Victoria's Secret Models to Party at Bentley Gallery in Phoenix

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Let's be real, the Super Bowl isn't just about football. It's about over-the-top halftime shows, multi-million dollar television ads, and of course, scantily clad supermodels hosting high-priced parties.

A 12-year tradition, the Leather and Laces weekend party is coming to Phoenix in celebration of Super Bowl XLIX happening Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The two-night event will be hosted by Victoria's Secret models Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo on Friday, January 30, and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima and supermodel Erin Heatherton on Saturday, January 31, at warehouse district art gallery Bentley Projects. Because this is obviously art, people.

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Jim Malloy on Socializing Through Sneakers and His Favorite Kicks

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Jim Malloy, who owns Bunky Boutique with his wife, is one of Phoenix's biggest sneaker collectors.

Jim Malloy started off collecting sneakers the same way most people do: his dad bought them for him when he was a kid.

"I still get the same feeling, the same excitement, when I get a pair now as I did when I was 14," Malloy says.

These days, Malloy has downsized his collection to about 200 pairs of sneakers due to a recent move. He's not a sneakerhead though, he's just a guy who likes to collect and wear shoes.

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Dunkxchange Returns to US Airways Center on November 30

Categories: Events, Fashion

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Sneakerheads won't want to miss Sunday's event in Phoenix.

One of the world's first (and biggest) "buy, sell, trade" sneaker event companies is holding one of its most ambitious events to date on Sunday, November 30, at the U.S. Airways Center.

Dunkxchange (DXC) brings its national tour of sneaker events back to Phoenix with a collaboration with the Phoenix Suns, and it will likely be one of the biggest sneaker convention the Valley has ever seen.

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RAW Phoenix's CURRENT at Monarch Theatre: Refreshing, Despite Underwhelming Visual Art

Photo by Zaida Dedolph; Styled by Sophia Idowu
Sophia Idowu's hair and makeup show featured goddess-like golden accents and shimmering natural makeup.

RAW:Natural Born Artists is an international organization that aims to unite local fashion designers, musicians, and artists of all ilks. Their most recent Phoenix showcase, entitled CURRENT (yes, all caps) made its way to the Monarch Theatre on November 19. We were there to check it out.

There was something refreshing about CURRENT. RAW was established to help creatives with less than 10 years of experience succeed by providing exposure, community, and support. Some of the works featured were clearly by amateurs; others demonstrated a higher level of sophistication. While there were certainly some ubiquitous visual art exhibitions (can we just get over photographing desert landscapes and vintage signs? Please?), there were plenty of others that were visually striking, intellectually compelling, or simply beautiful.

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5 Awesome 2014 Halloween Sneakers

Categories: Fashion

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Every year, the biggest names in sneakers put out iconic colorways of their signature shoes, just in time for Halloween. Some may be a simple combination of black and orange while others feature ornate designs related to the annual day celebrating ghouls, goblins, and candy.

Here are our five favorite releases of the 2014 Halloween sneaker rush.

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Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

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Matti Hillig
Oscar de la Renta photographed during a visit to Spain.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82.

The Dominican-American designer was known for his evening wear, worn by First Ladies and leading ladies alike. He recently made headlines for designing Amal Clooney's wedding dress.

De la Renta studied under Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo. He started his eponymous label in 1965 and was among the handful of New York-based fashion designers who helped bring American fashion to global, particularly European, recognition.

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5 Worst Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

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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

Categories: Fashion, Top Lists

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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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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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