Denver is a little-known gem on the fashion scene. With several talented emerging designers, this city’s fashion stock is on the rise.
From shoes to couture, Denver is full of diamonds in the rough who make hand-crafted, original designs. They are all over the place if you know where to look. Check out these designers and pick up your own one-of-a-kind outfit or accessory. The stores listed underneath each designer carries their line.
Stephanie Ohnmacht (Stephanie O. Designs)
Stephanie O. Designs by Stephanie Ohnmacht are feminine and beautifully tailored – perfect for a day at the office and a night on the town. Her latest collection was inspired by paintings at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Stephanie O. Designs are versatile and complement many skin tones. Each garment is produced here in Denver, which contributes to the local economy.
5375 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
This specialty boutique in Greenwood Village is known across the USA as one of the best boutiques in the Denver area. With carefully selected clothes, you can be sure that the outfit you are buying truly fits your style and taste level. Check out the line of exquisite clothing and accessories and make sure that your wardrobe will stand out on any occasion.
Francis Roces (Kimono Dragons)
A staple on the Denver fashion show scene, Francis Roces’ line Kimono Dragons is known for Asian-inspired looks with an urban twist. Always tasteful with just the right amount of edge, Kimono Dragons’ looks are great for nights out, days in and any occasion in between. Roces isn’t afraid to play with colors, patterns and juxtaposition. The line is available for purchase by signing up at the company’s website and has shown up in the Denver Fashion Truck from time to time.
Denver Fashion Truck
The Denver Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique that traverses the city to offer locally produced art and fashion to people who may not know about hidden boutiques. Customers can sign up and follow the truck on social media to find out where it will be. They can then find the truck and peruse the stock. There are also several home goods and other collectibles for sale. Sign up and follow the truck for yourself.
Dee Dee Vicory (D’Lola Couture)
Known for breathtaking evening wear and bridal couture, Dee Dee Vicory is a popular retailer in Olde Town Arvada and all over the city. With standout wedding dresses that feature meticulous attention to detail, this shop is the place to go for a memorable dress. Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress, a prom dress, a debutante dress or a knockout evening gown, you’ll find it here.
D’Lola Couture Flagship Store
7550 Grant Place
Arvada, CO 80002
This store contains several D’Lola Couture designs in one spot. Stop in to peruse the collection, try things on and get inspired for your big night, whatever it may be. If you’re a bride, you have the advantage of a completely handmade gown designed specifically for you. All of the dresses are made in Colorado, so you will be able to interact with the designer in person and create a gown that makes all of your dreams come true.
While Fallene is best known as a former contestant on Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” she is also a well-known hairstylist and fashion designer here in Denver. She owns her own salon and helps people look amazing when not designing clothes. Her style is retro inspired with modern twists that make it edgy and classic all at the same time. Fallene also has a line of hair and skincare products available on her site, so you can beautify yourself as well.
Let Em Have It Salon
490 E. 20th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205
Fallene’s other love is hair and beauty. She opened Let Em Have It Salon earlier this year. The salon is dedicated to making people pretty with organic and eco-friendly products. A former booth renter, Fallene is excited at the opportunity to help self-employed stylists further their careers with education, training and experience. The salon’s mission is to encourage stylists to enhance their business acumen and skills set in a fun, friendly environment.
Forget trying to save for shoes that cost $1,700 a pair. Denver has a true shoe gem in designer Brittney Scott. Her unique and feminine shoe designs are perfect for girly girls, shoe aficionados and comfort enthusiasts alike. From special bride flip-flops to studded stilettos, this girl’s got a shoe that is guaranteed to tickle your fancy. Brittney also offers custom shoe services for those times in which you just can’t find what you’re looking for. She also tricks out existing shoes, so take your boring pumps in for a makeover.
Funky Finds Boutique
6616 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
With clothing and accessories from several designers, Funky Finds is not your average shop. Along with a specially selected range of merchandise, the store also offers tees and accessories featuring shout-outs to our home state. Stop in for a great selection of clothing and accessories at affordable prices and try on some Brittney Scott shoes (or buy a pair and wear them all the time).
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.