Phoenix Fashion Week: Night 3, Finale and After Party

On the final night of Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, I turned to two more Emerging designer favorites for show stopping looks, to dazzle us on this last night of fashion. I was not disappointed. The two sisters behind the label, struck our heart strings when we met them at the Emerging Designers showcase back in June. Jadapa and I were immediately drawn to the duo being that we too were sisters working together. We have kept in touch with the sisters through the 4 month designer bootcamp, and we cheered them on all the way to Fashion Week.  Check out our recap of Ja’ires journey.

Ja’ire international Couture started the show with a performance by none other than Ja’ire Hattley herself! The show held the audience in awe as we watched the models prance down the runway in designs perfected by the ladies that created “the walk-away”.

Ja’ire International Couture

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Ja’ire and Nekia at the end of the show!

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with Nekia and Jai’re of Jai’re International Couture

Trang Nguyen hit the runway next with her reds and floral dominated collection. Her feminine touches make each piece’s style ranged from fancy ball gown to business casual. Layers of chiffon did not take away from the classic look of some of the other less showy items. We are huge fans of Trang’s sleek lines and vast attention detail.

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with designer, Trang Nguyen

with designer, Trang Nguyen

The Emerging Designers then took to the stage for the announcement of this years winner. And the winner is…

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

Katya Leoncio, designer Dolcessa swimwear

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With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

With Dolcessa swimwear designer, Katya Leonio

We spoke to Katya the designer behind Dolcessa as soon as she exited the runway after her win. “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this whole process with Phoenix Fashion Week and we elated to have won.” Her $10,000 prize will go to further launching her swimwear line. Katya’s collection made a “splash” on the runway Thursday night, presenting as the first emerging designer to hit the stage at Talking Stick Resort.

Dolcessa Swimwear

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The grand finale was a presentation of the in depth mind of Filipino designer, Rocky Gathercole. Rocky described his style as “feisty, unapologetic and at times, controversial” -Metrovelvet 2011. Rocky’s unbridled mind creates for the most unique fashion experiences. All of Rocky’s pieces are custom, hand-made and entirely individual. These marvelous outfits may have concluded Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, but left us with urning for more fashion.

Rocky Gathercole

modeled by Joy Linton

modeled by Joy Linton

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Second nterview with FameAzTv

Second interview with FameAzTv

Finally after all the fashion and interviews, we celebrated with a concert by International recording artist Yasmeen! She brought the house down with her smooth and soulful vocals. A crowd favorite! We were stoked to hang with her back stage after the show. We love you Yasmeen!

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What we wore: Jadapa- top and shorts- Winsor, heels- Jessica Simpson
A Fashion Fiend- crop top- TJ Maxx, skirt- forever 21, heels- ALDO, earrings- Foreign Exchange, equestrian charm bracelet- Ann Taylor

Huge thank you again to Brian Hill, Abbei Marquis, Lauren Pfingstag, Christina Ziegler, Brenna Moses and the entire Phoenix Fashion Week team!