TheLuxeDen at FROST

kendraBack in the mid-nineties, I used to snowboard on a small all women’s snowboarding team with Kendra Rostvedt. Kendra opened up a small snowboarding / skateboarding shop called Thrifty Stick and that soon expanded. It’s an honor to feature Kendra’s latest fashion endeavors at our 13th annual Fashion Denver fashion market FROST!

1) When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in fashion? Were you a child? What inspired you? 

I think my Sophomore year of high school I went all year (365 days) without wearing the same thing twice (I was an avid thrift store shopper otherwise I couldn’t have afforded that lol)  I was inspired with different styles, textures, pieces and colors and realized the world of clothing and fashion is much bigger that I ever imagined and I wanted to learn as much as I could about it.

2) Describe the pieces that you carry in your collection.

I mostly deal in closet staples.  I have various seasonal trend items as well but because I am very conscious of the body types and style preferences of my clients, I let them choose what they want to pursue when it comes to trend.

TheLuxeDen3) Who is your ideal customer? 

Any woman who wants to go in to her closet and know that whatever she chooses to put on her body from her closet, that the item that she chooses will fit her great and she can feel confident and secure knowing that she looks good even if it takes her 5 minutes to get dressed.

4) What do you think about the fashion industry here in Denver and how are you contributing to our fashion scene?

With all of the people moving into town from so many places I think the demand for what we have here in Denver is changing.  I believe that we, the fashion industry in Denver, seems to be a bit more conscious of what people need and want vs what we think they need and want based off of our own personal styles and wants.  I am contributing to the fashion scene by servicing my clients to the best of my ability and by giving them an array of options to pick and chose from to dress their bodies.  I believe I contribute to the scene by educating and helping individual clients express themselves through their clothing and by helping them appreciate their own bodies and their own style therefore inspiring them to be more into fashion.   

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5) What are you fashion goals for the next year? 

My goal always is to make each individual that I work with feel confident and secure in knowing that when they walk out the door that they can take on whatever challenges they have through the day more successfully because they feel confident in what they are wearing.  When you don’t, it makes a huge impact on your day.  That within itself goes a LOOONNGGG way.  My goal is do a lot more of helping individuals experience that feeling.  

Darlene C. Ritz at FROST

Darlene C. Ritz
Designer, instructor, and chair of the fashion department at RMCAD

How do you define fashion?

Darlene C. RitzI define fashion with the technical definition: “a taste shared by many for a period of time” Eubank, Phyllis G. Tortora & K. Survey of Historic Costume, 5th Edition. Fairchild Books USA, 6/2009. VitalBook file. 

This may refer to clothing, art, food, interior design, literature, etc. A fashion is anything that is accepted by a group of people for a period of time. 

I use the term “style” in the way that most people use the term fashion. Style is the way a person expresses themselves visually. 

ritz-design-for-gary-lee-days-23-1How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

I’ve been designing as long as I can remember. My industry experience was mostly in private label for large retailers. 

For over a decade, my focus in the industry has been in fashion education and in developing the next generation of fashion industry professionals. I do not currently sell my designs, though I have been active for the past year in using my designs to promote Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and the relatively new fashion design program (launched in Fall of 2014).

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

This depends on the project. When working on Pridefest, the inspiration was celebratory. We worked to meet the needs of DeMarcio Slaughter, Pridefest’s Emcee. When working with Athena Ambush the inspiration was RMCAD branded merchandise and upcycling. The inspiration for Gary Lee days was 40s pinup models. For Red Ball the inspiration was an Edwardian corset.

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What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

I want the person wearing my garments to feel confident; from there it is up to the wearer.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with?   

I love to collaborate!! Brandi Shigley is high on my list!!

Equillibrium at Frost!

Deb HenriksenDeb Henriksen of Equillibrium was one of the very first designers to participate in our first ever fashion market in 2004!! It’s so wonderful to have her back for our 13th annual holiday market!!

How do you define fashion?
An art form everyone can express themselves in,  just by wearing it.

eqkustomperiodic2How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

Equillibrium was established in 2000.  Over the years we have sold in over 20 stores.  Currently we are focused on direct sales through our  Website:   www.equillibrium.com,   our Denver Show Room,  and Pop-up events.

