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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 ūüôā

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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TheLuxeDen at FROST

kendraBack in the mid-nineties, I used to snowboard on a small all women’s snowboarding team with Kendra Rostvedt. Kendra opened up a small snowboarding / skateboarding shop called Thrifty Stick and that soon expanded. It’s an honor to feature Kendra’s latest fashion endeavors at our 13th annual Fashion Denver fashion market FROST!

1) When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in fashion? Were you a child? What inspired you? 

I think my Sophomore year of high school I went all year (365 days) without wearing the same thing twice (I was an avid thrift store shopper otherwise I couldn’t have afforded that lol) ¬†I was inspired with different styles, textures, pieces¬†and colors and realized the world of clothing and fashion is much bigger that I ever imagined and I wanted to learn as much as I could about it.

2) Describe the pieces that you carry in your collection.

I mostly deal in closet staples.  I have various seasonal trend items as well but because I am very conscious of the body types and style preferences of my clients, I let them choose what they want to pursue when it comes to trend.

TheLuxeDen3) Who is your ideal customer? 

Any woman who wants to go in to her closet and know that whatever she chooses to put on her body from her closet, that the item that she chooses will fit her great and she can feel confident and secure knowing that she looks good even if it takes her 5 minutes to get dressed.

4) What do you think about the fashion industry here in Denver and how are you contributing to our fashion scene?

With all of the people moving into town from so many places I think the demand for what we have here in Denver is changing.  I believe that we, the fashion industry in Denver, seems to be a bit more conscious of what people need and want vs what we think they need and want based off of our own personal styles and wants.  I am contributing to the fashion scene by servicing my clients to the best of my ability and by giving them an array of options to pick and chose from to dress their bodies.  I believe I contribute to the scene by educating and helping individual clients express themselves through their clothing and by helping them appreciate their own bodies and their own style therefore inspiring them to be more into fashion.   

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5) What are you fashion goals for the next year? 

My goal always is to make each individual that I work with¬†feel confident and secure in knowing that when they walk out the door that they can take on whatever challenges they have through the day more successfully because they feel confident in what they are wearing. ¬†When you don’t, it makes a huge impact on your day. ¬†That within itself¬†goes a LOOONNGGG way. ¬†My goal is do a lot more of helping individuals experience that feeling. ¬†

Darlene C. Ritz at FROST

Darlene C. Ritz
Designer, instructor, and chair of the fashion department at RMCAD

How do you define fashion?

Darlene C. RitzI define fashion with the technical definition: “a taste shared by many for a period of time”¬†Eubank, Phyllis G. Tortora & K.¬†Survey of Historic Costume, 5th Edition. Fairchild Books USA, 6/2009. VitalBook file.¬†

This may refer to clothing, art, food, interior design, literature, etc. A fashion is anything that is accepted by a group of people for a period of time. 

I use the term “style” in the way that most people use the term fashion. Style is the way a person expresses themselves visually.¬†

ritz-design-for-gary-lee-days-23-1How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

I’ve been designing as long as I can remember. My industry experience was mostly in private label for large retailers.¬†

For over a decade, my focus in the industry has been in fashion education and in developing the next generation of fashion industry professionals. I do not currently sell my designs, though I have been active for the past year in using my designs to promote Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and the relatively new fashion design program (launched in Fall of 2014).

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

This depends on the project. When working on Pridefest, the inspiration was celebratory. We worked to meet the needs of DeMarcio Slaughter, Pridefest’s Emcee. When working with Athena Ambush the inspiration was RMCAD branded merchandise and upcycling. The inspiration for Gary Lee days was 40s pinup models. For Red Ball the inspiration was an Edwardian corset.

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What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

I want the person wearing my garments to feel confident; from there it is up to the wearer.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with?   

I love to collaborate!! Brandi Shigley is high on my list!!

Equillibrium at Frost!

Deb HenriksenDeb Henriksen of Equillibrium was one of the very first designers to participate in our first ever fashion market in 2004!! It’s so wonderful to have her back for our 13th annual holiday market!!

How do you define fashion?
An art form everyone can express themselves in,  just by wearing it.

eqkustomperiodic2How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

Equillibrium was established in 2000.  Over the years we have sold in over 20 stores.  Currently we are focused on direct sales through our  Website:   www.equillibrium.com,   our Denver Show Room,  and Pop-up events.

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

Through the textiles,¬† graphics,¬† and¬†overall design aesthetic…¬†¬†

eqkustomperiodic1What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

As a Designer,  I am always trying to invoke an emotion through fashion.  One that is positive and empowering to both the wearer and viewer on the street.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Vivienne Westwood for sure!  I just LOVE her,  and appreciate all she has done and does for punx,  high fashion,  and our environment! 

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!!!

