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Red Ball wrap up

November 19, 2017 – Red, the color of the night. All different hues swept down the runway on Sunday evening. Put on by Denver Colorado AIDS Project and Howard Dental Services at the EXDO Event Center in Downtown Denver, this was an event of the year. Exquisite and innovative local designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists helped transform the event into a sparkling success.

All photos taken courtesy of Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

The show opened in a unique way, bringing student designers from the RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design) to the stage to show off their individual creations.They proudly glided down the stage with their models showcasing their hard work in what seemed like a moment of pure happiness.

Bringing on the start of local designers, Zeljka Sladovic’s designs hit the runway. In what seemed like a bridal affair, ivories, golds, and champagnes took over. The gowns were gorgeously draped and structured to fit the model’s bodies perfectly. My favorite piece from this collection was an elegant peach colored, loosely fit gown with a gold beaded halter top strap. The color was exquisite and a bold choice but looked dashing under the lights as it danced across the stage. The head pieces complimented the gowns perfectly to create the ultimate princess effect courtesy of Fleur Salon. 

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Denver Fashion Weekend Night 2

November 11, 2017 – 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend was among us. From luxurious fur coats to carefully constructed designer loafers, each person’s individual style carried such a unique presence. This is what fashion is all about, the ability to express one’s self through clothing. As a rookie, I couldn’t wipe the beaming smile off my face. This was everything I expected it to be… and more. Truth is, fashion is my passion and I was truly in my element. This was where I was meant to be. National designers and brands featured their work on the runway Saturday night, curated by the amazing boutique Garbarini (located in Cherry Creek North). From Paris to Australia, each designer’s unique brand stood out in a multitude of ways.

All photos taken by Christen Weaver of Weaver Photography.

Byron Lars out of New York took the stage first. I have to say, he started the show off with a bang. Metallic beaded pants and skirts flashed under the light to be paired with simple, contemporary styled black tops.

The two piece blazer co-ord was structured so well and sat beautifully on the body, not to mention the elegant similar toned pattern subtly printed on the set. Bryon’s designs were the perfect blend of timeless business woman and trendy standout lady.

Milly took over for the next set and opened up with a gorgeous snug patterned dress that blended two toned floral patterns with a hot pink palette. Following that outfit came one of my favorites of the night: the florescent pink turtleneck tucked into black high waisted trousers. The fit of this outfit was flattering and elegant, the pants cinched the waist at the perfect point and gave a beautiful shape to the model.

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303 Magazine’s Fall DFW 2017

This season 303 Magazine returns to Exdo Event Center (1399 35th St, Denver, Co 80205) November 9th, 11th and 12th.

303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Week(end) is going to be bigger and better than ever.

“We are delighted to team with old and dear friends as well as stunning new talent this season at DFW — from the metal work of Jesse Mathes, iconic hair brands such as Redken TIGI and L’Oreal, to the legendary Denver boutique Garbarini. There will be something for everyone — everyone who loves  fashion and beauty that is!” said Denver Fashion Week(end) runway producer Charlie Price

DFW by Kyle Cooper
DFW by Kyle Cooper

“As we gear up for DFW’s 10 Year Anniversary in Spring 2018, we’ve customized DFW Fall ’17 and changed the format. The goal is to create a new and more invigorating show. Come see for yourself, “ Mr. Aharonian, Denver Fashion Week(end) producer

Doors are at 7 p.m. where there will be a red carpet and cocktail reception, doors close at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Featured designers/boutiques for November 9 include:

– Jesse Mathes Metalwork / Denver, Co

– Royal Outerwear / Denver, Co

– Nuorikko / Denver, Co

– Velvet Wolf / Denver, Co

– John Paul Ataker / NYC – Istanbul

Featured designers/boutiques for November 11 include:

Garbarini Presents:
– Byron Lars / New York fashion designer

– Zadig and Voltaire / French fashion designer

– ADD Down / Milano fashion designer

– Smythe / Designed by Canadians Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe

– Trina Turk and Milly / California fashion designer

– Diane Von Furstenberg / New York fashion designer

– Theory / New York fashion designer

– Haute Hippie / New York fashion designer

– Camilla / Australian fashion designer

Featured salons and designers for November 12 include:

– Beauty Underground – Ansley Meredith / Misha Belfer / Tiaja Pierre  / Sara Brentano

