Although K-pop viral sensation "Gangam Style" likely has permanently/obnoxiously wedged itself into your memory, South Korean rapper PSY's acerbic, snappily-suited take on upper class fashion and stuffy attitude, complete with bizarre cowboy-roping dance moves, is fun, stylish, and quasi-inspiring in a "wear your weirdness proud" way. Bottom line: Fashion is for fun and shouldn't be taken too seriously.
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That's what we'll keep in mind during Phoenix Fashion Week, starting on Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. with the Fashionably Pink Show, a celeb-studded event benefiting breast cancer research, at the Musical Instrument Museum.
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For the three days that follow, nearly 30 designers who are either emerging, established, or specialize in accessories will show styles for winter and spring, including ready-to-wear, evening, sportswear, and resort collections at Talking Stick Resort.
Trunk sales, workshops, and a shopping villa round out the full-blown runway revelry that gets going on Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. Celeb designer to pop divas Katy Perry (partially responsible for the "Gangam" takeover) and Shakira, Furne One will present a 31-piece collection as the event's grand finale on Saturday, October 6.
Rope yourself a seat (imaginary lassos welcome) for $25 to $100 a day. Tickets are available, along with additional information, through www.phoenixfashionweek.com.