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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Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 Tickets on Sale Now

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Melissa Fossum
View a slideshow of Phoenix Fashion Week 2013.

Start planning your outfits, because Phoenix Fashion Week is just a month away.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual style event, which features a mix of established and emerging designers. The runway shows will be held at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale from Thursday, October 2, and Saturday, October 4.

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Native Phoenix Artists Make Strong Showing in Santa Fe

Niba Castillo
Mural by Breeze and Colton Brock

Phoenix artists are no stranger to The City Different -- that is Santa Fe, New Mexico. And last week some major things happened for Phoenix artists in the Land of Enchantment. During the third weekend of August, artists, and creative types gather in New Mexico for the annual Indian Market, gallery openings, new exhibits, films, fashion shows, and concerts that celebrate Native creativity. In addition to all that, this year there was a new market launched. Here's a rundown on all the Phoenix-related happenings from pop-up style events and murals to gallery openings and new markets.

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Phoenix Fashion Week to Host Emerging Designer Fashion Show at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

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Courtney Pedroza
Provo-based label POINT&HUE showed a little black dress at Phoenix Fashion Week's emerging designer announcement event.

Phoenix Fashion Week's 2014 emerging designers are about to emerge just a skosh more.

The group of 14 up-and-coming designers and labels from across the country has been working through an educational program and competition in which they learn how to build successful brands with the help of Phoenix Fashion Week. About a month into the process, the designers will show off a preview of their progress during a shopping and fashion show event at 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

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Phoenix Fashion Week to Announce 2014 Emerging Models in Scottsdale

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Courtney Pedroza
More than 100 models showed up to an audition for Phoenix Fashion Week's emerging model program.

Aspiring Cara Delevingnes of Arizona, don't sleep through this one.

Phoenix Fashion Week will introduce 2014's crop of 40 emerging models during an announcement party at INTL Scottsdale on Thursday, July 10.

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Tempe Stylist Justin Kimberlin's Androgynous Look Is Inspired by BDSM and the Olsen Twins

Andie Flores
Justin Kimberlin rocks a modern androgynous look.

Believe it or not, Justin Kimberlin went through an Abercrombie & Fitch phase.

Don't ask him to see pictures -- the 23-year-old Nashville native burned them a long time ago. Now based in Tempe, the stylist's current look is a gender-bending parade where fear is irrelevant and freak flags fly high.

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Ashley Denton Wants Phoenix to Express Itself with Fashion -- And Be Less Judgmental

Andie Flores
Ashley Denton shows off her style in front of a neighborhood mural by Gennaro Garcia.

All of Ashley Eaton Denton's interests are beginning to come full circle.

The 28-year-old -- born and raised in Phoenix -- used to run her own mobile vintage shop and is now focusing on shaping Field & Fellow, the new fitness, vintage, art, and D.I.Y. blog she runs with her husband, Trevor. It's a lifestyle.

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ASU Student Gavin Plooster Explains His Health Goth Style

Andie Flores
Gavin Plooster's look is rooted in internet subcultures.

Gavin Plooster is highly considering going into the field of computer science.

It'd be a good fit. The 24-year-old Southern California native's life is deeply immersed in and influenced by Internet culture, from the way he thinks to the way he fashions his everyday looks.

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Meet Phoenix Fashion Week's 2014 Emerging Designers

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Courtney Pedroza
Design duo RAYAN showed a full-length dress.

Phoenix Fashion Week introduced its new class of emerging designers on Friday, June 13, at Toni & Guy Academy in Scottsdale.

While there were more Arizona-based designers than ever before, most of the 14 businesses included in this year's group of up-and-comers looked like they have a long way to go before they're ready to present runway collections at Phoenix Fashion Week from Wednesday, October 1, through Saturday, October 4, at Talking Stick Resort.

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Tempe Artist Amiel Cruz's Colorful Style Is a Surrealist Fiesta

Andie Flores
Amiel Cruz in front of trash-turned-art in his home.

Once, while on trash duty at the Chinese restaurant he worked at, Amiel Cruz found a beautiful painting of a woman wedged between some dumpsters.

The 20-year-old kept the painting, took it home, and made it his own by placing thumbtacks through the woman's face. Cruz's eye for art and his own sense of style are very much the same: Do it yourself, do it well, and do it a little crazy.

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