The Fashion Denver’s 'Splash Summer Market' debuted July 20, 2014 outside, and was remarkable with 25 local Colorado designers participating in the show. This fashion show had an eclectic style; not the typical cookie-cutter catwalk show. The models walked from the Studio Salon, about two blocks south to the fashion market location hosted in the parking lot sponsored by Rooster & Moon.
Brandi Shigley, founder of Fashion Denver is creator of this new summer market, but for almost 10 years she has produced about two fashion shows a year. Shigley designed an entire "funday" for the public to get to know some amazing local designers. Market-goers enjoyed a tandem line of models featuring some pretty sassy-n-sweet items.
Denver fashion designers have a whole-spirit business model; where designers consider their environmental impacts, the treatment of their employees, and what their customers want.
One set of designers that stood out is a male team trio of up-and-coming tie entrepreneurs of the Knotty Tie Co. The team is a diverse bunch of self-taught tailors, and designers who craft each tie by hand. These are not the typical ties made in a foreign factory, but made right here in Denver, Colo. If you’re looking for a classic, custom look check them out in our article list below.
The Fashion Denver ‘Splash Market’ also debuted Eduardo Munoz, owner of Wari Designs, he creates hand made jewelry and accessories. Munoz said he likes to be referred to as “Edo.” He is originally from Peru. Peru to Denver and jewelry, how did that happen? “I was a member of an artist co-op in my village,” Edo said. "One of my favorite things about living in America compared to Peru is the neighbors are respectful and not noisy, which helps me to concentrate on designing beautiful hand made jewelry, and it’s not so stressful over here.”
There are so many more great artists, and designers who participated in the Fashion Denver ‘Splash Summer Fashion Market’ 2014 show, check out the following list to see if any of them appeal to your fashion-spirit, and support Colorado local business.
A self taught custom hand made peruvian jewelry and accessories creator. You can ask about custom orders by contacting the owner and creator Edo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his current collections www.waridesigns.com
Eduardo Munoz aka Edo
Edo met his wife while she was traveling through Peru. After tying the knot with Lindsay Saperstone, a Colorado native, the couple decided Denver would be the place to call home. Edo enjoys all the creative outlets available in Denver. Wari Design also imports belts hand crafted by purvian women.
Local model, Katrina Nguyen, said she was personally asked by Brandi of Denver Fashion to join the Splash Market and pose for some local designers. In this photo Nguyen is wearing jean shorty-shorts paired with a relaxing fit plaid top, from INDYINK.
Francis Roces, and Arcatus
Check out this amazing, Colorado T-shirt with the popular lace-like finishing. Talk about wearing a custom design, all your friends will ask where to get it. Owner and Designer, Emily Geisler of Scandalous Couture can create t-shirt shredding like it's no one else's bizness.
Dancer, Mackenzie Bell-Nugent, found out about Fashion Denver's show through their Facebook page, and she applied to volunteer. While speaking with Nugent while she had her make-up done she said she recently graduated from Colorado College. Nugent said she just got accepted to join the Damzel Dance Company after she sent in a video performance. "I'd still like to pursue modeling, and dance" Nugent said.
Local resident and former Tampa Buccaneers cheerleader, Kady Zinke, has created one of the most advanced woman apparel lines to date. Her custom threads contain built in modular knee support. A technology that's so advanced she's been awarded a grant by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper for advanced industries. "This is a dance inspired line, but it extends to all active wear," Zinke said. "With this grant we are partnering with the School of Mines." Her company was awarded the grant in June. Are you ready to shop online - most of the apparel is fairly priced, and better yet KADYLUXE is having a summer sale -- so don't miss out on some fashion forward sports wear that you can't get anywhere else.
Model, Colleen Pearce, is a 15-year-old who is showing some of the latest trends of high-waisted shorts supplied by INDYINK, paired with a a sweet summer tank-top by Rae Marie. The cute clutch Pearce is holding is a made from upcycled materials painted by different artists to give every item a unique style -- made by local designer BARE.
The Fashion Denver Summer Splash Market also featured other local creatives, and for those comic-lovers we introduce Dan Conner. A very talented self-taught artist who started out interning with a publishing company in his younger days, and he realized his passioned was developing comic book characters and stories. Conner has a very outgoing personality which is reflective in his characters. He has a ton of other items like comic-coloring books, t-shirts, fun paper color-cut-outs and more. Check Conner out and support a local Colorado creator.
Fashion Denver Splash Summer Fashion Market
Model Mackenzie Bell-Nugent, wore a pair of itty-bitty bikini bottoms. The designer is Scandalous. These bottoms might be itty-bitty but they're perfect for sun bathing in the back yard or lounging at a pool party.
Bare offers some of the coolest bags. Their collections are made of upcycled materials painted by different artists; this way each bag is truly one of a kind. Bare is a Denver based company.
Knotty Tie Co.
A company made of diverse team; working with environmental consciousness and creating hand made ties in Denver. The Knotty Tie Co. also takes custom orders, this includes orders for wedding attire. This company understands the dubious task at hand for bridal parties searching for the perfect tie. Check out their website and order away. These ties are are certainly creating some Denver fashion buzz and are becoming one of a Colorado must-haves.
Examiner.com sat down with the Owner, and Creator Brandi Shigley, of Fashion Denver to find out the mission of Splash Summer Fashion show, and how other new artists can find their way through the many paths that are locally available.
Q: Was this the first Splash Summer Fashion Market debut?
A: Fashion Denver was established 10 years ago, and since then I do 2-4 markets a year. This was my first outdoor fashion market and it was great to partner up with my neighbors. The Fashion Denver office is 1/2 block away.
Q: What is the mission of the FD, Splash show?
A: The mission of SPLASH was to bring our local fashion community together and have a fun summer Sunday, showcasing and selling local fashion while having fun fashion shows throughout the day.
Q: For those the new emerging artists and entrepreneurs what's the one piece of advice you'd recommend?
A: Connect and be part of the community. There are so many amazing resources for our designers!
Q: What can be found at Fashion Denver headquarters, and how long has FD been in business?
A: Fashion Denver has been around since 2004. I founded Fashion Denver to create a platform for our local designers to shine. I produce fashion markets, fashion shows, and work on connecting our fashion community. The Fashion Denver HQ is where I work and hold our Fashion Denver workshops. We have 2 this week! Once in a while we have trunk shows here, but mostly it's our office and houses workshops.
Here is a complete list of Designers who participated in the SPLASH market:
Consider the Lilies
Dana De Roin
Fashion House of Rae Marie
Knotty Tie Co.
The Seventh Guilt
Tricks and Ginger