Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 Friday Night at Talking Stick Resort
Silvia Bours closed the second night of Phoenix Fashion Week 2012 at Talking Stick with a line of bedazzled, fairy tale dresses with flared tulle tutus fit for a kooky yet-uninvented Disney princess.
Her collection was mesmerizing, extreme, and exaggerated clothing. Two fruit-print frocks that resembled a clash between Stella McCartney and Chiquita Banana stood out as playful storybook designs that we could imagine sugary pop divas wearing. But, her well-crafted sparkle burst did little to buoy some of the other designers who showed before Bours.
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Three menswear labels brought varying perspectives to the runway. Madison Park Collective looks like its hoodies, T-shirts, and basics are ready to be racked at Urban Outfitters. Emerging designer Paulie Gibson wasn't short on creativity -- though personally we'd be hard pressed to find a man willing to wear shirts that shiny -- with his collection seemingly aimed at cigar-smoking playboys and imitators of Breaking Bad villain Tuco.
Jean Paul Jeune showed nicely made suits in surprising textures, including seasonal fave lurex, some of which skewed a little boy band. (See all-white, open-shirt ensemble for a total Nick Carter get-up.) JPJ showed a few women's pieces, too. The highlighter yellow dress with the scrubs-style neckline grew on us the more we thought about it.
photo by Melissa Fossum, designs by Paulie Gibson