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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.



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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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, No7, TONI&GUY Hairdressing, Studio 3D, UBER, and Luncha Libre.

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Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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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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VIDEO: No7 Model Makeovers at TONI&GUY

After our Model Search in June, our Top 40 Fresh Faced models will go through a series of challenges as a part of our No7 Model of the Year Competition. They were completely made over, receiving dramatic new looks from the top stylists in the valley at internationally-recognized TONI&GUY Academy in Scottsdale, the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2013, right before their first challenge, Headshot!

Watch our Top 40 take the runway for Challenge #2 at Shop Garment District August 9th!

Video: Kevin Taylor Films

VIDEO: Model Announcement Sneak Peek

PHXFW TV’s Fashion Host Brittany Brannon is live at our No7 Model Makeovers at TONI&GUY in Scottsdale, the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2013! Watch for a sneak peek into our Top 40 models’ new looks, which they will be debuting for the first time at our Official Model Announcement Party July 11th at Mint.

Who will be named our ‘Model of the Year’ 2013 and be signed to The Agency Arizona?Follow along with our Top 40 Models and their journey to fashion week in October on FacebookTwitter and Instagram: @phxfashionweek.

Supermodel Christy Turlington Featured in Jason Wu ’13 Campaign

jasonChristy Turlington has a full fashion plate, overflowing in fact. The 44-year old timeless beauty was recently selected as the new face of Calvin Klein underwear, and is one of a few iconic supermodels featured in Prada’s newest campaign. On top of all that, a just revealed sneak peek at Jason Wu’s fall ’13 campaign in WWD features the gorgeous Turlington front and center. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and art directed by Patrick Li.

The pair traveled to uptown NYC to popular celeb magnet MR CHOW — a Chinese restaurant described by designer Givenchy as a “precious jewel box” — to shoot a high fashion series of photographs for his newest campaign. What’s more, the pair apparently hit it off, with Wu describing Turlington as bringing “such inimitable charisma and chic to the image.” Set to launch in the fall, these delectable images are sure to set the fashion mags ablaze.

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Images Courtesy of WWD

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INSPIRED: Spanish Artist Creates Fashion Photos Influenced by Picasso


I came upon a blog article recently and was instantly inspired by these creative shots. There’s no doubt that fashion and art have nearly identical DNA, but it’s always refreshing when the two mix. Spanish artist Eugenio Recuenco created this genius fashion photography series inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso. Recuenco is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to art, with his work including photography, fine art, film, and even opera. Visit his site, and you will instantly fall in love too.

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Article by Lauren Pfingstag, Images Courtesy of Feature Shoot

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