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Steamboat fashion show to support arts

‘Walk This Way’ benefit features local designers and stores

Margaret Hair

— There are no preliminary sketches or detailed plans involved when Ina Stoger designs a new dress, hooded sweatshirt, bag or jacket.

"I never plan, 'I'm going to make this' because it's always changing," Stoger said. Eight of her designs, created under her maiden name Popova, will be featured in a fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center.

Admission to the show is a suggested $5 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, an umbrella nonprofit group for dozens of local affiliate arts organizations. An after-party starts at 10:30 p.m. at Bella's, a new downtown wine bar located below Chocolate Soup Pastry Café.

During the show, local models will don items from Popova Original Hand Made Clothing in a lineup that also features Jen Fritz and Maria Tabia's Warrior Within Designs and Danielle and Ariel Tredway's Ani & Ari custom corsets. New fashions from Steamboat clothing stores Kali's Boutique, Token Threads and Urbane also will be on the runway.

All the stores and designers involved have ties to Steamboat, said event organizer and emcee Jill Wernig.

Stoger has lived in town for about two years. Originally from Bulgaria, she has been designing for most of her life and started formal fashion design training when she was 14. Her Popova designs are made with a street vibe and an array of inspirations. The work is available at Urbane.

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Danielle and Ariel Tredway are Steamboat natives living in Chicago and creating "couture" corsets that can be worn over clothing, Wernig said. Jen Fritz is a Steamboat native making funky one-piece designs and other pieces with co-designer Maria Tabia as the California-based duo Warrior Within Designs.

After the official fashions clear the runway, Wernig said she expects some of the local male models representing Urbane's styles to have a friendly walk-off.

"The movie 'Zoolander' comes into play when I think of some of the boys. They're pretty ready for the competition," Wernig said.

Proceeds from the door and a cash bar will go to the Arts Council. Kelly Anzalone, president of the Arts Council's board of directors, will be on hand to give the crowd an update on the nonprofit's programming.

New and developing programs include a film series presented with Bud Werner Memorial Library; an occasional singer-songwriter concert series; a production of "The Real Inspector Hound," a play by Tom Stoppard; the Arts Council's annual "Cabaret" variety show and fundraiser; and a "Beauty and the Beast" film project with Steamboat Springs Middle School, Anzalone said. The fashion show is a new way to bring in support for Arts Council efforts, he said.

"I love the fact that we're diversifying our art, and … bringing in a younger demographic," Anzalone said.

— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: “Walk This Way” fashion benefit for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door

Call: 879-9008

Online: Check out fashions created by each of the “Walk This Way” featured designers at their Web sites:

■ Jen Fritz and Maria Tabia’s Warrior Within Designs at http://www.warriorwithindesigns.com

■ Ina Stoger’s Popova Original Hand Made Clothing at http://www.popovaclothing.com