CHIC PEEK: Behind the Scenes at Dolcessa Swimwear Photoshoot

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The Valley may be sizzling this summer, but Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Katya Leoncio and her Las Vegas-based brand, Dolcessa Swimwear sent temps off the charts with a recent look-book shoot featuring The Agency Arizona model Sam Diaz and PHXFW TV Fashion Host Brittany Dawn Brannon. “It’s nice to interview the designer–especially Katya, who I just interviewed last week at the Designer Challenge–and then being able to model for her. I really enjoy being on both sides of the camera. Every single piece is absolutely beautiful…I can’t wait to see how Katya’s show looks because everyone is going to love all of the pieces!” Brannon said.
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Shot by seasoned high-fashion photographer (and makeup artist) Michael Franco at several Phoenix locations, including in-studio and poolside, the shoot was for the swimwear designer’s newest look-book collection to present to buyers following their official announcement as an Emerging Designer and contender for PHXFW 2013 ‘Designer of the Year.’ “My inspiration for Dolcessa is the swimwear itself–the colors, the beauty of the actual swimwear. Beauty is always my inspiration. When you are shooting something as amazing as her swimwear, that’s really inspiring to make the girls, lighting and scene just as beautiful,” Franco said.
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According to Dolcessa designer Katya Leoncio, the 2014 collection features loads of color, plays on texture utilizing techniques including ombre, and guests at fashion week should expect lots of eye candy. “This is our 2014 collection, available early next year and our plans are to showcase all of our swimwear that I recently made from my trip to Europe. We also have a beautiful collection of cover-ups that will be featured in PHXFW in October, so I’m really excited.”
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Once again, Phoenix Fashion Week’s successful Freelance Program is seen in action, assisting Katya in many aspects of the shoot and resulting in pictures that went beyond her expectations. “Brittany is gorgeous and easy to work with, and I couldn’t be happier about working with her. Brian Hill and his team were very beneficial in helping me out in the process of putting together this shoot. They made everything as easy, effortless and seamless as possible, so I am very grateful.”

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For more information about Katya and her brand, Dolcessa Swimwear, visit her website. Be sure to look for her collection when it debuts on the Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort runway in October!
Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Behind the Scenes Images by Ricardo Galvez for Phoenix Fashion Week
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