Mona Lucero Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our forth interview with one of the designers for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia Denver! If you’re still in need of tickets, you can purchase them here and don’t forget to use promo code fashiondenver for a discount! Mona Lucero

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer? 

A: It was a natural progression. I  always loved fashion and began to read a lot of fashion magazines in high school. In college, I had a friend whose mom used to give her a credit card to buy things from the old May D & F and she would buy Polo Ralph Lauren, Halston, Liz Claiborne. I began to analyze what made designer clothing special. As I was finishing art school, (I was one of those art students who dressed eclectically)  I began to wonder if I was going to be able to make a living as a fine artist. I had fallen in love with fashion, so I made the decision to become a designer – I thought I could make a living from selling my designs easier than my art. Of course, I also saw it as another form of creation that I found intriguing.

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from? 

A:Fabric, music, color, what’s happening around me, beautiful people current and past. Everything…

Q: What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far? 

Most rewarding is that I can create constantly & also meeting so many people through this medium. Most frustrating is dealing with customers who assume they would look good in my clothes because they’re not skinny. It’s not true, I design for real women.

Q:You emphasize the importance of making designs that make every “body” look great, what is the first thing you take into consideration when when designing for specific individuals?MONALUCERO LOGO10152014 VERY LARGE ORIGINAL

A: I think everyone can look great in most styles if they understand how to play up their best assets. For me, the first thing I explain to my customers is shape and proportion. It is a balancing game and sometimes moving a seam or letting something out or pinching it in even an inch can make all the difference in how great someone looks.

For more on Mona Lucero, visit her website here!

Gino Velardi Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our third interview with Gino Velardi in anticipation for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia on February 20th! Enjoy :)

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
Gino Velardi Headshot
A:It happened when I first discovered a fashion magazine at age 8! I was immediately seduced by this discovery and knew what industryI wanted to be in. So I learned how to do hair and makeup, styling and production, but I didn’t like to do any of those things for someone else, so I adopted the role of fashion designer.  I saturated myself with the knowledge of clothing design. Then I can have
people work with me to realize my vision.

Fashions by Gino Velardi Model:Masha Spiridonva Photographer: Jim Kellett Hair: Ted Medina Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma Graphic Design: Kellett Creative
Fashions by Gino Velardi
Model:Masha Spiridonva
Photographer: Jim Kellett
Hair: Ted Medina
Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma
Graphic Design: Kellett Creative

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:My inspiration comes from music! I listen to specific genre of music and I think of a fashion show and what kind of clothes I would design around that song. I can listen to everything from Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin. That feeds my vision!

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your

journey thus far

A:The reward comes from my family, friends and fans that have supported me throughout my career. The most frustrating part is producing all the designs in my head. I’m a self-taught designer and I do very well with designing and producing my designs, but would like to push myself even further with techniques and construction.

Q: Tell us about your favorite dress you’ve designed.

A:Gosh, there has been so many. But I would have to say my favorite piece would by my faux fur chinchilla swing coat with horizontal transparent strips. Very luxurious, stylish and sexy!


For more on Gino Velardi check out his website here! If you’re still in need of Artopia tickets, you can purchase them here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Soul Sista Shelley launches her first book!

Tuesday 01.26.16

Green Spaces
1368 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205
6:30 – 8:30pm
(7:15pm – Presentation by Shelley)
Free and Open to the public

Shelley & BrandiWhat an honor to have Shelley Hunter Hillesheim, founder of A Nourished Life as a friend of Fashion Denver! Shelley has been our nourishing coach, reminding us that even in the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship and life, we MUST take care of us! I recently attended Shelley’s Sister Hood Retreat and came back feeling grounded and balanced. The tools that she provided have brought me into the new year feeling even more inspired as I take on the practice of self-care.

It is with very happy smiles that we celebrate the launch of her first book “Self-Care 101, A Guide To Nourish And Flourish Team YOU” here at Fashion Denver’s headquarters at Green Spaces!

