Since temperatures in March often approach 90 degrees, Phoenicians need other indications that spring has arrived. Of course, the crowds of out-of-towners here to see the 15 Cactus League Teams’ spring training are telling. But another sign of spring is the launch of an exciting year of activities leading up to Phoenix Fashion Week. This year, the Spring Runway Trend Show: Spring into Style was held on March 21, 2015, at the Arizona Center in Phoenix.
Brian Hill can be commended for his quest since he founded Phoenix Fashion Week in 2005 to “bridge the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media.” Hill wants to gain Phoenix the global recognition in fashion that America’s sixth largest city should have.
Just as spring is the season of rebirth, Spring into Style gives a start to new fashion professionals. The gala event in March featured six new stylists. Jenesis Laforcarde (Styling Boho) combined Indian and African styles and recommended fashion weeks as great learning experiences. Audree Lopez (Styling Floral) is a blogger, who showcased beautiful patterns and prints. Nuvia Maghahi (Styling Denim) loves the casualness of denim combined with simple blacks and whites. Timothy Boado (Styling Distinct Prints), the only male and the Phoenix Fashion Week veteran, enjoys his styling niche more than designing and “making a difference in fabrics.” Vanessa Gonzales (Styling Neutrals) displayed stylish outfits anyone could buy from Dillard’s. Jackie Marin (Styling Bold) got to show off haute couture items in the show’s finale.
New vendors also received excellent exposure. Shazia*s Boutique, two years old, was making its first appearance at Spring into Style, as was Ruby Mae Jewelry (Leah Williams fashions custom-made jewelry from buttons). Emmett and Emil Green were representing Hope Ashley and her online Ashley Lane Boutique.
First-time media representatives were as excited to attend their first Spring into Style as the stylists. Kinsey Schofield, a famous writer, television personality and social media consultant, enjoyed a welcomed break from Jodi Arias coverage. Photographer Marci Batiste (Sweat Equity Transformations) received some fashion shooting tips from veteran James Almanza (Almanza Photography).
It was a beautiful spring evening and a well-attended and -sponsored (Arizona Center, 1130 Restaurant, Mark Taylor, BoomDigitus, Salon Estique) gala, which bodes well for the other events, culminating in Phoenix Fashion Week on October 1-3, 2015, and focusing on Hill’s priorities of fashion, education, and humanity.