As Denver rapidly grows, so do its fashion and blogging scenes, bringing both talent and fresh style perspectives to the city. It’s nearly impossible to stay up on who to follow, so 303 Magazine compiled a list of Denver’s hottest and freshest Instagram influencers that are the perfect must-follows for local inspiration, from models who have walked Denver Fashion Week (DFW), to illustrators who are tapping into fashion and makeup artists shaking up the norms of glamour.
Why You Should Follow: Lauren Nicolle is a Florida-born fashion blogger currently based in Colorado. She runs her own self-titled blog that is centered around her favorite fashion and beauty trends as well as her travel experiences. Let’s also not forget her adorable dog, Aspen, who also has an Instagram. Her updates are sleek, feminine, athletic and modern — always with a link to what she’s wearing.
Why You Should Follow: Nancy Ruiz is a California girl living in Colorado who captures the latest in social events around the city. She’s often at store openings and fashion week documenting through social media the scenes as a socialite. Ruiz’s style is fresh and up with the latest trends in womenswear. Let’s not forget to mention her stellar handbag collection that she showcases with each outfit story.
Why You Should Follow: Megan Fellers could be called the Goldmine Vintage princess. Her feed features her rambunctious style mixed with the finest vintage finds on Broadway. She mixes fashion, music and retro lifestyle art on her page that makes for extreme nostalgia, style inspiration and constant story updates on the latest trash-to-fashion items that come her way.
Why You Should Follow: Joshua Schmitz is the face and brains behind Ruckus Apparel and Bellwether Coffee Shop. He has gained attention with his undoubtedly bad boy style and hard rock aesthetic. Schmitz’s feed is also in all black and white, sticking true to his vintage rocker vibe. He recently has dabbled in food blogging around the city, sharing his adventures at different restaurants and grills, always making fun of himself and the idea of live blogging.
Why You Should Follow: Self-proclaimed local cool girl and brand ambassador for Chic NY, Stephanie Montes has compiled photos from all over the nation and world. From a fashion student in Italy to an athletic workout guru in Denver, Montes also showcases her collection of high-end fashion basics and designer accessories.
Why You Should Follow: Longtime Denver fashion blogger, Allison Ruchaber, runs her blog, Peach & Pepper, with fashion and lifestyle updates as well as a constant presence on Instagram with new stories for beauty, vintage finds and daily inspiration.
Why You Should Follow: Ayaka Sato is a beauty phenomenon. She has won the title for Miss Grand International 2016 representing Japan. Her Instagram has become a portfolio of work she has created to amplify her career and all the collaborations she has worked on, including one with fashion photographer, Dale Steadman, and BAC Magazine.
Why You Should Follow: Eric Quintana is a full-time makeup artist trained by MAC Denver. His feed is a constant turnaround with different themed looks such as his Gonzo, Chaos and Thrash, dramatic lime green and yellow take on the crying Virgin Mary and his Feeling MAUVElous glam eye featuring a navy lip. Quintana promotes the art of makeup shamelessly by making sure each look is not only blended to perfection but outrageous in all the right ways.
Why You Should Follow: Signed by Donna Baldwin, Jade Aaliyah is one of those local models who is making it look easy, always posting new videos and photos of her latest works. She has walked the runway for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, modeled for local feminine powerhouse photographer, Rebecca Slaughter, and proved that the key to success is her free-spirited attitude.
Why You Should Follow: Noah Schneiderman is a male model to watch this year in Denver. His modeling career is showcased via Instagram with runway photos of him walking for designer, Geoffrey Mac, and collaborating with local fashion force, Alexander Ablola, for multiple projects including Soft & Shallow’s third issue, Wet Ruffles.
Why You Should Follow: Signed to Next Model Managment, Alicia Myers has been seen walking the runway for Topping Designs and INFATUÉ and modeling for fashion photographer McKenzie Lange. She is rapidly becoming Denver’s top runway model while constantly working on new projects behind the scenes for local designers.
Why You Should Follow: Luis Pizarro has been practicing makeup for years and has grown a powerful Instagram following and portfolio. His makeup looks are seamless, glamorous and achieved using cruelty-free makeup exclusively. Pizarro also has compiled stories of clients that he has worked with, showing his talent goes far beyond himself.
Why You Should Follow: Tyler Carranco is a local fashion illustrator — digital is his medium. His illustrations are a creative cross between post-apocalypse and street. He also shares a blog called Dreamproject with his fiancé that is focused on finding talent and creatives from music to art.
Why You Should Follow: Wayland Chu has been captivating his followers with ominous and stylishly sick fashion illustrations that even caught the eye of local designer, Julia Rhoden, who’s collaboration turned into an entire collection of Chu’s illustrations printed onto the textiles. Chu’s work is clean, stoic and sensual. His updates are often of recent finished and unfinished projects, always leaving us waiting for more.