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Marketing Committee Volunteer Tiffany Bausch caught up with Fashion Show Icon and Denver local Autumn Binion a while back. Binion has been producing shows in New York and Denver for over ten years, and we are honored to have her as part of the DDI family…
- TjB: What are you listening to now?
- AB: What I am listening to right now is a lot of The Sonics, Love, Joy Division, David Bowie (which is always) and The Animals. Its a mix of music genres but I like that, it keeps things interesting.
- TjB: Where is your next dream trip to?
- AB: My dream trip is traveling to Bora Bora or Fiji, building a tree house on the beach or just staying in one of those cool huts over the water and just relaxing, hanging out in the ocean all day then sipping Mai Tais at night in a hammock. I would love that.
- TjB: What was your fav runway show for fall/winter
- AB: I have a few favorites fashion shows from Fall/Winter. I really enjoyed Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burtons take on the heavy shapes and silhouettes and as always, the production element of McQueen shows are always top notch and just visually spectacular. I liked Comme Des Garcons as well for the bold shapes, colors and futuristic element. However, I loved Jeremy Scotts nod to the nineties! The Jane Child Nose Earring accessory and Bart Simpson leg warmers were amazing! Yes please.
- TjB: What is your fav coffee shop in Denver?
- AB: I don’t drink a lot of coffee but when I do, it’s Crema Coffee Shop on Larimer. Hands down the best coffee shop in Denver run by some of the nicest people.
- Autumn Binion is the Owner of Au79 Productions (www.au79productions.com)
The Denver Design Incubator was started for the creative community of Colorado. We had the lofty goal to help keep our talented and ambitious fashion designers and creative entrepreneurs here, instead of losing them all to the bigger markets of LA, New York, and Europe. We hoped to build an education facility and resource center that focused on real world knowledge and industry connections. To provide professional business mentors, workshops in technical design and business development, work space with industrial sewing machines, access to local and worldwide suppliers and manufacturers, and more. To build new local business, create new jobs, and provide the support to build the local fashion community into a flourishing and profitable industry.
This sounds like a big and mighty dream, but we still know it is possible. However, we can not do this alone. We need everyone to work together. To put their differences aside, and rise up for the greater good of our community and our industry. We need to believe in the impossible and settle for nothing less then great. There are so many talented individuals here, and there is so much amazing momentum.
We deeply apologies for any miscommunications, or complete lack of communication. We also apologies that we have not done better, and have not been able to bring everyone together in a stronger and more positive manner. We have unfortunately not had the man power to answer every phone call, and to respond to every email. We are all volunteers trying to do our best. Please help. We need everyone if we want this to move forward. If we want Denver to become a thriving creative community of successful fashion industry entrepreneurs. The Denver Design Incubator is for the People.
I hope that everyone can understand that this is not easy, but so much has already been accomplished. I hope that everyone knows that we have started this for you and that if we all work together, then we can all make our dreams come true.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support
- Rustin Coburn
On Friday, August 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Denver fashion designer Fallene Wells will launch her fall line Modern Nouveau at the event Modern Nouveau: Fall Friperie at Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W. 11th Avenue.
In addition to featuring Wells’ Parisian- and 1930s-inspired collection of interchangeable pieces, the event will highlight local Denver storeowners and designers with the pop-up store Swank and presence of the I Heart Denver store. Swank will feature local vendors La Samara Studios, Kitty Mae Millinery, Ink Jewelry and Ru Fabricates just to name a few.
“My collection, Modern Nouveau, is about creating fun vintage inspired layered pieces that can be mixed and matched to create endless outfits. I want to give the consumer more options to express their personal style through mixed prints and separates,” said Wells. “I’ve always been in love with the stylish disheveled look of the newsboy from the 30s, my starting inspiration for this collection. I’m very happy with the outcome: it presents many possibilities, it’s easy to wear and has a punch of personality.”
Wells’ designs will be available for purchase and order at the event. Guests will enjoy music by DJ Matthew Brown while experiencing the fashion display and shopping local designs. Please visit www.fallene.net to purchase $35 tickets. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Mile High Red Cross. Limited tickets are available.
