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Death by Kittens: Fashion designer Fallene Wells meets Marcel Proust

Designs by Fallene Wells

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designer to answer the Proust questionnaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

GETTING BUGGED: Fashion designer Kotomi Yoshida meets Marcel Proust

Kotomi Yoshida design. Mailbox by USPS.

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designers to answer the Proust questionaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

The first cut is the deepest -- Edward and his scissorhands

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Being Tim Burton film series opens this Tuesday!

No contemporary filmmaker has created a body of work that showcases so singular a vision as Tim Burton. With a gothic palette and an Emo sensibility, Burton creates memorable, quirky and thoroughly original stories on film. He dares his audience to dream unreal dreams while tapping into our universal desire to be unique and our fears of being alone, rejected or, worst of all, normal. Walter Chaw, filmfreakcentral.net, hosts with after-film discussion

Confess for Success: Fashion Designer Tricia Hoke Meets Proust

An avant garde design by Tricia Hoke

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designers to answer the Proust Questionnaire -- to see if we could get them to reveal their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Haute fashion: Circus Sideshow

Frock Out: Sideshow logo designed by Josh Wills

Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms. - Truman Capote 

Hurry! Hurry! Step right up!

Yesterday a friend sent me a blog post about the trends in fashion and home decor titled Circus Maximus. Our end-of-the-year spectacle, Frock Out: Sideshow, will be en pointe with current design influences.  This Project Runway-style competition will feature some of Denver's best independent fashion designers and a little bit of P.T. Barnum thrown into the mix.

Paper Training Your Animal Spirit Guide

 I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. -- Truman Capote

In conjunction with the Fresh City Life Series highlighting Truman Capote and his 1966 Black and White Ball, Denver Bookbinding Company is doing it up right for paper crafters and fans of DIY. DBBC recently launched their new bookNpaperlove branch of the business – highlighting learning experiences, crafting events, and bookmaking studios for… well, book and paper lovers. Great fall fun; sign up for one or two and enjoy!

Who's That Girl?

Penelope Tree photographed by Richard Avedon

How did Penelope Tree become the enigmatic face of 1960s fashion and modeling? The right dress. The right place. At the right time.

Every once in a while, that romantic story of Lana Turner being discovered sitting at the counter in Schwab's Pharmacy repeats itself. American author Truman Capote threw a party in November 1966 for 500 of his closest friends; the party came to be known as the Black and White Ball and it is one of the most significant moments in American social history.

bookNpaperlove

Sample of the graffiti art the embellishes the Denver Bookbinding Company

Gail Lindley gets 27 hours of work done in every 24 hour day! Along with her daily responsibilities running Denver Bookbinding Company (a business that has been in her family for three generations), she is active in the community contributing her time to the Denver Police (as a volunteer officer) as well as many charitable organizations like Denver Urban Gardens (Denver Bookbinding hosts a DUG garden in their backyard.)

 But Gail is launching a new project this fall -- in concert with Fresh City Life Craft Services (our DIY events for crafters of all stripes), Denver Bookbinding will be creating events and workshops entitled bookNpaperlove. Geared to our DIYers who love all things paper and handmade books, the initial schedule of events is pretty enticing. Once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a tour of the bindery along with a "Build Your Own Book" workshop.

Miriam Hopkins before Bette Davis

Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall star in the Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise. In the early 1930s, Miriam Hopkins was dashing between starring roles on Broadway and chasing her own rising star in Hollywood films. Then along came Bette Davis; her meteoric rise to fame nearly obliterated Miriam Hopkins' presence on the screen.

Fortunately, there are a few gems that were filmed just prior to Bette becoming the queen of Hollywood that showcase Miriam Hopkins at her best. She had swell comic timing, and a beautiful face made for closeups.

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