Category Archives: A Day in the Life of Fashion Denver

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design Recap

 

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What the brand Comme des Garcons means to you, can mean something completely different to me; that is the beauty of the world that Rei Kawakubo has created. Japanese fashion is like poetry. No matter how old a piece of poetry is, the intimacy and the feelings evoked from the imagery is subjective to the reader, and lasts forever. This holds true to the way that different consumers and admirers interpret collections presented by designers such as Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. Sometimes, a collection will fly over someone’s head. They assume that the collection is irrelevant, because they have yet to understand or experience the meaning behind the collection. For others, the collections presented may click with their psyche in a way that will changes their lives forever.

The world put proportions and aesthetic in a box. When designers such as Rei and Yohji appeared, they changed the way people looked at proportions. In the 80’s, they introduced new silhouettes that are still profound today. The well curated, vintage outfits presented years ago, at Shock Wave are historical looks that innovated the fashion world and continue to challenge the modern world.

 

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To me, the looks presented that I admired were the ones that transformed and influenced menswear from the same designers. It showed me that womenswear and menswear can transcend beyond gender and when mixed, something beautiful is born. Yohji Yamamoto used menswear as his main influence for his womenswear(Femme) collections and created something so sensual and refined. There were noire inspired looks, punk inspired looks, menswear inspired looks, traditional Japanese silhouettes, womenswear and looks that could only come from the imagination of Rei, Yohji and Issey Miyake. These designers can take different influences from cultures all over the world and make it unique to their style of clothing, as if they were a part of that culture their entire lives. It is truly incredible what these designers have done for the fashion community. This exhibition pays homage to them, and thanks them for introducing designs that have transformed the way womenswear and menswear are tailored and worn.
I encourage everyone in Colorado to visit this exhibit. What you take away from the exhibit will differ from my experience, and the person next to you. Your perceptions can only come from the intimacy that Japanese fashion brings out individually.

Fashion Camp January 21st

Saturday, January 21st
Green Spaces
2590 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL UNTIL JANUARY 10TH
$75.00 includes materials

REGISTER HERE!

Activities for the day include:
– Getting to know you! We’ll be doing a fun activity for the campers to get to know each other. We like to start our day out with kindness!

-Accessory making! We’ll be making jewelry with found objects.

-Art Heart! Our kiddos will be designing a piece of art for the holidays. With this activity lead by our partners at The Urban Angels, doing good for our city.

– T-Shirt recovery! We’ll be taking a plain white shirt and completely converting it into a dress / shirt / skirt combo, or anything that our camper desires. Darlene C. Ritz will be joining us for this with her awesome t-shirt tying and embellishing skills! Darlene is Chair of Fashion Design at RMCAD, an instructor and designer. This will include stenciling, embellishing, no sew techniques for altering to give the t-shirt some shape, painting, and whatever the imagination can create.

Fashion Camp

-Learn to walk the runway and pose for the camera. We LOVE bringing in designers and models to share their talent with our young ones, giving them confidence and showing them how to strut their stuff! Alyssa O’Harold is a recent graduate of Barbizon and will be going to IMTA in New York in July. Fashion Camp

-Hair and makeup done by a Denver salon.

-The Fashion Show and debut of their designs!

Shelly Schalamon designer of Lady Jane

Brandi Shigley
Brandi Shigley in Lady Jane by Shelly Schalamon

This past November, I had the honor to have a Shelly Schalamon create me a custom designed for the Colorado Aid’s Project Red Ball event! We had fun picking out fabric and turning my personality into an actual couture gown. My style is very playful and I like to change outfits multiple times in an evening. Shelly created me a dress that went from formal to fun, all in the whooosh of a removable skirt / train! It was so much fun to wear her design on the runway as I emceed the event and over the course of the evening, totally convert the look into something that I could jump into the arms of strong men in 🙂

I wanted to go into tap dancing because of the costumes. I loved dress up princess parties, I loved doing makeup too.  I wanted to be just like Betty Grable in  Moons over Miami and wear all of her beautiful clothes.
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2) You are self taught. When did you begin to teach yourself?
I was 10  or 11 when I made doll clothes and then in 5th grade, I was cast as one of the American girls in a play and I made myself a replica dress for the show. I also remember making a bikini as a teen and then eventually made a formal dress that I designed with a seamstress. I drew out the design and picked out the fabrics.
Now I do all the sewing myself but at the time a formal gown was beyond my expertise! 
3) How have your fashions evolved since you began?
Now, my designs are more sophisticated with more details.  I continue to learn every day! I’m drawn to make gowns and couture fashion. I like intricate things, beading, secret pockets, …the artistry of couture. Designing is like a painting with the fabric as my canvas.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
4) Who are your fashion inspirations?
Ralph and Russo , Marchesa & Elie Saab. Locally; Gino Velardi, Deedee Vicory, Carlos Melendez, Eddie Rickey, Anthony Heiman of Nicholas Anthony.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
5) How would you describe your personal style sense and the style of your designs?
Personal: Comfortable, classic, retro. I love dressing up and being girly when I go out on the town.
Designs: Classic and timeless, versatile and updated. I like to update old classics like creating a circle skirt but cut it down the middle.  I also love adding details like lace. I love the unexpected.
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Photography Alain camporiva Model Marlo Vernon
6) Where can we find your designs?
Contact directly on FB and Instagram
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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!!!

Scout & Molly

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. 

Call out for designers: FROST

Fashion Denver Mini Market with Matthew Morris &  and Beauty Counter
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
6pm-9pm
Green Spaces
2590 Walnut Street

$105.00 to participate

Join the Fashion Denver team, Matthew Morris Salon & Beauty Counter for an unforgettable evening as we jump into the holiday season! This event will be action packed and we would LOVE to have you and your fashions there for a shopping and beauty extravaganza!