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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

 

 

Frost: Featured author

Besides fashion and beauty, we’re going to have a couple non-fashion people at our Frost Fashion Market and with the holidays right around the corner, many of us are in the mood for baking…. and LOVE! We are excited to feature Michelle Poirier, author of SugarLove: Broken Cookies Still Taste Good.

1) What inspired you to write this book? 

Since I love to bake and often modified or made up my own recipes, friends said that I should write a cook book. I didn’t want to write just a cook book though and knew that if, a¬†big “if,” I ever wrote one, that it had to have a twist to it. I was hit with this idea, that each recipe would personify a particular type of guy, years ago when I was experimenting with a fudgy brownie recipe for my then boyfriend. It wasn’t your typical ‘one bowl brownie mix.’ Rather, it was complex and had an unexpected ingredient. For that recipe, the sum of the parts was so much more as it yielded a moist and fudgy brownie that I’d never had before. It hit me that it, the recipe, wasn’t dissimiliar from my then boyfriend. He appeared to be the ‘bad boy’ on the outside – bad boys are always good looking – and with attitude; however, he was so much more. He was a good communicator, in touch with his emotions, and so sweet. Boom. Idea for a cook book with a twist happened!

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2) At what age did you discover your passion for baking? 

Gosh, I’d say middle school, but definitely high school. With a mom who worked two jobs, I found myself looking through her cook books and then searching the cabinets for ingredients to bake something if she wasn’t home. That’s how I started. I’d make whatever I could with the ingredients already in our kitchen. I’d even spend my Friday nights in with¬†my best gal friend baking. We loved to surprise our mom’s with our goodies!

3) How has navigating the single life been in your 20s, 30s and 40’s. What’s been the difference in decades with your inner dialogue?

Wow, it’s so much harder now (in my 40s). In your 20s, you are just starting out in adult life and have no expectations, only hopes. Time is on your side and you have no agenda. For me, I was¬†a late bloomer and didn’t really become the person I always wanted to be until about age 29; so, my 30s were really¬†my time of self discovery. My social world opened up (I attribute that to the recognition that 5280 Magazine gave me when they chose me as one of their “Most Eligible Singles” for the February 2003 issue). I¬†embraced my newly expanded social networks. I was dating multiple guys at once but not getting close to any one of them. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I got wrapped up in a social scene of people who¬†mostly wanted to stay single and I now realize that is partly why I’m still single. Even if I did meet someone with potential (which I did), I kept them at arms distance and that¬†caused the relationship not to develop. Now,¬†I’m ready for the ‘one.’ I’m not worried about missing someone better that may come along.¬†I’m upfront with the men that I meet now.¬†If they are looking for the ‘good time,’ it’s not me. I’m looking for my special someone; someone to create history with and look back on the years together.

4) Do you ever want to get married? 

YES! Do you have someone in mind for me?

5) What’s your favorite part of the holidays? 

Christmas cookies! I’m serious. They are so much more than just a treat. They are a representation of someone’s time, love, and effort. They are unique to that the giver and can’t be found anywhere else. What¬†a gift!

 

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 

GRAND OPENING of Scout & Molly’s of Cherry Creek

Scout & Molly’s of Cherry Creek
September 10, 2016 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
2445 E. 3rd Avenue, Suite 2
Denver, CO

-Dozens of designer brands and a personal stylist all at one convenient location-

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Scout & Molly’s opens up in Cherry Creek North! Fashion lovers, be sure to check out this new boutique¬†and celebrate¬†their grand opening September 10th! ¬†Festivities include discounts, sips, and hors d‚Äôoeuvres. 20% off EVERYTHING in the store! First 100 people receive gift bag with purchase.

Shoppers, you can also support Dress for Success Denver! Bring in a gently used purse or handbag and receive an additional 5% off Banx Designs jewelry.

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We are excited to see what this new boutique will carry and we got word that they will be supporting our local fashion community carrying some of Denver’s fabulous clothing and accessory designers!

Learn more!

Cherry Creek North, Colorado August 2016 РRetailer Scout & Molly’s recently opened its doors to the women of Cherry Creek North. The 1200 square foot boutique will offer upscale designer women’s clothing and original chic designs including Australian designers Shilla the Label and Wish, as well as LAMade, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Susana Monaco, Trina Turk and many more. A special grand opening event with sales, champagne and door prizes will be held on Saturday September 10th  from 10am-7pm.

‚ÄúWe want people to take advantage of our free help. We offer a styling program, delivery, and closet makeovers for store credit. In addition, there is free parking behind the store!‚ÄĚ say owners, Rebecca Heckman and Nesa Opp.

More than just a boutique, Scout & Molly’s Cherry Creek North is committed to community service and looks forward to supporting local not for profit organizations. The grand opening event will host a handbag drive to benefit Dress for Success. For every handbag donation, the customer will receive an extra 5% off a piece of jewelry. This is on top of the 20% discount offer that will be available on all items on Grand Opening day.

In the weeks to come, please keep an eye out for more details by following Scout & Molly’s on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to be awarded their opening discounts.

