Tag: Fashion PHoenix

IIDA’s 5th Annual Couture Event

February 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Who says couture happens only in Paris? Here at DLT, we believe our fair city is a hub of inspiring and talented design. Case in point: the Southwest Chapter of the International Interior Design Association will celebrate its 5th Annual Couture Event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Benefitting The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Phoenix Chapter and I.D.C.A. (Interior Design Coalition of Arizona), local architects/designers (along with local interior design students) are randomly paired with a color forecast scheme and an industry material/product. They are then challenged to create and model a fashion using only those colors & materials. This year’s event draws inspiration from Antron Carpet Fiber’s “Reinterpretations – A Sign of the Times” 2012 Color Forecast. A Student Team will introduce each category in the Color Forecast, which are Folklore, Military, Modern Technology, New Boho, Retro 40’s, Retro 60’s, Romantic and Urban Minimalism. Then, each Professional Design Team will follow, in their assigned category, using their assigned “slide” with four colors and a key image as their inspiration.

Following a cocktail hour, fashion show and an intermission where guests will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice” award, a panel of celebrity and industry insider judges – including The Shoperone & DLT’s own Kira Brown – will give awards for the following categories: Best Styling (hair, make-up and accessories/props), Best Haute Couture (most fabulous), Best Pret-a-Porter (most wearable), Best Craftsmanship, Honorable Mention and Best of Show – Student Teams and Professional Teams.

Tickets range from $20 for students to $100 for VIP access. Click here to purchase your seat for this exciting and challenging fashion and design event.

The Sheraton Downtown Hotel | 340 North 3rd Street | Phoenix, Arizona | 85004

Fashion Meets Architecture: Studio Joy Li

December 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | Her | By Staff

You may have seen Studio Joy Li at the Scottsdale Waterfront Mix Shops and thought it’s a pricey designer boutique from New York or Los Angeles. Though the design, craftsmanship and the storefront would rival any NYC or LA boutique, Studio Joy Li houses the local designer clothing of Joy Li.

The warm and friendly woman-owned boutique of Studio Joy Li houses the brilliant, wearable collection of designs by Joy Li, a veteran designer in the fashion industry working during her career for companies such as Liz Claiborne and Guess. The philosophy of design is described by the designer as “confident, comfortable” and is unconcerned with trends. Rather, she focuses on the customer and her lifestyle with an emphasis on the European contemporary color-palette, which centers on sophistication and neutrality allowing pieces from Studio Joy Li to mix-n-match almost effortlessly. Li says, “Our Scottsdale store is our testing lab,” meaning this first and current flagship boutique is where Li tests her merchandise for quality, listens to feedback from customers, responds to the market and runs her business with business partner Jean Bartolomei.

Studio Joy Li creates “styles that empower women to lead life with confidence and balance of mind, body and spirit.” With three lifestyle focuses of her collection including: Go, Lead, Be. “Go” includes styles that travel well. “Lead” incorporates styles that project confidence in a professional setting and “Be,” styles that work for chill weekend or personal time.

Li’s current collection photographed by Christos Sewell at the award-winning Desert House by Circle West Architect’s Peter Koliopoulos, is an exquisite expression of fashion meeting architecture. For Li, Desert House was the perfect setting for her latest designs, saying Desert House “speaks” with the layers of organic and modern textures from the house including rock, water and earth, like the interchangeable, contemporary and textural pieces found at Studio Joy Li. Koliopoulos said this of Li, “Joy’s design aesthetic moves beyond the mere symbols of fashion. Details express what the basic idea of the design requires for each relevant piece: belonging or separation, tension or lightness, friction or fragility…When I design building environments, I try and give them this kind of presence.”

Beyond a successful fashion designer in Arizona, it’s not often in our community of fashion professionals to hear of a business partnership. Li told us having a business partner and having a strong team is key to her success and growth. “Jean means what she says,” said Li of the integrity of her business partner. This overall company integrity and the agility of being a small business, has led to the steady growth and expansion of Studio Joy Li. Starting from just over 400 square feet with shelves, desk and merchandising sets designed and built by Li and her husband Glenn, the store now claims over 870 square feet with “a lot to see in a little space,” said Li. Surprisingly, Li’s team includes a growing infrastructure of local seamstresses, offering job opportunities for local women, keeping the entire production of some garments within Arizona.

For more information about Studio Joy Li or to shop online, please click here.

