Fashion Week. A long weekend when all reality seems to be set aside for those precious couple minutes for a hand-sewn gown to be waltzed down the runway in the most magical way. Some understand the art of fashion while few truly appreciate the beauty it holds. It was my first year attending Phoenix Fashion Week and I’m was so thankful for the wonderful people at PHXFW for presenting me with the opportunity to participate.
From cool street wear like LoinCloth LA, contemporary feminine pieces by Bri Seeley to jaw-dropping gowns by Michelle Herbert, it was impossible to choose just one favorite. Night two kicked off at Talking Stick Resort with Robert Black’s iconic ’50s and ’60s classic styles with a modern and western twist.
Models strutted down the runway in Elvis-inspired suits and full skirts reminiscent of the drive-in movie days. Yet, Black managed to also reflect the essence of his desert home in the colorful Sonoran prints and patterns he used. The hint of Sonora materialized in the form of Western-style dress shirts for men and women as well as Navajo-inspired dresses.
Jeweled jacket designs and sequined cardigans helped the vintage line exude a contemporary flair. Black threw in platform pumps, skin-tight black leather pants, and metallic elements to modernize looks. Although accessories were minimal, the medium to large size totes and chunky necklaces donned by the models showcased how his looks easily fit in with current trends, too.
From pantsuits and jumpsuits to flirty dresses and full skirts, Black’s Spring 2014 line offers an array of cool cat pieces to any vintage virtuoso.
In addition to black’s retro flashback, 2012 emerging designer, Shawl Dawls wowed the crowd with their unique pieces. The theme of a dollhouse really set the mood for the new line with dramatic fabrics and styles.
Next up was Black Russian Label. The line, “Urban Nomad” described the traveled yet chic woman. We enjoyed the headpieces and varying prints from the line.
Special guest, Bradon McDonald from Project Runway Season 12 displayed his collection on the runway Thursday night. Stunning. The elegance and romanticism of the line was perfect end to the established designer portion of the night. McDonald’s line consisted of oriental flowers, dramatized ruffles and bold colors; this triple threat won over the crowd.
The night proceeded with Emerging designers, Dolcessa, Linden, LoinCloth LA, and Medium Apparel. First up was Dolcessa’s tropical bikinis.
Linden’s collection was the great day wear with a funky retro twist. We loved the asymmetrical black and white block jeans.
LoinCloth and Medium Apparel were our favorites of the night with their fresh cut & sew oxford shirts and duffle bags.
LoinCloth designers Sam and Clary have come just a long way since the beginning and our team has been so pleased with the progression of the line! (Check their interview from this summer here) We love that they are breaking into cut&sew and their dip-dyed oxfords and colorful pocket tees are great additions to any closet.
Medium Apparel debuted a ladies crop top that was our favorite of the collection! We love how wearable the line was and that badass factor is always a plus!
It was a great end to day 2 at Phoenix Fashion Week!
Written by: Audree Kate and contributing writer, Catt Lovins