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Red Ball wrap up

November 19, 2017 – Red, the color of the night. All different hues swept down the runway on Sunday evening. Put on by Denver Colorado AIDS Project and Howard Dental Services at the EXDO Event Center in Downtown Denver, this was an event of the year. Exquisite and innovative local designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists helped transform the event into a sparkling success.

All photos taken courtesy of Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

The show opened in a unique way, bringing student designers from the RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design) to the stage to show off their individual creations.They proudly glided down the stage with their models showcasing their hard work in what seemed like a moment of pure happiness.

Bringing on the start of local designers, Zeljka Sladovic’s designs hit the runway. In what seemed like a bridal affair, ivories, golds, and champagnes took over. The gowns were gorgeously draped and structured to fit the model’s bodies perfectly. My favorite piece from this collection was an elegant peach colored, loosely fit gown with a gold beaded halter top strap. The color was exquisite and a bold choice but looked dashing under the lights as it danced across the stage. The head pieces complimented the gowns perfectly to create the ultimate princess effect courtesy of Fleur Salon. 

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Denver Design Week July 15th-21st

Denver Design Week

After a successful first year in 2016, Denver Design Week (DDW) is back July 15-21, 2017. DDW celebrates the region’s best architecture, interiors, brands, and technology with 30 thought-provoking events over the course of seven days in the Denver metro area. From intimate panel discussions with local experts to large keynote presentations by international design leaders to guided tours and interactive workshops, DDW showcases why Denver is a hotbed of design innovation. With dozens of Denver’s top creative minds leading sessions, DDW builds an understanding of the vital role design plays in our lives and increases public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design.

Many programs are crafted for Colorado’s creative community, but every design professional, student, and enthusiast is invited to participate. Tickets are on sale now at Daytime sessions are just $10; evening sessions and keynotes are $12 and the Launch Party is $15. Select evening events include bites and drinks. Monday and Wednesday daytime sessions take place at CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.

This is the initial schedule. We’ll be announcing more talks and tours soon.

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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


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…



VOTE on your favorite designer from the Art Institute

Earlier this summer, I got to be a judge for a very special fashion competition hosted by the ArtScene by Denver8TV. 3 fashion students from the Art Institute showcased their couture dresses and now… it’s up to YOU to vote!! Poll closes October 25th!

Watch the runway shows and learn more about each designer… then cast your vote!

Gary Lee Days Pin Up Fashion Show

Gary Lee Days Pin Up Fashion Show!
September 17th 3pm
176 S. Broadway

Music, fashion and fun featuring amazing designers and a fun weekend of celebration!

Join the community for a 2 day of celebrating everything Gary Lee loved! Kicking off the event on Friday September 16th at 8pm we have Pretty Mouth and the Trade-Ins! Saturday we begin the festivities with the surf rock sounds of the Royal Aces, followed by a pin up fashion show put on by Equillibrium, and a pompadour and pin up hair contest with competing salons. After that we have the ridiculous shenanigans of the band Gravity Tapes. Around 6pm there will be a live auction (as well as a silent auction that runs through the day) with some very rare Gary Lee creations all benefiting Max Fund. Everyone knows how Gary loved his dog Clarence, who will also make an appearance. And closing, the have a DOUBLE HEADLINER with Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene and the Nuns of Brixton.

This will be an annual event, so don’t miss the FIRST EVER Gary Lee Days!


Gary Lee

Marie-Margot Bridal Couture Announces Launch of Indiegogo Campaign

Marie-Margot Bridal Couture Announces Launch of Indiegogo Campaign

DENVER,COMaggie Burns of Marie-Margot Bridal Couture is thrilled to announce the launch of a 30 day Indiegogo Campaign, aimed at raising funds to produce a new ready-to-wear bridal collection, beginning today. The campaign seeks to raise funds to allow for Burns’ eight-piece collection of unique gowns to be manufactured en mass and sold out of bridal salons across the country. The campaign’s main goal is to allow Marie-Margot Bridal to take samples of the eight gowns to the National Bridal Market in Chicago from September 8th to the 11th. Details can be found on the campaign page at


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Interview with Minika Ko

Denver-Art-Museum_Paper-Samurai-Dress_BTS3_Derek-Keenan_Minika-KoWe first heard about Minika Ko from our good friend Derek Keenan. He was partnering up with a fashion designer and friend from NYC to create a design for the annual Paper Fashion Show and when he told us about Minika and showed us her website, we knew we had to meet her!

1) When did you first realize that fashion was your passion? 

MinikaGrowing up, I always loved beautiful things. I was a pianist and cellist at young age, and I always enjoyed dressing up for my performances. In this way and more, fashion has always been integral to my life, but I never thought it could be my career until 2013, when I quit my job and traveled the world as part of a soul-searching journey. I read a biography of Alexander McQueen during this time, leading me to pursue a tailoring apprenticeship in Taiwan. Within three months of training, I won Elle Magazine’s New Talent Award, had my first runway show, and began an exhilarating journey working as a designer in France, Los Angeles, and, finally, New York City. I have been living my dream ever since. 

