Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 1

Phoenix Fashion Week night One

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What we wore: Jadapa Dress- TJMaxx, Shoes- Michael KORS, Earrings-ALDO
A Fashion Fiend Dress- Urban Outfitters, Booties- ALDO, Clutch- Tory Burch

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Brittany Dawn Brannon starting the show!

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We quickly caught up with Joanna de’Shay of Black Russian Label to discuss her looks and what went into preparing for this event. Joanna was most excited about participating in Phoenix Fashion Week again. As the 2009 Emerging Designer winner, this half Nigerian, half Russian designer held nothing back. This 2013 collection made use of contrasting grays and blacks as well as wearable designs with leather and lace trims. Joanna used cultural inspirations for all over the globe. Joanna says”A Black Russian woman likes to be seen and wants her clothes to make a statement every time she enters a room.” -Black Russian label, redefining the face of fashion.

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Black Russian Label designer, Joanna de’Shay

I also chatted with Sam Mascaro and Clary Jeffrey behind Loin Cloth LA as they excited the runway. The dudes said they were stoked about the show turn out and would do the designer bootcamp again in a heart beat. Their “where struggle meets success” line featured laid back Cali looks with style. The brand motto ” a penny and a plan” refers to how the boys got started with -$143 in the bank and a dream. You can really see the passion in the looks the guys created. The pocket details and floral prints are a huge hit with the brands’ followers. I asked the guys what was next for these two, Clary answered ” we go back to the grind.” These two guys’ dedication and hard work truly show in their amazing Summer 2013 collection. Thank you. Sam and Clary for taking this risk, you guys are awesome.

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Sam and Clary. Co-founders, Loin Cloth LA

Media Day and Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show

October 1st kicked off Phoenix Fashion Week with  media invitational breakfast hosted by PhxSoul. Later that evening PhxFW held their Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show featuring local celebrities and breast cancer survivors. Held at Domus luxury apartments homes in Phoenix, Arizona and catered by GiGi’s Cupcakes. Holly Rose founder of Don’t be a chump! Check for a lump! organization, donates wigs for cancer patients, as well as providing mammograms and spreading the message to get checked for early detection. Holly and other survivors  shared their inspirational stories and donations were collected throughout the evening for wigs and mammograms of cancer patients.

Media Day Breakfast hosted by PhxSoul.com

A Fashion Fiend at Media Day breakfast

A Fashion Fiend at Media Day breakfast

Fashionably Pink Charity Fashion Show

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Arriving on the “Pink” carpet

What we wore: Jadapa-Peplum top- Forever 21, Skirt-Target, Slingbacks- Jessica Simpson, Necklace-Q

A Fashion Fiend- Top-BCBG, Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- ALDO, Bracelets-TJ Maxx and H&M

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Holly Rose, Founder of “Don’t be chump! Check for a lump!’

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Fashionably pink breast cancer survivorsThe Bachelor, Arie, from and JadapaThe Bachelorette season 8, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and JadapaWith Sam and Clary of Loin Cloth LAWith Sam and Clary of Loin Cloth LA

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JohnJay from 104.7Kiss fm after jumping in the pool on the runway!

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With sponsor, Tremaine Jasper, founder of Phxsoul.com

 

Phoenix Fashion Week and Emerging Designers 2013

Jadapa and I attended the Emerging Designers Showcase held at Toni & Guy in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 14. And how lucky we were to see a Fashion Show of the up-and-coming designers that will be competing throughout the next few months for a spot in the Phoenix Fashion Week 2013!

The evening started off with drinks and mingling with the designers themselves followed by the Fashion Show, where each designer displayed one look in their upcoming line. We were blown away with the amount of talent we saw throughout the evening. All of the designers were amazing, but a few really stood out. Ja’ire International Couture, Trang Nguyen, Herbert Victoria, and Loin Cloth, a mens brand, were our chosen favorites. Each of our favorite designers brought forth their own creative pieces while staying true to their original message as a brand. After the designers presented, a brief Q&A session allowed the media to ask them questions about their style and about themselves.

All attendees made our way over to Spanish Fly Lounge Mexican Beach Club for the after party hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week. I am so excited to see what else the designers bring to the table in the next few weeks, and to see the winner in October at Phoenix Fashion Week!

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On A Fashion Fiend- dress: Rebecca Taylor, belt: Michael Kors, shoes: Aldo. On Jadapa- top: H&M, skirt: Forever 21, shoes: Jessica Simpson

A Fashion Fiend is wearing – dress: Rebecca Taylor; belt: Michael Kors; shoes: Aldo
Jadapa is wearing – top: H&M; skirt: Forever 21; shoes: Jessica Simpson

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Toni & Guy Stylists doing updo’s!

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Jadapa and Phoenix Fashion Week Creator, Brian Hill
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Jadapa and designer, Herbert Victoria

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Jadapa and the beautiful sisters, Ja’ire and Nekia of Ja’ire International Couture

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A Fashion Fiend and Jadapa with designer, Trang Nguyen

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My Best Designer Ballot

My Best Designer ballot

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Designer, Michelle Hebert and her model

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Designer from Dolcessa Swimwear and her model

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The guys behind Loin Cloth Menswear and their model (center)

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After party at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach club

Happy Valentine’s Day and a Movie Review

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Dress- Banana Republic, Shoes- ALDO

Dress- Banana Republic, Shoes- ALDO

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope it’s lovely!

Safe Haven

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Safe Haven opens today, Valentine’s Day! It’s a perfect date movie: it’s a love story (duh) but, honestly, not too sappy. A girl with a troubled past moves to a small town and is wooed by a fun-loving widower played by Josh Duhamel. The story line is very similar to the 1991 movie Sleeping with the Enemy starring Julia Roberts. Males in the audience were able to enjoy the psychological element and a little bit of action. For the ladies, Josh Duhamel is super cute and funny. He carries the movie and makes you fall in love. Pretty good for another love story by Nicholas Sparks.

Gangster’s Paradise

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Gangster Squad inspired outfit: Jeans- Michael Kors; Top- Target; Shoes- Express; Hat-ALDO; Bag- Zara; Accessories- (Not to) worry beads, Gucci vintage c/o Mom; Gun- Caracal F QS

Saw Gangster Squad (awesome movie, fyi) over the weekend and my Fedora came busting out of my closet! Fedoras add so much style to a simple outfit to give it a more put-together look. I paired it with short cut, cuffed jeans that are currently trending hard, and they provide a relaxed look.

Style these laid back jeans with some sky high or statement heals to glam up. Ballet flats in a striking shade to add a pop of color. Ankle booties are also a warm choice for chilly months.

Petite ladies beware: these jeans can cut off your legs and make you look super boxy. If you want to wear this look, make sure you are adding nude colored heels to lengthen your legs. Also, make sure the jeans you are cuffing are a short length when you buy them. That way, your cuffs are not too fat and you are rolling the same amount of pant leg as taller gals.

Happy weekend!

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