Welcome to Denver Dress Up! Your local connection to Denver designers and fashion events. In this inaugural post I hope I am able to give all of you a semi-clear vision for what I hope this blog will become. Actually, let’s scratch that. This all came about when my friend Laura told me she would throw me a party if I started a fashion blog (who can pass that up!?). First of all, don’t worry; I will not be posting a daily picture of my outfit because you would be seeing the same four pair of pants every week with baby spit-up or toddler boogers on everything. What will be on here are features of local designers in Denver and other cities I may visit, local and handmade fashion goods , updates on what’s happening in the Denver fashion scene (I’ll try my best to stay plugged in and up to date!), and maybe some art and music along the way. I have some great ideas, now it is just a matter of doing some serious meet-and-greets and finding the best gems in Denver!
It should be a fun ride! Since we are just starting out, feel free to send any suggestions my way. I’m open to criticism…unless you are telling me I rock too many polka dots.
The first order of business for Denver Dress Up is attending the eight week design competition In The Cut: Fashion Design Series at Suite 200! Initially, I was simply going to go and get my feet wet, meet some of the designers and models and then come home and blog about how much cooler everyone was than me. Then, on my way to eat lunch with my husband, I got a phone call from my friend Laura (an account rep for Hpnotiq who is sponsoring the event) and she says, “So I am here in the Lotus offices with Chanelle and they need another judge for tonight. I offered you up so now you can’t say no!” So much for testing the waters first. I guess I’m jumping right in!
So excited and seriously nervous about tonight! Stay tuned for updates about each weeks competition and get the dirty dirty on some of Denver’s best up and coming designers!
Ladies drink free for Babydoll Tuesdays throughout the series! Want to go?
On week one of In The Cut: Fashion Design Series I came home with seven business cards, a lot of great ideas, some new friends and a parking ticket (we’ll get to that later). I was looking through my photos trying to figure out where to start this post. There’s really just too much to say so I will give you an annotated version of what could be a very long rant!
I got to Suite 200 early (definitely too early, but it was good to poke around) and was able to mingle with a few of the designers, meet the photographer, and hair and makeup personnel. The theme was “Favorite Cutting Edge Trend of 2012” and each of the three designer’s lines made me feel totally different!
The Mad Hattris
Designer Elizabeth 2nd from left.
Elizabeth Starr, also cleverly known as The Mad Hattris, was the first person (and designer) for me to meet. Her personality was as colorful and playful as the hats she designed. I mean seriously, she had the most amazing purple hair! Her line was 50s fashion meets Alice in Wonderland and it was fantastic. I loved the bright colors and her custom hats gave them some unexpected flair. The looks made me want to go to a trippin’ tea party with 50s housewives and Johnny Depp and Tim Burton (I think my invite is in the mail). My favorite piece was Elizabeth’s bright blue skirt and crop-top combo. Really well tailored with a hint of sexy.
Model Jae, rockin’ one of Elizabeth’s looks. Love this against her strawberry hair!
Re’veil by NJ
Logo: Mega Fauna website
Really excited to meet with John at Mega Fauna next Saturday! I’m looking forward to chatting with him about his business, his vision and the designers and artists he works with. And who knows, I just might have to make a one of a kind purchase! Check back for updates!
All Photos in this post courtesy of Michael Beckerman Photography
Alright, we all know my photography skills are horrendous at best. Enter Michael Beckerman! This is the real talent when it comes to great photos from the In The Cut series. I met Michael last Tuesday and upon chatting about my lack of camera skills he offered some wonderful advice (and encouragement). He told me that you just have to get out there and make mistakes because our mistakes are the best teacher we will ever have. From those mistakes are lessons you can never learn in any class. So he encouraged me to keep experimenting and to never shy away from making those beginner mistakes. I thought that was the best advice because it wasn’t technical, it was just practical.
With that said, I will not show you anymore of my “mistakes.” Let’s take a break from that and admire the wonderful talent of Michael Beckerman instead!
See all of Michael’s photographs from week one of In The Cut: Fashion Design Series here. Thank you Michael for sending these my way!
If anyone is interested in attending the In The Cut: Fashion Design Series here in Denver, this is the line up for the next 7 weeks. Don’t forget every Tuesday night is ladies night at Suite 200 from 9pm to Midnight! So grab your girlfriends, bring out your inner fashionista and join me!
- Tuesday, March 27th- Inspired by a Movie
- Tuesday, April 3rd- Neons and Bright Colors
- Tuesday, April 10th- Fantasy Resort 2012
- Tuesday, April 17th- Casual Wear
- Tuesday, April 24th- Modernize a Past Era (Victorian, 20s, 70s, etc…)
- Tuesday, May 1st- (One week off for finalists to prepare)
- Tuesday, May 8th- FINAL! Challenge to be Announced