Studio Sweet Marie and Kitty Mae's Millery and Accesories Holiday Block Party

Lisa Elstun of LRE CoutureI am thrilled to report that one of the most amazing fashion design mentors in the Denver community, Lisa Elstun of LRE Couture, has just launched her latest and greatest collection called Sutra by Ellery!  The kick off for this new line was at a block party featuring over a dozen designers at both Studio Sweet Marie and Kitty Mae’s Millinery.  There was so much going on between the two of these side-by-side shops that it makes me grin ear-to-ear just thinking about it!

This was a fantastic night to buy gifts for yourself and for those that appreciate local handmade designs.  The showstopper for me, of course with that intro,  was the line of elegant, refashioned fabrics and vintage clothing that was hot off the press by LRE Couture called Sutra by Ellery. Sutra by Ellery was developed to introduce the fashion scene to LRE’s Couture’s custom designs for real women with real curves, including unique wedding gowns, mothers and bridal party dresses as well as business attire.  If that isn’t cool enough, they contribute a portion of the proceeds to the DDI, which is dedicated to providing resources, education and professional development to enhance and support a thriving, profitable and sustainable fashion industry

Can you believe that this elegant gown designed by Lisa was once a turtleneck and ugly bridesmaid dress?

To give you a keyhole into the night’s events, guests enjoyed sips and tastes while dresses and wedding gowns were informally modeled. 

Studio Sweet Marie, is located on the corner of the dressiest block in RiNo right next door to Kitty Mae’s Millinery & Accessories, making it easy to support local designers and express an attitude with unique artistic clothing, jewelry and hats at this 1st Friday block party!  Designers were on hand to discuss their products, help create the perfect look or select the perfect gift with the Colorado flair.

Get a load of these adorable storefronts both featuring shared creative space with multiple talented artists and designer’s in Denver’s River North Art District on Larimer streets on a normal day in the RINO:

The designers that evening included a huge list of awesome guys and gals. 

At Studio Sweet Marie they featured: LRE Couture for upstyled fashion, Kisabird Studios for unique invitations, Sweet Pea Flowers for extraordinary floral arrangements, Worthwhile Style for personal styling & J Hilburn menswear, Dingaling Vintage for a eclectic collection of treasures and Brittany Knetemann for makeup. 

 Studio Sweet marie

  designer block party photos  

Lisa Elstun of LRE Couture stands next to her clothing above left.  


Right next door, Kitty Mae’s featured Fascinating hats by Susan Dillon of Kitty Mae’s Millinery, Jewelry by Boutique de Bijoux, Omar Garcia, Chunkei Monkei, Cyrstal Sharp, Andrea Li Designs, Candice Vostrejs, Lavishly Couture Jewelry and Mary Kennedy Bulick.  For Capelets and Scarves, Kimono Dragons, Ali Pate, and Carol Garnand stepped up to the plate for some great gift ideas and designs. 

Kitty Mae Millinery

All-in-all, it was a fabulous evening full of style and great local designers.  You can follow both studios' updates and events on either Kitty Mae Millinery's Facebook page or Studio Sweet Marie's Facebook page.

That’s all for now reporting from snowy Colorado!

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