Fashion Group International’s Rising Star 2011

FGI's Rising Star

Dear Colorado Designer,

Fashion Group International of Denver is seeking the best new talent in Colorado to compete in Rising Star 2011.  We want to discover the most exciting new fashion design businesses in the state in nine (9) different categories.  This letter is an invitation to you or someone you know that fulfills the competition criteria, to enter the prestigious Rising Star challenge.

Fashion Group International (FGI) is a forum and a force for promoting the advancement of both new and seasoned professionals in the fashion industry.  FGI is a global non-profit organization established in 1930 with more than 6,000 members throughout the world. FGI, Denver Region was established in 1958 and presently has over 150 members!  Part of our mission statement is to advance professionalism in fashion and its related lifestyle industries, to provide a public forum for issues and the business of fashion and to encourage women and men to seek career opportunities in fashion and related industries.  The Rising Star competition fulfills all of the above stated goals.

The Rising Star Award is a bi-annual signature gala event which honors and showcases emerging design and fashion talent in Colorado. Besides supporting our very own scholarship and community outreach education programs, this year we are delighted to share the money raised from our fundraising efforts with VOA’s Brandon Center, an emergency shelter for women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence and The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty.

By applying for this prestigious award, you and your business will gain exposure through the media coverage offered to FGI. The applicants in each design category will be announced and honored at a kickoff event on Friday evening, July 8th to be held at a private estate.

On Saturday evening, October 9th, 2011, FGI and the many Rising Star sponsors and donors will host an amazing runway gala at Red Line Gallery, downtown Denver, featuring category winners culminating in a spectacular awards presentation to the overall Rising Star winner!

To receive an application or more information, please contact Holli Gibson at 720-837-1452 or Applications are due by June 20th.


There is never a dull moment… TRACES comes to Denver!

Wow! This performance is going to be amazing and I’m sure the costumes will be fabulous!!

TRACES, the high energy acrobatic spectacle which blends circus, physical theater, music and dance continues its national tour. Created by the Montreal-based performance group 7 Fingers, TRACES is now playing in Denver at the Stage Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through May 14.

Combining extraordinary acrobatic feats, music, film, narration and dance, seven performers deliver gravity-defying displays of skill that are fresh, urban and inventive.  The artists’ wide-ranging talent includes traditional Chinese acrobatics, tumbling through hoops and leaping spectacularly on giant poles.  Poetic and explosive, funny and thoughtful, TRACES creates an experience that surprises and delights all ages. TRACES takes the audience into an exhilarating world where creation flourishes, relationships are real, emotions are raw, and you never know what’s coming next.  These versatile artists don’t just engage in high-risk acrobatics, they bare their souls through music, dance, drawing, and spoken word – as they attempt to leave a lasting mark: traces of who they are.

TRACES has critics from Chicago to Los Angeles and now Denver breathless.  The Chicago Tribune raved, “A gorgeously pure, loose, and personal circus… the skills are extraordinary, and the audience immediately understands that it is in the presence of seven massively talented performers.” Variety agrees Traces is “Beautifully choreographed and hugely impressive …TRACES has the goods.”

7 Fingers is a twist on a French idiom (“the five fingers of the hand”) used to describe distinct, individual parts moving in coordination towards one common goal. Founded in Montreal by seven seasoned circus performers, and now with five touring shows, this collective has charmed audiences across the globe with their strikingly human and unprecedented multi-disciplinary approach to circus, moving their distinct parts towards common artistic goals.

The North American Tour of TRACES is produced by Fox Theatricals, Tom Gabbard, Amanda Dubois, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Nassib El-Husseini & Tom Lightburn.

Come see what’s all the rage at the DCPA. See the hot, trend setting play TRACES before it’s gone. Don’t be left out. It ends 5/14. Tickets available now!!

Feeling a little punk rock?

I was feeling a little punk rock inspired today so I created our Look of the Day with an upcycled Social Distortion teeshirt dress made by Kimono Dragons, paired with pearls by Skylark 360! I love it when Francis takes an oversized shirt and makes it into something sexy and wearable!! I also love the elegant pearls designed by Molli Yoder of Skylark 360. Mixing punk with pearls is always fun!

For the punkrock princess in your world, we have a dress made by Giddy Up! I’ve paired it with a super adorable oversized flower headband.

Our look of the day

Your Sunday Best! Coming up May 15th!

Fashion Denver’s Spring Market ‘Sprout’ is coming into full bloom with tons of exciting events and activities planned for the occasion, taking place on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, located at 770 Pennsylvania St. The market, part of the Create Denver Week’s Your Sunday Best event, is bringing organizations from all around the Denver community to enthusiasts of all things art and culture. Free and open to the public.

Fashion Denver has confirmed 23 local Denver designers to join in the fun, bringing all of their distinctive designs for clothes, handbags, and accessories and the hottest styles for spring and summer. Three fashion shows will display their talents and showcase Denver’s homegrown fashion and unique style!

