Sizzlin’ 6 with Michelle Hale of M Designs

Michelle Hale, designer of Designs by M
Michelle Hale, designer of Designs by M

For the people who love and dance and be free, do we have the designer for you! Michelle Hale, climber, spa & boutique owner, designer extraordinaire, and Burning Man woman, will be featured at our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza June 16th! 

Here are a few questions with Michelle!

Who were a couple of your fashion icons growing up as a kid and teenager? 

As I kid I loved Cher.  What an icon….and all about fashion.  Then of course we move into the Madonna phase

What inspired you to start designing? 

It probably began with getting more decadent at Halloween.  My 1st trip  to Burningman was huge for inspiration and to motivator me to start making my own clothing.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

To this day I still get highly inspired from festivals such as Burningman.  I also use fashion magazine’s like Vogue and Elle  for inspiration 

Haley wears Designs by M (Michelle Hale). Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
Haley wears Designs by M (Michelle Hale). Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer

Tell us about your Headquarters (shop and beauty shop) 5) 

I have a small skincare and permanent makeup boutique in Boulder called The Beauty Spot where I have been lucky enough to have the space to display and sell and of my designs.

What has been the most challenging obstacle that you’ve overcome as in independent designer?

Finding good local contract workers like cutters!  

3 Things if Stranded on an Island

My kittens, music, and a lover :))) the human touch is unbelievably important to me

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Hana Lash of T H A L K E N

Hana Lash designer behind T H A L K E N
Hana Lash designer behind T H A L K E N

I met Hana at the clubhouse of my apartment and what a bright joy of beauty she was to my day!! We immediately hit it off and when I learned that she was a jewelry designer that had just moved here from Cali, I got really excited to scoop her on up into the Fashion Denver family.  Hana brings her gorgeous line of jewelry, T H A L K E N, to the 5280 and how we are excited!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

I had extremely sensitive skin when I was little so anything that I wore had to be soft. Instead of underwear I would wear leotards under my clothes because they were more comfortable. So I would say that my first memory of fashion inspiration is comfort. 🙂

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Instructions Designs Couture aka IDC

We are so excited to introduce Instructions Designs, a first time Fashion Denver Bonanza market participant! Our fashion community continues to grow, adding such a diverse group of designers to our thriving fashion scene! Welcome to the family Crystal!

Crystal Garcia, designer behind Instructions Designs Couture
Crystal Garcia, designer behind Instructions Designs Couture

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

Gem & the Holograms! I was 3-4 years old and I remember these dolls that wore their bad-ass on their clothes & hair! Whenever I got to pick my outfits I would try my hardest to match their color schemes and embellished ruffles! I think I’ve gone through all of their hair colors now that I think about it! 

Instructions Designs inspired by Jem!
Instructions Designs inspired by Jem!

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Spruced Designs

We are so excited to welcome Colleen Cronin to the Fashion Denver family! Fresh off the boat (okay, maybe it wasn’t a boat) but all the way from Alaska!, Colleen recently moved to Denver and moved her jewelry design company Spruced Designs! Welcome to the mile high city! Collen will feature her line of handcrafted jewelry that exude elegance and beauty. 

Spruced Designs by Colleen Cronin featured at Fashion Denver's 13th Anniversary bonanza!
Spruced Designs by Colleen Cronin featured at Fashion Denver’s 13th Anniversary bonanza!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

My first memories of fashion inspiration were playing dress-up with my mom’s jewelry, makeup and clothes; and my Barbies!

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

I always had fun making jewelry for myself and my friends, and one Christmas after making hand-stamped necklaces for my best friends I decided I wanted to start my own business. 

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

I love Todd Reed and Melanie Auld

Spruced Designs
Spruced Designs

What inspires your designs?

There are places that have always connected with my soul and the simplicity, beauty and pure awe of those places has always inspired me to create unique pieces that attempt to capture the essence of something so profound with so much meaning.  

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Hope Couture Bridal

Brand new to our Fashion Denver world,  is Alissa Hope with Hope Couture Bridal, bringing her beautiful veils to our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza taking place June 16th

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

A framed poster of “L’instant Taittinger”

Hope Bridal Couture
Hope Bridal Couture

What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have always dreamed of working for myself doing what I love.  Watching brides walk down the aisle in their dream look makes my heart melt and you can’t buy that feeling.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

The late Alexander McQueen

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Chelsea Bashford, Forever Stranger

I ran into Chelsea Bashford earlier this month and perused her pop up Forever Stranger that she had at Dateline. Every item that she carried was a true treasure that brought back memories. Chelsea and I have known each other from around town, but now we actually get to spend some together as she pops up at our Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza! 

