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Artopia 2016 Kickoff Party Recap

Fashion Denver is thrilled to be a promotional partner with Artopia’s Whiteout fashion show! Fashion Denver founder Brandi Shigley will be the emcee of the night’s event as we see 9 Colorado designers on the runway with their interpretation of the Art of Fashion.

Artopia is Westword’s annual event that highlights local art, culture, and fashion, all happening in one spot at City Hall located at 11th and Broadway on Saturday, February 20th.

Last Wednesday, the Fashion Denver team  escaped the hustle/bustle middle of the week madness for the Artopia kickoff party at Ophelia’s!

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This sneak peak of what to expect at Artopia gave us a taste of the designers being featured in the White Out Fashion Show. Each designer came to the stage with just 1 outfit on their model, just enough to tempt our tastebuds in fashion. We’ll be counting down the days until we see their full collection for this show!

Featured designers include:

D’Lola Couture
Denver Bespoke
Elyse Rainbolt
Gino Velardi
Leon Designs


For more pictures from the kickoff party, check out our Facebook page here!

For tickets click here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

A Whorl-Wind of excitement!

We love Whorl! Owner Megan Timlin was one of our first interns years ago and has since went on to create a successful boutique and we are proud to see them go into their first year of business! Read on to see what they’ve got coming up!

DENVER, CO – This year has been a “Whorl-wind”. In just one short year we have been named “Best New Boutique of 2015” by Westword Magazine, featured in Westword Artopia and 303 Denver Fashion Weekend to name a few, in addition to launching our own private label, Imprints. Whorl strives to be more than just a store. By collaborating with local designers, vendors and fashion enthusiasts, the Whorl team loves to support and showcase Colorado talent.

To celebrate all of our accomplishments and our first year in business we would like to invite you to join in the celebration for our one year birthday bash! We will be hosting several events throughout the weekend of November 20th – 22nd. Here’s a sneak peak at what we have planned.

Friday, November 20th

Kick off party! DJ, Treats + Sips, Imprints Pre-Spring show & more! Come celebrate with us from 5pm-9pm.

Saturday, November 21st

We want to celebrate our customers! Treat Yo Self with mini facials, makeovers, manicures & chair massages from 11am-4pm. Vendors include Pretty Bride Shop, Tootsies Nail Shoppe, Debbie Lipski with Champion Massage, and Sara Duffey. 

Sunday, November 22nd

Come early for Pre-Black Friday Sale! 10am – Noon. Mimosas & Breakfast Treats. Also, we are having a Super Sale including $5, $10 and $15 bins!

We hope you can join us for this weekend of celebration. We are located at 3326 Tejon St. in Lower Highlands. 

About Whorl

Whorl is truly one of a kind, we strive to bring good things to great people! Located in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, Whorl is a ready to wear clothing store team made up of skilled industry professionals whose experience in buying, styling, merchandising, PR and event planning offer clients a one stop fashion shop. Our mission is to provide sophisticated, high quality clothing at affordable prices- connecting great people to amazing fashion.

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair Returns

Denver, CO-  November 14th-15th

With the holidays right around the corner, if you’re stressing over buying gifts for loved ones, stress no more! On Saturday November 14th & Sunday November 15th from 10am-5pm (both dayunnameds), the Jackalope Art & Craft fair will return to the EXDO events center (1399 35th Street, Denver CO 80205).

As an encore to its first successful fair this past July, the fair will feature over 100+ artisans with handmade, speciality goods. Community meets artisan at this land of unlikely creations! Shoppers can expect to find  one-of-a-kind accessories, dry goods, home décor, and more plus attend art-focused workshops and activities for all ages!

Hope to see you there!

Fashion/Culture 2.0: A Tribute to Icons of Fashion and Culture

Fashion/Culture 2.0: A Tribute to Icons of Fashion and Culture
Saturday, October 24th
Turnhalle Theather, Tivoli Student Union
900 Auraria Parkway
VVIP & VIP Pre-Event Reception 6 – 7:30 PM;
General Admission 7:30 – 11 PM

Gold dress_scottlentzNow in its second year, Fashion/Culture 2.0 is a gala evening of entertainment featuring a live fashion show inspired by icons of fashion, music, and culture. The event will showcase designs by El Salon, Charlie Price, Fancy Tiger, and Leon Designs, with a silent auction, cocktails, photo booth, and more. Hosted by Denver artist, educator, and El Salon stylist Natascha Seideneck.

The fundraiser is a collaboration between CPAC, Metro State University, and Denver’s fashion and arts communities. Proceeds will help support the Colorado Photographic Art Center’s move to the RiNo Arts District in 2016.