Guests will be able to:

♥ Shop amongst Denver’s amazing designers for gifts for the people in your life! YOU

♥ Get your hair and makeup done by Matthew Morris salon and Denver makeup artists. 

♥ Get a headshot

♥ Learn about what beauty products are best to use and learn some beauty secrets! 

Continue reading Call out for designers: FROST

VOTE on your favorite designer from the Art Institute

Earlier this summer, I got to be a judge for a very special fashion competition hosted by the ArtScene by Denver8TV. 3 fashion students from the Art Institute showcased their couture dresses and now… it’s up to YOU to vote!! Poll closes October 25th!

Watch the runway shows and learn more about each designer… then cast your vote!

Fierce in the City 2 Wrap Up

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Atomic Sean does makeup for Dorian Phaero’s dancer Karen

Last night I attended Fierce in the City 2, produced by designer and producer Salwa Owens. This highly anticipated show brought together live music and fashion on an October outdoor Sunday evening.

When I arrived, designers, models and stylists were grouped together in the hustle an bustle of hair and makeup, practicing walks, and getting fitted for the fashions that were heading down the runway. The energy behind the scenes was exciting! I saw many familiar faces from our fashion industry and met many new faces!

 

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I’m wearing Salwa Owens jacket and shorts with my friend Jeremy Williard who wore his own design

While the hustle and bustle of the preparation for the show was happening, I hung out with my friend Dorian Phaero and Jeremy Williard in a quiet room. Jeremy designed Dorian’s outfit for his performance, bringing in that 90’s fresh feel.

Jeremy Williard and Dorian Phaero
Jeremy Williard and Dorian Phaero, Denver creatives.

7:30, the show began! It’s always lovely when a show starts right on time! One of the things that I loved about this show was the combination of live musical performances paired with a segment of the fashion show. It was a really entertaining element that flowed seamlessly during the show.

Musical performers included Vincent Powell, Season 13 top 20 finalist from American Idol 2013; Season 11 American Idol finalist Devan Blake Jones; Denver violinist Mia Herlinger; pop artist Dorian Phaero and choreographer and dancer Karen Carlson and Suzanne Simone.

Part 1: Andrea Li’s jewelry. Models dressed in white with beautiful pieces designed by Andrea Li. Each piece of jewelry was jaw dropping creating a sense of elegance and romance with each model that walked down the runway.

#AndreaLi at #FierceInTheCity2

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Part 2: Zofia Wosinska of ÉSTAINE. ÉSTAINE designs unique, luxurious accessories and apparel inspired by the hauntingly beautiful shapes, colors and patterns of the dyes used in diagnosis. Models wore black with pops of color from the beautiful accessories of ÉSTAINE. 

ÉSTAINE at #FierceInTheCity2

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Next up was leather and fur designer Andreas Tsagas. This segment added a sizzle of sexy! I fell in love with a few pieces that came down the runway, including the hooded purple sassy number. 

#AndreasTsagas at #FierceInTheCity2

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Next up Salwa Owens dressed amazing fierce women in our community, not models, real women that are bold and strong and doin’ their thang! It was so much fun to see these women walking the runway. Salwa’s ready-to-wear clothing line is perfect for the woman on the go. From business to out on the town to the gym, Salwa covers all the basis!

From last night’s show.. #SalwaOwens #FierceInTheCity2 showcasing amazing women in our community!

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We took a little intermission, just long enough to get warmed up and get a beverage and it was back to the grand finale of the show…. Salwa’s evening gown collection, fit for a queen! 

The #GrandFinale of #FierceInTheCity2 featuring #SalwaOwens jaw dropping dresses and gowns, fit for a queen!

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This show was absolutely fantastic! Sticking with the theme of “Fierce” it was absolutely on point with the fierceness that came out in the show… all coming from the brains of Salwa Owens who took her fierce passion for fashion and brought together an amazing group of designers, stylists, and entertainers for a night to remember!

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I love this image of Salwa right after the show ended, in her element of success shining, all the while being a loving mother of 3, a designer, a producer, and totally FIERCE!

Live. Love. Lash!!!

Live Love LashAs some of you may know, I’ve been experiencing what it’s like to have eyelash extensions! After having contacts for over 30 years and finally getting contacts, it has been such a fun adventure to be able to play up my eyes. Not to mention that it’s become a way for me to really relax and just be quiet for an extended amount of time.

A couple of months ago, I met the beautiful and fabulous Riann Decker, instructor and manager at Live Love Lash in Cherry Creek North. From the moment that she did my first set of lashes, I fell in love. Not with just the eyelash extensions but with the conversation, relaxation, energy, and the way I feel when I leave.

Where did you grow up? 

Denton, Texas.

What made you decide  to move to Colorado ? 

Originally I was asked to help out at Live Love Lash during the busy holiday season this past year. I fell in love with the studio, the girls working there, and the state, that I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.   

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HikingWhat are 3 of your favorite things about living in Colorado? 

Hard to narrow it down to just 3:

1. The weather (y’all actually have seasons here!)

2. Seeing the mountains daily (I have the best view from my apartment)

3. The endless amount of activities to choose from.   

What do you do for self care, to lift yourself up and rejuvenate? 

I like to sit in a quiet room, snuggled up to my dogs and reflect on the things I am grateful for, everything I have accomplished and the wonderful people I have in my life. I work out 3 days a week at Tease Pole Studio and take as many bubble baths as I can.

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To learn more about Riann, keep up with her Instagram! Book your appointment and use  “FashionDenver” as your promo code for a little discount off your services!

Live Love Lash
2717 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-5274