#66: Francis Roces Last week, we introduced Powerhaüs Artist-in-Residence (PAIR) Program fine-art resident Charlie Boots; now meet his fashion-designing counterpart, Francis Roces, a familiar face to those in Denver's fashion scene. He's been plying the needle and thread for nearly thirty years, a ... More >>
#76: Sahar Pazirandeh Sahar Pazirandeh left Iran with her family in the late '80s, when she was nine years old, in the wake of changes that followed the ancient nation's Islamic revolution. She'd spent her early years in the grip of Iran's new fundamentalist face; her own mother, a former IBM execu ... More >>
As the snow melts away, every young fashionista's thoughts turn to flirty frocks, bare shoulders and fabulous hair. And those are just a few of the things you'll see showcased at 303 Magazine's Denver Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 2013, which takes over City Hall this weekend. Hometown fashion hero ... More >>
What do Westword MasterMinds do once they've been so designated? Sometimes, maybe even often, they find ways to spread it around and pay it forward, by offering opportunities to young artists and designers just coming up. And that's exactly what the three dedicated MasterMinds who comprise Powerhaü ... More >>
The first presidential debate at the University of Denver is mere hours away, and media and visitors are flooding into town for the big event. But there are plenty of reasons Denver should be in the spotlight the other 364 days per year. Fifty, at least. Which is why we've brushed off, spruced up ... More >>
Kenna Egbune didn't just go to school at CU-Boulder. He was extremely involved in campus life as PR director of the African Students Association and member of CU's Queer People of Color and EyeResist groups. No wonder that the turnout was so large at a candlelight vigil last night to mourn his sudd ... More >>
Editor's note: With Peyton Manning's regular-season debut for the Broncos set for Sunday, we offer this (hilarious) (and helpful!) Peyton primer by Melanie Asmar that first appeared last March. Hello, Denver sports noobs. Perhaps you've heard of a new man-about-town named Peyton Manning. No, no -- ... More >>
The fashion event of the summer came down Friday night when Fallene Wells introduced her Modern Nouveau collection at Fall Friperie, a show at Walker Fine Art. The line received a rave review from its audience, which appreciated Wells's concept of mixing and matching separates and fun patterns. T ... More >>
CultureHaus, the Denver Art Museum's art-loving social group for young professionals, is always coming up with new ways to have creative fun, such as tonight's Fashion to the MAX, a nod to the end of the DAM's most fashionable summer ever. Though the YSL show is over, his high style -- and the museu ... More >>
For her latest endeavor, Fallene Wells went big: She launched a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund her Modern Nouveau line. Fans of Fallene's work came through, the designer reached her goal, and on August 24, she will debut her fall mix-match collection at Walker Fine Art Gallery, in a solo, Fren ... More >>
Style Strike debuted yesterday in the plaza of the Denver Pavilions. In this home-grown reality show, host Samuel Schimek -- of the I Heart Denver store in the Pavilions -- chooses audience members with old, out-of-style accessories to "strike" and replace with new items that are actually in "style. ... More >>
Hello, Denver sports noobs. Perhaps you've heard of a new man-about-town named Peyton Manning. No, no -- he's not the guy who won Project Runway All Stars. He's a football player. A quarterback. In other words, Peyton Manning is the new Tim Tebow. Except less overtly Christian and better at doing t ... More >>
Last night on Project Runway All Stars, the challenge for the four remaining designers was to create a ready-to-wear outfit for designer and guest judge Nanette Lepore's line that was "irresistible, feminine and timeless." The winning design would be featured on the Nanette Lepore label, and profits ... More >>
The ecologically minded SustainAbility hosted Recycled Runway, a fashion show Friday night at the Sherman Events Center that attracted an unpretentious collection of hippies, fashionistas, press, parents and those who aren't a typical presence in the fashion world, creating an "awesome mix" of peopl ... More >>
This is the first week Tara Lang of Littleton won't be applying monster make-up on SyFy's Face Off. The show, a sort of Project Runway with special effects make-up, has been somewhat of a hit since it started last year, with this season's premiere hitting the highest ratings for an original series o ... More >>
Fallene Wells was getting ready to acknowledge defeat in her Kickstarter campaign, which ended on February 22. The Denver fashionista was even preparing a second fundraising effort -- with a more modest goal -- on another crowdsourcing website since she was so far away from the $20,000 she'd hoped t ... More >>
It was World War III last night onProject Runway All Stars as the designers competed to see who could create the best national flag-inspired outfit. Each contestant was to take on a nation that represented a "major world region," but some of the countries wound up looking somewhat obscure.
Last night's challenge in Project Runway All Stars was for the designers to create a dress for one of the characters in the Broadway play Godspell. They were given a $200 budget and sent off to Mood to buy "rich-looking fabrics" for their character's wardrobe -- which was to consist of separates tha ... More >>
This week's episode of Project Runway All Stars was "fashionmania," as Mondo Guerra, the Denver designer who won last week's challenge, put it.
It's only episode three of Project Runway All Stars, and already they're jumping the shark by having the client for this week's challenge be a fictional character. Not just a fictional character, but a fictional animal character. A fictional Muppet character. That's right, the designers are making ... More >>
Denver designer Fallene Wells will use the most modern of fundraising mechanisms to gather money for a clothing line that harks back to the past, specifically the 1920s. Wells, who starred on Season 9 of Project Runway, kicked off a campaign on Kickstarter this week, in which she hopes to raise $20 ... More >>
JonBenet Ramsey.Representative Doug Lamborn has learned the very hard way that using a too-colorful term can put a politician in a very sticky situation. And now I've gotten pulled into the tar baby mess, too.
On Colorado Day, it seemed very appropriate to run into one of the creative entrepreneurs who are as much a part of this state's landscape as the Rockies: Denver designer and hair stylist Fallene Wells, one of our 2010 MasterMind winners and a contestant on this season's Project Runway.
When the Arvada Center's new production of Hairspray officially opens tomorrow night, Everyone, but everyone, will be checking out the costumes. That's because Denver hero Mondo Guerra designed them, putting his way with fresh and professional looks to the test. And besides, if Mondo wasn't m ... More >>
When this weekend's Denver Style Expo debuts tonight at the Denver Merchandise Mart, there will contests of every kind, from the prestigious Denver Style Awards, which acknowledge the city's top local designers, to a special people's choice award for the best-dressed audience members. But fo ... More >>
Hey-ho, let's go: The Pondo Beara limited-edition T-shirt. Mondo, Mondo, Mondo -- what are you up to now? Not one to lock himself up and lick his wounds, Denver's favorite reality show runner-up Mondo Guerra, upset by Gretchen in the Project Runway Season 8 finale, is strutting his stuff all ... More >>
Aron Ralston.Director Danny Boyle's films are becoming a staple of the Starz Denver Film Festival's Big Night showcase. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire joyously filled this festival slot, anticipating its march to a Best Picture Oscar. And on Friday, Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, was introduced by ... More >>
Zac's dessert was Inspired by the Pink PantherI really like this batch of contestants on Top Chef Just Desserts -- well, perhaps not "I focus on me" Morgan, who does seem to be a bully in the kitchen -- and also the general dynamic among them. Several are clearly fond of each other, and almos ... More >>
Matt Lawrence spends a night in the tank for being too real.