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Colorado Fitness Expo

Call out for designers and fashion fitness companies
Colorado State Fitness Expo
July 8th and 9th 2017
The Colorado Convention Center

Fashion Denver and Bradley Allen Apparel are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Jeff Wheeler Productions and The Colorado State Fitness Expo to create an experience that fuses fashion and fitness all in once place. Our focus will be to provide the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services on one central stage throughout the expo, giving brands further recognition and opening up opportunities for exposure to the fitness audience.

The Colorado State Fitness Expo will be the largest health and fitness expo to ever hit Colorado. Meet celebrities from all avenues of health and fitness. Highlights include Ninja Warrior, Pro MMA, Pro Boxing, Slackline, Parkour, Model Search, NPC Bodybuilding State Championships, Dance, Strongman, Powerlifting and much much more! Jeff Wheeler Productions anticipates 50K+ attendees at this exciting event!

From a business-to-business perspective, The Colorado State Fitness Expo wants to help you get in front of retailers and ahead of your competition by providing a venue that not only encourages relationship building, but helps create it for you. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills, product and your portfolio to buyers, distributors, and marketers of like-brands. Whether you want to get your brand in front of real players, or preview new product to potential customers, the Colorado State Fitness Expo wants to help!

Whether it’s participating in a group fashion show, having your own fashion show, or even doing a company demo, we want to make sure that you reach this amazing audience in a fun and effective way!

Bradley Allen Apparel
Bradley Allen Apparel at the Red Ball fashion show

 

The Urban Angels 3rd Annual Dress Drive: Circle of Love

Sunday, June 25th 2017
Noon-3pm
Studio Salon
1135 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
To benefit Love a ChildHope House

We are thrilled  to present “Circle of Love” our 3rd annual dress drive with the Urban Angels to be held at Studio Salon in downtown Denver. The purpose of this dress drive is to not only provide hope, love and joy to little girls around the world in impoverished circumstances, but to provide fun and colorful dresses for girls to play and grow in. Financial gifts donated will be shared between Love a Child and The Hope House of Colorado and will provide food for families in need providing hope for a better future.

For most of these little girls, this is the only new dress that they’ve ever had.

“Hope and love are infused into these dresses and we will never know the full impact of the gift that’s been given,” says Mary Martinez of the Urban Angels.

Circle of LovePeggy Kastning and Mary Martinez, brains behind the Urban Angels, have been serving the homeless community around Denver and spreading positivity and light. After seeing a program about the needs in Haiti, they both wanted to get involved.  A major realization occurred. They could both help by making dresses for girls in Haiti, and continue to help families locally.

“It’s exciting to know that each one of us can make a difference in the world. With our love of sewing and our hearts for humanity, we can combine these two passions and help those less fortunate.” says Peggy Kastning of the Urban Angels.

Money raised will help to create homes for families in Haiti that have lost everything.

The Urban Angels are two gals on a mission to do good, transform lives, and create happiness in the world. Through their annual dress drives and adventures to Haiti, they want to spread sunshine where they can and make this world a better place.

This event is free and open to the public. Your donations help to complete this circle of love. A food truck will be on hand to fill our bellies.
For more information visit www.theurbanangels.com

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Denver County Fair: Call out for vendors!

We’ve had the honor to be part of the Denver County Fair since it’s inception summer of 2011! And here it is, still going strong! Applications are now open for vendors and that includes YOU style makers! With super affordable pricing, it’s easy to say YES to this summer fun staple!! >> Click here for vendor sign up! <<

Vendor information for the Denver County Fair
Vendor information for the Denver County Fair

I’ll be emceeing the stages and as per the norm, rollerskating around!

 

Enter to win passes to see SNATCHED!

Enter to win passes to see SNATCHED before it hits theaters! Follow this link http://www.gofobo.com/ptOIy46333 for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Tuesday, May 9 at Landmark Greenwood Village!

Passes are limited so snatch them while you can! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! SNATCHED hits theaters everywhere Mother’s Day weekend.

SNATCHED (20th Century Fox)

In Theaters May 12
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni 

Synopsis: After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Wanda Sykes (“Bad Moms”) and Joan Cusack (“Working Girl”).

Ella Bliss opens up third Denver location

Ella Bliss Beauty Bar is opening its third Denver location in Highlands Ranch and celebrating with a Grand Opening Weekend 

3624 East Highlands Ranch Parkway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
720.446.5588
Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30, 2017
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Ella Bliss Beauty Bar was founded by two Colorado sisters Kelly Huelsing and Brooke Vanhavermaat on the simple concept of providing high-quality services at affordable prices and without having to run around to five different spas or salons to find the best massage, manicure, pedicure, blowout, facial, makeup, etc. They paired these services with great drinks, top talent, fun technology features and affordable membership options — all under one roof.

