9 Favorite Looks From Phoenix Fashion Week 2014

This year, Phoenix Fashion Week was a little bit different.

Designers presented collections at Talking Stick Resort from October 2 through 4 that were better crafted and more smartly assembled than ever before. No line was an all-out embarrassment. There was plenty I didn't like, but there was more that I found impressive. And while I did spot a pinned hem here and a splitting seam there, overall garment construction for this year's emerging designers was of a much higher and consistent quality than I've seen at Phoenix Fashion Weeks past.

See also: Misha Mendicino Named Emerging Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014

And thank goodness. Don't get me wrong; I love giving my opinion, as anyone who's kept up with Jackalope Ranch's Phoenix Fashion Week coverage can attest. But panning collection after collection sure gets tiresome. That's why I've rounded up a few of my favorite looks from Phoenix Fashion Week 2014.

In no particular order, here are nine of my favorites.

View a slideshow of Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 looks from Thursday, October 2.
View a slideshow of Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 looks from Thursday, October 2.
Evie Carpenter

9. Albert Andrada's Muppet monster coat is proof that Alexis Hamilton can sell any look.

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8. Jacqueline Nicole showed one of the most interesting pairings of materials with this outfit: a summery, shimmering sequined skirt and a weightier quilted pink crop top.

See also: Emerging Designers Off to Rocky Start at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 at Talking Stick Resort  

Bri Seeley's new collection is called "chrysalis."
Bri Seeley's new collection is called "chrysalis."
Evie Carpenter

7. Bri Seeley returned to Phoenix Fashion Week with a refined line. This crimson gown is the pinnacle of Seeley's style evolution over the past few years: beautifully made, simple, and elegant.

Atiz showed a strong collection.
Atiz showed a strong collection.
Evie Carpenter

6. Emerging designer Atiz's line was sophisticated and subtle, and this airy caftan embodies the collection's vibe.

Kismit made a strong debut at PFW.
Kismit made a strong debut at PFW.
Evie Carpenter

5. Scottsdale label Kismit opened its presentation with a dramatic black gown with a harness and leather trim.

Hues of Ego showed on Saturday night at Phoenix Fashion Week.
Hues of Ego showed on Saturday night at Phoenix Fashion Week.
Evie Carpenter

4. This blush princess-meets-trench coat was one of the best (and most wearable) looks from Hues of Ego, a Phoenix-based brand.

See also: Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 at Talking Stick Resort: Friday's Designers a Mixed Bag  

Carol Wong's collection was fascinating in concept.
Carol Wong's collection was fascinating in concept.
Evie Carpenter

3. FIDM grad Carol Wong, who's originally from Chandler, showed an imaginative line that melded medieval armor and futuristic materials.

RAYAN's collection was an all-around favorite.
RAYAN's collection was an all-around favorite.
Evie Carpenter

2. It was tough to choose the top look from RAYAN's strong collection, but this ultra-chic caped gown in violet-blue might be the winner.

View a slideshow of established designers from day three of Phoenix Fashion Week 2014.
View a slideshow of established designers from day three of Phoenix Fashion Week 2014.
Evie Carpenter

1. Bathing Beauty meets Return of Saturn-era Gwen Stefani in this hyper-detailed Rocky Gathercole piece.

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