Category Archives: Splash Designers

Sizzlin’ 6 Questions with Edith Muyinda

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of emceeing the African Fashion Show headed up by Edith Muyinda of Byasima Couture where we saw fashions from many different countries in Africa. It was an amazing show! Edith will be part of our fashion market this Sunday. Let’s take a look into her world, shall we?


What were your obsessions growing up?

Fashion

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

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Top / dress by Byasima Couture. Photo by Dante Canto X Images / d4nt3.com

I have many sisters and sometimes when they were going out, they would have “wardrobe emergencies” in that all of a sudden they did not like their outfits – they would change from dress to dress stillTop / dress by Byasima Couture. Photo by Dante Canto X Images / d4nt3.comthey were not happy with how they looked, so I would make adjustments by putting a fold here or adding a piece of material there or make them wear a skirt as a dress – and they loved it! It was fulfilling to see what I had visualized expressed in what they were wearing.

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections? 

My daily life is simple and can easily relate to everyday person, so when I design, I take into account the everyday person and try to balance comfort and style in my collections

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Top / dress by Byasima Couture. Photo by Dante Canto X Images / d4nt3.com

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I observe people on the train, and streets. I also, research on what is trending on the local, national and international level. I interview people. I review my portfolio to see if there is anything that can inspire me from my previous collection. I meditate on all the above then get inspired to design a new collection.

How has fashion impacted you?

I am fulfilling my dream to express myself as a designer. 

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designer’s perspective?

I love the way Denver is rapidly picking up in the fashion world. Also, I like the fact that fashion scene in Denver is embracing designs and designers from different backgrounds.

Sizzlin’ 6 Questions with Splash designer Maggie Burns

We’ve been working with designer Maggie Burns of Marie-Margot for several years we can see why she won 303 Magazine’s Designer of the Year award this past spring! Check out her interview in preparation for our summer fashion market SPLASH! 

Maggie BurnsWhat were your obsessions growing up? 

Obsessions is a very strong word for a Libra…  I don’t remember being obsessed with anything in particular.  I just remember the small town I grew up in didn’t feed my artistic yearning and I felt hungry for creative stimulation. 

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

Creating designs in fashion was easy for me and gave me the feeling of connection and authenticity.  Growing up, I loved seeing beautiful clothes in the magazines and being able to interpret them my way.   It took me to Paris long before I had the opportunity to actually visit Paris.

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Photo by Harvey Klahold

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections? 

I see things in terms of shapes and colors, where others see things as cars and trees and buildings… I’m always looking for new patterns and textures in nature to inform my designs.  I appreciate the juxtaposition of opposing shapes and textures and how it might relate to details in a gown. 

Whenever I go to a movie, I’m intrigued with the costuming and sets as they relate to the story.  I try to make my designs tell the story as the collection develops.   

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Sometimes a book, a movie, a piece of artwork or a soundtrack inspires me, or it can be as simple as discovering beautiful laces and fabrics and letting them tell me what the collection should say.  Ultimately, my most successful collections have been when I keep my “Why?” in mind.  My “Why” is that I was born to make women look and feel beautiful. 

maggieburnsHow has fashion impacted you? 

Fashion creates a sense of urgency …  there’s so much to do and so little time.  Fashion in general moves quickly; on the one hand, one needs to get their ideas out of their head and into the market before the trends change.  On the other hand, timeless elegance never goes out of style.  It’s imperative to find the fine line between the two.   

I have personally found the “Why?” in my life and feel a sense of profound fulfillment when my brides tell me that I have made their wedding day the best ever with their gorgeous gown! 

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Denver fashion is moving ahead at light speed.  There is an abundance of very talented new designers coming onto the scene with their creative energy and enthusiasm.  The more established designers are perfecting their craft and producing beautifully made, creative designs.     

Be sure to check out Maggie’s IndieGoGo campaign and help her reach her goal!

Sizzlin’ 6 with Stylish Sparrow

Stylish SparrowBesides designers at our SPLASH summer fashion market, we’ve also got an amazing fashion stylish joining us for the fashion fun! Learn more about Lisa Sharpe, brains behind Stylish Sparrow!


Obsessions:
Roller skating, swimming, horses & Barbies

Fashion as Creative Expression:
I honestly don’t know how. It just always was! My earliest memories of enjoying fashion are creating fashion shows with Barbies and creating outfits on Fashion Plates. As a teenager, I poured over European magazines and Seventeen, studying how the outfits were put together.

Daily Life & Collection
stylish sparrowMy mother always said, “Buy what you love, even if you don’t know what you’re going to do with it when you get it home. You will find a place for it.”

So, as a resale store owner & stylist, I choose things that speak to me & inspire me. My home decorative items and my clothing collection are eclectic, and yet there is a thread of commonality that emerges because my eye is the common denominator.

