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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


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

Sizzlin’ 7 questions with Jeremy Willard

I have known Jeremy Willard for a couple of years now and he continues to inspire me with not only his eye for style and design quality, but with his colorful creativity that graces everything that he touches! I’m honored to have Jeremy at our fashion bonanza and it is so exciting to see him flourish in his fashion company! Big things are in store for this designer!  

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by Robin’s Photography

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

My sister’s Madonna concert VHS from around 1990. I was 4, so I don’t know if I was old enough to be “inspired” by it, but there was definitely a lot shiny stuff to look at and made an impression on me. I also remember TLC wearing condoms all over themselves and thinking they were lollipops, haha.

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by Robin’s Photography

 What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

Quitting my job last year forced me to take my work more seriously and try to make money. Mostly necessity.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

#1 is Jeremy Scott (who is also the current man behind Moschino), Thom Brown, Sibling London (RIP?), to name a few.

What inspires your designs? 

Fabric is huge inspiration. If I can’t find fabric I like, I manipulate the fabric I have and hopefully it turns out cool. 

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

The more I participate, the happier I am.

Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard at 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend. Photo by Robin’s Photography


Jeremy Willard photo by Robin's Photography
Jeremy Willard photo by David Rossa

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

This bleached denim bondage jumpsuit from my show this year at DFW. I sold it to someone mildly famous, and that gave me a huge boost of confidence.

What are your goals for your business?

I don’t have any specific goals, but I’d like to be traveling to the biggest fashion capitols of the world doing my thing. I never want to be famous or a household name, but I’d like to be a familiar name within the industry.

3 Things if stranded on an island? 

My partner Sean, a TV with a hacked Amazon Fire Stick (which includes electricity, Internet, youtube, etc), and drugs (which includes alcohol and cigs).

Sizzlin’ 7 Questions with featured bonanza designer Kristin Radakovits

Radwear by 

Kristin Rad and Brandi Shigley at Rumpus in the Park
Kristin and I at Rumpus in the Park

We are thrilled to have Kristin Radakovits and her beautiful leather designs at our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza! I met Kristin at Rumpus in the Park at City Park where she had a booth set up with her amazing designs. She was one of the most colorful people at this already colorful event! She has been recovering from a pretty major ankle surgery and is finally ready to get back to to life at full speed! We are honored to have Kristin in our market!

Kristin Radakovits Radwear

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

Designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

When I was a little kid I used to watch the show Punky Brewster about the young girl who was abandoned by her parents and later adopted.  She was unconventional and definitely her own person when it came to style.  She wore bright primary colors, her hair in pigtails and often wore different colored socks with only one leg rolled up tied with funky bandanas and wore lots of layers of clothes.  I remember loving how she came up with her own original style at the early age of 8, the same age I was, and I too wanted to be “Punky” or “Funky” in my own style.

What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have always loved music and art festivals while wearing interesting accessories to add to the self expression found there.  I started noticing however that I couldn’t find a shop at a festival that had the kind of items I liked to wear, including the pocket belts I had started making to help me carry my things. While wearing these belts many people began asking me to make them and these belts soon evolved into detailed custom leather pieces to help people enjoy a festival and everyday life with style as well as the freedom of open hands.  

Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

One of my designer influences is a woman by the name of Kelsey Fairey out of British Columbia.  I met her in my early 20s before I had learned to sew and she was selling her hats and burlesque style clothes at a Colorado Festival.  I put on a tuxedo tail coat made by her out of scrap material, an old doily and antique buttons. I immediately bought it, as well as a matching twisty wizard hat despite the fact that I had to use my rent money.  I loved her way of using recycled clothing to make something uniquely new and decided to learn to sew that day.  

What inspires your designs? 

My designs are inspired by functionality yet I try to put the “fun” in functionality.  This fun and inspiration is often found while shopping for treasure in the aisles of a thrift store.  It is there I find inspirational leathers or belt closure designs and think of ways to add stones, accessories, rivets and vintage buckles to make each belt as original and one of the kind as the person who wears it.

Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

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

Since Denver is growing everyday by people moving here from all walks of life the fashion industry here is becoming an open minded melting pot that has a future capable of staying versatile and ever changing.  

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

Our model Jesse wears this beautiful side pouch by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Paired with romper by Katy Belle
Our model Jesse wears this beautiful side pouch by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Paired with romper by Katy Belle

One of my favorite pieces I have ever designed is a handmade black and white striped coat in which I attached a red leather heart with a zipper on it’s sleeve.  In this heart I keep “food for thought,” such as poems or fortunes that inspire your heart and mind.  I love to wear it because it is functional yet a great conversation starter when I ask, “Would you like a poem out of the heart on my sleeve?” 

3 Things if stranded on an island? 

  1. One of my Radwear Pocket Belts so I could carry and tie on stuff while using my hands to build. 
  2. A roll of very long rainbow twine.
  3. A long and sharp needle to sew leaves and bark together.

Find Kristin at http://www.radwear.com/ and come by her booth on June 16th! 

First Friday and a fun designer opportunity!

Fashion Denver friends! Oh how we love this variety show, produced by our wonderful friend Professor Phelyx! This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to do a pop up with your art / fashion / creations! Not to mention that the entertainment is pretty dang amazing…

Check it out…

WonderLust, a Show for Dreamers
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 PM
C Squared Ciders, Bierstadt Lager, Rackhouse
2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

The event is accessible via the
free RiNo Arts District shuttle service.

$15 Pre-sale, $20 at the door Tickets can be purchased

21+ with I.D.

