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Calling Local Designers: Fashion Design Center Denver Hosts Its Soft Grand Opening Tonight

Musicals or Fashion Designers? What's Hot in the New Year

3 2014 at 7:59 AM Lisa Ramfjord Elstun The Fashion Design Center Denver in progress at 3301 Lawrence Street. Local designer and all-around fashion industry guru Lisa Ramfjord Elstun says a one-stop design and production shop had long been the missing link in Denver's couture scene. So it was only a matter of time before the Fashion Design Center Denver came to be. "The creation of the FDC was important for me because three years ago, I was asked to create a lingerie line for the two major shopping networks," explains Ramfjord Elstun. "There is no one here in town that can produce at a couture level. I looked for manufacturers and even home sewers here, and no one is able to keep up with a production level, volume and turn over that either of these networks required. So, I went on a search to find all of those bits and pieces and realized one morning that the answer was staring at me in the mirror." Tommy Collier Lisa Ramfjord Elstun. Ramfjord Elstun -- who is a designer and couture seamstress with executive leadership experience -- says a place for designers to take their lines to the next level without having to leave the state was critical for really putting Denver on the global fashion map. Starting with designers, the Fashion Design Center will stay local by providing the machines and instruction for sample- and pattern-making and small-run production. Tricia Hoke, another local designer who has been working in the Colorado fashion scene for years, has been hard at work on the project with Ramfjord Elstun. "It is difficult as a designer in Denver to find local opportunities for production and brand development," Hoke explains. "Basically, all of the local designers are left to their own devices without much outside help, so you have to go out of state to find production. Oftentimes, it's not feasible or the help needed isn't available in those types of situations. Like, when you go to L.A., you're not going to get somebody who's going to help you through the whole process -- they just want you to be ready. They're a lot more set up in their design communities than Colorado is. So that's really why it began, and why Lisa wanted to develop it." "There is a lot going on in this city in terms of fashion," says Ramfjord Elstun. "I serve on a lot of different boards and have helped form (fashion-oriented) groups, however, no one was really taking the bull by the horns and making it happen. I figured, I have a really great circle of mentors in different venues -- legal, financial and busines acumen -- and I just decided that I needed to be the one to do it. Being able to serve on the board for the Denver Design Incubator and help that grow, being a founding member of the Fashion Association of Denver, serving with FGI (Fashion Group International - Denver), I just saw the FDC being the next logical step." Both Ramfjord Elstun and Hoke are on the board for the Denver Design Incubator, which they see as the precursor to what the FDC will be able to do for local couturiers. "DDI was set up as a resource for the very entry level designers and the piece that is missing is the next step -- which is small-run production, samples, patterns," says Ramfjord Elstun. "Once you actually SiteSteer get into the cycle of design, every three months, you have to have a whole new collection made. All the patterns and samples and have a work room that can source the fabric as well as produce it at the level that retail wants. "That's the other piece of it," she continues. "Boutiques in this city won't even take a look at most of our designers because they aren't at the level that the customer wants. With my background as a couture seamstress and designer, I really want to make sure that the highest qualiity goes out of my doors to compete with the Hugo Bosses and the Michael Korses."
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Full bloom: the whimsical world of fashion designer Lesia Paramonova

