It seems every time I turn around I come across another really cool hotel. The Moxy Tempe which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the ASU campus,in my opinion, is the cool-est and hip-est boutique-y hotel that is rich with so much swag you can't help being drawn in.
They have a chalkboard wall. You hear me...A CHALKBOARD WALL! Made my inner child happy.
And step up to the friendly bar to order a yummy cocktail AND check in all at the same time.
Gets no better than that. You can tell I was impressed. Ok, enough on me getting giddy about The Moxy Tempe. Why was I there? Phoenix Fashion Week's Shop Garment District popped up there giving all fashionistas the time of our lives.
Here we could get a closer look at the emerging designers and accessory designers and what their brand was really about. Shop Garment was quite intimate this year. Executive Director Brian Hill and his fabu team turned a single room into a mini shopping mecca. We had
|Executive Director Brian Hill|
Shoppers, bloggers, photogs, you name it, we were all in there. This is what Phoenix Fashion Week does best. Successfully bringing media and fashion together to create a beautiful balance in all cultures of this industry. I have found many designers do not enjoy being in the spotlight, even though they may see the importance of being in that spotlight. But I have a feeling the emerging designer bootcamp works on that.
With all this shopping and mingling going on, it was sure to be a successful night. And yes, I snagged a little something.
Time to a take seat!
Aconav Accessorized by
IG - @aconav Shanks Shoeware
Amanda Casarez Accessorized by
IG - @amanda.casarez Monica Mauro
Barbara Bultman Accessorized by
IG - @barbara_bultman Shanks Shoeware
IG - @cosmogyral.la
Emily Smith Designs Accessorized by
IG - @mowabyemilysmith Shanks Shoeware
Marisa Mike Accessorized by
IG - @marisamike Rhinestones and Relics/
IG - @theforgivenlove
Isy B. Accessorized by
IG - @IsyBdesign Rhinestones and Relics
Laura Tanzer Accessorized by
IG - @lauratanzer Rhinestones and Relics
MXN Fashion Accessorized by
IG - @mxnfashionhouse Shanks Shoeware
Ricci JVR Accessorized by
IG - @riccijvr Rhinestones and Relics
Monica Mauro Designs
IG - @monicamaurodesigns
Rhinestones and Relics
IG - @rhinestonesandrelics
IG - @shanksshoeware
The Phoenix Fashion Week Top 40 Models are in constant competition for male and female Model of the Year. They have challenges throughout the season that they must complete and nab themselves a winner. This night's challenge was a print challenge for four (4) categories.
And the winners are:
|Cierra Blankenship - Color Pop|
|Faith Williams (L) - FURocious|
|Andreas Oppitz - Olympic|
|Nicholas Murray - Royalty|
You now have a deeper sense of style for which these emerging designers are rooted.The time has come for each emergent to step the competitiveness up a notch. The next time we see these collections on the runway, I expect there will be some jaw-dropping moments. Let's catch up at the big shindig on October 13-15.
See you on the runway,
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