Last Thursday, Phoenix Fashion Week finally revealed the 43 models that will be competing for Model of the Year this fall. Originally, we had only intended to take 40 models, but with the out pour of talent, we accepted three more. They walked in front of more than 200 guests and buzzing media personnel, all excited for the top 43 to finally go public. Despite a little glitch with graphics during the model walk, the event was the best yet.
The fashion week team turned INTL night club in Scottsdale into runway show. I showed up at 5:30, but I’m assuming the incredibly hard-working operations team had to get there around 4:00. The set up was amazing and INTL served as the perfect venue. The designers sat in the front row, along with some other notable attendees like Miss Arizona USA Jordan Wessel.
As a member of the media team, one of my biggest tasks for the night was to track down the best dressed attendees and take some pictures of them. We hosted a street style contest, where the winner received an ever so coveted swag bag. I spotted blogger Katlynn from The Blonde With Hips wearing Missguided and knew I found my winner. Her all-over snakeskin print was flawless and daring at the same time, and I’m mildly obsessed with it.
After all the madness of chasing down fashionistas and directing guests, media and designers alike around the event, we finally got to see the top 43! There will be five model challenges that will factor into who wins Model of the Year this fall, the first being a head shot challenge. Models Nico and Sammy took home the award for this round, but Model of the Year is still anyone’s game. Look out for our next event, Shop the Garment District, on August 8th.
Overall, the event was my favorite so far. I’m excited to see how these models progress and can’t wait to see who wins the next challenge. Follow me on Twitter for more updates about Phoenix Fashion Week.