Category Archives: White Party designers

Sizzlin’ 6 with KatyBelle’s Kat Dudden

We’re thrilled to have Kat Dudden of KatyBelle, back at one of our markets! We met Kat a few years ago and she’s done a couple of the Fashion Denver markets. We always know what she’s up to in style because she does an amazing job keeping the world informed on the latest styles that she’s finding, her fashion inspirations, and much more! Come and find Kat’s booth at the 303 Magazine White Party this Thursday! Until then, here is our interview with her!


What were your obsessions growing up?

As I child I loved hats and dressing up(so basically nothing has changed).  I also loved to read, especially the Baby Sitters Club.   I always loved playing with Barbies and all kinds of craft projects.   I did ballet my entire childhood and I was always busy idolizing the elegant dancers, the beautiful costumes, and admiring and relishing in the dedication and discipline dance takes; from daily practice to point shoe preparation.  

KatyBelleHow did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

I’ve always loved dressing up and playing with costumes.  But I really began to apply fashion to my daily life in high school.  Everyone wore Abercrombie & Fitch and North Face.  It was so…. granola and boring.  We weren’t allowed to wear jeans in high school, so dresses and skirts became my way to differentiate myself from the khaki and fleece.  

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

There is a 100% connection between my daily life and my curated collection.   I have always loved wearing girly dresses and have dressed a little “fancier” than the average Denverite.  Today, that’s still my style and it’s reflected in my collection of dresses, tops, skirts, and shorts.  You won’t find any t-shirts at katybelle, but we’re all about dresses and tops that can go from day to night.

KatyBelleWhat is your research process like before starting a collection?

Really my entire life to this point has been research; living in New Orleans and Hawaii has really influenced my style; which is reflected in the more ladylike traditional foundations of katybelle and also in the easy breezy pieces that the collection is known for.  On a day to day basis however, I am reading fashion magazines and blogs to stay abreast of new trends and styles.  One of the more difficult parts of my job is picking pieces from my vendors.  I usually go directly to them in LA or meet up with them at trade shows.  There are so many amazing pieces, but I have to think of each piece and how it will work for my Denver customers.  How will this work in our casual, sporty Colorado lifestyle?  Then I have to come back to earth and think of more basic things; price, if it will work well for the Denver seasons, do I have similar pieces in the collection?  Buying is probably my favorite part of the business and it’s so easy to get carried away.  I really have to be disciplined and take in all the cues from my research and the more business based factors to carefully pick each piece.  

How has fashion impacted you?

Well I suppose fashion has shaped most of my life.  I”m always known as the girl in the dress or the girl in heels.  Aside from katybelle being my livelihood and my more than full time job, fashion has certainly enriched my experiences when traveling.  Going to visit my grandparents in rural Colorado, my grandma and I would always visit the “Rummage Room” in her town; I have so so many amazing vintage jewelry pieces and purses that I picked up for a song.  Further afield I have had such a greater appreciation for items I’ve discovered in other countries.  The lightweight woven white straw in my Panama hat makes perfect sense for their hot sunny climate and the Ikat patterns of textile pieces I picked up in Turkey can be seen in buildings from the 1400s.  I love seeing the reason behind a fashion or style.  

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

The Denver fashion community has been incredibly open and positive which was a wonderful surprise.  I’ve met so many fellow boutique owners and designers and rather than being the catty and competitive people are so helpful and inclusive.  The fashion scene in Denver is also much larger than I expected and it’s fabulous to see local designers and companies gaining national recognition!

Sizzlin’ 6 with Duane Topping

It’s always exciting meeting a new designer! Welcome to the Fashion Denver world Duane! We look forward to seeing your collection and learning more about you at The White Party! In the meantime world, Check out our interview with Duane, designer behind Designs By Topping

Duane ToppingWhat were your obsessions growing up?

I’ve always been obsessed with art. It started out with my desire to be a cartoonist, then shifted to art history as I got older. Now, I love the artistic development of fashion. Seeing my art in motion is a wonderful experience.

How did fashion become the symbol for your creative expression?

After I retired from military service I had a difficult time adjusting to my new life. Numerous combat deployments took its toll. One day I bought a sewing machine and found my niche. Now, my clothes have become an expression of who I am. I’m a soldier, a biker, a feminist, a scholar, and an artist. Being a clothing designer allows me to embrace all of that at once.

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

My clothes absolutely reflect me as a person. I try and keep a cohesive line but also diversify my aesthetics with each garment to match my personality. I’m always perfecting my construction and readjusting my design which is a replication of my own life changes. Being retired allows me to devote more time to my art and the softness of the textiles and the flow of the garments is an allegory to that freedom. Having the opportunity to bring people along on my journey is important to me. Women’s clothing, I think, expresses the feminist in me, so I always strive to design with that feminine power in mind. Every woman deserves to look and feel good regardless of the hegemony of the world.

