We have been a proud sponsor of this event for several years and can’t wait to see what the year brings for this wonderful event!
Saturday, March 1st
The Oriental Theater
4335 W 44th Ave Denver Tickets $10.00
The highly anticipated 6th annual March of the Zombies event, features zombie models, local art, apparel, and music. Saturday, March 1st at The Oriental Theater -4335 W 44th Ave, Denver. Come dead or alive when doors open at 8pm to all ages. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through: www.TheOrientalTheater.com. For more information and updates about the show visit www.marchzombies.com .
Postal Holiday will open the night at 8pm, and warm up the stage for Death for Breakfast, and ground breaker Blue Collar Killers. Denver’s best metal band Son Survivor will headline at 11pm!
Between band sets, zombie prizes will be awarded to the best patron and professional zombie winners.
On Thursday night my fellow Denverlites and I did what we do best and braved the snow in the name of fashion. It was a complete whiteout outside, making a perfect platform for the whiteout that would ensue inside of the McNichols Building.
Our night started just as any good night should – with a toast of champagne and good company. The second annual Westword Whiteout benefitted the American Transplant Foundation and was not only a chance for us to support the incredible Denver fashion scene, but it was also a time for us to celebrate our very own Brandi Shigley whose designs would be featured in the fashion show. Cheers to that!
We arrived at the McNichols Building with snowflake accessories in our hair from the winter wonderland that was outside. The doors opened to a bustling scene of well-dressed attendees, specialty cocktails, delicious bites, and bumping music. We socialized with designers, chatted with stylists, snapped a few pictures and scoped out the elite fashion as we walked through the posh event.
Once it was nearing 9 pm we made our way to our seats and eagerly waited for the start of the fashion show. I have to admit, I had read Jenny Baker-Strasburg’s, (the producer and creative director of Westword Whiteout) bio prior to this event, and was anxious and excited to see what she had up her sleeve – turns out she had a sexy Burlesque perfomance by Cora Vette and the Vavaettes up her sleeve to start the show – and let’s just say from that moment on I knew that Jenny had high standards set for the night.
The Burlesque dancers were dressed in all white, which was fitting for the opening performance at the Westword Whiteout. By the end of the performance the Burlesque beauties stripped down to their skivvies – letting it be known that Denver has arrived and isn’t afraid to push any boundaries.
KITTY MAE MILLINERY & TRUE LOVE
First up in the Fashion Show were two of Denver’s favorites – Kitty Mae Millinery and True Love. Anyone who knows me knows that I have an obsession with big fashionable hats and shoes, so this combination on the runway spoke strait to my well-styled soul. The models were dressed in black cocktail dresses and leggings to highlight the exquisite hats by Kitty Mae Millinery and the lust worthy pumps by True Love that made their way down the white runway.
B.SHIGLEY DESIGNS, PLUM SAGE FLOWERS & TRUE LOVE
Next up was my favorite designer, (I’m sorry if I am a little biased) Brandi Shigley, with her B.Shigley designs. Brandi Shigley is a semi-retired handbag designer and Denver’s notorious dreamer/doer. Brandi’s famous handbags were paired with gorgeous flowers from Plum Sage Flowers and were held by the beautiful Wilhelmina models. The models rocked Brandi’s Do What You Love T-Shirts that were made into trendy crop tops. The outfits were finished off with black leggings and pumps from True Love. Fashion Denver’s founder, Brandi Shigley, without a doubt lit up the stage with her contagiously happy personality.
AKOMPLICE & TRUE LOVE
Next up was Akomplice. I was lucky enough to meet a couple of the faces behind this notarized clothing line at the Westword Whiteout after party and can’t speak highly enough of them. Akomplice is an innovative clothing line that pushes boundaries with their innovative style and designs. My three favorite looks included, first, a male model wearing teal blue pants paired with a stylish zip up jacket from their Magic Plant collection that can be found here. My second favorite look was worn by one of the gorgeous Wilhelmina models who was dressed in an animal print tee with a leopard’s face splashed across the front; paired with tight black shorts, leg warmers and pumps –> I need this outfit. And lastly the basic black tee with a flamingo on it paired with a slouchy black beanie. There is something so effortlessly stylish about this brand!
