Saturday, October 14, 2017

Opening Night at Laughlin International Film Festival

by Toy Taylor

There was a great crowd at Stadium 9 Cinemas in Laughlin NV at this year's Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF). 

The 4-day event brings over 100 

films, short films, and documentaries 

to the big screen.  

Chronic Behavior will be hosting on the red carpet in addition to conducting 

"Interviewing 101" 

workshop for the youth filmmakers and any one who needs a refresher on the subject.

Many of the filmmakers stepped out on the red carpet on opening night. But the two that stood out the most was Writer/Director Ari Gold and brother Composer Ethan Gold. Their film opened the festival with a bang.

Directed by Ari Gold
Music by Ethan Gold

Myself, Ari Gold (c) Ethan Gold (r)

Red carpet interview with Eva Louis

This film hits you with so many "life-truths"
    • loss of a child
    • loss of a parent
    • loss of a spouse
    • suicide
    • abandonment

Which may sound quite dark, but we're here to tell you it is not. We were first captivated by the scenery of the lake and the lake home. We weren't aware of the beauty that lies in upstate New York. It was simply mesmerizing. The story takes us back to the past by way of intoxicating our senses with "old" photographs, historical memories of wartime era, and a huge fave is the vast array of vinyl albums. Perfectly aligned in every scene. 

Ollie played by Rory Culkin was fabulous in conveying Ollie's love/hate emotional rollercoaster for the "old time" music. 

The tempo for the film was music of Cole Porter-types that make your insides smile from the innocence of the sound. 

A big kudos goes to Ethan Gold for the original score The Song of Sway Lake. Truly amazing! 


"A young record collector, haunted by his father's suicide, brings a bombastic Russian drifter to his family's lake house, to help him steal a one-of-a-kind record from his own grandmother. But the vision of two women - one young, one old - distracts the young men from their mission. "The Song of Sway Lake" is the story of the melody that haunts those who idealize a lost America."

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ACONAV Wins Couture Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2017

Loren Aragon, Designer/Owner, ACONAV LLC, runway Phoenix Fashion Week 2017

For More Information, Contact:
Loren Aragon
Designer/Owner, ACONAV LLC


Acoma Pueblo Fashion Brand Recognized as Designer of the Year on Acclaimed Southwest Runway

Phoenix, AZ (October 10, 2017) – For the first time in Phoenix Fashion Week’s 9 year history, a Native American owned fashion brand took top honors as the 2018 Couture Designer of the Year. On the night of October 7th the Phoenix based fashion brand ACONAV, rose among global talents to be the first in the Native fashion community to receive the coveted title. ACONAV owner and designer, Loren Aragon, clinched the prize Saturday night after an unforgettable display of culturally fueled fashion that included contemporary dance and timeless, elegant designs on the runway.

ACONAV brings Acoma Pueblo art and culture into the spotlight with luxury designs that tie cultural ideas and beliefs with modern silhouettes. “It’s a great honor to represent my people on this fashion stage and bring an awareness to the rich culture that still resonates from a deep-rooted ancestry.” explained Aragon. Fifteen emerging designers showed at Phoenix Fashion Week. These designers were selected by the Phoenix Fashion Week organization from over 300 global applicants earlier this year. The organization teaches promising brands how to succeed in the fashion industry in real time. The title is awarded to the designer who proves a gained knowledge in the business of fashion, through an accumulation of points in a rigorous four month ‘bootcamp’. Aragon demonstrated his knowledge in addition to presenting a unique branding, based on his cultural heritage and a display of his innovative designs. “I am proud of the detailed work and cultural vision of designer Loren Aragon, his brand ACONAV is our new 2018 Designer of the Year, big things are soon to follow,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director, Phoenix Fashion Week.

Aragon continues to bring Native American fashion to the forefront by making his brand a recognizable name in the southwest. “ACONAV is just a small representation of the greater Native fashion community,” tells Aragon. “I truly hope this achievement inspires more of my fellow Native designers to bring more recognition to who we are.” The title brings more exposure for ACONAV as well as a $10,000 valued prize package of goods and services to help the success of the brand. More opportunities lie ahead for Aragon and his team. Fans and followers of ACONAV look forward to what comes next. For more about ACONAV, visit

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ACONAV is a Native American owned & operated couture fashion brand, based in Phoenix, AZ. The brand celebrates the strength and empowerment of women through positive expressions in designs that tie Native American culture to modern style. The brand’s purpose is to properly and respectfully represent a part of Native America in fashion. ACONAV is a representation of a people, their story, and its culture. The goal of ACONAV is to be recognizable & reliable entity in the fashion industry, while working to establish meaningful relationships with groups and individuals in fashion and the greater community. For more about ACONAV, visit:

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and top fashion media. Phoenix Fashion Week’s ultimate goal is to garner global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, visit:

Monday, October 2, 2017

19 Reasons To Attend Phoenix Fashion Week

The fashion season is definitely in full effect! With the 2017 Phoenix Fashion Week event just days away, this year's designers are in overdrive making sure their collections are on point. Traditionally held in beautiful Scottsdale AZ at the swanky Talking Stick Resort, Phoenix Fashion Week boasts to being the hottest runway show in the Southwest. Our sunny desert is going to heat up with some serious fashions. 

15 emerging designers adorned by the 4 accessory designers are taking stage to bring us their very best. They will all be vying for Designer of the Year. We got an even better look at each designer at the #PhxFW Shop Garment District show. But first we mixed and mingled with designers and party goers.


Marie Margot (c)

Theo Doro (l)

Moon Arrow

IG - @gfash_now

IG - @taglientedesigns

JC Triple Threat in WVSH

IG - @enji_studio_jewelry


IG - @multi_colored_animal
Executive Director Brian Hill

More than 20 fashion shows from some of the hottest designers in the world will hit the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week. Want to know what else we are working with? 

Barbara Bultman

One of the established designers to 

grace the runway will be returning 

winner 2016 Couture Designer of 

the Year Barbara Bultman. 

More designers include swimwear phenom Dolcessa, YAS Couture by Eli Madi and my absolute fave Rocky Gathercole from the Phillipinnes.
YAS Couture
Rocky Gathercole

This is an event you don't want to miss! 

Here's a look at the emerging designers and their collections.


      IG - @shalajaswimwear

       IG - @wvshofficial

IG - @moonarrowco

        LIV RIO
       IG - @liv_rio_sportswear

IG - @qmulative

IG - @nouvelleresort

IG - @ennye_collection

        IG - @nahualamx

IG - @oddbirddesigns

IG - @theo_doro_fairyland

        IG - @cliffdcreations

IG - @mariemargotcouture

IG - @aconav

        IG - @christineadar

They are all so phenomenally fantastic! I really can't just pick one favorite. Can you? Phoenix Fashion Week has a poll online where you can vote for your favorite emerging designer and accessory designer. Make sure to cast your vote.

                  AT SHOP GARMENT DISTRICT...

Phoenix Fashion Week does it bigger and badder each year. YOU DO NOT want to miss out on this year's show. Get your tickets here for this tantalizing fashionable event held on October 5th-7th at Talking Stick Resort. Follow us at Film and Fashion Futures on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all the fashion news.

See you on the runway!

Presented by   @chronicbehavior

Thanks to the Chronic Behavior team and Marina Johnson for their excellent coverage of the event. They are the team helping to support and promote the brand. We appreciate you for your continued support.