The third and final night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort is my favorite each year. I mean, who doesn’t love watching couture walk down the runway all night?! The night began with emerging designers competing for the title of emerging designer of the year, and global established designers closed the show. I loved just about every second of it, so there is a lot to cover in today’s highlight reel.
All photos in this post courtesy of Phoenix Fashion Week & Almanza Photography.
After getting a sneak peek of this LA designer’s collection at Shop Garment District, I knew I was going to love her full collection. But seriously, it blew me away. Her looks are so aetherial and romantic, I found myself swooning over every single one. The feather details, the capes, I loved it all!
MOWA by Emily Smith
You can certainly tell where this African designer gets her inspiration. Between the bold prints and her use of interesting cut-out elements, I found this collection to be increibly cohesive, and I love she made animal prints look so elegant.
As you may remember, I shared early on that Barbara Bultman was my absolute favorite designer pre-Phoenix Fashion Week, so I was thrilled to see her complete collection take the runway. I was even more excited when she took home designer of the year in the couture category — so well deserved! Barbara Bultman’s collection is edgy and seriously cool. Each and every detail was thought out: from the outfits to the accessories that she also designed. I’ll take all of it, please! Be on the lookout for this designer’s collection on Evine Live.
Rachad Itani Couture
Rachad Itani Couture kicked off the established designer segment of the evening with gowns fit for a princess. This Lebanese designer’s looks literally sparkled, and each and every look that came down the runway was somehow better than the last. It was couture perfection!
Yas Couture by Elie Madi
You may recall Yas Couture from my coverage of Phoenix Fashion Week last year. Somehow, Elie Madi managed to come up with en entirely new collection of his intricate designs for 2016, and I personally was beyond impressed. This show in particular was filled with so many amazing moments that I could relive over and over again.
Just like last year, Rocky Gathercole closed Phoenix Fashion Week with his take on wearable art. It could be argued that this year’s collection was even more avant garde than the last, with most of the looks being downright odd…but I still enjoyed it for its artistic value.
Overall, Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort 2016 was another great one, and I’m grateful to have been involved. Can’t wait for 2017!