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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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GET THE LOOK: Flat Iron Waves

Want just from the beach waves, but all you have is a flat iron? Phoenix Fashion Week and TONI&GUY show you how to #GetTheLook and rock this laid back hair trend, that makes you look effortlessly glamorous with just a few steps.

Step 1: Prep your hair with TIGI Bed Head- Oh Bee Hive Matte Drying Shampoo, spraying it though your roots and the ends of your hair.
Step 2: Take a 1 inch section of your hair and bring the flat iron close to the roots. Your going to turn the flat iron half way and then pull it all the way down.
Step 3: *Insider Tip* Once the curl drops wrap it around your finger and hold it, which allows the hair to set and form the curl pattern.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 all over, until your head is full of curls.
Step 5: Take TIGI Bed Head- Head Rush Shine Adrenaline and spray it through your hair.
Step 6: After spraying, take your fingers and run your hands through the curls to give it a messy beach wave effect. Presto, beach waves with a flat iron!

Article and Video by Destanye Baldwin for Phoenix Fashion Week
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{VIDEO} GET THE LOOK: The Perfect Blowout

Take a break from rocking the messy bun or hats on bad hair days. Phoenix Fashion Week is showing you how to #GetTheLook and achieve the perfect blowout, with the help of the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2014: TONI&GUY. With fashion week rapidly approaching, this how to video provides style tips, that will take your hair from flat to fabulous and runway ready!
What You Need: 
  1. Round Brush
  2. Blow Dryer
  3. TIGI Catwalk -Your Highness Boost
  4. TIGI Bed Head- After Party Smoothing Cream
How to Get the Look: 
  1. Make sure your hair is 75% dry.
  2. Use the product, TIGI Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream, to rake it with a round brush.
  3. Section off your hair from front to back and start underneath.
  4. Take your round brush and place hair around it, using the blow dryer to add tension and heat, (you’re going to do this several times to the same strand of hair).
  5. Before releasing the strand, twist your wrist and then release, which helps give the ends a smoothness and curl.
  6. Do this repeatedly until your whole head is complete.
  7. Add TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Boost to your roots to give hair some lift.
  8. Tousle and go!

Article and Video by Destanye Baldwin for Phoenix Fashion Week

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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:

“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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Fashion Week Favorites: Best Dressed at 2014 Oscars

While the overcast, rainy weather threatened to put a damper on the celebrity arrivals at the 2014 Oscars last night, we were pleasantly surprised to see the clouds part for some seriously gorgeous red carpet fashions, along with memorable moments during the award show as well, brought to you by the genius host, Ellen DeGeneres…can we say “selfie”?

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Hello gorgeous! While Kate Hudson was one of the last to walk the red carpet at Oscars, she made her impact in a truly memorable way, wearing a bejeweled Atelier Versace gown and cape.

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12 Years of Slave Best Actress Winner Lupita Nyong’o earned her spot on the best dressed list once again, with a Nairobi blue custom Prada number inspired by champagne bubbles and matching headband.

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Adding a needed pop of color to the Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence looked red hot in Dior. Given her history of clumsiness, Lawrence admitted she even “did a stair test” in the gown before the event. (see her 2013 ‘best dressed’ look, also in Dior)

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Excuse us while we pick our jaws up off the floor. The ‘Blue Jasmine’ actress Cate Blanchett gave serious credibility to the evening’s ‘sparkly neutrals’ trend, in an Armani Prive floor-length gown.

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Making an appearance in our red carpet recap once again, Charlize Theron knows how to rock $15 million in Harry Winston jewels and a seriously deep v-neckline gown, this time in Dior. (see her 2013 ‘best dressed look’)

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Best Dressed Couple….goes to Brad Pitt in a dapper tux and Angelina Jolie dripping in shimmer in Elie Saab Haute Couture.

Best Moments:

If the stunning fashions weren’t enough to keep you entertained for hours, how about the hilarious monologue and moments by host Ellen DeGeneres!

