Steamboat celebrities strut their stuff for arts benefit
Friday fashion show will include Olympians and glam
June 8, 2011
Steamboat Springs — As an interior designer, Vertical Arts Architecture's Jennifer Helm uses fashion as an inspiration in the art of design. Clothing trends, she said, find their way into furniture fabrics, visual arts and architecture styles, making a fashion show the perfect format for a Steamboat Springs Arts Council benefit event hosted by the architecture firm.
"Fashion speaks for everything," Helm said.
The Glam Jam Benefit Fashion and Art Show, which Helm organized, is at 6 p.m. Friday at Vertical Arts Architecture and will benefit the Arts Council and its Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club dance training program.
"The Arts Council is a part of our culture, and we want to give back to that culture," Helm said.
Tickets for the event are $12 at the door and can be bought in advance at All That Jazz, Steaming Bean Coffee Co., Urbane and Vertical Arts.
As a part of the show, Denver artist Amy Barone's acrylic and pastel abstract artwork will be on display at Vertical Arts.
Keeping with a mainly Steamboat theme, however, the event will showcase a variety of local style and design options that the town has to offer.
The clothes will come from Urbane and Chez Nous, which Helm said are each hip and sophisticated in their own way.
On Wednesday, Helm visited the two stores to see the outfits they had picked out for the show.
For the segment of the fashion show titled "Wild Things," Urbane manager Kelly Proudley had picked out a casual but funky animal print outfit.
"I was thinking white shorts with this silk cami," Proudley said, "and this sexy brassiere with it."
"Oh I love it, I love it," Helm replied. "And I think we need a pair of tall boots to go with that. Very sexy."
But it's not all about the clothes: Helm, who has organized several fashion shows in Southern California, wasn't going to stop at anything less than extravagant.
"I wouldn't want to go to a wimpy fashion show," she said. "I want crystals and orchids, and I want to sip on a glass of champagne."
And she'll have all that and more.
Think red carpet event, Steamboat style, with decorations by Tall Tulips, food by the Drunken Onion and introducing DJ Crazy Carl, a local resident.
Even the models represent the local culture.
Olympians Todd Lodwick and Nelson Carmichael will walk the runway, along with dance instructor Renee Fleischer and Wildhorse Marketplace Sales and Marketing Director Kerry Shea, among others.
The models were treated to full complementary makeovers from Wildhorse Salon, which means Lodwick will be there this week getting a manicure, a pedicure and a new hairstyle.
"I'm thinking highlights for Todd," Wildhorse Salon co-owner Kim Johnson said.
Lodwick said he's not sure how he got talked into the event, but he's glad to have an opportunity to give back to the Steamboat community.
"I heard Gisele was coming," he joked. "No, it's fun to have an opportunity to support locals. I love giving back and to venture out to the Arts Council, which is a huge asset … when an opportunity comes your way, you have to take it."
He said he's walked the runway before in benefit shows, and said it's not much different from competing at Nordic combined skiing on the world stage.
"It's like jumping off a jump," he said.
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204, or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com
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