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Dreamer / Doer / Founder of Fashion Denver

Meet Barberry & Lace!

Barberry & Lace-Barberry & Lace is a jewelry company started in Fall 2010 by Leigh Benner. Because of Barberry & Lace’s unique statement pieces and vintage flair, every woman is bound to find an item (or several) that she absolutely adores. Each piece of jewelry is grown up, yet inspires a sort of nostalgia for youth. You can find beautiful and simple flower earrings, or a charming necklace with rollerblades or a globe attached. Each Barberry & Lace piece is like a special and unique treasure.


50 Dresses at Paninaro Rewind!

50 Dresses- 50 Dresses was founded in May 2010 by Tess Vigil. Located in the RiNo Arts District, the 50 Dresses store carries a variety of dresses that are flirty and fun! Tess is inspired by vintage silhouettes and style, and every dress is chic, yet comfortable and easy to wear. We love the simplicity of Tess’ designs. But simple does not mean boring! Each 50 Dresses outfit stands out from the crowd.


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My interests…by Maya

On fashion...One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I am interested in just about everything. Sometimes these interests come in waves (what some people might call “phases”-though I don’t like that term; it implies a lack of true interest). But there are some things I’ve been consistently and passionately interested in forever:  Fashion and architecture, for example. And you know what? They’re really not all that different!

Both fashion and architecture are a constant battle between form and function. Consider your favorite pair of stilettos: They’re amazing and you get compliments on them wherever you go, but maybe wearing them feels a bit like torture. In the same way, architecture often sacrifices functionality for visual appeal. A building may look beautiful, but perhaps it isn’t very approachable and inviting, or maybe it was poorly placed. Think about it: A beautiful building in a bad neighborhood really isn’t too different from pairing Jimmy Choos with sweatpants.

While there are plenty of examples of “plain” fashion and architecture, the whole concept of both of these fields are about rejecting the ordinary by pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas. Honestly, we could all walk around wearing burlap sacks. We could all live and work in uniform square, concrete buildings. We would be just fine. But fashion design and architecture are about expression. The plainest of clothes and the most unimpressive of buildings still take into account whether the focus should be on minimalism or ornamentation, and there’s always a reason why they favor one over the other.

Even throughout history, fashion and architecture have mirrored one another. Think of the 1920s: Skyscrapers were just beginning to become popularized in America for the first time. And like those tall, ornamented buildings, “flapper” fashions were slim, draped, and embellished. Google “art deco buildings” and “art deco dresses” if you want to see more similarities!

Now here’s a fun little activity I do when I have some free time (I recommend you try it too!). When I’m walking down the street and I see a cool building, I envision what it would look like as an outfit and I try to sketch the outfit version of the building. And vice versa, if I see a dress I like, I’ll try to imagine what it would look like in its building form and I’ll draw the dress-inspired building. This activity sprouted from people-watching and building-watching in cities like Chicago and San Francisco, and has really taught me to appreciate the links between fashion and architecture! You could even go in your closet, pick out your favorite dress, and sketch a building version. Or imagine a building where you work, live, or just pass by often, and try to make it into an outfit. This activity can really get the creative juices flowing, especially for you fashion designers out there!

Recap of Versailles ’73

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution 

Thursday night was a truly incredible collaboration of talented people! I was very excited to be a part of the showing of Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution and the reception that followed (where I met Pat Cleveland…OMG! But more about that later).

The film was so interesting and well put together! I think, a lot of the time, people dismiss fashion as something that’s frilly and unimportant. Shallow, even. But what I’ve always felt is that fashion is a visual and artistic representation of where we are in history. Versailles ’73 captured that so well. It showed how five American designers, not taken seriously in the global fashion industry, were able to shatter the doubts of the rest of the world. They were able to prove themselves, and the fashion show at Versailles put American designers on the same plane as other respected designers around the world. These American designers came to Versailles to compete against the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro. The American designers, after putting on a fabulously entertaining show, then became household names. You might just recognize them: Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston! It was beyond inspiring to think that, at any given moment, humans are capable of creating legacies that will transform how we are viewed by the rest of the humanity.

On top of that, guests were able to hear the thoughts of supermodel Pat Cleveland and the film’s director, Deborah Riley Draper. You could sense that these incredible women had such passion for their respective art forms! Pat Cleveland was so warm and effervescent, and took the time to socialize with anyone who wanted to speak to her after the film. And can I just say, she looked absolutely AMAZING wearing local Colorado fashion!! Pat wore a gorgeous kimono-like dress by Gabriela Martinez of Gabriela designs, and stunning statement earrings by Sahar Pazirandeh. I think anyone would have looked like a supermodel in those original designs, but the fact that Pat Cleveland wore them made it that much better!

Versailles 73

Upon leaving the event, I felt lucky to be able to say that American designers have made such an impact in the fashion world. And, by the looks of it, Denver designers are up next!