Research
Watching fashion trends casually, and then selecting items for resale that delight me and spark a vision of how to style that particular item. I look for simple ways to update looks without buying a new wardrobe, such as a new shoe style or hat or jacket.

For color combinations, I find unexpected ideas in nature, such as brown, ivory & light blue in a Siamese cat. Or, lime green lichen on an umber or gray rock.

Stylish Sparrow

Fashion’s Impact
My response to fashion has ranged from shame to levity to obsession. In my 20’s, I overspent and landed myself in debt. I was all dressed up with nowhere to go! 

stylishsparrowWhen I worked as a social worker and saw dire situations around the world, I thought fashion was frivolous. 

Now in my 40’s, I have returned to my love of fashion and beauty. I respect its rightful place in my life, and the lives of others. What we wear changes how we feel about ourselves. And food, clothing and shelter are the basic human necessities. People have an innate sense of dignity, and the clothing we wear is an expression of this dignity.

Denver Fashion Scene
What I enjoy most about the Denver Fashion scene are the people. I have not yet met a person who is self-absorbed or blatantly self-centered. People are open to newcomers & new ideas. This is congruent with the culture and people of Denver as a whole. My theory is that so many people like myself are transplants, which creates an open and friendly feel.

Sizzlin’ 6 Questions with Lawrence and Larimer

We love seeing the new companies that are popping up and are thrilled to work with Lawrence & Larimer, a company that is new to the Fashion Denver scene! They’ll be joining us at our poolside market this Sunday! Let’s see what they have to say in our Sizzlin’ 6 Questions!

What were your obsessions growing up?

Our obsessions growing up were not far from most kids. For John Chapman(Founder of Lawrence and Larimer) it was basketball and Karate. For myself, (Keyonna Chapman, Co-Founder) it was swimming, track and field and Barbies.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

John: High School is when I really began to recognize my own personal style and individuality. 

Keyonna: Honestly, I believe my aunts were my greatest inspiration. No matter where we went, they were decked to the nines, and I wanted nothing more than to be like that. So, I made sure no matter where we were headed, I looked like I was going somewhere fancy.

Lawrence and LarimerDo you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

John: Yes, right now my daily life requires me to wear a lot of simple, yet essential clothing. And that in itself is challenging because I’m incorporating who I am into that and being the lifestyle that the Lawrence and Larimer brand is.   

Keyonna: Absolutely. I’ve always got my eyes and mind open to the world. So no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I’m inspired by it in some form or fashion and am looking for ways to incorporate life and the movement of it into the Lawrence and Larimer brand. 

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Yes, we are continuously studying top collections of designers like Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Todd Snyder, Scotch and Soda, All Saints and a few others to really help place focus on where we need to be each season, to become just as great (striving for better) as some of these brands. Sometimes, research can be a bit overrated, because we definitely believe in listening to the needs of customers more so than following trends, but it’s extremely important to know where fashion has come from, to know how to get it to the next level.  

How has fashion impacted you?

What makes our team so great, is that we’ve all managed to use fashion as more of a conduit to recognizing our own personal style. We have a team of five and it’s amazing when we come together, because we are able to break the rules of fashion by playing with patterns, textures  (something many cannot do) all the while keeping in great style.

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Due to the current influx of transplants moving to Denver, it’s slowly becoming a fashionable city. As a brand, our style perspective is to continue to push out essential pieces that allow those who want to keep in great style, to do so without necessarily having to cave into what is trendy or hot. 

Sizzlin’ 6 with featured SPLASH designer Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan, designer behind The Haus, is such a positive designers with a contagious happiness about him. We are thrilled to have him at our SPLASH, our poolside fashion market this Sunday!

What were your obsessions growing up?

Michael Sullivan of HausMy obsessions growing up are still they same to this day. Monster Trucks, classic horror films, horror films in general, Teken, music-art-dance, Sex and the City, Quentin Tarantino Films, muscle cars, science, Disney princesses such as Pocahontas and Snow White, meditation, bananas, Lady Gaga Fashion Magazines, Golden Girls, Frankinstien and his bride, Grace Jones, cheerleading, popcorn and of course, Fashion in all aspects! I still like to think that I am , GROWING, upward.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

In 8th grade I was convinced that if I couldn’t do art ( because it was a “pipe dream”), I would be a Forensic Pathologist and that I would study at Arizona State University. Then, I heard your breath starts to smell like the morgue after a while, so that killed that dream, LOL!

I always loved art in all mediums; I didn’t start really designing clothes until I meet my Biology teacher Miss. Keith in 9th grade. She was my muse and model for years after that! Then my other mentor and choir teacher Mr. Christiansen, would let me sew during lunch in one of the choir rehersal rooms. Expressing myself through clothing was how I coped with my inner battle. I was even crowned ‘Best Style’ in my senior yearbook. Its crazy, people really impact your life whether they believe it or not.

