Category Archives: Designer Profiles

Nani Nalu Swimwear Boutique opens in Boulder


Nani Nalu, a curated swim and resort wear boutique is making its debut on Pearl Street this Memorial Day Weekend. The store will be located at the west end of Pearl Street at 1048 Pearl Street, Suite #117, Boulder, CO, 80302.

Unique to the swimwear world, Nani Nalu staffs dedicated swim fit experts who are trained in fitting, styling and body positivity coaching, in order to help women find flattering swimwear for every body type. Appointments are available Monday-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of five or more may schedule a private party free of charge.

Based out of Minnesota, the 2,600 square foot Pearl Street boutique will mark the third store for the Nani Nalu brand with locations in Kansas City, MO, and Edina, MN. In addition to bringing a unique in-store opportunity to the often stressful swimsuit shopping experience, the store will carry a variety of suit styles, accessories, cover-ups, dresses and more.

Nani Nalu enlisted veteran team member Katie Brandt, who previously worked at Nani Nalu’s store in Minnesota before moving to Boulder with her husband in 2015, to spearhead the new location. Brandt understands the emotional process women go through while trying to find the perfect suit and believes her team of trained consultants will help alleviate the stress women feel while shopping.

“I have seen plenty of women walk out of other swimsuit stores feeling defeated and hopeless, but our mission at Nani Nalu is to meet the customer wherever they are at and find something they are comfortable in and makes them looks great,” Brandt said of the opening. “We saw a void in the Boulder market for a thoughtful and fun swimsuit store and could not be more thrilled to add this experience to the retail scene on Pearl Street.”

Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique has locations in Edina, MN, Kansas City, MO, and Boulder, CO. Nani Nalu offers a wide range of fashionable swimwear ranging from A-cup to G-cup and sizes 0-18. High-end quality products backed by superior customer care makes Nani Nalu a premiere swimwear shopping destination.

Walk-ins at Nani Nalu are welcome, but customers are encouraged to make a one-on-one appointment with a trained swimfit expert in advance for the optimal shopping experience. During the appointment, a Nani Nalu consultant works with the customer individually to select options from a curated collection of fashionable swimwear.

Nani Nalu is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments, which typically last around 90 minutes, are available beginning May 27 and can be made online at

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!

Noir Fashion Show: September 28th



D’Lola Couture will launch a fashion show benefiting the Colorado Melanoma Foundation titled “Noir” on Wednesday, September 28th at Baldoria on The Water in Lakewood, CO from 7pm-9:30pm.

Noir is an intimate couture fashion show highlighting local bridal designer Deedee Vicory of D’Lola Couture. Deedee will showcase day, evening and bridal wear. Very special guest, Gino Velardi, will also premier his evening wear line. Both designers are in the theme of black for this event which supports the Colorado Melanoma Foundation.

While many types of cancer are being caught earlier and treated, melanoma numbers have continued to rise sharply over the last 30 years. Please join us in our fight against this deadly disease. By raising awareness we can change the statistics.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Colorado Melanoma Foundation who will award a melanoma research grant in honor of D’Lola designer Deedee Vicory’s late husband, Justin Vicory, who succumbed to his battle with melanoma at the young age of 35 on September 29, 2014.

Dress to the nines for wine, runway, shopping and to support the cause. This event features emcee Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver and music by DJ Rockstar Aaron. Hair and makeup will be provided by Henry’s Salon and Ted Medina. The event is open to all ages.

Ticket prices range from $20 – $350 and are available at

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Designer Deedee Vicory launched D’Lola Couture in 2010. At her launch she closed out a large fashion festival named “Fashion Fest 2010” with the debut of her first twelve wedding gown designs and the opening of her flagship boutique in Historic Olde Town Arvada. Since 2010 she has appeared on numerous local television shows and plays an integral part in multiple large scale fashion shows.

D’Lola Couture wedding gowns are truly vintage inspired with a kiss of contemporary flair. Deedee Vicory loves looks of old. The deep ivory colors. The modest, elegant, but sexy look of gowns from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. Working with wedding gowns since 1993, Deedee Vicory truly understands the way a wedding dress should fit on the body of every woman to make them feel like a rock-star on the very biggest day of their lives. For more information visit –

Contact: Jenny Baker-Strasburg D’Lola Couture Special Events 303-625-3833

Sizzlin’ 6 with Duane Topping

It’s always exciting meeting a new designer! Welcome to the Fashion Denver world Duane! We look forward to seeing your collection and learning more about you at The White Party! In the meantime world, Check out our interview with Duane, designer behind Designs By Topping

Duane ToppingWhat were your obsessions growing up?

I’ve always been obsessed with art. It started out with my desire to be a cartoonist, then shifted to art history as I got older. Now, I love the artistic development of fashion. Seeing my art in motion is a wonderful experience.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

After I retired from military service I had a difficult time adjusting to my new life. Numerous combat deployments took its toll. One day I bought a sewing machine and found my niche. Now, my clothes have become an expression of who I am. I’m a soldier, a biker, a feminist, a scholar, and an artist. Being a clothing designer allows me to embrace all of that at once.

Toppings by DuaneDo you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

My clothes absolutely reflect me as a person. I try and keep a cohesive line but also diversify my aesthetics with each garment to match my personality. I’m always perfecting my construction and readjusting my design which is a replication of my own life changes. Being retired allows me to devote more time to my art and the softness of the textiles and the flow of the garments is an allegory to that freedom. Having the opportunity to bring people along on my journey is important to me. Women’s clothing, I think, expresses the feminist in me, so I always strive to design with that feminine power in mind. Every woman deserves to look and feel good regardless of the hegemony of the world.

