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.  

December 8th: Frost Fashion Market {shopping & beauty}

Save the date! Thursday, December 8th 2016 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Fashion Denver and Beautycounter team up with Matthew Morris Salon and Jaded Beauty for FROST, an evening full of shopping and beauty to raise money for Colorado non-profit Warren Village. Frost takes place at Green Spaces, a sustainable co-working space located in the heart of the RINO district at 2590 Walnut Street. This event is free and open to the public.

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Shoppers are invited to get some holiday shopping done and with a plethora of local Colorado fashion businesses, there will be gifts for everyone on their holiday wish list.  Shoppers are also invited for a beauty makeover as Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare and Jaded Beauty, transform shoppers with holiday hair and makeup styles. Once transformed, they will be whisked over to one of our photographers, either Meredith Harris Photography or Everything in Focus for a portrait shot. 100% of proceeds from this beauty session ($35.00) will be donated to Warren Village.

Warren Village exists so low income, single parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products in the hands of everyone. Beautycounter is a disruptive beauty brand dedicated to radical change in an unregulated industry. Their mission is to create access to safe and high performing products. One should never have to sacrifice safety in the name of beauty. 

Music and holiday treats will fill the space with merriment.

FEATURED:

Darlene C. Ritz
Eisentraut Jewelry
ENZEN
Equillibrium
GreenLeaf
Horndribbles
katybelle
Park Hill Designs
Rachel Marie Hurst
Rainsford
Scout and Molly’s Boutique
SugarLove LLC
The Urban Angels
TheLuxeDen
Topping Designs LLC
Victa Designs

 

Scout & Molly’s FLASH SALE THIS FRIDAY

There are pretty exciting sales happening at Cherry Creek North’s Scout & Molly’s Boutique this Friday! The earlier you get there, the more you save! This is one of the biggest sales that they have ever had and with the variety of style that they carry, you are sure to find that one piece that you LOVE!!!

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I stopped by there on Monday to take a look at the latest fall and winter fashions and really fell in love with everything that they had. Pieces were classic, well made and offered something for the conservative to the funky fashionista.

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Scout & Molly’s offer a plethora of “feel goods” clothing, perfect for Colorado weather.
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Beautiful artwork showing the art of getting ready in the morning.
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Scout & Molly’s local section

 

 

Zach Burke reviews DFW

When you live in beautiful Denver Colorado, I don’t get but a few chances to go to fashion shows because our city is sort of like an oasis, in the middle of the country, culturally-deserted because of the distance to the large fashion cities of the coasts. So, when my dear friend Brandi Shigley of Denver Fashion asked me to attend one of the 303 Denver Fashion Week shows, I was excited to get out of my head with the weeks political downfall, and when she asked me to write this, I was a little mortified, consumed with how to even write something for someone else! You see, I work in the fine jewelry world, specifically the antique jewelry world, and manage a store on Larimer Square called Victoriana. I am well versed in fashion, the history of costuming, construction and fabrics, and have been a crafty, self-proclaimed fashionista most of my life, but when it comes to critiques I can be one brutal bitch, and when it comes to writing, I can be a mess, plain and simple. So, here goes nothing…

Thursday evening, Brandi picked me up, and in the traffic of protestors swarming the capital, and marching down 17th street, we made our way through town and to the show at the City Hall event center. The fact that I was attending a show, rather than showing my solidarity with other members of society, protesting the president elect, made me feel a little guilty. Larger than the act of watching and consuming clothing and the ideas within the craft of apparel, what are the larger social implications of fashion, and what am I doing here? When designer and stylists use political intention much of what is made is met with resistance and judgement. So, being a smaller city like Denver, I figured that I would not see much of that.

Upon entering we were met by 3 wonderful young women, 2, dressed in laces by Shelly Schalamon and one, Katie Hamman in a Lisa Frank inspired unicorn print – dress that framed a cute little baby bump, a matching purse and an over-all 90’s-girl inspired gay-centric look that. I thought to myself, well that was adorable, try to open your mind to the what Denver has to offer.

Much to my disappointment, inside the show, the crowd was a pretty sad affair of people with identity-less style, mall-inspired, Kardashian day-wear looks. Pastel satin dresses that are cute…in a spring-time Sunday morning, church-going way. I, straight out of work, in jeans and a work-safe shirt, defiantly lacking in any way that you can imagine, don’t really have room to talk, but a lot of these people seemed to be part of this industry, and even as consumers, I couldn’t help but think that this was more of a pageant than a show of style, trend and elegance. A few fashion forward people popped as per the usual in Denver, such as Crystal Jacquez, the atomic Sean Lacy and Jeremy Williard, who all bring a neo-punk-politico-inspired look to everything they wear. I am familiar with their irreverent style and adore their looks, and all three are always on point in their very own way.

We sat down to the show, had a few drinks and waited. Sitting behind me was a group of  5 friends who were the most friendly attendees that we met that night, however none of them lived in Denver. They had all come to celebrate a birthday, each living in a different city, and choose Denver as their stomping ground for a good old girl’s weekend! It was nice to see a few people who were not as uptight, and could have a few good laughs, rather than trying so hard to fit in. However, we all agreed that the boys in front of me had a few too many, and with the walls down, they just would behave themselves. I was embarrassed for them.

