Misha Mendicino Designs flattering for any body type

From the moment I saw Misha Mendicino Designs’ dresses hit the 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week runway, I instantly fell in love with the resort wear line by designer Misha Mendicino for its bright and unique prints, flowing fabrics that draped so flatteringly on the models, and worthy cause five percent of the line’s sales go toward: elephant conservation through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

It’s no surprise Mendicino won the coveted Designer of the Year title at Phoenix Fashion Week, as every look was beautiful and seemed comfortable. I ordered one of Mendicino’s dresses, the Downtown Dress, in blue and green since the orange and blue was no longer available in my size.

Misha Mendicino Designs Downtown Dress

She was kind enough to send me the orange and blue in a size larger, which ended up working quite well when I cinched it with a belt.

Misha Mendicino Downtown Dress

Not only do I love the dresses because the rayon material is so soft and comfy, the patterns are standouts that always score compliments from people. Whether you wear the garment loose as it’s intended or give it more shape with a skinny belt, the dress is versatile and perfect for day to night. Get it here, and learn more about Mendicino here on Phoenix People.

Paper Clouds Apparel: make your clothing matter

I’ve been a huge fan of Paper Clouds Apparel for years now, as it’s one of the coolest T-shirt companies I know — and it’s based in Phoenix!

Paper Clouds Apparel

Every two weeks, four new designs are introduced, and they’re all made by individuals with special needs. Half the profits from the company go back to special needs charities — founder Robert Thornton has helped raised more than $27,000 this year, which I love! This new campaign features art by Logan, a special needs teen, and profits benefit a scholarship fund the teen has helped create, to benefit special needs individuals who need education assistance. Check out the designs here.

Here are some designs I’ve loved wearing recently.

This world peace shirt was created by Heather, a Special Olympics participant with Pradar Willi Syndrome:

Paper Clouds Apparel

This hilarious dinosaur shirt is by Bronson, with autism:

Paper Clouds Apparel

This owl design is by 12-year-old Zoey, with autism:

Paper Clouds Apparel

This butterfly top was designed by McKenna, who lost her battle to brain cancer when she was 7 years old:

Paper Clouds Apparel

Have you bought something from Paper Clouds Apparel? Tweet me @nickialanoche with a pic of your gear!

Phoenix Fashion Week features standout designers

Every year, Phoenix Fashion Week brings more than 20 emerging and established designers to the runway, and I checked out some new fashion this past Thursday and Friday at Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort.

Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week

There were definitely some standouts. I’ve already been a fan of local casualwear line State Forty Eight for about the past year. The line features hoodies, polos, off-the-shoulder long sleeve shirts, hats and more, all donning a cool Arizona-branded, “State Forty Eight” logo. Check out some styles below, get to know founder and designer Nicholas Polando here, and find their styles, starting at $22 for adult garments, here.

State Forty Eight

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I was really impressed with Scottsdale-based designer Misha Mendicino, a designer with a great cause. Her resortwear line heavily features elephant prints, and 5 percent of the profits go towards David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which focuses on wildlife preservation and anti-poaching efforts.

Her colorful styles were beachy and breezy, looking oh-so-comfortable while making a statement with bold patterns. I would have worn any of her garments and am excited there’s such great talent right here in Scottsdale. Check out some of her styles, with sales starting at $35, below, and purchase here.

Misha Mendicino

Misha Mendicino

Misha Mendicino

Albert Andrada brought stunning couture gowns. His works were ornate, one featuring feathery shoulder pads, and many Asian-inspired styles with bold sleeves. There were studded jackets, 3D skirts, sequins and toga-like styles. It was a beautiful show to watch and included dresses perfect for a red carpet affair. See some styles below, and visit his collections here.

Albert Andrada

Albert Andrada

Albert Andrada

Bri Seeley, from Los Angeles, brought soft and feminine styles. Many of her dresses reminded me of something Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine would wear. While some styles were a little conservative, most of the pieces seemed like they could fit in perfectly in any woman’s closet. Find her here, and check out some styles below.

Bri Seeley

Bri Seeley

Bri Seeley

Dolcessa, from Las Vegas, brought sexy swimwear to the catwalk. The wraps and bikinis were gorgeous — it’s easy to see why they’ve been featured extensively in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for the past four years. See some below, and purchase here.

Dolcessa

Dolcessa

Dolcessa

Phoenix Fashion Week concludes tonight. Find more information here.

Like my new Kendra Scott earrings?

Thank you, thank you, thank you to J. Lauren PR for some lovely Kendra Scott earrings. Texas-based designer Scott has a jewelry store at Scottsdale Quarter, where you can get these beautiful Danielle Gold Earrings in White Pearl ($60), as well as a variety of necklaces, bracelets and rings featuring precious stones.

Kendra Scott Danielle Gold Earrings in White Pearl

The earrings are white mother-of-pearl set in a golden frame, and they’re favorites of celebrities Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and model Elizabeth Chambers. They’re definitely statement-makers, and you can get just about any color you want in the earrings, too — neat!

Kendra Scott earrings

While most of the earrings are around the $60 price range, the brand offers a variety of precious stone gifts for less than $55 here. You can meet Scott when she heads to the Scottsdale Quarter to launch her new collection, Atlantic, on Thursday, January 23, from 6-8 p.m. For more info on the Kendra Scott line, go here.

State Forty Eight a super-cute local fashion line

Fashion lovers, rejoice! Now there’s a way to show your love for Arizona without looking like you bought a cheap drug store T-shirt. Local fashion line State Forty Eight launched last year and is popping up on all the cool kids in the Valley, with chic designs that display state pride, no cheesiness necessary.

State Forty Eight

The line was started by three Valley-based guys and features everything from off-the-shoulder tops (as you can see above — how cute!), to hoodies and yoga pants. There are offerings for men, women and kids, and if you want different colors than what are offered on the site, you can contact the line for customized options. I really love my Suns-colored V-neck (below), which you can purchase here.

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Not only are you showing off state pride by purchasing from State Forty Eight, you’re helping support a new local business. Get to know State Forty Eight designer Nicholas Polando better here on Phoenix People, and check out the designs for yourself here.