Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Artwork by Max Kauffman

Last night I went to an art show curated by my friend Melissa and I was so excited to run into an old acquaintance and artist Max Kauffman. Something about his artwork is so delicate and meaningful. I love the recurring theme of the cassette tape in most of his pieces and love the color schemes that he uses. We’re hoping to have an artshow featuring Max’s work in November! I would also love to see his designs on tees and tote bags! We’re new fans here at Fashion Denver!

The artwork of Max Kauffman

To see Max’s artwork along with some other fantastic artists, check out Black Book Gallery for the show Art Capsule! 555 Santa Fe Dr.

Our lucky winner!

One of my fabulous business mentors, Kathy Bacon, founder of Dress For Success Denver, has graciously donated 2 VIP tickets to Forever Darling IV. Fashion Denver had a contest on Facebook where one would write a haiku and take a picture in a roaring 20’s outfit.

Here is our lucky winner! Singer / songwriter Coles Whalen!

The ROARING 20’s! a Tri – Haiku
By Coles Whalen
Feathers, fringe, and pearls
Slouchy satin swathing girls
The ROARING 20’s!
Homburg hat and cane
Coat tails to impress a dame
The ROARING 20’s!
What I wouldn’t do
For my chance to dress into
The ROARING 20’s!

Colorado Fashion Week Announces Location and Dates

Colorado Fashion Week Announces Location and Dates

Denver, CO, September 4, 2011: Colorado Fashion Week has officially announced the dates and locations for Colorado’s premier week of fashion. CFW announced the inaugural event dates as September 27th, through October 2nd. The event takes place in the lobby of The Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, at The Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1245 Champa St., Denver, CO 80204. Following the fall fashion week and biannual fashion calendar, the organization is planning on a spring show in April/May. The event is organized and produced by The JTA Group,  amultidisciplinary talent, development, management agency and production company.

Colorado Fashion Week is a premier fashion industry and public event, dedicated to building an economically sustainable and highly respected fashion industry in Colorado. CFW gives designers a voice and serves as a launching pad for their business; it continuously works to establish critical business growth initiatives for its designers by mentoring, training and partnering with key industry entities like fashion buyers, showrooms, magazines, fashion stylists, editors and more.

The schedule of events includes The Business of Fahsion workshops during the day with an official opening ceremony and reception on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Following the opening show will be, The CFW 2011 Master’s Of Hair and Beauty Runway Show, featuring creations from CFW’s partnering beauticians and salons. Looks for the hair show will be inspired by the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

In addition to the nightly fashion shows (doors opening at 6:00 pm), several VIP after parties are scheduled for each night. Rounding out the event on Sunday, October 2nd will be a free buyer’s market and pop up stores at Redline Art Gallery (2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO).

“Our goal is to help position Colorado as an emerging fashion capital of the Rocky Mountain West region, by mentoring, presenting and promoting some of the best promising fashion talent the industry will experience in the next few coming years”, said Justice Kwesi Kwarteng, Colorado Fashion Week’s founder and executive creative director. Justice has assembled a diverse and talented team of fashion industry professionals, who are well respected in their respective areas of expertise, to help organize and execute the event.

The team includes:
:: Lakeysha Green | Fashion Stylist & Founder, BeautyBodyStyle, LLC | Denver, CO
:: Crystal Gardner | Crystal L Gardner Marketing | Denver, CO
:: Andrea Tucker | Owner, Studio: A Collective of Stylists, Denver, CO
:: Erroll Perkins | NARS Master Makeup Artist | Nieman Marcus Cherry Creek | Denver, CO
:: Michael Sasser Photo & Video Productions | Denver, CO
:: Mario Masitti Studios | Denver, CO |
:: Harper Mance | Owner, Zoe’s |
:: Stacey Vogel | CFW Associate Event’s Coordinator
:: Abigail Campbell | CFW Sponsorship Coordinator
:: Davon William | CFW Director of Sound & Lighting
:: Tai Anderson | CFW Model Coordinator
:: Rebecca Braun | Administrative Director
In-kind Sponsors, Strategic Partners and Supporters of CFW 2011 include:
:: Top Shelf Vodka | Denver, CO |
:: Fashion Denver | Denver, CO |
:: Boulder B Cycle | Boulder, CO
:: A Does of Vitamin F |
:: Cheribundi | |
:: Boulder Green Streets | Boulder, CO |
:: Common Era Boutiques | Denver + Boulder |
:: DenVhere Magazine |
CFW 2011 Corporate, Business and Community Sponsors:
:: Studio | a Collective of Stylists | Denver, CO
:: HOT 107.1 FM |
:: Zoe’s | Denver, CO
:: El Salon | Denver, CO
:: Berenices | Denver, CO
:: Rebelle by Tootsies | Denver, CO
:: Blondies | Denver, CO
:: 3 Little Birds | Denver, CO
:: Charlie Price | Denver, CO
:: Redline Art Gallery | Denver, CO
:: d&a Entertainment | Denver, CO
CFW Thanks:
:: The City and County of Denver’s Arts and Venues Division
:: The Denver Theatre District | Denver, CO |
The list of designers committed to showing at the Inaugural Colorado Fashion Week are:

:: D’Lola Couture by Deedee Vicory
:: Marie Margot Bridal Couture by Maggie Burns
:: Johanna Christine by Johanna Alwin
:: Barrera by Juan Andres Jimenez
:: Gino Velardi

For more information regarding the event, sponsorship opportunities, or tickets contact CFW
at: or visit their official blogs: ,
Connect via Social Media: and on Twitter: @ColoradoFashion
Tickets can be purchased here: (Tickets are limited in supply)

Red Drinks Denver featuring 3 stylists

Fashion Denver is proud to be a sponsor of Red Drinks!

This months Red Drinks Denver= Style Sessions

Denver Red DrinksA panel discussion-
Highlighting 3 very talented local stylists (fashion/apparel stylists)!
Come find out who these ladies are, and what exactly a fashion stylist does, and get some insight into new trends… they are the experts!

Natalia Fairbault-
Tina Gill-

Red Drinks Denver: Style Industry Networking Night is here to encourage and foster networking and relationships within our style/fashion communities. For fashion designers, photographers, make up artists, hair stylists, model agencies, fabric retailers, local boutiques, stylists, models, etc… If you in the industry you should know others!
Partners- Fashion Group International- Double Daughters Salotto- See Eyewear-and YOU- Awesome local creatives and red drink drinkers!


We Hope to see you!
Red Drink & Happy Hour specials and passed pizza bites!

Textile Arts Flea Market!

Saturday August 27 10AM-4PM
at TACTILE Textile Arts Center
1955 South Quince Street, Denver, CO 80231

BUY (cash or check only), SELL, or TRADE


Free to the Public.

Textile Arts Flea Market!

Fashion Denver partners up with Anythink Wright Farms for Sparkopolis

Sparkopolis at Anythink Wright Farms

Sept. 24, 2011
6-10 pm
Anythink Wright Farms
5877 E. 120th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80602

Spark Seekers $75
Spark Seekers in Motion $60 (ticket+shuttle)
Idea Connoisseurs (ages 35 and under) $50

Fashion Denver teams up with Anythink Wright Farms Library for Sparkopolis!

On Sept. 24, when Anythink Wright Farms is transformed into Sparkopolis, Fashion Denver will be there to add a new creative flair to the event.

Brandi Shigley, owner and founder of Fashion Denver, will emcee for the evening. Designers Tricia Hoke and Francis Roces, who represent the amazing design talent here in Colorado, join her for a night of creative fun. Hoke, named a 2011 Westword Mastermind, will draw whimsical fashion sketches of what people are wearing that evening. Roces, a designer regularly featured at the Fashion Denver boutique, will create a piece of fashion/art in which guests at the event will contribute by selecting swatches of fabric and other accouterments to add to the piece.

These interactive design experiences perfectly complement the food, music, art and fun that is Sparkopolis.


Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Mahala Evans at


Please consider making an additional gift to support the Rangeview Library Friends Foundation and Anythink’sNature Explore gardens. Your support can bring these innovative outdoor classrooms to our community libraries.

Special Screening of Our Idiot Brother at Fashion Denver

You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of OUR IDIOT BROTHER on Wednesday, August 24th at 7pm at AMC Cherry Creek. Print off the attached pass for your party (each pass admits 2) and bring it with you to the screening. (Please note, passes do not guarantee admission. Theater is overbooked to ensure capacity. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis. ARRIVE EARLY.)