The Haus

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections? 

Of course. I think as an artist, what you create reflects how you live and feel at that time. Every collection I design is my interpretation of what I feel society is going through, lacking, how I view we are internally as living beings. It comes from my understanding of what life means or doesn’t mean to me, Its all reflected and what calls to me, not just what I think will sell.

The HausWhat is your research process like before starting a collection?

My inspiration, whether it come from a dream or what I feel the world is telling me, the inspiration sparks, then I start researching.

I endulge and live my inspiration. A collection I designed before I left for California to attend AAU,  was inspired by the character from Dead Silence, ‘ Mary Shaw ‘. It was the death of beauty to me, or how I felt, so the collection was inspired by my interpretation of the death of beauty and her rebirth. I felt like pearls were a great representation of powerful female energy so for two months I wore pearls. When I feel/find an inspiration, I live in it, I breath it, I try to understand it on multiple levels, I study origns so that I can convey it to my Hausbunnies.

How has fashion impacted you? 

Fashion impacts my life everyday, it’s the expression of everyone around me and on Mother Earth. Every emotion I experience and thought process, can be seen on my body, in my collections and in my sketches. Fashion is not just an art form but a therapeutic ideological look into someone else’s, including my own, mind, heart,body and soul.

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

The fashion and art geeks are rising, everyday I see more and individuals expressing themselves through their clothing. Denver is growing, and so are the mindsets of those within the rise of people. 4-5 years from now, the market will expand more for us “business” oriented designers. But until then, local boutiques and shop owners and buyers need to start supporting the “serious ” and goal driven designers here in Denver. What we do is not just for “entertainment “, it is our passions and creativity put into our businesses. If we are to grow into a fashion-forward market,  it is up to the designers, buyers, store owners and locals, to support, fund, and motivate this growth. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a close mouth, never gets fed.

The Haus

It’s time to make it happen.

Michael Sullivan HAUS Founder | Creative Director

Sizzlin’ 6 with B.Fresh {Featured Splash Designers}

I fell in love with the accessories that the B.Fresh guys make! Their designs are full of color, fun and style! We got a chance to catch up with one of the brains behind B.Fresh, Brian Blake!

B.Fresh will be at our summer market SPLASH this Sunday and we’re asking them 6 sizzlin’ questions!

What were your obsessions growing up?

Lite Brite, Legos, marbles, ninja turtles, Simpsons, basketball, hip hop, and Weird Al!

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

b.freshJon and I both always dressed odd for the times. We had a dress code in high school (khakis, collared shirts, and dress shoes) so in response we both found the loudest most ridiculous items that conformed to the rules but still oozed flavor and personality. I was dubbed ‘skittles’ by some of my classmates because I would find color coordinating shirts and pants. I had matching yellow/blue/red/purple collard shirts and yellow/blue/red/purple khakis. We definitely had a lot of fun with our fashion and spent most of our money at Savers. So in that sense fashion became a part of our identity.

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections? 

Absolutely! We’re both very outdoorsy and active and try to live a conscious lifestyle. In fact, many of our designs are tailored to specific ‘lifestyle’ activities. Like the Rocky Mountain High design for instance- it’s comprised of pot leaves, cabins, elk, pine trees etc.. in order to capture our love for the Colorado outdoors.

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Another stylistic connection between lifestyle and design would be HipHop music. A lot of our designs are highly of influenced by 90s HipHop, which we partake in recreating in our off time, that project is known as high five HipHop.

High Five Hip Hop
High Five Hip Hop


What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Our research process is really just life experience. Every time we go to a concert, festival, or new city we just take it in and come back with new ideas.

I don’t think Jon and I really consider ourselves ‘designers’. We’re just two guys who got tired of hunting for that perfect thrift score and decided to create our own wardrobes.

How has fashion impacted you? 

b.freshIt has allowed us to break the societal 9-5 chains. Designing coolness and creating a business out of it has been the experience of a lifetime! I wonder if any of our teachers predicted that the two classroom oddballs would one day own and operate a fashion business.

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Denver has a lot to offer the fashion world. We’re all operating in a unique time for creatives here in Denver. As natives, a lot of what we’re doing at b fresh wouldn’t have been possible when we were kids. In our adult life we’ve experienced a huge population growth which has led to a boisterous artistic community. My one critique of some of the fashion that comes out of Denver would be to take it easy on the Colorado flag. It’s an easy sale but as designers, we acknowledge that most of it takes little to no effort to produce. At least recreate the flag in a way no one else is doing it. My biggest celebration of Denver fashion, our community is awesome at supporting local! We started out slanging hats under a bridge (no seriously) and are still in awe at some of our hardcore followers. It’s awesome! What’s even more awesome is seeing Denver brands represented in other states.

