MEET THE DESIGNER: Misha Mendicino Designs

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Misha Mendicino of Misha Mendicino Designs, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work)

I have lived a lot of life!  I am originally from Santa Maria, California. When I was 17, I moved to Hawaii on a one-way ticket with no plans on coming back to the Mainland. I landed my dream job at Continental Airlines as a flight attendant and moved to New York-were I was based.

I loved to travel and see the world! The busy jet set lifestyle was perfect for me until I suffered a back injury which ended my career. I moved back to Hawaii to recover for about three years. I missed aviation so much during my ground time that I decided to go back to school.

I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here in Arizona and studied Aeronautical Science with emphasis on Technical Operations, received my BS degree in Aeronautical Science and also received my Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument ratings. Following that I worked for a while as a Commercial Pilot both cargo and passenger.

I loved the challenging course work but once on the line I needed a change. I got married, started my family but always wanted to start a clothing line. The idea and dream finally found its timing. I don’t have any formal design education, I was always altering something I had bought just to make it my own-but I had a dream and that was enough.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I get ideas from the most random places–sometimes it is an object, or a color, maybe a current trend that I want to alter. I pay a lot of attention to sleeves, all different kinds. I find that my “think tank time” is best in the late evenings.

Do you have any style icons?

Jackie Kennedy–she was always dressed like a proper lady. I loved the era of those times.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

I wouldn’t call it a secret; I like to wear a pop of color with the bra and let it peak out of the shirt.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Design what you love–it will show through. Find a niche and go for it.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

While I pay attention to trends, I don’t necessarily follow them. I do like the fall colors of wine and deep teal. If I like it, I will wear it.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Macy’s, Target and Daniella Jay Boutique, random online sites

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

No, I am an emotional shopper.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Buy your staple pieces, then you can buy trendy items to style around it.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

Yes, most recently a sweater coat and a soft Joie navy blue blazer that I cannot wait to wear!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Its almost like the best shopping experience ever–I love fabrics, colors and most of all prints!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I always have to have the side of the bed that is closest to the door.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Lillienne Lang

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know

the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Lillienne Lang, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I am originally from Sonora Mexico.  My Mom taught me how to sew, and she being a school teacher taught me my education.  I have had random jobs in the past, worked as a Housekeeper, Chef, Nanny, Wedding planner, Bridal Designer, Decorator, and Stylist.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

Inspiration comes from Mother Nature, aviation, architecture, from the past 1940s/50s, and from imagining what our world will be like in 20 years from now. It’s a bit of the future with the past.

Do you have any style icons?

Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Monique Illuillier, Ralph Lauren, Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, JFK Jr. Jackie O. Audrey Tatou.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Develop a liking for timeless style. For lasting looks. And you will save on your wallet and never be out of style.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Stay true to who you are and what you want. Design wearable fashion. Be different. Unique. Fearless. Effective. And never ever, compromise on quality.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I follow trends to a certain point, though for me being a designer who is focused on a timeless sense of style that never changes really, to some point yes, but the fundamentals don’t change.  Trends come and go for the most part. I guess I could say it is a good day when I see timeless style all over front pages!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

My favorite places to shop would be exclusive boutiques and unique thrift shops along the way.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

I prefer timeless and quality versus trends. So whatever I purchase it will last through the ever changing trend cycle.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Shop with must have staples in mind. And buy timeless pieces that will last through evolving trends.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

Recently I just happened upon a beautiful pair of Ferragamo boots at a thrift shop for nine dollars! Originally around 1300 dollars! Yes, it was my favorite all-time purchase!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Being able to imagine and then sketching it up and watching it come to life on the runway and having others appreciate your work is truly a surreal moment for me. I would say sketching is my favorite part of the creation process.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I grew up with books instead of TV and I read for a pastime.  And as a devoted fan of Jane Austin, I relished every moment re reading her works again and again. I never tire of them.

A sweet memory and truly a great pleasure.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Kismit

KismitEvery week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Delora Fuglem of Kismit, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I have been interested in fashion since the 7th grade, I studied fashion in high school and then graduated from FIDM with my Associates of the Arts in fashion design. During my years at FIDM I interned for a designer and then moved back to Arizona to create and establish my own brand in Phoenix.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I am inspired by minimalism, less is more and simple is sophisticated.

