Guests began the evening by sipping cocktails as they perused the designer's collections in a market environment and purchasing their favorite pieces. Then came the runway portion of the evening, where attendees were ushered into an adjacent room that housed a sea of seats and a chic, white catwalk. Each of the thirteen emerging designers sent four looks down the runway, which gave an insight into the theme and overall aesthetic of their collection, as well as what to expect come October. While some impressed me, others left me a little let down. The catwalk is a sacred space. A place to be creative and push the boundaries. I would like to see a few of the designers abandon their comfort zones and test their creativity in their collections. However, thanks to Phoenix Fashion Week's extensive bootcamp that all emerging designers participate in, I'm sure we will see growth and changes at the final runway show in a few months. That's one of the great things about this event, while it builds the hype for the designers, it also lets us see their progress as they refine their brand throughout the Phoenix Fashion Week experience.
All in all, it was a lovely night out for the Phoenix fashion community and a great opportunity to mingle with the best of the best, including all of my fellow blogger babes. It's always a joy to get so many passionate people in one place. Here are a few of my favorite snaps of the night and the designers I'm betting on to take home the title of 2014 Emerging Designer of the Year:
All runway shots by Almanza Photography.
Now that you've seen my top picks, I hope you're all as excited as I am to see the full runway collections at Phoenix Fashion Week in October. Make sure to get your ticket here and check out the rest of the thirteen designers here!
Thanks for stopping by and thank you to Phoenix Fashion Work for putting on this lovely event. XoX