Calling all fashionistas! As fashion week comes to an end in New York, the city of Phoenix is gearing up for its ninth annual fashion week. Whether high fashion or basic brands attract your eye, Phoenix Fashion Week is a consumer and community friendly event that isn’t scary for the girl next door.
This year’s show will feature more than 30 emerging and established designers from across the globe. Festivities begin Oct. 1 with the Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show which benefits local breast cancer charity “Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!” The show features local celebs like JohnJay and Rich from 104.7 KISS FM and Miss Arizona USA Rachel Massie wearing pink designer clothing. The rest of the week features lifestyle, evening wear and luxury fashion shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The best part? Phoenix Fashion Week is a bit of real-life “Project Runway.” The entire time the emerging designers are competing to be named the top emerging designer and win $10,000 of goods and services to assist them in launching their brand. The models are also competing alongside their designers for the coveted “No7 Model of the Year” title and a signed contract with The Agency Arizona.
Phoenix Fashion Week executive director Brian Hill says that all the models are from around the state, making it likely that the audience will recognize someone on the catwalk. In addition to the local models, the clothing is more often than not from shops across the Valley.
“There will also be local clothing lines, accessories and boutiques ... featured on the runway and selling direct in our Style Villa Marketplace every night,” says Hill.
Tickets are selling out faster than ever this year for all nights, Hill says, but especially for Monday and Saturday so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
If you go
What: Phoenix Fashion Week
When: Oct. 1-5
Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
Cost: $150 for front row, $60 for Club seating and $30 for general admission.
• Nicole, a junior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.