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The models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria.
The
models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Like a number of the 750 guests at the 2015 Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show, Shelley Lucas shopped for something new to wear.

The president of The Guild of the Children's Diabetes Foundation is a big fan of the BCBG Max Azria — in fact, it was her idea to showcase its elegant and wearable designs for this benefit hosted by The Guild of the Children's Diabetes Foundation. And in the days leading up to the show, she purchased several pieces that would be perfect for the affair held at the Marriott City Center.

But it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, and in the end Lucas decided to go with a favorite from last year: a multi-colored bolero jacket worn over a soft pink knit dress.

Children who are patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes take their turn on the runway, above, along with models at the Brass Ring
Children who are patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes take their turn on the runway, above, along with models at the Brass Ring Fashion Show. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Lucas and her husband, Steve, who was 27 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, also were benefactor sponsors of Brass Ring, along with Michael and Patricia Starzer.

Landing the fashion show was a coup.

"You don't just walk in and ask the (Cherry Creek Shopping Center) store manager if she can do your show," Shelley Lucas explained. "Requests go all the way to the top. We worked with chief operating officer Lubov Azria, who approves everything from which pieces will be shown to who the models will be."

Outside of New York Fashion Week, the brand does few shows, but Lucas said she thinks Denver gained an advantage when the regional executive in Houston revealed that her niece has Type 1 diabetes. "She said we were a perfect fit."

Cherry Creek store manager Nancy Vitello said it was the first time they did a show in Denver and were happy to be in front of such an appreciative crowd.

Josh Schmitz, grandson of Children's Diabetes Foundation staffer Susie Hummell, was the producer and stylist; hair and makeup were by Gina Comminello's The Look Beauty Boutique and Salon.

"We love BCBG designs," said Silvernest owner and co-founder Debra McKenney, who was there with daughters Ellese and Katie.

The models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria.
The models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

The brand "never fails to impress," added Kealey Reynolds, a stay-at-home mother of three and daughter of former Brass Ring chairwoman Judy McNeil. "The clothes we saw today were glamorous and youthful. I particularly liked the gold-sequin leggings with coordinating flowy top."

A black jumpsuit worn with a white tuxedo jacket caught the eye of longtime Barbara Davis Center supporter D Diamond. "It's been a while since I've seen a jumpsuit on a runway, and this one was beautiful. It was elegant and classy."

Eva Schoonmaker chaired Brass Ring 2015 and said that while net income is still being tallied, the special appeal alone brought in $78,200. The money goes to research and patient services at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

A model wears a tie-neck silk gown from BCBG Max Azria at the Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the
A model wears a tie-neck silk gown from BCBG Max Azria at the Children's Diabetes Foundation's Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Denver Marriott City Center. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Angel Sponsor Margot Gilbert Frank chartered a party bus to ferry her guests — Cindi Burge, Kristina Davidson, Beverlee Henry, Lyn Schaffer, Diane Smethills, Judy Newman, Gail Johnson and Sharon Whiton Gelt — to the Marriott City Center in time for the silent auction that preceded lunch and the show emceed by CBS4 weather anchor Ed Greene.

Deirdre Hunter, whose sons Daulton and Dillon are both Type 1 diabetics, was there with her mom, Wendy Milliman, and their friend, Diana Armstrong, author of "Cooking for My Friends" and "Somewhere South of Tuscany."

Dana Davis, interim executive director of the Children's Diabetes Foundation, and her boyfriend, Shane Hendryson, hosted a table, inviting a group that included Victoria Frank and her daughter, Tonya, to join them.

The models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria.
The models wore fashion designs from the clothing line BCBG Max Azria. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

Other guests were Libby Weaver; DiAnn Marcotte; Essie Perlmutter; Andrea, Emma and Hannah Fey; Quinn Washington; Lisa Corley; Shelley Lucas' mother, Judy Chiodo, who was visiting from her new home in Salt Lake City; and 10-year-old Madeline van Orman, who delivered the opening prayer of thanks for the doctors and nurses at the Barbara Davis Center that "help Type 1 diabetics like me."

The event ended with the announcement that Wendy Aiello will chair Brass Ring 2016 and that the 2014 Brass Ring chair, Tangy Buchanan, will succeed Lucas as president of The Guild.