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17/04/2015

MEET MADISON SPIALEK, THE FACE OF DENVER FASHION WEEKEND SPRING 2015

You’ve seen her on the DFW banners, the invites and announcements, and you’ll see her on the runway every night of Denver Fashion Weekend on April 29-May 3. Madison Spialek is this season’s face of Denver Fashion Weekend, presented by Schomp Automotive.

Denver Fashion Weekend is only couple weeks away, and the designers and brands have officially been announced. We’re excited to see this season’s hottest trends hit the runway but we’re also excited to see the models strut their stuff in these spring/summer collections.

To give you a glimpse at what it’s like behind the scenes at DFW, as well as what it means to her to be the face of DFW, we talked to one of the big show’s most talented models, Madison Spialek. Madi has been in three seasons of Denver Fashion Weekend and shared with us how Denver’s biggest fashion event has effected the industry, why she participates every season, and what it’s like to be one of the many “faces” of DFW.

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When did you start modeling?

I started modeling when I was in 2nd grade, so I was about 8 years old.

Did you always want to be a model?

Yes, I have always wanted to be a model. I’ve always loved the idea of being in magazines and walking in runway shows.

What are some of the best modeling experiences you’ve had so far?

I’ve had so many wonderful modeling experiences but some of my favorites have been traveling to New York with Charlie Price and being a part of the International Beauty Show, walking in DFW (which has been my favorite runway show), and doing a bridal photoshoot in the Great Sand Dunes with my boyfriend, which was internationally published.

Why did you want to be a part DFW?

I wanted to be a part of this show because it’s always so exciting and I love seeing all of my friends there!

Who has been your favorite designer to walk for so far?Walking for Equillibrium – I love their brand. I also enjoyed walking for Charlie’s last hair show because my boyfriend and I were able to walk together and we closed the show.

What does it feel like to walk the DFW runway?

Walking in DFW is always such an adrenaline rush. I’m always so pumped to show off whatever clothes or jewelry I may be wearing.

What makes this show do for the Denver modeling industry?

DFW shows that Denver has many talented people in the industry who are hard working and love what they do.

How does it feel to be one of the many “faces” of DFW?

I was surprised but very honored to be one of the many faces of DFW.

Who are you walking for this year?

This year I will be walking for Mona Lucero, motocross brand Fox, Charlie Price, and Shop Zoe Life with Zoe Twitt. I will also be walking as a 303 Awards nominee.

How do you prep for a big show like this?

How I usually prep for a huge show like this is by drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s sleep, and eating a healthy meal right before.

If you could give advice to those who want to model in DFW someday, what would it be?

Advice I would give to those wanting to walk in DFW someday would be to practice your walk, be determined and stay positive.

What about advice to those first-time models walking this year?

Advice I would give to first time models walking in DFW this year would be to have fun, stay hydrated, eat some good food and just be yourself out on the runway.

Why should people come to DFW?

People should come to DFW because there are a handful of talented makeup artists/hair stylists, designers, models and photographers. It’s a great show and lots of fun!

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08/04/2015

Style: try the square scarf trend

Yet neck ties and square scarves have become the most sought after accessory of the spring/summer 2015 season.

 

It may be a nod to the 1970's fashion seen on nearly every catwalk in the last year.

 

Whatever the reason, delicate neckwear has never been so stylish.

 

At Gucci, the fashion house's famous prints were tied under denim military jackets, or worn in the style of a retro air steward's uniform.

 

Meanwhile, at Saint Laurent each model sashayed down the runway wearing a long strip of printed chiffon.

 

Even Tommy Hilfiger got in on the act by dressing models in a long thin scarf draped across the decollage.

 

Luckily the trend has filtered through to the high street and we're now seeing lots of choice when it comes to scarves.

 

It is also worth investing in a high quality silk scarf. Try young Scottish designer Karen Mabon for a scarf you'll wear forever.

 

This pond scene scarf has just the right amount of fun about it.

 

For a classic take on the trend, head to high street giant Topshop for a well-priced Paisley print neckerchief.

 

To channel French style wear with Breton stripes, like the model pictured here, or wear with a grey or white Tshirt to jazz up a plain outfit.

 

 

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Supermarket brand F&F continues to showcase a fantastic range.

 

This seaside-inspired scarf is just £8 and is a fun way to get on board with this trend.

 

Another store to try when shopping this look is Oliver Bonas, in Byres Road. Their selection of scarves is wide-ranging and you're sure to find a design that catches your eye.

 

The scribble heart scarf, pictured in our line-up here, will add a stylish edge to any outfit.