Tickets available online at: 

Sponsored by CPAC, Metropolitan State University, The Center
for Visual Arts (CVA), El Salon, Tivoli Brewing, Reed Art & Imaging, and Shine Graphic Design.

Ticket Levels:

$125 – VVIP: Includes front row seating during fashion show, pre-event reception with light

snacks and drinks, gift bag, CPAC one-year membership, and photo booth

$80 – VIP: Includes priority seating during fashion show, pre-event reception with light snacks and drinks, gift bag, CPAC one-year membership, and photo booth.

$35 – General Admission: Includes 1 drink ticket
$20 – Student General Admission: Includes 1 drink ticket (21+)
Cash bar available for duration of event; Free garage parking for all guests; Cocktail Attire

Photo by Kevin Alexander and El Salon, inspired by Grace Jones

ABOUT CPAC: The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation of photography through education, exhibitions, and outreach.

Web site: | Facebook: cpacphoto | Instagram: @cpacphoto | Twitter: @cpac_photo ###

Contact: Megan Ross, CPAC Communications Manager, 571-215-9031;, or Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director, 303-837-1341;

1513 BOULDER STREET, DENVER CO 80211 303.837.1341

Blackberry Maverick Opens new design studio

Blackberry Maverick Grand Opening
Thursday, August 20th
2785 N. Speer Blvd #05
Denver, Co. 80211

Blackberry MaverickThe time has finally come! Blackberry Maverick is ready to bust open the doors of our new commercial design studio in Denver! Come see where all the sewing, painting and creative magic happens.

This is a cocktail fashion event so put on the Ritz!

While you’re at the event grab a swag bag with a coupon for 25% off a custom piece or a dress from our current collection!

  • Lounge in the hookah pit.
  • Enjoy creative appetizers by Justin Castor
  • Select cocktails provided
  • On site photographer and Logo backdrop
  • Fire dancers and other entertainment

“We are Blackberry Maverick and we “take the retro woman to the edge” by merging the Classic Betty & the Unpredictable Fox. An unprecedented combination that brings together Lexis love of the vintage 50’s and Leslies bold, edgy force of the 80’s- with a modern twist. We are a woman’s apparel brand creating fashion for the fearless female.”

Baker-front_grandeThe gamine blonde (Leslie Robertson) grew from a weirdly dressed outcast to a feature on the Today Show, Time Magazine and fashion celebrity at Colorado College. The fiery redhead (Lexi Raney) grew from an imaginative kid nicknamed “bobbins” to a graduate from FIDM fashion school in San Francisco.

They met,  got lost in their own world of conversation finishing each others sentences and sketching the same designs. They knew they were each others yin and yang, with that Blackberry Maverick was born.

For more information, visit

Piper Cub Joins The Denver Music Scene

It all started in line, waiting for drinks at the Big Wonderful in the Rino district of Denver. While waiting in this exceedingly long line for drinks, one jitterbug, Brandi Shigley, yells out “I hope no one minds if I dance!” While the dancing party of one develops, another jitterbug comes up next to her and joins in, which so happens to be Daniel Morgan. This is the very moment when Brandi and Daniel became instant friends.

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 4.28.53 PMFrom the moment they met, they instantly began playing music for hours. Both are extremely passionate about playing out to different mixtures of people and both decided they should start a band. This is where Piper Cub developed, through the love of music, dance and people.

The name Piper Cub came from Brandi’s memories of flying with her dad. 6 months ago, Shigley wanted to change her musical name to Piper Cub Gonzales (Gonzales is Shigley’s birth name). When deciding what to name their band, they both agreed that it would be a great time to put Piper Cub into motion.


Both Brandi and Daniel’s vibe and voices are very complimentary to each other. While learning how they’re sounds intertwine, they are also learning more about each other along the way. “It’s fun because I’ve never started a band with someone I don’t really know at all. The adventure of making music together while getting to know one another is really exciting!” states Brandi.

Since Piper Cub is so new, they are still developing their sound. However, they both agree that it feels like indie-folk- pop with beach inspirations.  It is a fun mix of sound that will be unique and comfortable to listen to.

Brandi has been playing music in her own band B.Sue since 2008 and Daniel has played music across the country, most recently in the desert town of Tucson, Arizona.

“Playing in Piper Cub has been an incredibly organic experience, one that is evolving each day into something truly special and representative of who we are as individuals,” says Morgan.

