Designers confirmed for our spring market on May 15th!

We’re so excited to present these models, gathered under 1 roof at the Grant-Humphreys mansion. Come shop and support our local designers!

Fashion Denver’s Spring Fashion Market with Create Denver’s “Your Sunday Best”

Blossom into springtime by exploring fresh styles at Fashion Denver’s Spring Market ‘Sprout’ on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., part of the 2011 Create Denver Week’s Your Sunday Best event. This spring soirée will be held at the Grant Humphreys Mansion at 770 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, and is free and open to the public.
Bid winter adieu and welcome back the beauty of spring by supplementing your closet and checking out the newest looks and hottest styles in local fashion. Over 20 home-grown Colorado fashion designers will be featured, and three fashion shows will showcase their chic clothing and stylish handbags and accessories. With men’s and women’s clothing and accessories available there’s something for everyone!
‘Sprout’ is joining Create Denver Week, a project of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs’ Create Denver initiative. Create Denver Week is a series of programs and happenings that showcases Denver’s talented and dynamic creative community, recognizes the creative sector for making Denver vibrant and economically vital, and supports it by providing educational programming, inspirational dialogue and ideation. Fashion Denver is excited to share their space with other creatives including; Denver Art Museum, Flobots.org and Denver Handmade Alliance who will be holding their Crafty Ballyhoo and displaying crafty designs in the theater of the mansion.  Denver B-Cycle will also have stationary races to win fun prizes, and there are many more activities in store!
This is an exciting opportunity for local designers, and all Colorado creators, to strut their stuff and for fashion and art lovers to browse creative pieces while enjoying the springtime air. Celebrate Denver’s creative vibe with Fashion Denver’s ‘Sprout’ Spring Fashion Market and Create Denver Week at the fun and fancy Grant Humphreys Mansion to indulge in unique spring fashions.
FEATURED DESIGNERS

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
Giddyup!
Gravity Doll
Hula Moon Events
Indy Ink
Jacqueline Krause
Jet Set
Kimono Dragons
Me and Marie
She Thing
She-She boutique/deLore
Skylark360
Sparkle eyes
Stranded Jewelry
Taylor Hall
Trina Rose Boutique

Today’s look of the day! Nostalgia…

With my birthday coming up, and graduating from high school 18 years ago (geeeesh! time flies!!), I was feeling a little nostalgic and created this “look of the day” as a blast from the past.

Today's look of the day

The So Whimsy sweatshirt makes a statement from the 80’s with Feather earrings made by Skylark 360. I paired it with this So Whimsy tote bag as it’s the perfect tote to fit your favorite book, a bottle of wine, sunblock, and sunglasses.

Fun facts about Skylark 360! Designer Molly Yoder is a Colorado native, attended Metro State (with me!), and was inspired to start her jewelry business after a visit to Murano Italy.

Fun facts about So Whimsy! Designer Julianne Hazelhurst grew up in Grand Junction, is a mother to 2 beautiful daughters, and is also an elementary school teacher.

Indie Wearable Craft! Reminding me of LA

This event reminds me of markets that I used to do in LA! Our fashion scene and designers in Denver continues to grow and we love supporting events like this one!

Indie Wearable Craft is the name of a new style show and sale featuring six hand selected designers who make clothing and wearable accessories.

Organized by Kirsten Coplans, designer of pearl clothing, Jil Cappuccio, owner of Jil Cappuccio One of a Kinds & Limited Lines, located at 1433 Ogden Street, and Christina Patzman, designer of Darling Ruth.Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart will be held in a downtown Denver studio, located at 1754 Humboldt Street between 17th and 18th avenue on Friday April 29th from 5-9 pm, Saturday April 30th from 10-5 pm, and Sunday May 1st from 10-3pm.There is plenty of parking in the lot located at 1750 Humboldt Street. The event is free and open to the public. Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart was created to fill a niche of wearable style, clothing for women and men, jewelry, and handbags, made by independent local designers whoʼs style works together to create an entire look.

The designers include Swear Jar, Beckyʼs Buttons, Darling Ruth, Jil Cappuccio, Vital Industries, and pearl clothing.

This new event will be held in a renovated brick building transformed into a working studio and is perfect as a store like setting. Indie Wearable Craft is for people who love one of a kind, handmade, beautifully crafted, recycled, unique, screen printed style, and want to support local independent designers.

For more information contact jil@jilcappuccio.com or kirsten@pearlclothing.com

Denver’s Fashion First

Denver’s Fashion First: A Weekend of F.A.M.E. Denver Fashion First: A Weekend of F.A.M.E. will be the first of its kind in Denver. A whole weekend of fashion, art, music, and entertainment will be taking place downtown beginning Thursday April 14, and wrapping up on Saturday April 16, 2011. With a focus on featuring Denver’s thriving and up and coming designers, models, artists, deejays, and musicians, you are sure to experience everything that is Denver’s F.A.M.E. culture. To continue with the theme of exposing Denver culture, a portion of the proceeds from Denver Fashion First will go to the Love Hope Strength Foundation. LHSF is an international music-centric cancer charity that is dedicated to saving lives by using their funds to build and support cancer centers around the globe, build the awareness of global cancer needs, and build international marrow databases through the “Get on the List” campaign. For more information on Love Hope Strength please visit www.lovehopestrength.org. Come enjoy a weekend of amazing Denver fashion, art, music, and entertainment while helping a great cause.

For more information, click here!


Alumna Brandi Shigley to speak at special Metro State recognition series

Alumna Brandi Shigley to speak at special Metro State recognition series

Entrepreneur Brandi Shigley, founder / dreamer /doer of Fashion Denver and a Metro State Alumna, is inspiring others by speaking about her journey, the road to starting her own business, and becoming a successful graduate at Metro State’s Self-Made Series on April 13th, From 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The new Self-Made series is a three-part program that focuses on acknowledging local individuals who have established themselves as unique leaders in the Denver community.

