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Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design Recap

 

source: highsnobiety

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.

Paper Fashion Show Judge: Brandi Shigley

“It’s that time of year again, when designers from Denver
and beyond come to showcase their wonderful
paper designs on the runway!

This year marks the 13th Annual ADCD Paper Fashion
Show™, an event that features ingenious design teams
from diverse industries and backgrounds to showcase
unique fashions created solely from paper.

Brandi Shigley’s Interview with the Art Directors Club of Denver as she judges her 3rd Paper Fashion Show.  Click here for details… 

Brandi Shigley, judge of the 2017 ADCD Paper Fashion Show
Brandi Shigley, judge of the 2017 ADCD Paper Fashion Show. Photo Nathan Leech-Proffer

1) Why do you want to be a part of this year’s Paper Fashion show?

I was a judge at the Paper Fashion Show back in 2007 at the Oriental Theater and again in 2014. Every year it gets better and better and I look forward to see how this year will top off the past few years!

2) How do you think your opinion as a judge will be beneficial?

I hope that I am able to have an eye open for creativity and innovation. As somebody who started out my handbag career in 3rd grade making paper purses, I have a passion for paper and seeing how it is utilized.

3) This show is all about the arts, tell me how you relate/contribute to the arts?

Fashion is an art form and our body is our canvas. I like to think that what I choose to wear daily is my contribution to the expression of creative and artistic expression.



Brandi is the founder of Fashion Denver and VP of marketing for Bradley Allen, a company that designs dress apparel for the athletic male body. Her passion is turning dreamers into doers and serving the community in whatever way can to continue to spread hope and love. Shigley can be found rollerskating, making music, and doing random acts of harmless shenanigans.

When Shigley was in 3rd grade, she was obsessed with making paper purses. This is her original paper purse driver’s license and credit card. 
Brandi Shigley's original paper purse driver's license.
Fashion Denver was established in 2004 as a way to connect our local designers, boutiques, and stylists to fashion lovers in Colorado. Through the production of our seasonal fashion markets, fashion events, fashion camps, and business development, our passion continues to grow as we see more and more designers and boutiques shining in Denver.
www.brandishigley.com
@Bshigley

ADCD Paper Fashion Show: April 6th

“It’s that time of year again, when designers from Denver
and beyond come to showcase their wonderful
paper designs on the runway!

This year marks the 13th Annual ADCD Paper Fashion
Show™, an event that features ingenious design teams
from diverse industries and backgrounds to showcase
unique fashions created solely from paper.

This event opens on April 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., located
at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the
Seawell Grand Ballroom. Admission to ADCD’s Paper
Fashion Show™ starts as low as $30 for general admission
standing tickets and as high as $135 for Ultimate
VIP tickets (front row seating, backstage access, champagne
pre-party, after-party, etc.). Early Bird tickets are
available now for General Admission and VIP seating
tickets and they are selling fast!

From http://askmissa.com/ 2014 show
From http://askmissa.com/ 2014 show

Come and experience the magic of haute couture in paper wonderland by purchasing your tickets at:
https://www.adcd.com/paper-fashion-show/pfs-tickets/

USE PFS17FD PROMO DISCOUNT CODE

ADCD’s Paper Fashion Show™ is the largest in the nation.
Since 2004, when the Paper Fashion Show™ was
incepted, ADCD has donated over $40,000 from the
event proceeds to support Downtown Aurora Visual
Arts (DAVA), a local community organization providing
art education programs in a positive environment for
at-risk urban youth ages 3 to 17. www.davarts.org

On the grand runway, a panel of judges will vote on
the category winners who will receive individual recognition,
along with trophies made of paper. This event
is a great opportunity, not only to support the future
artists of our community, but also to network with
local creatives.

Some of this year’s sponsors include Veritiv, Republic
National Distributing Company, Frost, Dynamite Laser
Beam, nxt | MODEL, Rita B. Salon, Neenah Paper,
Mohawk Paper, International Paper, Colorado Hemp
Company, D&K Printing, Ink Lounge, Colorado Maker
Hub, Fentress Architects, the Alliance Française de
Denver, Li’l Skirts, La Bulle Designs and more.

Paper Fashion Show
About the Art Directors Club of Denver (ADCD)
Founded in 1955, ADCD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
which mission is to elevate the local creative
community through education, workshops, informative
events and annual design competitions. ADCD’s main
focus is to empower the next generation of creative
professionals. For more information, please e-mail:
info@adcd.com

Day of Caring fashion show: Thursday, March 2nd

Day of Caring is pleased to invite the community to their 5th annual ‘Evening of Caring’ gala to be held on Thursday, March 2nd, at the Grand Hyatt (located at 1750 Welton Street in downtown Denver) from 5:30pm – 9:00pm; reception and silent auction will begin at 5:30pm.  

