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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!

Fashion Denver Mini Market at Illegal Pete’s

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brandi Shigley

Fashion Denver will host Babes on Bocce, a mini fashion market held on the patio of Illegal Pete’s South Broadway location (270 S. Broadway) on Saturday, September 5th from 3:00pm-9:00pm. This mini market will feature clothing, jewelry and accessories, and a unique opportunity to have yourself turned into a 3D customized figurine. This event is free and open to the public.

From photo shoot by Dorian Phaero. Featured designers: R. Lee and Mukee


Michael models a necklace from recycled skateboards accessory designer Derek Keenan. Photo by Dorian Phaero.

Fashion shows on the bocce court will be at 5pm and 8pm and will feature participating designers with hair and makeup being done by Flaunt Salon, Fashion Denver’s  new neighbors since the move, located on Larimer.

“I’ve known Jenn Armand, co-owner with her husband Andrew of Flaunt Salon, since 1984. It is such a fun experience to be working together in the fashion industry 31 years later!” says Brandi Shigley, founder of Fashion Denver.

Babes on Bocce featured businesses:

R. Lee
3D Twinsie
Start-Tet Design
The Haus

“It’s always fun to have the bigger markets with several designers, but there is something that feels so fresh to skim things down and make this market an intimate experience with just a few designers. Since the move out of our Bannock location, I have been in a hibernating state and tiptoeing back out. This just feels good,” states Shigley.

Join these fashion creatives on the patio at Illegal Pete’s for a memorable end of summer celebration.



The Cotery Pop Up
Friday, September 4th at 6pm and runs Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Buffalo Exchange 51 Broadway

Lauri MurphyBoulder-based startup The Cotery is collaborating with Denver’s Buffalo Exchange back gallery to host a unique art show and pop-up shop bringing exclusive, locally designed, limited-run fashion to Denver.

The Cotery is an online marketplace where creatives can design and sell limited edition, small batch USA made garments with no upfront costs. The Cotery handles the production and the shipment to the customer (AKA the hard stuff), allowing the artist to focus on what they do best!  

Mantra by SDK-1The fashion art show “Cut and Sew” will showcase limited-run garments designed by local artists, accompanied by the original artwork which gave life to the clothing. Featured artists include Ancient + Future, Heather Taylor, JDP, Katy Zimmerman, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Samuel Mata, SDK, and Will Day.    

The event will be hosted by new and used fashion retailer Buffalo Exchange in Denver, and customers will have access to pre-selling designs as well as in-stock pieces which have been produced recently by The Cotery. Be sure to come by and get your hands on some of these limited-run designer garments, and don’t miss the whisky tasting sponsored by Blank & Booth Distilling Company on opening night! 

The Cut and Sew fashion art show and pop-up shop will be hosted at the Denver Buffalo Exchange at 51 Broadway Street, Denver, CO 80203. The show opens on first Friday, September 4th at 6pm and runs Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Questions? More Information?  Contact Tricia Hoke- 720-987-6807