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

I study every woman I see. What they wear, and how they walk has given me insight into how I can recreate that confidence. In terms of inspiration for the lines, I love talking with real women. That allows me a greater appreciation of how they express themselves through their clothes. I then strive to capture that internal character and translate it into something that can be worn. Every day is an opportunity to be inspired.

Toppings by Duane

How has fashion impacted you?

Fashion has become my world. I’ve been able to shift from a very rigid environment to something magical. Designing clothes has opened my long dormant artist side and I’ve embraced that whole heartedly. I hope to use this new passion to make an impact in other areas of my life. Namely, I’m beginning to work towards more philanthropically focused endeavors. I’m not hoping to be rich, but I hope to share my good fortune with causes that deserve the support. Bringing my art to life, in the end, is what it’s all about.

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

Being new to the industry, I’ve got a lot to learn yet. But, I was able to attend the Denver Fashion Week and was very impressed with what I saw. The local designers were brilliant and approachable. The turnout was amazing and I sparked me to pursue this fashion dream.

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I met Shanelle on New Year’s when I was emceeing a fashion show and love her style and passion for cutting hair. I recorded my adventure getting my hairs cut today.

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Stylish Sparrow at the White Party

We’re excited to have Lisa Sharpe with Stylish Sparrow back for the 2nd time in a row at the White Party and fashion show extravaganza with 303 Magazine! Learn how she will be taking us from summer to fall at her pop up shop next Thursday!

What inspires what you select for your pop up shop?

The season and venue are the two things that inspire the selection of clothing I’ll have in the Stylish Sparrow Pop Up Shop. Being on the brink of the fall transition has my creative juices flowing about how to adapt summer clothing into the next season. My mind is dancing with possibilities of clothing we can enough right now through October!

Stylish Sparrow

What do you see is a great trend in “summer into fall” fashion? 

My favorite “summer to fall” fashion hack is how enjoy white while also feeling true to the season change. I am so excited to share examples of how to wear white jeans in the fall! I’ll have some great things ready for you to try.

Stylish SparrowWhat is your most favorite WHITE fashion item that you own? Can you snap a picture? 

My white Sevya kaftan is is my all time favorite white garment. The angel sleeves, white on white embroidery and whispery, and cool cotton are quintessentially summer. And Sevya is Fair Trade handmade. What could be any better? I have a couple of these to bring to The White Party so you can try for yourself!

Tell us about your style business? Who do you work with? 

Stylish Sparrow is about discovering your sense of personal style. Style resides within you, and my job is to work with clients who desire to enjoy getting dressed every day. I love getting in the closet and making sense of what is in a woman’s wardrobe. Guiding women to make the most of what they already own and gain confidence in how they present themselves is an adventure!

I work with moms, women entering the workforce for the 1st time, women in transition, women who hate to shop & those who dread special occasions because they don’t know what to wear or how to find it. I offer a complete resale inventory to my private clientele.

What are your 6 month goals with your business? 

 My six month goal is to start a campaign about real, everyday women who are pursuing personal style. Style has nothing to do with size, shape, money or labels. The campaign will focus on who each woman is & how this connects to her personal style.

Tell us about your last vacation!

My vacation is happening right now! I’m headed to Avalanche Ranch to soak in the hot springs. My last vacay was floating on the CO River and riverside camping. I am so grateful to live in Colorado!

The White Party fashion show at Fashion Denver pop up shops!

White Party

The White Party & Swimsuit Fashion Show
Thursday, August 18th
Fashion show starts at 7:30 produced by Charlie Price
The Riviera at the Breakers
9099 E Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80247
Enter on Alton and let the guard shack know you are heading to the White Party!

Purchase tickets here:

We are excited to celebrate summer in style with 303 Magazine at their White Party fashion show! We have a handful of select designers that will be featured around the pool party selling their fabulous designs! Join us for the fun!

Fashion businesses include:
Cara Diane + CO
Stylish Sparrow 
Jeremy Willard
Designs by Topping
Live Love Lash
B Fresh Gear
The Urban Angels 

Experience: Poolside fashion show by Femme Fatale Intimates and Vamp Bikini USA, Denver’s hottest models, DJ Walter White, Fashion Denver Pop-Up stores, Speciality cocktails, Outdoor BBQ, and more.

Family friendly event | FREE for Breakers residents + 2 guests

Swimsuit by: Femme Fatale Intimates and Vamp Bikini USA


Sizzlin’ 6 with Cara Diane + CO

Fashion Denver will host a handful of designers at the 303 Magazine White Party next Thursday, August 18th at the Riviera at Breakers Resort! Cara Diane + Co is one of our featured designers and we are happy to have her on board. She was part of our fall market last year and between now and then, she’s had a baby and is back in action as a designer!