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Pizza, anyone? Ellen surprised everyone by staying true to her word and delivering pizza straight to the celebrities in their seats. Brad Pitt helped hand out plates, while Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford enjoyed a slice (or two). We are guessing that pizza guy will be adding this to his resume.

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Let’s take a selfie. See, celebrities are just like us, even at the most glamorous awards show of the year. Ellen organized a quick selfie pic (it was Meryl’s first selfie!) to break a Twitter RT record and in the process, actually broke Twitter. The selfie became the most re-tweeted picture ever, hitting over 2 million retweets! Hats off to you Ellen, well deserved!

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#lupitaslipbalm: Ellen later returned to the A-list crowd to collect money for the pizza in what else, Pharrell’s hat. Best Actress winner Lupita dropped in her favorite lipbalm, which Ellen proceeded to put in her pocket, claiming it would be worth something. No surprise here, #lupitaslipbalm quickly became a popular trending topic on Twitter, even resulting in it’s own Twitter page. In case you were wondering, her lipbalm was Clarins, and it’s already close to sold out across the country.

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Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Images by Associated Press/EOnline

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Fashion Week Favorites: #ProjectBeauty at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale

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Give a girl the right heels beauty samples, and she can rule the world. No doubt local beauty lovers felt the same way at this past Wednesday’s ‘Project Beauty’ event hosted at the always fabulous Neiman Marcus Scottsdale. While guests sipped on pink spirits and nibbled on delicate lip and nail polish-shaped sweet treats, Neiman Marcus beauty specialists presented their favorite beauty products to stock up on for 2014! What’s more, male models from The Agency Arizona floated down the runway, with trays of each beauty product for guests to take home and test out!

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Among the extensive list of spring must-haves, here were some of our favorites:

JO MALONE LONDON – Blackberry and Bay: The blackberry-infused scent in particular is bound to induce the always lovely reaction: “you smell amazing, what are you wearing?”

AMORE PACIFIC – Enzyme Peel: Having first tried this product a few years ago, it made me remember how amazing it really is. Made with green tea extract and bamboo, it comes as a powder that foams up with water and exfoliates….and it’s perfect for sensitive skin!

KATE SOMERVILLE – Exfolikate: Speaking of exfoliating…if you are looking for that “red carpet ready” glow, try this product by skincare guru Kate Somerville. Rumor has it, if your favorite celebrity has amazing skin on the red carpet, they’ve received a facial from Kate herself. Need we say more?

CHANTECAILLE – Neck Cream: Living in the Arizona desert, it’s important to remember to take care of our neck and decollete area. In fact, this area of your body shows age the fastest. Invest in a quality neck cream like Chantecaille to moisturize and repair.

BOBBI BROWN – Shimmer Brick: This product has become a staple in my daily makeup routine. It not only comes in a variety of shades sure to give you that coveted St. Tropez glow, the product also multi-tasks as an eye-shadow, highlighter and bronzer! (“Bronze” is my favorite)

What new beauty products have you just discovered and can’t get enough of? Share in the comments below!

Article and Images by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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NEWS: Ken Downing Holiday Collection at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale


The holidays are finally upon us here in Arizona and that means fall weather (in the 70’s!) and shopping for your holiday wish list. This year, Neiman Marcus’ Fashion Director, Ken Downing, has curated an exclusive gift collection of 37 gifts ranging in price from $32 – $1,800. Ten percent of the sales of each of these gifts will benefit a local charity supporting arts experiences for youth. Neiman Marcus Scottsdale has selected the Phoenix Art Museum’s “PhxArtKids” program. The collection will be available November 20 through December 24.

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Designers include: Chanel, Maison Francis Kurkdijan (a perfumer based in Paris that is the unknown, until now, genius behind 40+popular perfumes) , Nest, Tom Ford Beauty (check out the Tom Ford Beauty Shop! It’s the only one in the state), John Hardy, Ippolita, Alexis Bittar, Michael Kors, Eddie Borgo, Jonathan Adler (the quote pillows are a great option), William Yeoward, Monica Rich Kosann, Mrs. John L. Strong, John Derian, Alexander Wang, Moncler, Charlotte Olympia, Alexander McQueen (featuring signature studded skull clutch), Tory Burch and Stella McCartney.

