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Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn joines Denver for the Goodwill Fashion Show

A model shows off a look inspired by Harijuku fashion in Tokyo.
A model shows off a look inspired by Harijuku fashion in Tokyo.Alaina Brandenburger

On Thursday, February 6, hundreds of people braved sub-zero temperatures and headed to the EXDO Event Center in Denver for the Goodwill Fashion Show and Clothing Swap. The 4th annual event raised money for Goodwill while allowing local students to strut their stuff creating upcycled looks made with materials found at Goodwill. In addition to showing that Goodwill clothing is affordable, the show also showed that it is possible to transform items into something new.

This show has partnered with Denver designer and Project Runway alum Mondo Guerra for the past four years. This year, he utilized his mentoring skills to coach teams of designers from three different schools, and he and three other judges chose a winning team. Designers were each given a fashionable city for inspiration, and the results were truly astonishing.

Adding to the star-studded event, Project Runway mentor and Under the Gunn host Tim Gunn joined Channel 7’s Lisa Hidalgo to host the show. Gunn received a thunderous round of applause as he regailed the audience with stories from behind the scenes of the hit reality show, and he was impressed by the student designers.

Following the student show, several local personalities modeled looks from Goodwill’s Deja Blue boutique in Cherry Creek North. Guests were then invited to a clothing swap in which they could trade items of clothing for new ones from other guests.