Category Archives: Fashion Denver Events

CALL OUT FOR DESIGNERS: Holiday Market

Holiday Fashion Shopping Extravaganza
Friday, December 22nd 2017
4pm-10pm
2875 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205

Cost to participate $125.00
10×10 vendor space
Application deadline November 22nd

Calling all local fashion creators!! We are gearing up for our holiday shopping extravaganza and party December 22nd at 2875 Blake Street! We had so much fun there in June that we’re doing it again!

Join us for an opportunity to get locally designed gifts into the hands of all the holiday shoppers! This is the perfect opportunity to get those last minute shopping needs done while supporting local!

 

Benefits for participants:

– Extensive PR from now until event day

– Postcards distributed throughout the city and beyond listing participating businesses’ names

– Link to your website from Fashion Denver’s site along with a sizzlin’ 6 question interview

– Your fashions will be featured in the fashion show at 8pm

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

Fashion Denver turns 13! Come and celebrate at our Fashion Bonanza!

Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza
Friday, June 16th 4pm-10pm
2875 Blake Street (Bierstadt Lager & C Squared Cider Beer Hall)
Free and Open to the public!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years this June 16th with a fashion market bonanza! Throwing back to the wild wild west, the Bonanza celebrates its history in the RiNo district and the several designers that have contributed to Fashion Denver over the years. The bonanza will feature local designers to shop through, 2 fashion shows (7pm and 9:30pm) and will also benefit the Denver Rescue Mission with a hygiene supply drive.

Fashion Denver turns 13!
Fashion Denver turns 13!  Featured designers Michelle Hale and Katy Bell fashions in this photo. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer.

The Fashion Denver Bonanza will feature local designers and their collection of jewelry, handbags, and belts to apparel to custom couture for men and women. With prices ranging from $5.00 to $300.00 there is something for everybody!

<CLICK HERE TO READ OUR INTERVIEWS WITH FEATURED DESIGNERS>

Fashion Denver
Raven on the left wears Jeremy Willard, Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

“There are so many things coming back full circle,” says founder Brandi Shigley. “We’ve done our fashion markets all over this neighborhood over the course of 13 years  and seen this neighborhood go through extreme changes. I’m really excited to do our summer market with Chris Rippe, owner of The Rackhouse. We partnered together 10 years ago when we did the market at Flying Dog Brewery!”

Fashion Denver is partnering up with the RiNo Arts District, Flaunt Salon and the Mayor’s Office for this celebration of fashion, Denver, and all the beautiful things Denver has to offer!

Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Fashion Denver celebrates 13 years! Haley wears Instructions Designs Couture. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Featured Designers:

Born Ugli
Designs by M
Forever Stranger
Hope Couture Bridal
Instructions Designs Couture 
Jeremy Willard
katybelle
Lady Jane
NUR
Prickly Hearts
Rachel Marie Hurst
Resouled brand
Scoop Nemeth
Spruced Designs, LLC
Thalken
The Mechanic’s Wife
Topping Designs LLC
Idlewild Designs
Stylish Sparrow

History of Fashion Denver Markets

2004-2005 Andenken Gallery at 21st and Market
2005-2006 The Walnut Foundry at 30th and Walnut
2006 Flying Dog Brewery at 24th and Blake
2007 Cervantes at 27th and Welton
2008 Empire Theater at 29th and Larimer
2009 Taxi at 35th and Ringsby
2009-2010 City Hall at 11th and Broadway
2011-2015 The Grant-Humphreys mansion on 8th and Pearl
2014 Space Gallery
2015 The Byers-Evans house museum
2015 Illegal Pete’s on S. Broadway
2015 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut
2016 The Breakers
2016 Green Spaces on 26th and Walnut

The Urban Angels 3rd Annual Dress Drive: Circle of Love

Sunday, June 25th 2017
Noon-3pm
Studio Salon
1135 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
To benefit Love a ChildHope House

We are thrilled  to present “Circle of Love” our 3rd annual dress drive with the Urban Angels to be held at Studio Salon in downtown Denver. The purpose of this dress drive is to not only provide hope, love and joy to little girls around the world in impoverished circumstances, but to provide fun and colorful dresses for girls to play and grow in. Financial gifts donated will be shared between Love a Child and The Hope House of Colorado and will provide food for families in need providing hope for a better future.

For most of these little girls, this is the only new dress that they’ve ever had.

“Hope and love are infused into these dresses and we will never know the full impact of the gift that’s been given,” says Mary Martinez of the Urban Angels.

Circle of LovePeggy Kastning and Mary Martinez, brains behind the Urban Angels, have been serving the homeless community around Denver and spreading positivity and light. After seeing a program about the needs in Haiti, they both wanted to get involved.  A major realization occurred. They could both help by making dresses for girls in Haiti, and continue to help families locally.

“It’s exciting to know that each one of us can make a difference in the world. With our love of sewing and our hearts for humanity, we can combine these two passions and help those less fortunate.” says Peggy Kastning of the Urban Angels.

