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‘Spring into Style’ with Phoenix Fashion Week

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PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 9, 2015) Phoenix Fashion Week kicks off its 2015 series of events this month by teaming up with Downtown Phoenix’s own Arizona Center for the sixth-annual “Spring into Style” runway showcase. Hosted by Arizona Center, “Spring into Style” serves as a tribute to top stylists and showcases on-trend spring fashions set to the sounds of internationally-renowned DJ Q. On Saturday, March 21st, starting at 6:00p.m. with ‘The Taste of Arizona Center’, guests will have the opportunity to sample the best bites from local Arizona Center restaurants. Guests will also be treated to a fashionable outdoor Meet & Greet Mixer, where they will be able to shop stylish local pop-up shops with the backdrop of beautiful Downtown Phoenix, including:  State Forty EightAmber’s ClosetDillards at Paradise ValleyNazila CoutureShazia*s BoutiqueCustoms KreationsRhinestones & RelicsRuby Mae JewelryAshley Lane CompanyEuropean Wax Center, and DeVita InternationalMedia can enjoy a luxurious Log-In Lounge experience with luxurious furnishings provided by Mark Taylor, presenting modern luxury at four exciting new communities: @51, Domus, Level at Sixteenth in Phoenix and Crescent Scottsdale Quarter. Attendees can take in an interactive spring fashion show in the lush courtyard featuring hair and makeup by Salon Estique beginning at 8:30pm, followed by an after party directly following the show, hosted inside 1130 The Restaurant.

“Our team is excited to again offer a unique and popular fashion event to the heart of downtown Phoenix. Last year, it was a sold out event and with these very talented (6) stylists, we anticipate it being a hard ticket to get this year,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.

This special runway show serves as one of several preview events produced by Phoenix Fashion Week in anticipation of the Fall event scheduled to take place October 1 – 4, 2015 at Talking Stick Resort.

Event partners include: Arizona Center, 1130 The Restaurant, Boom Digitus, Mark Taylor and Salon Estique.

Featured stylists include:
Stylist, Audree Lopez – FLORAL Trend Show Sponsored by Boots Beauty USA: Audree Lopez is a local stylist and founder of Simply Audree Kate blog. She is a senior at ASU and the co-founder and President of Business of Fashion student organization. http://www.simplyaudreekate.com

Stylist, Jackie Marin – BOLD Trend Show Sponsored by Iconic Beauty: Jackie’s style is one of a kind, sexy but elegant, dramatic, sophisticated and exciting. She loves to think outside the box and make a statement from the moment she puts an outfit together. Follow Jackie on Twitter: @jackiemarin04

Stylist, Jenesis Laforcarde – BOHO Trend Show Sponsored by Custom Kreations: Jenesis started styling at the young age of 17. From there, the world became her runway! She started a consulting company called Love Jenesis Styles that provided wardrobe styling to many clients. A year passed and she started her own clothing line, Woman’s Touch Apparel dedicated to empowering women everywhere! Then 2 years later she founded the Brave Wings Fashion Show. Jenesis is fueled with ambition and creativity; the only barrier to inhibit this journey is the one she creates for herself. http://www.lovejenesisstyles.com

Stylist, Nuvia Magdahi – DENIM Trend Show Sponsored by FINALLY MADE: Nuvia Magdahi: accessorizing your personality to immediately shine through your presence is an exquisite taste she takes pride upon. A Fashion Stylist, a Visionary Photographer and a Creative Art Director with a passionate heart cluttered with dreams. http://www.MAGDAHI.com

Stylist, Tim Boado – DISTINCT PRINTS Trend Show Sponsored by Simplicity, A Male Concept Spa: As an Image Consultant, Timothy provides services to individuals and businesses alike, focusing on attention to details to enhance their brand, professional image and personal look.Timothy C. Boado, LLC. Follow Tim on Twitter: @fashnfien

Stylist, Vanessa Gonzales – NEUTRALS Trend Show Sponsored by Dillards Paradise Valley:
Featured on Channel 3’s ‘Your Life A to Z’ for fashion segments and given the opportunity to attend and style at the American Country Awards, Vanessa has styled for countless fashion shows and has a true passion for the fashion industry. Vanessa’s background also includes styling for dozens of magazines such as Modern Luxury and Vogue Italia. http://www.vanessareneestyle.com

Tickets are available to the public for this event and can be purchased online at http://springintostyle2015.eventbrite.com/ or $40 for Style Seats and $125 for VIP Front Row. All tickets include access to official “Taste of Arizona Center” and the After Party.

WHERE: Arizona Center – 400 E Van Buren St Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Park in Parking Garage off Filmore and 5th Street)

Tickets: $40-$125
Purchase tickets at: http://springintostyle2015.eventbrite.com/

WHEN: Saturday, March 21st
– ‘The Taste of Arizona Center’ starting at 6:00pm – sample delicious bites from restaurants at The Arizona Center.
– Doors open to the public at 6:00p.m.–Fashionable “Swag Bags” to the first guests, Pop-Up Shops
– Press Conference at 6:00 p.m. (Open to select Media – RSVP to: lauren@phoenixfashionweek.com)
– Fashion Show–8:30p.m.
– After Party at 9:30p.m.

