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A Fashionable Year in Review


As 2014 draws near, we would like to take this time to reflect on another successful year of pushing Arizona fashion forward. Cheers to the New Year and enjoy as we recap our Top 12 favorite moments of Phoenix Fashion Week:

Phoenix Fashion Week Signs No7 Cosmetics and Skincare

Britain’s #1 Beauty Brand, No7, joins Phoenix Fashion Week 2013 as the Official Skincare Brand.

TONI&GUY Signed as Official Hair

Internationally acclaimed TONI&GUY styled the hair and makeup as the Official Hair Partner of PHXFW 2013.    

Emerging Designer Announcement

Following our 8-city tour of the U.S., PHXFW revealed our 12 Emerging Designers competing for the title of ‘Designer of the Year’ at TONI&GUY Academy.

Shop Garment District Fashion Show

On August 9th, 400 fashionistas gathered at Studio 3D to shop PHXFW’s 12 Emerging Designers and take in a fashion show featuring our No7 ‘Model of the Year’ Top 40.

LAUNCH Photoshoot at Pinnacle Aviation

PHXFW’s Top 40 models embodied a jet-set lifestyle with special guest Yasmeen for the LAUNCH Photoshoot inside Pinnacle Aviation’s airplane hanger.

Scottsdale Polo Championships Sunset Fashion Show

Phoenix Fashion Week was an official partner of the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses + Horsepower, on Friday, November 1st, with a 6:00 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show.

Humanity – Fashionably Pink

pink collage

PHXFW kicked off with Fashionably Pink on October 1st to a sold out crowd at Domus PHX, with proceeds benefiting local charity ‘Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!’

Little Black Dress Challenge Winner Announced

After state-wide submissions, PHXFW chose the top (4) finalists, who produced their winning sketches and displayed them live at fashion week. The Little Black Dress Challenge winner was Sheri Loraine, presented by Little Black Dress Wines!

Education – Inspire Fashion Design Contest

Along with receiving a $1,000 fashion scholarship, Inspire Fashion T-Shirt Design Contest winner and Collins College student Emery Guzman’s sketch was produced and sold at PHXFW. Contest presented by Cabana modern apartment homes.

No7 ‘Model of the Year’ Winners Announced

No7 announced PHXFW Top 40 models Madison and Denis as the 2013 male and female ‘Model of the Year’ Winners, who each received a contract with The Agency Arizona!

‘Emerging Designer of the Year’ Announced

Las Vegas based luxury line Dolcessa Swimwear was named PHXFW’s 2013 ‘Emerging Designer of the Year’ following a close competition in our Emerging Designer Bootcamp.

Phoenix Fashion Week – Bridging Designers & Buyers

PHXFW at Talking Stick Resort began on October 3rd with Fashion by Robert Black (left), who brought 1950’s – 1980’s Arizona fashion history. Project Runway Season 12 designer Bradon McDonald (center) produced a fan-favorite collection, and powerhouse Filipino designer Rocky Gathercole (right) closed the week in style on Oct 5th.

  Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Valley Blogger Shines as a Bright Opportunity for At-Risk Youth

shine projectMeet Ashley LeMieux, a 26 year old local entrepreneur living in Phoenix. After teaching at an inner city high school as an internship, she knew she needed to do something for the at-risk youth that she grew to love so much. Ashley started a non profit organization, The Shine Scholarship Project, which raises money to send at risk youth to their first year of college. 8 months ago, she knew she needed to still do more, so she launched a for-profit business called Threads by The Shine Project. This business employs the kids to make fashionable and trendy bracelets so they can pay their way through college and learn important business skills to be successful in life. They have changed Ashley’s life in every way. Inspired yet? Thought so.

In fact, after meeting her for the first time, Phoenix Fashion Week was seriously inspired by this young blogger/entrepreneur and knew we had to be involved. One of Phoenix Fashion Week’s main pillars is Humanity, and we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Ashley and The Shine Scholarship Project to host her upcoming Beauty Bar Charity Event, along with various blogging and social media classes within her Seminar Series at The Fashion Hub!

I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Ashley via email to learn more about her style, blog and exciting ways you can see The Shine Project in action!

What is the main takeaway/message from a first-time visitor of your blog?
“My blog,, is written to inspire people to go after their goals. I cover everything from inspirational stories to fashion to hair DIYs. I feel that it is so important that people build their confidence and know that they are amazing and have so much potential within them. If they can catch a little glimpse of their worth while visiting my blog, then I have done my job.”

How have your past experiences inspired you to give back your time to others and brought about your passion for supporting youth and speaking to your peers?
“I have always had a passion for helping other people. I truly believe that I was created for that purpose. At the age of 21 I went on an 18 month mission for my church. For a year and a half all I did was serve others, and I had never felt so happy in my whole life. When I got home I knew that I had to do something that would allow me to help others, because I am so passionate about it. Youth have a special place in my heart because they are looking for mentors, and I see how much goodness they can accomplish in their lives if they just have a little guidance.”

