MIM Rocks Fashion Show: A Spring Fling of Weirdness and Goodness

Last thing's first. On our way out of Phoenix Fashion Week's MIM Rocks Fashion show, who should we find trotting alongside us but a pair of Baseball Wives: Erika Monroe Williams and Maggie McCracken.

After hearing a pre-show announcement that the wives were in the audience, we'd kept our eyes peeled (and watched our backs).

As far as we could tell, there were no dramatic incidents. And we failed to catch a glimpse of Tanya "The Cool One" Grace. So, really, the point of relaying this tidbit is to serve one little purpose. Last night's fashion show was the sort of event where you could stumble upon quasi-famous reality television stars. Consider the scene set.

MIM Rocks Fashion showcased four collections of spring looks assembled by two-person teams composed of a stylist and either a boutique owner or designer.

While the show didn't harness a totally global perspective like its venue -- a museum that boasts instruments from every continent -- it did offer up varied and unexpected style perspectives from a handful of places (and, of course, a dash of requisite weirdness by way of between-shows entertainment). 

In particular, the two singers who performed during the evening: One performing the National Anthem and the other milling about the audience, crooning in French. For us, they only served to break up the mood of the show, but, in and of themselves, they were nicely executed.

Now, for the fashion.

Mexican designer Alma Primero and Fawn Cheng took on a sensual but demure Latina outlook, styled with chunky jewelry from Virgins, Saints, and Angels, lots of red lipstick, and hair slicked back into big doughnut buns.

Primero's well-fitting evening dresses were striking in their long lines and simple palate of white, red, black, navy, and awe-inducing metallics. Our favorite look of the collection was a light, delicate midnight blue and black jumpsuit.

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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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