Sizzlin’ 6 with KatyBelle’s Kat Dudden

We’re thrilled to have Kat Dudden of KatyBelle, back at one of our markets! We met Kat a few years ago and she’s done a couple of the Fashion Denver markets. We always know what she’s up to in style because she does an amazing job keeping the world informed on the latest styles that she’s finding, her fashion inspirations, and much more! Come and find Kat’s booth at the 303 Magazine White Party this Thursday! Until then, here is our interview with her!

KatyBelle

What were your obsessions growing up?

As I child I loved hats and dressing up(so basically nothing has changed).  I also loved to read, especially the Baby Sitters Club.   I always loved playing with Barbies and all kinds of craft projects.   I did ballet my entire childhood and I was always busy idolizing the elegant dancers, the beautiful costumes, and admiring and relishing in the dedication and discipline dance takes; from daily practice to point shoe preparation.  

KatyBelleHow did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

I’ve always loved dressing up and playing with costumes.  But I really began to apply fashion to my daily life in high school.  Everyone wore Abercrombie & Fitch and North Face.  It was so…. granola and boring.  We weren’t allowed to wear jeans in high school, so dresses and skirts became my way to differentiate myself from the khaki and fleece.  

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

There is a 100% connection between my daily life and my curated collection.   I have always loved wearing girly dresses and have dressed a little “fancier” than the average Denverite.  Today, that’s still my style and it’s reflected in my collection of dresses, tops, skirts, and shorts.  You won’t find any t-shirts at katybelle, but we’re all about dresses and tops that can go from day to night.

KatyBelleWhat is your research process like before starting a collection?

Really my entire life to this point has been research; living in New Orleans and Hawaii has really influenced my style; which is reflected in the more ladylike traditional foundations of katybelle and also in the easy breezy pieces that the collection is known for.  On a day to day basis however, I am reading fashion magazines and blogs to stay abreast of new trends and styles.  One of the more difficult parts of my job is picking pieces from my vendors.  I usually go directly to them in LA or meet up with them at trade shows.  There are so many amazing pieces, but I have to think of each piece and how it will work for my Denver customers.  How will this work in our casual, sporty Colorado lifestyle?  Then I have to come back to earth and think of more basic things; price, if it will work well for the Denver seasons, do I have similar pieces in the collection?  Buying is probably my favorite part of the business and it’s so easy to get carried away.  I really have to be disciplined and take in all the cues from my research and the more business based factors to carefully pick each piece.  

How has fashion impacted you?

Well I suppose fashion has shaped most of my life.  I”m always known as the girl in the dress or the girl in heels.  Aside from katybelle being my livelihood and my more than full time job, fashion has certainly enriched my experiences when traveling.  Going to visit my grandparents in rural Colorado, my grandma and I would always visit the “Rummage Room” in her town; I have so so many amazing vintage jewelry pieces and purses that I picked up for a song.  Further afield I have had such a greater appreciation for items I’ve discovered in other countries.  The lightweight woven white straw in my Panama hat makes perfect sense for their hot sunny climate and the Ikat patterns of textile pieces I picked up in Turkey can be seen in buildings from the 1400s.  I love seeing the reason behind a fashion or style.  

KatyBelle
What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

The Denver fashion community has been incredibly open and positive which was a wonderful surprise.  I’ve met so many fellow boutique owners and designers and rather than being the catty and competitive people are so helpful and inclusive.  The fashion scene in Denver is also much larger than I expected and it’s fabulous to see local designers and companies gaining national recognition!

Sizzlin’ 6 with Duane Topping

It’s always exciting meeting a new designer! Welcome to the Fashion Denver world Duane! We look forward to seeing your collection and learning more about you at The White Party! In the meantime world, Check out our interview with Duane, designer behind Designs By Topping

Duane ToppingWhat were your obsessions growing up?

