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Celebs walk the red carpet at the Oscars, the world-changers have the Nobel Peace Prize, cyber buffs geek out at the Webby’s and the hairstyling industry has the SouthWest Hairstyling Awards. This year, the sultans of the silver shears swooped into Denver to kickoff fashion week. The flyover-city-cum-hotspot is garnering national attention for its not-New-York style.

The highly-coveted accolades boasted the attendance of hairstylists to the stars including Eden Sasson, lifetime achievement award recipient Tabatha Coffey of “Shear Genius” on Bravo and Ted Gibson, the visionary who has coiffed the lauded locks of Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway and Lupita Nyong’o. Gibson, no stranger to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire nor Vanity Fair, styled model Antoinette Rose’s hair on stage at the SouthWest Hairstyling awards as he created his masterpiece with his scissors as his paintbrush.

The first night wasn’t the only hair-centric event of the week. The Hair Show, coined the “most over-the-top-night” of Denver Fashion Week took place on night four. Local salon showcases included Starling’s envelope-pushing, feline-themed wild and sexy spotlight, Mode’s sirens on stilts and Antoine Du Chez + El Salon as they created face masks out of hair as accessories.

At Denver Fashion Week, Local Colorado fashion designers proved they are blazing their own trail to fashion fame with “Coloradical” style. As a nod to the real people in the real city, nontraditional fashion models were featured including the age-40-and-over, plus-size, petite and tattooed sets.

The week wouldn’t be complete without cutting-edge contributions from national designers and boutiques. A variety of trends, textures and trims abound but let’s just say, mid-century mod isn’t going anywhere.

If you only take way one thing from fashion week, darlings: there is no de rigueur in Denver.

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