Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 Emerging Designers at Shop Garment District
This annual event featuring Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 emerging designers at Shop Garment District is probably my favorite show of the year. The Shop Garment District features a shopping area with each year’s emerging designers. The runway show offers a preview of each emerging designers’ designs that will be featured at October’s final show for fashion week. I attended to see my favorites- ACONAV, Laura Tanzer and Shanks Shoeware. Also, I found two new favorites designers! Full photos of the show can be found here.
Loren Aragon is one of two native American emerging designers in this year’s group. ACONAV offered previous and new designs available for purchase and a runway show featuring new designs. I learned about the tradition in the Acoma Pueblo culture to reuse broken pottery. Loren Aragon has integrated this into his jewelry design, pattern designs (see butterfly scarf, below) as well as construction of the red, white and black dress. ACONAV’s designs are made to order and you can email Loren here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about what makes Loren here and see photos from the launch party earlier this year.
Laura Tanzer of Tucson incorporates sustainability into her designs and process. Her tagline is “Modern Clothing Sustainably Made.” Her designs consist of natural fibers and are made in the U.S.A. I view her clothing as accessible (and wearable) luxury for those are bored with traditional women’s wear. There was a beautiful dress significantly reduced (due to its appearance in many photo shoots). Laura’s designs on the runway featured black and ivory with contrast in hemlines, fabrics and textures. It was an interesting change from what she normally designs.
Isy B. is from the Cayman Islands and she designs resort wear. I have to say- this is the type of resort wear we all want to wear. The drape, fabric, and colors are just stunning. I also love that each garment has a tag featuring a model wearing the garment so you can see how it will fit and the drape. Her tagline is “feel good luxury” and for resort wear- I love this niche.
Lastly, Marisa Mike is the second Native American designer part of the Phoenix Fashion Week 2016 emerging designers. I did not have a chance to speak with her but was able to see the runway show and I was extremely impressed with her designs, the variety she offers in just four garments, and the texture contrasts of the fabrics.
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 Shanks Shoeware.