Sizzlin’ 6 questions with Splash Designer Denise Dailey

Denise Dailey, brains behind Prompt Flare Designs and OCH Couture will be joining us at SPLASH, our summer fashion market powered by 303 Magazine! Join us June 26th for an afternoon of fashion fun by the pool!

 Denise DaileyWhat were your obsessions growing up?

Color! I would color coordinate everything about my clothes and accessories… I loved matching everything together. I also loved transforming my jacket into my personalized style by applying studs and jewels and wearing my aunt’s brooches .

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

As a portrait sculpture artist, adding colorful flowers for the hair naturally evolved into wearable art- Hair made from fabric, tulle, ribbon and other materials made for a runway statement maker. And is still evolving with our belts,purses and earrings.

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections? 

Definitely! I see inspiration for styles in plants, bushes, flowers and trees. I see humorous t-shirts made from life’s moments. I love looking at purses and the way women use them. I get inspired thinking about ways to design and add better functionality.

Denise Dailey

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I like looking at what the runways are doing and what people are wearing – I draw inspiration from everyone. Generally once an idea strikes, I hurriedly get it onto paper. I show it to my family, friends and team to gauge their response. I’ll look to see what’s already out there and if someone’s already running with it… I check Pinterest, magazines, google and social media and if it seems like there’s a need, I go with it.

How has fashion impacted you? 

I love the freedom of expression. Fashion has given me validation to be a little out of the box, which excites me to create. I am constantly stimulated with ideas.

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What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

Being a Denver native, I have to say that we were always really cool with our own different style. Then it kind of petered out to more of a coastal thing to be fashionable. In 2011, I would have said that I felt I had to be coastal. Today, I feel the Denver scene is young and becoming more and more fashion-forward with all the different cultures and personalities. It reminds me of old expressive times of the late 70’s and 80’s. I feel Denver’s fashion industry is taking off in a big way and this is the place to be for a designer.

Denise Dailey

Sizzlin’ 6 Questions with our Splash Designer Blackberry Maverick

Interview with Leslie Kinson of Blackberry Maverick, a featured designer at our summer fashion market Splash, happening Sunday, June 26th!

Blackberry MaverickWhat were your obsessions growing up? 

I was obsessed with exploring the outdoors (I grew up on a farm) as well as all kinds of art, from gardening to acrylics, to watercolor, to sculpture, to sketching and ultimately making clothing.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

My town growing up was a tiny farm town in Vermont where my high school class had only 92 students from the entire county. Fashion for me was a was to stand out and express my individuality in a atmosphere with such a lack of diversity. At home it allowed me to spend time with my mother, learning all of her skills and at school it allowed me to get out of the boring classes in order to do creative projects instead.

Do you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

Absolutely. I love being on the forefront of everything and I love to be noticed! Whether through my personality as a waitress, the way I decorate my home and the environment I create for my friends and industry co workers, to the restaurants I frequent and the food and drinks I consume. I am drawn color and texture in everything and always strive to be that girl that people look at and want to know.

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Blackberry MaverickI always design with the BMAV fearless female in mind, “You are smart, savvy, confident…and emerging as a woman in the world with a strong sense of self. Whether you are 20 or 40 You want to be able to express who you are through the clothing that you choose to wear. To, “Be Noticed” is a state of mind that will inspire our women to radiate their inner light. We want you to embody the bold, sensational woman who is electrified by being the center of attention” 

Then, I research a few things simultaneously in order to come to an initial collection. Fabric type, colors/testures/prints and silhouettes and design elements I gravitate towards that are fresh and exciting and inspire me to design around them as well as speak to the woman I am designing for. 

From there, I make things! I am untraditional in the sense that I don’t make a mood board, then sketch, then draft patterns etc. I get fabrics I want and sketch a few design elements and from there I start draping in the actual fabrics and build on a dress form. I won’t build whole pieces, just elements, maybe work out the drape of a pant leg, or the structure of a shoulder. Then from there I figure out which silhouettes, which design elements and which fabrics will go with what and start building a cohesive collection around the story I am trying to tell. 

Blackberry Maverick

How has fashion impacted you?

Fashion is my life really. It exudes from me and consumes me. I have tried for many reasons to give it up at different stages in my life but I always end of coming back to it. It was four years ago now that I started Blackberry Maverick and I devote every ounce of my energy to growing and developing my brand and honing in my ability to create pieces that truly speak to the BMAV woman.

Blackberry Maverick

What is your opinion on the fashion scene in Denver from a designers perspective?

I am excited about the growth I have seen over the past 10 years and feel that we are carving out a legitimate name for ourselves. It is fantastic to be able to manufacture locally and to have customers who support local manufacturing and sustainable fabrics. It is also wonderful to be able to work with eager individuals making names for themselves in the design arena as well as in photography, modeling, hair and makeup.