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303Magazine Top 10 Denver Models to Follow On Instagram

Photographer: Danielle Webster
Model: Michael Thomas Hanke
Stylist: Aaron Rodriguez
Outfit: Spruce
Article: 303 Magazine
Senior Fashion Writer: Khoa Sinclair

Why You Should Follow: Michael Hanke is a Denver based model catching eyes in the modeling industry. With over 88,000 Instagram followers, Hanke’s boyish good looks and strong facial features make him a very versatile model that’s worked with countless designers in the Denver area. His personal Instagram showcases a wide range of his works, specifically focusing on editorial imagery, though he has walked the runway several times throughout his career. However, Hanke doesn’t confine his work to just modeling and describes himself as an actor and fashion designer.

Michael Hanke Featured in 303Magazine: The 303 Guide to Denver Summer Style

Summer is in full swing for Denver and while we’re just as excited as you are for concerts out in the open, exercise under the sun and downtown nights on Larimer, we also believe you can look good doing any of these. Move that flannel to the back of the closet and save the plain tee for next time, here’s a guide on how to represent your city in style and where to support your local fashion scene.

 

Photographer: Danielle Wesbter
Model: Michael Thomas Hanke
Stylist & Fashion Writer: Aaron Rodriguez
Outfit: Spruce
Article: 303 Magazine

 

Denver Dapper: We know there are plenty of dudes in Denver who want to step up their style but also don’t want to rock a leopard print blazer and red pants. Nothing wrong with either, we’re fans of both ends. However, right now we’re looking at you guys who want to look dapper without feeling like you’re wearing a three-piece suit, and still carry some Denver ruggedness without looking like a ranch hand. Pieces like this simple but stylish blazer and short-sleeve button-up from Spruce are both dapper and easy to wear. Take a pair of your own jeans and boots and bring in the rugged factor. Finish off with your favorite watch, sunglasses or bracelets, and get ready to turn heads.

 

Denver Fashion Week: Spring 2017

Hosted on a Saturday night, Night Two is often our most attended show. This year was no exception. It was a completely sold out event. Attendees filled every nook and cranny of Saturday’s runway in order to catch a glimpse of spectacle that was about to occur.

With expectations running high, the lineup of designers was tailored for a strong show. Many of DFW’s veteran designers were on the docket including Maggie Burns, who also won the title for 303 Award’s Best Local Designer. Presenting her signature custom wedding gowns, the collection showcased everything you’d expect from a bridal line. Tulle, silk and lace, all in shades of white graced the runway for an elegant showing.

The glamor continued with two more DFW veterans, Gino Velardi and Rachel Marie Hurst. Earlier this season Velardi vowed he’d return to his roots with “drop-dead gowns.” The Colorado native did just that by presenting slinky vintage dresses that glittered with sequins. Stuart played his muse and came out in a bright red gown to compliment the fiery hues of her hair. Hurst followed suit with a chic line that used neutral tones and on-trend ruffled bell sleeves to thread together a cohesive collection.

Aside from the glamor of the veteran designers, the other trend on the runway looked towards the future. Frances Roces, Kotomi Yoshida and Nicholas Anthony all sewed a story that depicted their vision of tomorrow’s clothes. Both Roces and Yoshida drew from the east with Japanese influences whereas Anthony went intergalactic with structured suits and high priestess gowns.

After the spectacular showings, Night Two wrapped right before midnight — leaving just enough time for the team to prep for the third and final show.

The Nutcracker 2016: Makeup Showcase

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Michael Hanke featured in Goldie May Production Post: Dude Look Like A Lady

Some people prefer the mystique, the rebellion, and the wardrobe options when those walls of gender drop and you can be the short, skinny bad-ass. Or for that matter, the tall, strong and femmy type, if you are say, Michael Thomas Hanke, who was our Lone Ranger in the corral of cuties hiding their breasts in men’s dress shirts.

I doubt there was a  day that he thought, I want to get into modeling so I can learn to pout like a girl and pop my hips, but Michael got a crash course in being gender neutral this last week as Goldie Mae Productions Discovered models and Photographer Vinnie White took to the studio in Denver to work out their model muscles.

We love any opportunity to learn and this shoot was chalk full of enlightening moments. The first being how to hold a cigarette properly.  As an added educational element we tossed this prop into the mix, hoping for some lip danglers with attitude.  After several warnings that you would not hold a cigarette in such a manner, unless you wanted to burn the palm of your hand, I still have not gotten the hang of holding one in my fingers. Clearly, I was not cut out to be a smoker. Probably for the best. I expect I would be dangerous walking around with an item capable of burning down a house.

But, the challenge was hardest for Michael. We may have had too high of expectations for a chiseled jaw line like his, but more…

Writer: Julie Gallahue

Goldie Mae Production: A Whole LOT of Fun

Everyone is having a great time; sharing laughs, dancing, stuffing their faces full of Mac and cheese and fried pork sandwiches (yes, that really was on the menu, and yes, it really was amazing). 

There’s a child in a blue inflatable unitard performing for hundreds of strangers, completely unfazed by the attention and camera flashes popping off around him. I want to say he’s unfazed, because one would like to think he’s doing this voluntarily, and for his own personal satisfaction. But, since his entire head is covered with a blue nylon stocking, nobody can be for sure. He may have been crying under that hood, but I did not see little wet circles forming on his fabric face, so I chose to believe he is in his happy place while umpa-lumpa-ing around the LOT’s annual Basharoo held in Denver last night.

This is not my first and it won’t be my last attendance at this yearly gathering of film industry folks. I enjoy this event for the casual, un-pretentiousness that is Colorado film making. If you wore your slinky little black dress to this party, you wasted your time. If you wore high heels to this party, you regretted it immediately.

You can sit around the fire pit and reminisce with old friends, and there’s value in that, but you can do that anytime. This is a partay with possibilities! It’s not time to stand around and look cute, it’s time to network, make new friends, pass some business cards around, find out what’s coming around the pike and dance with the blue boy.

Goldie Mae Productions models Alyssa Wahr, Vanessa Sanders, Caitlin Badinger, Michael Thomas Hanke, Michelle Smith, coach Masha Pichugina and owner Julie Gallahue found more than tasty eats and  free drinks at this shindig. With only a few weeks until Halloween more…

Writer: Julie Gallaue