Shelley BookJoin us to celebrate the launch of the new book, Self-Care 101: A Guide to Nourish and Flourish Team YOU, by author, speaker and self-care coach SHELLEY HUNTER HILLESHEIM! 


Book signing  –  pictures  –  music  –  connections  –  celebration
Light appetizers w/beer, wine and a signature cocktail (The Remedy) will be provided.

We guarantee that you will leave empowered and feeling positive about the year ahead by the time you leave! We hope to see you here!

Artopia 2016 Kickoff Party Recap

Fashion Denver is thrilled to be a promotional partner with Artopia’s Whiteout fashion show! Fashion Denver founder Brandi Shigley will be the emcee of the night’s event as we see 9 Colorado designers on the runway with their interpretation of the Art of Fashion.

Artopia is Westword’s annual event that highlights local art, culture, and fashion, all happening in one spot at City Hall located at 11th and Broadway on Saturday, February 20th.

Last Wednesday, the Fashion Denver team  escaped the hustle/bustle middle of the week madness for the Artopia kickoff party at Ophelia’s!

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This sneak peak of what to expect at Artopia gave us a taste of the designers being featured in the White Out Fashion Show. Each designer came to the stage with just 1 outfit on their model, just enough to tempt our tastebuds in fashion. We’ll be counting down the days until we see their full collection for this show!

Featured designers include:

D’Lola Couture
Denver Bespoke
Elyse Rainbolt
Gino Velardi
Leon Designs


For more pictures from the kickoff party, check out our Facebook page here!

For tickets click here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Fashion Denver’s market ReUP

Our most recent fashion market ReUP at Green Spaces!

A big thank you to Robins Photographer for capturing our day! The fashion markets are created to give local designers a platform to share, sell, and connect with fashion lovers and industry leaders. We hold these markets 3-4 times a year with the next one coming up in April. Stay tuned for details!


New Years Eve Success!

What an absolutely amazing New Years Eve we had with Soul Makers and the Colorado Symphony! It was an absolute blast emceeing the evenings event and counting down into the new year.

Brandi Shigley emcees NYE

We saw gorgeous pieces by Gino Velardi, D’Lola Couture, Bound Awry, and Mondo Guerra on the runway and topped the night off with a dance party!

Check out all of the photos here!

Fashion Camp Wrap Up!

What an amazing fashion camp we had in early December! Here are some of our photos of our campers as they learned what it takes to be an eco-fashion designer with Deb Henriksen, how to make a fashion magazine with Denver Style Magazine’s Heather Okimoto, and how to take an ol’ tee and turn it into something beautiful with Seraphina Mesmer!

Our next camp is scheduled for March 19th and 20th! Stay tuned for details!

New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show!

The New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show
December 31st 2015
Atrium Denver
2055 S. Oneida Street

Redeem this code for 20% off of your early bird ticket! NYEFASHION20  

New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show Brings Together the Best of Denver’s Fine Arts With High Fashion For An Unforgettable New Year’s Celebration


Co­Sponsored by Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Colorado Symphony, and Soul Makers, portions of all proceeds from the event will go to multiple charities, and to support the arts.

Art lovers, music enthusiasts, and fashionistas alike have their chance to celebrate this New Year’s Eve in an unforgettable manner. The evening will bring together the Colorado Symphony’s Concert Master Yumi Hwang­Williams, Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra, Colorado’s hottest fashion designers including Hunter Helmstaedter, Gino Velardi, and Deedee Vicory, as well as Denver’s own DJ Live, making the New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show the year’s hottest way to celebrate all the good that is to come. Featuring live performances by the Colorado Symphony Quartet, violinist Yumi Hwang­Williams, a fashion show, silent auction, and champagne toast at midnight, there is no better way to ring in 2016.