I’ve always been obsessed with art. It started out with my desire to be a cartoonist, then shifted to art history as I got older. Now, I love the artistic development of fashion. Seeing my art in motion is a wonderful experience.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

After I retired from military service I had a difficult time adjusting to my new life. Numerous combat deployments took its toll. One day I bought a sewing machine and found my niche. Now, my clothes have become an expression of who I am. I’m a soldier, a biker, a feminist, a scholar, and an artist. Being a clothing designer allows me to embrace all of that at once.

Toppings by DuaneDo you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

My clothes absolutely reflect me as a person. I try and keep a cohesive line but also diversify my aesthetics with each garment to match my personality. I’m always perfecting my construction and readjusting my design which is a replication of my own life changes. Being retired allows me to devote more time to my art and the softness of the textiles and the flow of the garments is an allegory to that freedom. Having the opportunity to bring people along on my journey is important to me. Women’s clothing, I think, expresses the feminist in me, so I always strive to design with that feminine power in mind. Every woman deserves to look and feel good regardless of the hegemony of the world.

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I study every woman I see. What they wear, and how they walk has given me insight into how I can recreate that confidence. In terms of inspiration for the lines, I love talking with real women. That allows me a greater appreciation of how they express themselves through their clothes. I then strive to capture that internal character and translate it into something that can be worn. Every day is an opportunity to be inspired.

Toppings by Duane

How has fashion impacted you?

Fashion has become my world. I’ve been able to shift from a very rigid environment to something magical. Designing clothes has opened my long dormant artist side and I’ve embraced that whole heartedly. I hope to use this new passion to make an impact in other areas of my life. Namely, I’m beginning to work towards more philanthropically focused endeavors. I’m not hoping to be rich, but I hope to share my good fortune with causes that deserve the support. Bringing my art to life, in the end, is what it’s all about.

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Being new to the industry, I’ve got a lot to learn yet. But, I was able to attend the Denver Fashion Week and was very impressed with what I saw. The local designers were brilliant and approachable. The turnout was amazing and I sparked me to pursue this fashion dream.

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Duane Toppings at the White Party

What were your obsessions growing up? 

I’ve always been obsessed with art.  It started out with my desire to be a cartoonist, then shifted to art history as I got older. Now, I love the artistic development of fashion.  Seeing my art in motion is a wonderful experience. 

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

After I retired from military service I had a difficult time adjusting to my new life.  Numerous combat deployments took its toll.  One day I bought a sewing machine and found my niche.  Now, my clothes have become an expression of who I am.  I’m a soldier, a biker, a feminist, a scholar, and an artist.  Being a clothing designer allows me to embrace all of that at once.

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

My clothes absolutely reflect me as a person.  I try and keep a cohesive line but also diversify my aesthetics with each garment to match my personality.  I’m always perfecting my construction and readjusting my design which is a replication of my own life changes. Being retired allows me to devote more time to my art and the softness of the textiles and the flow of the garments is an allegory to that freedom.  Having the opportunity to bring people along on my journey is important to me.  Women’s clothing, I think, expresses the feminist in me, so I always strive to design with that feminine power in mind.  Every woman deserves to look and feel good regardless of the hegemony of the world.

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I study every woman I see.  What they wear, and how they walk has given me insight into how I can recreate that confidence.  In terms of inspiration for the lines, I love talking with real women.  That allows me a greater appreciation of how they express themselves through their clothes.  I then strive to capture that internal character and translate it into something that can be worn.  Every day is an opportunity to be inspired.

How has fashion impacted you? 

Fashion has become my world.  I’ve been able to shift from a very rigid environment to something magical.   Designing clothes has opened my long dormant artist side and I’ve embraced that whole heartedly.  I hope to use this new passion to make an impact in other areas of my life.  Namely, I’m beginning to work towards more philanthropically focused endeavors.  I’m not hoping to be rich, but I hope to share my good fortune with causes that deserve the support.  Bringing my art to life, in the end, is what it’s all about.   

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Being new to the industry, I’ve got a lot to learn yet.  But, I was able to attend the Denver Fashion Week and was very impressed with what I saw.  The local designers were brilliant and approachable.  The turnout was amazing and I sparked me to pursue this fashion dream.

