Contestant #12: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun
At long last Cat has bio for the final contestant competing in the Tamarac Square Fashion Project . There had been some confusion over images and the like, so Cat offers her apologies to all of Lisa's fans who have been looking for her bio. And there are many, as evidenced by the comments on the Little Black Dress slideshow!
See you all on the runway.
Name: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun
Company name: LRE Couture & Design
Years designing: 30+
Bio: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun's first introduction to design and sewing was from her grandmother. She taught her to make doll clothes from fabric scraps. Mrs. Goryance, Lisa's eighth-grade home economics teacher, helped refine her couture skills, including having Lisa and the class complete French seams on a cotton voile nightgown.
Starting 25 years ago, Lisa fashioned little girls' dresses and christening gowns for a small boutique in Iowa. A professional career move relocated her family to Denver, where Lisa says it was difficult to find stylish ready-to-wear clothes. As a result, she started creating her own wardrobe.
Three years ago Lisa launched her fashion venture full-time, adding design and construction of home fashions. LRE Couture & Design conveys a fresh modern look to wardrobes and residences. Contemporary or traditional in a colorful mix of understated elegance, each custom designed article is also an original art piece.
Denver celebrity you'd most like to design for? Libby Weaver and First Lady Ritter because they both have different styles and wonderful personalities.
What inspires you? (No fair saying everything; be specific.) Eclectic shoes; terrific fabric; friends who sew; designers- Armani, Lagerfeld, Galliano, Valentino; the event and my client
Favorite Denver eatery? Tamayo
Favorite local boutique? Violet, JJWells, Frolik on 32nd
Favorite fabric? Silk
Favorite way to finish seams? Depends on fabric, design of garment and use
Prints or solids? Solids
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista? Linda has an incredible eye for style and loves being a woman. Kate is still floundering to find herself.
Favorite guilty pleasure? Exquisite chocolate and incredible shoes
Last book you read? The Science of Sexy by Bradley Bayou
Red chili or green chile? My own green chile
New York or L.A.? Neither because the top of Imperial Express lift at Breckenridge at 12,940 ft allows for mind clearing with breath-taking vistas
Chloe Dao or Jeffrey Sebelia? Both. My style is best described as "classic with a twist", therefore, Chloe's tact and style (classic) with Jeffrey's attitude about his designs and details (twist)
Loose or tailored? Tailored because it is a challenge to make it fit
Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie Brown? Jackie Kennedy
Town or country? Country with easy access to town
Silk charmeuse or silk shantung? Both have their place in a wardrobe
Couture or ready-to-wear? COUTURE
Curvy or androgynous? Either as long as it fits well
Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan? Neither until they figure out who they want to be when they grow up.
Michael Kors or Zac Posen? Zac
Jeans or slacks? Jeans
Bill Ritter or John Hickenlooper? Bill
Escalade or Prius? Benz
Vogue or W? Vogue
Favorite current couture designer? Nicholas Ghesquierre and Narciso Rodriguez
Favorite past couture designer? Tom Ford, Madeleine Vionnet and Coco Chanel
Sleek or volume? Sleek
Form or function? Function that allows wearability of the couture garment
Favorite place to travel for inspiration? Top of a mountain for the expansive view or the beach to listen to the waves roll in
Favorite place to travel for fabric? Elfriede's or Allyn's
Polkadots or camouflage? Depends on what the occasion is -- Fancy party, hunting party or war party!
Pretty or edgy? Elegant on the Edge
Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn? Tim Gunn's statement of "Make it work" and how he interacts with the designers as an educator and mentor.
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