2) You are a well traveled and cultured designer! Are there any specific cultures that influence your design aesthetic?

Thank you. Certainly, my designs are influenced by the wonderful places I’ve visited and the amazing people I’ve met in the process. For example, upon landing in Denver, I immediately went to an art show, met many of the local artists, and soaked in the aesthetic of the vibrant scene. It’s such a refreshing experience. Most of all, New York City continues to be my source of inspiration, a cultural hub of beauty, chaos, and everything in between. 

3) You have a degree in music business as well as a degree in fashion. Do these 2 ever cross pollinate, connecting music and fashion and if so how? 

The beauty of music lies in its composition and timelessness, a trait I hope to achieve in my designs. In my design process, every style line and shape is carefully considered to ensure meaning and function, just like the notes from my sheet music. I aim for timeless, effortless designs, consciously harmonizing with influence from arts and music. 

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4) What is your design process when designing a new design? 

My creations are often inspired by music or other work of art, and are then fleshed out through a draping process, so that I can feel the fabric and visualize how it would flow on the body. With passions for classical music and contemporary art, my designs are often an intersection of tradition and modernity. Hito Steyerl’s Red Alert and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 are both inspirations for my upcoming ready-to-wear line, Kovasky.

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From Minika’s instagram

5) When you were visiting Denver for the Paper Fashion Show, what did you notice to be different as far as our street style compared to where you live in NYC? 

The street style of Denver was more laid back compared to NYC. The combination of urban and outdoor clothing created an inviting aesthetic environment, one that seemed wonderfully open-minded. 

6)  What were some of interesting and fun things that you noticed about your trip to Denver? It’s always fun hearing about visitors experiences in our city. 

I loved the vibrant art scene here in Denver, existing both in galleries and around the streets. Derek Keenan introduced me to many arises in the community and I was amazed by all of the passion and creativity!

7) How did you and Derek conceptualize your design for the Paper Fashion Show and what was your inspiration? 


Derek and I spoke on the phone many times both before and after my visit to Denver, determining the proper direction of work. I took over the conceptual design and silhouette of the dress, while Derek handled the texturing and detailing, such as laser cutting the papers.

The museum had asked us to create a samurai-inspired dress, and I felt right at home with that prompt. I grew up wearing kimonos and listening to my grandmother’s bedtime stories about samurai. One such story taught me that samurai would often wear exaggerated armor when they rode in the dark, so that their shadows would appear larger than life and scare of their enemies. Thus, I designed the exaggerated silhouette and sleeves to portray this concept and Derek completed an awesome headpiece to accompany the dress. We worked exceptionally well together. 


8) Where can we see this piece? 

The paper dress is on view at the Denver Art Museum through June 5th. You can also see pictures on our instagram @minika_ko and Facebook page:

9) Where do you see yourself in the fashion industry in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? 

I will be launching my first women’s ready-to-wear line, Kovasky, during the New York Fashion Week in September. It’s a contemporary line that caters to forward-thinking, career-drive women, a group that has always inspired me. Also, with my tailoring background and studies of Couture techniques at FIT, I will continue to make custom gowns for private clients, something that I truly enjoy. 

In 5-10 years, I hope to establish Minika Ko as a sustainable, lifestyle brand, creating beautiful designs for women while also launching lines of Menswear, Children’s Wear, and Home, all while ensuring that the creations are responsibly sourced and produced. 

10) 3 things if stranded on an island.

Drinkable water, a fabulous dress made of mosquito-proof fabric by Minika Ko, and a lover if available. If not, lip balm would be nice.

DESIGNER CALL OUT: Fall Fashion Market at Green Spaces

ReUP {Fashion Denver’s sustainable fashion market}
Saturday, November 21st
Green Spaces
1368 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205
$135.00 to participate
$115.00 student rate

We are so excited to host our fashion market at our new HQ at Green Spaces! This fashion market is all about sustainability! Recycling, upcycling and focus on our environment are key to participating in this market.

Featured designer above Equillibrium: Photo above by Steve Babirad, models Kristina Bandhand & Brooke Crawford


Colorado boutiques, clothing and accessory designers are invited to come and set up a mini shop and share their sustainable designs with the public. You keep all sales made throughout the day.

The market opens to the public at 10am and runs until 5, with 3 different fashion shows that run through the course of 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

– Mini interview with link to your website from Fashion Denver’s site.

– Your fashions will be featured in the fashion show!

– You keep 100% of sales. Keep in mind YOU are responsible for sales tax.

Please fill out this application and Fashion Denver will review the application and get back to you to let you know if you have been accepted into the show!