Phoenix Fashion Week — here’s what to see
Phoenix Fashion Week, the Valley’s leading authority on fashion, will host its annual series of more than 24 runway shows, October 3-5 at Talking Stick Resort from 5:30 p.m. with pop-up shops and fashionable networking until 10 p.m. The three-day event celebrates the conclusion of a three-month emerging designer bootcamp, led by executive director of Phoenix Fashion Week, Brian Hill, in which ten hand-selected designers from around the nation have been preparing to launch their collections for Phoenix Fashion Week and beyond.
“Every year, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to grow our brand reach, among local and national brands, we embrace global brands from Bolivia, Kuwait, Dubai, Philippines, and more. Phoenix Fashion Week continues to be the launching pad for brands looking to succeed long term in the fashion industry,” said Hill.
This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year, with many former Phoenix Fashion Week participants returning as established designers. Such as Chicago based Christine Adar, ‘Lifestyle Designer of the Year’ Quinlan Wilhite of Qmulative, and ‘Couture Designer of the Year’ Loren Aragon of Aconav, who was commissioned by Walt Disney World for a one-of-a-kind dress installment and dressed his first Tony Awards red carpet this summer.
“Phoenix Fashion Week has been a catalyst in propelling Arizona fashion-forward, while creating new experiences for guests. This year, we will host our 4th Annual ‘Community Showcase,’ presented by F.A.B.R.I.C. of Tempe, featuring 14 local designers and their best two looks” said Hill.
Among notable experiences is the Little Black Dress Challenge in which Phoenix Fashion Week partnered with Goodwill of Central Arizona. Open to the public, the challenge called on designers to try their hand at up-cycled fashion by utilizing their neighborhood Goodwill clothing and competing for the chance to have their design featured on the runway Friday, October 4. Phoenix Fashion Week’s natural evolution to offering more sustainability in fashion, led to the Mayor of the City of Phoenix Kate Gallego proclaiming August 22 Sustainable Fashion Day. This distinguished honor inspired the first ever PHXFW Green Carpet scheduled for Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. and roundtable discussion on sustainable fashion led by industry experts.
According to Hill, each morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the three-day event will include a variety of fashion-focused seminars sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education and taught by industry experts, offering insight and real take-a-way tools on how to launch, market, and successfully run a fashion business long-term.
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Thursday, October 3 ‘Fashionably Pink’ will highlight a night of celebrity fundraising and awareness for local breast cancer charity ‘Don’t be A Chump! Check for a Lump.’ 20 breast cancer survivors and local celebrities including Dr. Brian Gawley, Dr. Raman Mahabir, ‘Face of Foothills’ Mel Rodriguez, Laura Helton, Javier Soto of 3TV, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Miss Arizona USA, and more will grace the runway in all pink garments for a show that is sure to be unique and heartwarming.
On Saturday, October 5, Phoenix Fashion Week will award both ‘Designer of the Year’ and ‘Model of the Year’ Male and Female. The two winning models will each receive full modeling contracts from industry leader, Agency Arizona, successfully launching their careers. Also, that evening Hill and the Phoenix Fashion Week team will announce ‘Designer of the Year’ and a $10,000 prize package comprised of goods and services to ensure long-term brand success.
In addition to the scheduled runway shows, guests can enjoy a red-carpet experience, exclusive access to designer pop-up shopping in the Style Villa Marketplace, designer meet and greets, live music, high energy performances, and more.
Oct. 3: Lifestyle
Fashionably Pink Show
Community Designers Showcase
The Tie Dye Company
Night Prowler Apparel
Finale: Dany Mizrachi
Oct. 4: Contemporary
Little Black Dress
For The Stars by Jacob
Finale: Yas Couture
Oct. 5: Ready to Wear
Finale: Rocky Gathercole
Phoenix Fashion Week is supported by Talking Stick Resort, Sanderson Lincoln Black Label, True North Studio, Marquis Organic Energy, Kensington Makeup Academy, Peroni USA, Amazing Lash, Bubble Hustle, Society Salon, Modern Luxury, Open 44, Goodwill of Arizona, Arizona Department of Education and Adler Public Relations.
Tickets are required to attend Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort and range from $35 GA to $240 VIP Front Row. Tickets can be purchased at www.PHXFW2019.eventbrite.com.
For more information, visit www.phoenixfashionweek.com or follow @PHXfashionweek on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, We encourage followers to use Phoenix Fashion Week’s official hashtags #PHXFashionweek, #DesignerBootCamp and #PHXFWTOP40 for this event.