Introducing ‘Our Essentials’

Time and time again we get asked, “What are your favorite pieces at Goldyn?”  We figured it was about time that we made the answer simple, and created a new page on ShopGoldyn.com that highlights our favorite essentials – pieces that are timeless, classic, and what we consider to be wardrobe staples.  Visit Our Essentials page for more, like Apiece Apart’s boho-chic Heavy Weight Fringe Poncho, and this Gabriela Artigas Mini Axis Ring for everyday wear.xl_IMG_8451.jpgxl_gabriela_artigas_mini_axis_ring_in_yellow_gold.jpg

Goldyn’s Annual ADD40 Sale

Our annual ADD40 sale has arrived! We are clearing out all remaining Fall and Winter merchandise to make room for Spring and it’s your chance to save big.  January 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2016, shoppers can save an extra 40% (!!!) off already reduced sales goods, both in-store and online.

Goldyn’s favorite and best-selling designers are included in the ADD40 sale, such as Helmut Lang, Iro, Rachel Comey, Mara Hoffman, KARA, Rodebjer, Clare V., Shaina Mote, Oak, Ilana Kohn, Aish, Denim Refinery, Jess Feury, and many more.

Shoppers in the Denver-area are urged to stop by the Goldyn store in the Olinger Building to check out all these amazing deals in person. Goldyn is located at: 2040 West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

Not located in Colorado? No problem! You can shop from the comfort of your own home on our online boutique http://www.shopgoldyn.com and use coupon code ADD40 during checkout for the additional 40% reduction off already reduced goods.

Look forward to seeing you at the sale in-store or online!

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Golden Globes 2016 Favorites

Award season is upon us… which means much inspiration when it comes to fashion and luckily and last night’s Golden Globes did not disappoint. Our top picks for best dressed from the night included a wide array of looks, from Kirsten Dunst (always a Goldyn favorite) in plunging black velvet Valentino, Rooney Mara in deconstructed McQueen to Julianne Moore in head-to-toe navy sequins and a heavily-embellished (and colorful!) Kate Bosworth. Here is a full list of our favorite looks from the evening… What were yours?

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Kirsten Dunst in Valentino / Photo via Vogue.com

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior / Photo via Vogue.com

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Taylor Schilling in Thakoon / Photo via Vogue.com

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Julianne Moore in Tom Ford / Photo via Vogue.com 

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Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen / Photo via Vogue.com

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Jaimie Alexander in Genny / Photo via Vogue.com

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Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture / Photo via Vogue.com

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Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana / Photo via Vogue.com

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Zendaya in Marchesa / Photo via Vogue.com 

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Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu / Photo via Vogue.com

Healthy Lifestyle Guru Natalie Uhling Shares Her Top Gift Picks for the Fashionable Female

When fitness and healthy lifestyle blogger Natalie Uhling moved to Denver from NYC this last year, and happened to stumble into our store, we immediately fell in love.  Not only is Natalie famous as an athlete, trainer, model, stylist, and designer, but she’s also an incredibly authentic, beautiful inside-and-out human being.  And girl’s got style for days.  We asked her to pick out her favorite gift ideas for the fashionable female, and she obliged us with her list below.

Natalie Uhling's top gift picks for the fashionable female

Natalie Uhling’s top gift picks for the fashionable female

Clockwise from top right:  Simon Miller Knox Skinny Jean, Building Block Bucket Bag, Nude Tank by Helmut Lang, Corsica Sunglasses by Illesteva, 14k Yellow Gold and Diamond Greta Cuff by Selin Kent

Visit her blog here for more on her visit to Goldyn!

Our Fall Playlist

We’re so stoked on the Fall playlist of dancey, disco jams that our friend DJ Tyler Snow made for us, we thought we’d share it with all of you to enjoy…. Be sure to check out his dance night, Weird Touch, at Syntax Physic Opera this coming Saturday if you’re in the Denver area ;)

Favorite Shop Picks for Winter Weather

It’s [finally] feeling like winter around here, and in anticipation of a serious blizzard headed our direction tomorrow, we rounded up our favorite cozy pieces for winter to make for easy shopping….

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Clockwise from top left:  A serious hand-loomed sweater coat from Rachel Comey, wool sweater and nubby knit vest from Iro, a wool open front coat from Shaina Mote, angora beanie by Reinhard Plank, and shearling-lined backpack by Kara

NYFW Day 6 Recap

VANESSA: Today was my last day of Fashion Week runway shows, though certainly not my last day of jam-packed, back-to-back showroom appointments. As a buyer these NYC trips are oftentimes long and a bit grueling, as glamorous as they perhaps seem. With Laura from Among the Colors now gone, I was left to fend for myself (sniff sniff).

