The crowd meandered in, still in that Saturday morning, it’s-the-weekend, why-did-you-wake-me-up, daze. A Radio 1190 DJ set the vibe in Henderson’s Lounge at the DFC, and this Saturday morning crew noshed burritos, between slurps of mimosas and Bloody Marys. There was also intelligentsia that sipped some delightful coffee brews from local roaster, Huckleberry.
One thing is for sure, the hipster brain trust behind Reel Social Club, Jenny Bloom and Katie Shapiro, know how to serve up a Saturday morning. There was no doubt about it after their Denver Film Festival soiree at the Knights of Columbus Hall or the Summer Scream at Lakeside; both gangbusters.
‘Seam to Screen’ was a chance to mingle with some of Denver’s uber-bodacious fashion minds, like Tricia Hoke and Brandi Shigley. Attendees were also treated to Eileen O’Brien’s inner fashionista, the DFS Membership and Volunteer Director who broke out a personal treasure trove of bold accessories and apparel for do-it-yourself photo shoots. Then, we were all put to shame once the professionals strut an officially sanctioned Buffalo Exchange Fashion Show.
That was a pleasurable enough Saturday morning, but then we all settled down, warm and fuzzy from our mimosas, for a screening of “Bill Cunningham New York.” As Keith Garcia, Programming Manager at DFS said “Get ready to meet your new favorite person.”
Now, if I tell you that Cunningham has single handedly amassed a photographic, 50+ year history of New York City Fashion, you’d get the wrong idea. Yet, when you see this little old man, touting his bright blue smock around Manhattan on a beat-up Schwinn, sneakily snapping candids of everything eccentric and elegant, we get closer to truth.
“Bill Cunningham New York” is an adoring documentary from Richard Press that celebrates this living legacy of fashion photography, and gently unveils his quirky, closeted lifestyle. By the end of the film I wanted to fly to New York, find the guy and buy him a lifetime supply of Dunkin Donuts. He is perhaps the most refined eye for style to emerge in the 20th and 21st century, yet he is the antithesis to fashion’s opulent surroundings.
Bill Cunningham is a lot like Denver: All the right elements and charm, without the haughtiness.