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

Through the textiles,  graphics,  and overall design aesthetic…  

eqkustomperiodic1What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

As a Designer,  I am always trying to invoke an emotion through fashion.  One that is positive and empowering to both the wearer and viewer on the street.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Vivienne Westwood for sure!  I just LOVE her,  and appreciate all she has done and does for punx,  high fashion,  and our environment! 

Frost featured designer: Stephanie Victa

stephanie1) What is your earliest memory of loving fashion and how did you express yourself as a child with your own fashion?

12 years old, I started to master the art of simplicity with a pop of something interesting. I knew I wasn’t ever going to keep up with fashion trends. I used a lot of basics interchangeably with another garment that had great color or texture. I was more interested in slow fashion and wearing something that would endure the seasons. I was also obsessed with doing my nails to match outfits.

stephanie22) In 3 words, describe your aesthetic with your designs.

Simple, sophisticated hip, comfortable

3) What differentiates your collection?

The sizing is designed for curvy ladies and is somewhere in between model sizing and plus size.

4) How would you describe Colorado style and what do you do to contribute to that style in your designs?

I would describe Colorado style as having the ability to be layered because of the temperature swings, natural colors for the great outdoors but there’s also that special twist people put on their style here with color and pattern. It seems to be a lot about discovering the details.

My designs are definitely meant for layering. The designs work well together as garments and the color palate. If we’re talking about a pop of color or detail then I’d have to mention any items I add lining to; they’ll add some contrast in color or texture.

stephanie35) What does the upcoming year hold for Victa Designs?

Victa Designs is growing! We’re putting our big girl pants on to get organized and add ten more boutiques to our stockists. We’ve just designed our first men’s garment to try out. There’s also a collaboration in the works for a painters’ designs on our garments. The most exciting thing happening is the year long sewing class we do in Jacmel Haiti, ‘One Stitch at a Time,’ that will be finishing up in the summer. Graduates will be working on some designs that will make their way to Colorado markets.

6) Where can we find your designs?

In the Studio at 888 E 50th Ave, N2  Denver, CO 80216

Online at www.victadesigns.com

In stores:

Fancy Tiger
Denver Fashion Truck Brick and Mortar
I Heart Denver Store- Southwest Plaza
Vouna
Sewn

Frost featured designer: Enzen Designs

Featured Frost Designer taking place Thursday, December 8th at Green Spaces! 

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Designer: Josh Enzenjosh enzen

To me, fashion is an expression of ones self that invokes a feeling in ones self and others. 

I have been building my brand for over two years now, and my collection can be found at enzendesigns.com, or ENZEN.designs on instagram which also has all of the limited editions that I have create.  

Inspiration can be seen in my designs based on where I live, friends, family, or simply random thoughts that pop in my head. 

EnzenWhen people wear my designs and my brand, I want it to be an expression of them. While I do express certain things when making my designs, ultimately people wear them differently and express them differently. 

In the street wear world, addidas has always caught my attention with their designs and I think they would be awesome to collaborate with. 

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Frost featured designer: Duane Topping

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-10-31-05-pmHow do you define fashion?

Fashion should be a statement.  What you wear should speak volumes about who you are as a person.  So often that message is tied to a social construct of what is appropriate for what woman.  For me, I say make the statement you want with the garments you choose!  So, for me, Fashion is defined by who is wearing the clothes, and what you wear can redefine the world.

How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

I started work on this Fall Line after I launched my Spring earlier this summer.  My main goal was to elevate my own ascetic and create a cohesive and mature look.  I still wanted to maintain an undertone of rebellion without losing the classic lines of femininity.  It was all about the journey.  Not just my own as a designer, but I want the women who wear my clothes to feel a part of their own journey.  I’ve tried to design a look that expresses the changes I’ve made as a person and a designer.  My hope is that I can share the message that regardless of who the world thinks you are, you define you.  Every woman is beautiful, and that’s who my garments are for, every woman. All the pieces are available on my website www.toppingdesigns.com.    


