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GUEST BLOG: Get to Know Emerging Designer Jacqueline Nicole

_DT29811Jacqueline Madey dedicated years of her life to competitive dancing, but once she hit college she decided to change paths, not disregarding dance, but instead using it to give her a creative edge and advantage as a fashion designer for her brand, “Jacqueline Nicole.”

The St. Louis-raised 23 year old, just one year out of college,has now transformed into one of Phoenix Fashion Week’s top 13 emerging designers for 2014.

Madey said she couldn’t remember an exact age that she knew she wanted to be a fashion designer but said she “was always a really creative person.”

Madey said her history in dance helped her understand the body’s movement and how clothes needed to be designed to fit the body properly.

In addition to dancing, Madey liked to sketch and began at a very young age. Once she transitioned in to high school, she was ready to bring her sketches to life.

“I decided to give sewing a try. I had sketched (designs), but now I wanted to create them,” she said.

She put her dance pastime and knowledge of body movement together with her talent and passion for sketching to go after fashion design in college.

It was in 2013 when Madey graduated from Stephens College in Missouri with a degree in fashion design and product development.

That same year she met Brian Hill, executive director of Phoenix Fashion Week, through a mutual friend.

She applied to be an emerging designer for 2013 but straight out of college without a finalized business plan, she was rejected.

“I saw (her) potential, but she wasn’t quite ready as a brand,” Hill said.

After taking a year working a part-time job and devoting all other time to developing her business she said, “It worked out because I got to apply this year. My business entity was ready to go, and I got accepted.”

“One of the reasons we knew she was ready was because she came back,” Hill said. “Anybody who wants it bad enough to come back a second year? It resonates with me.”

Hill said Madey grew as a businessperson but also as a designer.

“She matured. It was the same great quality, but just a little more cohesive. She had the quality, mentality, and ability to be flexible.”

Madey’s growth in her Spring and Summer 2015 collections showcased at Phoenix Fashion Week were inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Roman Holiday, she said.

The dancer-transformed-designer described her clothing brand in three words as flirty, tasteful and versatile with a hint of 50’s Hollywood glamour.

“Flirty, because it’s not too sassy,” Madey said.

CydniLeake, a 17-year-old attendee of Fashion Week who like Madey has spent 13 years of her life competitively dancing, said she could see where the line was influenced by dance.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all, with all the sparkle and pink,” Leake said. “She knows just the right amount of sequins to make something like just right, as a dancer should.”

Leake also said she skillfully combined flashy and bright looks with simple and sleek looks.

“She provided outfits you could wear to work but also the perfect outfit for going out,” Leake said.

Madey said that was her ultimate intention. She said she hoped to provide customers with everything they needed.

“I want someone to shop my collection and say, ‘Perfect. This is everything for Summer. I need one of each, and then I’m done for the season.”

The Spring and Summer 2015 collections will be available for purchase on her website, http://www.jacquelinenicole.us, the first week of February.

Madey is also working on getting her collections sold in small boutiques in St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Her tops will start at a little over $100, while the dresses range from $300 to $550 and gowns from $600 to $1300.

In five to ten years, Madey said she hopes to expand her women’s clothing line into a lifestyle brand, with products ranging from menswear to children’s wear to active wear and even home décor.

Specifically, she said she wanted to an “active wear and lounge wear all in one.”

Madey said she remembers her years as a dancer practically living at the dance studio and never being able to wear cute, fashionable clothes that she could also been seen in public wearing.

Until then though, Madey said the best part of being a designer was giving others the ability to feel confident in their appearance.

“I love the reaction from people when they feel confident in what I put them in,” she said. “That’s the whole purpose. My clothes aren’t going to overpower that person’s beauty; they’re going to complement it.”