– 12 Benefits – James Mucker / Kia Sterling  / Keva S Davis

– L’Oreal Professionnel – Ron Lopez

– Scruples – Katie Renshaw Nielsen

– We Salon – Kim Herman

– Chrystalline – Goldie & Bob / Artemis & Birch / The Look / Georgia Tournai

– Charlie Price

– Redken – Ellen Lawlor / Jill M Leitz

– TIGI – Eric Gomez

– Vanity Dollz – Cha Cha Romero

– Obsidian presents – Hailey Hodapp & Rachel Marie Hurst / Hannah Werling & Duane Topping / Stephan Lauren & Kotomi Yoshida / Bri Bird & Tyne Hall / Alicia McQuilliams & Marie Margot

The SeeNowBuyNow Denver Designer Open House

Saturday, November 4 at 11 AM – 4 PM
Brooks LTD
1616 14th Street

Shopping. Makeup. Jewelry. Wine. All local, all handcrafted.
The SeeNowBuyNow Denver Designer Open House is an evening of fantastic, sophisticated fun showcasing three Denver-based designers. 
Women’s clothing designed and produced by Brooks LTD
Limited edition Brooks LTD original tunics for any and every outfit. Brooks has specialized in custom wear for decades. Here’s your chance to get custom-made quality at a ready-to-wear price.

Makeup by LipBar Custom Cosmetics
Complete your fall look with the Fall 2017 cosmetic collection from this local makeup artist/designer. Try on, get some tips, and wow at your next event with these fabulous colors.

Jewelry by Nikki Nation Jewelry
Modern, yet organic forms. All pieces are handmade using traditional metalsmithing methods. Conflict-free gemstones and recycled materials.

See the handmade products, buy, and take them home that evening. Support local business and look great while doing it!

Hosted by Brooks Luby, owner of Brooks LTD, at her atelier in Lodo. Please RSVP and bring a friend! Receive a special gift with a purchase from Brooks LTD for those that attend.

Wine tasting provided by ONEHOPE Wine. Wine tasting courtesy of Kaz Aylott with viaONEHOPE Wine. ONEHOPE is a Napa Valley Winery inspiring others to do good, with every wine having a built in social impact through partnerships with good causes.

A portion of sales from the event will be donated to the Cancer League of Colorado.

 

Black & Gold – 2017 Lion’s Gala Masquerade

When: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Ranch Country Club
11887 Tejon St.
Westminster, Colorado

The Lion Project invites you to be bold for good at it’s 4th Annual Lion’s Gala. Wear your finest black and gold and enjoy special cocktails, gourmet food, live music, awesome drawings, and incredible community. Along with all the fun, we will reveal our four selected non-profit missions for 2018 and help them launch into the next level of growth and impact.

Attire: Formal, Black & Gold, Mask Encouraged


The Lion Project activates businesses and creatives to accelerate the growth of 4 non-profits every year. We do that in two ways:
  1. We pool the resources of businesses and the storytelling capability of of creatives to create a promo video for the non-profit.
  2. We create a large service day for our business partners to come serve that meets tangible needs within the nonprofit so they can serve more or better serve their clients.
The Lion Project is hosting it’s 4th annual gala to celebrate the work it’s done and the vision of what could be in 2018 to continue accelerating the growth of non-profits in Denver.

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration
Park Meadows Mall
Now through early 2018

For as long as I can remember, Wrangler has always been that go-to company for quality jeans that will last, pretty much forever. My dad grew up on a farm and wore his Wranglers. I remember as a kid hanging out with my dad in the garage as we’d work on cars, and he’d be in his Wranglers, still… years later!

Peter Max and Wrangler come together for an anniversary celebration on multiple levels! This photo of Peter Max is from the Wrangler website.
Peter Max and Wrangler come together for an anniversary celebration on multiple levels! This photo of Peter Max is from the Wrangler website.

Flash forward to 2017 when the brand that’s been forever strong, collaborates with pop artist Peter Max!   For those of you who don’t know who Peter Max is, we’re pretty sure you’ve seen his artwork. He is the master of the psychedelic print! To celebrate both the 70’s anniversary of Wrangler and the ‘Summer of Love’s 50th, this collaboration was created! The first collaboration with Max was in the early 70’s and this current collaboration still has the same boldly colorful, upbeat feel.

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver
WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver at Park Meadows!

It was so much fun to get to experience and learn more about this collaboration when I stopped by the Park Meadows store. What I absolutely LOVE about all of the styles of this collab is the old school flavor, pop of colors and the way that all of these pieces fit. There’s a certain vintage flair paired perfectly with the modern fit.