The White Party fashion show at Fashion Denver pop up shops!

White Party

The White Party & Swimsuit Fashion Show
Thursday, August 18th
6pm-9pm
Fashion show starts at 7:30 produced by Charlie Price
The Riviera at the Breakers
9099 E Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80247
Enter on Alton and let the guard shack know you are heading to the White Party!

Purchase tickets here:

We are excited to celebrate summer in style with 303 Magazine at their White Party fashion show! We have a handful of select designers that will be featured around the pool party selling their fabulous designs! Join us for the fun!

Fashion businesses include:
Cara Diane + CO
Stylish Sparrow 
Jeremy Willard
Designs by Topping
Live Love Lash
B Fresh Gear
katybelle
The Urban Angels 

Experience: Poolside fashion show by Femme Fatale Intimates and Vamp Bikini USA, Denver’s hottest models, DJ Walter White, Fashion Denver Pop-Up stores, Speciality cocktails, Outdoor BBQ, and more.

Please WEAR ALL WHITE!
Family friendly event | FREE for Breakers residents + 2 guests

Swimsuit by: Femme Fatale Intimates and Vamp Bikini USA

 

Sizzlin’ 6 with designer Emily Bormann

Emily BormannYears ago, Emily Bormann interned for Fashion Denver, assisting with styling and event production. She’s always had an eye for fashion and design and we are thrilled to see what she’s done with her fashion sense as she launches her own collection!

WHEN: August 18, 2016 7PM
RUNWAY SHOW will be begin at 8, please RSVP if you plan on attending. Arriving early is encouraged as seating is limited.
OPEN HOUSE will begin at 8:30

1. What were your obsessions growing up?

Growing up, I was obsessed with cats and unicorns. My drawings always had one or the other. I also loved babies – any kind of baby. I had a pink stuffed cat with a velcro pouch in it’s stomach that contained kittens. It was totally weird but I loved that cat like nobody’s business.

2. How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

When I look back, fashion has always been the symbol of my creative expression. I remember being in elementary school and pausing the Sound of Music frame by frame so that I could draw each of the children’s outfits, the clothing Fraulein Maria made from the leftover drapery material. Interestingly, I drew them completely flat without a body. As a child, I didn’t see fashion for it’s status, I was purely fascinated with the textures, shapes, and color combinations. Fashion is just a part of who I am.

Fraulein Maria designer

3. Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

LL Cool JI absolutely see a connection between the things I do in my daily life reflected in my collection. I’m greatly influenced by hip hop. I enjoy going to shows and just soaking in the feeling of the music. My collection very much has that feeling of a beat, a rhythm.

4. What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Emily BormannTruthfully I am researching all of the time without knowing it. Having worked in retail, I see what women are buying and why they are buying it. In turn, it is important for me to look through fashion magazines and watch any type of design or fashion related documentary. Gathering inspiration from designers and mixing it in with knowledge of the consumer has lead to this incredible place of balance.
5. How has fashion impacted you?

Fashion has impacted nearly every decision of my life. It led me to college, to intern in New York City, to pursue it as a career and try many different facets of the industry and ultimately begin to learn how to make it my dream career. Fashion is such a powerful form of expression. It allows you to speak a million silent words. My love connection with fashion fuels my flame to create a better world.

6. What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Emily BormannFrom a designer’s perspective, the fashion scene in Denver is an egg ready to hatch. We’ve been growing in incredible ways for years but we haven’t quite put ourselves permanently on the map. Not to say there aren’t well known designers within the Denver community, I am talking about really calling attention to ourselves. I want to hear people all over the country say “What are those cats doing in Denver?!”

 

Live. Love. Lash!

Sizzlin’ Summer 6 Questions

I’ve worn contacts all of my life and just recently had the opportunity to try eye lash extensions! I LOVE THEM! Check out a little snippit from the adventure with the fabulous Riann Decker, advanced trainer at Live Love Lash in Cherry Creek North!

