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Phoenix Fashion Week: In Review

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If you made it out to Scottsdale and followed the "Fasionistas, This Way!" signs through the Talking Stick Resort and Casino and down the elevator, you probably found yourself at the glitzed out, seventh annual Phoenix Fashion Week(end).


The three-day fashion celebration featured the work of 24 established designers, 10 emerging, and 106 accessory designers all walked by local emerging models. The atmosphere was cool (though still not actually in Phoenix) and the music was loud. 

After ironing out a few technical errors on Thursday night, the weekend was packed with local fashion fiends, retailers, buyers, and ladies who managed to drag their dates through the casino, past the Yankees game on all hundreds of screens, and into a chair, runway-side. 

We checked out all three nights, took a few fashionable notes and a ton of photos. Check out our rundown after the jump ... 

Thursday:

​Thursday night kicked off with a short intro by Fashion Week president Brian Hill, followed by short videos by established designers Velvet Boutique, Te' Boutique, Bilby and Moss, Original Retro Brand, and Veronica Brett.

Velvet Boutique's collection featured casual dresses, cropped jackets and plenty of animal print (though some of which were not-surprisingly doused with sequins). And Te' Boutique took to the runway with classic trench coat dresses, printed silk headscarves and an eye-catching evening wear.

Bilby and Moss walked next with (very) casual wear that everyone else in the outdoor venue wished they could be in. Sweats, wrap sweaters, and no shoes on any of the models was a refreshing, though unconventional take on the pajama runway.

LA-Based Original Retro Brand was introduced with an extensive montage of photos that felt more like a college scrapbook than any kind of runway intro. 

The sentiment was carried through the show, which looked like an average, emblem-heavy T-shirt day on ASU's Palm Walk. The most interesting part of the show was the model interaction.

Veronica Brett was the last established designer on Thursday night. She showcased her newest swimwear line with practical coveralls -- needed by most of the models who were stuck in not-so-flattering neon colors.

Emerging designers included Deeds of Love, whose T-shirts (yes, more T-shirts) and denim were covered in hearts and Minnesota-based Dejamone, whose collection was definitely took the most risks and created a very interesting line of denim wear. 

Note, Dejamone, please get rid of the gold shirt that almost made the most attractive of the models look like Vanilla Ice.

Phoenix-based Sebastien Millon closed out the show with his collection of characterized Tees. The artist is most known for his sense of biting humor and cute characters, which were often hard to read as models casually walked down the runway.

Millon was one of the most interesting choices of Fashion Week organizers, if only because his work is clearly arts based and sandwiched between fashion designers whose designs would be held to a different standard (i.e. material fabrication, stitching, etc.).

Overall, the night was energetic and concluded on the resort's lounge (you can check out all of the photos here) with high fashion and club anthem promises for Friday. Read on after the jump ... 

Friday


Phoenix Fashion Week continued its celebration of all things fashion on Friday night at Talking Stick Resort. The evening focused on trendy apparel created by local and national artists. Established and emerging designers showcased their latest lines. 


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