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Neiman Marcus Scottsdale celebrated the launch of the collection this past Wednesday, November 20, at 11 a.m., with a preview. The collection’s presentation in the store mirrored Downing’s impeccable visual merchandising background, with treats for the eyes (gift ideas are endless!), ears (carolers sang Christmas carols throughout the store) and stomach (peppermint hot chocolate was a sweet addition). Much thanks to Lisa Pagel, Katherine Thornhill and the Neiman Marcus team for the invite and exclusive #chicpeek!

Article and Images by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Content provided by Neiman Marcus

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Currently Loving: Carey Mulligan x Harper’s Bazaar UK


{CURRENTLY LOVING} Carey Mulligan’s flawless etheral beauty look on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK June 2013 issue. Hair by Jenny Cho. Makeup by Georgie Eisdell.

Want to recreate this look? Start with a dewy complexion and dab a rosy multi-tasking tint (Benefit has a great option) on your cheeks, lips and eyes. Finish off with a light coat of mascara and twist your hair into a loose chignon, leaving out a few face-framing pieces to complete the look. It’s all about minimal, natural beauty here.

Are you loving it too? Leave a COMMENT and let us know what you think!

Fashion Week Favorites: Top 8 April Fashion Events

Spring has sprung and so has your social calendar, thanks to this month’s edition of our ‘Fashion Week Favorites’, listing off the top fashion events to attend in April.

Gallery Talk: Digital Print Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum – Wednesday, April 3rd, 7pm

Curator Dennita Sewell explores how technological advances in graphics software, photography and ink-jet printing have expanded the range of possible image sources, the potential for image manipulation, and the rapid production of intricate patterns in limitless colors.

IMAGE: Alexander McQueen, Dress, spring 2010. Printed. Lent by Suzy Kellims Dominick.

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Fashion Journalism Lecture at Phoenix Art Museum – Thursday, April 17th, 7pm

Christina Binkley, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, discusses her recent article on digital prints in fashion and other technologies that impact the fashion world.

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Green Street Realty Presents: Spring/Summer Fashion Show + Celebration – Thursday, April 18th, 6pm

Partnering with Phoenix Fashion Week for the 2nd year in a row, join Green Street Realty for another rooftop fashion show event featuring top local designers, sips and lite bites, along with a live silent auction to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

Details + tickets here:


The Shine Project Beauty Bar Event at The Fashion Hub  – Saturday, April 20th, 6-9pm

This event is a beauty bar hop located at Phoenix Fashion Week’s newest office location, The Fashion Hub. Come with your friends and join other women in the valley to get your nails, hair, eyebrows and make up done, with all proceeds going to our charity, The Shine Project! In addition to being pampered, there will also be a raffle, silent auction, live entertainment, light food, and drinks!
Details + tickets here:

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Latino Live at Wild Horse Pass Hotel + Casino – Saturday, April 20th, 7pm

Latino Fashion Live is a two hour fashion extravaganza featuring fashion shows, musical entertainment and dancing. Fashion shows displaying fashions meticulously crafted by top designers including Phoenix Fashion Week’s own Established Designer Silvia Bours, will feature top Latina models in a high energy display.

Details + tickets here:


Spring Swap Phoenix Presented by CO-OPhx  – Sunday, April 21st, 11am-4pm

CO-OPhx presents the Spring Swap PHX, a clothing swap, clothing drive and community shopping occasion for ladies and gents. Hosted by 3 neighboring vintage shops on 6th Street and Garfield (GROWop, cellardoor vintage and Annie Boomer’s Vintage) this is a great swap-ortunity to meet new friends and find new-to-you items.

Tickets include tasty sweets, savory treats and spring time drinks. Please see full schedule for included style tutorial times and topics as well as DIY booths and live music!