AKOMPLICE & TRUE LOVE
Next in line was Common Era. Common Era featured two pairs of awesome pants that I would wear in a heartbeat – the first pair were blue, wide-legged pants paired with a white tee – the second pair were patterned harem pants combined with a black crop top. Common era also featured looks that I found fitting for the sophisticated, yet stylish woman. One of the looks included a black dress, belted under a red blazer. Another chic look included a white sleeveless dress with an embellished neckline.
Mona Lucero is a common name here in Denver and was the next designer in the Westword Whiteout lineup. I got a sneak peak of her looks at the Westword Whiteout fitting a couple weeks ago and couldn’t wait for her to show them off on stage. Combine edgy, sporty, and fashion and you have Mona’s theme for this years Whiteout. Models showed off jersey inspired dresses with large numbers and lighting bolts. The male models wore embellished button ups, scarves and were completed with black pants. All of the models wore large statement sunglasses that brought the perfect amount of edge to the black and red looks.
Next up on the list was Equillibrium who is known for their exceptionally edgy street style. Equillibrium was the rockstar of the Westword Whiteout bringing patchwork, studs, suspenders, and mixed patterns together in perfect harmony. My favorite look included sequin pants and a long black tee that spoke strait to my edgy alter ego. Seriously, I don’t know anyone else who can take the glitz of glitter and the grunge of an edgy black tee and make such a cohesive look. Equillibrium never ever disappoints.
Goldyn was next on the lineup and brought high fashion glam to Denver. The first look featured an overstated fur coat on top of a slinky, floor-lengthed, grey dress that was the epitome of luxe. With the exception of one sleeveless red dress with gold accents, all of the looks were comprised of lots of black and grey hues. Goldyn and I think alike – black will always be the new black and it is ultra chic. The men wore jackets over striped shirts with black pants and beanies, while the women looked stylish in black leather leggings as well as short and floor-length black dresses.
D’Lola. D’Lola. D’lola. Where do I start? D’Lola Couture is the designer I look forward to most in every show. Deedee Vicory, the mastermind behind D’Lola Couture, has done it many times before and did it once again at the Westword Whiteout 2014. Her wedding gowns would make even the most anti-marriage woman daydream about wearing these showstoppers. Lace, ruffles, tulle, satin, and the finest embroidering were only a few of the details that made these gowns so exquisite. The real showstopper and the most memorable moment of the entire show was the finale gown that graced the runway. I can say that this gown literally left the entire building speechless. With a train fit for royalty, a delicate floor-length and airy veil, and a mid waist diamond embroidered belt, this body-conscious gown was head-to-toe perfection. There are no words that live up to the beauty of this dress.
The after party was held at Chlóe, the ritzy downtown club on Denver’s famous Market Street. The after party carried on well into the night where Denver’s fashion elite said cheers to yet another fabulous Westword Whiteout.
The D’Lola finale dress was dedicated to the designer’s husband, Justin Vicory, who has been diagnosed with Melanoma. Deedee and Justin have given so much to our Denver community and I adore them to no end. If you would like to know how you could help this incredible family and their fight against cancer, click here.
To view the official Westword Whiteout photos from the fashion show click here.
To view the official Westword Whiteout photos from the after party at Chlóe click here.
APRICOT LANE, LOCALLY OWNED FASHION BOUTIQUE
IN THE STREETS AT SOUTHGLENN IN CENTENNIAL,
ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING EVENTS
CENTENNIAL, CO – Apricot Lane Boutique, which opened in December at its new location at The Streets at Southglenn, is holding Grand Opening Events the weekend of January 10-12. The Grand Opening Weekend kicks off on Friday, January 10 with a meet and greet cocktail party from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, January 11, there’s a sip and shop event with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by a fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 12, features a trunk show from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be free giveaways each day, 20% off all weekend (some restrictions may apply), and a chance to win a $200 shopping spree (no purchase necessary; see store for complete details).
