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Make it Happen: From the Director

Greetings fashionistas, as you all probably know, one of my favorite parts of Phoenix Fashion Week is our focus on education.  Attending fashionable workshops, sitting in on fashion expert seminars, and doing a lot of research on the business of fashion is how we built Phoenix Fashion Week.  So, whenever I have the chance, I like to give back some of that knowledge to the next generation of fashion students.

This past Monday Liz Riley (our Director of Education) and I visited a fashion class at Phoenix College.  There were 50 or so fashion students in the class that thought they were about to take a test … let’s just say the students were happy to, instead, split up into two teams and challenged to build a successful brand of apparel from scratch.  The only rule was: “make it happen.”

The result of our little brand challenge was mind opening and inspiring.  Below is an e-mail from one of the students that participated in the brand challenge.

“Brian,  you are an incredible speaker and I wanted to thank you so very much for speaking to our class. It absolutely reached me. I have a masters degree in another field, to which I work full time, in addition to having two toddler-aged children. What I often don’t have, is time.

This is often why I used to put off what I really wanted to do. I have a strong desire to be a fashion stylist/designer and hearing your attitude about “make it happen” was exactly what I needed. I have the education and am continuing to further that in this specific field. I have the business sense and the right attitude, but what I need to do is just “make it happen”.

Just thought you should know what a difference it made for me to hear you. Again, thank you….you are truly inspiring! ”

Tawny M.- Fashion Student – Phoenix College

At the end of the day, we are all super busy and we all want to do it. In reality, all you have to do is “make it happen.”  So, are you making excuses or are you making it happen?  I bet Tawny will…

-Brian Hill
RSVP to PHXFW 2010’s FREE Fashion Seminars at the W Scottsdale, October 7 – 9, 2010.

ANNOUNCEMENT: From the Director

Chris Detert, CEO/President of LA based American Rebel PR is to become the newest member of Phoenix Fashion Week’s Advisory Board:
“After working closely with the Executive team at Phoenix Fashion Week for more than 3 years, it was a natural choice to invite Mr. Detert to become a part of our inner circle as we continue to evolve.  At American Rebel PR, Mr. Detert on a daily basis works with top fashion brands, celebrities, and events.  To align the Phoenix Fashion Week brand with that level of credibility was necessary as we strive toward our vision of becoming the resource for all things fashionable.”
–Brian Hill

From the Director

From the desk of PHXFW Executive Director, Brian Hill.

Coming Soon.


Fashion Educators, my name is Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.

Thanks for making fashion education important to your young fashion students.

This year marks the 6th Annual Phoenix Fashion Week, where our mission is Bridging Designers and Buyers while pushing Arizona fashion forward.

Our 3-day event features 12 complimentary fashion seminars, over 30 designer fashion shows and a shopping marketplace showcasing Holiday 2010 and Spring 2011 collections to a large network of students, retailers, celebrities, fashionistas, and media, primarily from the West Coast.

For the 3rd year, we will open Phoenix Fashion Week by hosting “Fashionably Pink,” a Celebrity charity fashion show, benefiting a great cause…Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Phoenix, at THE BEAUTIFUL W HOTEL.  The featured designers will each provide one outfit inspired by the color PINK and will be worn by breast cancer survivors and celebrities. The fashion show will be followed by a silent auction of these PINK runway garmets as donations. Your school will be tied to the great work Susan G. Komen fights for to find a cure. Your attendance helps push Arizona, fashion forward.

To learn how your school can get involved, please contact Director of Education, Liz Riley, at 310.592.9130 or

My team and I look forward to your attendance.
Brian Hill – Executive Director
Phoenix Fashion Week