Sponsored by Soul Makers, a leader in over­the­top, high society events for a good cause, the New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show will give back to the community while giving guests an unforgettable evening. Working in conjunction with the acclaimed Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, an animal sanctuary south of Denver for rescue horses and equine programs for at­risk youth, portions of the evening’s profits will go towards funding the ranch’s rescue efforts and educational programs. Additionally, all proceeds from the evening’s silent auctions, as well a portion of ticket sale will go to supporting Denver’s internationally­renowned Colorado Symphony. While guests will have the opportunity to rub elbows with celebrities and musicians at a once­in­a­lifetime VIP New Year’s event, they will be doing so for a good cause.

Ticket packages for the evening are available in two formats:

VIP Guests who purchase a VIP package at $150 will be treated to an open premium bar throughout the evening with the option of bespoke Enchanted cocktails, live performances, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Additionally, a second level VIP lounge will be available, featuring unrestricted views of Denver’s skyline, top end wine and beer tastings, and free parking. Early bird tickets are available for a limited time, at a special rate of $120.

General Admission Guests who purchase a General Admission ticket at $99 will have unlimited access to the open bar for the duration of the evening. Additionally, they will be treated to live performances and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the New Year. Early bird tickets are available for a limited time, at a special rate of $75.

The New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show will kick off with a fashion show co-hosted by Fashion Denver founder, Brandi Shigley, in collaboration with Leon Designs and El Salon. Models provided by the Donna Baldwin Agency and Revolution Management will strut the runway, showing off apparel by acclaimed designers Mondo Guerra, Hunter Helmstaedter, Gino Velardi, and Deedee Vicory. Throughout the evening, a variety of entertainment will be provided, including live musicians, an open dance floor, and live DJ, all centered around the Colorado Symphony Quartet’s performance and live fashion show.

The Colorado Symphony Quartet will be led by Yumi Hwang­Williams, Concert Master for the Colorado Symphony and Professor of Violin at Denver University.

Hwang­Williams will be accompanied by Judith McIntyre, fixed 3rd chair cellist for the Colorado Symphony, Mary Davis, fixed 3rd chair Violist for the Colorado Symphony, as well as David Lyon, violinist, and co­founder of Soul Makers. While the night may end on the dance floor, the quartet will offer an unforgettable performance, an elegant take on the typically over­the­top New Year’s Eve celebration. Following the evening’s fashion, Hwang­Williams’ attire will be provided by Mondo Guerra, winner of Project Runway All­Stars, and owner of his own eponymous line of fashion and accessories.

The New Year’s Eve Masquerade and Fashion Show will take place at Atrium Denver, located at 2055 S. Oneida Street. With fashion and masquerade at the forefront of the evening’s themes, guests are encouraged to wear their favorite ball­style mask, in addition to their best cocktail attire. Space at the event is limited to 500 people, and ticket sales have already opened.

For more information on the event, or for the individual performers and sponsors of the event, click the links below:

FASHION CAMP {Save the date: December 5th}

Fashion Denver Fashion Camp
Saturday, December 5th 10am-3pm
Green Space
1368 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205

$95.00  (includes materials)

Fashion Denver’s Fashion Camp is back and this time, it’s revolving around eco-fashion!

In this installment of Fashion Camp, we’ll be doing the following fashion activities:

Learn the ins and outs of being a fashion designer from Colorado eco-designer Deb Henriksen of Equilibrium!

♥ Making a dress / skirt / accessories from an old t-shirt!  No sewing required. Taught by Saraphina Mesmer. I first took Sara’s workshop 10 years ago and it truly taught me how to look at repurposing clothes in a really fun way! I’m excited to have her teach these young fashionistas!

oldtees♥ Working with fellow campers to create a mini fashion magazine

  • Cutting fashion clips out of magazines
  • Writing a fashion article
  • Doing a fashion interview with a fellow camper

Campers will need to bring their own lunch / snack.

Camp options
Camper’s Name(s):
Any special requirements?

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