Apricot Lane carries an impressive collection of branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, and accessories to create looks seen in current pages of any fashion magazine for an affordable price. With designer brands such as MM Couture by Miss Me, BB Dakota and Jack, Big Buddha and celebrity loved Sara Happ along with so many more, this specialty fashion boutique will be the leading destination for customers who appreciate quality and fashion forward designs. Apricot Lane prides itself on carrying a limited number of each item, with new items arriving weekly, to ensure customers have a sense of individuality when making a purchase.
Fashion Denver attended the much-anticipated RAWards at City Hall last Thursday. RAWards is the biggest indie arts awards show in the world and is an event that we have been excited for all year! Fashion Denver is a HUGE supporter of local artists, so RAWards was sort of like unleashing us kids into a candy shop.
There was a massive amount of talent scattered through City Hall – with booths set up displaying artwork, bands playing, and fashion shows throughout the night. It was a night packed with unbelievable talent and promising beginnings for these talented artists.
Denver Fashion Weekend: NIGHT ONE: Saturday // November 9 // 8 PM // City Hall Amphitheater
Denver Fashion Weekend. Oh yes, it is a weekend that all of us fashionable Denverlites look forward to all year. I was particularly excited for this event after getting a sneak peak into 303 Magazine’s DFW Fall Print Issue that had a Lady Gaga-esque appeal. For me, an overly dramatic editorial photo is the epitome of LUXE – so from that picture on, I was impatiently waiting to see what 303 Magazine had in store for us eager attendees.
We arrived around 8 PM knowing that fashion shows typically start fashionably late. Both the VIP and General Admission Line ran down the entire street, making me thankful that my outfit choice was spot on for the situation – a warm faux fur vest, paired with leather pants and closed toe stilettos.
Once we arrived inside City Hall Amphitheater we snapped a few pictures at the 303 Magazine Photo Booth, grabbed a couple cocktails, mingled with Denver’s fashion elite, and then made our way to our prime seats in the overly packed venue. The fashion show didn’t start until after 10:00 pm due to the unpredicted amount of people wanting to buy tickets at the door. DFW seemed to be oversold, as all three stories of the amphitheatre were packed with attendees hoping to catch glimpses of the catwalk, making for a lively and wild crowd.
Chris Parente from Fox 31 was the emcee for DFW, and he kicked off the show by taking his own panorama video of the energetic audience to show later on Fox 31 News.
The first half of the show was dedicated to local designers and started with a personal favorite of Fashion Denver:
Mona Lucero. Mona’s collection had an animal theme with models wearing fur headpieces, fur scarves and/or fur jackets that collaborated with her collection of intricately designed dresses.
Next followed Kitty Mae Millinery and her collection of elaborate hats & headpieces that did a good job at leveraging my current obsession of experimenting with winter hats.
Equillibrium and its well-known sustainable designs came out full force to a blaring Queens of the Stone Age song and brought their anticipated edge. The first model set the tone for the collection by ripping off her jacket while sporting a wolf face mask and booty shorts. They are the definition of edgy street fashion.
For me the stand out of the night came next from jewelry designer, Andrea Li. Andrea Li’s collection served as a change of pace from the dark pieces that I am usually drawn to. The models wore all white, angelic outfits in order to emphasize the lavish jewelry. I would use the jewelry and headpieces to compliment my wardrobe in a heart beat – an absolute stand out for me.
Live Worldly started with Tribal inspired dresses and skirts and ended with two short club dresses, one in black and one in hot pink, paired with colored leggings. TREND ALERT: colored leggings.
Kotomi Yoshida ended the local designer bit with a collection of Japan inspired fashion for men in the form of blazers and vests with button detailing and fine trim.
After a brief intermission, local boutiques took the catwalk by storm featuring Blush, A Tsagas, Donna Baldwin Men and Garbarini.
