Frock Out 2010: It's a circus out there!

Oh, that Chris Loffelmacher. He promised a spectacle and, by god, he delivered. Last night's Frock Out 2010 fashion showdown at the Denver Central Library rocked it hard, baby, interspersing a drop-dead battalion of strutting models with sideshow curiosities both real and imagined on the runway that stretched through the library's three-story, balconied Schlessman Hall. But the real draw lay in the hard work of the twelve aspiring Denver designers competing: Stephanie Ohnmacht, Francis Roces, Tricia Hoke, Tina Berger-Everroad, Fallene Wells, Enuma Duhu, Jose Duran, Melissa May, Kotomi Yoshida, James Silvrants and Katie Wells, who were judged by their designs for the four seasons, as well as more over-the-top entries in Designers' Vision and Sideshow categories. And it was -- Project Runway, my rear end -- a very strong showing from them all.

Cora Vette and Chris Parente fuel the crowd.

Chris and fashion diva Tran Wills played the audience like a circus calliope, even before the doors opened: For people standing in line waiting to get in, there were food trucks, a circus barker in an orange suit and bowler hat and a fire eater who took the chill off the library plaza with his breathy pyrotechnics, all offering a sensual hint of what we'd find inside. And once everyone was inside, it didn't take long for the excitement to build. Once the lights went down, and introductions were made by hosts Cora Vette, the burlesque belter, and CW2's man about town Chris Parente, competitor James Silvrants was announced as the winner of the people's vote and we were treated Cora's rendition of West Side Story's "Something's Coming." Oh, yes. Wasn't it, though?
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The circus music came up and the Denver Roller Dolls skated through an eerie Roller Doll dance up and down the runway. Then, the bass pounded and the spots pulsed and out pranced the models, wearing a kaleidoscope of Denver-made styles: from retro cheesecake swimsuits to folkloric toppers, swishing gowns to perfect little suits. Out came drag queen Lucy Ricardo. Out came Lady Godiva and Chicken Man and the Fat "Sexiest Man Alive" Guy. Out came Lucha Libre Guy and the Siamese Twins and the Cave Couple. Out came an elegant Vivienne VaVoom, brandishing her red feather fans like a vision from the past. Out came the Calypso Drag Queen, writhing down the runway in a poofy black gown studded with fabric roses.

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