 

If you're looking for something grown-up with a vintage look about it, head to up-market high street store Jaeger.

 

They have an extensive selection of silk scarves at the higher end of the price range.

 

We love their colour palettes, including this orange, pink and black one, as well as the London print scarf.

 

Don't forget to try French online firm La Redoute, which is stocking this unusual green coloured piece, which is bound to brighten up your accessories wardrobe.

 

If the high street isn't for you then head to Glasgow's wide range of charity shops to find one-off scarves.

 

Vintage boutiques including Mr Ben's and The City Retro, both in the Saltmarket, also have a wide selection of unusual prints.

 

Tie your scarf round your neck, wear it loose - or even try tying it round your wrist or handbag. The most important thing is to have fun with this classic trend.

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26/03/2015

Toronto Fashion Week: When celebrity meets style

When Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow told the Canadian designers behind the Montreal-based Mackage label that they made "the absolute best leather pants," it wasn't quite the equivalent of getting a Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) Award. But it was close.

"It was incredibly flattering to hear her say that and to see her wearing our clothes," says Elisa Dahan, the co-creative director of the label along with partner Eran Elfassy.

The designers, known for their slick down jackets and leather outerwear met with the star in Los Angeles to launch a fall capsule collection for Paltrow's websiteGoop.

Whatever you might think of the star's "lifestyle" website (she insists with much public skepticism that she is a "common woman" after all), celebrity moves product.

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Mackage showcases its fall 2015 collection on March 25 at World MasterCard Fashion Week at David Picaut Square in Toronto. The designers didn't have trouble with inspiration for their show since this was one of the coldest Canadian winters on record.

"It will be visually what you were feeling this winter with all that snow and ice," says Elfassy. "And of course, there will be glamour."

"Suits" star Meghan Markle — famous for her character's Zac Posen pencil skirts — is expected to attend the Mackage show.

And they are not alone. Other Canadian designers are eager to invited celebrity fans to sit in their front rows.

In Canada, the star system isn't so entrenched. This is not Paris Fashion Week, so no one expects "Zoolander" stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson to pop up on the runway as they did earlier this month at Valentino.

At Toronto fashion week, City TV reporters have been touted by some public relations folks as "celebrities" as have former Toronto Argonauts and CBC radio hosts.

But as the venue gets bigger, so do the stars. A runway show is about theatre. And the audience is an integral part of that experience, providing a validation of the worth of the designer through their celebrity.

So far this week, along with the fashion flag bearing socialites Suzanne Rogers and Sylvia Mantella, designers captured the attention of: "One Big Happy" sitcom star Elisha Cuthbert at Soia & Kyo; "Orphan Black" star Amanda Brugel at Kania; musician FeFe Dobson at Rudsak and "Rookie Blue" star Rachael Ancheril at Farley Chatto's show.

CBC's "Strange Empire" star, the talented Cara Gee is the definitive "It Girl" with the most scheduled appearances at shows from Pink Tartan, to Klaxon Howl, Malorie Urbanovitch, Stephan Caras and Mikael D.

"Growing up in Bobcaygeon … watching fashion on television, it was my favourite thing. I could really escape into that world," Gee said at the Pink Tartan show. "Fashion is an art form that is really valuable and important and I really respect what these people do to make it come alive."

She discovered designer Caitlin Power at Toronto fashion week and wore her dramatic, low plunging red dress to the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Gee is also a fan of Toronto-based 3rd Floor Studio which specialized in Canadian designs.

With the media attention on celebrities, getting your work associated with the right star is key. Fashion is about exposure. It's no surprise that Vivienne Westwood hat-sporting musician Pharrell Williams will receive the CFDA Fashion icon of the year award in June.

Perhaps the best made-in-Canada example of the power of celebrity is when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore her Canadian-made navy blue Smythe blazer like a uniform during her visit in 2011, launching the small company into the celebrity-sphere.

Still, if you are a small Canadian firm playing in the same space as a giant luxury firm such as LVMH, it doesn't hurt to level the playing field by having your clothes associated with celebrity.

Mackage, with relatively little promotion, have been at the forefront. More recently, Madonna was photographed in Switzerland on vacation wearing a Mackage fur collared jacket. Halle Berry, Blake Lively and Eva Mendes have been seen in Mackage as well.

Dahan will sometimes turn on the television and be reminded that the brand has become a small part of pop culture. Recently, "Law & Order SVU" star Markiska Hargitay wore one of her jackets.

"I'm a huge fan of 'Law & Order' so it was great to see that she was wearing it on the show," says Dahan. "We still get really excited when we see someone in one of our creations. It's a real affirmation."

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