How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

My inspiration came from the suffrage movement of the 1920s.  I am a feminist myself, and have always admired the early pioneers of the feminist movement.  I wanted to take the sophistication of the 1920s women with their rebellious attitude and put that in a contemporary design.  So, the rebellious details in my garments that hint at the underlying power of femininity I think push against that norm.  I also think my silhouettes have the subtle appeal of the flapper combined with a 1940s bombshell.  Fabric was key as well, the strong structured leather with the contrast of the lighter laces and chiffon demonstrate the balance of elegance and power that all women represent.

Duane ToppingWhat do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

Part of what I hope to be known for as a designer is my push against the hegemonic norm of what “ideal” beauty should be.  I really work hard towards designing garments that appeal to a wide range of women.  My message is simple, every woman is gorgeous and so my clothes are for every woman.  I don’t design strictly for the traditional sample size, I welcome the challenge of curves. I hope that when woman buy my clothes they feel empowered to be themselves, to look great and feel like they can take on the world. 

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Margaret Sanzo!  Hands down a marvelous and talented designer and a truly humble and gracious woman.  She inspires me every time I see her garments.  

December 8th: Frost Fashion Market {shopping & beauty}

Save the date! Thursday, December 8th 2016 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Fashion Denver and Beautycounter team up with Matthew Morris Salon and Jaded Beauty for FROST, an evening full of shopping and beauty to raise money for Colorado non-profit Warren Village. Frost takes place at Green Spaces, a sustainable co-working space located in the heart of the RINO district at 2590 Walnut Street. This event is free and open to the public.

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Shoppers are invited to get some holiday shopping done and with a plethora of local Colorado fashion businesses, there will be gifts for everyone on their holiday wish list.  Shoppers are also invited for a beauty makeover as Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare and Jaded Beauty, transform shoppers with holiday hair and makeup styles. Once transformed, they will be whisked over to one of our photographers, either Meredith Harris Photography or Everything in Focus for a portrait shot. 100% of proceeds from this beauty session ($35.00) will be donated to Warren Village.

Warren Village exists so low income, single parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products in the hands of everyone. Beautycounter is a disruptive beauty brand dedicated to radical change in an unregulated industry. Their mission is to create access to safe and high performing products. One should never have to sacrifice safety in the name of beauty. 

Music and holiday treats will fill the space with merriment.

FEATURED:

Darlene C. Ritz
Eisentraut Jewelry
ENZEN
Equillibrium
GreenLeaf
Horndribbles
katybelle
Park Hill Designs
Rachel Marie Hurst
Rainsford
Scout and Molly’s Boutique
SugarLove LLC
The Urban Angels
TheLuxeDen
Topping Designs LLC
Victa Designs

 

Scout & Molly’s FLASH SALE THIS FRIDAY

There are pretty exciting sales happening at Cherry Creek North’s Scout & Molly’s Boutique this Friday! The earlier you get there, the more you save! This is one of the biggest sales that they have ever had and with the variety of style that they carry, you are sure to find that one piece that you LOVE!!!

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I stopped by there on Monday to take a look at the latest fall and winter fashions and really fell in love with everything that they had. Pieces were classic, well made and offered something for the conservative to the funky fashionista.

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Scout & Molly’s offer a plethora of “feel goods” clothing, perfect for Colorado weather.
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Beautiful artwork showing the art of getting ready in the morning.
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Scout & Molly’s local section

 

 

Zach Burke reviews DFW

When you live in beautiful Denver Colorado, I don’t get but a few chances to go to fashion shows because our city is sort of like an oasis, in the middle of the country, culturally-deserted because of the distance to the large fashion cities of the coasts. So, when my dear friend Brandi Shigley of Denver Fashion asked me to attend one of the 303 Denver Fashion Week shows, I was excited to get out of my head with the weeks political downfall, and when she asked me to write this, I was a little mortified, consumed with how to even write something for someone else! You see, I work in the fine jewelry world, specifically the antique jewelry world, and manage a store on Larimer Square called Victoriana. I am well versed in fashion, the history of costuming, construction and fabrics, and have been a crafty, self-proclaimed fashionista most of my life, but when it comes to critiques I can be one brutal bitch, and when it comes to writing, I can be a mess, plain and simple. So, here goes nothing…

Thursday evening, Brandi picked me up, and in the traffic of protestors swarming the capital, and marching down 17th street, we made our way through town and to the show at the City Hall event center. The fact that I was attending a show, rather than showing my solidarity with other members of society, protesting the president elect, made me feel a little guilty. Larger than the act of watching and consuming clothing and the ideas within the craft of apparel, what are the larger social implications of fashion, and what am I doing here? When designer and stylists use political intention much of what is made is met with resistance and judgement. So, being a smaller city like Denver, I figured that I would not see much of that.