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About Arizona Center

A shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona Center is an urban oasis with lush gardens and tranquil courtyards. The mixed-use corporate and retail space is owned by Common Wealth REIT, a real estate investment trust who primarily owns office and industrial properties located throughout the United States. The property is managed by CBRE. For more information about Arizona Center, visit http://www.arizonacenter.com.

About Phoenix Fashion Week
Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in Arizona. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and prestige fashion media. Phoenix Fashion Week’s ultimate goal is to garner global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, please visit http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Media covering Phoenix Fashion Week, posting stories, and live blogging from the the event, are encouraged to use Phoenix Fashion Week’s official social media handles and hash tags: @PHXFashionWeek and #phxfashionweek, as well as #SpringIntoStyle for this specific event.

Top 40 Model Maureen Montagne Named Miss Arizona USA 2015

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Phoenix Fashion Week’s annual Model of the Year competition has quickly become a spring board for top valley models to further their careers and receive the opportunity to sign with a top modeling agency in town, The Agency Arizona.

2012 and 2013 Top 40 Model Maureen Montagne was crowned Miss Arizona USA 2015 and recently teamed up with 2013 Designer of the Year winner Dolcessa Swimwear for an insanely hot swim suit shoot.

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Photography by Justin Grant Photography – Hair by Andy Biggs – Makeup By Heather Wilson

Be sure to follow Maureen’s journey as Miss Arizona USA 2015 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

Jennifer Aniston Wows on the 2015 Critics Choice Red Carpet

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Jennifer Aniston’s safety blanket LBD was MIA on the Critics Choice Awards red carpet, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Opting for a sleek, cut down to there Gucci tuxedo suit in the Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala, accessorized perfectly with a delicate gold lariat necklace and burgundy Louboutin pointy pumps.

Word on the street is Jen wants to break out of her typical red carpet looks and has partnered up with Lupita’s stylist, Micaela Erlanger and all we have to say is: what a match made in fashion heaven.

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

Model of the Year Alexis Hamilton Struts into the Business….of Runway

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Whether with the Emerging Designer Bootcamp or Model of the Year competition, Phoenix Fashion Week strives to show local professionals how to take their brands and business to the next level. 2011 Model of the Year Alexis Hamilton is doing just this, taking the leap from the runway to running her own business as Arizona’s Premier Runway Coach for Strut Runway. “It’s exciting that just a few years ago, she was an emerging model, then named PHXFW Model of the Year. We support local talent and we push the importance of business so much that Alexis was inspired to launch her own business in what she does best, modeling,” said PHXFW Executive Direcrtor

We had the chance to catch up with Alexis after her impressive official launch party at the W Scottsdale: 

How have things changed for you and your life since winning Model of the Year in 2011? “Things have been great since winning PHXFW. I’ve done a catalog spread for a jewelry company, and I am featured on the happy hour menu for national restaurant, Bar Louie. They also used my ad in a BILLBOARD in my hometown of Washington, DC! I’ve also done countless local fashion shows.”

How have you taken the runway training from PHXFW’s Model of the Year competition to implement into your career now as a signed Agency AZ Model and for Strut Runway? “I’ve used a lot that I’ve learned from PHXFW for my current runway style as well as Strut Runway. I remember always looking forward to going to practice for PHXFW; they were always so fun. I want my coaching with Strut Runway to exude that same energy. I want people to LOVE coming to coaching sessions. I feel when you are doing something you LOVE, other people can’t help but be excited about it as well.”

What inspired/motivated you to start your own business as “Arizona’s Premier Runway Coach’ for Strut Runway? “People have ALWAYS told me I had a ‘killer walk’. Even when I was getting coached myself when I was in high school, I remember all the coaches gathering around to see my walk and getting excited. As of late, when I was voted ‘Best Model 2014’ for the Phoenix New Times, they compared my walk to Naomi Campbell! I felt honored! I knew at that point I needed to share my gift.”

What emotions have you experienced since starting this new business? “Starting this new business has been an emotional roller coaster. Some days it seems like all things are moving forward, and other days it seems I’ve taken two steps backward. However, I’ve learned that everything happens when they are supposed to happen. With patience and perseverance, you’ll always end up getting what’s right for the betterment of the company.”

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What advice can you give to models who are looking to follow in your footsteps and make an impact on the industry as a model? “My advice to other models would be to never let anyone tell you no. Although you may hear the word often, don’t let that deter you from persuing your goals. It’s redundant but VERY true… And also… Don’t forget to STRUT!”

How would you describe your overall style of runway walk? “My overall style of runway walk is controlled, but FIERCE!”

What’s next on your plate, you seem to always be keeping yourself busy? “I try to master one thing at a time. I’m not the type to juggle a lot of things and hope that one of them produces positive results. I focus my energy on being the best I can be at what I’m doing and mastering that goal, then I move on to the next project. Right now, my focus is on Strut Runway as Arizona’s Premier Runway Coach. I would like my company to expand to different cities, states, and hopefully countries!”

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com