The first show began with Femme Fatale Intimates, lingerie pieces, all of which were adorable, but fairly predictable, besides the sheer red body suit with black trim, which almost looked like a sporty version of a 1920s dress without a skirt, which surprisingly really had a sumptuous effect for lingerie that made it seem more high-end than the lace that was used in the rest of the collection. Following was designer Mona Lucero who’s collection of dark prints, with bright loud pixels of color and they really stuck out to me. They were sewn well and seemed like actual pieces that people could buy and pair with a lot of things in their wardrobes. The first dress, on a beautiful, effervescent young model was really set off with her simple style; short, bleached tipped, natural dreading, with bright yellow matte lips and a small clutch, with Lucero’s adorable little potato-sack dress which was so simple yet perfect. I wondered to myself, why more of the attendees were not styled in this way, or at least following the form of their individuality rather than falling in line with their style, but we aren’t in New York or Paris, so why did I have such expectations? 

The last designer, who’s clothing I really got to look at was Gino Velardi’s group of very elegant jumpers and dresses, my favorite being a black full-length dress, with gold prints of a splashy metallic “tie-dye” motif. Gino has been making clothing for a while and the craftsmanship shows. His lines and draping are elegant and sophisticated without being fussy. I just loved the group of his work, and it was the kind of look that anyone would be able to incorporate into any look. 

After that, I have to confess that I was so distracted with other things happening that I didn’t pay much attention, except that I would say the clothing was beautiful over all. I was totally enamored with my dear friend Amy Rosenberg playing violin, and I was so relieved when the 2 guys sitting in front of me made they way out of the show, stumbling drunk towards the bar upstairs. Regardless, Amy was a knockout, and her talent defiantly lent charm and grace to the runway collections.

What I take away from a fashion show in a smaller city like Denver, is that there isn’t the overall desire to be as individual and progressive in personal style here. Denver shoppers should challenge themselves more by taking note of what designers are making locally, and support those looks, with a flare and developed sense of self within that, and not follow branding and trends for the sake of fitting in. I hope that readers take note and follow such valuable localities, like fashion Denver and 303 magazine’s style section, and push themselves to have more inclusion and support of their community rather than having that feeling of competition and uptightness that comes along with conformity in fashion. Trust in your opinions on what looks good on, and take it a step further to get outside your comfort zone and have fun with the options that are out there. 

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!

 

French Fashion & Champagne

French Fashion & Champagne
Meet the Fashion experts with Fashion Denver
December 12th 6pm-9pm
Alliance Francaise de Denver
Register here

Oui oui oui! We are going to have a great time as we partner up with Alliance Francaise de Denver for an absolutely unforgettable night with the experts who have worked in Paris in the fashion world. Sip on some bubbly, learn some French and be inspired!

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  • Florence Muller : Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art & Curator of Fashion @ the Denver Art Museum, regularly works with Yves Saint-Laurent, Dior, LVMH etc.
  • Leila Korn : Owner and head stylist @ The Nouveau Style 
  • Christine Oury : Former PR Director for the Federation Française de la Couture who organized the Fashion Week’s défilés in the Louvre 
  • Sabine Lerus Watson : Former Direction and PR assistant for Yves St Laurent’s Public Relations and Production Agency “KCD”
  • Terrence Timmerman : Mario Testino’s Former Project Manager in the 80’s-90’s

Watch our Facebook Live video from our meeting last week…

 

 

Facebook Contest Ends 11/9

Want to win a set of tickets to @303magazine’s #DenverFashionWeekend opening night {Thursday}? Follow us on the Facebooks and go to our contest post, posting a photo of you in your favorite fall accessory for a chance to win! 

Winner will be announced on our FB tomorrow morning! 

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DFW Fall 2016

img_2001-3romeofernandez_dfwDENVER, COLORADO – On Nov. 10, Colorado’s largest fashion show will return for the fall season. The bi-annual event will once again highlight the best in fashion, design and beauty with three nights of incredible style on Nov. 10, 12 and 13 at City Hall Amphitheater, 1144 Broadway, Denver, Colorado. With 17 fashion designers and brands and 21 salons participating, 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Week(end) presented by Schomp Automotive is going to be bigger and better than ever.

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“DFW sets the standard for fashion shows in Denver. From local designers, to the best boutiques, salons. and national brands, you will see it all here!” said Denver Fashion Week(end) producer Charlie Price

As a member of the media, we would like to extend an invitation for you and a photographer to attend either Saturday, Nov. 12 for our local and national fashion or on Sunday, Nov. 13 for the 10 Year Anniversary of the legendary Hair Show featuring over 20 salons. Spots for Thursday, Nov. 10 are also available.

Doors are at 7 p.m. where there will be pop-up shops and complimentary bites from restaurants including Postino, Sugarmill Desserts, Rolling Pin Bakeshop on Thursday and Little Man Ice Cream, Adrift, Bonanno Concepts and the soon-to-debut LOW Country Kitchen in LoHi on Saturday and Sunday. The show will start approximately at 9 p.m. each night but we suggest you arrive by 8 p.m. to secure your spot. For questions about tickets, general info or to setup an interview please contact Brittany@303magazine.com; For questions about photography please contact Kyle.Cooper@303magazine.com. The official hashtag of Denver Fashion Week(end) is #303DFW.

Featured designers include:

Mona Lucero, Gino Velardi, Kotomi Yoshida, Frances Roces, Maggie Burns, Night by Charlie Price, Rachel Marie Hurst, Steve Sells, Anthony H, Tyne Hall, Femme Fatale Intimates, Velvet Wolf, Margaret Sanzo, Scout & Molly, Fab’rik, Georgine and John Paul Ataker NYC.

Featured salons include:

Charlie Price, Antoine Du Chez, The Parlour, Mode, Swank, The Look, Beauty Underground, Goldie and Bob, Artemis & Birch, KTB Hair & Funk Styling, Ansley Meredith, Marlene Romero, Javier Jaimes, Chad & Co, Stephan Lauren, James Mucker, Halo Salon, Bri Bird, Rita B, Beto’s Salon and Blow Dry Lounge.

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