Denver Fashion Week (DFW)one of America’s fastest growing fashion platforms is back again for spring 2022. The show starts on Sunday 3 April and ends the following Sunday, 10 April. On the sixth day of DFW the Sustainable show will take place at the Forney Transport Museum and will feature local designers committed to sustainability. Magazine 303 sat with six designers who showed their sustainable collections.
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The designer: Kim Rayfield
The bass: Rayfield has endured a love of fashion and styling forever. Almost five years ago, she started working at Rags and, although she appreciates the details of fashion, she learned from wholesale in Los Angeles that she doesn’t like the idea of fast fashion. Margherita Miner is the owner of Rags and has been committed to practicing fashion in a sustainable way for over 25 years. This has inspired Rayfield over the years.
According to Rayfield, Rags offers nearly all brands at affordable prices for those interested in ready-to-wear garments. “On April 9, I aim to showcase our wide range of brands and designers while providing examples to the wider audience of how stylish and trendy you can be while shopping second hand.” Rayfield said.
Magazine 303: What does it mean for you to show Rags at DFW?
Kim Rayfield: Showing Rags’ message and style with resale pieces is a real dream for me. I’ve always wanted to model at the catwalk level, it’s my favorite form of artistic expression because that’s where inspiration comes from! I’ve always said I have a champagne taste on a beer budget, but now I’ve learned that I can truly have the best of both worlds. You just have to know where to look and Rags is a great place to start.
February Jones presents: The Common Collective
The designer: Tristan Stupid
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The bass: Bego is the owner and c0-owner of February Jones and The Common Collective. According to Bego, they host 14 small local businesses on Capitol Hill. TCC is their brick and mortar store that just opened about six months ago and Bego appreciates having a permanent space that is both inspiring and healthy for collaboration.
At this year’s DFW, Bego is thrilled to represent his take on 1990s vintage and sustainability. The message in designs, according to Bego, is: “Make sustainable, black owned, female owned, gender neutral – The Common.”
Magazine 303: What does it mean for you to show February Jones at DFW?
Tristan Bego: This opportunity is very important to me. Collaborating with my friends and the collective is huge for all of us! DFW is giving me the platform to showcase my custom work and that of my friends and the crazy vintage is another great aspect of the community.
It’s a way to elevate the creativity of you and your friends, and DFW allows us to showcase our representation and art to so many people! By pushing all of us forward, a collective isn’t just about one person, it’s about everyone. Thanks DFW for the opportunity!
The designer: Tahira Ebaady
The bass: Ebaady was born in a small town in Afghanistan called Jaghori. After many events and life changes, his path led her to pursue her passion for design at the Parsons School of Design with a full sponsorship. According to Ebaady, after graduation he devoted his free time to TAHIRA, a high-end contemporary women’s clothing line. “This line is inspired by strength and resilience, and includes the immaculate needlepoint embroidery of Afghan women and refugee women,” explained Ebaady.
At DFW this year, Ebaady is thrilled to announce that her collection is the culmination of her roots and culture. The collection is special and unique because it includes handmade embroidery or crochet created by Afghan refugee women.
Magazine 303: What does it mean for you to present TAHIRA at DFW?
Tahira Ebaady: I am very excited about the world, seeing the story of a brave, stronger and more self-reliant Afghan woman, proud of her heritage and ready to fight for her rights as a human being. This collection is the story of Afghan women who become financially independent thanks to our talent and our craft, “said Ebaady.
The designer: Moses Kisale
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The bass: Killionaire was created in 2019 and started as a small business with friends that grew into a bigger brand as the demand for parts grew. This year for DFW, Kisale will be showcasing a bright and purposeful collection that is sure to catch the eye of the public. According to Kisale, he is thrilled that everything comes together and that his collection is seen by everyone.
Kisale believes that great art and inspiration can come from any medium. The sustainable pieces she created for this collection have a message behind the designs: “Show other artists / designers that you can’t turn anything into something.”
Magazine 303: What does it mean for you to present Killionaire at DFW?
Moses Kisale: Submitting my pieces to DFW is a great experience that I will add to my resume. I can socialize and connect with like-minded people who love art, fashion, good music and more.
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The designer: Audra Stachnik
The bass: Stachnik moved to Denver, Colorado in June of 2020. This was also the year she started sewing and realized how much she loved him after starting it as a hobby during the pandemic. Kisale credits the pursuit of her art for being specifically in Denver. Her collection at DFW this year will feature a number of textures and patterns, and according to Stachnik, you can expect to see romantic-inspired looks.
Stachnik hopes his collection will inspire others to make their art as they would like. Furthermore, he wants to emphasize the importance of procurement practices.
Magazine 303: What does it mean for you to present Host Pink Matter to DFW?
Audra Stachnik: Being able to create and share a personal collection in DFW really means everything to me. I’ve heard everything to prepare myself, as this is my first fashion show. More than anything else, even though I’m excited to be a part of it.
I hope that the future of my company and of myself continues to go in this direction, because I have already fallen in love with the whole process. I greatly appreciate beyond words for all who work together to create the show.
Lost Room Collective
The designers: Lily Walters, Emily Kaler and Bella Conte
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The bass: Walters, Kaler, and Conte have a close bond they formed after meeting in a pop-up market last year. Their vision is to make fashion sustainable and they are eager to present their collection this year at DFW. Not only will the audience have a personal insight into how Lost Room uses sustainable high fashion, but various looks will incorporate different eras.
All three designers want the public to recognize the benefits of sustainable shopping and, according to the women, accessibility is key. “We are all focused on accessible sustainability and that fashion and style are within everyone’s reach,” explained Walters, Kaler and Conte.
Magazine 303: What does it mean to you to show Lost Room Collective?
Lily Walters, Emily Kaler and Bella Conte: Showing up at DFW is a real honor for us. For us, being able to show our creative vision is so special. All three of us have such a different style and being able to bring out these looks while reducing the impact the fashion industry has on the world is such a blessing.