Full bloom: the whimsical world of fashion designer Lesia Paramonova Already an online subscriber? Just sign in and we'll send you on your way. Thank you! (%remaining%) Remaining We hope you will enjoy this free article on The Columbia Daily Tribune . You're entitled to view 15 free articles every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) remaining. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription. (%remaining%) Remaining Enjoy unlimited access to articles! (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for reading The Columbia Daily Tribune . Because you have already viewed this article, you may view it again as many times as you would like without subtracting from your remaining free article views. (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for registering on The Columbia Daily Tribune . You're entitled to view 15 articles for free every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) remaining. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription. (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for reading The Columbia Daily Tribune . You're entitled to view 15 articles for free every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) remaining. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription. (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for reading The Columbia Daily Tribune . You're entitled to view 15 articles for free every 30 days, and you currently have (%remaining%) remaining. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription. (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for reading The Columbia Daily Tribune . You're entitled to view 15 articles for free every 30 days. This is your last free article this period. On your next article we'll ask you to purchase an affordable subscription. (%remaining%) Remaining Thank you for reading 15 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 15 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 573-815-1600. (%remaining%) Remaining Welcome to The Columbia Daily Tribune We hope you enjoy this story that was shared with you. (%remaining%) Remaining Welcome to The Columbia Daily Tribune We hope you enjoy this story that was shared with you. Book explores future of fashion design Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:00 am Fashion is fickle, and predicting its future can be an uneasy thing. Who can say with certainty what will happen? Its easier to analyze the past. Yet, in his latest book, Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2 (Schiffer Publishing), Patrick Gottelier, who is the head of fashion at Falmouth University in Cornwall, England, and a professor of apparel and product design at the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China, does just that. The book highlights the work and inspiration of top students in fashion programs across Europe, offering a glimpse into what might be fashions future. Here, Gottelier talks about the value of looking forward in this manner. Subscription Required An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have an online subscription? Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your facebook account: facebook You must login to view the full content on this page. Screen Name or Email Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your facebook account: facebook Need an account? Create one now. Tribune: What are some patterns youve noticed? Gottelier: Not as a result of the book perhaps by the third or fifth edition we might detect trends? but my own observation here at Falmouth: Students are again just starting to revolt, which is great. They are not prepared to accept the status quo and do things one way because that is the way it is done. They are concerned about the ethics of the industry. They are concerned about waste, exploitation and speed to landfill of disposable fashion. They are realizing that the overarching issue is durability and longevity as opposed to built-in obsolescence. Tribune: In your introduction, you explain the methodology for selecting designers work, which included consulting experts such as academics, designers, fashion promoters, buyers, heads of fashion houses, writers and critics to ask how to evaluate the best fashion courses in Europe; creating a long list of fashion programs; culling that to a shortlist; and then contacting the shortlisted institutions and inviting them to submit work they feel is most representative of their programs. Yet, you acknowledge that there is debate as to whether the qualities desirable in students work are reflective of what is desirable in the fashion industry as a whole. In your experience, what are some examples of these discrepancies?
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Fashion Uncorked pours out the details of its 2014 fashion show and designers

Fashion Uncorked 2014 designers announced Let's talk about movies. Everybody likes to see movies this time around. We have big trends, biblical and trends. Biblical. In march, you got "noah" starring russell crowe.... See More You guys are in fine form. Let's talk about movies. Everybody likes to see movies this time around. We have big trends, biblical and trends. Biblical. In march, you got "noah" starring russell crowe. Then you got christiane beal starring as moses in exodus coming out later this year. Are you hearing good buzz about noah? Yes. Some controversy brewing about it. I'm really interested, musicals are another thing. The year for me. Annie is being remade. Clint eastwood is "jersey boys." James carney has a movie coming out that was in toronto, called, "can a song save your life." This summer, "get on up." James brown' biopic. All right, speaking of music, some artist to watch out for. Adele, I'm saying -- I think we finally may get her third album, she was laying low, she had a baby, hasn't had an album since 2010. And garth brooks, he was lying low being a stay at home dad, i think this year, besides doing an epic world tour, we may see a new album from him. Love that. Joe, let's talk fashion for 2013. Pop art, not to be confused with lady gaga's album, artpop. A huge movement of combining music and art and lady gaga did her album and we saw it all over the runway. Even, you know, chanel chang the entire runway into a contemporary art gallery. Wow. And I love one of the trends that you say coming up, me tatallic METALLICS, FLASHBACK TO THE '08s And you can mix metallics? You can mix silver and gold. Metallics, liquid metallics are really big right now. Josh is breathing easier that you can mix silver and gold. We have the biggest runway model on the cover of "elle." One of my favorite to look for this year is dakota johnson, we're so intrigued with "50 shades of grey." We know josh is. Thank you so much. We appreciate it. Happy new year one against.
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Book explores future of fashion design

