By Angelica Cabral
The second night of Phoenix Fashion Week featured contemporary fashion and dresses that looked like they were straight out of a fairytale.
I walked into Talking Stick Resort Casino Friday evening feeling like I had entered a movie scene. The runway area was filled with beautiful people who were following their dreams of succeeding in the fashion world- and they certainly were succeeding.
In the hours leading up to the show, vendors from all around were showcasing their products, fashion lovers took pictures on a red carpet and a DJ played some of the best remixes I’ve ever heard.
The show started with Laura Tanzer, who ended up winning Contemporary Designer of the Year by one vote.
My personal favorites were MXN and Resty, the finale of the night.
The MXN designers said tonight’s collection was largely inspired by candy and K-Pop culture. Each of their models wore a wig and lipstick to match the colors of their outfits, from bright blue to enchanting green.
They paired flashy jackets and flowery shirts with simple denim, creating a look that reminded me of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.
Resty’s line had amazingly gorgeous gowns, reminiscent at times of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” Video or an evil Disney queen.
I could definitely see why Resty was chosen to be the finale; although the dresses ranged in color, each one was fit for a queen.
Dolcessa Swimwear was also in the show. The Las Vegas based line has provides beach wear for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue for years. Their collection had something for everyone, from fairly modest dresses to two pieces fit for a Bond girl.
I was amazed to see how far Phoenix Fashion Week has come. Although it doesn’t feature designers likeCalvin Klein or Marc Jacobs, it does something even better. It provides opportunities for upcoming designers with fresh ideas, and in the process it also gives the fashion community a colorful boost. This isn’t just a fashion show for celebrities or the “elites” of this world, it’s a show anyone can genuinely enjoy.