Their first show is on First Friday, June 5th at Bannock Street Garage. They’re putting their setlist together which includes new music and the revision of some of their individual music that they’ve put out from their previous band life. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Ily | Iley Grand Opening Party

ILY | ILEY GRAND OPENING PARTY                                                                      Thursday,  May 14th 2015                                                                                               6:00pm-10:00pm                                                                                                                 2525 15th St. Unit 1C                                                                                                         Denver, CO 80211



SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!                                                                                                       Denver, CO. On Thursday may 14th, ILY | ILEY, LoHi’s newest women’s boutique, invites you to the in-store Grand Opening Launch Party. Come celebrate with co-owners, Ilyse Mark and Bailey Lemark, and indulge in two levels of shopping, while enjoying cocktails, appetizers, and socializing. Located at 2525 15th St. Unit 1C from 6pm-10pm. Come shop and enjoy 10% off your entire purchase. 

Just a few blocks from The Highland Pedestrian Bridge, LoHi’s newest women’s fashion boutique, Ily | Iley, has opened!!! Co owners and stylists, Ilyse Mark and Bailey Lemark, have perfectly curated a fashion haven and bring a higher standard of boutique shopping. Located directly across from destination bar, Forest room 5, Ily | Iley makes a clear statement of individuality and brings Denver a new, truly unique, shopping experience.

The start to Ily | Iley is truly a story of destiny and fate. The two met briefly at a party in Miami while both were coincidentally living in New York City. However, the hustle and bustle of the city did not allow them the time to nurture a budding friendship. It wasn’t until years later that their friendship truly began here in the mile high city.

“We both had the vision of filling the major void in the fashion market here and we realized there was an opportunity for us to introduce a unique shopping experience to Denver that was not currently offered,” replied Ilyse.

And thus, the two fashion mavens began to build their brand, Ily | Iley, a combination of their names, Ilyse and Bailey.

Where others lack innovation and vision, ILY| ILEY is always looking beyond the expected and ordinary. Refusing to carry over saturated brands, this boutique stands at the top of what’s on-the-verge in contemporary fashion. Two levels of diverse and versatile shopping, you will find a range of today’s cutting edge collections. The girls offer an even more eclectic shopping experience, by also carrying a small inventory of unique, hand picked vintage apparel, accessories, and housewares.

“Fashion is a lifestyle and an attitude expressed through your own unique style. We live and breathe fashion, new and vintage, and incorporate both into each of our wardrobes. We want to offer our customers the opportunity to shop & explore the vast spectrum of choices and possibilities, that the fusion of both vintage and modern apparel have to offer,” express Ilyse & Bailey.

This is the ultimate location for the style savvy female looking for chic wearable designs and options to expression her personal style through fashion.

But it does not stop there!!! They offer another attraction that sets them apart from others. ILY| ILEY is not just a boutique, it is a full service styling team. Both Ilyse and Bailey have a resume in personal shopping and styling, and offer their talents and discerning eye to enhance one’s individual style. With their services, they find creative and insightful uses for garments and accessories for you to make the most out of your wardrobe.

“We believe the possibilities are endless when you know how to dress for your body type and learn how to expand your entire wardrobe by styling single pieces into so many different outfits. As style consultants we can help, and we cater to your own personal style and lifestyle,” says Ilyse and Bailey.

The list of exclusive styling services offered are closet clean-out & organization, personal shopping and styling (in house or in store), and travel packing. “You will be happily surprised by what you can wear and would have never thought to try on.” (For more information about their services, visit their website @ )

ILY| ILEY is located at 2525 15th St. Unit 1C Denver, CO 80211. They are open Tuesday- Saturday 11:30 am-7:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm-6 pm, & Closed on Monday (or my appointment only).

GRAND OPEING LAUNCH PARTY: Thurs. May 14th, 6pm-10pm @ ILY| ILEY

For additional information please contact:                                                       E: P: 303.284.3814                                   

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“Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty”

Denver’s Salwa Owens Presents “Empowering Women Through Fashion & Beauty” 

Saturday, May 23rd 12:30pm – 3:30pm                                                                   Hotel Monaco Lobby 1717 Champa Street                                                            Ticket Information


Denver fashion designer Salwa Owens invites you to attend a glamorous day of fashion shows, indulge in exquisite sweets and cocktails, enjoy live musical entertainment, have 11206474_734940663289276_6430198465262132549_oexclusive trunk show access, and be treated to beauty services to help you feel extra spoiled and empowered on Saturday, May 23rd from 12:30 to 3:30pm in the lobby of Hotel Monaco, 1717 Champa Street in Denver. In honor of some of the most empowering women out there, Moms, this event will be friendly to all ages and mini fashionistas are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ohio Health Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, which assisted Salwa in her time of need. or

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