Who inspires you?
“My mom and sister are my biggest inspirations. They are the most giving people I know.”

With having accomplished so much at a young age, how do you think others your age or younger can make a difference in their own community?
“I think one of the biggest misconceptions about making a difference is that you have to go out and do this huge, big thing in order for it to matter. That’s so far from the truth. It’s doing the little things, every day, that bring about change. It’s going out of your way to be kind and creating joy in the hearts of those that you come in contact with that makes the biggest difference. As part of our non-profit, we take the youth we work with on service projects every month so they can see the positive contributions they can have on the community around them. It changes them.”

You hosted an almost pop-up shop of sorts at our MIM event, why did you feel this event was the perfect beauty barfit for your sister brand, THREADS?
“Threads fit perfectly with the MIM event because of the style and cause behind them. The attendees loved Threads, and we’re so excited to be able to reach them with our message.”

Describe your style.
“I dress really girlie. I wouldn’t say I have a set style, but I love mixing and matching patterns that make a statement.”

Three things you can’t live without? 
“God, my family, and sushi ;)”

Currently in your purse? 
“A bunch of receipts that I need to organize, my wallet, pink lipstick, business cards, bracelets, and plane tickets.”

Tell us about your upcoming Beauty Bar event, how will this directly benefit your youth scholarship program?
“Our 2013 charity benefit is taking place at The Fashion Hub on April 20th. It’s a girl’s night out where women will pay only $60 to come get their hair, nails, brows, and makeup done all in the name of charity! 100% of the proceeds will go to 2013 college scholarships. We’re so excited to host the event at Phoenix Fashion Week’s new hub, and it’s going to be such a fun night. We’re encouraging people to buy a ticket to donate to one of our students if they are unable to attend. More information and to purchase tickets can be found at”

What’s next for you? 
“We’re really taking Threads to the next level this year by traveling around the country to sell at different shows and spread our message. I also am teaching blogging classes at The Fashion Hub starting April 27th. The classes will help business owners and bloggers who want to grow their brand through blogging. Blogging and creating a social media community is the biggest reason we’ve been able to grow so quickly, and I’m excited about sharing what I know with other people. We only have a couple of spots left for the classes, so if you’re interested email me at for more details.”

*We love our readers! Comment below with why you feel you could benefit from Ashley’s upcoming seminar series and we will choose a random reader to WIN A SEAT IN ONE OF SHINE PROJECT’S CLASSES! 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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VIDEO: PHXFW TV ‘On the Red Carpet at JDRF’s Promise Ball

For the first time, join PHXFW TV ‘On the Red Carpet,’ a new segment in our popular video series. We are live at JDRF‘s The Promise Ball at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Watch us on the red carpet, snagging interviews with stylish guests, American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox and more!

Dubai’s Furne One Takes Phoenix Fashion to A New Level of Hauteness

Furne One_web

For attendees lucky enough to score a seat to the breathtaking Furne One finale fashion show on Saturday, October 6th, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, to take in an event that pushed the boundaries of not only Phoenix Fashion Week, but Southwest fashion in general. Having built showstopping collections and shown at numerous international fashion weeks, the Furne One x Phoenix Fashion Week show featured a 31-piece ‘Best of” Collection, with pieces worn by celebrities like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Heidi Klum. These ‘best of’ designs “consists of celebrity iconic pieces, as well as favorites from each past collection that are also favorites among published editorials and press,” Furne said

“In wanting to take Phoenix Fashion Week to the next level, we sought out a designer that was already there. Furne One is the real deal.  I am still amazed at the quality, production, and vision of this true artist,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.


Left to right: Brittany Brown, Raina Hein

If these jaw-dropping garments weren’t enough runway drama, America’s Next Top Model Cycle 19 finalist Brittany Brown (and former PHXFW Emerging Model) fiercely worked the runway in a sea foam jeweled gown, while ANTM Cycle 14-runner up Raina Hein (aka wolf eyes) sparkled from head to toe, closing the show in Furne’s bedazzled finale look, covered in thousands of multi-colored Swarovski crystals.

Raina also worked her signature smizing look during the pinked out Fashionably Pink show, where she floated down the runway in a custom-made pink chiffon gown with crystal-encrusted sweetheart bustier. This amazing gown was created specifically for the event in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Mikel Florman Photography


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Fashionably Pink to Feature Exciting Additions in 2012

Left to right: 104.7’s Kyle Unfug, Mexico’s Top Model Jo Lance and GoDaddy girl Leeann Dearing

The Fashionably Pink Celebrity Show benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Phoenix kicks off Phoenix Fashion Week for the fourth consecutive year on Wednesday, October 3rd. To emphasize the importance of this show, Phoenix Fashion Week has added another day to their calendar, with the show taking place at the Musical Instrument Museum, and the three days following will be hosted at Talking Stick Resort. “This is the fourth year we are raising much needed awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen. “I am very proud of the work Phoenix Fashion Week is doing for the breast cancer survivors in making them the stars of the runway,” Executive Director Brian Hill said.

