Night three of Phoenix Fashion continued on Friday with show stoppers like Gents (shirtless male finale anyone?), Bri Seeley, PHXFW emerging designer winner 2012, debuted her spring collection and emerging designers like Stephanie Gentry captured the runway in her romantic and whimsical outfits.
The night began with Gents, by Josh Reed. While both men and women were dispersed throughout the show, the females wore only the signature baseball-style t-shirt and baseball cap. No pants. A little shocked and curious as to why, the audience had no choice other than to truly study the t-shirt and ball cap, revealing the main point of the line: chic comfort. For a brand that’s celebrating its first birthday this November, it was a bold move that captured the very essence of Gents.
While “men want basics that look good,” according to Reed, men aren’t the only ones. Which is why Gents branches out to women as well. Whether it’s stealing your boyfriend’s favorite t-shirt to wear to bed or dressing up the tee by tucking it in to skinny pants, throwing on heels, and adding a chunky statement necklace, basics with clean lines are necessities for both men and women.
Even celebrities support Gent’s emphasis on stylish essentials. Of course there’s a client list that consists of top male celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Liam Hemsworth, and Bradley Cooper, but the female celebrity list isn’t too shabby either. Featuring names such as Lucy Hale, Paris Hilton, Reese Witherspoon, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley, only strengthens the truth behind women loving to rock the menswear look.
Providing a luxurious alternative to the typical MLB cap and t-shirt, the tasteful rule-breakers started a new trend that very few, if any, could begin. Gents has made their iconic hat a tuxedo staple. A fresh twist to the timeless red carpet ensemble, the clash of casual and classy creates the modern suave.
The night continued with JHaus and Paulie Gibson. We enjoyed the casual denim of JHaus and the laid back “All American” feel of the outfits compared to others on the runway. Paulie Gibson, a 2012 emerging designer shocked the audience with his avant-garde menswear.
Last up for the established designers was Bri Seeley. Her Spring 2014 collection, The Silence Collection, was named this because she believes words aren’t required to make a statement.
Since Seeley caters to the woman who’s always running around town planning the next business meeting or birthday party, it’s easy to see why her designs reflect a more classically chic functionality. With a personal style similar to her own runaway looks, she values dressing “like a woman,” which explains the beautiful full skirts from The Silence Collection, each with pockets of course. The line truly revives the feminine romance of women’s fashion in a simplistic modern way that makes the clothes wearable for just about any age and size. Some of my favorite looks from the night are shown below.
But The Silence Collection isn’t the only thing Seeley fans have to look forward to for 2014. Seeley herself alluded to a big project that is scheduled to be announced this coming spring. While the big news is under strict lock and key, it’s anticipated to make you scream with joy even while dressed in Silence.
DPC by Dora Yim launched the second portion of the night with effortlessly chic dresses for the 9-5 woman. The dress with moveable shoulders was pure genius!
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Herbert Victoria’s tribal influence was unique and vivid on the runway. Each piece in the collection was unique and very detailed. Good job!
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Proverbs by Efua was opposite of Victoria’s “fierce woman” with her simplistic and feminine silhouettes.
Stephanie Gentry’s dreamy fantasyland collection was a great ending to the night. Our favorite was the high-low halter dress. Remember the pink one on Lindsay from Couture in the Suburbs during Fashionably Pink? So cute!
written by: Audree Kate and Catt Lovins
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