Linger + Goldyn (Fashionable Feast)

Last Thursday, June 30th, I was lucky enough to get a VIP ticket, plus one, to the grand opening of one of Denver’s best, new, high end boutique’s, Goldyn. The chosen venue for the fashion show was Linger Denver, another hot new Denver spot to bookmark, but at 9 pm, we had already hit their loft bar’s maximum capacity, so, ever the hostess that she is, Vanessa Barcus generously opened the doors to her top shelf boutique in order to keep her 400 plus guests, artists, copy writers and creative types, dry from the pooring rain.
Both Goldyn boutique and Linger restaurant are situated in the refurbished Denver landmark, the Olinger Mortuary Building, where the blue and white cursive lettered billboard can be seen from I-25 near 15th. Barcus’ attention to detail shown when she had rolled out a red carpet between her shop and her neighbor Linger , which is sure to be 5280’s next “Best New Restaurant” winner. The amazing interiors of Linger made it the perfect “still” backdrop for Goldyn’s fashion. Brick archways, floor to ceiling garage-style windows, that happened to be open this fine drizzly evening to let the cool breeze waft in, retro wall paper throughout, a Light Bright bar-top upstairs, (you remember those little colored pegs you poked into black construction paper to make a clown face when you were a kid), oh yeah, they went there, and a curling staircase from the main dining hall up to the coolest Denver bar with unobstructed, scenic views of the Denver skyline.
I say it was the perfect “still” backdrop because while the venue was unique, fresh and quirky, avant garde almost in it’s design, much like Barcus’ merchandising style, and the food at Linger rocked, I had the duck wings for an app and the Lamb belly for course, it was a tight fit, and a little chaotic for a fashion show venue. The long legged models, supplied by Donna Baldwin Talent, were extremely abrubt with their walk and barely paused for the audience to notice them flying by, and it was difficult to capture and take in what we were all there for until 11 pm, most without chairs, the Fashion. There was one gem however, my favorite model, Christy Kruzick, a fellow Czech beauty, who was all smiles and had the most experienced and professional walk. Walks, smiles, and bumps between waiters serving in the aisles aside, it was fabulous. Overall, it was a huge production put on by Goldyn, that can only say more good things about owner Vanessa Barcus’ extensive list of talents which include masterminding, orchestrating and styling all of her own fashion shows. I hope this leaves you with even more intrigue and reason to visit Goldyn, where the clothes are perfectly on display, with plenty of space and light, and where the only walk, bumps and smiles they see is when you are trying them on and swinging your full bag as you leave.

I wore a gold lame draped dress from Boss Vintage on Broadway, and necklace from Madeleine O’Connell’s line Black Poodle (sold at Posh) and shoes from online.


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