For the first time ever, Phoenix Fashion Week is thrilled to welcome Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, as the evening’s honored guest!  The night’s supporting sponsors also include Bank of America, Mastercard, MIM and Mayo Clinic.“Mayo Clinic in Arizona’s Cancer Center team is comprised of nearly 200 specialized physicians and scientists dedicated to guiding those with  breast cancer through their journey through expert care, state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge clinical trials.Mayo Clinic’s mission also includes education. It’s important to our team to be out in our local communities supporting events aimed at helping men and women learn about breast cancer awareness,” says Donald Northfelt, M.D., Associate Medical Director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic. 

104.7’s JohnJay Van Es

Bank of America is another returning sponsor this year and is thrilled to continue their support of breast cancer awareness and Fashionably Pink. “Breast cancer has touched all of us in some way – family members, co-workers, and friends – and Bank of America is proud to be able to help promote the Susan G. Komen® cause through the availability of Pink Ribbon Banking products,”said Harlan Clark, a Bank of America Senior Vice President for the Susan G. Komen Partnership.  “In addition to our product suite, we are pleased to serve as a Race for the CureSurvivor Program Co-Sponsor and the Presenting Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen 3Day Series.  The Phoenix Fashion Week’s Fashionably Pink event creates an avenue for us to extend our reach and bring awareness of the partnership to a new audience and we are extremely proud to be associated with the event”.

The evening will begin with a glamorous cocktail party at 7pm, featuring a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities, mingling with local tastemakers, live music and a charitable silent auction featuring fabulous vacations to New York City, the Grammys and more, all provided by Charity Fundraising Packages.

FOX 10 morning host Kristin Anderson

The “Pinked Out” fashion show will begin at 8pm, where an amazing lineup of celebrities, including 104.7 radio hosts JohnJay and Rich and Kyle, America’s Next Top Model Brittany Brown, and survivors alike will grace the runway in their pink-inspired ensembles, created by many of Phoenix Fashion Week’s emerging and established designers. “People think life on the runway is easy. I’m here to tell you, it’s not easy! Being a fashion icon is tough, but I do it! The cause is why I do it…I look good in pink, for the people!” said JohnJay Van Es. Being a Fashionably Pink veteran, 104.7’s Kyle Unfug looks forward to working her runway walk every year. “I was so honored to be a part of such a positive event for such an incredible cause that affects women everywhere.”

We are also excited to welcome back Fox 10 morning host Kristin Anderson, who had some serious runway moves last year for Fashionably Pink, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do this year! “The ‘Fashionably Pink’ show is the event I wait for every year… I am hardly a model, but I LOVE walking in the show because the energy is off the charts! The survivors who strut the runway are so inspiring – every year it gets better and better. I’m honored to walk beside them, and I wouldn’t miss this show!”

Phoenix Fashion Week works hard year after year to help our local breast cancer

22-year survivor Sharon Carlson

survivors to feel like true heroes of the runway. Pamela McCall of Mayo Clinic is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the show again this year and offers up some words of wisdom for other surivors. “As far as we know, you are the only one you ever made or that will ever be made, the only you who will pass this way in the Universe. So live life, love God, and do you! Be happy!” Another of our Fashionably Pink veteran favorites is 22-year breast cancer survivor Sharon Carlson. “By putting on this event, Fashionably Pink is showing everyone how important breast cancer awareness is to the fashion community. By raising funds for research and prevention, they are helping to find an end to breast cancer and to give woman all over the state a chance to live.”

Perhaps one of the most anticipated looks of the evening is a show stopping pink gown that will close the show by one of the most exciting designers on the global fashion stage, Dubai-based Furne One, whose creations have been seen on Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez.

The evening’s glamorous after party will commence immediately following the fashion show.

Don’t miss out on the chicest PINK’D OUT party of the year! To purchase your tickets before we SELL OUT, visit our Eventbrite page!

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Local Real Estate Company to Host Charitable Fashion Event

With one of Phoenix Fashion Week’s main pillars being humanity, it’s no surprise that charitable causes are especially close to our hearts and overall mission. We have supported numerous local charities and organizations, most recently at the Luxor Auto Group fashion show, benefiting Angels for Kids of the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale. We are thrilled to be partnering on another charitable fashion event this Thursday, hosted by successful local real estate brokerage and investment company, Green Street Realty,LLC.

