RAW is back and a long line of show goers anxiously awaited to move through to get into City Hall on Broadway.  The TREND showcase never fails to represent emerging and fresh perspectives in art, photography, fashion, music, jewelry and more. Fashion Editor Jessica Montour of Fashion Forward joined the packed house as DJ Hex spun the right mix of music to keep the party on hype mode. These showcases are an ongoing effort to provide independent artists of all creative genres with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire & cultivate creativity.  Artists on Thursday, June 23rd displayed an array of work representing their love of jewelry making, wall art, photography, sketch, hair, make up artistry and fashion.  You don’t have to walk very far to get a feel for all of the colorful, unique, and abstract ways artists represent and share who they are to their core throughout this showcase.

“I’m so honored and flattered to have been chosen to display my work at the TREND art show,” shares Michael Gordon who is a photographer featuring imagery of beautiful female subjects www.mgphotollc.com.  He joined other artists such as Sara Menzel who showcased illustrations with a coocoon garden vibe sarahmenzel.com. There was also Grant Wallich who is the creator of Nogland…an out of this world collection of psychedelic cartoon characters nogland.com. We hope you didn’t miss “ebony ice” and their stacked watermelons wearing a George Washington wig with butterflies painting thebabymaker3.com.  Best of all…literally stopping art browsers in their path was The Crazy Clay Lady who had an array of fun clay faces with enough expressions to fill up a new EMOJI library on every smart phone across the country crazyclaylady.com.

We all know RAW would not be complete without all the action that happens on the main stage.  We definitely missed the live music this go around…but were certainly entertained by the ongoing activity strutting down the runway. From Michael Martinez and his display of gorgeous hair to HMUA by Sandy there were no “dull” moments on stage.

Kicking off the runway was Alien Juice oozing a great deal of fluorescent green and even showing what appeared to be a rocking construction vest.  Embracement is a story of two spiritual gangsters that found each other and starting creating “hoodies”…literally just the hood with a chain link in place of a draw string. They even had some dresses on the runway with a mix no match boho chic vibe piece that was 2die4. That Kimono tho etsy.com.

Tayla Vylyt is no novice at RAW expanding beyond her line of artistic shoes and now featuring her ultra-eclectic fashion art.  It was stripes on tilt and some Egyptian meets Gypsy kind of stuff tvtfashiondesigns.com.  Lady Jane came thru with a cool and unique collection of lace does elegance.  The grand finale was by Eddie Ricks who had a cohesive and complete collection of bridalesque types of gowns complete with a ballerina, queen bee and plenty of corsets.  The winner of the night was his ivory gown with the ruffled high collar neckline…STUNNING.  Did we mention he even had a pantsuit in the mix? Since pantsuits are LIFE…he won our heart from start to finish. It was easy to understand why he celebrated with his models backstage after the walk knowing that they had absolutely “killed it.”!

 Come check out the next RAW showcase set for September 2016. Fashion Editor Jessica Montour will be there to celebrate the underground and you should too!


#1 Eddie Ricke – Ivory High Neck Collar Gown

#2 The Crazy Clay Lady – Basket of Emotions

#3 Grace Hosana Marquez – Entire Illustrated Collection

#4 Nogland – Bald Sharpay Looking Dog Type Art Piece

#5 Michael Gordon – Girl Hair Flipping Photo

Written by Jessica Montour, principle and owner of Fashion Forward.  Fashion Forward is a wardrobe consulting and event planning company located in Denver.  Contact Fashion Forward www.fash-fwd.com for more information about company packages and services at 303.578.8176 or by email at admin@fash-fwd.com. Follow Fashion Forward on Instagram @fashfwd and Twitter @fwdfash.