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Elyse Rainbolt Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Elyse RainboltQ: When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

A:I’ve been sewing since I was 10. I’ve always wanted to wear something I couldn’t find so I usually end up making it.

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m inspired by music, the 1960’s and my textile designs are specifically inspired by Peter Max, Chris Jagger and the Beatles yellow submarine.

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far?

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A:Rewarding: dressing myself head to toe in my own designs that I patterned, cut, sew and paint myself.
frustrating:
Internet stuff. I hate email, website etc maintenance. Im an analog hands on person and I wish I had someone to handle the Internet stuff for me. I haven’t updated my website in a year and a half and answering emails is like pulling teeth. Please don’t make me do it.
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Q: We see a lot of leather, silk, and fur with your designs, what do you love about working with these fabrics?
A:They are natural materials and they last 40, 60, 80 plus years and can be remodeled into a new design and passed on as an heirloom piece. I despise artificial things and absolutely love handling furs. I fall in love all the time with various skins and pelts.
For more information, visit http://www.elyserainbolt.com/

El Salon & Leon Design Interview For Whiteout Fashion Show

Meet Steven Trujillo owner of El Salon and creator of Leon Designs. El Salon will provide hair styling ¬†and Leon Design will be featured in the Whiteout fashion show at Denver Westword’s Artopia. This culture, art, and fashion event will be opening its doors TOMORROW at 7pm at City Hall Denver. If you’re still in need of last minute tickets, grab them¬†here!¬†And don’t forget to use promo code fahsiondenver for a discount!logo_El-Salon

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

A:I’m humbled by this question. There are so many fashion designers I admire who devote their lives to fashion design.

I have always been a designer from hair, to fashion, to jewelry, and even to my garden ever since I was young. I consider myself more of an artist who is passionate about design. My family made sure at a young age that I could and would do large scale design projects. No one said I couldn’t!Leon Design Logo

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:Wow! Everything, I would say. All my surroundings from textiles, to landscape, to food, but I’m most inspired by artists like Marilyn Minter at the Contemporary Museum, The Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The Alexander McQueen Exhibition in London. I not only look at the artist and the art but the installation, It’s about the whole process of getting to the final result.

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far?

A:The most rewarding part is being able to share my work with so many people as well as supporting local events.

Working as a team with all the creative people that I love. I’m hoping to create a different way of looking at things. It may not be to everyone’s liking , but that’s okay.Leon Designs Steve

I rarely get frustrated only because I accept where I am, who I am, and I don’t try to be someone else. There is a plethora to draw from, so I just don’t get frustrated. The journey challenges me and opens me to new opportunities to find better results.

 

Q:Tell us about how you reference architecture with fashion and what that process is like for you?

A:The body is the structure, and everything outside of that is what I consider to be the architecture that I am creating as a fashion designer. I play with all the elements around the structure: texture, color, illusion, form, shimmer, and embellishment.

I’m engaged with contemporary fashion, art, and architecture as well as antiquing. I combine all the worlds, past and present, in my Leon Designs Kevin Alexanderown way. I’m a scavenger – I collect every opportunity, idea, material, and create it the vision I see fit. It can be an internal process, so I appreciate when I can share it with others and get their reactions and feedback. Life and fashion design is more fulfilling when it is a collaboration.

 

For more information check out the El Salon website  here!

Vanity Dollz Interview For Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our interview with Cha Cha Romero aka Vanity Dollz! ¬†Cha Cha is the makeup artist for Artopia happening THIS Saturday! Grab your tickets¬†here¬†and don’t for get to use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!¬†logo_Vanity-Dollz

 

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a makeup artist?

A:Age 9 when I found this gift and started to learn the art of transformation, through make-up.

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:I have a creative mind, so in my dreams. While sleeping, creative concepts come alive and I wake up and write them down. Other times it’s my subjects or creative projects that I’m working. Or simply just the people ¬†in my creative circle

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far?

