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Sizzlin’ 6 with Rachel Marie Hurst

Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.
Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.

Rachel Marie Hurst was one of our very first designers who was part of our Fashion Denver showroom back in 2008 and has been in our Fashion Denver family ever since then. It has been such a joy to watch Rachel’s fashion career grow and expand! Rachel has done several of our fashion markets over the years and to be able to have her at our 13th anniversary just makes me smile!!! 

Brandi Shigley in a Rachel Marie Hurst dress.
I wore this when I was hosting a red carpet event during the Denver Film Festival.

1) What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

I was first drawn to the architecture of my college campus and the art and mosaics that were on the walls.  They had such amazing colors and designs and that led to my love of prints and colors. 

2) What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I felt that I had a vision that I wanted to share with others and that could only be done as my own boss. I love telling my own stories through my designs and expressing myself to others through fashion and the creative process.

3) Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

There are so many amazing women out there that I admire for their fashion. Currently I am obsessed with Blake Lively and Zendaya. They both have a unique but cool girl feel that is also very feminine. I love that their clothing screams that yes they are women and yes they are strong, amazing and bold. 

Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.

4) What inspires your designs? 

the need to create clothing for women that chase after their dreams and defy societal norms, those women inspire me to create.

5) What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver? 

Denver is like family. We have our ups and downs, but I will always cherish our fashion community and love them no matter what.

 

Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya
Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya

6) What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why? 

My favorite piece that I have designed is my floral print gown. The Print is perfection but the cut and just overall feel gives off a women in charge that is comfortable with her femininity and is sexy and bold. (Pictured)

7) 3 Things if stranded on an island? 

The practical person in me would say food, matches and water but the other person that doesn’t care, my alter ego, would say my computer with my sims game and a solar charging station of some sort lol. 

Featured anniversary designer: Idlewild Designs

Designer Tina Jolliffe of Idlewild Designs
Designer Tina Jolliffe of Idlewild Designs

I’ve known Tina Jolliffe, designer behind Idlewild Designs  for many years and have always been inspired by her style, kind soul, and talent. When we (Fashion Denver) opened up our first boutique on 11th and Cherokee, Tina was part of the growth of that and then eventually ended up taking over the space as her own studio, boutique and office.  Tina left Colorado for a little bit, but boy are we happy to have her back! I’m so excited to feature her designs at our 13th Anniversary. Get ready to get your #SummerDressGame on!!!

Let’s get to know Tina, shall we?

My first memory of fashion inspiration would probably be a combination of my Mother and Grandmother. When I was young my mother made all of my clothing, I always thought that was amazing! As I got older I would search through all my grandmothers closets and storage room for vintage clothing she was willing to part with. I would alter them to fit me, then soon after I was making my own creations because things I could buy in the stores were never 100%

What motivated me to start my own fashion business was this great girl who owned this cute shop in Sacramento CA while I lived there for an extremely short period of time. Maybe a month! It was this great little boutique that she repurposed vintage clothing. I was talking to her one day, I said how I wish I could have a shop like this one day and she just said “do it then” like it was so simple. But then one day I did, and that was rad!

Idlewild Designs at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Idlewild Designs at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza

My main inspiration behind designing clothing is mostly just making ladies of all shapes and sizes feel good! I like making things for others to appreciate. I enjoy creating pieces that can make you feel like you!

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

I’ve been out of the loop the last couple years. But it seems to keep growing and that’s wonderful! When I first started designing clothing in Denver about 10 years ago it was a small group of designers and most of us knew each other, planned small event together, and now it’s grown so much! I’m excited to meet so many new talented people who share similar interests.

One of my favorite pieces was designed for this Vitamin Water event. Mondo was one of the judges. My best friend Cassie was my model and it was a contest. I can’t even remember what the winning design got (I obviously wasn’t the winner) but it was a really fun night!

Idlewild Designs at Vitamin Water fashion competition
Idlewild Designs at Vitamin Water fashion competition

If I was stranded on an island and got to bring 3 things the first would be GB (Kyle Oppold) my partner. I never get tired of him, he is great entertainment, he can sing awesome songs, and he can help me build a boat to get off the island. Or help build a house so we can stay on the island. The second thing would be an amazing unbreakable knife. For all my chopping, carving and whittling needs. The third thing I’d like is a female sheep so I can use its wool to spin yarn and make fabric by knitting or weaving. Also I’m going to make cheese some how with that sheep milk.

