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If you make it to Fashion Week, catch designs by the likes of Debra Davenport (www.debradavenport.com), Rickie Gonzalez for Vmarie (www.vmariefashion.com), and 18-year-old Emily Miller, who's wowed local fashionistas with her "Perfectly Pink" line of vintage-inspired dresses.
The fashion show doesn't have to end there. When you're done with the runway, you'll find the tools to bedazzle the town right here. Consider Shine your most essential accessory, a guide to hidden gems and the finest food, art, shopping, nightlife — and even more fashion — that Scottsdale has to offer.COVET Don't have much time to explore downtown Scottsdale? Get a running start at Covet, where the specialty is limited-edition sneakers, hand-picked by owners Randy and Adrienne Krebbs, New York City transplants whose former lives included stints on Puma's design team. They've got old-school Nikes, à la Jim Prefontaine. Or John Varvatos for Converse, and Alexander McQueen for Puma — the kind of over-the-top-of-the-high-end, hard-to-find sneakers that give rise to cult-like devotion. Not that they let that go to their heads at Covet, where you can also find a snazzy and affordable pair of Tretorns. The boutique also features clothing and accessories for men and women, with brands like Barking Irons, Loden Dager, and Smoke and Mirrors. Covet: 4234 N. Craftsman Ct., 480-949-3000, www.shopcovet.com HOLLYWOULDShe may have attended design school in Paris and created fashion for icons Vivienne Westwood in London and Lilly Pulitzer in Los Angeles, but we like to think of Holly Dunlap as our very own. The Scottsdale native and Saguaro High grad designed for designers Carolyn Roehm and Christian Lacroix before making a splash with her own line of Hollywould shoes, bags, and what she calls "super-sexy" dresses, all sold at her NYC boutique and at www.hollywould.com (but not, ironically, here in her former hometown).
Dunlap's line is inspired by the '70s casual wear her mother wore around their Scottsdale home, which she still visits when she's not at her house in Florence, Italy. She misses New Man at the Borgata, and like any good Scottsdale girl, loves drinks at the Coach House and dessert at the Sugar Bowl.SMOCA NIGHTS Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art attracts serious art patrons with edgy touring shows and an eclectic permanent collection of homegrown Arizona art. Three times a year, the museum opens its doors to another type of crowd: vibrant throngs of fashionistas hungry for cutting-edge designs. Each of the "SMoCA Nights" has a theme — from a space-oriented "Sputnik" show to the more recent "Drive" event, complete with lowrider exhibit — into which handpicked local designers fit their creations.
Guests crane their necks to catch the latest empire-waist baby-doll or '50s-inspired frock from Arizona designers like Angela Johnson and Tiffe Fermaint. If you crave the energy of a runway show, SMoCA Nights is the place to get your fashion fix. The next SMoCA Nights is scheduled for November 13 and is inspired by the museum's fall 2008 exhibition "Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting." For tickets, call 480-994-ARTS.