A:The most rewarding unnamed
First, empowering individuals to succeed.
Second, seeing my work finally get the recognition it deserves. Overall extremely proud of myself to achieve anything that I set my mind to do.¬†Frustrations, would be the over inflated social media on different make-up techniques. Also, fellow peers who feel intimidated, by other artists. We should be united and respect the diverse skill set. Colorado has so much talent, it’s awesome!!! I’m proud to be who I am, where I’ve come from and where I’m going…
Ciao,
Cha Cha

Equillibrium Interview For Whiteout Fashion Show

Meet Deb Henriksen creator of Equillibrium. Deb is one of the talented designers being featured in the Whiteout fashion show at Artopia happening this Saturday! You can purchase ticket to the show here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

A:I committed myself to being a fashion designer in 1998, when I started planning the creation of Equillibrium. 

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from? 

A: My inspiration comes from whatever hits me in the gut to design Equillibrium 2 Jeff Ballfrom…  nature, calls to action for sustainability or humanity, a genre of music,  my lifestyle as a boarder for over 23years, various cultures, urban environments, people, and of course ColoRADo.

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far? 

A:The most rewarding is the respect¬†and reputation I have built for Equillibrium and the support Denver has given the brand.¬†The most frustrating is how much time, talent, and capitol¬†it takes to make a little money‚Ķ sales are always the biggest challenge. As a sustainable brand it is obvious¬†consumer behavior doesn’t quite fully¬†walk the walk yet with supporting quality over quantity.¬†Fast fashion has¬†ruined good consumer behavior of the masses. Hopefully that demographic becomes more educated and alters their behavior¬†toward supporting¬†sustainability and slowing climate change. Humans are a hell of a catalyst in the equation of life.¬†Conscious consumption can change many realities we face today on these subjects if everyone applied it to their daily consumables, and yes, their wardrobe…Equillibrium logo

Q:You emphasize the importance of being eco-friendly with your work, (which is so awesome!) but do you ever find this to be difficult or limiting in any way? 

A:At the scale I currently produce at, yes it can be a limited selection¬†for private label garments in ready to wear. When we are able to do more cut and sew, and purchase textiles by the bolt, I think I will have more than enough to choose from. There has never been more options purchasing in bulk, although there is still a lot of green washing. Knowing molecular science helps cut through the B.S. I hope the Fashion Industry as a whole focuses on sustainability more and it becomes the norm one day. It really needs to be in the 21st Century‚Ķ I am committed to that cause and is really the only way I can participate in the fashion game. My own consciousness won’t allow it any other way. ūüėȬ†

For more on Deb and Equillibrium check our her site here!

YOCISCO Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our sixth interview with one of the designers being featured in NEXT SATURDAY’s Artopia Whiteout Fashion show at City Hall. ¬†Gabriel Medina, creator of YOCISCO underwear, is the only underwear designer being featured in the show!
Q: When did you first know you wanted to become a fashion designer?
A:I’ve always known I wanted to do something big and I think becoming a fashion designer was a natural progression. I spent 17 years in male entertainment and underwear modeling and virtually wore every brand of underwear out there. I launched my first Ciscoheadshotventure, an online men’s magazine in 2008.  Including my daughter in the business was important to me but she was very young at the time.  So, as she was growing up, I took fashion courses at the Art Institute of Colorado.  I learned to channel my creativity
into apparel design, something I had never done before.  It was the catalyst to creating my own line.  I found a great manufacturer in the Denver area that helped me produce my first collection and in 2013, YOCISCO Underwear was born.  My daughter now handles social media for the brand and also helps with creative direction for collections and ad campaigns. She is currently in college studying, of course, fashion.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
A:¬†I draw inspiration from the male form. It comes in many different sizes and shapes.¬† Underwear is the first thing a man puts on and it should make him feel confident, comfortable and sexy.¬† That‚Äôs where our tag line, ‚ÄúWhere Sexy Starts‚ÄĚ comes from.¬† The influence goes back to my time as a male entertainer and underwear model.YOCISCO Editorial
Q: What have been the most rewarding and the most frustrating parts of your journey thus far?
A: The most rewarding part of the journey has been hearing from my fans and customers how much they like the underwear and how well it fits.  Since we use bamboo, customers are always messaging me how soft and comfortable they are.  One customer even told  me it improved his sex life because he feels so much more confident and sexy in YOCISCO.  I think the most frustrating part of this journey has been time.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day!  I am constantly busy working on new design ideas, marketing strategies and working out in the gym (since I am the face of the company).  It has really become my life.  If only I could clone myself, that would be perfect!
Q: What made you want to design men’s underwear?
A:I was my 17 years experience in male entertainment and underwear modeling.  I have worn probably every brand out there so I know what looks good, what is sexy and how they should fit and feel.  I really felt a need for underwear that fits well, looks amazing, and can keep up with an active lifestyle.  I also felt the need to be environmentally conscious.  For this reason, I chose to produce my line using bamboo fabric since it is moisture-wickening, odor absorbing, soft, luxurious, strong and eco-friendly.
For more about YOCISCO check out his website here!

