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Westword Artopia 2017: WHITEOUT!

The countdown is on for an unforgettable evening of fashion, music & art as Westword presents Artopia 2017, happening at City Hall on February 25th!

Purchase tickets here and use ‘fashiondenver’ for your discounted ticket!

Artopia, Westword’s annual celebration of art, culture and fashion, is taking it to the streets  on Saturday, February 25! City Hall will be the site of the artiest party of the year. While they sample cocktails and listen to the street sounds from some of Denver’s best DJs and musicians, party-goers can explore themed spaces curated by Artopia 2017 curator Jolt and dedicated to some of Denver’s most iconic streets – Larimer, Santa Fe, Federal and Colfax – and street artists.

Westword Artopia's 2017 featured artist
Featured artist at Westword Artopia 2017

Denver’s designers will show their street smarts, too, during the Whiteout fashion show that’s become a highlight of Artopia. D’Lola Couture, Equillibrium, Mona Lucero, Gino Velardi, Elyse Rainbolt, AnnaFesta, Blackberry Maverick, Denver Bespoke and Jiberish will be revving up the runway this year, working with style teams and models from Matthew Morris Salon, Well Beauty Co. and Wilhelmina Denver. The fashion show will be emceed by Brandi Shigley, founder of Fashion Denver.

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Designs by featured designers at Westword Artopia’s Whiteout fashion show. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer
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Brandi Shigley emcees Westword’s Artopia Whiteout fashion show.

And once again, Artopia will include the chance to shop some of Colorado’s coolest shops and services, as well as applaud this year’s thirteenth class of MasterMinds.

For all of the exciting details, click here! 

 

6 Ways To Shake Up Your Look in 2017

6 Ways To Shake Up Your Look in 2017

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Trend In Action: Real Style Network: Smokey Lilac Sizzles

Dani Everson, Founder of Clementine’s Salon

1) Metallic-Inspired Hair

Pastel and neon colors are still around but now they are accompanied by a more muted and subtle color palette, mimicking a metallic look. Where there was pink hair now it’s a dusty rose, where we used to see blue now it’s now steel, purple has now been taken over by smokey lilac.

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Trend In Action: Refinery 29: Kristin Ess’ Fake Bangs Tutorial

2)Bangs!
Bangs are tried and true, yet they never really go out of style. For 2017, the longer curtain-like bangs seem to be making a comeback. Celebrity stylist Kristin Ess has even been showcasing the best way to make “faux bangs” for gals that fear next-day bang regrets.

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Trend In Action: Elle: Lived-In Hair Rules

3) Blunt But Textured Bobs
Anh Co Tran has made waves in the hair industry with his blunt haircuts, but yet he still incorporates so much movement. As a stylist, I can tell you that every stylist I know has had an Anh Co Tran style shown as inspiration for a client in the chair.

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Trend In Action: Glamour UK: Bedhead Braids

4) Loose Braids
The bohemian look is back in a major way for 2017, and it’s an easy, second-day style for many different hair types. My personal favorites are hidden braids and fishtails. Braids are here to stay!

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Lily Collins arrives at the 3rd Annual Breakthrough Prize Award Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on November 8, 2015 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
Trend In Action: StyleCaster: Thick Eyebrows in Hollywood

5) Full Brows
Gone are the days of agonizing over plucking. We’re seeing the end of super-detailed precise brows, in favor of much more untouched, fuller shapes. This is a natural, low-maintenance, and incredibly sexy look for 2017.

6)High-Impact Lashes!
Eyelashes have been a focus area since the dawn of makeup. But we’re now seeing much more creative and effective ways to make lashes really pop. With lash extensions, lash perms, and Keratin lash lifts (which are actually only offered to Denverites in one spot – my salon, Clementine’s), we are noticing a new way to get those peepers noticed.
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Trend In Action: Cosmopolitan: Keratin Lash Lifts, Reviewed

 

Fashion Camp January 21st

Saturday, January 21st
Green Spaces
2590 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL UNTIL JANUARY 10TH
$75.00 includes materials

REGISTER HERE!

Activities for the day include:
– Getting to know you! We’ll be doing a fun activity for the campers to get to know each other. We like to start our day out with kindness!

-Accessory making! We’ll be making jewelry with found objects.