The day started off with a showroom visit to see hip handbag line KARA, whose minimalist aesthetic and utilitarian functionality is just the right fit at Goldyn for our down-to-earth Colorado women. Their Spring collection showcased some bold new shapes, such as a funky circular clutch, but of course their signature backpacks were still a key component. We also noted bold pops of red, which ended up being a common theme throughout the day.

KARA Spring 2016

KARA Spring 2016

Next I popped over to Goods and Services Showroom to visit our friend and longtime Goldyn designer Pamela Love, along with a few other up-and-coming brands that the showroom represents. Pamela’s Spring Collection, entitled Duality, featured a surprisingly pared down, minimalist aesthetic that was quite refreshing for this designer who is generally known for her Southwest-inspired look. I thought the evolution for her brand was incredibly on-point and definitely sellable, particularly the chain link earrings that one ‘threads’ through ear piercings. Genius.

Pamela Love donning her newest creation

Pamela Love donning her newest creation

After Goods and Services I ran over to see fashion-insider brand Creatures of Comfort, whose runway presentation I had attended last week. Their Le Corbusier-inspired collection featured pops of graphic, modernist prints amidst the collection’s oversized, drapey silhouettes in natural linens, cottons and silks.

My last stop of the day brought me to a gorgeous presentation from cult denim line Simon Miller, a 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, set atop the old Bell Laboratories building on the Hudson River. Models stood on pedestals donning the collection’s hand-distressed Japanese denim in varying wide leg and slouchy shapes. The presentation hammered home the fact that pant shapes seem to be transitioning toward the wide, and slowly but surely away from the skinny (though likely not completely, as the skinny has become a staple for most). It’s something I am personally quite ready for, and I think our customers of varying ages and shapes will agree. After downing a delicious mezcal drink on the rooftop patio and running into a few old fashion friends, I headed back to reflect on the week.

Simon Miller Spring 2016 presentation

Simon Miller Spring 2016 presentation

My overall takeaway from this Fashion Week was the pleasant recognition that some of my favorite trends which I saw beginning as seedlings this Fall seem to be the ones gaining speed and sticking around for Spring…. Subdued colors and earthy tones, often in shades of nude and blush (though occasionally with a bright red accent), wide legs and oversized yet seemingly lean, diaphanous shapes with long layers done in a way that still creates shape and movement. Though I can’t say I saw anything too groundbreaking happening, I’ll happily take this overall emphasis on comfort and ease that I find to be quite elegant and sophisticated.

NYFW Day 5 Recap

Today marks the beginning of New York Market Week, aka where the real business of fashion begins. With NYFW and Market Week overlapping this season, our schedule officially went into full tilt.

VANESSA: This week the fun and glamour of the runway shows turned into the down-to-business work of reviewing collections and writing Spring orders as Market Week began. Today was a jam-packed day of appointments right off the bat, which included checking out a few Goldyn mainstays as well as a couple newer brands.

First stop was the very progressive, directional showroom Maryam Nassir Zadeh, where I got to peruse the gorgeous, handmade knits from Lauren Manoogian. Lauren’s knits, though fashion-forward, are very wearable and great for layering in a snowy place like Colorado. Her muted color palette definitely seemed on point with the zeitgeist of the collections this season.

Lauren Manoogian at MNZ Showroom

From MNZ I made my way over to Findings Showroom to check out bohemian-chic collection Ulla Johnson, as well as cult handbag label Jerome Dreyfuss. Both did not disappoint. Ulla offered up a perfect assortment of peasant blouses and lace, mixed with some stunning saffron-colored silks that would surely be a hit with our Colorado fashion hippie set. Jerome Dreyfuss’ buttery soft leather bags were equally as suited for the Goldyn girl, with the perfect balance of functionality, understated elegance and chic style.

In between appointments I made a mad dash to see the always playful runway show of fashion darling Jeremy Scott. As promised, the show was a wild ride of over-the-top vampy glamour and kaleidoscopic colors – a visual candy store, if you will. Leave it to Mr. Scott to bring the sartorial party and remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Next up was Goldyn best-seller Rachel Comey, whose Spring collection featured a spectrum of blushes, nudes and indigos in oversized, flowy shapes which always manage to ride the line between playfulness and sophistication. Art teacher chic in the best way possible. I especially dug her shoulder cutouts and jumpers in this season’s group.

Shoes at Rachel Comey

The last appointment of the day had us checking out up-and-coming designer Haus Alkire, whose absolutely stunning Spring collection featured digital prints taken by the designers’ husband of the Central Park Conservatory. Her unbelievably luxurious silks and super unique use of textiles had our jaws dropping. Now off to dinner with the family again before getting some rest for yet another busy day of appointments tomorrow….

