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Laura A. Ball
Shane Macomber/Vail Daily Autumn Teneyl Design's signature look is to add piping to their clothes in contrasting colors.
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VAIL – Mountain living can be rough for us girls. We want to shop and wear cute clothes. But sometimes what’s cute and trendy just isn’t practical for our active lifestyles.Autumn Teneyl had the same thought.When Autumn and her friend Jennifer Tuggle would go to music festivals, they just couldn’t find anything to wear. They needed something they could dance in, sweat in, take an impromptu hike in and still look good to go back to the festival.

Autumn Teneyl, designer, and Jennifer Tuggle, fashion director, are the driving force behind Autumn Teneyl Designs out of Southfork.Wherever the two went wearing their homemade stylings, women commented on their clothing, wanting to know where they got it.Autumn and Jennifer realized the business potential, and began shopping around for the four-way stretch fabric in bulk. They found it in beautiful colors and great prints in San Francisco and L.A. The generous fabric, Jennifer says, allows a comfortable fit, but still creates sexy, feminine lines. Girls came out in packs to sip cosmos, watch “Sex in the City” and shop the floor filled with racks of their comfortable, chic mountain wear last Tuesday night at Samana Lounge for Spring Back to Vail’s Girls Night Out Fashion and Flix.

When Autumn gets the fabric, the first thing she does is drape it over her business partner, Jennifer, to understand how it lays. “She lets the fabric dictates what it’s going to be. She ties it in different ways. She says, ‘Oh this should be a dress.’ She pins it and cuts it right on my body.”As soon as Autumn has a vision she lays out the pattern on a large, clean sheet of newspaper print. She relies on various friends to help create a sizing chart for the different pieces.When Autumn was making the clothes just for herself and Jennifer, she did all the sewing, which was self-taught. When they formed the label, they hired a seamstress out of Pagosa Springs. When the designs began selling out wherever they sold it, they knew it was the right move.



In Colorado, where you could be going from yoga to lunch or from hiking to an outdoor concert, the lightweight garb is very versatile and the microfiber in the material they use actually pulls moisture outward. The design of the clothes transcend easily from day to night.With names like serendipity and Venus for their designs, it’s easy to feel like a goddess, if you don’t already. The variety of styles come in rich, vibrant colors like gold, taupe, raspberry and cocoa.Autumn and Jennifer think that finesse is in the detail of the clothes.Autumn often layers sheer fabrics, and adds lace and colored trim to the simple designs. Both the pants and shirt sleeves are finished with feminine flare. Many of the skirts and dresses are bias cut.

“Bias cuts really help allude to the fact of shape. It kind of tricks the eye if you have problem areas. It’s all kind of an allusion.”Ain’t that the truth.For more information, go to autumnteneyl.com.



Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or laball@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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