Local First Arizona Members Host Tucson Fashion Week Festivities

Tucson Fashion WeekTucson Fashion Week (TFW), will take place Oct 16 -19, 2104. The event brings together creative people from all levels of the fashion industry for four days of outstanding fashionable experiences, showcasing the work of emerging talent, industry experts, icons, artists and more. Creative directors Paula Taylor and Melanie Sutton have created a world class event that Tucson can be very proud of - attracting major industry talents as well as an ever growing list of attendees. This year's special guests include UA Alumni and lead Architect for PUMA, Nate Colkitt; Senior Vice President of Men's Design for Tommy Bahama, Joey Rodolfo; former costume designer and Director of the school of Theatre Arts at the UA, Al Tucci; award-winning stylist and best -selling author David Zyla; and five fashion designers from the Lifetime Reality show Project Runway.


Local First Arizona member Laura Tanzer will also be one of the featured Arizona runway designersTanzer has a love of, and experiments with, many media, mixing and balancing textures, colors, and forms. Architecture and modern art are major influences on her design aesthetic, as are photography, jazz and mid-century design.

General admission tickets for all events are $35 per person. A limited amount of student/standing room tickets are available at $15 per person. Tickets for the Sunday VIP Experience are $50 per person. The VIP package which includes tickets to the first three events is $285.00 per person. All can be purchased on the website at www.tucsonfashionweek.com . VIP Packages are on sale now; General Admission and single VIP tickets will be on sale August 5th.

Here's a list of the fashion festivities:


TFW kicks off at a new, unique downtown Tucson location. Special guest industry leader Nate Colkitt will judge an innovative Design Competition inspired by one of Colkitt & Co. architectural building. A ready -to -wear collection of made in Arizona, Lawless Denim will be showcased as well as a fashion installation presented by national vintage/second-hand clothing boutique, Buffalo Exchange. Hair and makeup by Ricky English and team. Food will be provided by downtown restaurants Proper and Diablo Burger.

Friday, October 17, 2014 ~ 6-10pm THE GARDEN PARTY @ TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS

Hosted by award-winning stylist and author David Zyla, the garden party will include an interactive salon style fashion show highlighting local and national retailers including Loop Jean Company, Posh Boutique and Tommy Bahama. David Zyla will take the audience on a transformative journey on the power of color, with insights, humor, tips, and inspirations from his book, Color Your Style.

Special guest appearance by industry leader/Icon Joey Rodolfo, Senior Vice President of Men's Design for Tommy Bahama and UA Alum – highlighting a live retrospective presentation and fashion show of his life’s work as a leader in designing resort and golf wear for the past 35 years. Collections by local and regional designers Laura Tanzer, Christina Cornwell, Jamiaca Cole and Too Strong will also be featured on the garden path runway. Food will be provided by Blu, A Wine & Cheese Stop, and Prep & Pastry.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 6-10pm PROJECT RUNWAY SHOWCASE & PROJECT ARIZONA @ FOX TUCSON THEATRE This high-energy evening opens with a spectacular, never before seen, costume capsule collection from Costume Designer and former UA School of Theatre dept chair, Al Tucci, followed by the works of three emerging Project Arizona designers: Estrella Sevilla, Loreto Echevarria, and 2013 Betsey Johnson’s Choice winner Meggen Connelly of Magnetic Threads. A dramatic presentation from TFW Founder Elizabeth Denneau's CandyStrike collection will be staged in the theatre lobby.

The evening concludes with an exhilarating Project Runway Showcase, hosted by Tucson’s own Fashionista Camerone Parker and featuring the works of five special guest Project Runway /Project Runway All-Star designers Bert Keeter, Korto Momolu, Daniel Esquivel, Mila Hermanowski, and Peach Carr. Food will be provided by Agustin Kitchen, Acacia Real Food & Cocktails and Penca.

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