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Fashion Week Favorites: Bonobos Man-tastic Gift Guide

Wondering what gifts are perfect for the men in your life? Online retailer Bonobos recently released their Man-tastic Gift Guide, offering men’s apparel and accessories for the ideal wardrobe. We’ve chosen our fashion week favorite picks from the guide, including essentials perfect for those men on your holiday shopping list!

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Buffalo Flannel Slim – Green – “Meet a heavy-duty flannel that’s as soft and warm as it is ruggedly handsome”

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Barlow – Forest Green – “Dependable and classic, it will serve as a trusty layering piece from the chilly days of winter”

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The Nottingham Blazer – Grey: “Meet the Nottingham, and find out what happens when a glorious Old World fabric meets a modern design and an impeccable fit.”

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Dipped York Brief – Black/Black: “An all-purpose bag for the business minded man.”

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The Cooper Square – “There’s no better way to add some class to a suit or blazer than with the classic pocket square.”

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week, Images Provided by Bonobos

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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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Designer of the Year Bri Seeley Returns to Phoenix to Host Trunk Show

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Whether you are a fashion blogger looking to network, a fashionista that shops local or you just want to stay on-top of the latest trends, the upcoming Bri Seeley x Indie Stitch event at Clothes Minded is a must! Join Bri Seeley, Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2012 Designer of the Year, for an exclusive shopping event at popular Ahwatukee Foothills boutique Clothes Minded! Clothes Minded owner Kim Kendall is passionate about supporting local designers (many of them connected with Phoenix Fashion Week!) and is striving to build awareness about the fact that “designer” clothing doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  “I am hosting this event to not only support Bri Seeley, but support the blogger community because they’re becoming a huge influence in the industry…every brand today should have a blog!” Kendall said.

Shop her award winning Escape Collection at 40% off, and pre-order her newest Silence Collection that debuted on the Phoenix Fashion Week runway last month! “I’m very excited to be returning to Phoenix. The community has been so remarkably supportive of my brand since winning Designer of the Year. An event like this, and the partnerships with Phoenix Fashion Week, Clothes Minded, and Indie Stitch give me an opportunity to connect with my customers on a more personal level,” Seeley said.

DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: 4pm to 8pm
LOCATION: Clothes Minded AZ, 4810 E. Ray Road. #13, Phoenix, AZ 85044

Bri Seeley has also partnered with well-known local blogger Dustin Hoyman of Indie Stitch to activate the talented crop of bloggers here in Arizona. “Bloggers are becoming increasingly important to fashion. While a singular blog might not have the impact of a large publication, a strong blogging community can provide the voice and excitement to be the catalyst for change. We’re now seeing new trends and styles emerge from the blogosphere with viral speed. Indie Stitch wants to help build and grow our fashion community through creating real life connections between bloggers. The larger and more connected our community, the easier it is to attract designers and brands to our town, thus helping to grow our scene,” Hoyman said.

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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For more details about Shop Garment District, visit Eventbrite:

For more information about Studio 3D, visit:

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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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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MIM Rocks Fashion: A Tribute to Top Stylists

From top left to bottom right: Brian Swan, Fawn Cheng, Yeka Bruner, Amir Saebi, Rochelle York

No need to stress over spring style inspiration, the Valley’s top stylists have got you covered with some of the most compelling and wearable trends they’ve found to take from the runway to your closet!

Get to know the Valley’s top stylists, featured at the 4th annual MIM Rocks Fashion Friday, March 29th:

Brian Swan, Styling Bri Seeley

Brian J Swan is a seasoned, creative, reliable Professional Fashion Stylist. Brian has been styling for over 6 years & is the owner of Right Hand Man Image Consulting. He continues to work with both men & women of all ages, professions, sizes and backgrounds. Brian’s work includes celebrity styling, personal styling, photo/video shoots, TV, fashion shows, editorials, campaigns and more. Most recently, Brian has relocated to Las Vegas to join the team as a stylist. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself like, ‘I’m getting paid to do this?’ I am beyond thankful and humble,” Swan said. Styling Bri Seeley’s show for MIM Rocks Fashion this year, Brian is thrilled to have been invited back the third year in a row. “For the fashion community to think so highly of me to invite me back three years in a row is AMAZING. This so is beneficial because I’m able to network with other fashion professionals. Plus there’s nothing like it out there!” Expect the unexpected when it comes to Brian’s runway show styling this year for Bri Seeley. “My inspiration for this show came from Milan fashion shows and their entertainment value…ladies, you’ll see me include growing trends like fluid garments and the color Emerald Green.”