Blush boutique kicked off the second half of the fashion show by showcasing various black staple pieces. With me being an advocate for the fact that black will always be the new black: per usual, they had my full attention.
Maybe it was because of my outfit choice for the night, but I was drawn to A Tsagas Furs for the Local Boutique half of the show that preceded Blush Boutique. I mean, the white fur vest with an oversized hood? It is a perfect addition to any Coloradan’s winter closet. And the dramatic red fur coat? I can already picture myself strolling up to this years Red Ball in it.
The Donna Baldwin Men weren’t exactly showcasing top fashion, but they were nice to look at and silenced the ladies, and some men, in the audience for a couple minutes.
Garbarini concluded DFW with little black dresses, leather jackets, uniquely patterned and skintight sleeveless dresses, and ended the show with my favorite dress from the boutique segment: a full length, black dress with see through fabric that allowed just a glimpse of leg.
The energy was magnetic, and as promised, 303 Magazine threw an awesome party.
With DJ Lindsay Luv (the exclusive Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show DJ) spinning beats the entire night and into the after party – the night was destined to be one that stood out. Denver Fashion Week: NIGHT ONE exceeded all of my expectations, was a raging success, and served as a wave of inspiration for my wardrobe that is getting a makeover during the changing seasons.
When were you first inspired to design? I got my undergraduate degree in studio art with a focus on mixed media. I really enjoyed taking everyday objects and turning them into art. One day I was perusing a vintage shop and came across an old 1950s tin Band Aid container with a woman on it and I thought, “That would be an awesome bracelet.”
What will you be showing at Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market? I will be showing my upcycled, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. All my pieces are hand cut from vintage tins. I have earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
If you had to pick one piece from your collection that most represents your personality, which would it be? I made a bracelet out of a vintage Curad tin (circa 1950). It is playful, yet refined. The bracelet reminds me of the Pop Art period, when a lot of artists used imagery from advertising. This is one of my favorite movements in Art History.
Why should people come see you at the Fashion Denver Holiday Market on December 15th? It seems like everyone has or knows someone who has a vintage tin (or an entire collection of vintage tins). They are pieces of nostalgia. I have taken these familiar objects and repurposed them into something you can wear. As such an environmentally conscious city, I think the people of Denver appreciate the recycling and upcycling aspect of this work.
From your collection, what would be the perfect holiday gift?I just completed a series of earrings made from plaid tins, which are perfect for the holidays and the winter season. They make great gifts and are all priced under $30.
Learn more about Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market here!
When were you first inspired to open Kai Med Spa? Ted Lin is the owner of Kai Med Spa. His inspiration came through working in his general practice of medicine. He worked with a patient who was ailing for months. She was not responding to any of his physical treatment suggestion and she talked a great deal about a mark on her face at each appointment. Dr. Lin did not ignore the comments about the mole, but he was not listening in a way that he could understand the sort of image problems it was causing. Finally after months, he agreed to remove the spot. An unbelievable transformation occurred afterward. Her entire demeanor changed. Her physical health improved drastically and her self esteem and self image increased. It was then that he realized that sometimes there are things about ourselves that can hinder growth on the inside. It inspired him to listen closer to his patients but to also pursue the business of a medical spa. The connection between paying attention to what is going on with the outside of your body can absolutely affect the health of the inside as well.
What will you be showing at Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market? We will be featuring our product line Eminence Organics and giving out samples, gift certificates, and discounts for our services.
Why should people come see you at the Fashion Denver Holiday Market on December 15th? We are a med spa with a luxury feel that focuses on educating and informing our customers the importance of maintaining healthy skin. Our products are incredible and all natural. They have a dramatic effect and are great gift ideas/stocking stuffers for anyone–men or women!
From your collection, what would be the perfect holiday gift? Combination of a facial with a product. We will have the esthetician at the event to educate people on the best product for their skin!
Learn more about Fashion Denver’s Holiday Market here!
Friday, November 8th marked the 40th Anniversary for the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. It also marked the day that I did something I never could have guessed I would do: attend and help produce a Condom Couture Fashion Show.