According to Green Street Realty’s Human Resources Manager, Scott Mertens, “Green Street Realty throws quarterly customer appreciation/charity events along with conducting weekly and monthly training for their staff.  The company has always been very charitable, and it is a party of their mission, vision and values to give back to their community.”

Beginning at 6pm, the evening will be held at Green Street Realty’s beautiful Phoenix office, with a 4th floor patio overlooking downtown and the Biltmore area boasting amazing sunset and mountain views. Filled with networking and delicious drinks and appetizers, this event will also feature a 7:30pm fashion show produced by PHXFW, with  the best spring/summer looks from five talented local designers. “Phoenix Fashion Week is excited to work with a great partner like Green Street Realty that really support fashion and charity.  In working with Scott from day one, it was about collaborating on a chic fashion event that would give back to our community.  By working with local designers and boutiques, we are able to activate our core mission of ‘Bridging Designers & Buyers,” PHXFW Executive Director Brian Hill said.

Alma Primero at MIM Rocks Fashion

Guests should expect an array of colors, trends and beautiful fashions, with womenswear pieces coming from Ruby Boutique, Mabella Chic, Amelia Walsh and Alma Primero, as well as Biltmore boutique, Bounty Hunter, will show their best menswear looks. “PHXFW is a very well known brand in the community and with our decision to plan a fashion show, PHXFW seemed like the best possible option to help plan the event,” Mertens said.

Guests should also expect complimentary swag bags filled with goodies from the evening’s sponsors, as well as opportunities to bid on over thirty amazing silent auction items, including spa gift baskets, a PHXFW VIP Package and even a glamorous designer gown by Alma Primero!

As we mentioned, Green Street Realty is focused on supporting their choice charities with as many profits as possible. This is why 100% of ticket sales and silent auction item profits will be donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Homes for Our Troops, which helps disabled veterans obtain affordable housing.

Event sponsors will include Fidelity Title, Fidelity Home Warranty, Knipp Construction and Desert Foothills Exterminating.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their eventbrite page!

Post a comment with your favorite local designer and you could win a PHXFW t-shirt!

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Luxor to Celebrate 20th Anniversary in True Miami Fashion

Local luxury dealer, Luxor Auto Group of Scottsdale, first started in 1992 by brothers Hamid and Sy Salari, will be hitting a major milestone this weekend and lucky for you, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a glamorous red carpet event. “Exotic cars and fashion go hand-in-hand. We dress up our cars like fashionistas do with their outfits,” Salari said. Complete with all white decor, cabanas, a fashion show, and even a hookah lounge, you won’t need to travel to Miami for a South Beach destination spot. Enjoy complimentary skewers and sushi and sip on artisanal cocktails while taking in a performance by Myryka, live entertainment by musical sensations Notes from Neptune and spins from local favorite DJ Soulman and DJ Mikyl. A chic afterparty will directly follow at the W Scottsdale.

Phoenix Fashion Week is thrilled to be producing the fashion show for Saturday’s event, complete with feminine looks by Carolina Herrera and menswear by local boutique Bounty Hunter. “Phoenix Fashion Week was invited by Luxor Auto Group to celebrate their 20th anniversary by adding a credible fashion element.  The owner, Sy, has amazing taste and his expectations are as high as the Ferraris, and Lamborghinis that his dealership touts, and that is the kind of partner that we are honored to work with.  This will be an exciting event with lots of activities and not to be missed,” said PHXFW Executive Director Brian Hill.

Of course, the PHXFW Style Team will be heading up the fashion preparation and implementation for this event. “In support of our charity efforts, we are very excited to be a part of this amazing event.  We will be producing a show featuring fashions from an amazing designer and great local boutique  Charity, exotic cars, chic, elegant fashion, this will be a night to remember!” said Style Director Justin Lee. 

As Justin said, PHXFW is very supportive of local fashion events, especially if they have a charitable nature. It’s amazing to know that family owned Luxor Auto Group will be generously donating any and all proceeds from the evening to the Angels for Kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Along with ticket and cabana sales, another way they are helping to raise as much money as possible is through a silent auction, which will feature one-of-a-kind sports and celebrity memorabilia, along with an exotic car rental and weekend getaway. In fact, the grand prize is a completely customized Maserati (priced at $70,000) giveaway! “Plain and simple: our kids are the future, so it’s very important to have a support system in place to ensure that our youth has a great future,” Salari said.

With general admission tickets starting at $25 (includes entry, 2 drink tickets, and 1 raffle ticket), it’s a great way to affordably spend a glamorous weekend!

Tickets are available through personal invitation or for purchase to the general public through their website. For more information, visit the event FB page!

By the way, Carolina Herrera will be hosting an uber chic evening at their Scottsdale Fashion Square boutique next Tuesday, with all the looks from Saturday’s Luxor fashion show at 10% off! To RSVP, see the flyer below!

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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