Nails ·  Blowouts  ·  Massage  ·  Makeup  ·  Facials  ·  Lash & Brow  ·  Waxing  ·  Little Miss Menu  ·  Drinks

  • Guests can book appointments online now
  • $10 off Upgrade with any Signature service
  • Free Beverage for first-time customers
  • $35 Signature Services through May 31
  • 50-min Massage / Signature Facial / Mani/Pedi Combo / Signature Blowout / Signature Make Up Application

Sign up for a new membership by May 31 and receive:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Aiello PR & Marketing
Wendy Aiello | wendy@aiellopr.com
Aaron Motsenbocker | aaron@aiellopr.com
303.355.3838

The Joseph Family Foundation and Tempus Jets Present
Urban Nights Denver
Bank of America Runway to Shine with Nicholas K and Salt-N-Pepa

Denver, CO (April 3, 2017) – The fifth annual Urban Nights Denver prepares to celebrate its fifth year at Mile High Station on Saturday, August 5th. The city’s largest outdoor urban fashion show and fundraiser will benefit at-risk youth with the theme: Threads of Promise.

Donna Crafton Montgomery serves as this year’s Gala Chair and is supported by co-chairs Jill Landman Alfond, Matthew Keeney and Matthew Morris.

“On any given night in Denver, more than 900 youth are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless,” said Donna Crafton Montgomery, 2017 Urban Nights Chair. “This year, we are thrilled to add new beneficiaries that expand our reach into this vulnerable population providing a wide range of services that these kids need to obtain self-sufficiency and a safe life off the streets.”

This year’s charity partners include Urban Peak, The Danny Dietz Foundation and La Academia at The Denver Inner City Parish. All with the shared vision of providing critical services to the at-risk youth that each organization serves.

This year’s fashion show, designed and produced by Jenny Baker-Strasburg and Tobie Orr, will feature works from the Art Institute of Colorado and Suit Supply. The fashion show will be anchored by NYFW darling, Nicholas K, “Built from Scratch” Fall/Winter 2017.

In addition to delivering another fashion spectacle, this year’s event will feature 90s rap and fashion icons, Salt-N-Pepa!

The event will be held at Mile High Station — under the canopy of the Colfax Avenue viaduct —with The VIP party commencing at 6:00 pm, general admission opens at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Salt-N-Pepa hit the stage at 9. The show will be followed by an after-party until midnight.

About Urban Nights Denver

Founded by the Joseph Family Foundation in 2013, Urban Nights is Colorado’s largest outdoor fashion show, dubbed a Runway for a Reason. 100% of event proceeds support the selected beneficiaries.

Sponsors include: The Joseph Family Foundation, Tempus Jets, Bank of America, Jeep, Oakwood Homes, Mile High Home Pro, CBS4, AEG Presents, Integer, Look Listen, 211 Photography, 5280, and Matthew Morris Skincare & Salon.

Tickets are now on sale at www.urbannightsdenver.org.

Thread of Promise:

From far away, they might just blend into the crowd.
Maybe they have a home to go to, albeit broken.
Maybe they have a school to attend, albeit unsafe.
They might even have a few dollars stashed away for a rainy day
(If only they could keep them).
But take a closer look and you’ll see
They’re just hanging on by a thread.

But it’s that thread that connects us all.
This year, not one, but three, organizations have come together.
Intertwined to advance the basic needs of Colorado’s at-risk youth, beyond survival.

Urban Nights unique fashion spectacle
Works to create a new fabric.
One that connects, supports, lifts-up
And redirects the lives of at-risk youth.
One of which each of us forms a part, as individuals and as a group.
Building a stronger future: Stronger fabric. Stronger lives.

Give them just one thread of confidence.
One thread of a helping hand.
One thread of a new life.
So, they can see their threads of promise.

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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

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

DFW Spring

This past Thursday I had a chance to attend 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend where I was absolutely blown away by the styles that graced the runway, the gorgeous models that wore the styles so beautifully, and the stunning job on hair and makeup. Ever year seems to get better and better (although every event is pretty darn amazing!).

Night 1 consisted of the following designers:  Femme Fatale Intimates / Gabriela Martinez / Lady Jane / Darlene RitzQi Zhou / Duane Topping / Margaret Sanzo / Jeremy Willard / Royal Outerwear / Steve Sells / Night By Charlie Price / 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart

I took a few photos the first part of the show and then decided it would be fun to do Facebook Live for the rest of the show capturing the show for those who couldn’t make it. WELL!!! FB took down my live feed because the music wasn’t couldn’t be recorded live. I was so sad as I didn’t snap any photos of this beautiful show!

Here are some of the photos I did capture though!

Mona and Andrea Li
Jeremy Willard
Jeremy Willard and his models. Jeremy is 2nd from the right
Gabriela Martinez
Gabriela Martinez
Femme Fatale Intimates
Femme Fatale Intimates

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.

 

source: nickknight.com

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.