Chelsea Bashford's Forever Strangers vintage pop up
Chelsea Bashford’s Forever Stranger vintage pop up. This was after a weekend long pop up and even the leftovers were pretty amazing!

What inspired your pop up? 

"Cutest human alive that fits perfectly into all my clothing."- Chelsea Bashford of Forever Stranger
“Cutest human alive that fits perfectly into all my clothing.”- Chelsea Bashford of Forever Stranger

Forever Stranger is about creating an environment where people can find clothing soulmates and play dress up.  It all started in my living room where I’d invite everyone over to listen to music and try on clothing.  It was fun.  It was weird. People loved it.  

Since then Ive had pop up shops in a variety of space including galleries, venues, and DIY Spaces in Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles and it’s always a great time.  

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Sizzlin’ 7 with Duane Topping

We first met Duane Topping last year when he participated in our summer fashion market and since then, we have watched his fashion career skyrocket! He’s been busy gracing many runways both local and nationally and we can’t wait to see what’s next from this combat veteran who is pursuing one of his dreams!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

That memory really wasn’t that long ago.  My love for fashion didn’t show its head until later in life.  I do remember reading everything fashion I could get my hands on while I was deployed in 2003.  I had big dreams of becoming fashion editor and I built a collection of garments I liked and ones I didn’t taking note of why.  I still do that today.   The difference now is I get to make my own fashion.

Duane Topping
Duane Topping at 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend Spring 2017. Photo: Nicole Marcelli

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Serana Rose

Serana Rose. Photo by BrinnyD

We are so excited to have this talented artist, designer and performer at our Fashion Denver Anniversary Bonanza! Serana Rose is  such a colorful and unique individual and to see her personality shine in the designs she makes will surely add a splash of color to our event!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

My infatuation with unique fashion began during childhood.  I grew up on a angora goat farm where my mother taught me to sew, spin, weave, and card fibers.   These skills were useful in toy making as a kid, but when I got older I found a way to apply these skills to what I really love…making awesome clothes and accessories!

When I was about 10, I started obsessing over models flaunting gorgeous costumes in high fashion magazines.   I went to my first fashion show as a preteen.  Seeing these extraordinary handmade costumes and confident women sparkling on the runway changed the way I looked at wearing clothes. I saw this as a great form of self-expression and discovered that through fashion I can transform myself into all sorts of magic.

My mother supported this new found love.  She and I would look through designer catalogs for inspiration and create impressive looks for me to wear to school.  Stores in my small town did not carry anything close to the items I was wearing to school, thus spawned the monstrosity of Born Ugli Fashion.

Serana Rose at Fashion Denver's bonanza!
Serana Rose at Fashion Denver’s bonanza!

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

Nothing makes me happier than an over-the-top fashion look.  My college major was Fashion Design, however I pursued a career in performance art.  I toured 7 years with the daredevil act called Show Devils.  While dangerous chainsaw stunts are great for grabbing an audience’s attention, a good corset will keep them watching. Sewing on the road kept me busy and happy.  I have tailored many costumes for performers and still sell Born Ugli fashion items at my shows.  You can catch my current sideshow act, Scissor Sweethearts, at the Denver County Fair this year.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

David Bowie will forever be the fashion icon I love most.  He has inspired me greatly with his androgynous fashion and his ability to transcend so many decades with a brilliant style matched with great jams.

I really like people with iconic fashion accessories.  It makes them memorable.  When you think Alice Cooper, you think of his snake.  Flavor Flave’s hilarious clock necklace collection, Michael Jackson’s white rhinestone glove, and Hello Kitty’s iconic bow….

…I am aware that they are all men except one is a cartoon character.  As far as female influences, I would have to say RuPaul is a very beautiful woman and has me hooked on runway looks… 

Born Ugli Photo by Sean Hartgrove
Born Ugli Photo by Sean Hartgrove

What inspires your designs?