About Fallene Wells
Fallene Wells is a Denver-based fashion designer, stylist and makeup artist. Since 2007, Wells has been producing fashion shows, titled Forever Darling, to help local designers get the recognition they deserve in the Denver community. With the help of funding received through Kickstarter, Wells is producing her first collection in Denver and will begin selling her clothing online and in local boutiques in fall 2014. Wells explains her artistic philosophy: “I believe it’s important to have fun with what you’re doing and live life to the fullest with passion. My goal as a designer is to help people achieve their own original style and feel great as individuals.” For more information about Wells and her latest projects, visit www.fallene.net.
FREE SEWING WORKSHOPS
Taught by Gabriela Martinez
People can come to one or all of the classes.
Dates are Wednesdays from 6-8pm.
July 18, 25, Aug 1 and Aug 8.
7/18 – sewing practice – learn to stitch, learn to use your own sewing machine
7/25 – make a skirt with an elastic waist – learn to alter a pattern and sew it!
8/1 – make a purse
8/8 – make a blouse
Come Learn To Sew Like a PRO!!!!
All for free at the DDI Studio
2040 Clay st.
Denver, CO. 80211
As the owner of Denver-based boutique Goldyn, I come across new designers both big and small, international and local, on a regular basis. After a lot of scouring and dutiful research, there are a handful of local labels we’ve picked up over the years that I really feel have the talent to make it big. It’s truly inspiring to see what has sprouted out of our own backyard! I thought I’d spotlight a few of our favorites here at Goldyn that our fellow Denverites may be new to…
Greg Garman’s collection Cartel Noir hits the mark with ultra-flattering, minimalist designs in a simple black and white color palette.
Sisters Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock started their fine jewelry collection The Woods out of a love for contrasts: organic and luxe, rough and smooth. With rough cut diamonds set in oxidized silver, antique charms, and wood, bone and pyrite beading, The Woods offers truly understated luxury and handmade craftsmanship in all of their unique pieces.
Handbag designer extraordinaire Dana Van Daele makes a collection of colorful clutches and totes using locally sourced leathers. These high quality bags really make a statement, even when paired with just jeans and atee.
written by Vanessa Barcus, Owner Goldyn
When: June 30th
Where: Colorado Non-Profit Development Center (CNDC)
4130 Tejon st. Suite A Denver, CO 80211
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Like a writer has a distinct voice, a designer should have a distinct style. There are subtle ways to show distinction, such as the type of fabrics, fit, style, etc. Beyond these, a brand should be instantly identifiable. This is not an easy thing to execute, but taking a more definitive approach to your branding will prove to get you that much closer to tipping the scale.
A Little History Lesson
When you see a logo it resonates in your mind, building a bridge that draws a connection to a brand, commodity, or person. Brands have been doing this successfully for centuries dating back (in America) to the late 1800’s with Pepsi.
Lacoste and Ralph Lauren are two mainstream fashion brands that have successfully used logos to distinguish their products from others leading to strong brand equity. Ralph Lauren’s Polo logo has become so iconic over the years that is has provoked cult-like consumers known as Lo-Heads.
It can be difficult to put a logo on all of your garments for multiple reasons, many of which are unforeseen. A logo can take away from the simplicity of your piece particularly if your item is higher end such as a blazer, dress, or suit jacket, in which a logo is not necessary.
Thom Browne took the logo stigma and turned it on its ear. He has taken a very subtle approach to branding his articles without using a “logo”. The timeless red, white and blue pattern on his pieces convey deep rooted American culture in a very subtle yet distinct way making them instantly identifiable.
The aesthetic branding of his clothes is simply genius. Sport coats, watches, wingtips, slacks, cardigans, you name it, Thom has branded them with his patriotic signature.
The end all be all, create something people will recognize that is unique to you and your brand. This could be a logo uniquely placed on the garment, distinct stitching, mother of pearl buttons, color blocking, the list goes on and on.
Remember, be bold, be bodacious, but most importantly, be consistent.
written by Tim Quinn