Purchase tickets here…

Each year Day of Caring honors one individual with the Sue Miller Survivor Award and the 2017 Honoree is Mrs. Arlene Johnson.  Day of Caring also honors community members who exemplify excellent service/work in the breast cancer community.  This year’s Lifetime of Caring Awardees are Dr.  Barb Schwartzberg  – Medical Field, and Ms. Antoinette Paniagua – Community Volunteer. 


The evening will culminate with a survivor fashion show featuring clothing from long time Day of Caring sponsors Macy’s, and Brooks Ltd., who creates one of a kind looks for the fashion show. Models will be dressed to highlight the 2017 gala’s “Evening in Paris” theme. We are excited that our co-mcees for the evening are Taylor Temby, Weekend Anchor at 9News and Murphy Huston, radio personality at KOSI.
 

Day of Caring currently offers support to survivors and co-survivors by hosting an annual educational symposia where low income survivors are able to attend through the Judy Ungerman Scholarship Fund.  Additionally, the Survivor Assistance Program provides non-medical financial assistance to breast cancer survivors (rent, utilities, groceries, etc.) and Day of Caring is currently exploring ways to expand services and programs in 2017. 

Thirty-five years ago, the Sue MillerDay of Caring  opened its doors as the first breast cancer not for profit support organization in Colorado.  Since inception, they have provided unduplicated educational services and programs to over 17,500 individuals and they serve breast cancer patients and survivors in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

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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

 

French Fashion & Champagne

French Fashion & Champagne
Meet the Fashion experts with Fashion Denver
December 12th 6pm-9pm
Alliance Francaise de Denver
Register here

Oui oui oui! We are going to have a great time as we partner up with Alliance Francaise de Denver for an absolutely unforgettable night with the experts who have worked in Paris in the fashion world. Sip on some bubbly, learn some French and be inspired!

mannequin-1223891SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • Florence Muller : Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art & Curator of Fashion @ the Denver Art Museum, regularly works with Yves Saint-Laurent, Dior, LVMH etc.
  • Leila Korn : Owner and head stylist @ The Nouveau Style 
  • Christine Oury : Former PR Director for the Federation Française de la Couture who organized the Fashion Week’s défilés in the Louvre 
  • Sabine Lerus Watson : Former Direction and PR assistant for Yves St Laurent’s Public Relations and Production Agency “KCD”
  • Terrence Timmerman : Mario Testino’s Former Project Manager in the 80’s-90’s

Watch our Facebook Live video from our meeting last week…

 

 

DFW Fall 2016

img_2001-3romeofernandez_dfwDENVER, COLORADO – On Nov. 10, Colorado’s largest fashion show will return for the fall season. The bi-annual event will once again highlight the best in fashion, design and beauty with three nights of incredible style on Nov. 10, 12 and 13 at City Hall Amphitheater, 1144 Broadway, Denver, Colorado. With 17 fashion designers and brands and 21 salons participating, 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Week(end) presented by Schomp Automotive is going to be bigger and better than ever.

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“DFW sets the standard for fashion shows in Denver. From local designers, to the best boutiques, salons. and national brands, you will see it all here!” said Denver Fashion Week(end) producer Charlie Price

As a member of the media, we would like to extend an invitation for you and a photographer to attend either Saturday, Nov. 12 for our local and national fashion or on Sunday, Nov. 13 for the 10 Year Anniversary of the legendary Hair Show featuring over 20 salons. Spots for Thursday, Nov. 10 are also available.

Doors are at 7 p.m. where there will be pop-up shops and complimentary bites from restaurants including Postino, Sugarmill Desserts, Rolling Pin Bakeshop on Thursday and Little Man Ice Cream, Adrift, Bonanno Concepts and the soon-to-debut LOW Country Kitchen in LoHi on Saturday and Sunday. The show will start approximately at 9 p.m. each night but we suggest you arrive by 8 p.m. to secure your spot. For questions about tickets, general info or to setup an interview please contact Brittany@303magazine.com; For questions about photography please contact Kyle.Cooper@303magazine.com. The official hashtag of Denver Fashion Week(end) is #303DFW.

Featured designers include:

Mona Lucero, Gino Velardi, Kotomi Yoshida, Frances Roces, Maggie Burns, Night by Charlie Price, Rachel Marie Hurst, Steve Sells, Anthony H, Tyne Hall, Femme Fatale Intimates, Velvet Wolf, Margaret Sanzo, Scout & Molly, Fab’rik, Georgine and John Paul Ataker NYC.

Featured salons include:

Charlie Price, Antoine Du Chez, The Parlour, Mode, Swank, The Look, Beauty Underground, Goldie and Bob, Artemis & Birch, KTB Hair & Funk Styling, Ansley Meredith, Marlene Romero, Javier Jaimes, Chad & Co, Stephan Lauren, James Mucker, Halo Salon, Bri Bird, Rita B, Beto’s Salon and Blow Dry Lounge.

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! 

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