African-inspired designs, bold prints, colorful satin dresses and flirty sportswear were a few of the fashions that Valley models flaunted on the runway Tuesday during the Emerging Designers Runway Showcase & Trunk Show at Scottsdale nightclub Axis/Radius.
The show was part of a week full of events for Phoenix Fashion Week.
Models took to the runway showcasing styles from Retro Chic by Pietra, iFemme, Black Ankh Designs and Jett Lag as music from Fergie, Nancy Sinatra, Aerosmith, Jane’s Addiction and The Pussycat Dolls pumped through speakers and colorful blue and gold lights lit up behind them.
People ranging in age from their 20s to 50s sipped cocktails and crowded around the runway, sitting in chairs or watching from the balcony to see the hour-plus show, which ran smoothly with the exception of one model who had a Janet Jackson Super Bowl moment when she was showing off a dress.
The show included a performance by Valley hip-hop dance troupe Nebellen.
Trisha Sabin, 23, of Mesa says curiosity brought her to the posh event along with an invitation from a friend.
“I didn’t know anything about it beforehand,” says Sabin, a hairstylist. “But I was curious to see what the (designers) have to offer. I like to see what’s new.”
Off the runway, designers showcased their styles throughout the club, offering patrons a chance to bring home hot runway looks, which at least one hoped to do.
Morgan Standhope, a Scottsdale accountant, says she came out for the shopping experience.
“I liked a lot of the comfortable looks that I saw tonight,” says Standhope, 34. “I’ll probably buy a couple of T-shirts and one of the rhinestone hats. They were adorable.”
Standhope says she can’t help but be impressed by the burgeoning Valley fashion scene.
“I don’t think people realize how many talented designers there are in Arizona,” she says. “The scene out here is building slowly, but it’s definitely building. And things like Phoenix Fashion Week bring attention to deserving designers.”