Do you have any style icons?

Blake Lively

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

For beginner designers, my tip would be to make sure you get involved with your local fashion community. Look for meet and greets, participate in competitions such as Phoenix Fashion Week or RAW: Natural Born Artists.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I am so excited for the shirt dress to come back!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Bebe and my guilty pleasure place to shop is hot topic.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

If I could personally afford to keep up with the trends, I definitely would.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

It is so rewarding and exciting to have an idea in your head, sketch it out and then be able to see it come to life. That is such a wonderful feeling!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I am obsessed with metalcore music (loud guitars, screaming and heavy drums)

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Jacqueline Nicole

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Jacqueline Nicole, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and attended private school for the majority of my childhood and young adult life. I always thought that years of wearing the same uniform made me curious about the freedoms of clothing and personal style.  Much of these younger years were spent dancing at Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio, as I was a devoted competitive dancer. My love for the arts and movement show through in my creations and are consistent influences in every collection.

I attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where I earned my BFA in Fashion Design and Product Development in 2013. While in attendance, I had the opportunity to intern for several notable designers, boutiques, stylists and photographers in St. Louis and New York City. Throughout my time at Stephens, I received many awards from industry professionals including the Spirit of Fashion Award, Top Scoring Swimwear, Activewear, and Weekend Wear, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. FGI St. Louis awarded me with the honor of Apparel Design Student of 2012. My final year was spent creating a capstone collection of garments with the design students, as well as creating a capstone business plan with the students receiving their BS in Marketing and Management. Thus, Jacqueline Nicole was born.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

Everywhere. The 50s and early 60s Hollywood glam era stays close to heart. So, many of my silhouettes are reflective of this time. But music, movies, and stories are all great inspiration. I love starting with a story and dressing that “character” for the roll.

Do you have any style icons?

Christine Centenera, Olivia Palmero, Ashlet Olsen, Nicloe Richie, Lauren Conrad, and I could go on forever…

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Well I don’t have many secrets myself, but I’ve heard to never give away all of your secrets.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

If you are starting a clothing line (a business) then think like a business person. At the end, of the day you need to make the sales, you need to have clothing that people will buy. I love to draw red carpet numbers, and sure if the time comes I’ll make one for an occasion. But these one-offs that everyone drools over don’t pay the bills. Figure out what you do best that lots of people will buy, build off of that, and have your fun when the time comes.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m not huge on trends. I am trying to build a wardrobe that reflects my personal style right now. For this fall I am excited for leather, fur and layers, but I would call that trendy…

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue are my favorite places to shop because they are merchandised so well. It’s like walking into your dream closet every time. Even if you can’t afford all of it today.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

Yes and no, I love to go out and see what people wear in store. I like to know what they try on and why they do or don’t buy it. But as designers, we usually know what will be trending almost two years out. Plus blogs are the best for knowing what is really sticking.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Save for items that are classic and reflect your personal style, and that won’t get outdated or worn for some time. Then, if you have some cash on hand here or there, buy pieces you like from that season that will style well with your staples, and that won’t break the bank. OVERALL: Take care of your clothes and wash according to the care labels. Brands have those there so you know how to make the pieces last for the maximum amount of time = less spending/more saving (splurging).

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

I am in love with my 1950s vintage, black rabbit, standing collar, car length coat. It cost me a pretty penny but I’ll have it forever! Plus, I live in black in the winter and this coat even makes my sweatpants look chic.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

Seeing my clothes on people! I know that I have done my job when people love to wear what I have made for them!

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I was a published poet in grade school!

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Hues of Ego

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Natasha of Hues of Ego one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio:

My path began at Arizona State University in 2001, where I was the first member of my family to attend college. My original declared major of Architecture and Design contributed towards the development of my methodology in design development, and provided a necessary foundation for the fashion world.

My journey continued in 2010 at Collins College where I first began my  formal training in fashion design and merchandising. Quickly I emerged myself into learning as much as I could, and within months I got my first exposure in a runway show. As one of only three students chosen from Collins to show at Scottsdale Fashion Week, I joined students from fashion programs in both Arizona and California (FIDIM) who were able to showcase their pieces of wearable art.

