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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 author

Besides fashion and beauty, we’re going to have a couple non-fashion people at our Frost Fashion Market and with the holidays right around the corner, many of us are in the mood for baking…. and LOVE! We are excited to feature Michelle Poirier, author of SugarLove: Broken Cookies Still Taste Good.

1) What inspired you to write this book? 

Since I love to bake and often modified or made up my own recipes, friends said that I should write a cook book. I didn’t want to write just a cook book though and knew that if, a big “if,” I ever wrote one, that it had to have a twist to it. I was hit with this idea, that each recipe would personify a particular type of guy, years ago when I was experimenting with a fudgy brownie recipe for my then boyfriend. It wasn’t your typical ‘one bowl brownie mix.’ Rather, it was complex and had an unexpected ingredient. For that recipe, the sum of the parts was so much more as it yielded a moist and fudgy brownie that I’d never had before. It hit me that it, the recipe, wasn’t dissimiliar from my then boyfriend. He appeared to be the ‘bad boy’ on the outside – bad boys are always good looking – and with attitude; however, he was so much more. He was a good communicator, in touch with his emotions, and so sweet. Boom. Idea for a cook book with a twist happened!

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2) At what age did you discover your passion for baking? 

Gosh, I’d say middle school, but definitely high school. With a mom who worked two jobs, I found myself looking through her cook books and then searching the cabinets for ingredients to bake something if she wasn’t home. That’s how I started. I’d make whatever I could with the ingredients already in our kitchen. I’d even spend my Friday nights in with my best gal friend baking. We loved to surprise our mom’s with our goodies!

3) How has navigating the single life been in your 20s, 30s and 40’s. What’s been the difference in decades with your inner dialogue?

Wow, it’s so much harder now (in my 40s). In your 20s, you are just starting out in adult life and have no expectations, only hopes. Time is on your side and you have no agenda. For me, I was a late bloomer and didn’t really become the person I always wanted to be until about age 29; so, my 30s were really my time of self discovery. My social world opened up (I attribute that to the recognition that 5280 Magazine gave me when they chose me as one of their “Most Eligible Singles” for the February 2003 issue). I embraced my newly expanded social networks. I was dating multiple guys at once but not getting close to any one of them. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I got wrapped up in a social scene of people who mostly wanted to stay single and I now realize that is partly why I’m still single. Even if I did meet someone with potential (which I did), I kept them at arms distance and that caused the relationship not to develop. Now, I’m ready for the ‘one.’ I’m not worried about missing someone better that may come along. I’m upfront with the men that I meet now. If they are looking for the ‘good time,’ it’s not me. I’m looking for my special someone; someone to create history with and look back on the years together.

4) Do you ever want to get married? 

YES! Do you have someone in mind for me?

5) What’s your favorite part of the holidays? 

Christmas cookies! I’m serious. They are so much more than just a treat. They are a representation of someone’s time, love, and effort. They are unique to that the giver and can’t be found anywhere else. What a gift!