Opening Date:                       August 26, 2011

MPAA Rating:                       R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout

Movie Website:           


Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together.  For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence.  Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue.  As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines.  But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

Our Idiot Brother screen passes at Fashion Denver

Last call out for REVOLUTION, our Fall Fashion Market at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion

Fall Fashion Market
Sunday, October 23rd 11am-6pm
The Grant-Humphreys Mansion
770 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, CO 80203

Download application at:

Junky Funk Designs found at Fashion Denver

We have just a few mores spaces at our fall fashion market REVOLUTION. We invite you to participate Sunday, October 23rd! This is an opportunity for you to share your designs with our fashion forward community. Designers are invited to set up a mini shop and sell to the public, connect with others in the fashion industry, and connect with our creative community.

The market opens to the public at 11am and runs until 6, with 3 different fashion shows that run through the course of the day. We’ll also have musical performances in the main room and other fashionable activies happening throughout the day.

The benefits for involvement are as follows:
– Extensive PR 6 weeks leading up to the event
– Postcards distributed throughout the state listing participating designers names
– Link to your website from Fashion Denver’s site. We estimate about 8000 unique hits per month
– Boutiques are invited to check out our local designers with potential for your designs to be carried in their stores
– You keep 100% of sales. Keep in mind YOU are responsible for sales tax.
– An opportunity for your designs to be featured in our fashion shows with access to our images from the show and event

Basically, it’s an opportunity to connect with creative people, get your designs out there, and have a fantastic time doing it!

Cost to participate is $130.00 and if you need a table, an additional $10.00. Please contact me if you have any questions at or 720-974-2200


Our current press release…

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brandi Shigley

Fashion Denver fuses antiquity with modernism at Grant-Humphreys Mansion

Denver, CO- Fashion Denver is excited to announce “REVOLUTION”, this fall’s fashion show held at the historic Grant-Humphreys mansion Sunday October 23rd, Held every four months for the seasonal markets, this season, Fashion Denver will be showcasing over 125 years of fashion spanning from yesteryear to the trendsetting couture of today walking the runways of Colorado.

Featuring 20 Denver based designers, guests will have the chance to witness the ever-growing saga of fashion design from its beginning with a show  presenting fashion faux pas, features, trends and transitions all leading up to todays cutting edge designs in the fashion world.

The shift back in time will continue with a burlesque show and live performances hosted in the lower level historic theatre. Guests will also have a chance to purchase styles from more than 20 fashion designers, relax with a mini-manicure offered by Tootsies, and be sketched with a spark of fashion flair by artist Tricia Hoke!

Special guests and performances will include 9 News and Metromix’s host Heidi McGuire partaking in modeling festivities as well as newly crowned Ms. Denver Modernism, Grace Stean modeling and showcasing her violin artistry.

Blending the antiquity of history with the modern luxuries of today, this year’s fashion market might even make Queen Elizabeth herself, a little jealous.

Fashion Denver was created in 2004 and works to build avenues between designers, small business owners and consumers. Through hosting various  fashion shows, seasonal markets and open houses, Fashion Denver functions to continue creating an atmosphere where those that wish to make a mark within the fashion world will be able to take the necessary steps to create them.

Denver County Fair is happening THIS weekend!

As founder of Fashion Denver, I am thrilled to be managing the fashion pavilion at the Denver County Fair.  What an amazing opportunity this is to be surrounded by so many of Colorado’s talented individuals. The fair will be divided up into different pavilions. There will be a holistic health, fashion, fine art, kitchen, and more and within each pavilion there will be a plethora of excitement going on!

To read more about this event, follow this link..

Denver County Fair is coming this weekend!

Fashion Denver celebrates Denver’s own Project Runway contestant Fallene Wells!

Fashion Denver teams up with Beauty Bar & Team Mondo to celebrate Fallene on Project Runway!

Project Runway Viewing Parties are back at Beauty Bar this summer, offering Mile-High fashion fans the chance to cheer on Denver designer and season 9 contestant, Fallene Wells.  Beauty Bar has partnered with Team Mondo and Fashion Denver to celebrate Fallene’s national television debut on Thursday, July 28 at 6:00 pm for the premiere of Project Runway season 9. Join us every Thursday at the Beauty Bar!

Read more information here…