National and local designers came together on the Phoenix Fashion Week runway stage at Talking Stick Resort last night. The night was so much fun, featuring everything from chic shawls, to sexy bikinis, to hot party dresses and even some garb that could fit in at a wedding. There were even live drummers livening up the crowd in-between the DJ sets.
First up was Robert Black, whose Fashion by Robert Black store in Old Town Scottsdale features what I would call fancy Western wear. I’ve never really been a fan of cowgirl couture, despite being an Arizona native, but there were several pieces (along with multiple pairs of really fierce shoes) that I really liked.
Next up was Shawl Dawls, who, you guessed it, specializes in cute cover-ups. Based in San Dimas, California, Shawl Dawls had an interesting aesthetic for the night, outfitting their models in nude underwear to focus on the shawls. The cover-ups were long and flowy and looked ultra-comfy, which is great if you’re in Arizona for the winter, where we don’t need heavy coats.
Next up was Black Russian Label, a local line I saw a couple years ago at the same event. These garments were covered in zippers and brightly colored. They’re definitely “notice me” pieces for the bold lady.
Bradon McDonald was the headliner of the show. The Los Angeles-based designer is currently a contestant on Project Runway, and his blue and pink dress, featured below, was my favorite outfit of the night. His designs stood out for their structure and color, and he seems like a really fun, feminine designer.
After the established designers took the stage, the emerging designers were next. Las Vegas-based Dolcessa has outfitted Kate Upton in Sports Illustrated and has ultra-cute bikinis, which make me want to wear one even though we’ve entered fall.
Los Angeles-based Linden was up next, and I could totally picture stylish California gals wearing her clothes. They were funky and casual and had colorful accents.
Another Los Angeles line, Loin Cloth, brought some guy power to the stage, with shirts that had cool, unique accents that would definitely make any guy stand out when wearing them. The garments had flair but were also traditional enough to work at the office.
And local line Medium Apparel closed out the show. The line was casual, with T-shirts and sweatshirts with a tough-guy attitude, featuring guns and mantras of “Money, Power, Respect.” I guess I’d call it gangsta chic? I loved the little bear face featured on the outfits — it was cute, yet tough.
You can still get tickets to Phoenix Fashion Week here. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it features such great young talent and shows off the fashionable minds Arizona has to offer.