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.

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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.

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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! 

Shop Garment District 2013

On Friday, August 10th, Phoenix Fashion Week held yet another astonishing event at Studio 3D in Phoenix. The Shop Garment District event is a runway show featuring the 12 Emerging Designers of PHXFW 2013! Each designer will show off four looks worn by the top 40 Phoenix Fashion Week models.

The runway show also served as the next challenge for the No. 7 Cosmetics. PHXFW models and the styles seen were available for purchase. Delicious lite bites were created by chef Tim Cobb of Luncha Libre. As usual, the lines from Ja’ire, Herbert Victoria, Trang Nguyen, Loin Cloth LA, and Medium Apparel were very impressive, and I’m still a huge fan of all of them. Another successful preview of what Phoenix Fashion Week 2013, October 1-5 at Talking Stick Resort, has yet to come. Thank you again to Brian Hill, Lauren, Abbei, Dominque, Melissa Rein, and the entire PHXFW team!

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Brain Hill, Executive Director of  PHXFW and Jadapa

Brain Hill, Executive Director of PHXFW and Jadapa

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Ja'ire designers- sisters, Ja'ire and Nekia Hattley with Jadapa

Ja’ire designers- sisters, Ja’ire and Nekia Hattley with Jadapa

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Designer, Herbert Victoria and Jadapa

Designer, Herbert Victoria and Jadapa

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Designer, Trang Nguyen and Jadapa

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Medium Apparel

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Medium Apparel Models, including 101.5jamz personality Jackie Morales' husband, Gavin Tucker

Medium Apparel Models, including 101.5jamz personality Jackie Morales’ husband, Gavin Tucker

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Phoenix Fashion Week ” Bridging Designers and Buyers”
October 1-5, 2013 at Talking Stick Resort

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