Since I have led a freakishly charmed life of cheating death and wearing fabulous clothes, I have gathered much inspiration from characters I have met along the way.  I like to make clothes with as much personality as the person wearing them without overpowering… I think crazy loud styles should come off in a natural, organic way.  I love using flowers, natural fibers, recycled denim, lace, upholstery fabric, bridal rhinestones, dyes and pearls. 

My goal is to embody the classic simplicity of 1930’s burlesque, the free spirit and wild mannerisms of the 1960’s, the campy horror and glamour of the 80’s, the nonchalant attitude of the 90’s, and terror-able spelling-error slang of the 2000’s.  Yah dig?  Born Ugli?  Doughp. 

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

I am not sure about the fashion industry here…  I may have only slightly tapped into it. 

I have lived here a short time and mostly submerged myself in the tattoo, horror and freak show genres.   I have noticed people dress fairly conservatively and enjoy marijuana related fashion items, which I can’t argue with.  Denver seems to love creative types and has embraced my art with a smile.  I think I will stay forever.

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

One of my favorite pieces to design was the tails suit jacket I made for the Illustrated Penguin.  He is a natural born wonder without arms.  He is 4’3”…the exact height of an emperor penguin.  Made with black shiny ornate satin to represent a shiny penguin, and specially tailored for a unique person.  I loved the challenge of unusual measurements and the fact i didn’t have to worry about making sleeves.

Art by Serana Rose
Art by Serana Rose

3 Things if stranded on an island?

All I would need is (besides a boat to get the hell out of there) is a great stash of green tea, my itunes playlists, and a pep squad of cute boys to keep my spirits up.

Sizzlin’Summer questions with Brian “Scoop” Nemeth

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth in his signature Broncos blazer sporting his Colorado spirit.
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth in his signature Broncos blazer sporting his Colorado spirit.

It was about late 2011 when Brian “Scoop” Nemeth came into Fashion Denver’s boutique sharing his idea and drawings for his line of swimsuits that he wanted to create.  I’ve seen him work relentlessly on his dream and it has been amazing to see it come to fruition. We are honored to feature Scoop at our fashion bonanza on June 16th!

Besides being an innovative designer, Brian has raised awareness about people living with autism and aspergers and he does it through taking action in his passions.

“Even though I have asperger’s/autism, it has not limited my ability to be a productive citizen and contributing member of society,” says Brian.

He’s got a GoFundMe campaign running to raise money to continue his dream in fashion. Check it out here…

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

Dress code back in high school, which inspired me to think of a way to balance between (a) following the dress code and making females comfortable and (b) enjoy what I love seeing on a woman

When I was in my sophomore and junior year of high school, I took a swim class, which was a requirement for graduation. A few female classmates wanted to wear bikinis, and we male classmates wanted to see them in two-pieces. But again, with the dress code, our swim teacher suggested either one-pieces or long t-shirts. Then, when I looked at summer swimwear issues, I saw one-pieces with belly cutouts. I thought that would be awesome for females in swim class. The only thing I would add is the speedo racerback in the back of the suit. That’s just what I did with the ONEderkini.

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth designs the ONEderkini
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth designs the ONEderkini

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

As a transfer student at Metro State College of Denver, I need a backup plan in case broadcast journalism doesn’t come to pass after graduation. But that’s not the only reason for starting a fashion business

One motivation is offering a less-degrading alternative to the garments that show cleavage, buttocks, under the hood.

I designed garments like primetime newscasts, consumer stories and morning traffic reports…save her time and money. Suppose if a female banker wants to go clubbing after work. How it saves her time is that she won’t have to go home, and change from business suit to clubbing clothes. She can beat the traffic in a blazer, lowrider dress pants with a crop top.

But the big motivation…offer an alternative to what the media thinks looks great on a woman…counteracting the media’s portrayal of beauty. Not all women are built like tall skinny supermodels, nor are women comfortable wearing in-your-face scantily clad attire

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/farewell-chuck-hagel-fashion-icon?utm_term=.xvZ9JeBkx#.qcqK9EeYl

Brian
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth’s fashion icon Chuck Hagel

As you can see, Hagel’s way of dressing was more outside-the-box, like I am.

What inspires your designs?

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth's ONEderkini. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Models Maya and Haley.
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth’s ONEderkini. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Models Maya and Haley.