Sizzlin’ 6 with Stylish Sparrow’s Lisa Sharpe

Lisa Sharpe of Sparrow Designs
Lisa Sharpe of Stylish Sparrow

I first met Lisa Sharpe of Stylish Sparrow last summer and really fell in love with the eye that Lisa has for style and the services that she offers to others. This will be Lisa’s 2nd time doing one of our markets and it is truly a joy to have her light shine at our events. Come see Lisa next Friday at our Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza!

For me, the most important thing in life and in the world, is people. All people.”- Lisa Sharpe

What inspired your pop up? 

Synergy is something that fuels my work with people and fashion.   Collaborating with people who are fun, free spirited fashion lovers is inspiring!  Celebrating special occasions ignites a little fire in me, brings joy and results in a little more excitement as I prepare for an event.  All of these elements will come into play as I select the merchandise I’ll bring to the 13th Anniversary Fashion Denver Bonanza! 

Stylish Sparrow at last summer's White Party
Stylish Sparrow at last summer’s White Party

What inspires what you carry in your collection and where do you find your goods? 

My colllection comes from adventures in thrifting in Denver, Miami and Orange County.  I look for pieces that speak to me and capture my eye.  If I can visualize a great way to style the item and convey the outfit to the client, then I know it’s a winner.  I also source my collection from clients’  closets when I am working with them during wardrobe consults and personal style appointments.  I apply the same criteria to my purchases from clients’ closets.  It is a thrill to see who each item goes home with, and I love seeing the delight on clients’ faces as they discover these treasures for themselves.

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Maria Harlan, brains behind Prickly Hearts

Maria Harlan of Prickly Hearts
Maria Harlan of Prickly Hearts

I first met Maria Harlan 12 years ago when she was a student at CSU. She volunteered at one of our first fashion markets and has since then graduated, moved to Arizona, had a decade a life and life brought her back to Colorado! It is so fun to have Maria IN our fashion market, all grown up 🙂

Let’s learn a little bit about Maria and her line of jewelry Prickly Hearts. …

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

I remember visiting my Grandparents in Iowa every summer and them having these huge JCPenny catalogs.  I would spend hours going through them and tearing out all of my favorite styles and creating vision boards with them.  I must have been 7 or 8!  

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

I was avid browser on Etsy and decided one day that I should just go for it!  I opened a shop and never looked back.  I was itching for my creative outlet to mean more than a hobby to me.

Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza

What inspires your designs? 

The seasons and color! 

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

It has been great to see it evolve over the years bring so many creative minds together.  There is so much amazing talent in Denver and I know it will only grow into a bigger industry here!

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver's anniversary bonanza
Prickly Hearts at Fashion Denver’s anniversary bonanza

I designed this oversized statement necklace with green chrysoprase and a natural stone bird feather pendant with gold edging.  The design came to me so effortlessly and I remember how happy I was so see the idea transfer over into the actual piece!  In that moment I felt nothing but happiness for my passion and knew I made the right decision to take the leap in starting my own business.

 3 Things if stranded on an island?

Chapstick
Unlimited music supply
Hammock

Sizzlin’ 7 with The Mechanic’s Wife

We are excited to announce that The Mechanic’s Wife will be part of our Fashion Denver Bonanza anniversary! This will be the first time that Sally, brains behind the beautiful jewelry, has shown at one of our markets.  This small town Colorado girl brings her inspiration from her family and her passion for upcycling to her jewelry line and we all get to get a glimpse on June 16th! Let’s learn more, shall we?

1) What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

Honestly, I don’t remember, I just know I have always loved fashion, jewelry and designing.  It’s just a part of me.

2) What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have this little problem of, “I can make that!”  My mind constantly looks at things and automatically starts to think of what I can do with it, how I can make it into something, what else can it be used for.  My business was created out of a passion to just create.  It has encompassed everything from being a flower shop, interior decorating, clothing design, painted furniture and jewelry design.  My 5 year old daughter, Elexx tells me daily I’m a “Maker”, and I think that describes me perfectly.

3) Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

I grew up in a small, rural town, so I was never exposed to big names, but my biggest influence has always been my aunt, LaVanda Mitchek.  She taught me to be creative and I could do it, even if everyone else thought I was crazy.  To look outside the box and be unique.  She will forever be my biggest influence and icon.

The Mechanic's Wife at Fashion Denver's Anniversary
The Mechanic’s Wife

4) What inspires your designs? 

Life, but mainly my kids and the junk yard.   Also my hammer.  I love to pound metal and see what happens.

5) What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver? 

I love that it is so diverse and always progressing.  Denver has done a great job of embracing designers, both new and those who have experience in the fashion world.   

The Mechanic's Wife at Fashion Denver's Anniversary
The Mechanic’s Wife

7) What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why? 