2717 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

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Riann Decker of Live Love Lash Cherry Creek
Riann Decker of Live Love Lash Cherry Creek

1) When did you first realize your passion for the beauty industry?

Growing up my mother worked at a salon in North Dallas. I would spend many days during the summer helping out around the salon while admiring all the beautiful transformations that happened daily. I’ve always found joy in bringing women confidence they forgot they had, it always came naturally to me. Choosing a career in the beauty industry was a no brainer when the time came.

2) What has been your path thus far in your career?

I got my cosmetology license just after my senior year in high school and spent 3 years going back and forth between doing hair and makeup. I discovered and fell in love with individual eyelash extensions in 2012. Shortly after becoming certified, I began working for Xtreme Lashes as a Corporate Lash Stylist, where I assisted in product development, quality control and troubleshooting. It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to pass this skill on to others and became a national trainer. Nowadays you can find me in Cherry Creek at Live Love Lash, where I take clients Monday-Friday, and travel for trainings on the weekends.

3) You recently moved from Austin to Denver. What difference are you seeing in our fashion world here in Denver?

In general, both cities have a very similar sense of style when it comes to fashion. Denver fashion seems to be a little bit more casual, especially when it comes to going out.

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4) How would you describe your own personal style?

I tend to gravitate towards black when it comes to clothing. In general, I wear clean lines and like to dress in casual, transitional clothing that I can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

livelovelash5) What is your favorite part about your job?

My clients! I have built such wonderful friendships, they make coming to work everyday exciting. Also, we have such a great team of talented and caring women. I wouldn’t be successful if I weren’t surrounded by positive and encouraging coworkers.

6) What 3 things would you take if stranded on an island?

The 3 things I can’t live without:
1. As much Green Tea as possible
2. Glo Therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30
3. My dog

Art show for our homeless community

Art for HopeA big part of our Denver community is the homeless community. Right by our Fashion Denver headquarters on 26th and Walnut is a community of homeless people who have brought me great inspiration. It’s hard to ignore what is happening on our streets and not want to do something about it. Many of the people on the streets are so incredibly talented and have passions and skills that we don’t even realize because we are so busy walking by.

I am thrilled to partner up with Westword and Dateline Gallery to put together an art show by the homeless community and for the homeless community!

WHAT:
Canvas: An art show to showcase and benefit the homeless community and inspire hope and creativity!

We will be distributing art packs to the homeless community. Each art pack will come with a 5×5 canvas or other material that will be the backdrop of their art piece and either paints, markers, colored pencils, pastels, etc.

Money from art sold and collected at the door would benefit Denver Homeless Out Loud. (I’m still waiting to hear back from them and hope that they will be on board for this!)

WHEN:
We have moved the date back to early fall (October) as we continue to collect and distribute art supplies! Stay tuned for new date!

WHERE:
Dateline Gallery
3004 Larimer
Denver, CO 80205

Dateline Gallery

PRODUCED BY 3 WESTWORD MASTERMINDS
Brandi Shigley
Johnny Morehouse
Jeromie Lawrence

art-supplies-3-1550964WHAT WE NEED:
Art Supplies! You can drop off art supplies to Green Spaces (2590 Walnut Street) anytime M-F 9-5pm OR to the Westword Office on 11th and Broadway!

STORY:
This idea was birthed when I parked my car by Resurrection Village and began my morning walk to work. Jerry Burton, a homeless man gave me a gift of a beautiful flower that was created by an artist named Robin. At first I couldn’t accept this gift. Jerry said to me, “Brandi, as open as you are to give, you must be open to receive.” I smiled and took the flower and talked to Robin. Robin told me how he finds so many things in the trash that he can make things with. By the time I arrived at my office, the idea to put this art show into together was already in motion.

Jerry Burton

As soon as I got to my desk, I used social media as a way to get the word out that I’m collecting art supplies. Within just a few hours, people were writing back, coordinating times to drop off art supplies.

I truly believe that when we have hope, when we have a goal, and when we can shine our light and creativity, life has a purpose.