From Bummer to Blazer

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I don’t think anyone truly appreciates a blazer like they should. It can take the simplest outfit and give it a little oomph. Whether you’re going to business casual, business, or just plain sexy preppy a blazer is your go-to item. Lately, you can get a blazer anywhere- Forever 21, H&M, Nordstrom, etc. Almost any store carries your basic black blazer and a variety of other (trendier) ones as well. If you’re only going to own 1 blazer, make it a black one, but if you already have that then be adventurous and try a pop of color or a new style.

I wore a blazer to cover up the fact that I was lacking “business casual” clothing, and it worked like a charm. Even with a simple v-neck and a great belt to pull together your outfit you can get away with some jeans and flats. Also, with Fall approaching it’s a great way to keep warm and stay cute!

Vince Camuto black blazer, GAP black ribbed tank top, GAP white skinny jeans, ALDO wedges



Fashion Denver Presents Frost: Holiday Fashion Market

FROST {Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market}
Sunday, December 16th 2012
770 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Forget spending the holidays in cozy pajamas and a cup of hot chocolate.  This holiday market is all about bringing the latest fashions right to Denver’s front door. With free admission to the public, there is no reason not to attend Fashion Denver’s Frost Holiday Market. Twenty Colorado-based designers have been chosen to showcase their unique designs, 15 of which are brand new to Fashion Denver’s market. The doors of the Grant-Humphreys mansion (770 Pennsylvania St) will be open all day (10AM to 6PM) with three runway shows in between.

“This fashion market will be celebrating 8 years of Fashion Denver. It has been such an exciting journey and my heart is filled with joy to see the fashion community continue to grow in Colorado,” says founder Brandi Shigley.

Spend the day shopping through local designers, watching fashion shows and meeting the brains behind the creative businesses. This is the perfect opportunity for purchasing gifts for your fashionable loved ones.

Fashion Denver’s fashion markets are always about celebrating our creative community and bringing that community together. Denver Craft Ninjas, Denver’s craft crew, will host a garland making station. By the time you leave Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market, you’ll have some seasonal decorations to decorate your abode. Also, Denver’s new arts and crafts supply store Lowbrow, will have a “make your own  holiday card” table to go along with the gifts that are purchased throughout the day’s events. Abby Jane Palmer will be giving chair massage to help ease your holiday stress! Spend a few minutes on you to relax and renew!”

New up and coming modeling agency, Avant Tout Models will be providing the models for the runway shows. The artistry of Judy Wolf and stylists from Aveda, will finish out the looks with hair and make-up. Though frosted in hues of silver and blue, come and see the models warm up the runway in Denver made clothing, jewelry and handbags from our accomplished community.

Featured designers include:

b.shigley designs
50 Dresses
Belle West
Enque LLC
Fashion House of Rae Marie
Gabriela Designs
HF (heartfelt) Locals
Ida Estelle Designs
Jemma Brand & Jemma Brand Baby
Kimono Dragons
L. Wigs by Daily Impressions LLC
Low Brow
Mama Mahoney Creations
Meant Clothing
Necessary Vintage
The Om Collection
Phaulty Phantasmagoria
Rachel White Apparel
Salvaged Seams
st.a.b. designs
The Collective
Urban Cipher Designs
Vibrant Love Jewelry
Janie G. Couture
Lourdes Rios Garcia
Crafted Paramalee
La Muerte Apparel
Just Polish
Sapphire Stars
MD Haenel Designs
Bustle Packs
Jump Of Joy

Layers Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. The only issue is that even though it’s chilly out, it can quickly warm up or get even cooler. Warm layers on top of skinny jeans or leggings with boots is always a safe bet for looking cute and keeping cool.

If you’re feeling a little too casual add a lipstick or just commit with your glasses and a cute messy bun. Fall is much easier to work with because there are so many more relaxed looks you can work without worrying that you look too casual.

Free People oversized sweatshirt top, GAP jeggings, Steve Madden "Troopa" boots
Estee Lauder "Stay Pink" lipstick, Warby Parker glasses

Looking forward to more fun, fall looks this season!



303’s Denver Fashion Weekend: Night One Oct 11, 2012

Photos by Cameron Devon of Devon Advertising

City Hall Amphitheater housed the lavish evening of 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend’s first event. Photographers welcomed guests with sponsored backdrops. When inside, the decor remained simple as to promote the showcasing artisans. Even a Schomp Mini Cooper placed by a table of goofy accessories allowed guests to create their own photo booth. As the show was announced, a rush to find your seat quickly overcame the audience.

Representing the love of graphic tees and urban style of L.A., Kid Dangerous introduced Schomp Mini and 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend in true catwalk style. Consisting of the youthful necklines, cuts, and lengths, all the tees were designed keeping in mind the wide variety of women’s body types. Playful slogans included “Party-party-party-party, Humpday, and LA Don’t ♥ U”. To complete the style, the graphic tees looked gorgeous with detailed leggings, acid washed jeans, and bold colored minis.

Haute couture hats by Kitty Mae Millnery was truly a standout collection of the evening. The line, consisting of cocktail hats, veiled pieces and a-symmetric brims, was crafted in elegant autumn colors of mauve, wine, and a brilliant amber yellow. Each piece was adorned with a unique bow, feathers, or an origami flower. Models wore long sleek hair and black cocktail dresses to anchor the sublime workmanship of Kitty Mae Millnery.