Article by Guest Blogger Taylor Seely (ASU Journalism student) for Phoenix Fashion Week

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PHOTOS: Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort October 1-4

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EVENT RECAP: PHOENIX FASHION WEEK OCTOBER 1-4

Over 6,000 fashionistas, global brands hailing from Dubai, Philippines, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, FIDM and more, along with Mercedes Benz – the Official Automobile of PHXFW, Presented by Schumacher European LTD, Model of the Year Presented by Boots and Walgreens, and Official Hair Partner TONI&GUY, make for another successful year of fashion in the desert 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ  – Thousands of fashionistas, industry professionals and taste makers flocked to Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort for a week of high fashion, shopping and industry expert-led seminars. With an impressive lineup of global partnerships and brands, Phoenix Fashion Week has not only secured its position as the leading fashion event in the Southwest, but is quickly gaining recognition as one of the fastest growing fashion events in the country.

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Phoenix Fashion Week kicked off with Fashionably Pink on Wednesday, October 1st to a sold out crowd at Schumacher European LTD showroom in Phoenix, with proceeds benefiting local charity ‘Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!

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Mercedes Benz – the Official Automobile of PHXFW

Presented by Schumacher European LTD

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Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort began on Thursday, October 2nd with FIDM Debut Designers Carol Wong (left) and Tylor Leigh (right), who were fan favorites of the evening. With Wong’s futuristic elements and Leigh’s graphic colors and paint-splattered models, it’s no surprise multiple fashion bloggers named them as some of the best collections shown during fashion week.

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Finally, Phoenix Fashion Week brought in powerhouse finale designers to close each night of fashion shows, including Thursday’s Albert Andrada, Friday’s Aris Pico (top) and Saturday’s Kenneth Harion CoutureYen and Rocky Gathercole 

Additional Highlights:

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Monster Products took to the PHXFW runway for the first time during the Dolcessa Swimwear show on Friday evening, styling several models in their celeb-favorite Monster Diamondz Headphones.

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The Style Villa Marketplace was a “hot spot” this year, powered by T-Mobile and featuring the latest Samsung devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, Samsung Galaxy Note® Edge, and Samsung Gear STM.

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The Business of Fashion Seminar Series, Presented by top fashion institute FIDM.

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Internationally acclaimed TONI&GUY styled the hottest runway hair as the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2014.

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Local Emerging Designer Misha Mendicino Designs was named PHXFW’s 2014 ‘Designer of the Year’ following a close competition in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp.

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Model of the Year Presenting Sponsors Boots and Walgreens announced PHXFW Top 40 models Nick and Bianca as the 2014 male and female Model of the Year Winners, who will each receive a contract with The Agency Arizona!

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2013 Emerging Designers: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Showing a collection at Phoenix Fashion Week as an Emerging Designer provides great advice, training and more than anything, exposure. With Fashion Week a few days away, we thought we would catch up with some of the 2013 finalists and even the Designer of the Year winner, Dolcessa and see how they are doing since the completion of last year’s competition:

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Dolcessa Swimwear

This year has been crazy busy for last year’s PHXFW winner, Dolcessa Swimwear! The label’s designer, Katya Leoncio, claims, “2014 has been our strongest year yet!” The luxurious swimwear is now available in the Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan, as well as locations in three other states, including right here in the Valley at Triangles. Their biggest surprise since winning the title was an account in the Maldives, allowing them to be in many stores on the private resort islands, a perfect match for their brand.

The “A Bikini A Day” Instagram campaign has continued to be successful, and they thank UFC’s Arianny Celeste as a major celebrity promoter and customer.

You can purchase your own sexy Dolcessa swimsuit on their website, www.mydolcessa.com, or the locations listed above.

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Medium Apparel

Street wear brand Medium Apparel really thanks Phoenix Fashion Week’s Designer Bootcamp for teaching them more about the backend of running a brand.The brand’s designer, Zac McDonald, says “those lessons benefitted our brand tremendously!” Their sales have skyrocketed on Karmaloop and they are going to a fashion summit and trunk show next month in San Diego. The brand is also planning new and exciting things for next year’s Magic!

Besides their website (www.mediumapparel.com), this casual collection can be found locally at Keep Screaming Skateshop, Branded and Bud’s Glass Joint.

