If Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 is giving you flashes of déjà vu, you're not alone. You're not hallucinating either. The annual string of fashion shows featuring burgeoning and established designers dipped into its pool of past participants to make up a fair chunk of its 2013 lineup.
Six of the 27 participating designers slated to show at this year's PFW at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale have shown at Fashion Weeks past.
On that returning roster are Bri Seeley, winner of last year's emerging designer challenge, and last year's emerging competitors Shawl Dawls, Paulie Gibson, and JHaus. Elevee Lifestyle and Silvia Bours will also make appearances. These designers and labels will play a part in this year's PFW, which will take place from October 1 through 5.
Each night of Phoenix Fashion Week programming will include both emerging and established designers. The yet-unannounced bunch of designers will be revealed in the coming weeks. We're crossing our fingers that at least one TBA designer will top last year's jaw-dropping finale from Furne One. We don't see that wow factor on the schedule so far, but that doesn't mean it's not in the works.
Also on the schedule are 2013's previously announced emerging designers: Dolcessa, Doux Belle, d.p.c. by Dora Yim, Herbert Victoria, Ja'ire, Linden, Loin Cloth, Medium Apparel, Michelle Hebert, Proverbs by Efua, Stephanie Gentry, and Trang Nguyen. That group was selected from across the country and represents various aspects of fashion including streetwear, ready-to-wear, and evening wear. The crew of up-and-comers is competing for a $10,000 prize package of goods and services to help in a brand launch.
We have high hopes for the fresh-faced emerging designers. But if some of them leave us feeling low, it'll be déjà vu all over again.
Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 fashion shows take place starting at 7 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Thursday, October 3, through Saturday, October 5. Nightly tickets range from $30 to $150. Find them and more information at www.phoenixfashionweek.com.