For one thing, women are not all built like tall skinny supermodels. I’ve grown to like women showing some skin, no matter what body type, breast size and body height. I’ve got to cater my designs to their bodies.

I’ve got to keep children in mind. First off, children should be learning in school (even overseas), not working in a sweatshop. That’s why I want to make assembly local here in Denver. Secondly, children are impressed by what they see in the media, and parents don’t want their children exposed to anything scantily clad at a young age.

Looking for a way to save time and money. Suppose she is a banker wanting to hang with friends after work. Imagine she is at a phone booth changing from one outfit (business clothes) to the next outfit (clubbing clothes), and she is ready to rock-n-roll like Supergirl.

Saving time and money with one outfit, thinking about children, and catering to her figure…those are what inspires my line. That, and being able to give the female customer what she wants, instead of what’s thrown at her by the media (magazines) through my clothing surveys.

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

New York, LA, Paris and Milan had their moment to shine fashion-wise. Now, it’s Denver’s turn, seeing that work and play cross paths everyday.

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

The ONEderkini, which is a one-piece center cutout swimsuit and leotard. Several reasons why it’s my favorite. One reason, like I said, the dress code for high school swim class. Second reason, a woman might want to show off her belly ring; not all one-pieces offer that feature, nor would a woman be comfortable in a two-piece. Third reason is saving her time going from gym to pool. That’s because the ONEdekrini works like a leotard, competitive swimsuit, workout shorts, workout tanks…all-in-one. While I use swimwear fabric on the outside, I use wickaway fabric for lining. When she wears the ONEderkini lifting weights at the gym, the wickaway lining blocks out sweat and eliminates odors. When she wears the same suit form gym to pool, wickaway also withstands chlorine, and all she has to do is rinse off the sweat in locker room showers.

3 Things if stranded on an island?

  • Supply of food and drinks
  • Big tent and sleeping bags
  • flares to signal a plane or boat

The Serenity Project 2017: Fashion Show featuring strong willed unconventional models with a story

FUN FASHION EVENT IN COLORADO FOR THE STRONG WILLED UNCONVENTIONAL MODEL
Hosted By: The Serenity Project
June 2nd, 2017 beginning at 5 PM
Turnhalle Tivoli 900 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204

The Serenity ProjectFirst annual runway show featuring models that have persevered through life’s most difficult challenges. These models have found their unique beauty and will serve as inspirations to the greater community.

The Serenity Project 2017 is a volunteer based program aimed at encouraging recruitment of models from three amazing groups for this year’s show: candidates may include those who have adapted their lives due to special needs or have acquired or are recovering from a disability, candidates who may have faced the loss of a parent, challenges of a blended family, adoption or foster care systems, and candidates who have endured an abusive relationship battling to overcome as survivors. The Serenity Project is open to all candidates who feel like this project could help them – after all, that is the goal: no matter what story brings you to the Serenity Project, you will always be the hero of your story in our eyes. As the hero, we will work together to embrace, encourage, lift, empower every beautiful heart because our community and our society so rarely celebrates all of you.

The name Serenity Project was chosen because “serenity” means “to bestow reign upon someone else.” This Project’s aim is to make inspirational women who are not our society’s typical models feel as though they are worthy of any goal, dream, and aspiration they have. In a society that seems to have a “checklist” on beauty, we actively challenge that notion.

The event offers candidates between the ages 13-30 to model and shine on the runway as a wearing their choice of either ethnic Indian wear or donated pageant/formal fashionable clothing.

All the models will have the opportunity to share their story on stage. The models will be given the chance to learn modeling techniques from Colorado modeling coaches and pageant queens from across the country. All models will be featured in this year’s program book, have the opportunity to perform an optional talent or speech of their choice on stage, enter into a variety of other optional activities for awards, and finally, sashay their beautiful, confident, and empowered selves on the runway before a live and excited audience. Each girl will walk away from the night with hopes, lifelong friends, tools and resources to build confidence, and the opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime.

We will have an area for vendors and sponsors from across the community to promote their products and services. All the donations for this year will be used to make next year’s show bigger and better.

The show is entirely voluntary and non-profit based. We will work with any community members who want to be a part of this celebrated event. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, donation inquiries, requests, and questions at theserenityproject@outlook.com

Contact:
Serene Singh
(719) 640-7469 theserenityproject@outlook.com

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