First Native American Designer selected to Phoenix Fashion Week
In case you missed it, Loren Aragon designer for ACONAV is among emerging designers competing for Designer of the Year for Phoenix Fashion Week 2016. I was captivated by his designs when I saw them earlier this year and had a chance to meet Loren (for more info and photos – Spring into Style 2016 and the Emerging Designers Launch Party 2016). For the first time in Phoenix Fashion Week’s history, there are two Native American designers who are part of the emerging designers bootcamp.
Who is ACONAV?
ACONAV is a play on words combining Acoma and Navajo. Loren Aragon is from Acoma Pueblo of New Mexico, working and residing in Arizona. He is a graduate from Arizona State University with an art background that spans his cultural pottery art, contemporary art, and jewelry. Loren Aragon is focusing on fashion as he continues to launch the ACONAV brand. His designs bring together his artistic vision, native patterns and his technical background. I am partial to the fashion and jewelry designs. What has brought ACONAV recognition and what drew me to the designs – they embody cultural art and traditional dress elements all designed as wearable, modern couture fashion.
Note: Please know that I am not working with this designer and was not asked to endorse or mention his brand in this post. All opinions here are my own.