Upon entering we were met by 3 wonderful young women, 2, dressed in laces by Shelly Schalamon and one, Katie Hamman in a Lisa Frank inspired unicorn print – dress that framed a cute little baby bump, a matching purse and an over-all 90’s-girl inspired gay-centric look that. I thought to myself, well that was adorable, try to open your mind to the what Denver has to offer.

Much to my disappointment, inside the show, the crowd was a pretty sad affair of people with identity-less style, mall-inspired, Kardashian day-wear looks. Pastel satin dresses that are cute…in a spring-time Sunday morning, church-going way. I, straight out of work, in jeans and a work-safe shirt, defiantly lacking in any way that you can imagine, don’t really have room to talk, but a lot of these people seemed to be part of this industry, and even as consumers, I couldn’t help but think that this was more of a pageant than a show of style, trend and elegance. A few fashion forward people popped as per the usual in Denver, such as Crystal Jacquez, the atomic Sean Lacy and Jeremy Williard, who all bring a neo-punk-politico-inspired look to everything they wear. I am familiar with their irreverent style and adore their looks, and all three are always on point in their very own way.

We sat down to the show, had a few drinks and waited. Sitting behind me was a group of  5 friends who were the most friendly attendees that we met that night, however none of them lived in Denver. They had all come to celebrate a birthday, each living in a different city, and choose Denver as their stomping ground for a good old girl’s weekend! It was nice to see a few people who were not as uptight, and could have a few good laughs, rather than trying so hard to fit in. However, we all agreed that the boys in front of me had a few too many, and with the walls down, they just would behave themselves. I was embarrassed for them.

The first show began with Femme Fatale Intimates, lingerie pieces, all of which were adorable, but fairly predictable, besides the sheer red body suit with black trim, which almost looked like a sporty version of a 1920s dress without a skirt, which surprisingly really had a sumptuous effect for lingerie that made it seem more high-end than the lace that was used in the rest of the collection. Following was designer Mona Lucero who’s collection of dark prints, with bright loud pixels of color and they really stuck out to me. They were sewn well and seemed like actual pieces that people could buy and pair with a lot of things in their wardrobes. The first dress, on a beautiful, effervescent young model was really set off with her simple style; short, bleached tipped, natural dreading, with bright yellow matte lips and a small clutch, with Lucero’s adorable little potato-sack dress which was so simple yet perfect. I wondered to myself, why more of the attendees were not styled in this way, or at least following the form of their individuality rather than falling in line with their style, but we aren’t in New York or Paris, so why did I have such expectations? 

The last designer, who’s clothing I really got to look at was Gino Velardi’s group of very elegant jumpers and dresses, my favorite being a black full-length dress, with gold prints of a splashy metallic “tie-dye” motif. Gino has been making clothing for a while and the craftsmanship shows. His lines and draping are elegant and sophisticated without being fussy. I just loved the group of his work, and it was the kind of look that anyone would be able to incorporate into any look. 

After that, I have to confess that I was so distracted with other things happening that I didn’t pay much attention, except that I would say the clothing was beautiful over all. I was totally enamored with my dear friend Amy Rosenberg playing violin, and I was so relieved when the 2 guys sitting in front of me made they way out of the show, stumbling drunk towards the bar upstairs. Regardless, Amy was a knockout, and her talent defiantly lent charm and grace to the runway collections.

What I take away from a fashion show in a smaller city like Denver, is that there isn’t the overall desire to be as individual and progressive in personal style here. Denver shoppers should challenge themselves more by taking note of what designers are making locally, and support those looks, with a flare and developed sense of self within that, and not follow branding and trends for the sake of fitting in. I hope that readers take note and follow such valuable localities, like fashion Denver and 303 magazine’s style section, and push themselves to have more inclusion and support of their community rather than having that feeling of competition and uptightness that comes along with conformity in fashion. Trust in your opinions on what looks good on, and take it a step further to get outside your comfort zone and have fun with the options that are out there. 

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