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What a whirlwind this fall has been!  After two fashion shows and a trunk show to boot, I’m just now able to catch my breath.  Taking a moment to process it all, I realize how grateful I am to still be doing what I love, 45 years later, with the support of the Denver community.  My most recent fashion show, which took place in conjunction with Mayor Hancock‘s Diversity and Inclusion Awards, really felt like a celebration of all of these things.  It was the icing on the cake, if you will 😉

Brooks LTD runway show custom gowns at the Mayor Hancock Diversity and Inclusion Awards presented by the Denver Commission on Aging

The Brooks LTD lineup for the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards runway show, including myself and Commissioner Tony Smith.  Photo by Kyle David Jones.

It was truly an honor to be included in this special event, which was hosted by the Denver Commission on Aging for an audience of over 300 elected officials, city commissioners and other movers and shakers.  The Commission first approached me, seeking an event program that was a little more ‘out of the box,’ yet needing a community partner that made sense for the theme of the event: “Together for the Ages.”  Knowing that my brand, Brooks LTD, has been a part of Denver fashion for over four decades, they reached out, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Judith Boyd StyleCrone modeling a custom couture Brooks LTD ensemble for the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards

StyleCrone aka Judith Boyd is a model of “ageless beauty” on the runway.  Photo by Kyle David Jones.

Brooks LTD custom made bespoke gown in gold lame at the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Denver Commissioner Barbara Evans Small in a custom made gold lame caftan.  Photo by Kyle David Jones.

Mallory High models a bespoke custom Brooks LTD taffeta evening dress for the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Model Mallory High in a magenta taffeta occasion dress

Brooks LTD gala dress custom gown modeled for the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Split it up… an evening skirt look in magenta taffeta and red silk top, modeled by Grace Chang.  Photo by Kyle David Jones.

Architectural ponte knit dress handmade by Brooks LTD as seen at the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Chic and architectural, this ponte dress is as comfortable as it is stylish. As seen on model Sandi Siegel, shot by Kyle David Jones.

Not only was the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards an opportunity to showcase some of my latest couture gowns and bespoke ensembles, but it was also the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to ageism in fashion – a topic that is close to my heart.  I always make it a point to show my designs on women of all ages, races and sizes, and this event was no exception.  My diverse group of 10 professional models and 5 (very brave) commissioner-models strutted the runway, showing that mature women deserve the same respect and reverence as their younger counterparts.  Videographer DigitalPreserve did an amazing job of capturing the ambiance, which you can watch below.


The Brooks LTD designs that were presented at this once-in-a-lifetime event included the gilded looks from my recent Golden Dreams collection, as well as some newer couture gowns in bold magenta, red, and purple hues, and a selection of my fall ready-to-wear collection.  Each model was custom fitted in her ensemble, and the commissioners in particular had their own custom designs completely tailor-made for them.  The highlight of the evening, however, had to be my moment with Mayor Michael Hancock, as well as a special surprise that the Commission on Aging had in store for me.  More on that next week… stay tuned!

Denver fashion designer Brooks and Mayor Michael Hancock at the Diversity and Inclusion Awards

A photo op with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at his Diversity and Inclusion Awards.  Image by Kyle David Jones.

Looking for a custom ensemble for your next special occasion?

I live for designing unique couture gowns and other creative, bespoke ensembles.  If your next holiday party, wedding or other special occasion calls for standing out in a one-of-a-kind dress, please think of Brooks LTD.  Visit the Contact page of my website and we can schedule a time to sit down and discuss your needs.