Brandi has been involved in many projects, from a handbag designer to an aspiring musician, and is recognized as a significant business leader in Denver. The Colorado native, who graduated from Metro in 1999 with a degree in Communications, is excited to return to her roots to share her experiences.

“I feel like my degree has played a HUGE role in my career as an entrepreneur and I’m thrilled to be speaking at my alma matter!” she says.

Brandi’s been an entrepreneur for 11 years, starting out designing her own line of handbags and now owning her own boutique. Despite her passion for fashion, she doesn’t focus on it exclusively; she specializes in entrepreneurship in general.


Some of her many accolades include being featured in CNN Money, named a top “up and comer” by 5280 Magazine, and a “Mastermind” in Westword, a truly great honor that selects 5 people who are changing the cultural landscape in Colorado.

Brandi even looks to round out her successes with a music project, b.sous (prounounced Bee Sue), which creates catchy tunes that anyone will want to get up and dance to. For more information visit the b.sous blog at http://bshigley.tumblr.com/music.

Brandi truly is making waves in our wonderful Denver community, working hard to achieve her dreams and encouraging others to do the same. Come enjoy her presentation as she discusses her creative road to entrepreneurial success! Free food and drinks will be provided.

For Brandi’s full bio, please visit http://fashiondenver.com/?page_id=58.

CSU’s Student Fashion Show Fash(n)Fresh + Taryn Slawson & Chasing Rainbows

We’ll be heading up to Fort Collins this evening for the senior fashion show and I’m so excited to see what the designers have come up with. There have been some amazing designers that have come out of Ft. Collins like Taryn Slawson. Taryn currently has a collection called Chasing Rainbows and an accessory line, The Hot Pink Mustache, that she’s created with her sister Megan. The Hot Pink Mustache can be found at Fashion Denver.

Chasing Rainbows was also one of our very first featured designers when we opened our showroom doors back when we were in our tiny little rowhome on Cherokee Row. It’s so fun to see how Taryn’s designs evolve. She designs the kind of dresses that are for the free spirited, colorful woman who knows how to have a good time. One day, when I’m on Conan O’Brien, I will wear a Chasing Rainbows dress 🙂 (It’s a little dream I have).

Chasing Rainbows
Taylor rocks this beautiful Chasing Rainbows dress (photo courtesy of ilovechasingrainbows.com)

Here’s one of our favorite Hot Pink Mustache accessories! The Masquerade!

The Hot Pink Mustache Masquerade
Stop by Fashion Denver or visit their etsy site!

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Fash(n)Fresh CSU Student Fashion Show

See you in Ft. Collins!!!

Derby season is coming up!

We wish that there were more reasons to wear fancy hats these days! It’s a good thing the derby is coming up here shortly! We’ve got quite a big selection on beautiful bold hats designed by Natalee Moldenhauer!

Natalee Moldenhauer derby hats!

With prices ranging from $65.00-$300.00, there’s gotta be a hat that’s perfect for you!

Favorite piece of jewelry you can’t live without…

Do you have that one piece of jewelry that you never take off? These Lapland bracelets by Anita Gronstedt are just those pieces! Each Lapland bracelet is handmade of reindeer leather, antler & pewter. The more you wear it, the more beautiful it becomes! Prices vary from $75-$150 and are an investment in style! We bet you’ll never take yours off 🙂

Swedish inspired accessories
Lapland bracelets by Anita Gronstedt

Do what you love. Love what you do! Workshop April 6th!

My next workshop for dreamers & doers is coming up and I’m so excited to have it at our newly remodeled Fashion Denver space!  Here is the info..

CNN Money
Shigley on CNN Money

April 6th, 2011, Denver’s very own entrepreneur and fashionista, Brandi Shigley starts the new year off by offering her workshop for aspiring fashion designers and business owners. ‘Do What You Love, Love What You Do’ workshops are designed to help local designers and emerging artists take their creativity and passion to new heights by learning how to turn it into a business. Join Brandi Shigley for the next workshop at the Fashion Denver Headquarters 6:30pm to 9:30pm to learn the art of channeling creativity into a successful business by getting tips and lessons from award winning designer and entrepreneur.

In addition to having her work published in numerous magazines and newspapers, Brandi Shigley has been recognized for her inspiring energy and creativity in the fashion industry by major publications such as CNN Money and Denver Business Journal— naming her one of the ‘Top 40 Under 40’, ‘Top Up & Comer of the Year’ in5280 Magazine and ‘A Designer To Watch’ in International Design Magazine. Her award winning work and passion for fashion has made Shigley a successful business owner and designer who continues to inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs and designers to follow their dreams and succeed in the world of fashion.

“Growing up in a family-owned and operated business, I only know entrepreneurship,” said Shigley in Asian Avenue Magazine. Adopted from the Philippines at 16 months old, she grew up in Colorado with her family who taught her the art of owning and operating a business since she was a child. She began her own business at age 23 when she started her own line of handbags called b.shigley designs. Even though it began as a hobby, it quickly grew into a small business, taking her designs to boutiques in Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego. She later began her own business development company called b.23 productions and is currently the CEO of Fashion Denver, lead singer in her band b.sous, and maintains a passion for helping other aspiring entrepreneurs and designers start their businesses with her workshop ‘Do What You Love, Love What You Do.’

In her workshop, Shigley covers topics on creating the perfect work space, developing a brand identity, building websites, marketing your product or service, constructing and writing a press release, producing events, and so much more! Tuition and materials for the workshop is $65.

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