Things We Love This Month

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YVES SAINT LAURENT FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR, BANCO. HAUTE COUTURE SPRING-SUMMER 1958. Courtesy Denver Art Museum

WE SIMPLY ADORE DIOR
It is a truth universally acknowledged that French women have more style in their pinkies than all the rest of us women put together. Exactly what gives them that certain je ne sais quoi we don’t know, but it certainly helps that France was the birthplace, 72 years ago, of the House of Dior. Its namesake, Christian Dior, an art gallerist who became a famous haute couturier after World War II, made postwar women look feminine again. (Those masculine silhouettes of the previous five years? Mon dieu!) Suddenly, all of the jeunes filles were wearing wasp waists, fulsome busts, and rounded shoulders. (“I have designed flower women,” Dior famously said.) Now you can see 170 couture dresses (as well as accessories, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material) representing 70 years of the House of Dior’s designs in DIOR: FROM PARIS TO THE WORLD,” which opens Nov. 19 and runs until early March at the Denver Art Museum.

GOOD CINEMA
Man can’t live by blockbuster alone. That’s the idea behind GoodCinema, a documentary film series recently launched in Denver. Founder Bill Byrnes, believing that film can help connect people and “tap into our humanity,” selects movies that deal with an important topic, like immigrant detention, and includes a panel discussion to get the audience even more involved. For the next event, visit goodcinema.co.

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Courtesy Adventurist Backpack

THE THINGS WE CARRY 
There are backpacks with a difference—and then there are backpacks that make a difference. ADVENTURIST BACKPACK Co.’s products fall into both camps. The Denver-based company was founded a year ago by peripatetic couple Matilda Sandstrom and Kelly Belknap, whose aim was to not only design a stylish, minimalist pack at a reasonable price but also do some good in the world.

“The idea that set the company into motion came during a backpacking trip around the world,” says Sandstrom, a Swedish native. “During our travels, we witnessed the hardships of families struggling with hunger. Wanting to do what we could to help, we prepared meals each morning and filled our packs, handing out meals to anyone in need throughout the day. In Bratislava, Slovakia, we happened upon a family—two parents with three young children—in a heartbreaking situation. Less than a year earlier, they had lived in a house, worked multiple jobs and put food on the table each day. After the father experienced two layoffs, and a sudden illness made work scarce for the mother, they were forced from their home. We’d heard of this type of situation before but had never truly witnessed it.”

Because they were already planning to introduce the backpacks to the market, they saw it as an opportunity to do good, too. Since its launch last year, Adventurist Backpack Co. has provided more than 20,000 meals to families in need across the country through the nonprofit Feeding America. As Sandstrom says, “We believe that simple kindness can go a long way in life and in business.”

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
When you’re traveling through Colorado on I-70, ever wonder what kinds of habitat you’re passing through? Cameras at Vail Pass have caught photos of elk, moose, deer, black bears, and coyotes, all trying to cross the interstate. Now you can experience them through the eyes (and voice) of a biologist by downloading the izi.TRAVEL app and searching for “Wild I-70 Audio Tour.” The tour includes segments that are each six to eight minutes long, stretching from Golden to Glenwood Springs, most of them featuring experts like game wardens, conservation biologists, and aquatic ecologists, speaking on topics like animal migration and the reintroduction of the lynx into its natural habitat.

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Courtesy Winter Wonderlights

LIGHTS, CAMERA, LOVELAND!
Bundle up the kiddies. This month, Loveland is debuting WINTER WONDERLIGHTS, a walkable holiday lighting show in the Chapungu Sculpture Park. The show, which will include string lights, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African sculptures, and the largest inflatable igloo in Colorado, will have 30-minute music and light shows every night starting at 5:30, from Nov. 16 through Dec. 22.

IN VINO VERITAS
We don’t know if there’s really truth in wine, but we do know that the Denver International Wine Festival, held at the Marriott Westminster, features a food and wine pairing with 10 Colorado chefs (each of whom will be assigned two gold medal wines that they must pair with food); tastings from more than 80 wineries and distilleries (with nibbles, too); wine seminars; and a daylong tour of three wineries and a distillery.

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