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I study every woman I see. What they wear, and how they walk has given me insight into how I can recreate that confidence. In terms of inspiration for the lines, I love talking with real women. That allows me a greater appreciation of how they express themselves through their clothes. I then strive to capture that internal character and translate it into something that can be worn. Every day is an opportunity to be inspired.

Toppings by Duane

How has fashion impacted you?

Fashion has become my world. I’ve been able to shift from a very rigid environment to something magical. Designing clothes has opened my long dormant artist side and I’ve embraced that whole heartedly. I hope to use this new passion to make an impact in other areas of my life. Namely, I’m beginning to work towards more philanthropically focused endeavors. I’m not hoping to be rich, but I hope to share my good fortune with causes that deserve the support. Bringing my art to life, in the end, is what it’s all about.

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Being new to the industry, I’ve got a lot to learn yet. But, I was able to attend the Denver Fashion Week and was very impressed with what I saw. The local designers were brilliant and approachable. The turnout was amazing and I sparked me to pursue this fashion dream.

Gino Velardi Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our third interview with Gino Velardi in anticipation for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia on February 20th! Enjoy 🙂

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
Gino Velardi Headshot
A:It happened when I first discovered a fashion magazine at age 8! I was immediately seduced by this discovery and knew what industryI wanted to be in. So I learned how to do hair and makeup, styling and production, but I didn’t like to do any of those things for someone else, so I adopted the role of fashion designer.  I saturated myself with the knowledge of clothing design. Then I can have
people work with me to realize my vision.

Fashions by Gino Velardi Model:Masha Spiridonva Photographer: Jim Kellett Hair: Ted Medina Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma Graphic Design: Kellett Creative
Fashions by Gino Velardi
Model:Masha Spiridonva
Photographer: Jim Kellett
Hair: Ted Medina
Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma
Graphic Design: Kellett Creative

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:My inspiration comes from music! I listen to specific genre of music and I think of a fashion show and what kind of clothes I would design around that song. I can listen to everything from Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin. That feeds my vision!

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your

journey thus far

A:The reward comes from my family, friends and fans that have supported me throughout my career. The most frustrating part is producing all the designs in my head. I’m a self-taught designer and I do very well with designing and producing my designs, but would like to push myself even further with techniques and construction.

Q: Tell us about your favorite dress you’ve designed.

A:Gosh, there has been so many. But I would have to say my favorite piece would by my faux fur chinchilla swing coat with horizontal transparent strips. Very luxurious, stylish and sexy!


For more on Gino Velardi check out his website here! If you’re still in need of Artopia tickets, you can purchase them here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Featured Babes on Bocce Salon {Flaunt}

For our September 5th mini fashion market at Illegal Pete’s, we are thrilled to team up with Flaunt Salon who will be doing the hair and makeup for our 2 fashion shows that are taking place on the bocce court on the patio at 5 & 8.

Flaunt Salon

Personally, I’m very excited to work with Flaunt Salon as it is co-owned by one of my childhood friends and neighbors Jennifer Satterfield Armand. We have known each other since 1984 and it is so much fun to be able to work with each other in our adult life, all grown up! Jenn and her husband Andrew own Flaunt, located at 2219 Larimer.

For all of our Fashion Denver friends, Flaunt Salon is offering a 20% discount on ALL SERVICES, when you mention “Fashion Denver”


What one memory do you remember that sparked your interest in the fashion world? 

I’ve always loved Vogue Magazine and  loved the look of Lauren Bacall and Stevie Nicks in my younger years. My first fashion MUST HAVE was definitely GUESS jeans!

What is the mission of your business?  

To make people look and feel beautiful! We have always wanted to provide a “Cheers” like atmosphere for our staff and clientele. A place you always look forward to coming to EVEN IF YOU DONT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT!

What do you think of our fashion community in Colorado? 

I adore our fashion community. I have been blessed to k ow some amazing local fashion and accessory designers. We love to support their passion and drive! 

Describe your style, both personally, and in what you are designing.

I love eclectic looks…

3 things if stranded on an island? 

My family, a good book, and my favorite lipstick! 

A visit with Thomas Paul Althaus {Canned Goods}

Canned Goods founder, Thomas Paul Althaus
Thomas Paul Althaus, brains behind Canned Goods.

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure to spend time with Thomas Paul Althaus, brains behind Denver accessory company, Canned Goods. One thing that I’ve always noticed about Thomas is his absolutely positive energy that radiates to all that come in contact with him.

Canned Goods have been a staple in my wardrobe for over a year. As far as my wardrobe goes, I’m pretty simple, so I rely on my accessories to make outfits pop. And when I’m in Canned Goods, I feel glamorous! Upon further inspection of the fashionable pieces that he designs, one may be surprised to find out that they are all made with tin cans!

Learn about the Canned Goods story here from his interview on 9 News earlier this year!

Canned Goods can be found in boutiques all across the US and of course, in some of the best Denver boutiques too! The latest collection experiments with new shapes, cutouts, and even colors of tins. You can pair earrings with a a cuff and create a set, wear them separately, or even wear 2 different earrings (which I’ve done often)! Every piece of Canned Goods sold gives one can of food for each item purchased through the CAN DO GOOD program!



Canned Goods
Today, I’m wearing this little combo that I love by Canned Goods!

One of the things that I love about Canned Goods is how light and effortlessly they feel when worn! My ears don’t like heavy earrings, but these earrings make a statement and I hardly even know that I’m wearing them!

It was so much fun hanging out with Thomas! I learned about his career in fashion that spans several years, producing fashion events nationwide, and being part of a hair product company that grew by leaps and bounds and is a global company now.

We’re all lucky that his path lead to where he is now! He’s able to be be a stay-at-home dad while pursuing his passion with Canned Goods, all the while, making us look good!

For more information, visit and become a fan on facebook !