laid-back vibes of Bridesmaidsor the beautifully structured ivory of Funny Faceand The Wedding Planner, there’s a Hollywood movie wedding gown that everyone will love. Unfortunately, there have been fewer wedding-themed movies released over the last few years, so we've had to look for inspiration from elsewhere in Hollywood. Thankfully, we think this year's award shows have filled that inspiration gap.

From The Red Carpet To The Aisle

On January 6, we watched the 76th Annual Golden Globes and were completely floored by all of the beautiful dresses that appeared on the red carpet.

Kristen Bell was stunning in her pale pink plunging-neckline gown from Zuhair Murad, and while we’re not convinced such a revealing dress would be for every bride, the pleats are certainly sleek and flattering. As for the color, it seems pale pinks and nudes are really in fashion this season, with Emma Stone donning a mesmerizing pink Louis Vuitton number, which really should have made an appearance in the Fall show. With silver embellishments, long sleeves and a cinched waist, Stone’s gown is a little reminiscent of the frocks Adele usually wears, though in a much more wedding-friendly color.

It was Sandra Oh’s astonishing asymmetrical, white gown that really got us thinking about red carpet dresses as wedding inspiration though. Although Oh wore several outfits that night, the floor-length Versace number was the one that took our breath away. Stylish ruching, subtle accessories, perfect hair: This outfit had everything a bride-to-be could dream of.

White, nudes and pale pinks continued to be a trend once celebrities hit the blue carpet at BFCA's Critic’s Choice Awards2019 on January 13. Brides with a taste for the sparkly will love Emily Blunt’s white column Prada dress and Laura Harrier’s slightly less out-there Louis Vuitton, long-sleeved frock. Those with a subtler style though will probably prefer Lady Gaga’s bandeau Calvin Klein number, complete with a glorious train.

February Has Plenty More Bridal Gown Inspiration On The Way

With so many more award shows on the schedule in February, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the dresses that would make excellent bridal gowns. The 61st Grammy awards are sure to give the more eccentric bride a few ideas, while the Brits will be perfect for anyone looking for a unique yet formal vibe. As for the Academy Awards, we’re sure to see even more absolutely astonishing, couture numbers that will inspire every bride who wants to stand out on their wedding day.

Dior: From Paris To The World Fashion Exhibit Is Breathtaking!

Ultra5280 had a chance to visit the Dior exhibit at the Denver Art Museum this past week, and if you have a passion for fashion, it’s right up your alley! The idea to bring in Haute Couture fashion, and more specifically, Christian Dior’s pieces, came from Florence Muller, the Curator of Textile Arts and Fashion, for the Avenir Foundation at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit features 70 years of Christian Dior’s most exquisite work, carrying over 200 haute couture dresses, accessories, runway videos, and photographs for the public to see.

Why the excitement?  What makes Christian Dior so important not only to fashion but the world in general? Dior was one of the first artists and designers to express, through clothes, the modern woman and feminism around the time of World War II. Going against the fashion norm of predominantly masculine-based designs, Dior broke through the fashion industry, allowing only the best of the best to be seen in his designs. Women were finally then able to express themselves in a way they never could before through fashion, giving a new definition to the women’s movement. Dior dresses featured synched dresses, carrying dress lengths and a mix of both formal and casual designs. His dresses also included patterns influenced by art of all forms. Whether inspired by artists like Monet or a more contemporary art style, Christian Dior remains one of the first designers to do something different among women’s fashion.

In addition to breath-taking displays of dresses worn only by the world’s most elite, the exhibit profiles some of Dior’s most prominent directors, like Yves-Saint Laurent, Raf Simmons, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.  These were all people who not only helped Dior during his prime, but helped carry on the legacy once Dior had passed from the scene. As people walk through the exhibit, they can find the history of some of fashion’s biggest powerhouses that continue to influence the world today. The exhibit will take you through time, displaying videos of the design process of the dresses, interviews with the icon, Dior, himself, and even videos of famous models, like Gisele, on the runway wearing Dior.  Dior and his team made a revolutionary change to fashion and the industry during a time where self-expression through fashion was lacking. So, whether you are a fashion junkie or not, high-culture Paris has arrived in Denver, giving the public an opportunity to learn about the immense influence that Dior and his designs had on both women and the world.

The exhibit will be on display until March 3, 2019 so, be sure to grab your tickets here:

Written by: Ella Zeiler Photos: Ella Zeiler

Justin Great Launches Season 2


Luxury streetwear designer and 21st century Renaissance man, Justin Great, launched his second collection of threads on Friday. With a tech-savvy approach to fashion shows, Great treated guests to a fresh take on the runway by projecting a previously recorded catwalk for style fiends to watch at their leisure. CRL CRRLL spun the night away while revelers rockin the latest and greatest in streetwear styles perused the racks and bumped elbows with some of Denver's finest creative entrepreneurs and fashionistas.

If you're feelin it, go scoop up some of his designs over on his online store

Fashion 101 | Izzy Rocha by Bridget Burnett

Model: Izzy Rocha (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Lauren Kawano by Bridget Burnett

Model: Lauren Kawano (Instagram)

Photographer: Bridget Burnett (Instagram)

Fashion 101 | Kayla Marque by Bridget Burnett

Model: Kayla Marque | Instagram @iamkaylamarque

Photographer: Bridget Burnett | Instagram: @bridgetrburnett

Fashion 101 | Olivia Phillips by Bridget Burnett

Model: Olivia Phillips | Instagram @olivisual

Photographer: Bridget Burnett | Instagram: @bridgetrburnett