Condom Couture was held at the Boulder Theater and was completely unique from any other fashion show that I have attended in that it featured designs entirely made out of condoms. Yes, I said it: condoms. All fashions were the unique creations of local artists, activists, fashion designers and fashionistas, designed to help promote safe sex and sex positivity.
I worked closely with Brandi Shigley, Justice Kwesi Kwarteng, and Carlos Estrada from the Global DJ Academy to finalize the music, prep the models and ultimately help produce one of the sexiest and most distinctive fashion shows I have ever been to.
The event began with a 40th Anniversary Video Presentation, followed by a live auction with Don Martin. The live auction items included a Cabo Getaway, a Breckenridge or Beaver Creek Condo Stay, a couple’s night out in Downtown Boulder, a private helicopter ride, a hot balloon ride and many more seriously awesome items! Shiff Dance Collective then performed a special and beautiful performance before the models would rock the runway.
I was working backstage for the event, but could feel the overwhelming excitement from behind the curtains as the fashionable attendees laughed, clapped and awed as the night went on.
Behind the scenes of a fashion show is just as bustling as you would imagine – outfits ripping, models cramming into small spaces to get their hair and makeup fixed, a “photoshoot” around every corner, cameras following your every move – seriously – it is the most exhilarating feelings and there is no match to the rush you get from it.
Moments before the fashion show, models lined up and perfected their poses for their moment behind the silhouette screen. Makeup artists added their finishing touches to the models makeup and hairstylists perfected the models elaborate hair. Once the fashion show cued to start, the models were ready to make their presence known on the runway.
And believe me: their presence was KNOWN.
The fashion show was broken down into 4 different genres’: the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Some of the most popular tunes from each genre were chosen for the models to walk to and had the crowd excited and dancing to icons such as Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Fashion Denver’s very own, Brandi Shigley, was the emcee for the fashion show and I honestly couldn’t have picked a more qualified personality to have the honors and to get the attendees riled up.
Working backstage allowed me to get a closer look at how much time and effort went into the production of each unique design. It is truly remarkable how intricate and beautiful all of the fashions turned out using just condoms – and as I stood backstage, with the chaos going on around me, I wondered how it would be possible to choose only one “Best in Show” after seeing all the remarkable designs.
A “Clap-Off” from the audience indicated that Kitty Krell (Model and Designer) of Crimson Rose Couture and her “Sperm-aid” design was the fan favorite, and thus she was awarded a large $250 check. The check went to a worthy recipient; her design was flawlessly executed and thought out to the very last detail.
Brandi Shigley sang farewell to the lively audience and concluded the sexy soiree by inviting guests to continue the party over to Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place.
On that note, I finally caught my breath from the overwhelming excitement from backstage and gushed over how amazing the night turned out. I made my way over to Shine Restaurant to mingle with the gorgeous models, incredible designers, the Women’s Health staff, and my awesome production crew, and said cheers to a vastly successful night.
All proceeds go to supporting Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center – a nonprofit and safety net reproductive health clinic.
For more of my behind the scenes photos, click here.
For Merrick Chase’s full event photo album, click here.
After arriving back in town on Friday night, we headed over to Civic Center Park to experience Denver Night! The atmosphere was light and carefree. There were glowing blue circles on the ground that lit-up to a rainbow of colors when they were jumped on. There were also tunnels of growing greens for people to “graze” on. It was sort of like a fun community salad. While we were there we enjoyed listening to the Denver Symphony Orchestra play, as well as a set from two of the members of the band The Fray to finish off the night.
Sunday brought a fun afternoon at DXC “The Dunk Exchange”. Presented by Inkmonster the event was set at the Exdo Event Center. We had fun looking at all of the shoes, local designers’ fun clothing, hats and even fun bracelets made out of shoelaces. Outside on the patio, there were artists spray-painting artwork. There were also live rappers, dance contests, and raffles to liven up the crowd. If you’re looking for some new kicks, this traveling shoe expo is the place to get them!
We had so much fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you at our next event!!
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