A big giant THANK YOU to Alonzo who gave me a little history lesson in fashion as I learned about Wrangler and Peter Max!

WranglerXPeterMax Collaboration Comes to Denver
Alonzo gives me the tour of the Wrangler store and teaches me about the history of Wrangler and this collaboration with Peter Max.

I headed on into the dressing room to try on this collection. Something about trying all of these clothes on was SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!

Brandi Shigley has some fun in the Wrangler Store!
Having some fun at the Wrangler store trying on the Peter Max collection!

I absolutely fell in LOVE with the way the pockets are accented! These white cords with purple pockets… SWOON!!!!! The denim on denim pieces are beautiful as the original Wrangler feel is very much alive.  Not to mention that they are so well made, I could work on  my car and then ride a horse and they’re going to be just fine.

Even though fall is here, I’m still going to rock the heck out of the shorts! Yesterday, I paired them with high over the knee socks and my red cowboy boots to keep with the Wrangler feel. And, because Peter Max’s awesome artwork is on the inside of the jacket, I flipped it inside out throughout the day. Both sides of this jacket are super cool! I’m going to bring” inside out day” back!!

Brandi Shigley rockin' Wrangler and the Peter Max collaboration
Pretty sure I found my staple outfit. Nobody will mind if I wear this every single day, will they?

It was so much fun to get to learn more about Wrangler and this collaboration! My own personal style is very much in line with this too… classic, throwback, colorful and fun!! YES PLEASE!!!

Swing on by the Park Meadow store! This collaboration will be featured in store until early 2018. And, keep in mind, these pieces are limited edition!! Ohhhhh yeaaahhhhhh!!


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Ignite the Runway on Saturday, October 7th

Condom Couture: Ignite the Runway
10/07/2017
6:30pm-11pm

This will be a grand time!

Ignite the Runway is a runway show featuring condom-inspired fashions created by local designers and community members, Condom Couture brings people together with a healthy dose of curiosity, creativity, and passion for fashion while raising critical funds for the mission of Women’s Health.

 

September 27th: Banned Books Week: Teen Fashion Show

Banned Books Week: Teen Fashion Show
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Belmar Library
Location:
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226

Teens are walking the runway dressed in original creations and designs inspired by banned books. Their designs feature challenged, banned literature, and fandoms, as teens celebrate “Our Right to Read” with the runway show and banned book readings. Enjoy the photo booth, giveaways and participate in Q & A with our teen designers! Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event.

Suitable for: Teens, ages 11 -18

Location:
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226

Sizzlin’ 6 with Rachel Marie Hurst

Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.
Brandi Shigley and Rachel Marie Hurst in 2009 celebrating 10 years of being an entrepreneur.

Rachel Marie Hurst was one of our very first designers who was part of our Fashion Denver showroom back in 2008 and has been in our Fashion Denver family ever since then. It has been such a joy to watch Rachel’s fashion career grow and expand! Rachel has done several of our fashion markets over the years and to be able to have her at our 13th anniversary just makes me smile!!! 

Brandi Shigley in a Rachel Marie Hurst dress.
I wore this when I was hosting a red carpet event during the Denver Film Festival.

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

I was first drawn to the architecture of my college campus and the art and mosaics that were on the walls.  They had such amazing colors and designs and that led to my love of prints and colors. 

2) What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I felt that I had a vision that I wanted to share with others and that could only be done as my own boss. I love telling my own stories through my designs and expressing myself to others through fashion and the creative process.

3) Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

There are so many amazing women out there that I admire for their fashion. Currently I am obsessed with Blake Lively and Zendaya. They both have a unique but cool girl feel that is also very feminine. I love that their clothing screams that yes they are women and yes they are strong, amazing and bold. 

Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Rachel Marie Hurst designs beautiful dresses for the woman who follows her dreams!
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.
Haley wears Rachel Marie Hurst. Photo by Nathan Leech-Proffer.

4) What inspires your designs? 

the need to create clothing for women that chase after their dreams and defy societal norms, those women inspire me to create.

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

Denver is like family. We have our ups and downs, but I will always cherish our fashion community and love them no matter what.

 

Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya
Rachel Marie Hurst modeled by Maya

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

My favorite piece that I have designed is my floral print gown. The Print is perfection but the cut and just overall feel gives off a women in charge that is comfortable with her femininity and is sexy and bold. (Pictured)

7) 3 Things if stranded on an island? 

The practical person in me would say food, matches and water but the other person that doesn’t care, my alter ego, would say my computer with my sims game and a solar charging station of some sort lol.