Phoenix Fashion Week: 12 Emerging Designers Announced, Half Arizona-Based

Last night Phoenix Fashion Week introduced a crowd at the Musical Instrument Museum to this year's crop of 12 emerging designers.

The group will compete during the coming months in hopes of winning the title Best New Designer -- a $10,000 prize package to help launch one of their careers -- and all of them will show at Phoenix Fashion Week, October 3 through 6, at Talking Stick.

Per PFW style, it was a mixed bag of incredibly promising designers and a few questionable creatives with lines that focused on evening wear, casual pieces, and loungewear.

Here's the full list of PFW's emerging designers:

ENVY by Khanh (Phoenix) Sew Twisted Designs (Vail) Samantha Patterson (Flagstaff) Ofra Style (Scottsdale) Italia Rocks Couture (Phoenix) Living Dreams (Scottsdale) Bri Seeley (Lacey, Washington) JHaus (Los Angeles) EYE Thread (Los Angeles) Shawl Dawls (Los Angeles) Paulie Gibson (St. Louis) Suzanne Lay (St. Louis)

Based on the single look each designer showed, we can safely say that we're interested to see what Bri Seeley, JHaus, and EYE Thread bring to the runway.

We can't say the same for Ofra Style, whose strapless, stretchy jumpsuit left us nonplussed, or Shawl Dawls, which (you guessed it) is a line of shawls. But, as they have ahead of them five months of guidance from the PFW crew to build a wow-worthy line, there's a chance they could surprise us come fall.

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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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