Money raised will help to create homes for families in Haiti that have lost everything.

The Urban Angels are two gals on a mission to do good, transform lives, and create happiness in the world. Through their annual dress drives and adventures to Haiti, they want to spread sunshine where they can and make this world a better place.

This event is free and open to the public. Your donations help to complete this circle of love. A food truck will be on hand to fill our bellies.
For more information visit www.theurbanangels.com

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CALL OUT FOR DESIGNERS :: Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza: June 16th

FASHION DENVER’S 13TH ANNIVERSARY BONANZA
Friday, June 16th 2017
2875 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205
Bierstadt Lager & C Squared Cider Beer Hall

4pm-11pm
Cost to participate is $125.00
Application at the bottom

Designers, boutiques and style creators! It is with open arms and excitement that I invite you to be part of our very special summer fashion market celebrating 13 years of Fashion Denver! Taking place Friday, June 16th at 2875 Blake Street atBierstadt Lager & C Squared Cider Beer Hall, we are celebrate being in this beautiful neighborhood of RiNo before it was called RiNo. We’re even partnering up with the RiNo Art’s District and The Mayor’s Office of Denver! If you are in the fashion business; designers, boutiques, beauty services or products, you are invited to come pop up and be a part of this fashion bonanza and fashion shows!

Partners:

Fashion Denver history in the RiNo:
It was 13 years ago that we held the very first fashion market ever, on 26th and Market at Andenken Gallery. A year later, we moved the markets to 30th and Walnut to The Walnut Foundry, then over to Flying Dog Brewery at 24th and Blake, back up the road to the Block building, then owned by Andenken Gallery’s Hyland Mathers and TAXI. Now, he we are 13 years later holding our fashion market just 2 blocks from our HQ! Oh Denver, how we LOVE YOU!!

Watch a video we made in 2006 for our fashion market at Flying Dog Brewery. This footage is from our Walnut Foundry fashion market.

Continue reading CALL OUT FOR DESIGNERS :: Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Bonanza: June 16th

Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary Celebration and fashion market

Anniversary Fashion Market
Friday, June 16th 4pm-11pm
2875 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

Application link clickity click here

Wow!! It’s crazy how life comes full circle. Since the inception of Fashion Denver in 2004, I have been doing our most of our fashion markets in our “RINO” district, which back then, didn’t have a name. It was more or less a deserted strip with an occasional warehouse  or venue scattered in between.  Back then, I had my fashion markets at Andenken Gallery, The Walnut Foundry, The Block Building, and… Flying Dog Brewery!

In 2006, I partnered with Flying Dog Brewery to do our fashion market in the brewery. Our fashion show runway was lined by a wall of kegs and we even had our fashion show staging area in the freezer (yes… it was cold!) That was when I first met Chris Rippe, who was working with Flying Dog.

Flash forward to this week when I met up with my amazingly talented friend Phelyx Hopkins, mentalist and magician, to see the space that he’s hosting a variety of fun shows and to reunite with Chris and experiencing his new space! Chris has a beautiful warehouse space inside of C Squared Ciders and his restaurant Rackhouse Pub where we decided that it would pretty much be the perfect place to host our 13th anniversary for Fashion Denver!

Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary

It feels so great to get back into the roots of the neighborhood, connecting with people who were such an integral part of Fashion Denver back in the day, and have new inspiration for our fashion markets! I’m so excited to hold this market in this space and to celebrate 13 years!!

If you are a designer and are interested in being part of our market, follow this link!

Stay tuned for more exciting details as our event unfolds!!!

xoxo

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design Recap

 

source: highsnobiety

What the brand Comme des Garcons means to you, can mean something completely different to me; that is the beauty of the world that Rei Kawakubo has created. Japanese fashion is like poetry. No matter how old a piece of poetry is, the intimacy and the feelings evoked from the imagery is subjective to the reader, and lasts forever. This holds true to the way that different consumers and admirers interpret collections presented by designers such as Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. Sometimes, a collection will fly over someone’s head. They assume that the collection is irrelevant, because they have yet to understand or experience the meaning behind the collection. For others, the collections presented may click with their psyche in a way that will changes their lives forever.

The world put proportions and aesthetic in a box. When designers such as Rei and Yohji appeared, they changed the way people looked at proportions. In the 80’s, they introduced new silhouettes that are still profound today. The well curated, vintage outfits presented years ago, at Shock Wave are historical looks that innovated the fashion world and continue to challenge the modern world.

 

source: nickknight.com

To me, the looks presented that I admired were the ones that transformed and influenced menswear from the same designers. It showed me that womenswear and menswear can transcend beyond gender and when mixed, something beautiful is born. Yohji Yamamoto used menswear as his main influence for his womenswear(Femme) collections and created something so sensual and refined. There were noire inspired looks, punk inspired looks, menswear inspired looks, traditional Japanese silhouettes, womenswear and looks that could only come from the imagination of Rei, Yohji and Issey Miyake. These designers can take different influences from cultures all over the world and make it unique to their style of clothing, as if they were a part of that culture their entire lives. It is truly incredible what these designers have done for the fashion community. This exhibition pays homage to them, and thanks them for introducing designs that have transformed the way womenswear and menswear are tailored and worn.
I encourage everyone in Colorado to visit this exhibit. What you take away from the exhibit will differ from my experience, and the person next to you. Your perceptions can only come from the intimacy that Japanese fashion brings out individually.