D’Lola Couture Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our fifth interview with Deedee Vicory of D’Lola Couture!

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
A: The first time I knew that I wanted to be a Wedding Gown Designer was in 1993 when I designed my first Wedding Gown.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
A:¬†I get my inspiration from all sorts of things….Nature, people, but lately it’s been more by ¬†music….
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Q: What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far?
A:Aww… This is my favorite part. ¬†I just enjoy every step of my career…I live for that moment when a bride looks in the mirror and see’s herself as she is JUST STUNNING! Talk about that take your breath away moment! The most frustrating part of my journey is that I wish I could do more weddings however I have not figured out a way to clone me…
Q:What is your favorite part about designing wedding gowns?
A:I love sitting down with her and hearing about her future wedding plans and how they met each-other. That helps me to get to know her a little more so that I can help her to create “THE DRESS” of her dreams

Mona Lucero Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our forth interview with one of the designers for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia Denver! If you’re still in need of tickets, you can purchase them¬†here¬†and don’t forget to use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!¬†Mona Lucero

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer? 

A: It was a natural progression. I  always loved fashion and began to read a lot of fashion magazines in high school. In college, I had a friend whose mom used to give her a credit card to buy things from the old May D & F and she would buy Polo Ralph Lauren, Halston, Liz Claiborne. I began to analyze what made designer clothing special. As I was finishing art school, (I was one of those art students who dressed eclectically)  I began to wonder if I was going to be able to make a living as a fine artist. I had fallen in love with fashion, so I made the decision to become a designer РI thought I could make a living from selling my designs easier than my art. Of course, I also saw it as another form of creation that I found intriguing.

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from? 

A:Fabric, music, color, what’s happening around me, beautiful people current and past. Everything…

Q: What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far? 

Most rewarding is that I can create constantly & also meeting so many people through this medium.¬†Most frustrating is dealing with customers who assume they would look good in my clothes because they’re not skinny. It’s not true, I design for real women.

Q:You emphasize the importance of making designs that make every “body” look great, what is the first thing you take into consideration when when designing for specific individuals?MONALUCERO LOGO10152014 VERY LARGE ORIGINAL

A: I think everyone can look great in most styles if they understand how to play up their best assets. For me, the first thing I explain to my customers is shape and proportion. It is a balancing game and sometimes moving a seam or letting something out or pinching it in even an inch can make all the difference in how great someone looks.

For more on Mona Lucero, visit her website here!

Gino Velardi Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

Here is our third interview with Gino Velardi in anticipation for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia on February 20th! Enjoy ūüôā

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
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A:It happened when I first discovered a fashion magazine at age 8! I was immediately seduced by this discovery and knew what industryI wanted to be in. So I learned how to do hair and makeup, styling and production, but I didn’t like to do any of those things for someone else, so I adopted the role of fashion designer.¬† I saturated myself with the knowledge of clothing design. Then I can have
people work with me to realize my vision.

