Margaret & Oday
Agency AZ models in their last looks
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.
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.
Here are some of my runway obsessions from Undercover’s Spring Ready-to-Wear collection. To see the entire collection follow the link here.
As a model you don’t always have full control over your look. When the client or designer needs you to be blonde, you dye your hair. When they need you to slim down, you go to yoga and eat healthier.
A model is meant to be a canvas that can mold and transform to fully embody the artist’s vision. When the artist is a swimwear designer, well I get my pale booty over to the tanning salon. That’s what I did to prepare for our next swimwear runway happening tomorrow. I can’t wait to strut in these gorgeous bikinis with my favorite model ladies! In honor of my new 70’s glow I thought I’d wear my new boho dress from Forever 21. What do you think, keep the glow?
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
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!
Last weekend was all about LA based designer Walter Mendez. He is known for his exquisite hand beaded sheer gowns fit for the best dressed lists. I was lucky enough to model for him in both a photo shoot and runway! Here are some behind the scenes footage and runway pics of the one and only Walter Collection by Walter Mendez.
Let’s have a fashion recap shall we? From this past weekend here are the runway looks from The Art if Fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus fall fashion trends.
All images by Haute Photography
Guess what time it is? Show season! It’s the best season of the year, especially for Arizona models. For most people September means the leaves have started to change color, you can’t wear white anymore, and it’s about that time to break out the comfy sweaters with hot cocoa. Here in Arizona…the seasons we live by, besides hot and not as hot, is show season.
For models in the desert this is our time to break in our new Steve Madden strappy pumps because we are about to clock in some serious runway mileage. Okay, Okay it’s not New York Fashion Week, or Paris Couture…but for us September through December means weekly jobs and a steady income. Not to mention, for those of us as full-time employees or students, we get to break free from our scheduled mundane routines and enter into a fashion fantasyland…even if it just lasts for a night.
So cheers to the beginning of show season with the fabulous Agency AZ team. For our first main event I walked for the Equality Arizona Show. This was a chance to showcase love and equality for all in a gender swap fashion show. I played the groom and wore some lovely lez chic pantsuits and pumps while I walked my runway wife down the aisle. Here are a few pics of our big night out! xx
Reporting for duty!
I see London, I see France, I see stripes all over my shirts and pants. From Alexander Wang to Victoria Beckham, New York Fashion Week runways have been overrun by stripes! No longer are stripes just meant for the office button down, however Alturzarra just took that look to the next level, but now play with mixing stripe thickness and angles to revamp the classic stripe.
I personally love it when you mix stripe on stripe. It’s so absolutely fresh and still follows with the favorite trend of print on print. In order to be bolder have your stripe top go vertical while your skirt come in an angular patterns to keep the eye moving along the female form. Don’t be afraid of this trend! Go bold and have fun! If anything at least add an extra striped top to your closet and mix it with your super skinny jeans and a bootie.