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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

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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

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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Photos by: Dan Tabar Photography, Desert Rose Images, Steve Yap Photography and Almanza Photography

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PHOTOS: Shop Garment District at Hotel Valley Ho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

EVENT RECAP: SHOP GARMENT DISTRICT EMERGING DESIGNER FASHION SHOW

400+ fashionistas flocked to the Hotel Valley Ho as Phoenix Fashion Week’s 13 Emerging Designers previewed fall runway collections, featuring a fashion show with the Model of the Year Top 40
 
SCOTTSDALE, AZ  –  Phoenix Fashion Week hosted their annual ‘Shop Garment District’ event on Friday, August 8th at the stylish Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. This event previewed new looks from the fall 2014 Emerging Designer line-up in a high-energy runway show, along with a trunk sale by this year’s emerging and accessory designers where guests shopped the designers right from the runway, while enjoying bubbles, bites and sounds by DJ Q. Guests also received complimentary makeup touchups and Boots No7 Foundation Match Made Service at the Boots beauty bar.
Guests shopped fashions right from the runway inside Shop Garment District.
 
 

 

 

COMING UP: Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort – October 1-4, 2014
Save $ Until August 15th (Use code ‘Garment’)

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ABOUT PHOENIX FASHION WEEK 
Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and top 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, visit:www.phoenixfashionweek.com

Boots and Walgreens Set to Sponsor Top 42 Model Announcement Party

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Boots and Walgreens are proud to sponsor this year’s Phoenix Fashion Week Top 42 Model Announcement Party. Boots, a well-known UK beauty brand, recently launched its No7 Foundation Match Made Service in limited Phoenix-area Walgreens stores. The Match Made service matches women to their perfect foundation shade in just a few minutes with the help of a Beauty Expert. Match Made removes the guesswork in finding both the right shade and right foundation formula – it is foundation matching in its simplest form.

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Boots Beauty Experts will be onsite at International during our Top 42 Model Announcement Party, providing complimentary makeup touchups and helping guests find their perfect foundation match with Match Made Service. Guests will go home with their perfect shade of foundation, compliments of Boots and Walgreens.

For tickets: www.modelannoucenmentparty.eventbrite.com

“GET THE LOOK” GIVEAWAY: Post a comment below with Boots beauty product for a chance to win a ticket for you and guest into our Model Announcement Party July 10th, where you and your guest will receive complimentary No7 Foundation Match Made Service with Boots Beauty Advisors and your own beauty gift bags filled with goodies! 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Images Provided by Boots/Walgreens

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Studio 3D to Serve as Chic Backdrop for ‘Shop Garment District’

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Studio 3D is a name around town that is synonymous with style, sophistication and technology. Following a successful Industry Mixer event last year, this local photography studio and event space has jumped back on board with Phoenix Fashion Week again this year to host our annual ‘Shop Garment District’ event and Emerging Designer Fashion Show! “Our studio is set up as a multipurpose facility to cater to many different uses. An event like Shop Garment District allows us to showcase everything we have to offer. From having the models hair and make up done in our salon, to the chef preparing food in our full state of the art kitchen, utilizing our bars and sponsors, to using our cyclorama (CYC) wall as the setting for the fashion show, it will allow people to see our full potential as a space,” said Studio Manager Nate Gossage.

Taking place on Friday, August 9th, 7pm at the stylish Studio 3D in Phoenix, this event previews new looks from the fall 2013 Emerging Designer line-up in a high-energy runway show, along with a trunk sale by this year’s emerging and accessory designers where guests can shop the designers direct and enjoy lite bites prepared live by Chef Tim Cobb of Luncha Libre.

“There is always some element of fashion and style that goes into what we do…we designed our space in a way that would be functional and appealing to that audience. From our layout to the color scheme, we hope that people get a modern yet classy feel when in attendance, making us a great space to host an event for other artistic creative minded people, ” said Gossage.

After receiving rave reviews of the 2013 Emerging Designers to show at fashion week in the fall, this event promises an exciting sneak peek into more of these designers’ collections before they are debuted at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, October 1-5, 2013. In conjunction with No7’s ‘Model of the Year’ Contest, Shop Garment District will also serve as the Official Runway Challenge for these Top 40 male and female models, with styling provided by TONI&GUY Academy, the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2013.

“This fashion event has top models, apparel and accessory designers all under one roof and it’s amazing to be able to shop these looks seen on the runway well before their debut at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort in October!” said Brian Hill, PHXFW Executive Director. Shop Garment District is supported by Zappos.com, No7, TONI&GUY Hairdressing, Studio 3D, UBER, and Luncha Libre.

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For more details about Shop Garment District, visit Eventbrite: http://shopgarmentdistrict13.eventbrite.com/

For more information about Studio 3D, visit: http://studio3dphotography.com/

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com

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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