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February 07, 2013 - Project Runway celebs star at Goodwill fashion show

What: Fashion show and competition featuring local designers and students followed by clothing swap for guests bringing items to trade. All proceeds benefit Goodwill Industries.

Where: EXDO Event Center

When: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $25 general admission; $50 VIP

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries

EMCEE: Channel 7 meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo and KOSI 101 radio personality Denise Plante

President(s): Jesse Wolff, CEO

Staff: Jeff Ayers, VP Retail, Kristen Blessman, VP Marketing, David Brunick, VP of HR, Stuart Davie, VP of IT, Randy Dohne, VP of Operations, Sharon Kermiet, VP of Finance and Risk Mgmt, Mike Pritchard, VP of Development, Joyce Schlose, VP of Workforce Development

Catering: EXDO Event Center Catering

Music: Global DJ Academy

Sponsors: ABC 7 News, Comcast Spotlight, Fashion Denver, KOSI 101, The Parlour, Waste Management

Menu: Cocktails & appetizers

Attendance: 800+

Attire: Dressed to kill

Special Thanks: Mondo Guerra

Models/Fashions: Project Runway All-Stars: Mondo Guerra, Fallene Wells, Peach Carr and Michael Costello // Up & Coming Designers: Bailey Rose and Kotomi Yoshida

Information: 303-650-7758 //

Donors: Guests may bring 10 items of clothing to swap for 10 items of "new to you" items

Board of Directors: Carrie Mesch, Chair; W. Dean Salter, Vice Chair; Michael Ebedes, Treasurer; Jean Lawhead, Secretary. More chair members at

Blacktie Photos by: Kimberly Johnson

 Celebrity judges Mondo Guerra, Peach Carr, Michael Costillo and Kotomi Yoshida
Celebrity judges Mondo Guerra, Peach Carr, Michael Costillo and Kotomi Yoshida

Goodwill Industries of Denver held a fashion show and design competition this week at its annual Good Exchange for Change Fashion Show & Swap. Front and center to kick off Fashion Week, Goodwill brought in Denver native and Project Runway All-Star winner Mondo Guerra as part of the celebrity judge panel – as well as fellow Project Runway All-Stars Peach Carr, Michael Costello and Fallene Wells.

The first part of the event featured a competition for fashion design students from CEC Middle School and Denver Academy of the Arts. The challenge? The “LBD” (not the black one you’re thinking of…in this competition, it’s the little BLUE dress). The rules? Clothing must come from Goodwill’s fashion-forward Deja Blue Boutique and cost less than $25. Dresses were fantastically creative and stylish. And Mondo wore his heart of his very fashionable sleeve when he presented the evening’s design student winner Celene Alejandre of Denver School of the Arts. In second place: Nina Mascheroni (DSA); third place: Nicolen Fernandez (DSA); overall team: Denver School of the Arts.

Next, designer Fallene Wells showed off her latest collection. Stay tuned for her designs to hit local Denver boutiques and check out her collection online. Fallene’s collection was '70s retro-inspired. She recommends not being afraid of color – picking one, then another at the opposite end of the wheel, and combining for a powerful look. Also, forget about trends, she says, overall just shop for your body type.

Next up were designs by Denver designers Bailey Rose and Kotomi Yoshida. All of the evening’s designers used up-cycled clothing from Goodwill for this event. Even the evening’s emcees, Channel 7 meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo and KOSI 101 radio personality Denise Plante were wearing Goodwill outfits and looked absolutely amazing. The up-cycled look has been called “zero waste fashion couture.”

Mondo Guerra started off re-designing clothes from Goodwill. His design inspiration? “I really look at art to inspire me,” he says, “ I love Andy Warhol and all the pop artists.” Guerra says he is enjoying being back in his hometown and that it forces him to be creative with fashion because materials and resources can be harder to find here than, say, New York City or Los Angeles. Guerra also says, “It’s really important to have a piece of yourself in your work. You want it to be functional, you want it to be wearable, but you do want it to state who you are as a designer.” Guerra is an inspiration to the fashion world and to the youth at this year’s fundraising event. Stay tuned for his newest collections to hit Neiman Marcus in Spring of this year.

All proceeds from this event benefit Goodwill Industries of Denver, which helps over 21,000 people each year, including struggling adults, at-risk youth and individuals with disabilities. For more information:


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