This would have to be my Dream Catcher series of necklaces.  I had various stones and metal stampings on my counter and a few just got swept to the side to make room for something else I was working on and when I looked over at it, inspiration just struck and I knew exactly what I was ment to create.  My motto with them is “Dream It, Believe It”.

7) 3 Things if stranded on an island? 

My husband and 5 kids

My tools 

Metallica (Yes, the band)

Sizzlin’ 6 with Michelle Hale of M Designs

Michelle Hale, designer of Designs by M
Michelle Hale, designer of Designs by M

For the people who love and dance and be free, do we have the designer for you! Michelle Hale, climber, spa & boutique owner, designer extraordinaire, and Burning Man woman, will be featured at our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza June 16th! 

Here are a few questions with Michelle!

Who were a couple of your fashion icons growing up as a kid and teenager? 

As I kid I loved Cher.  What an icon….and all about fashion.  Then of course we move into the Madonna phase

What inspired you to start designing? 

It probably began with getting more decadent at Halloween.  My 1st trip  to Burningman was huge for inspiration and to motivator me to start making my own clothing.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

To this day I still get highly inspired from festivals such as Burningman.  I also use fashion magazine’s like Vogue and Elle  for inspiration 

Haley wears Designs by M (Michelle Hale). Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Haley wears Designs by M (Michelle Hale). Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Tell us about your Headquarters (shop and beauty shop) 5) 

I have a small skincare and permanent makeup boutique in Boulder called The Beauty Spot where I have been lucky enough to have the space to display and sell and of my designs.

What has been the most challenging obstacle that you’ve overcome as in independent designer?

Finding good local contract workers like cutters!  

3 Things if Stranded on an Island

My kittens, music, and a lover :))) the human touch is unbelievably important to me

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Hana Lash of T H A L K E N

Hana Lash designer behind T H A L K E N
Hana Lash designer behind T H A L K E N

I met Hana at the clubhouse of my apartment and what a bright joy of beauty she was to my day!! We immediately hit it off and when I learned that she was a jewelry designer that had just moved here from Cali, I got really excited to scoop her on up into the Fashion Denver family.  Hana brings her gorgeous line of jewelry, T H A L K E N, to the 5280 and how we are excited!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

I had extremely sensitive skin when I was little so anything that I wore had to be soft. Instead of underwear I would wear leotards under my clothes because they were more comfortable. So I would say that my first memory of fashion inspiration is comfort. 🙂

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Instructions Designs Couture aka IDC

We are so excited to introduce Instructions Designs, a first time Fashion Denver Bonanza market participant! Our fashion community continues to grow, adding such a diverse group of designers to our thriving fashion scene! Welcome to the family Crystal!

Crystal Garcia, designer behind Instructions Designs Couture
Crystal Garcia, designer behind Instructions Designs Couture

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

Gem & the Holograms! I was 3-4 years old and I remember these dolls that wore their bad-ass on their clothes & hair! Whenever I got to pick my outfits I would try my hardest to match their color schemes and embellished ruffles! I think I’ve gone through all of their hair colors now that I think about it! 

Instructions Designs inspired by Jem!
Instructions Designs inspired by Jem!

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Spruced Designs

We are so excited to welcome Colleen Cronin to the Fashion Denver family! Fresh off the boat (okay, maybe it wasn’t a boat) but all the way from Alaska!, Colleen recently moved to Denver and moved her jewelry design company Spruced Designs! Welcome to the mile high city! Collen will feature her line of handcrafted jewelry that exude elegance and beauty. 

Spruced Designs by Colleen Cronin featured at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary bonanza!
Spruced Designs by Colleen Cronin featured at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary bonanza!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

My first memories of fashion inspiration were playing dress-up with my mom’s jewelry, makeup and clothes; and my Barbies!

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

I always had fun making jewelry for myself and my friends, and one Christmas after making hand-stamped necklaces for my best friends I decided I wanted to start my own business. 

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

I love Todd Reed and Melanie Auld

Spruced Designs
Spruced Designs

What inspires your designs?

There are places that have always connected with my soul and the simplicity, beauty and pure awe of those places has always inspired me to create unique pieces that attempt to capture the essence of something so profound with so much meaning.  

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Hope Couture Bridal

Brand new to our Fashion Denver world,  is Alissa Hope with Hope Couture Bridal, bringing her beautiful veils to our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza taking place June 16th

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

A framed poster of “L’instant Taittinger”

Hope Bridal Couture
Hope Bridal Couture

What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have always dreamed of working for myself doing what I love.  Watching brides walk down the aisle in their dream look makes my heart melt and you can’t buy that feeling.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

The late Alexander McQueen

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