Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Exclusive Viewing of Oday Shakar

2017 kicked off with a big fashion bang with Oday Shakar showing his Spring collection right here in the Valley. The venue was absolutely stunning with black and white checkered flooring (also doubled as our runway) cocktails, a view of Camelback Mountain and of course an amazing guest list.

The Oday Shakar spring collection was something out of Khaleesi’s own private collection. It was the perfect balance of strength and romance from immaculately tailored leather bodices to free flowing high-waisted skirts. I truly felt like I was about to be swooped up by my dragons and overthrow King’s Landing – I mean seriously someone needs to call up Emilia Clarke to let her know we have found her next outfit!

Oday’s collection was simply stunning and there was no surprise how quickly the pieces were selling! I was so lucky to be selected as a model for the exclusive show put on by the always wonderful Merritt Productions, and I’m finally here to give a little look behind-the-scenes of the show.

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Emphatics: The behind the scenes look

I was recently lucky enough to have been asked to be a part of a special project showcasing the most amazing clothing collection featuring some major designers. The shoot was inspired by the 80’s woman. With diva attitude that only Iman could carry and shoulder pads up to your ears how could you not love the 80’s? The woman of the 80’s had strength (you could see it in her power suits) style, and plenty of character. We were lucky enough to embody these women today and all the while doing so while wearing some of the most fabulous pieces of runway-ready clothing.

If names such as McQueen or Galliano means anything to you, or maybe you are just dying to revisit the  awesomeness that was the 80’s, than I highly recommend catching a glimpse of this glamour collection. The Emphatics installation will soon be featured in the Phoenix Art Museum so watch out for updates!

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Production by: Margaret Merritt
Hair & Makeup by: Diane Aiello
Photography* by: Thomas Ingersoll
Models with The Agency Arizona
*images posted are personal photos from behind the scenes – final images published were shot by Thomas Ingersoll

A day in ETRO

9:00 A.M. and my Uber driver calls to let me know he’s outside waiting. With only my ASU backpack and vintage Dooney & Bourke in tow, I prefer to travel light, I make my way to the airport to catch my morning flight to Vegas. Why Vegas you ask? Well today I escape my 9 to 5 job today to walk in an ETRO show with Saks Fifth Avenue!

It’s not everyday I get to be a real model, you know the ones that actually jet set and make runway and photoshoots a full-time gig, so when I get the opportunity I pounce! Today I  share my behind-the-scenes moments of what life is like as a model on the go and walking for ETRO and Saks.

 

 

 
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Bridal Behavior

Here’s a behind the scenes look of me and my gorgeous gang at Tucson’s bridal show.

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Evening at Saks Fifth Avenue

What a wonderful night playing dress up in Oscar de la Renta for a night out at Saks!

Models On-Duty for Akris Spring and Pre-Fall Runway

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.

-Andy Warhol

Well Andy maybe we don’t need it, but gosh we certainly do want it and especially when ‘it’ is fashion! Which leads me into the exciting show that my fellow Agency Arizona models and I were able to be a part of just last weekend. The Phoenix Art Museum is opening their highly anticipated Andy Warhol exhibit March 4th and what better way to start the pop-art party than with a fashion show!

Arizona was treated to a Spring and Pre-Fall showcase of the Akris collections produced by Margaret Merritt Productions who teamed with Neiman Marcus to create this beautiful show.  It’s fair to say that they knocked it out of the park and left a major impression on all the guests and media.

From the moment you turn the corner of the infamous ‘bean’ at the art museum you are almost immediately halted by the army of wooden chairs which echoed a grandeur attitude of the night to come. The models rushed into the back halls where we waited for our cue to practice. Once our struts were dusted off it was onward to the hair and makeup chairs where I came ready to shoot my lovelies for model-on-duty moments. So here is a look of what happens behind the curtains of a runway show and all the hard work that gets put into these fabulous shows!

A Model’s Life before the Runway: Heart Ball Kickoff

Welcome to your exclusive behind the scenes pass of today’s runway show! Agency AZ, Margaret Merritt Productions, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the Heart Ball committee hosts this years 56th Annual Heart Ball Kickoff runway show benefitting the American Heart Association.

The show featured the hottest Spring looks from Michael Kors to Zang Toi and of course some pretty major shoes and handbags! I was lucky enough to be one of the models for today’s show and I wanted to share some behind the scene moments with my army of Agency AZ models.

We began our work day while the moon was still out. 5am and my alarm is yelling to get me out of bed! WAKE UP SARAH!! Ugh my snooze button looked more inviting so 10 minutes later, I’m up. Braced myself with a potched egg and my go-to leather jacket I headed out the door.

Arriving to shows is the best feeling. You are greeted with the always positive Hannah who runs the backstage and styling with her mentor Margaret, and then left to catch up with the friends before settling into a makeup chair.

For today, not only did our beautiful models bring their own fierce street style, but they also brought some serious laughs. Like for instance, when the show ended we all huddled together behind the tall white curtains to plan our escape. Unfortunately for us there was no clear route to the exit without going through the middle of the event. Seeing how my flannel shirt and jeans didn’t quite fit in with the cocktail dress code, we waited, and we waited, and we waited until finally we made a dash for it. Okay so it wasn’t so dramatic, but we were truly stuck and eventually we all lined up like good little ducks to make our escape for the Saks elevator. Hopefully the ladies didn’t mind a second impromptu show. xx