DENVER - If you first meet Duane Topping, the very last thing that comes to thoughts is excessive fashion.
Topping seems to be like that pleasant dude on the biker bar down the road, relatively than the man who’s showcasing his designs at fashion reveals.
However while you ask him what he’s most keen about, he’ll let you know with that unapologetic smile -- it’s fashion.
“So as to stick with it in something you do, you might have to have that keenness, and I really like all the pieces about fashion,” Topping informed 9NEWS.
He’s not solely good at designing garments, he’s one of many high designers in Denver proper now.
“It’s humorous as a result of persons are like, ‘He’s so completely happy as a result of he’s so successful,’ however I’m truly extra completely happy that the fashions didn’t fall down,” he laughed.
Topping works out of his studio in Wheat Ridge, which isn't solely his workplace, it’s his escape.
You see, he’s not only a powerful-wanting dude who’s bought a knack for stitching, he’s a Military veteran who served three excursions in Iraq.
Topping had to medically retire from the army in 2012 and has struggled with PTSD ever since.
“Adjusting for me was powerful,” he admitted. “I might discover myself on the bar at eight a.m., and for me that was late within the day.”
Topping discovered the distraction he wanted in fashion. He determined to train himself how to sew, and hasn’t stopped creating since.
“It turned the one outlet that basically allowed me to operate,” Topping defined.
He is properly conscious that he’s not the “typical” wanting fashion designer, however he doesn’t care.
For him, creating designs for ladies of each form and dimension permits him to let go of his previous, and put his power into one thing lovely.
Should you look carefully, he even paints his nails as his personal type of female inventive expression.
“To be in contact with my female facet doesn’t imply that I've some kind of alternate view of the world, however that is the best way that I categorical myself,” Topping stated. “That’s the smooth facet underneath the exhausting core that you just see.”
The designer is busy ending his final semester of faculty, with a double main in inventive writing and ladies’s research.
In his spare time, he’s placing the ending touches on his subsequent challenge occurring on Could 20th. It’s a fashion shoot on the 16th Road Mall, which he hopes will spotlight the unity and variety of the Denver fashion group. He needs anybody who’s enthusiastic about being part of the picture shoot to cease by and see what it’s all about.
As for the long run, he hopes to ultimately open up his personal boutique.
Till then, Topping needs to encourage different army veterans to discover their true ardour.
“For vets like myself, they're at all times corralled into kind of particular issues for PTSD, and I believe the important thing to it's to do one thing that you just love,” Topping stated.
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