🚀 👾 Intergalactic Planetary ’90s Party 🚀 👾

Daybreaker DENVER presents
🚀 👾  Intergalactic Planetary ’90s Party 🚀 👾
Wednesday March 22nd
Yoga 6 – 7am / Dance Party 7 – 8:45am
Space Gallery — 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

Featuring J|Adore + Brandi Shigley of Fashion Denver
Free coffee, healthy juices + breakfast bites
GET TICKETS HERE — Tix movin’ fast like rockets. 🚀
Use 
FashionDenverLove for 15% off your ticket!

Summer and Rachel, brains behind Daybreaker Denver / Boulder
Summer and Rachel, brains behind Daybreaker Denver / Boulder

Since the inception of Daybreaker here in Denver and Boulder, I have been obsessed with this morning monthly ritual of getting my day started through dance and yoga. I fell in love with  this event and the two women who run it (Summer and Rachel) and have become part of the Daybreaker family greeting people with hugs. It’s pretty much the most rewarding tasks ever given!

I have watched the sunrise while dancing alongside amazing beautiful people, dressed in some kind of fun getup (every Daybreaker has a theme!) Then…. I’m at work by 9:30am and my day continues to float on this magical level that seems to carry on for the rest of the week!

Brandi Shigley & Sam Shredder dance
Sam and I dance the morning away at Daybreaker Boulder. Photo by Romeo Fernandez

Flash forward to March 22nd!!

What an absolute HONOR it is to be asked to emcee the next Daybreaker with one of my soul sista, entrepreneur, yogi and DJ friends Jenny aka J|Adore! Together we will be bringing the morning feels on March 22nd at Space Gallery. More details for this exciting morning are underway!

Here we meet with the Denver | Boulder brains behind Daybreaker to plot out the morning mischief of love:

 

Here are the details for the next Daybreaker Denver from Summer and Rachel…

Denver, we are back & ready for lift off!
The stars have aligned and it’s time to take back your morning once again. Daybreaker is back and about to explode with INTERGALACTIC PLANETARY ’90s PARTY!

Wednesday, March 22nd we’ll be taking over the Space Gallery– the perfect setting for this intergalactic reunion… just you, us and the glorious era known as the 90’s. We’ll stretch. We’ll dance. Together we’ll produce more love and positive vibes than a giant, exploding star. So pull out your brightest colors, strap on your moon boots, and get ready to dance your way into the ’90s dimension. Hold on tight, friends…

RSVP on Facebook, then slide into the Denver + Boulder Facebook Group for early invites & morning hacks, and to find your local Daybreaker fam. 

See you on the dance floor! 💕

With Love & Mischief,
// Summer + Rachel


About Daybreaker

DAYBREAKER is an early morning dance movement in 16 cities around the world and growing. We start with a one hour yoga + fitness experience and then dance with reckless abandon for two hours before work. You never know where our next location will be and what surprises are in store. We don’t need alcohol. We don’t need to pretend to be someone else. We come as we are to sweat, dance and connect with ourselves and each other. See you on the dance floor. 

Daybreaker Denver at The Church. Photo Romeo Fernandez
Daybreaker Denver at The Church. Photo Romeo Fernandez

Fashion Camp January 21st

Saturday, January 21st
Green Spaces
2590 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL UNTIL JANUARY 10TH
$75.00 includes materials

REGISTER HERE!

Activities for the day include:
– Getting to know you! We’ll be doing a fun activity for the campers to get to know each other. We like to start our day out with kindness!

-Accessory making! We’ll be making jewelry with found objects.

-Art Heart! Our kiddos will be designing a piece of art for the holidays. With this activity lead by our partners at The Urban Angels, doing good for our city.

– T-Shirt recovery! We’ll be taking a plain white shirt and completely converting it into a dress / shirt / skirt combo, or anything that our camper desires. Darlene C. Ritz will be joining us for this with her awesome t-shirt tying and embellishing skills! Darlene is Chair of Fashion Design at RMCAD, an instructor and designer. This will include stenciling, embellishing, no sew techniques for altering to give the t-shirt some shape, painting, and whatever the imagination can create.

Fashion Camp

-Learn to walk the runway and pose for the camera. We LOVE bringing in designers and models to share their talent with our young ones, giving them confidence and showing them how to strut their stuff! Alyssa O’Harold is a recent graduate of Barbizon and will be going to IMTA in New York in July. Fashion Camp

-Hair and makeup done by a Denver salon.

-The Fashion Show and debut of their designs!

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.