LAURA: Day 5 is my last day in New York. This city has a certain air about it that converges so many different types of people, ideas and creative output together. On my last day in NYC I took in some market research with a few of my favorite designers, worked out, and walked around to simply take in the uniqueness that is New York City.

I started my day at SLT with a merciless workout, and rewarded myself with my favorite NYC treat, Juice Press. Juice Press is an institution in New York. With over 10 stores all over the city, the amount of vegan, raw, good-for-you goodness that pours out of their locations in stunning.

I walked my way over to the Meatpacking District for the afternoon. This little nook in the city is full of boutiques and hot spot eateries. I spent some time scoping the current Fall 15 collections of Rag and Bone, Trina Turk, Vince and Rebecca Taylor. I was most taken by Rebecca Taylor’s collection. There was an emphasis on neutrals, sheer texture and subtle patterns. Not too far from some of what I have seen continuing into spring at both runway shows at Mara Hoffman and Tibi. There were also some fun punches of 70’s inspired patterns, colored pale blue fur, and layered pieces. After browsing the boutiques, I headed over to Spice Market for a little hour reset with a ginger margarita and salmon tartare. The people watching outside on the patio was amazing, as bloggers and fashion goers scurried down the streets leaving the latest shows at Milk studios.

I finished off the evening with Goldyn Guy, Caleb Tillapaugh, as we ventured to Soho’s new Hugo Hotel for drinks. There is a lot of NYFW buzz around this new hotel, including exclusive coverage by designer/blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad. We then strolled to the Lower East Side for dinner at one of my favorite spots in the city, The Fat Radish. The Fat Radish is something you might expect to see in Denver, and if you did it would be full all the time. A British cuisine meets farm-to-table concept that is an industry favorite. I can’t come to New York without visiting this darling Soho gem. With a rustic vibe full of all local farm greens and macrobiotic plates of the day, it is an easy retreat from the city and a perfect way to reflect at the end of an inspired trip.

NYFW Day 4 Recap

This week follow Goldyn and our friend and blogger, Laura Krudener from Among the Colors, as we venture through New York Fashion Week.  Each day we’ll be recapping our adventures through 303 Magazine.  Read on below for day four’s review and be sure to check out 303Magazine.com for more.

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Sunday was a day to rest and reset from the wild joys and quick pace of Fashion Week.   Our feet, both decorated with blisters could certainly use a day in comfy shoes with a little less walking around. We explored our local hood as well as ventured on the L train to visit friends for lunch and Williamsburg. All and all it was a day to take time to reflect on what we have taken in so far, and prepare ourselves for more goodness tomorrow.

VANESSA: With a break in shows today, I spent the day catching up with some friends and family. This morning I met a fellow Coloradan, Laura Dombrowski from website Couture Colorado, for breakfast at vegan and gluten free-friendly restaurant Hu Kitchen. From there I joined the other Laura (of Among the Colors) at what is probably my favorite store in all of NYC – ABC Carpet and Home (and no, despite the name it’s not all just carpet. I highly recommend checking out their super hip selection of jewelry and clothing as well as decor). The quick stop afforded Laura the opportunity to check out some next-level furniture and décor that simply can’t be found in Colorado for her new basement renovation, and I was happy to help give my 2 cents design-wise.

Ever-so-perfectly distressed Moroccan rugs at ABC Carpet and Home

After making a trip to Brooklyn to visit friends and lunch at Williamsburg restaurant Grand Ferry, I made my way back to Manhattan to join my family for a Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner. Though far from traditional or even religious at all, making time for my family in NYC is a top priority on each trip here. Tomorrow begins my insane week of more shows and back-to-back designer showroom appointments (where the real buying happens), so one last day of respite was welcomed.

Grand Ferry in Williamsburg

LAURA: I started my day with breakfast at the new farm to table concept restaurant, Irvington at W Union Square. I woke up rather early around 7, and it was as if the city had hit the snooze button. My dog and I walked the rather quiet morning streets of New York as the gray clouded skies allowed for it’s dwellers to sleep off the parties and the cocktails from the night before. With my green tea in hand, I settled into the quiet lobby at the W Union Square. This hotel is my favorite of their hotels in the city due to it’s location, but also because of the Art Deco design of this landmark 1911 Beaux-Arts Guardian building. Irvington is a new concept restaurant at the W Union Square where farm to table foods sourced from the Green Market across the street gets a culinary preparation from Chef David Nicols. I couldn’t help but have the baked eggs skillet with avocado, parsley, chickpeas in tomato broth with sausage. It was so good!