It’s so easy to walk by people living on the streets and ignore them, being too busy in our own lives to even care. When we open up, engage and converse with all of our community, do we see how truly beautiful people are. We can’t turn our heads and ignore these bright shining lights that make up our community.

I knew right away that I wanted to work with Johnny Morehouse (fellow Mastermind) who I have been working on many projects over the past decade with. He can make an art show happen in his sleep! And with the newest Mastermind Jeromie Lawrence and his amazing gallery, the pieces began to come together.

This is an art show to not only benefit the homeless community but to bring our community together so we can all get to know one another, no matter our social status. This is an art show to highlight the amazing talent that calls our streets “home”.

Want to get involved? Fill out this form!

 

Fashion Denver at 303 Magazine’s White Party

Summer market. Photo by Kenneth Hamblin III. Featuring Marie-Margot

Call out for designers!
303 Magazine’s White Party
Thursday, August 18th  6pm-9pm
The Riviera a the Breakers Resort

$100.00 to participate

With the wonderful success of our mini market SPLASH, we are thrilled to be invited back to 303 Magazine’s adventures at the pool and this time, it’s their WHITE PARTY!

10 designers will be set up around the pool and patios of the Riviera at the Breakers during this exciting evening party celebrating summer. You are invited to set up shop (bring your own 10×10 tent if you have one) and showcase and sell your designs throughout the evening.

Summer market. Photo by Kenneth Hamblin III. Featuring Byasima

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form and we will get back to you upon approval into the market!

 

 

Sizzlin’ 6 Questions La Lovely Vintage

La Lovely Vintage
3040 Blake St #100
Denver, CO 80205

La Lovely VintageIn our ongoing series of Sizzlin’ 6 Summer Questions with various fashion businesses around the city, we bring you our interview with Tara, brains behind La Lovely Vintage!

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tara for the past couple of years. We are in an entrepreneurial / spiritual book club together and have been there to support and encourage one another on this journey of life. It’s been an honor to see her passion evolve. From doing markets and shows, to having a little camper for her boutique, to officially opening up a brick and mortar shop, her evolution is inspiring.

How long have you had a penchant for vintage?  

I have been fascinated with vintage and antiques since I was a little girl, their story and history inspires me. I’ve always been attracted to the look and feel of vintage the same way many people are attracted to designer names. I started buying vintage around the age 12, this is when I bought my first baby blue typewriter. 

La Lovely Vintage

Give us a brief history of how you started La Lovely Vintage?

 La Lovely Vintage started in my closet! I opened an online shop through Etsy in 2011 as a fun way to express myself creatively by combining my love for vintage, design and photography. In 2013 my vintage vision went mobile with the intent to share my love with my city. I always knew I would own a small business but to be honest the traveling and selling at markets I copied from my grandparents (the real OGs) who traveled the United States in a mobile home selling jewelry.

 What are your fashion inspirations?  

I’m mostly inspired by the people walking around who dare to create their own style. I want everyone to be able to dress in a way that reflects their personality and mood in confidence. Seeing that inspires me to follow my own style.  

 What is the inspiration behind what you select for your boutique?

My mother mostly. I’ve always been obsessed with my mother’s vintage wooden box collection, jewelry, books, crystals and plants. Today I just select what I find unique, beautiful and useful. I’ve always been inspired by the diamond in the rough, seeing potential in items most people would overlook, do to their location. In a consumer driven and wasteful age, being able to give vintage a beautiful and useful second life is exhilarating.  

La Lovely Vintage

How would you describe your style?

 Free flowing. Timeless. I love the 70s! I’m all about natural tones with pops of color. I like to think I remove the frumpiness but combined the elegance and comfort of vintage into a lovely but also realistic style that can be worn today. 

What’s coming up for you this summer? 

This summer I’m taking a break from markets and shows to focus on my new storefront (3040 Blake St. #100 Denver, CO) and the Rino community. I see this summer being full of events at the shop. I want to connect and grow this community before I hit the road again in 2017.

La Lovely Vintage

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