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A model wears a Michi Knitwear dress during last year’s Phoenix Fashion Week.
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People May Not Currently Feel That Phoenix Is Synonymous With Fashion, But A Squadron Of Designers And Fashionistas Will Use The Oct. 13 to 15 Event To Change Perceptions


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 11, 2016 — It’s easy to consider Phoenix a stylish city, if not exactly a major player in the fashion world.

The people who put on Phoenix Fashion Week, starting on Oct. 13 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, are working to change that perception.

According to organizers, the goal of Phoenix Fashion Week “is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and prestige fashion media.”

Further, “Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest.”

The three-day event closes out a four-month emerging designer boot camp led Kym Gold, True Religion Jeans co-founder.

Fourteen hand-selected designers will launch their collections for Phoenix Fashion Week. Up to 6,000 tastemakers are expected to attend the final event.

More than a few Phoenix Fashion Week participants — including State Forty Eight and Charmosa — are returning as established designers.

The event’s annual Community Night will feature 12 local designers and their best two looks on an 80-foot runway, said Brian Hill, executive director of Phoenix Fashion Week.

Hill added that year, guests will get to purchase curated items direct from the runways through a Phoenix Fashion Week mobile app, fulfilling the mission to “bridge designers and buyers.”

“This year we have global brands from Cayman Islands, Botswana, Cape Town South Africa, Philippines, Kuwait, Lebanon, and the United States,” Hill said. “This kind of reach proves that Phoenix Fashion Week is the launch pad for brands looking to succeed in the fashion industry.”

Another bonus: Phoenix Fashion Week team will announce the Lifestyle, Contemporary and Couture Designer of the Year. Those winners will get to market their collections on home shopping TV network EVINE next spring.

Tickets, ranging from $30 to $225, are required to attend Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, and can be purchased at

Phoenix Fashion Week events will be held starting at 5 p.m. from Oct. 13 through 15 at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale. For a complete list of participants and the event schedule, go to or follow the event on Twitter @PHXfashionweek and Facebook.
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