Fawn Cheng, Styling ENVY by Khanh

Styling for clients since 2007, Fawn’s philosophy stems from her affinity to capture and express what is artfully unique about her clients. “Beauty comes from within; how we dress and share our physical selves with the world is a powerful expression of that.” Fawn is a featured keynote speaker and fashion expert on Good Morning Arizona and is currently a Project Manager at JANI Model Management. Joining MIM Rocks Fashion as a top stylist for the second year in a row, working with designer ENVY by Khanh came as a natural fit for Fawn, whose feminine, sophisticated styling perfectly compliments Khanh’s form fitting garments. “The Spring collection of Envy by Khanh is graphic oriented. What I noted at first glance was his  affinity for angles, asymmetry, space, color blocking in triads of color and form fitting designs. This inspired me to style the runway show to also includes the juxtaposition of curves, sensuality, and mystique. Expect to see these elements included in this show, ” Cheng said.

Yekatherina Bruner, Styling Divaz Boutique 

A world citizen, Yekatherina’s global travels have shaped her culturally-diverse approach to fashion. In addition to her love for style, Yekatherina has a wide experience as a fashion show producer. Yekatherina Bruner has recently been named as a Glamour Magazine “Glambassador ” for 2013. Based out of Tucson, Yeka looks to bridge the fashion gap between Tucson and Phoenix through styling the Tucson-headquartered Divaz Boutique. “Branding is key to any business and us, as fashion stylists, have our own signature style. That’s what I am coming to the runway this March to let people know what I am all about as a stylist,” Bruner said. While pulling together the pieces for the Divaz Boutique fashion show, Yeka was inspired by “everything about spring in France, the colors, textures, even macaroons!” In fact, guests should expect a breath of fresh air in Yeka’s styling, featuring “lots of bright colors with a not so typical french flair.”

Rochelle York, Styling Clothes Minded

Rochelle is a native from Glendale, Arizona and has been a personal stylist since 2006. She has had over a decade of experience in retail and working with photographers, television personalities and women in the valley find the right style for them! Rochelle is also a featured fashion expert and stylist on 3TV’s ‘Your Life A-Z’. Bringing her bubbly personality to the MIM Rocks Fashion stage for the first time, Rochelle felt incredibly honored. “When I received my first call from Phoenix Fashion was a little bit of a blurred conversation because I could not believe I was getting a call from a organization that I have been following and blogging about for years! This experience is amazing to me because I want women to know that there are personal stylists out there; like me, that truly care about them,” York said. Styling for Clothes Minded, Rochelle’s inspirations for the shows styling are far-reaching, from the blogs she reads to the window displays at local boutiques. Guests should expect looks that are “bright and fun with a floral twist.”

Amir Saebi, Styling Amir’s La Voute

Originally from Tehran, Iran, Amir Saebi got a taste for European fashion at a young age. Fashion has always been a big part of his life and his family’s life, coming from a family of senators and industrialist, they always had to look their best to represent their family. As a new business owner of Amir’s La Voute, Saebi feels this MIM Rocks Fashion opportunity is the perfect fit. “We have just reached our one year anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to partner up with only the best of the best (Phoenix Fashion Week) to kick off the celebration with a one of a kind fashion show. This opportunity will not only help us grow but will give us a chance to showcase and share our talent with others in the Valley.” Naturally drawing inspiration from the 1940’s-60’s, fashion forward Amir will style his own unique vintage menswear line, showcasing the best mens spring trends. “Attendees can expect to see a timeless fashion mix with some unique edge, envision Frank Sinatra mixed with a little bit of Hendrix!”

Don’t miss these showstopping designer shows Friday, March 29th at MIM Rocks Fashion! For more details and to purchase standing room tickets, visit: 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Spring Fashion in Full Bloom

Spring fashion has officially bloomed, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with the latest trends and colors hitting the stores and fashion blogs.

Whether it’s reaching for boyish accessories in feminine prints, saturated stripes or pops of fruity color,  here are some of my favorite spring looks I am currently drawing inspiration from:

Speaking of spring trends, Phoenix Fashion Week is in the mood to ‘Spring into Fashion’ with all the latest trends and colors of the new season. Join us for our 4th annual MIM Rocks Fashion event Friday, March 29th and runway show to glimpse the top spring trends in a high-energy fashion show, styled by top local stylists and featuring designer pieces to transition your wardrobe into spring.