Cara DianeWhat were your obsessions growing up? 

 #1 Any type of craft project.

I could spend hours on beads or shrinky dinks (I think I still can). I remember spending days at a time at my grandma’s house over holidays and summer break so she would teach me how to sew.

#2 I was smitten with being an entrepreneur and starting a businesses.

Even as a young kid I remember setting up a lemonade stand and being impatient waiting for people to come to me, so the next time I made homemade pretzels and took them door to door to sell in my little wagon.

I think for me, Cara Diane + Co. is a perfect intersection of both those passions.  

#3 Candy. Cake. Sugar. And anything sweet.

How did fashiCara Diane + Coon become the symbol for your creative expression?

I love fashion because it’s always right with you. Other types of art exist on walls or in certain locations, but fashion is something we all get to participate in every day and I think that’s what attracted me most to it. 

Fashion being my outlet for creative expression started at a young age when my mom and I didn’t really agree on fashion. At that time I decided that if she wasn’t going to buy my the styles I wanted to wear because she didn’t like them, then I was just going to have to make it myself. 

Deconstructing my clothes to build new pieces became an essential process for me to explore who I was and find an independent voice for my creativity. Over time, that process slowly grew into a passion which then inevitably turned into my vocation.

Cara Diane + CoDo you see a stylistic connection between the things you do in your daily life that is reflected into your collections?

Definitely. Most of the pieces I create for the collections in my shop are super wearable and lean more toward street style. My creative process for design usually starts with sketching out designs or even painting them while I’m drinking my morning coffee. I’m pretty laid back and a huge proponent of comfy clothes, and I think those elements come out pretty directly in my collections. 

What is your research process like before starting a collection?

Honestly, it’s so different for every collection. I’ve done everything from spending hours on Google images looking at pictures of beaches to choosing one word or concept and building every piece around it, to building a color palette and building out each piece from there.

How has fashion impacted you? 

I think like any art form, fashion has the ability to have impact both personally and on a wider scale. Being involved in fashion design has helped me grow artistically and diversify my perspective through a range of unique experiences.

I’m a huge supporter of how fashion creates communities and can drive causes. Making a “fashion statement” is no longer just about wearing something unique or eye-catching. I think fashion as an industry has evolved to the point that its not just what our clothes and accessories look like that matters, but its also what they stand for and the story behind their origin that drives their value. For example, the sustainable fashion movement and finding ways to do things that are both better for our world and the people in it. 

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

So diverse.

We have designers with such different styles and stories who are in such different stages of their journey. It makes it so much fun to watch because it means each fashion show, market, or pop up truly has something for everyone. Its such a fun community to be a part of and watch grow.

Live. Love. Lash!

Sizzlin’ Summer 6 Questions

I’ve worn contacts all of my life and just recently had the opportunity to try eye lash extensions! I LOVE THEM! Check out a little snippit from the adventure with the fabulous Riann Decker, advanced trainer at Live Love Lash in Cherry Creek North!

2717 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

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Riann Decker of Live Love Lash Cherry Creek
Riann Decker of Live Love Lash Cherry Creek

1) When did you first realize your passion for the beauty industry?

Growing up my mother worked at a salon in North Dallas. I would spend many days during the summer helping out around the salon while admiring all the beautiful transformations that happened daily. I’ve always found joy in bringing women confidence they forgot they had, it always came naturally to me. Choosing a career in the beauty industry was a no brainer when the time came.

2) What has been your path thus far in your career?

I got my cosmetology license just after my senior year in high school and spent 3 years going back and forth between doing hair and makeup. I discovered and fell in love with individual eyelash extensions in 2012. Shortly after becoming certified, I began working for Xtreme Lashes as a Corporate Lash Stylist, where I assisted in product development, quality control and troubleshooting. It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to pass this skill on to others and became a national trainer. Nowadays you can find me in Cherry Creek at Live Love Lash, where I take clients Monday-Friday, and travel for trainings on the weekends.

3) You recently moved from Austin to Denver. What difference are you seeing in our fashion world here in Denver?

In general, both cities have a very similar sense of style when it comes to fashion. Denver fashion seems to be a little bit more casual, especially when it comes to going out.

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4) How would you describe your own personal style?

I tend to gravitate towards black when it comes to clothing. In general, I wear clean lines and like to dress in casual, transitional clothing that I can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

livelovelash5) What is your favorite part about your job?

My clients! I have built such wonderful friendships, they make coming to work everyday exciting. Also, we have such a great team of talented and caring women. I wouldn’t be successful if I weren’t surrounded by positive and encouraging coworkers.

6) What 3 things would you take if stranded on an island?

The 3 things I can’t live without:
1. As much Green Tea as possible
2. Glo Therapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30
3. My dog