Philanthropy, fashionistas and fantasy saturated the Musical Instrument Museum’s outdoor stage at Phoenix Fashion Week’s first night of fashion featuring the fourth Annual Fashionably Pink celebrity and cancer survivor runway show.
An elegant ‘Pink Affair’ introduced local celebrities like Miss Arizona USA 2012 Erika Frantzve and America’s Next Top Model contestant Brittany Brown wearing pink-inspired designs created by each of the Phoenix Fashion Week designers. With appropriately pink looks by designers like Elevee and Shawl Dawls, each model emanated poised creativity and precision beauty.
Inarguably the show-stopping piece, the Pink Affair finale dress was designed by celebrity designer Furne One, who took inspirational experiences for the finale dress from dressing stars like Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. Worn by America’s Next Top Model runner-up Raina Hein, the billowy gown flowed effortlessly and complimented her figure as she sauntered down the runway. Paired with a dazzling smile, the piece certainly made a fashionably pink statement.
In addition to the many breast cancer survivors who donned designer looks, America’s Next Top Model contestant Brittany Brown modeled a pearly pink, satin gown with a keyhole bodice garnished with playful embellishments. Also an America’s Next Top Model favorite, Raina Hein donned the Cinerella story finale gown, which encased her dainty figure in layered tulle, enlarged sequins and gobs of glitter.
Accented with her sash and crown, Miss Arizona USA 2012 Erika Frantzve ruled the stage in a pink-and-silver patterned, metallic mini dress. Olympic gold medal winner Lacey Nymeyer John stormed the runway with a fuchsia draped gown with an asymmetrical hemline for a fashionably trendy look.
Radio personality Johnjay, of Johnjay and Rich, sported a grey ensemble with a pop of color – a magenta tie. Matched with a fun and frisky walk down the runway, Johnjay entertained the crowd with his dance moves to “Gangham Style. Bachelorette contestant Arie Luyendyk wore a clean, crisp professional navy suit. It was the most formal look for the men.
Alongside the models and designers stood founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization, Nancy Brinker. In her opening remarks to the crowd she shared her insights into the significance of fashion as a means of encouraging confidence for women with breast cancer. The Fashionably Pink runway show reserved 100 percent of the net proceeds as a donation for the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, seamlessly marrying fashion and compassion.
Jessica Abercrombie and Garrett Mitchell