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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.  

Darlene C. Ritz at FROST

Darlene C. Ritz
Designer, instructor, and chair of the fashion department at RMCAD

How do you define fashion?

Darlene C. RitzI define fashion with the technical definition: “a taste shared by many for a period of time” Eubank, Phyllis G. Tortora & K. Survey of Historic Costume, 5th Edition. Fairchild Books USA, 6/2009. VitalBook file. 

This may refer to clothing, art, food, interior design, literature, etc. A fashion is anything that is accepted by a group of people for a period of time. 

I use the term “style” in the way that most people use the term fashion. Style is the way a person expresses themselves visually. 

ritz-design-for-gary-lee-days-23-1How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

I’ve been designing as long as I can remember. My industry experience was mostly in private label for large retailers. 

For over a decade, my focus in the industry has been in fashion education and in developing the next generation of fashion industry professionals. I do not currently sell my designs, though I have been active for the past year in using my designs to promote Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) and the relatively new fashion design program (launched in Fall of 2014).

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

This depends on the project. When working on Pridefest, the inspiration was celebratory. We worked to meet the needs of DeMarcio Slaughter, Pridefest’s Emcee. When working with Athena Ambush the inspiration was RMCAD branded merchandise and upcycling. The inspiration for Gary Lee days was 40s pinup models. For Red Ball the inspiration was an Edwardian corset.

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What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

I want the person wearing my garments to feel confident; from there it is up to the wearer.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with?   

I love to collaborate!! Brandi Shigley is high on my list!!

Equillibrium at Frost!

Deb HenriksenDeb Henriksen of Equillibrium was one of the very first designers to participate in our first ever fashion market in 2004!! It’s so wonderful to have her back for our 13th annual holiday market!!

How do you define fashion?
An art form everyone can express themselves in,  just by wearing it.

eqkustomperiodic2How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

Equillibrium was established in 2000.  Over the years we have sold in over 20 stores.  Currently we are focused on direct sales through our  Website:   www.equillibrium.com,   our Denver Show Room,  and Pop-up events.

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

Through the textiles,  graphics,  and overall design aesthetic…  

eqkustomperiodic1What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

As a Designer,  I am always trying to invoke an emotion through fashion.  One that is positive and empowering to both the wearer and viewer on the street.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Vivienne Westwood for sure!  I just LOVE her,  and appreciate all she has done and does for punx,  high fashion,  and our environment! 

Frost featured designer: Stephanie Victa

stephanie1) What is your earliest memory of loving fashion and how did you express yourself as a child with your own fashion?

12 years old, I started to master the art of simplicity with a pop of something interesting. I knew I wasn’t ever going to keep up with fashion trends. I used a lot of basics interchangeably with another garment that had great color or texture. I was more interested in slow fashion and wearing something that would endure the seasons. I was also obsessed with doing my nails to match outfits.

stephanie22) In 3 words, describe your aesthetic with your designs.

Simple, sophisticated hip, comfortable

3) What differentiates your collection?

The sizing is designed for curvy ladies and is somewhere in between model sizing and plus size.

4) How would you describe Colorado style and what do you do to contribute to that style in your designs?

I would describe Colorado style as having the ability to be layered because of the temperature swings, natural colors for the great outdoors but there’s also that special twist people put on their style here with color and pattern. It seems to be a lot about discovering the details.

My designs are definitely meant for layering. The designs work well together as garments and the color palate. If we’re talking about a pop of color or detail then I’d have to mention any items I add lining to; they’ll add some contrast in color or texture.

stephanie35) What does the upcoming year hold for Victa Designs?

Victa Designs is growing! We’re putting our big girl pants on to get organized and add ten more boutiques to our stockists. We’ve just designed our first men’s garment to try out. There’s also a collaboration in the works for a painters’ designs on our garments. The most exciting thing happening is the year long sewing class we do in Jacmel Haiti, ‘One Stitch at a Time,’ that will be finishing up in the summer. Graduates will be working on some designs that will make their way to Colorado markets.

6) Where can we find your designs?

In the Studio at 888 E 50th Ave, N2  Denver, CO 80216

Online at www.victadesigns.com

In stores:

Fancy Tiger
Denver Fashion Truck Brick and Mortar
I Heart Denver Store- Southwest Plaza
Vouna
Sewn

Frost featured designer: Enzen Designs

Featured Frost Designer taking place Thursday, December 8th at Green Spaces! 

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Designer: Josh Enzenjosh enzen

To me, fashion is an expression of ones self that invokes a feeling in ones self and others. 

I have been building my brand for over two years now, and my collection can be found at enzendesigns.com, or ENZEN.designs on instagram which also has all of the limited editions that I have create.  

Inspiration can be seen in my designs based on where I live, friends, family, or simply random thoughts that pop in my head. 

EnzenWhen people wear my designs and my brand, I want it to be an expression of them. While I do express certain things when making my designs, ultimately people wear them differently and express them differently. 

In the street wear world, addidas has always caught my attention with their designs and I think they would be awesome to collaborate with. 

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Frost featured designer: Duane Topping

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-10-31-05-pmHow do you define fashion?

Fashion should be a statement.  What you wear should speak volumes about who you are as a person.  So often that message is tied to a social construct of what is appropriate for what woman.  For me, I say make the statement you want with the garments you choose!  So, for me, Fashion is defined by who is wearing the clothes, and what you wear can redefine the world.

How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

I started work on this Fall Line after I launched my Spring earlier this summer.  My main goal was to elevate my own ascetic and create a cohesive and mature look.  I still wanted to maintain an undertone of rebellion without losing the classic lines of femininity.  It was all about the journey.  Not just my own as a designer, but I want the women who wear my clothes to feel a part of their own journey.  I’ve tried to design a look that expresses the changes I’ve made as a person and a designer.  My hope is that I can share the message that regardless of who the world thinks you are, you define you.  Every woman is beautiful, and that’s who my garments are for, every woman. All the pieces are available on my website www.toppingdesigns.com.    


How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

My inspiration came from the suffrage movement of the 1920s.  I am a feminist myself, and have always admired the early pioneers of the feminist movement.  I wanted to take the sophistication of the 1920s women with their rebellious attitude and put that in a contemporary design.  So, the rebellious details in my garments that hint at the underlying power of femininity I think push against that norm.  I also think my silhouettes have the subtle appeal of the flapper combined with a 1940s bombshell.  Fabric was key as well, the strong structured leather with the contrast of the lighter laces and chiffon demonstrate the balance of elegance and power that all women represent.

Duane ToppingWhat do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

Part of what I hope to be known for as a designer is my push against the hegemonic norm of what “ideal” beauty should be.  I really work hard towards designing garments that appeal to a wide range of women.  My message is simple, every woman is gorgeous and so my clothes are for every woman.  I don’t design strictly for the traditional sample size, I welcome the challenge of curves. I hope that when woman buy my clothes they feel empowered to be themselves, to look great and feel like they can take on the world. 

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Margaret Sanzo!  Hands down a marvelous and talented designer and a truly humble and gracious woman.  She inspires me every time I see her garments.