Charlie Price launches Fashion West



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Hairdresser Charlie Price isn’t afraid to mince words: just take a look at his Instagram account. You’ll see beautiful hair and fashion photos, but also bold, sometimes cheeky statements on social affairs. And he’s more than willing to fight in the comments. This strong personality constitutes his personal mark.

In a Zoom conversation with Westword, Price seems surprisingly laid back, noting that he learned some hard lessons after appearing on the 2008 reality show. Shear genius, in which hairdressers competed against each other to create looks under time and theme restrictions. He presented himself as arrogant and brutally honest, often rubbing his competition the wrong way.

“I created a character who was on acid like me,” Price says. “I’ve had negative feedback on this. It got me thinking about what I’m doing. What do I care? What’s my philosophy? If you can’t define your brand, it is a problem.

Really, he just doesn’t want to be like everyone else, he says. And his curriculum vitae reflects it. He is a man of the modern Renaissance, refusing to be satisfied with a single discipline.

“I am a person who needs to be creative,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to be a famous artist, so I try to put that into everything I do.”

In addition to reality TV stardom, Price’s credits to date include a salon owner, a global representative of top hairstyling brands including Revlon Professional and Aveda, a hairstyling platform artist and educator. , a magazine editor and a fashion show creative director.

“I love the variety, from graphic design to creating a magazine to selecting every detail of an outfit for a fashion show to hairdressing and creating a look for one person,” he says. “I like to have something to look forward to.”

Her most recent project is the upcoming two-night Fashion West show, featuring Western hairstylists and fashion designers. The idea originated during last year’s COVID-19 shutdowns, when most hairdressers were out of work. Price began chatting with industry friends in other parts of the world about running a series of hair salons across the country called Hair Awards USA, which immediately gave him a project to focus on for the salon Southwest Hairstyling Awards.

“I thought to myself that if I had to do a hair show, why not do a fashion show too? ” he says. “So now we’ll have a night for each. “

A look from Charlie Price.DEVELOP

A look from Charlie Price.

Chad Chisholm

Fashion West takes place August 15-16 and features the Southwest Hairstyling Awards. The finalists were recently announced, including hairdressers, colorists, ebony, latino and asian hairstylists, avant-garde hairstylists, makeup artists and artistic teams. The evening will also include a Hall of Fame to honor other prominent contributors to the Denver fashion scene.

This isn’t Price’s first fashion rodeo. He worked on Denver Fashion Week, which began as the Review 303 Hair Show more than twenty years ago, going from producer to creative director. He parted ways with the event last year because the barber shop was cut off from the festivities. He says he’s looking forward to expanding his own show beyond Denver to attract designers from across the Western region. He asked designers and hairdressers to only show new models, to add to the excitement of the events.

After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, Price says hairdressers are excited to show what they can do: “I know they need something to get them started after a tough year.” A hair salon is also a good opportunity to let stylists get creative. “They don’t have the opportunity to do that very often,” he says. “I let them make their own vision. Hair shows are always going to be.

Charlie Price loves the bold design.DEVELOP

Charlie Price loves the bold design.

David Rossa

Denver has always been a place where artists and designers have created a scene, he says.

“There’s always been that underground, whether it’s the music scene or a bunch of fashion designers,” Price says. “I remember in the ’90s there were some really experimental sidewalk fashion shows. I see more people here now who are interested in fashion and more cool people running around Denver. I follow everything. made for!

Denver and the fashion coming out of the western region will probably never compete with Paris or New York, he says, but he doesn’t see that as a problem: “I don’t think that matters. There is a flippancy here. I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of it, and that’s okay. We’re not trying to be New York Fashion Week. There’s always this comparison, and I hate it. With Fashion West, it’s about celebrating the West, our point of view and our rebellious spirit. We are not trying to be someone other than ourselves.

Along with the hairdressing and fashion show, Price produced Western fashion, a promotional magazine designed to showcase creators. He plans to continue publishing the magazine once a year, using the editing chops he acquired at Underground Beauty, a magazine highlighting hairdressers and their work that he has been producing since 2013.

“I just find people on Instagram that I like and ask if I can put them in a magazine,” he says. “I want to do the same for Western designers and bring them here to show their work. I want to create a home for them.

While Price’s creative energy keeps him busy, he also wants to create a platform for other artists.

“I like giving people opportunities,” he says. “Sometimes it’s a leadership role for someone who didn’t think they could do it, or a creative job that someone thought no one would ever give them. I like to see where they thrive and to encourage them.
For now, Price is focused on the Fashion West shows, where he will surely be busy curating every detail.

“The shows are so much fun,” he beams. “It’s so rewarding to see people on the podium and to know all the work that has gone into it.”

Fashion West runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday August 15 (Hair Show) and Monday August 16 (Fashion Show), at ReelWorks (formerly Exdo Event Center), 1399 35th Street, $ 30 to $ 75, fashionwest. org.

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