Phoenix Fashion Week 2018

By Editor October 11, 2018 15:53





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Phoenix Fashion Week, the Valley’s leading authority on fashion, will proudly host their annual series of runway shows, October 18 – 20, from 5:30 p.m. for pop-up shops and fashionably networking to 10 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort, located at 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale, AZ. The three-day event celebrates the conclusion of a four-month emerging designer bootcamp, led by mentor and True Religion Jeans Co-founder Kym Gold, in which the 12 hand-selected designers from around the nation have been preparing to launch their collections for Phoenix Fashion Week.


These designers will debut their highly-anticipated looks to more than 5,000 of the Valley’s most fashionable men and women, influencers, and celebrities as well as 21 cities nationwide. New for this year, Phoenix Fashion Week will be livestreamed around the nation, 25 fashion shows, red carpet experiences and behind the scenes footage. Phoenix Fashion Week recently signed a livestream Sponsorship with National Cable TV Group, Cox Media, in creating a Fashion TV Docu-Series featuring PHXFW event recaps and behind the scenes. This series was featured on the YurView channel in 21 cities, including Phoenix! This new alignment built momentum all summer long and now fashionistascan secure their seat at home by purchasing the 3-day event at


This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year, with many former Phoenix Fashion Week participants returning as established designers. Including ‘Lifestyle Designer of the Year’ Quinlan Wilhite of Qmulative, ‘Contemporary Designer of the Year’ Nouvelle Palm Beach Joana, and ‘Couture Designer Of the Year’ Loren Aragon of Aconav, who was commissioned by Walt Disney World for a one of a kind dress installment earlier this year. 


“Every year, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to grow our brand reach, this year we have global brands from Kuwait, Dubai, Philippines, and across the United States. Phoenix Fashion Weekcontinues to be the launch pad for global brands looking to succeed in the fashion industry,” said Hill. Designer to the stars, Yas Couture by Elie Madi will make his return to the PHXFW runway after another successful red- carpet season worn by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez andmore. Additionally, Rocky Gathercole will be closing the show with a finale featuring his Avant Garde and couture designs. 


“Phoenix Fashion Week continues to push Arizona fashion forward, while creating new experiences for guests. This year, we will host our 3rd Annual ‘Community Showcase,’ featuring 12 local designers and their best two looks,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week. “The Community Show is presented by F.A.B.R.I.C. of Tempe. Among those new experiences is the Little Black Dress Challenge in which PHXFW partnered with Goodwill of Central Arizona. Open to the public, the challenge called all designers to try their hand at repurposed fashion by utilizing their local Goodwill clothing and competing for the chance to have their design featured on the runway Friday, October 19th.


According to Hill, the three-day event will include a variety of fashion-focused seminars sponsored by the distinguished Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and taught by industry experts during the day, offering insight on how to launch, market and successfully run a fashion business. As well as a total of 24 high-energy evening runway shows by night. 


As October being breast cancer awareness month, on Thursday, October 18th ‘Fashionably Pink’ will highlight a night of celebrity fundraising and awareness for local breast cancer charity ‘Don’t be A Chump! Check for a Lump.” 30 breast cancer survivors and local celebrities including Dr. Brian Gawley, Dr. Raman Mahabir, Face of Foothills Valerie Loo, Cynthia Sassi of FabAZ, Philanthropist Oscar De La Salas, Javier Soto of 3TV, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Miss Arizona USA and more will grace the runway in all pink garments for a show that is sure to be unique and heartwarming.



On Saturday, October 20th, Phoenix Fashion Week will award both ‘Designer of the Year’ and ‘Model of the Year’ Male and 

Female. The two model winners will each receive full modeling contracts from industry leader, Agency Arizona, successfully launching their careers. Each night Hill and the Phoenix Fashion Week team will announce Lifestyle, Contemporary and Ready To Wear ‘Designer of the Year’ and a $10,000 prize package. 


In addition to the scheduled runway shows, guests can enjoy a red carpet experience and photo op, exclusive access to designer pop-up shopping in the Style Villa Marketplace, designer meet and greets, live music and more!

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By Editor October 11, 2018 15:53

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