Nate Bird tries on a shirt at Token Threads to model in the downtown boutique's "Fashion for a Cause" event. The fashion show and party starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7, and all proceeds will go to the family of Tyler Johnson.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Nate Bird tries on a shirt at Token Threads to model in the downtown boutique's "Fashion for a Cause" event. The fashion show and party starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7, and all proceeds will go to the family of Tyler Johnson.

Giving back, in fabulous clothes

Fashion show and party to benefit family of Tyler Johnson

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Haven Thomas browses at Token Threads. The boutique, along with Waterside Day Spa & Salon and Sweet Potato Lingerie, presents "Fashion for a Cause" on Saturday. Doors for the fashion show and party open at 6 p.m.

— When Chrissie Hodges put on a fashion showcase as part of a party she organized two years ago, it did not go well.

"When we did the dress-to-kill, we had a mini fashion show, and it went horribly, but it was so much fun," Hodges said. Based on the atmosphere of the event, Hodges thought she could do better with more planning. Two years later, that plan has come together in the form of "Fashion for a Cause," a runway show and party set to start at 6 p.m. Saturday.

At the event, models will display winter fashions from Hodges' downtown boutique, Token Threads, as well as less weather-appropriate items from Sweet Potato Lingerie. Waterside Day Spa & Salon will do hair and makeup on the male and female models. Leslie Faulkner, of Sweet Potato Lingerie, said she got involved with the event when Hodges asked her to contribute some items.

"She (Hodges) said she wanted to have it as a well-balanced kind of event with outerwear - the clothes she sells - and innerwear - the clothes I sell," Faulkner said. Shana Thomas, a hair stylist and salon manager at Waterside, said she is looking forward to doing some creative styling on the show's models.

"You're doing fashion hair and makeup - you're not just doing normal night or day hair and makeup," Thomas said. "Their hair is going to be much more prepped and much bigger; it'll be much more into the drama side of it."

Saturday's show will feature live music from DJ Founder and drink specials from hosting venue bistro c.v. It also will go a little deeper than that, with all proceeds going toward a fund for Tyler Johnson, a Steamboat Springs boy who lost his feet and parts of some of his fingers to illness this summer. Hodges said she is energized by the chance to use her business to benefit a local cause.

"Owning a business is so rewarding, but being able to give back because I own a business, it's just empowering, and it's just a great cause," she said.

Hodges chose bistro c.v. as a venue to provide a classy night on the town for people who might have trouble affording that kind of atmosphere within the financial constraints of mud season, she said. Tickets to "Fashion for a Cause" are $7, and attendees are encouraged to dress their best.

"I know this is kind of cheesy, but especially in the last year with the economy the way it is and the turmoil of the election, I just hope everyone can come out and have a good time," Hodges said.

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