-Art Heart! Our kiddos will be designing a piece of art for the holidays. With this activity lead by our partners at The Urban Angels, doing good for our city.

– T-Shirt recovery! We’ll be taking a plain white shirt and completely converting it into a dress / shirt / skirt combo, or anything that our camper desires. Darlene C. Ritz will be joining us for this with her awesome t-shirt tying and embellishing skills! Darlene is Chair of Fashion Design at RMCAD, an instructor and designer. This will include stenciling, embellishing, no sew techniques for altering to give the t-shirt some shape, painting, and whatever the imagination can create.

Fashion Camp

-Learn to walk the runway and pose for the camera. We LOVE bringing in designers and models to share their talent with our young ones, giving them confidence and showing them how to strut their stuff! Alyssa O’Harold is a recent graduate of Barbizon and will be going to IMTA in New York in July. Fashion Camp

-Hair and makeup done by a Denver salon.

-The Fashion Show and debut of their designs!

Shelly Schalamon designer of Lady Jane

Brandi Shigley
Brandi Shigley in Lady Jane by Shelly Schalamon

This past November, I had the honor to have a Shelly Schalamon create me a custom designed for the Colorado Aid’s Project Red Ball event! We had fun picking out fabric and turning my personality into an actual couture gown. My style is very playful and I like to change outfits multiple times in an evening. Shelly created me a dress that went from formal to fun, all in the whooosh of a removable skirt / train! It was so much fun to wear her design on the runway as I emceed the event and over the course of the evening, totally convert the look into something that I could jump into the arms of strong men in 🙂

I wanted to go into tap dancing because of the costumes. I loved dress up princess parties, I loved doing makeup too.  I wanted to be just like Betty Grable in  Moons over Miami and wear all of her beautiful clothes.
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2) You are self taught. When did you begin to teach yourself?
I was 10  or 11 when I made doll clothes and then in 5th grade, I was cast as one of the American girls in a play and I made myself a replica dress for the show. I also remember making a bikini as a teen and then eventually made a formal dress that I designed with a seamstress. I drew out the design and picked out the fabrics.
Now I do all the sewing myself but at the time a formal gown was beyond my expertise! 
3) How have your fashions evolved since you began?
Now, my designs are more sophisticated with more details.  I continue to learn every day! I’m drawn to make gowns and couture fashion. I like intricate things, beading, secret pockets, …the artistry of couture. Designing is like a painting with the fabric as my canvas.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
4) Who are your fashion inspirations?
Ralph and Russo , Marchesa & Elie Saab. Locally; Gino Velardi, Deedee Vicory, Carlos Melendez, Eddie Rickey, Anthony Heiman of Nicholas Anthony.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
5) How would you describe your personal style sense and the style of your designs?
Personal: Comfortable, classic, retro. I love dressing up and being girly when I go out on the town.
Designs: Classic and timeless, versatile and updated. I like to update old classics like creating a circle skirt but cut it down the middle.  I also love adding details like lace. I love the unexpected.
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Photography Alain camporiva Model Marlo Vernon
6) Where can we find your designs?
Contact directly on FB and Instagram
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Equillibrium at Frost!

Deb HenriksenDeb Henriksen of Equillibrium was one of the very first designers to participate in our first ever fashion market in 2004!! It’s so wonderful to have her back for our 13th annual holiday market!!

How do you define fashion?
An art form everyone can express themselves in,  just by wearing it.

eqkustomperiodic2How long have you be designing your collection and where can we find them?

Equillibrium was established in 2000.  Over the years we have sold in over 20 stores.  Currently we are focused on direct sales through our  Website:   www.equillibrium.com,   our Denver Show Room,  and Pop-up events.

How does your inspiration appear in your designs?

Through the textiles,  graphics,  and overall design aesthetic…  

eqkustomperiodic1What do you want your fashion to personally express to the world when worn?

As a Designer,  I am always trying to invoke an emotion through fashion.  One that is positive and empowering to both the wearer and viewer on the street.

What one designer would you love to collaborate with? 

Vivienne Westwood for sure!  I just LOVE her,  and appreciate all she has done and does for punx,  high fashion,  and our environment! 

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

 

 

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!

mannequin-1223891SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • 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…