The Cherry Creek North store located at 2445 E. 3rd Av. Unit #2 Denver, Colorado is one of many opening across the country over the next few months.

To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Dana Swinney dswinney@thecrushagency.com or 518-694-1204

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ABOUT SCOUT & MOLLY’S

Scout & Molly‚Äôs, based in Raleigh, NC, launched in 2002 and was the dream of entrepreneur and Founder, Lisa Kornstein. Scout & Molly‚Äôs is where today‚Äôs transcending woman goes to find that special little something that‚Äôll fit just right. Our boutiques are merchandised with a simple rule in mind: ‚ÄúNo style fits all,‚ÄĚ which is why maintaining individuality while dressed in the latest trends, is a necessity for all of our customers. Our locations are home to your favorite designers and unique finds that are sure to produce both confidence and compliments. Be sure to follow our location on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on new styles, seasonal announcements, specials, deals and outfit ideas. For additional information visit http://cherrycreek.scoutandmollys.com.

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GreenLeaf to Host Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert for Nonprofit Youth Leadership Program

Our Fashion Denver headquarters is located in an amazing warehouse full of entrepreneurs, one of them being GreenLeaf! They are doing amazing things and we are thrilled to celebrate with them! Mark your calendars for September 17th….

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Local band Pink Hawks to perform at this family-friendly fundraising event celebrating the successes of GreenLeaf’s crew of powerful youth leaders who have spent the year building a new farm at the Smiley Campus

GreenLeaf, a Denver nonprofit, is excited to celebrate their recent move to the Park Hill neighborhood with the 2016 Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert featuring world dance band Pink Hawks. This family-friendly fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at The Art Garage at 6100 East 23rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80207. Proceeds will go to support GreenLeaf’s year-round youth leadership development, urban farming, and food justice programming. Early-bird tickets start at just $15 and can be purchased by visiting www.greenleafdenver.org.

Press photos 3In addition to live music and dancing, the Farm-Raiser event will feature an exciting silent auction, youth-led games and tours of GreenLeaf’s new farm at the Smiley Campus two blocks away, a delicious potluck-style dinner with food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries, and opportunities to purchase fresh produce from the farm and get involved with GreenLeaf’s award-winning programming.

Press photos 4The celebration will be focused on successes over the past year since GreenLeaf was forced to close their long-time farm home downtown and relocate operations. Thanks to a new partnership with Denver Public Schools, the GreenLeaf youth have built a brand new quarter-acre farm on the historic Smiley Campus in North Park Hill. GreenLeaf youth crew members work together to plan and manage the farm, including a weekly farm stand and small Community Supported Agriculture program, which help offset the cost of running the farm.

To donate goods or services for the 2016 Farm-Raiser Benefit Concert, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cody Meinhardt at cody@greenleafdenver.org.

Relevant Goods celebrates 1 year

Relevant Goods 1 Year Celebration
Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m.-­ 9 p.m.
250 Broadway Denver, Colorado.

Denver’s source for clothing, accessories and gifts, Relevant Goods is on Broadway, in the Baker neighborhood will celebrate their first year in business next Friday. The event is a chance to shop, view the work of a local artist and celebrate a local business‚Äô first year. Natalie Esquivel, owner of Relevant Goods, says ‚ÄúRelevant Goods is built on a balance of texture, ease and sophistication. It celebrates the urban and the earth in style.‚ÄĚ The event is complimentary and open to all ages, no RSVP required. During the evening, Relevant Goods will offer small bites, cocktails and drawings for prizes and gift cards for the shop.

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The evening also marks the opening of an art exhibition ‚ÄúConcrete Confetti‚ÄĚ with local photographer and writer Risa Friedman. Risa documents architectural details and street art around Denver. Her art is marked with detail and color. The exhibition at Relevant Goods marks her first solo show. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt think of any better way to celebrate being in business for a year than to add to the shop accessible art and be a part of people discovering talent in their own back yard. I think Risa‚Äôs photos will change the way people walk through and look at our city,‚ÄĚ says Natalie.

The upcoming exhibition with Risa also marks the launching point for an ongoing art series. Every six to eight weeks, a new exhibition will release from a new artist. The exhibits will center specifically on female artists, many of them local. Natalie says ‚ÄúAs a female business owner starting life over again, I want Relevant Goods to be a platform for the local female creative voice.‚ÄĚ

Relevant GoodsNatalie says ‚Äú I am really grateful for the support I’ve received in the first year. Opening a small business is no joke and the first year takes its toll on everything in life outside the business. I have received kind words and encouragement from many shops and restaurant owners in the neighborhood as well as an immense amount of support and love from family and close friends. ‚Äú

About Relevant Goods

Relevant Goods opened in September 2015 by Natalie Esquivel. The boutique carries local jewelry designers, gifts and home accessoreis as well as clothing. To learn more visit, www.relevantgoods.com