Fashions by Gino Velardi Model:Masha Spiridonva Photographer: Jim Kellett Hair: Ted Medina Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma Graphic Design: Kellett Creative
Fashions by Gino Velardi
Model:Masha Spiridonva
Photographer: Jim Kellett
Hair: Ted Medina
Makeup: Alexandra Hansen, Bri Birdhuma
Graphic Design: Kellett Creative

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:My inspiration comes from music! I listen to specific genre of music and I think of a fashion show and what kind of clothes I would design around that song. I can listen to everything from Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin. That feeds my vision!

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your

journey thus far

A:The reward comes from my family, friends and fans that have supported me throughout my career. The most frustrating part is producing all the designs in my head. I’m a self-taught designer and I do very well with designing and producing my designs, but would like to push myself even further with techniques and construction.

Q: Tell us about your favorite dress you’ve designed.

A:Gosh, there has been so many. But I would have to say my favorite piece would by my faux fur chinchilla swing coat with horizontal transparent strips. Very luxurious, stylish and sexy!

 

For more on Gino Velardi check out his website¬†here!¬†If you’re still in need of Artopia tickets, you can purchase them¬†here¬†and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Anna Festa Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

In anticipation for the Whiteout Fashion Show at Artopia on February 20th, Fashion Denver is interviewing all of the designers being featured in the show. Here is our second interview with Anna Fangenello of AnnaFesta.

Q:When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

A:I started sewing as a child with my grandmother and my mother. At the age of 13, I made my first outfit from a Brooke Shields pattern that I had altered to my size 12 figure. I was hooked! Pattern making
and clothing the body in proportions that enhanced the female shape became my focus. I wanted what all 13 year olds want – to be pretty, powerful and admired by my peers. By working with numbers, shapes and colors I felt confident in my clothing, which helped me to become more confident in myself

As a teenager, I worked in theaters making costumes for the DCPA and the Shakespeare festival in Boulder. I moved to New York for the first time at 18, working at a costume company and interning withUnknown designer MaryJane Marcasiano in Soho. At 19, I lived in Italy working as a patternmaker and sewing in a factory that made furs and leather jackets.

By 24, I was working with Nanette Lepore, at her side assisting to create her brand. I helped to produce Nanette’s first runway show, open her flagship boutiques, in both NY and LA, and produced all of the clothing from concept to customer. I love what I do and am so lucky that I followed my dreams from a very young age

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from?

A:My inspiration is a marriage of math and emotion. It is all about colors, shapes and the creation of prints mixed with the shape of the body,¬†proportions,¬†and geometry. It all comes together to create¬†that distinct Festa style.¬†I study the female form and work¬†with¬†the curves and shapes, placing pieces very specifically to support and enhance¬†our curves. AnnaFesta is based around the size 10 ‚Äď 20 customer. I start with a size 16 and the curves and shapes that come with this female form make me excited to see what my next creation can do to make this figure powerful and beautiful

Q:What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your journey thus far?

A:In my early 30’s¬†I had breast¬†cancer¬†and went through¬†years¬†of treatment. I LOVED New York and¬†my career had taken me all the way to the top, working with Nanette and as COO of Zac Posen. But, after years of cancer treatment and not taking care of myself, I¬†left everything to¬†“find myself”. My priorities changed. After 20 years
away from my hometown of Denver, I decided to return to a healthier lifestyle in Colorado.

I told myself that I¬†was never going to do anything with fashion again. I left my fashion career behind and did things I hadn’t done before. I¬†skied 40 times in a year, went to Burning Man for 10 days, and spent loads of time with my family. I removed myself from the pull of the¬†fashion world¬†to find out who I was and where I wanted to be.¬†After a few years away from fashion, I was brought full circle and returned to the career that I had always loved! During my time off I found a new goal in a female shape that was being ignored ‚Äď the curvy body type! I have made it my goal to create a collection that gives her confidence in beautifully fitting, curve enhancing, high quality, on trend clothing. My Colorado peers supported me and here I am, back at it, doing what I love most – making women feel beautiful and confident through my designs.