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Michelle Hebert

After Fashion Week, Michelle Hebert had a very successful Kickstarter campaign.  She then went on to create a mini collection at the Music Center of L.A. that was shown for three days during the performance of Les Nuits, a modern day ballet inspired by the stories from The Thousand and One Arabian Nights. “My designs were created in honor of the ballet with the original stories as my inspiration”, explains Hebert. Musician and actress, Jojo, wore the brand for a magazine shoot, the biggest celebrity seen in her designs to date. Michelle has gained many bridal clients since PHXFW, and is currently working on a how-to book with a graphic designer.

Designs can be purchased at La Maison de Fashion store in Los Angeles.

 Article by Jennifer McCoy – Meshey for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

MEET THE DESIGNER: State Forty Eight

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Stephen, Nick and Mike of State Forty Eight, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work). Stephen, Nick and I have no background in the fashion Industry. Stephen and Mike have extensive experience in the hotel industry and Nick works as an educational film maker.  With the three of sharing a diverse set of skills, it creates a diverse and effective business operation.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection? The three equal partners have different styles therefore find inspiration from diverse areas. Nick is a big fan of simplicity, nature and architecture. Stephan has a passion for sports and the business side of the fashion industry. Mike loves sports and fashion aspect, including bright colors.

Do you have any style icons? Mike admires Scott Disick’s vibrant and classy sense of style, Stephen looks up to Mark Cuban and his method of running a successful business operation, and Nick has a strong passion for cycling and is inspired by that style and culture.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers? If we have secrets why would we want to share them? J We love what we do and remain open to feedback; that helps us learn and grow.  It often takes putting our pride to the side to do what is best interest of the company.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers? Reach out to people who are successful. Life is about who you know and there is nothing more valuable than picking someone’s brain on something you share a passion for. Most importantly, you must love what you do because sustaining a business in this industry is extremely competitive and challenging. However, witnessing its success is rewarding and motivating.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season? For State Forty Eight specifically, we are excited to implement new designs, products and a cut-and-sew shirt to the collection.

Where are your favorite places to shop? Nordstrom, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Dicks Sporting Goods, Buffalo Exchange and Express.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends? Mike is the shopaholic in the group. He tends to shop for clothing every two weeks, which helps us keep up with trends. Social media is also a great way stay up to speed.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase? Not exactly, but Nordstrom purchases are always a favorite for Mike because of the quality and consistency of their apparel.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer? Using our vision to create a fashionable way to represent Arizona. The excitement and sense of satisfaction does not get old. Witnessing someone you don’t know wear or talk about State Forty Eight—something we created—is truly one of the best feelings.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?
Mike: To prove his strong loyalty to Arizona, he has four tattoos that represent the 48th State.
Stephen: He is a proud recovered alcoholic and is driven to help others who suffer from addiction.
Nick: He is a free spirit and loves to ride his bike, daily both casually and competitively.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

MEET THE DESIGNER: Misha Mendicino Designs

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Misha Mendicino of Misha Mendicino Designs, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work)

I have lived a lot of life!  I am originally from Santa Maria, California. When I was 17, I moved to Hawaii on a one-way ticket with no plans on coming back to the Mainland. I landed my dream job at Continental Airlines as a flight attendant and moved to New York-were I was based.

I loved to travel and see the world! The busy jet set lifestyle was perfect for me until I suffered a back injury which ended my career. I moved back to Hawaii to recover for about three years. I missed aviation so much during my ground time that I decided to go back to school.

I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here in Arizona and studied Aeronautical Science with emphasis on Technical Operations, received my BS degree in Aeronautical Science and also received my Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument ratings. Following that I worked for a while as a Commercial Pilot both cargo and passenger.