Spring Fashion Market
Your Sunday Best-Featuring Fashion Denver

Featured designers are:

Amy’s Art Wear
Arcatus Jewelry
Body Bark
Design by Victoria Martin
Fahrenkamp Apparel
Fashion House of Rae Marie
Flights of Fancy Studio
Gabriela Designs
Gravity Doll

Hula Moon Events
Indy Ink
Jacqueline Krause
Jet Set
Kimono Dragons
Me and Marie
She Thing
She-She boutique
Sparkle eyes
Stranded Jewelry
Taylor Hall
Trina Rose Boutique
Morning Dove Designs

With the fashions upstairs, you’ll find plenty of crafts and home designs downstairs in the ballroom as the Denver Handmade Alliance’s  Crafty Ballyhoo show will be sharing the beautiful house with us. Guests will be able to enjoy some fun in the sun with various interactivities going on outside all day. A video booth and fun crafts will be available on the mezzanine, as well as bike races with Denver B-Cycle and fun activities with the Denver Art Museum. The Ladies Fancywork Society will also be hanging out, showing off their incredible crocheting abilities. What started out as an underground society for street-artist crocheters has become an artist’s collective that works on large-scale installments, does international art shows, and exciting and unique crocheted installations.

You’ll also be able to treat your taste buds to snacks from some of Denver’s most appetizing food trucks. Deluxe Street Food will come to share some of their ”refined street food from around the world,” including scrumptious menu items like Truffle Mac-N-Cheese Balls, Mushroom Cheese Steak Sandwich, and smothered fries. Pinche Tacos will also come to indulge guests in modern Mexican street food, combining locally-grown food and authentic regional recipes.

All of these organizations are excited to come together to celebrate the best of the Denver community’s arts and culture, recognizing all of the remarkable talent and rejoicing in the Denver spirit! Join the celebration on Sunday, May 15th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Something Borrowed! An accessory swap!

Join Fashion Denver and Warner Bros. for the  SOMETHING BORROWED Accessory Swap!

From now until opening on May 6th stop by Fashion Denver with your gently used accessories to swap it out for another accessory!

A great way to liven up your wardrobe for free! Getting married? This is the perfect opportunity to find your “Something Borrowed.”

The first 10 participants will receive a special SOMETHING BORROWED compact mirror.

Also, get your passes to a special advance screening on May 2 at 7PM by following the link below! Two passes per person, while supplies last.

SOMETHING BORROWED in theaters May 6

THIS FILM IS RATED PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material.

Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.

Fashion Denver at Red Drinks Tuesday, May 3rd

We are thrilled to be part of Red Drinks! Red Drinks Denver-Style Night aims to unite all things fashion in Denver! Red Drinks Denver is an open call for those who want to convene, connect, and conspire to put Denver on the map as a stylish city.

Red Drinks takes place at Double Daughters at 1632 Market in lower downtown. We’ll be talking about what we do as well as having a little Parisian Style fashion showcase!

James Mejia to speak at Fashion Denver Tuesday, April 26th

James MejiaMayorial Candiate James Mejia to speak at Fashion Denver
Tuesday, April 26th 11:30am-12:30pm

Exciting News! Mayorial candidate James Mejia will be coming to Fashion Denver TOMORROW, Tuesday April 26th. As an entrepreneur and Denver resident, I want to learn as much as I can about our candidates before I vote and I’m thrilled to hear what James has to say and appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with us. If you want to learn more, please come on down to Fashion Denver!

Listen, learn, and ask away about any issues that you are concerned with.

Thank you!

What a busy April it’s been and May is already around the corner! Thank you to all of you who joined us at our Third Thursday event. We had a wonderful time and met some great neighbors in our Golden Triangle neighborhood! Also, a BIG THANK YOU to those of you who donated to our clothing drive with the Denver Women’s Commission to benefit The Gathering Place! We hauled away over 10 carloads of clothing and accessories to this wonderful cause!

Clothing Drive

Boxes and bags and racks of clothing and accessories were donated to our Spring Closet Cleaning
at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion on Saturday to benefit The Gathering Place.

Twice as Haute celebrates its new home in the Golden Triangle

Oh how we LOVE our neighbors around the corner!! What’s more perfect than pairing your locally designed outfit with an amazing handbag or pair of shoes from a fantastic consignment store around the corner!!

Twice as Haute is excited to now be part of a Colorado area already well-known for its appreciation and support of arts, architecture, and culture, The Golden Triangle.  To celebrate the move, owner Lana Phoenix will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The celebration of the consignment shop’s move to 39 W. 11th Ave. will be peppered with various festivities, including complimentary beverages, cocktails, and chocolates. Attendees can also enter to win door prizes, including gift certificates to the shop.

Lana will be offering several sweet deals to go along with her offerings of sweets, such as a 15% discount for the entire shop (except clearance or red-starred items), as well as an additional discount for first-time visitors and those who received an invitation post card (to sign up for the mailing list, visit Twice as Haute’s website).

The Grand Opening Celebration will be the perfect way to prepare your closets for spring and summer styles, featuring name-brand designers like Tiffany & Co., Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, and Prada, just to name a few, all available at affordable prices.

Of course with prom season in full swing there are fantastic formal wear options for spring formals of all kinds, as well as a fabulous collection of designer shoes to add flavor to any outfit. With all the reasonably priced options, your closets and your wallets will be full, and by buying consignment, the Earth gets a break, too!

Stop by Twice as Haute’s Grand Opening Celebration this Friday and Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd, for days full of fun, food, and fashion!

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