Baked eggs

We then went to ABC Carpet and Home. We had been to ABC Kitchen for dinner in the bar and could peep into the space, and since I am in the middle of a basement remodel, I decided to indulge. I began my search with rugs because the rugs here are so unique and well crafted, with a little different twist than most of what I have found in Denver. I need to go back tomorrow, as two hours was barely enough time to scratch the surface of what this 6 floor home décor experience has to offer. From ABC Carpet and Home, we joined friends in Willamsburg for lunch at Grand Ferry Tavern. After a Manhattan and a grass-fed burger, I took the L train back to Manhattan to kick up my feet, blisters and all for the rest of the evening. I ordered take out from Juice Press, my biggest obsession, their vegan kale ceasar salad. Paired with some Pinot Noir and a much welcomed movie on demand, well it’s Sunday Fashion Week recovery at it’s finest.

NYFW Day 3 Recap

This week follow Goldyn and our friend and blogger, Laura Krudener from Among the Colors, as we venture through New York Fashion Week.  Each day we’ll be recapping our adventures through 303 Magazine.  Read on below for day two’s review and be sure to check out 303Magazine.com for more.

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Today we had back-to-back fashion shows, in true New York Fashion Week form. The air was electric with the threat of rain and the continuous clicks of paparazzi cameras trying to catch a glimpse of the stylish show goers and bloggers. Our first show was Tibi, followed immediately by Mara Hoffman.  It was definitely a fun hustle to join the madness of people scurrying from one show to the next. Post shows, we took retreat at The Standard Grill and the ever-cool cocktail lounge at the Jane Hotel, awaiting the Collina Strada show soon to follow at Milk Studios.

VANESSA: Today’s shows were a continuous flow of good vibes… First up, Tibi brought a beautiful, very wearable collection of flowing silks and linens in nudes and washed out tones that slowly progressed into more saturated, sherbet hues. An optimistic viewpoint for the future was noted in the designer’s statement, which was definitely reflected in the lightweight, transcendent designs.

Tibi Spring 2016 runway

Tibi Spring 2016 runway

Tibi Spring 2016

Tibi Spring 2016

Mara Hoffman’s spring collection felt like a refreshing evolution for the line. Walking in, one was greeted by a wheat field and blue sky backdrop, which immediately brought me home. [Quite overt] direct references to Willie Nelson, with his music playing along with covers from Janis Joplin and others, helped set the scene. It was an incredibly fun, upbeat vibe that only continued the positive mood from earlier in the day.

Mara Hoffman Spring 2016 runway

Mara Hoffman Spring 2016 runway

Mara Hoffman Spring 2016

Mara Hoffman Spring 2016

After drinks and a bite from The Standard Grill and the bar at the Jane (my personal favorite spot on the West Side), we made our way to Milk Studios for the Made fashion shows, aka the spotlight for younger, up-and-coming designers. Goldyn designer Collina Strada’s presentation was set amidst a backdrop straight off of planet Mars, with atmospheric music to suit. The collection was pure Collina; designer Hillary Taymour’s signature minimalist aesthetic set in leather and sheer organza, with an updated color palette that perfectly suited the mood of the season – that being nudes and muted, natural tones. Otherworldy to say the least.

LAURA:  The Tibi show contemplated our relationship to the future through sheer and flowy silhouettes, muted palettes and a dash of sequin sparkle.  I was intrigued by the use of off the shoulder sleeves as well as bermuda length shorts.  The pale pink sequin jumpsuit was my favorite. Such an ethereal and perfectly minimalist show.  Mara Hoffman started out with Willie Nelson tunes playing as the crowd strolled in, setting the tune for a laid back atmosphere.  I was so pleased to see the “Willie Nelson” theme continue into the show with tunes blazing, and braids hanging well to the waist line.  My favorite prints were the abstracted peonies pattern and the clouds prints.  Take me to your cloud please. The flawy-themed silhouettes and muted palettes continued from Tibi to Mara Hoffman, as well as Collina Strada.  Collina Strada presented at Milk Studios an other-worldly collection of sheer dresses and flared leather pants with boxy tops. It was as if the girls had  just landed off a meteor, with silk dusted hands in front of a magenta florescent rock.  We finished the evening with martinis at the Gramercy Hotel’s Rose bar. A refreshing retreat after an inspired day.

Laura's look at Tibi

Laura’s look at Tibi

Outside of MADE at Milk Studios

Outside of MADE at Milk Studios

Collina Strada's Spring 2016 presentation at Milk

Collina Strada’s Spring 2016 presentation at Milk