Phoenix Fashion Week Becomes A Stepping Stone for Havasu Students


In January, 22 Lake Havasu High School students saw their dreams become reality during Havasu’s first ever fashion week.

January 18-23, LHHS juniors and seniors unveiled their talents on the runway alongside designers from Phoenix Fashion Week, San Francisco and four boutiques on Havasu’s Main Street.

When Brian Hill, Executive Director at Phoenix Fashion Week, found out about Havausu’s fashion week, he jumped right in.

“I’ve known for a fact that there are a ton of high school-age fashionistas that want to have a career in fashion, but they don’t have the experience,” Hill said in a Havasu News article. “We saw that there was a total opportunity to go and give real world experience.”

Phoenix Fashion Week teamed up with Deb Strother, LHHS’s fashion and merchandising teacher, to put on the event.

LHHS students strut down the runway at Grace Arts Live Theater wearing designs from Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2009 line-up, Black Russian Label, The Angry One, Bella Bijoux and Briana Linea.

“[Havasu fashion week] was very fun,” Briana Hartsock from Briana Linea Fashions said in a phone interview. “The girls were very sweet.”

Briana added a word of advice to all aspiring fashion designers: always have a good attitude and work hard, and remember to ask questions and learn from other designers.

Since Havasu fashion week, these fashion-loving students are one step closer to becoming established designers.

Who knows, maybe someday we’ll see their designs on Phoenix Fashion Week’s runway.

Article written by Chi-Lan Vuong for Phoenix Fashion Week.

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