Honors continued in 2011, when I was bestowed with an amazing opportunity and an award. I  was the winner of the T-Shirt design Scholarship Award sponsored by Phoenix Fashion Week. I had the best polo shirt design for  Shankapotomus Golf Apparel and Accessories. In 2012, I was one of the elite few who had the distinction of having our designs displayed during Phoenix Fashion Week in the Style Villa. In 2013, I was one of four finalists in the Phoenix Fashion Week Little Black Dress Challenge, where my entry was a custom designed and hand-crafted black dress.

I am also stay-at-home mom for my 2 year old daughter. I feel like I am like every other woman who wears many hats. I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a dog groomer at times I have 4 dogs, ugh! I love to work out and stay healthy, and nonetheless I have a strong passion that I no longer want to wait to pursue. That passion is to design and possibly have a presence in the fashion world. I love to design in all; from painting, architectural designing, fashion design, ect.  I love to be able to share my passion, my vision, my ideas with others in a visual media.  I have to say that I am not one for words, so if I can design in such a way that potential customer, viewers understand what my vision/inspiration was, and then I feel like I did my job as a designer.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I find inspiration from all parts of life. I have a love for architecture, art, music and our natural surroundings.  But one thing that I really drives my initial inspiration is how I think that my customer is going to feel when they are wearing one of my designs, which I think takes my inspiration to another level.

Do you have any style icons?

Some of my influences in the fashion world include Coco Chanel, Ellie Saab, Zac Posen, Stephane Rolland, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen  to name a few. My architectural inspirations are Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, which have had a hand on the way that I think of design, how I pursue a design, and how I execute a design.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

I think some tips that I have continued to use to set myself apart from other designers is that I embrace the unexpected.  I feel that is a way to keep your audience/potential customers on their toes and continue to keep their interest because they don’t know exactly what you are going to do next.  Now, obviously there is a fine line there that one has to think of when you take that route. And the way that I try to follow that fine line is by staying true to myself, who I am, what I am about and what my brand is about.

I do feel at times designers and people in general are always trying to portray something they are really not or be who they think who they should be, and I think that is where designers can lose their special gift of design.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

You know what, I don’t know if I have a favorite place to shop because “life” has thrown some curve balls at times which has changed where I shop and how I shop. So, now I bargain shop a lot.  I’m a big fan of high end consignment stores such as Poor Little Rich Girl, which has a little of everything. So, I get the quality of the brand that I am looking for but for a way discounted price.  Now, there are cons to that because you are getting past season merchandise, but I can wait for a season or two and get it at a way cheaper price.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

I guess what I would say is when on a budget, don’t be afraid to mix and match brands, price ranges and styles.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

I know this may sound cheesy or maybe even “cliché” but I think when I purchased my wedding dress that could be counted as one of my “all-time” favorite purchases.  I love that dress. I wish I could pull it out of the closet and put it on once a month and walk around in it, but we all know that if I did that I would be considered crazy and I really don’t want to be put in a crazy house just because I love my wedding dress. I just love the memory of how I felt in that dress the 1st time I put it on, the 2nd time I put it on for a fitting, and the last time I put it on which is for my wedding day.  Priceless!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

I think my favorite part about being a fashion designer is that I get to do what everyone else would love to do which is to be able to “love what I do for work”.  Not everyone is able to do that unfortunately and at this point I am able to pursue my passion for creating, designing pieces of art for others to love to wear.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

  1. That I used to be in the marching band when I was in middle school, which is kind of an embarrassing fact.
  2. I have also tried to be involved with about every type of sport when I was younger: volleyball, baseball, softball, track, long distance running, basketball, ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics & cheer leading.
  3. When I was little my dad used to take me in his low rider car that had hydraulics,  mini steering wheel and all the low rider kind of car stuff in it and on it and he would bounce me in the car to get me to calm down.  I don’t know if most people know what a “low-rider car” is or ever has seen one but if you do, then you know what I am talking about and you would find it as an interesting fact about my childhood.

Article by Janice Vega and Katie Snyder for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Adoire by Saba

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers. Today we feature Saba Iqbal of Adoire by Saba, one of our emerging designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: (background, school, work).

