Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 – Emerging Designers Launch Party
The launch party for the Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 emerging designers featured 15 designers and three accessory designers competing for Designer of the Year 2016. Their designs were showcased at Phoenix Fashion week October 13-15, 2016. I had the pleasure of being invited to attend this event by Loren Aragon of ACONAV. I had covered Loren’s designs earlier this year at the 2016 Spring into Style event. The launch party showcased one design from each of the designers competing for Phoenix Fashion Week designer of the year. Unfortunately, I was not thinking and did not bring my regular camera so the photo quality could be improved but I wanted to share what I captured. For full photos of the event, see this link.
Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 Emerging Designers
Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 emerging designers consisted of 15 designers from South Africa to Arizona and three accessory designers. I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Loren, Laura Tanzer, Amanda Casarez, and Ines from Shanks Shoewear. The 2016 show consisted of one style each from each designer. Loren Aragon is a Native American artist and fashion designer from the Acoma Pueblo of New Mexico. His fashion design allows him to showcase the pottery culture and traditional dress of the Acoma people. Bianca Meade, Model of the Year 2014 wore ACONAV’s design.
Laura Tanzer (based in Tucson with a sustainability focus) presented a simple off white halter style shirt with a beautiful black mermaid style skirt. Laura Tanzer designs incorporates natural fibers and fabrics from sustainable natural materials. The are designed and made by sewing technicians in Tucson, Arizona.
Lastly, Ines Shanks of Shanks Shoeware has an innovative approach to mixing up your shoes. She has created high heels that come with “heel caps” to change the style and look of the shoe. I love this approach because you can one pair of high quality shoes that you can customize just by changing the heel caps. What would we do with only a few pairs of shoes?! I would love to see peep toe heels as a future design. That would be wonderful for those of us in warmer climates.
Stay tuned for updates as I continue to cover the progress of the designers as the progress through the bootcamp and compete for designer of the year!
Note: Please know that I am not working with any of these designers and was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products in this post. All opinions here are my own. My ticket was provided by ACONAV.