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Q:Tell us about the ‚ÄúFestaFit‚ÄĚ process

A:The¬†FestaFit is created by my focus on the female body and all of its different shapes and forms. I am driven by proportion and how fabric – particularly prints and bright colors – can be placed on the body to enhance the female shape. How the print is placed, where a seam lies¬†on the body, and proportions¬†from top to bottom and side to side – all of this comes together to create the FestaFit. “Is it math or is it art?”, someone asked me once. The merging of the two arenas drives FestaFit.¬†My goal – whether you are 5′ tall, 6′ tall, size 2 or size 22 – you will put on one of my creations, look in the mirror and feel beautiful, happy and ready to conquer the world!

I love what I do, and I love your body!

For more on AnnaFesta check out this¬†video¬†and her website¬†here!¬†And if you’re still in need of ArtopiaDEN tickets, you can purchase them¬†here¬†and don’t forget to use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!

Denver Bespoke Interview for Whiteout Fashion Show

With ArtopiaDEN less than a month away, Fashion Denver is doing interviews with all of the designers being featured in the Whiteout Fashion Show! Our first interviewee is AJ Machete, creator of Denver Bespoke and Denver Dressmakers.
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Q:  When did you first know you wanted to be a fashion designer?

A:
Lianna (the co-designer) and I met at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she was studying fashion and I was studying sculpture and photography. I was always very interested in style, whether in literature, fine art or clothing, but didn’t get into designing clothing for many years.¬†
In 2008, Lianna and I were talking about moving out of NYC but there weren’t a lot of fashion jobs in the middle part of the country, and not
many jobs that would be the equivalent of her job as a knitwear designer for Liz Claiborne. So I started designing clothing and sewing and was essentially able to hire her away from her job (although at much lower pay!) and we were able to move to Denver and keep doing creative work.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?

A: We start from the perspective that bespoke and couture clothing is a different beast than ready-to-wear. We don’t need to design something that 50,000 people will wear—-selling one piece to one client is enough¬†to get the look out there. This means that we can design pieces that are utterly unique and pretty far out from what most people would consider traditional.
Recently I have been interested in 18th and 19th Century military uniforms, science fiction body armor, Victorian waist seams on jackets, and the idea of clothing as origami that can be created by folding fabric rather than seaming together cut pieces. Of course, a big part of our inspiration comes from the amazing fabrics (generally English and Italian wools) that we work with.
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Q: What has been the most rewarding and the most frustrating part of your
journey thus far?
 

A: Making pieces one-at-a-time without any kind¬†of¬†assembly line is amazingly difficult to scale. Hundreds of little details need to get passed back and forth between the sales and design team, patternmaking, cutting, and sewing—which means tons of paperwork and notes. In addition, each patternmaker, cutter and sewer needs to know how to construct a garment from start to finish (and some of the garments are made up of over 100 pieces). The smallest mistake can mean recutting a suit (when the fabric is over $100 a yard). So all of this is frustrating, but also incredibly rewarding.
It is amazing to work with such accomplished tailors and seamstresses and to work on projects that require such care and attention.

Q: Tell us about the unique fit system you use to tailor your designers for each client.
 

A:¬†We draft custom patterns for each client based on measurements that they take at home and send to us (unless the client is fortunate enough to be able to make it to Denver for a meeting). Each pattern is then drafted¬†on the computer. After many thousands of fittings of muslins and final garments, we have gotten better and better at understanding client’s bodies and can pull in dozens of other similar patterns to compare and contrast what has worked best for fitting varied body types. The result is that even if a client’s measurements aren’t perfect, we can quickly draft a pattern that is almost certain to fit on the first try.¬†For more complex garments, like full suits, we actually mail the client a cotton muslin and have him send us digital pics to see where we can make the fit better. This in turn, gives us more information to further perfect our fitting system.

For more information on AJ and Denver Bespoke, check out their site here.

 

Still need tickets to ArtopiaDEN? You can purchase them here and use promo code fashiondenver for a discount!