Rising Pueblo Designer Returns to Mile-High Runway

Published March 14, 2017

Designs by Acoma Pueblo Fashion Brand ‘ACONAV’ To Grace the Runway in Denver

DENVER – Rising Native American fashion designer Loren Aragon of ACONAV will present his latest collection at the 4th Annual Native Fashion in the City (NFITC) in downtown Denver, Colorado. The Acoma Pueblo designer & artist returns to NFITC for a second year and will debut his first ever 2017 Autumn/Winter collection. After a successful launch of his brand in the acclaimed Phoenix Fashion Week, Aragon continues to seek greater recognition for his work by presenting on another premier stage which is focused on showcasing emerging Indigenous talents all across North America.

Native Fashion in the City is produced by Kelly Holmes, Chief Editor and founder of Native Max Magazine and her Denver based team. Holmes’ Native Max publication connects its readers with the fashion realm of Indian country in both the traditional and contemporary categories. In 2013 Holmes and her team ventured into bringing Native fashion to the Mile-High City and the idea has gained popularity with every yearly production. Holmes once again brings her fashion savvy expertise to produce a 4th annual high-end Indigenous fashion show which is focused on highlighting up and coming Indigenous designers, models, and stylists. This year’s show is anticipated to break an attendance record with a new location at the Cluster Studios near downtown Denver and just blocks away from the annual Denver March Pow-Wow.

ACONAV returns as one of the featured NFITC designers with designs that incorporate design elements that are authentically inspired by the Acoma Pueblo traditions and pottery art culture. Shows such as NFITC have been a great venue for gaining exposure to the uniqueness of ACONAV. In the year prior, ACONAV was invited to be a part of the experience allowing Aragon to continue in his mission in fashion. “I want to represent the culture of my people with the hopes of inspiring future generations in our community,” explains Aragon, “I feel that we [Native Americans] need a greater presence in the fashion industry and this experience allows me to respectfully represent a part of the indigenous culture in North America.”, adds Aragon. “At last year’s NFITC, ACONAV was definitely one of the showstoppers.” states Kelly Holmes, “We certainly can’t wait to see the newest ACONAV collection on this year’s runway.”

The fashionable evening will consist of a fashion market, the highly-anticipated runway show, and will end with an after party featuring some big names in Indigenous entertainment. The event is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 PM on Friday March 24th, 2017 at the Cluster Studios. Tickets are required for the events and is an all ages event. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets visit www.nativefashioninthecity.com.





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