The purpose of presenting WonderLust is to feature the high-end variety artists alongside artists of other disciplines in an experimentally immersive way. The audience will be surrounded by a few performance areas which will offer everyone in attendance an opportu nity to be very close to a national act who will perform in a cohesive variety show. The performances, displays and demonstrations will include many surprises! These will be hand-selected artists who may be Showgirls, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, Comedians, Musicians, Painters, Sculptors, Engineers, Multimedia Artists, and undefined artistic disciplines that will certainly inspire wonder!

About WonderLust

WonderLust is a project founded by two professional performers who are also both visual artists. Recognizing a need for representation of performance art in the First Friday RiNo District Art Walk, a collaborative agreement for a warehouse-sized space was negotiated with Bierstadt and C-Squared Ciders2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205 We also enjoy support from Fashion Denver!

Contact: Professor Phelyx
Email: phelyx@phelyx.com
Web/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WonderLustShow/

Nani Nalu Swimwear Boutique opens in Boulder


Nani Nalu, a curated swim and resort wear boutique is making its debut on Pearl Street this Memorial Day Weekend. The store will be located at the west end of Pearl Street at 1048 Pearl Street, Suite #117, Boulder, CO, 80302.

Unique to the swimwear world, Nani Nalu staffs dedicated swim fit experts who are trained in fitting, styling and body positivity coaching, in order to help women find flattering swimwear for every body type. Appointments are available Monday-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of five or more may schedule a private party free of charge.

Based out of Minnesota, the 2,600 square foot Pearl Street boutique will mark the third store for the Nani Nalu brand with locations in Kansas City, MO, and Edina, MN. In addition to bringing a unique in-store opportunity to the often stressful swimsuit shopping experience, the store will carry a variety of suit styles, accessories, cover-ups, dresses and more.

Nani Nalu enlisted veteran team member Katie Brandt, who previously worked at Nani Nalu’s store in Minnesota before moving to Boulder with her husband in 2015, to spearhead the new location. Brandt understands the emotional process women go through while trying to find the perfect suit and believes her team of trained consultants will help alleviate the stress women feel while shopping.

“I have seen plenty of women walk out of other swimsuit stores feeling defeated and hopeless, but our mission at Nani Nalu is to meet the customer wherever they are at and find something they are comfortable in and makes them looks great,” Brandt said of the opening. “We saw a void in the Boulder market for a thoughtful and fun swimsuit store and could not be more thrilled to add this experience to the retail scene on Pearl Street.”

Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique has locations in Edina, MN, Kansas City, MO, and Boulder, CO. Nani Nalu offers a wide range of fashionable swimwear ranging from A-cup to G-cup and sizes 0-18. High-end quality products backed by superior customer care makes Nani Nalu a premiere swimwear shopping destination.

Walk-ins at Nani Nalu are welcome, but customers are encouraged to make a one-on-one appointment with a trained swimfit expert in advance for the optimal shopping experience. During the appointment, a Nani Nalu consultant works with the customer individually to select options from a curated collection of fashionable swimwear.

Nani Nalu is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments, which typically last around 90 minutes, are available beginning May 27 and can be made online at www.naninaluswim.com.

The 3rd Annual African Fashion Show: June 25th

African Fashion Show

The 3rd Annual African Fashion Show
June 25 2017
5:00 PM -9:00PM
The Double Tree By Hilton
4040 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80216.

The 2nd Annual African Fashion Show
The 2nd Annual African Fashion Show

This is an inspiring and unique fashion show! Featuring fashions from all different parts of Africa, we truly get a glimpse into the beautiful colors, fabrics, and designs of Africa! I’m honored to emcee this fashion show again!

Following the success of last year’s event, another high profile fashion show will take place  Nine African designers will be showcasing their designs on the runway. In addition; some designers will have vendors’ tables full of crafts, jewelry and outfits ready for sale. 

The Urban Angels 3rd Annual Dress Drive: Circle of Love

Sunday, June 25th 2017
Studio Salon
1135 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
To benefit Love a ChildHope House

We are thrilled  to present “Circle of Love” our 3rd annual dress drive with the Urban Angels to be held at Studio Salon in downtown Denver. The purpose of this dress drive is to not only provide hope, love and joy to little girls around the world in impoverished circumstances, but to provide fun and colorful dresses for girls to play and grow in. Financial gifts donated will be shared between Love a Child and The Hope House of Colorado and will provide food for families in need providing hope for a better future.

For most of these little girls, this is the only new dress that they’ve ever had.

“Hope and love are infused into these dresses and we will never know the full impact of the gift that’s been given,” says Mary Martinez of the Urban Angels.

Circle of LovePeggy Kastning and Mary Martinez, brains behind the Urban Angels, have been serving the homeless community around Denver and spreading positivity and light. After seeing a program about the needs in Haiti, they both wanted to get involved.  A major realization occurred. They could both help by making dresses for girls in Haiti, and continue to help families locally.

“It’s exciting to know that each one of us can make a difference in the world. With our love of sewing and our hearts for humanity, we can combine these two passions and help those less fortunate.” says Peggy Kastning of the Urban Angels.

Money raised will help to create homes for families in Haiti that have lost everything.

The Urban Angels are two gals on a mission to do good, transform lives, and create happiness in the world. Through their annual dress drives and adventures to Haiti, they want to spread sunshine where they can and make this world a better place.

This event is free and open to the public. Your donations help to complete this circle of love. A food truck will be on hand to fill our bellies.
For more information visit www.theurbanangels.com

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