For more information, visit our Facebook event page or Eventbrite!

*What are some of your favorite spring trends? How will you revamp your closet for the new season? Post a comment below and tell us!*

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Swimspot Boutique Brings Cali Flavor to SanTan Village

March is around the corner, and for fashionistas in the Valley, it is the start of swimsuit season!

SwimSpot swimwear boutique has come to Arizona in perfect time for you to get an early peek at what swimwear trends are coming for this spring and summer. They’ve recently brought their Orange County flavor to the SanTan Village shopping center in Gilbert, making it their first Arizona location.

“We’re ready for what the Phoenix market will bring, and we’re excited because the swimsuit season here lasts longer,” regional manager Nikki Meier said.

This boutique gives a taste of Southern California beaches, as most of the swimwear is designed and made in Orange County. The shop offers styles for women of all ages from designer brands such as Athena, Ella Moss, Ella Moss Girls, Guess, Hurley, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Nautica, NEXT by Athena, Reef, Splendid, and St. John.

At SwimSpot, women can choose a young, contemporary swimsuit look or go the more classic swimsuit route. Whichever look you choose, they’ve got what you’re searching for. The boutique has cute accessories and cover-ups to create the perfect poolside outfit.

In this shop, you will find nothing but swimsuits from the 2013 season, because SwimSpot at SanTan Village holds no 2012 repeats. So expect to surprise everyone at the pool with styles they haven’t yet seen. Meier let Phoenix Fashion Week know that one of the biggest swimsuit trends this season is the cropper flutter top, and at SwimSpot, you’ll find this style in many different colors and textures. Another popular trend for the season is the revamped fringe top Meier said.

For SwimSpot, suits and accessories are not enough. The employees want to help every woman feel comfortable in their swimsuit, so they even have a free, walk-in Fit Specialist Service to help fashionistas in finding the perfect swimsuit for their personal body type and style. “We want people to find the cool styles they like, but feel comfortable as well,” Meier said. The Fit Specialist Service is open for anyone who needs help, and it is even available online at “All of our girls are trained on silhouettes and styles, we’re like your own personal stylist,” Meier said.

Unlike department stores, the small intimate setting of employees offer you the best help and tips for finding the perfect swimsuit for you!

*SPECIAL OFFER: Stop in Swimspot and mention this blog post for 10% off your next purchase! Offer ends March 1st.* 

Article and Images by Tiffany Hopkins for Phoenix Fashion Week

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PHOTOS: Clothes Minded Opens to Fashion Focused Crowd

Phoenix Fashion Week’s Media Team ventured out to the Ahwatukee Foothills area last Friday evening for a fabulous Grand Opening Happy Hour event hosted by brand new boutique and PHXFW supporter Kim Kendall of Clothes Minded! After being in the retail industry for nearly 20 years, she felt it was time to open a shop of her own and what better place to do it! The store features hand selected, on-trend garments, from loads of talented local designers, many of whom have shown at PHXFW in the past year.

PHXFW designers sold include: Mabella Chic, Ofrastyle, Living Dreams Clothing, MELIS Accessories, Jhaus Denim, JOI by Jewel Oribe and Shawl DawlsClothes Minded also sells an array of recognizable designer names, including LA Made, Eight Sixty, Ella Moss + BB Dakota, perfect for your Spring wardrobe and beyond.

Watch the slideshow below for a recap of our evening and a look into Clothes Minded!

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Don’t miss out on their next event this Thursday at 5:30pm for the MELIS Accessories Trunk Sale! Preview her unique pieces (recently featured in Phoenix New Times!) and take advantage of special promotions! For more info and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page!

Article and Images by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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Karen Walker Sunnies + Advanced Style = Obsessed

The obsession started last year when I heard about the Advanced Style documentary film. The Advanced Style team, headed by creator/blogger Ari Seth Cohen, visited Phoenix recently (seen here) to offer a presentation at the Phoenix Art Museum on personal style and discuss their new  film.

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The obsession continues with the official announcement by Refinery 29 that celeb favorite sunnies brand Karen Walker has partnered with the Advanced Style team for their latest campaign. Shot by Ari Seth Cohen, this insanely chic group of ladies (aged to perfection I might add) don the newest Karen Walker sunnies collection in a campaign that is a serious breath of fresh air in a sea of typical.

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Makes me want to drain my bank account on sunnies AND raid my grandma’s closet for vintage gems…at the same time.

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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