Details + swap tickets here:


Vintage Market at Westworld  – Saturday, April 27th, 8am – 3pm

With a commitment to unique and creative local Arizona vendors, attendees are sure to find something they love. From all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, handmade jewelry, or one of hundreds of other amazing treasures for your home or garden. You can also look forward to fabulous giveaways, vintage photo opportunities and infinite amounts of design inspiration!

A portion of all ticket sales will help support the Paradise Valley/North Scottsdale Young Life chapter.

Details + tickets here:


2nd Annual Arizona Blogger Conference Hosted by the Phoenix Style Collective – Saturday, April 27th, 5pm

Blogging enthusiasts from all over the state will get out from behind their computer screen and come together for an evening of fun with other blog chatting, instagraming, outfit posing, ladies and gentleman! Year two of this fantastic event will take place at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, starting at 5 p.m. There will be a mini pop up shop marketplace, delicious bites to nosh while you network, mix and mingle with other blog lovers. And of course, there will be those famous goodie bags!

This year’s speakers will include Jessie of Style and Pepper, Danielle of Sometimes Sweet, Sarah of Emma Magazine, and Sara of Frances Vintage.

More details + tickets here:


*Which April event are you most looking forward to? Share with us in the comments below! 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Focal Point Salon Presents…MIM Rocks Fashion

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There are many important components that go into styling a fashion show. From the hair and makeup to accessories and the clothing itself. For MIM Rocks Fashion every year, top stylists are given a platform to show their creativity and styling talent to the fashion community in high-energy, focused fashion shows featuring looks by local designers and boutiques. Phoenix Fashion Week is thrilled to announce our MIM Rocks Fashion Title Sponsor for 2013, Focal Point Salon.

Focal Point Salon was born June 30, 2009 with a vision of a relaxing, colorful, and pampering atmosphere with a focus on guest satisfaction, catering to men and women alike. Their services include hair, makeup, and facial waxing. “Our Lather Lounge is our shampoo area separated from the salon by a waterwall. The room has four massaging shampoo chairs, dimmed lighting, soft music, and each guest is offered a hand and arm massage along with their scalp massage. After a long day at the office, the Lather Lounge experience is sure to put the mind at ease and relieve stress,” said Focal Point Salon Owner Lauren Naylor.

As a consistently recognizable name at fashion week events since last year’s Emerging Designer Announcement, Focal Point Salon is working behind the scenes with each of the five stylists leading up to and during the event to ensure their vision comes to life on the runway, from the perfect pop of lip color to a complex side braid, expect to see lots of fashion forward looks on the runway this Friday. “The Emerging Designer Announcement last June was an exciting event to be involved in. MIM Rocks Fashion is a larger show with many more models and looks. For us, it’s an amazing experience to be involved in and any fashion events possible…Not only for the experience but from a networking standpoint as well. It’s great to see the talented designers bring forward their new looks and for us to play a part in the completed look,” Naylor said.

For MIM Rocks Fashion, Focal Point Salon will collaborate with our top stylists to convey the exact look and feel they are envisioning for each of their fourteen runway looks. “We always come to an event prepared by putting together a book of current looks for the season. This way the designer can give us ideas of what they are looking for. The stylists come with an open mind and several accessories, pins, products and tools to be able to create the desired style. Same thing with makeup…whether a bold or natural look, we have many options available. Basically, we come ready for anything!”

“2013 will be a great year and we are thrilled to be a part of MIM Rocks Fashion and other upcoming events with Brian Hill and Phoenix Fashion Week!”

SPECIAL OFFERS: Visit to take advantage of their exclusive specials and promotions, updated regularly that you can click and print to redeem in-store. For first time guests, current offers include $10 off haircut and style, $35 shampoo and blowdry, and$35 Awapuhi Keratriplex Treatment. Right now, their biggest deal for all guests is their Dream Catchers Hair Extensions promotion for $999 – includes hair and labor (a $1499 value).

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there are still standing room passes available at:

Article by Lauren Pfingstag, Images Courtesy of Focal Point Salon
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