I loved the challenging course work but once on the line I needed a change. I got married, started my family but always wanted to start a clothing line. The idea and dream finally found its timing. I don’t have any formal design education, I was always altering something I had bought just to make it my own-but I had a dream and that was enough.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I get ideas from the most random places–sometimes it is an object, or a color, maybe a current trend that I want to alter. I pay a lot of attention to sleeves, all different kinds. I find that my “think tank time” is best in the late evenings.

Do you have any style icons?

Jackie Kennedy–she was always dressed like a proper lady. I loved the era of those times.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

I wouldn’t call it a secret; I like to wear a pop of color with the bra and let it peak out of the shirt.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Design what you love–it will show through. Find a niche and go for it.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

While I pay attention to trends, I don’t necessarily follow them. I do like the fall colors of wine and deep teal. If I like it, I will wear it.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Macy’s, Target and Daniella Jay Boutique, random online sites

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

No, I am an emotional shopper.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Buy your staple pieces, then you can buy trendy items to style around it.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

Yes, most recently a sweater coat and a soft Joie navy blue blazer that I cannot wait to wear!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Its almost like the best shopping experience ever–I love fabrics, colors and most of all prints!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I always have to have the side of the bed that is closest to the door.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

MEET THE DESIGNER: Lillienne Lang

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know

the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Lillienne Lang, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I am originally from Sonora Mexico.  My Mom taught me how to sew, and she being a school teacher taught me my education.  I have had random jobs in the past, worked as a Housekeeper, Chef, Nanny, Wedding planner, Bridal Designer, Decorator, and Stylist.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

Inspiration comes from Mother Nature, aviation, architecture, from the past 1940s/50s, and from imagining what our world will be like in 20 years from now. It’s a bit of the future with the past.

Do you have any style icons?

Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Monique Illuillier, Ralph Lauren, Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, JFK Jr. Jackie O. Audrey Tatou.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Develop a liking for timeless style. For lasting looks. And you will save on your wallet and never be out of style.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Stay true to who you are and what you want. Design wearable fashion. Be different. Unique. Fearless. Effective. And never ever, compromise on quality.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I follow trends to a certain point, though for me being a designer who is focused on a timeless sense of style that never changes really, to some point yes, but the fundamentals don’t change.  Trends come and go for the most part. I guess I could say it is a good day when I see timeless style all over front pages!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

My favorite places to shop would be exclusive boutiques and unique thrift shops along the way.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

I prefer timeless and quality versus trends. So whatever I purchase it will last through the ever changing trend cycle.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Shop with must have staples in mind. And buy timeless pieces that will last through evolving trends.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

Recently I just happened upon a beautiful pair of Ferragamo boots at a thrift shop for nine dollars! Originally around 1300 dollars! Yes, it was my favorite all-time purchase!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Being able to imagine and then sketching it up and watching it come to life on the runway and having others appreciate your work is truly a surreal moment for me. I would say sketching is my favorite part of the creation process.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I grew up with books instead of TV and I read for a pastime.  And as a devoted fan of Jane Austin, I relished every moment re reading her works again and again. I never tire of them.

A sweet memory and truly a great pleasure.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

MEET THE DESIGNER: Kismit

KismitEvery week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Delora Fuglem of Kismit, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I have been interested in fashion since the 7th grade, I studied fashion in high school and then graduated from FIDM with my Associates of the Arts in fashion design. During my years at FIDM I interned for a designer and then moved back to Arizona to create and establish my own brand in Phoenix.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I am inspired by minimalism, less is more and simple is sophisticated.

Do you have any style icons?

Blake Lively

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

For beginner designers, my tip would be to make sure you get involved with your local fashion community. Look for meet and greets, participate in competitions such as Phoenix Fashion Week or RAW: Natural Born Artists.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I am so excited for the shirt dress to come back!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Bebe and my guilty pleasure place to shop is hot topic.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

If I could personally afford to keep up with the trends, I definitely would.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

It is so rewarding and exciting to have an idea in your head, sketch it out and then be able to see it come to life. That is such a wonderful feeling!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I am obsessed with metalcore music (loud guitars, screaming and heavy drums)

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com