Ryan Alexander Creative Launches Local Lounge To Highlight Denver Fashion

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All photos by Chelsie Kappius

The inner circle of Denver's fashion scene turned out Thursday for Local Lounge, a networking event hosted by Ryan Alexander Creative that was intended to showcase some of Denver's fashion designers to the media and to each other.

"We started this event is to bring awareness to Denver's weird underground fashion scene that nobody knows about, but it is definitely here," says Ryan Alexander, the principal founder and creator of Ryan Alexander Creative.

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Under the Gunn recap: Season finale!

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The challenge on last week's episode of Under the Gunn was to create a look inspired by a Marvel comic-book hero; the competition would determine which designers would move on to the finale. After a spirited debate, the judges had no problem deciding that Oscar and Shan deserved to go all the way. But they struggled over who to send home, so ultimately sent both Sam and Asha to the final. Asha and Sam each had one win under their belts; Shan and Oscar both had three wins at that point.

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Under the Gunn recap: Marvel comics challenge

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On last week's Under the Gunn, the five remaining designers were paired with a "real women" with real fashion issues, and asked to create a design to meet their needs. Lots of drama ensued -- between the designers and their clients, between the designers and their mentors -- and in the end, Shan won both the challenge and $5,000, as well as well as an additional $1,000 from Benefit cosmetics for his quick-fix solution. The judges gave Oscar, Asha and Sam a safe pass to return the sewing room; Blake was sent home.

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Under the Gunn recap: Benefit Cosmetics real women

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Last week the remaining designers on Under the Gunncompeted as teams vying for the prize of having their mini-collection sold in Francesca's stores. Team Oscar and Shan won the challenge, and to their surprise Francesca's selected two pieces to feature in its collection. At the end of the show, Natalia was sent home and Asha, Blake and Sam were given a pass by the judges to return.

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Under the Gunn recap: Team Challenge

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On Under the Gunn last week, the judges gave Shan, Oscar and Natalia a pass -- and Oscar was declared the winner, for his second victory. But the mentors' relationships took a dramatic turn when Mondo and Anya confronted Nick with their frustrations about how Natalia continued to survive each challenge despite her weak sewing skills -- criticisms they repeated to the judges. At the end of the show, each mentor was left with two designers on their team.

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Under the Gunn recap: Glade customizable challenge

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Under the Gunn opened last night without Stephanie Ohnmacht; the Denver designer had been sent home the week before. But the show starring Tim Gunn still has a hometown hero: Mondo Guerra is one of three mentors -- along with Anya and Nick -- advising the contestants who remain. Last night, those designers were given the challenge of creating a look that would transition from day to night, a challenge that was sponsored by Glade's new plug-in customizable room fragrances. And the guest judge for the challenge was Grammy Award-winning rapper Macklemore.

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Under the Gunn recap: Unconventional beach party no picnic for Denver designer

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On last week's episode of Under the Gunn, Blake survived the judging to sew another week; Shan won the steam punk avant-garde challenge with his deconstructed power suit, finally bringing a win to Anya's team; and Nicholas was sent home. For last night's episode, Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa, returned as a guest judge, and the challenge involved creating an original design for an unconventional beach party using materials found in on the beach.

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Under the Gunn recap: Steam punk avant-garde

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As this week's episode of Under the Gunn started, Team Nick was still basking in its surprise win, Mondos' team was safe, and Anya's crew was last. The challenge this round was Steam Punk fashion --deconstructed modern Victorian meets Mad Max -- and the guest judge, Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa.

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Under the Gunn recap: Pompeii team challenge

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Wendy Partridge, costume designer.

Last week we celebrated as Team Mondo, with Denver designer Mondo Guerroa as mentor, won its third challenge with Asha's glam, grunge-winning design for Disney superstar Zendaya. Meanwhile, the remaining members of Team Nick were questioning his mentoring skills after watching Isabelle getting thrown under the bus and send home. Last night's episode of Under the Gunn started with three designers remaining on each of the teams, and the competition really heating up.

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Under the Gunn: Hit the stage challenge

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On this week's episode of Under the Gunn, the designers faced the fun challenge of creating a performance outfit for seventeen-year-old Zendaya, author, actress and star of the Disney Channel's Shake it Up.Zendaya gave very specific directions for the outfit: It had to be something she could move in, with a tomboyish flare. For this challenge, $5,000 was on the line for the designers -- and Denver viewers anxiously waited to see if Team Mondo could bring in another win.

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