5 Worst Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com
What hat(h) Pharrell wrought?

A new season is a new excuse to revamp your closet. But before you max out your latest credit card on this fall's trendiest styles, you need to know what you're getting yourself into. While plenty of runway looks for autumn 2014 are wearable, nice, and, hey, maybe even gorgeous, there are five that stand out among the stylish as just plain terrible. From the unflattering to the utterly undesirable, here are five trends to leave out of your fall wardrobe.

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5 Best Stores for Sneakerheads in Metro Phoenix

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Josh Chesler
High Point Shoes, owned by former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, is one of the premier sneaker shops in the Phoenix area.

Sneakerheads in metro Phoenix have always faced a difficult challenge. Simply put, there are too many sneakerheads and not enough sneaker stores in the Valley for everyone to get the releases they want the most. Unlike in New York, where we've seen extremely limited sneakers sit on mall shelves for weeks, the relatively small number of sneaker stores in Arizona means that many limited releases will be completely gone within hours of stores opening their doors at many of the corporate chains like Footlocker, Champs, or the Nike Store in Scottsdale.

If you're looking for sneakers in and around Phoenix, here are five locally owned businesses where you might have better luck finding your kicks.


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9 Favorite Looks From Phoenix Fashion Week 2014

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This year, Phoenix Fashion Week was a little bit different.

Designers presented collections at Talking Stick Resort from October 2 through 4 that were better crafted and more smartly assembled than ever before. No line was an all-out embarrassment. There was plenty I didn't like, but there was more that I found impressive. And while I did spot a pinned hem here and a splitting seam there, overall garment construction for this year's emerging designers was of a much higher and consistent quality than I've seen at Phoenix Fashion Weeks past.


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The 5 Coolest Sneakers We Saw at Heated Sole Summit in Phoenix

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Josh Chesler
While the event was (as expected) mostly Jordans, a few tables had serious Kobe collections like this.

One of Phoenix's biggest sneaker events, Heated Sole Summit, took place on October 4 at Bourgade Catholic High School.

The fourth Heated Sole Summit event brought sneakerheads from all over the state together for a cause, and to buy, sell, or trade their rare kicks.


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Misha Mendicino Named Emerging Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014

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Evie Carpenter
Misha Mendicino (far right) won the emerging designer competition.

Misha Mendicino Designs was named emerging designer of the year on Saturday, October 4, at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 at Talking Stick Resort.

Based in Phoenix, the brand creates breezy resort wear often printed with elephants. The label donates a portion of its sales to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help protect elephants from poachers.

While Mendicino was easily the best emerging designer who showed on Thursday, her winning the overall title came as a shock.

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Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 at Talking Stick Resort: Friday's Designers a Mixed Bag

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Evie Carpenter
Blackberry Maverick opened Phoenix Fashion Week's second night.

Is it just us, or has Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 been the best edition of the event yet?

Sure, there have been ugly outfits and underwhelming collections. But so far they've been outnumbered by thoughtful designs and higher garment quality than we've seen on the PFW runway in past years. And the event seems to be running more smoothly than ever.

Here's hoping we aren't jinxing it. Because the designers who showed on Friday, October 3, at Talking Stick Resort were still a mixed bag of good and, well, unfortunate. And there's still one more night to go.

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Emerging Designers Off to Rocky Start at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 at Talking Stick Resort

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Evie Carpenter
Charmosa Swimwear opened Phoenix Fashion Week 2014.

It was a slow and rocky start for Phoenix Fashion Week 2014's opening night on Thursday, October 2, at Talking Stick Resort. But, somewhat surprisingly, the annual style event turned it around by the end of the evening with designs from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising graduates.

Emerging designers Charmosa, Misha Mendicino, State Forty Eight, and Woman's Touch Apparel kicked off the runway show. And it was a tedious first half.

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Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 Designer Lineup Revealed

Categories: Fashion, News

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Melissa Fossum
View a slideshow of Phoenix Fashion Week 2013.
The designers are coming.

Phoenix Fashion week revealed its final 2014 lineup of emerging and established designers on Monday, September 29. And the event, which will return to Talking Stick Resort October 2 through October 4, will feature a few familiar faces.


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Quincy Ross Featured in Esquire's Style Across America

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Jim Wright
Quincy Ross is featured in the September issue of Esquire.
Pick up the September issue of Esquire magazine and you might see a familiar face.

In a special editorial titled "Style Across America," the men's magazine traveled around the country to showcase the 22 men who are redefining fashion.

Arizona was featured twice on the list, first with Flagstaff-based astronomer Gerard Van Belle, and again with Phoenix's own Quincy Ross.


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5 Things We Learned at Suzanne Shapiro's "A Century of the Modern Manicure"

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Photograph by Dawn DiCarlo featuring nails by Madeline Poole
We learned a handful of things at Suzanne Shapiro's Phoenix Art Museum lecture.

Where did our obsession with nails -- and particularly manicures -- come from?

Suzanne Shapiro broached the subject on Wednesday, September 10, with her lecture "A Century of the Modern Manicure" at Phoenix Art Museum. Her new book, Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure, explores the growing popularity and innovation in nail painting, while Shapiro's lecture took the audience through 100 years of American nail trends and why they're an important part of both history and beauty evolution.

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