Studio Joy Li at The Mix Shops | 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Ste. 100 | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | 480-970-1043

Photography by Christos Sewell



Phoenix Fashion Week Returns

September 15, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Events | By Staff

Calling all AZ fashionistas! Grab your patent leather booties and your new Missoni-for-Target frock and head to Talking Stick Resort October 5th – 8th for Phoenix Fashion Week. Featuring local designers like Deeds of Love to L.A.-based Alana Hale, the jam-packed event will also host fashion education workshops, boutique shopping and competitions including Emerging Model Contest, Emerging Designer of the Year and a $1,000 Student Design Scholarship.

For more information on the event, click here.

Simply Chic: I Broke A Rule of Gunn

September 16, 2010 | 1:31 PM | Shop & Style | By Staff

Kira BrownAnother style update from, Kira Brown, Fashion Phoenix founder and guru of all things fabulous & fashionista-friendly. Look for her column, “Simply Chic” each month.

I bought and wore the gorgeous grass green strapless dress I spied in the window at Pitaya on Mill Ave. (for $32). I love, love the dress and got millions of compliments on the color. However, let me be frank here, I’m not “equipped” enough to sport a strapless dress that isn’t super fitted/practically glued on. Sadly, I will admit that I was the girl in the corner yanking and pulling my dress upwards, desperately avoiding a personal peep-show as best I could. It was annoying and against the most important rule that the darling Tim Gunn teaches: “If you put it on and think it’s an ‘uh-oh’, it is!”


Simply Chic: Confessions of A Michael Kors-a-holic

July 19, 2010 | 9:31 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

Michael Kors-A-HolicAnother style update from, Kira Brown, Fashion Phoenix founder and guru of all things fabulous & fashionista-friendly. Look for her column, “Simply Chic” each month.

Hello. My name is Kira. And I’m a Michael Kors-a-holic. (You: Hi Kira.)

It started off innocently, with an amazing silver handbag when the lifestyle store opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square a few years back. Now, however, allow me to confess that I am officially obsessed with the top American designer.


Simply Chic: Dads That Rock

June 18, 2010 | 8:50 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

A Father’s Day treat from DLT contributor, Kira Hasher, Fashion Phoenix founder and guru of all things fabulous & fashionista-friendly. Look for her column, “Simply Chic” on the first of each month (and in celebration of special holidays like “Dad Day”).

Fashion Phoenix is largely dedicated to the fabulous women of Phoenix. But us ladies know, especially us mom-bombs, that our Valley has some awesome men and dads that rock! Allow me to introduce you to a few who have rocked the Fashion Phoenix world…

Matthew Hasher – Principal/Owner of Blufish Design Studio


Simply Chic: MB York Opens Lip, Lash & Flash Lounge

June 16, 2010 | 9:50 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

A little mid-month surprise from DLT contributor Kira Hasher, Fashion Phoenix founder and guru of all things fabulous & fashionista-friendly. Look for her column, “Simply Chic” on the first of each month (except today, thats the surprise!).

One of my favorite local beauty guru’s Mary Beth York of MB York Cosmetics, opened her new Lip, Lash & Flash Lounge inside the doors of Ruby boutique at Kierland Commons on Monday. Known for her makeup artistry on Dancing With The Stars and with the success of her popular Beauty Ammo Kits (a must try!), Mary Beth has reinvented herself once again with the new Lounge, adding a little Flash to her concept boutique.


Simply Chic: Choo On This

May 31, 2010 | 7:42 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

As Jimmy is to Choo, FashionPhoenix.com is to Desert Living Today. Introducing our newest columnist, Kira Hasher, Fashion Phoenix founder and guru of all things fabulous & fashionista-friendly. Look for her column, “Simply Chic” on the first of each month.

The Jimmy Choo trainer for Pre-Fall 2010 has hit the streets. Jimmy Choo, the London-born company known for some of the most elegantly stylish pumps and luxurious footwear to make any fashion-minded woman gush with glee, is steppin’ out with their own rendition of the classic high-top and low-top trainer starting at $465. I got the chance to audition a couple of pairs this week at the Jimmy Choo – Scottsdale Fashion Square store, relishing every bit of each fantastic pair! »READ MORE

Designer District’s T-shirt Soiree Tonight

April 30, 2010 | 4:39 PM | Shop & Style | By Staff

We love fashion and adore art, so it’s only natural that we’d be obsessed with Designer District. This new north Phoenix boutique combines chic, streamlined styles for both men and women with a Renaissance-like artsy twist. Drop by tonight from 7:30 – 10 pm for cocktails and a fashion show accompanied by singer, Jasmine Hormez, as the District launches its own T-shirt line: Art House. In short, we think this could be true love.

[Fashion Phoenix]

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