Details of the Fashion Uncorked 2014 events and its competing designers have been unveiled. More Photos View all 5 photos Norma Center , Easter Seal Development Director/Show Producer; Kenya Edwards, Fashion Show Director /Runway Coach; and Bonnie Anthony are the creative heads that will work with production staff and ten (10) competing designers to make the Fashion Uncorked 2014 Fashion Show come to life. For this examiner, one of the best aspects of this annual production is the incorporation of children currently being served by the Easter Seal of North Georgia into the main event fashion show. The designers lives are forever changed as they bond with the children during garment production. Most impressionable is the sight of the children simply gleaming with pride, as they walk the runway while wearing the competing designer garments! The top ten (10) competing designers have been announced: Leon Parham 200 Peachtree Street (Old Macys) Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, February 8, 2014 6:30pm 10:00pm The event includes a wine reception, silent auction and live entertainment. The VIP runway show starts at 7:30pm, featuring the works of Fashion Uncorked 2013 Winner Keon Brown. The main event and 2014 designer competition starts at 8:15pm. The VIP ticket is $75 , which includes the VIP fashion show, main event show, red carpet networking event, champagne, gourmet foods and front row seating. The general admission ticket is $50 , includes main event show and gourmet foods. Wine tickets are at additional cost. Parking is located on Carnegie Street, either in parking deck or via valet at 150 Carnegie Street. All parking is at an additional fee. The Fashion Uncorked 2014 hosts are Jessica Black and Dr. Courtney Hammonds .
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Her prints, inhabited by flying insects and flowers of every description, have ensured her success in Russia andbeyond Text: Anastasiia Fedorova The sun is shining when Lesia Paramonova appears on the terrace of Oldich Dress & Drink, a Moscow bar and vintage store that has fast become a favourite of the fashion cognoscenti. Paramonova, who founded fashion label LES , sparkles in the mid-morning light, dressed in a pale yellow sweatshirt, a scaly silver skirt and a fluorescent blue backpack ofher own design. She stands out among Moscows fashion crowd, who these days veer towards a more minimalist look. LES, which soundslike the Russian word for forest (les) and her name, Lesia, was launched only a year and a half ago after Paramonova won a graduate competition run by Cycles and Seasons, Moscows alternative fashion week. Requests from buyers and the press swiftly followed. Stepping into Paramonovas world is like stepping into the pages of a fairy tale. Her use of floral prints and translucent fabrics, mainly in white and pastels, are executed in a whimsical, almost hallucinatory style. Her shoots too have an ethereal quality to them, helped by liberal use of feathers, glitter, stars and all manner of foliage. LES collection 2013-2014 LES collection 2013-2014 What makes Paramonovas clothing stand out are the prints. These form a core part of her designs and are rich with curious flora and fauna, from flying insects and birds of every description to heads of mice that grow on stalks. Most of my time and effort goes into creating small animals, she says.Flowers and monsterswhich can later be used for prints. Despite the dreamy note that her collections strike, Paramonova has a practical not to mention maverick head on her shoulders. When shes not sketching prints, shes thinking about how she can help the local fashion industry develop. While most designers choose to have their clothes produced more cheaply in Asia, Paramonova insists on everything being made in Moscow. Its doable, she says. You dont need to print fabrics in Italy, you just need to keep an eye on the process and ensure the production company makes endless samples. The only thing is the price, as the official website labour here is quite expensive. Despite this, our products are 100% Russian. "I dont want to follow seasons or trends. I like to create things that last and approach design as an art" Paramonova is similarly unorthodox when it comes to the relentless cycle of fashion seasons. I want to make one big collection a year, she says. Doing two collections doesnt suit my rhythm. I dont want to follow seasons or trends. I like to create things that last and approach design as an art. I consider myself much more (source) of an artist than a designer. Paramonovas decision to march to her own rhythm would have been impossible before the internet. Where once independent fashion designers depended on fashion weeks to present their collections to buyers and the media, the increasing ubiquity of the online world has changed all that. Now, designers have multiple platforms to broadcast their latest designs to fashion fans round the globe at any time of the year. Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Fashion blogger Susie Bubble wearing LES Paramonovas online presence has been boosted by her friendship with top London fashion blogger Susie Bubble , who has been snapped wearing a LES design on more than oneoccasion. Ive been following her blog for ages and everything she writes appeals to me 100%, says Paramonova. After my first show, I decided to contact Susie, introduce myself and send her my lookbook. She wrote a post about me and as a thank you I sent her a set of clothes. She wore them to the London Olympics, which brought be a lot of attention from foreign press and stores. When shes not online, Paramonova is busy finding other unconventional ways of presenting her collections. Last year, she organised a film screening in an open-air cinema in Gorky Park. I deliberately made it an open event because I wanted as many people as possible to come, she says. The whimsical nature of Paramonovas designs, which evoke the fairy tale-filled days of childhood, has helped LES gain an international following. I have a company that promotes me in the US. We also have buyers from Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and I sell in online stores in Croatia. Many people contact us by email and we ship worldwide. According to our statistics, an equal number of Russians and non-Russians buy our clothes. One of her current bestsellers is a turquoise dress made from fabric that features a pale, skinnygirl with sad-looking eyes and duck heads for hands, sitting atop a giant. Like all her other characters, she looks like shes come straight from a childrens book. For me, fabric is a surface like canvas, says Paramonova. Its an area ripe for experimentation.
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