No woman can have too many hand bags! presented a collection of elegantly tailored leather bags perfect for any occasion. Styles ranged anywhere from business satchels, hobos, and weekend bags to cross body and day packs. An over sized brief case with a classic bowling ball bag design was a modern touch on a vintage idea. With styles for day and night, you are sure to find a fabulous addition to your favorite ensembles.

The runway finale was presented by 50 Dresses by Tess Vigil. Sculpted necklines, lady-like silhouettes, and flirtatious hemlines displayed a nouveau touch to vintage-inspired styles. 50 Dresses had a thoughtful mixture of solids and print designs as well. Playful polka-dots, form-fitting stripes, and an intricate skull print were among the piece shown. Ranging from work appropriate dresses to evenings out, 50 Dresses truly had some special for all ages and body types.

As the lights dimmed, the headlining beauty and make-up show was soon to begin. Each of the seven looks was created by talents of a make-artist and body painter. The theme ventured into the essence of some of some of the most beautiful paintings including ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh, ‘Woman in the Hat’ by Matisse and Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Virgin’. Artists portrayed the painting using the model’s entire body – truly a moving piece of art! One of the most outstanding recreations of the evening was Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Drowning Girl’ created by Katelyn Simkins and Alan Anderson of Colorado Skin Works. The artwork not only captured the emotional struggle of the drowning woman but also depicted a superhero-like power in the expressive eyes. All the artistic participants demonstrated a sensitivity to the original work of art while still projecting personal style and creativity.

Colorado Fashion Week: October 2 – 6

Photos by Cameron Devon of Devon Advertising

Colorado Fashion Week launched its second annual event this past week. Taking place at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for Performing Arts Center and the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, the event was a perfect opportunity for student and emerging designers as well as locally known established designers. The collections ranged anywhere for three hand-crafted pieces to 20 or more items.

Produced by the JTA Group and Creative Director Justice Kwesi Kwarteng, Colorado Fashion Week is described as “existing to nurture, mentor, market, and present the next generation of fashion industry experts and professionals.” The foundation was also created as an opportunity to change per-conceived notions of fashion in Colorado, organize a professional fashion trade and marketing event, and finally create new jobs and elevate Denver’s potential as an emerging fashion capitol.

Each night of the four-part event had something very unique to offer. Emerson Windy, Manuel Molina and His Latin Jazz Band, and Postal Holiday each opened the evening with a special performance before the runway show. As lights dimmed and Justice announced the next great talent, the vibrant pink carpet provided the frame for their artwork.

Marissa Lundeen, emerging fashion designers, showed a collection of feminine cocktail dresses in brave colors of cobalt blue, coral, and pomegranate. The show-stopping of the collection was a V-neck cocktail dress with an accent geometrical checkered overlay.

A collection of inspired geometric zig zag motifs was presented by Pim Era. Each piece showed a thoughtful and dramatic way to wear bold striped pattern. The mixture of warm and cool tones would be a perfect additional to any stylish woman’s wardrobe.

The make-up show presented an industrial interpretation of make-up techniques. Looks included saran wrap, light weight burlap material draped across the body, and gold textured paint. The finale look was shown on a goddess-like saran wrapped warrior with expressive eyebrows and accents of gold flakes. The show included artistry from Aveda Academy, Jeager Make-up International, and CFW Make-Up Artistry Team.

Formal updos, messy fish tale braids, and flowing full length curls were amont the looks of the Masters of Hair. A special performance to showcase the artistry of talented stylists featured models in black glitter body paint with contrasting white wigs. Among the masters were XOXO Salon, Sanuk Salon, Aveda Academy, Three Little Birds, Pink & Black Beauty, and Stranz Salon.

Circles of Hands, a hand-made jewelry line, displayed everything from beaded necklaces, bracelets, arm bands, and anklets. All made by artisans in Uganda, each piece had such a special story and the cheerful beads only furthered the experience.

Hat shop, Goorin Bros, presented an array of men’s and women’s couture hats. Styles included modern fedoras, floppy “Hampden vacation” style hats, and Gatsbies for both men and women.

Headliner, Carlos Melendez, showcased his career launching presentation of gorgeous evening gowns. Silhouettes were focused on sweetheart necklines, tailored waists and full skirts. Melendez also showed a pair of vintage-inspired wide leg trousers in a bold black and white stripe with a matching cropped fur vest.

Rachel Hurst’s Fashion House of Rae Marie had many show stopping looks. Playing with unique print combinations, the collection was both youthful and elegant. From ready-to-wear, to cocktail attire, and several luxurious evening gowns, Rae Marie really strives for the needs of the everyday woman.

Creative Director and Founder of CFW, Justice K’s International Collection was undoubtably a catwalk to remember. Truly couture gowns with intricate details graced the runway as the headliner for Saturday’s final evening.

As a wonderful week to support the local talent in Colorado comes to an end, the inspiration to continue doing what you love remains strong throughout the hearts of the designers, fashion professionals, and supporters of art and design.