I grew up in Orange County and went to UCLA for undergrad, so I have a soft spot for California. I worked in business development for a Los Angeles based boutique for several years, where I grew an interest in the retail and fashion industry.

In 2010, I moved to Boston for graduate school and later accepted a business development job with an IT company in Virginia. Earlier this year, my husband accepted a job in Phoenix and here I am today!

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

I love art, travel, culture and history. So, a lot of my inspiration comes from those elements. I thrive in cultural diversity and truly believe that every culture has something good to offer. I like mixing all these different elements when I’m creating a collection.

Do you have any style icons?

Yes, I think Tory Burch has been instrumental in making tunics mainstream. She elegantly combined bohemian style with sophistication.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Keep things simple. The more clutter and chaos you put into your closet and make-up bag, the less productive you will be.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Always be in a spirit of learning. There will always be someone bigger and better than you.  So, keep your mind open and encourage self-development.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

I’m looking forward to lots of bold colors and fabrics!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

I like Tory Burch, Free People and Pottery Barn. But I bought some of my most memorable pieces from small boutiques in Paris, Florence, India and Pakistan.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

No. I try not to fall into the trap of fast fashion. I prefer to invest in pieces that are made well and I can enjoy for a while.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

For me, shopping is equivalent to Elle Woods manicure therapy. For that reason alone, I prioritize on purchases. I like to know ahead of time what I need and then make one nice purchase instead of five average ones.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

I have this amazing hand embroidered jacket from Renu Tandon, a designer from India. I was at a fashion show several years ago and Renu was wearing this jacket.  I told her how much I loved it and she simply took it off and gave it to me. I was on cloud nine that evening.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

You have the power to make ideas come to life. Your imagination is tangible and real.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

I think my husband will agree that I’m a bit of a clean freak!

Article by Katie Snyder and Janice Vega for Phoenix Fashion Week

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MEET THE DESIGNER: Verbena Designs

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Every week leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week, we will be posting a blog, to help our fans get to know the 2014 emerging designers a little bit better. Unlike our other posts, these come directly from this year’s emerging designers.

Today we feature Adriana Soto with Verbena Designs, one of our emerging accessory designers. Learn about her life, her work and other little known facts in today’s designer tell all post.

Bio: 

My name is Adriana Soto and I’m an Industrial designer graduated From ITESM in Chihuahua, Mexico. I made it into a student program in Madrid Spain at InstitutoEuropeo di Design, and that is where I found my passion for hand craft design. In September 2012 I moved to Phoenix and I continue with my jewelry studies. In September 2013 I created Verbena Designs.

Where do you find inspiration for your collection?

All my collections are inspired by nature, earth and different cultures. My piece captures the essence of women around the world, taking their ethnic elements, every piece is handmade and each one has their own style, they make a style statement.

Do you have any style icons?

I have a few designers who really inspire me from different countries, one of them is Daniel Espinoza, he is a jewelry designer from Mexico and he has a unique style inspired by the Mexican culture and architecture.

Do you have any fashion secrets you can share with our readers?

Just follow your passion and inspiration. When you follow it, you really enjoy the daily journey.

For beginner designers, what are some tips for setting yourself apart from other designers?

Be unique, because out there is a lot of designers that follow the same style. People really appreciate the originality and the freshness of emerging designers.

What trend are you looking forward to most this season?

The Verbena Fall/Winter collection 2015 as it is inspired by the Mexican warrior culture of the Aztecs.  I get inspired by some elements of this ancient culture and the different objects used when they were preparing to fight.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

I love to support local designers, so I really enjoy any kind of local fairs.

Do you shop often to keep up with trends?

Not really, I like to poke around my vintage closet and mix it with a new trend.

Do you have any tips on prioritizing purchases or staying stylish on a budget?

Always keep in mind to have some piece of quality and uniqueness in style.

Do you have an all-time favorite purchase?

Shoes!

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

My favorite part of being a fashion designer is being able to express myself and have it reflected on a piece of jewelry.

What is one interesting, quirky fact about you that readers don’t know?

My first creations were apparel designs, but then I decided to merge in jewelry world.

 Article by Janice Vega for Phoenix Fashion Week

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