Bri Seeley Shines at Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 at Talking Stick Resort

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JHaus showed a collection of wearable denim in both classic and on-trend cuts and washes -- much more focused than the brand's showing last year. This brand could easily push into a mainstream market, and it's great to see it obviously succeeding. I particularly (and unexpectedly) liked the light-weight denim maxi skirt. It looks like something I'd find at Madewell. The burlap shorts? Not so much.

Paulie Gibson, on the other hand, didn't seem to make leaps or bounds in his designs since last year's show. His pieces are still overworked and have an air of trying a little too hard. Gibson's love of patterns makes for an entertaining show, but I'd like to see the designer zoom in and focus on a few strong ideas, rather than throwing so much onto the runway.

Especially curious were his onesies for men, which alternately looked like painters' jumpsuits, when presented with long sleeves and full pants, and costumes designed to make adult men look like toddlers, when they had short sleeves and pant legs. More confusing than either was why the designer gave the jumpsuits belt loops.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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