There’s truly nothing I love more than a good fashion show. Attending Tucson Fashion Week 2015 was such a treat as it offered me several incredible opportunities to witness great fashion, while intermixing art, music, and photography as well. This event is one not to be missed for the lover of all things creative.
Tucson Fashion Week 2015 started off with a night of art at The Block Party. Held at the Moen Mason Gallery, the night focused on the work of international collage artist, Derek Gores who has created pieces for Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Madonna. The mock runway show displayed Gores work in a way that was interactive and fun for the audience, with models in headpieces made out of materials like plastic wear and newspaper. A new fashion statement perhaps?
The urban event drew everyone from college students to local socialites like model Camerone Parker (read more about this fabulous woman in our feature story here). My favorite part of the evening? The free ice cream given out to the crowd! (Well, one of my favorite parts.)
TFW continued on Friday night at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with a set of fashion shows that truly blew me away. Hosted by my dear friend, Oscar De Las Salas, this set of runway shows was one of my favorite events I’ve been to in my whole career as a fashion journalist. The designers selected were professional, unique, and extremely talented. This is what a fashion show, no matter how small the market, should look like, Arizona.
Saturday night wrapped up Tucson Fashion Week. The evening was supposed to be held at Old Main on the University of Arizona campus, but rain prevented an outdoor venue and we headed back to the Scottish Rite Cathedral (which was fine by me, as it was an absolutely gorgeous venue!). Chef Joseph Keller prepared special treats for the audience (although sadly I was too busy trying to find parking to enjoy any nibbles myself).
One of my favorite parts of the evening was the opening performance by the Arizona Repertory Theatre who did a fantastic rendition of Cabaret. This act really got the crowd in the mood for a night of fun, and was a perfect way to tie in another artistic element.
Although the shows on Saturday night lacked the same level of fashion as Friday night’s, there was enough drama and diversity to entertain the audience. The only thing missing? A stellar finale designer. (And a bathroom break. That’s a lot of runway to sit through without a break!)
Overall, Tucson Fashion Week was a huge success and I enjoyed my time in the city down south. Compared to fashion weeks I’ve attended in the past, the overall production was comfortable and had a local feel. I’d love to see TFW invest in the overall showiness of the event to attract more people from Phoenix and beyond. The quality of fashion was superb and the intermix of art was genius.
The owners of Tucson Fashion Week have made incredible strides in the few years they’ve owned the organization, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the years to come.