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7th Annual Aspen Cares Theatrical Fashion Show

By Shannon Asher



Cutting-edge ensembles, talented dancers and fabulous designers will take over Belly Up on March 22nd for a charitable evening of fashion and fun. Aspen Magazine highlights why the Aspen Cares Theatrical Fashion Show is a must-see.

1. It's for a good cause! The fashion show raises money and awareness for the Aspen Hope Center. This nonprofit serves those in emotional crisis by working to decrease the stigma of mental health through expert clinical care, public education, community collaboration and outreach. Did you know that Aspen has one of the highest suicide rates, per capita, in the country? Surprising to most, this statistic has devastated and affected many throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Hope Center dedicates their efforts to eradicating the issue and fostering an open and supportive community.

2. You will most likely know at least one person performing. The models are local performers who have been hand-chosen. This year, the event’s usual auditions were replaced by an invite-only selection of the best local talent. Many performers are returning members of the cast, some coming back for their seventh year. Chances are your local barista, yoga teacher, bartender, real estate agent, waiter or après-ski buddy will be strutting their stuff down the runway for this highly anticipated evening.

3. The entire cast will be modeling clothes that have been donated by local and national designers. Whether you live in Aspen or are visiting for the first time, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the various shops, boutiques and pop-ups. Bypass the crowds by seeing “shops” of all kinds from outerwear, to jewelry, hats, bags and swimwear all in one place. No matter your aesthetic, there is something for everyone. Even better, you could possibly meet the brains behind the brands and discover how their unique personalities shine through the fashion creations. Featuring brands such as Inplay Athletics, Cynthia Rowley, Dennis Basso and many others, the night is primed for a fashion success.

4. The set list is sublime. All songs represent a unique story that the models express through dance, song and theatrical storytelling. Spectators will find themselves emotionally invested in the combination of music, moves and storylines that offer alluring depictions of mental health. Some lines will have you out of your seat with excitement and applause while others will have you in awe, emotionally connected to a heartbreaking display of struggle and the power of love.

5. The event was founded in 2012 by two women, Katy Parnello and Ramona Bruland, who both have a personal mission to help people in crisis receive the mental health help that they need. They met working on the Telluride AIDS Benefit, the ACFS sister event. They bonded over their backgrounds in dance and the performing arts and decided to put their talents to use for a good cause.

6. Everything you see on the runway will be available for purchase. Take note of the pieces that catch your eye on the runway so that they can be in your closet come Saturday. The sample sale will be held at Casa Tua from 1-4 pm on March 24. Peruse designer fashions at affordable prices while sipping après cocktails and enjoying the live DJ. Claim your favorite looks at discounted prices and experience the model life for yourself!

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8PM | March 22 | $100 GA

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