Fit for a Music Festival

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With the Oro Valley Music Festival this coming weekend (think Tucson’s Coachella), there is an eclectic boutique perfectly up to the task of costuming you and your Millennial. Creations Boutique, which has locations on Fourth Avenue and Speedway Boulevard in T-town, is the boho destination. Be warned, this store is not for the pattern-averse, but if you want to capitalize on the last days of the kimono trend before winter, it’s a worthy shopping stop. A huge sale is also going on right now with $15 racks. Creations also stocks gold jewelry, drapey sweaters and a Pinterest-famed fedora or two. For East Siders, a good stop after browsing Bookmans!

Balmain or Bust

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Balmain Paris is one of the coolest, chicest fashion brands of our time. The label is consistently behind the most architecturally creative dresses that hit the red carpet, especially at the Met Gala. Balmain has a very chic warrior-meets-urban cowgirl vibe that sadly, we will probably never find in T-town, but always good to dream.

Cowgirl Chic

 

IMG_0160Tucson can do cowgirl chic.

It’s one of the few fashion treasures to be found in this desert city. Even our schools have off for Rodeo, so yes, we know our Western, thank you very much! Not even when I lived in Texas did we have a holiday totally devoted to appreciating the culture and lifestyle of the West. And now, with Elle magazine, just naming “luxury Western” as one of the fall fashion trends, there’s no better time to boot up.

One of the city’s go-to spots for all things luxe cowgirl is Boot Barn on Broadway. You probably miss it because it’s next to a Walgreens (insert eye-rolling face here), but despite its obscure location, the most beautiful boots are to be found here, including Dan Post, Shyanne and Ariat.  The rustic, musky smell that greets customers is proof that this three-decades old store has the real thing, with gorgeous boots ranging in price from the low $100s to upwards of $500.

Yet, Boot Barn also has edgy turquoise jewelry, boho-chic dresses and tops, blinged-out belts and unique home furnishings too.

Face it, Western will always be stylish…says the woman who just put a longhorn on her fireplace.

Emmys Best Dressed 2017

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NYFW Fave Looks

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Tucson’s Fashion Stars

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Though we are about 2,400 miles West of NYFW, it seems fitting to spotlight some of the talented designers here in the desert who are making a global mark with their own unique pieces. I’ve spotlighted the sustainable fashion of Laura Tanzer and the youthful creations of Jaime Edwards so, here are two other amazing women to watch:

Shahida Parides

Shahida Parides’s fairy-inspired caftans and jewel-toned, flowy dresses have been worn by celebrities, actors and socialites, including Paris Hilton. The Tucson-based designer, whose website features her with luminaries such as Rachel Zoe, Priyanka Chopra and Real Housewife Lisa Rinna, has since expanded her lines to include a ready-to-wear, red carpet and luxury collection, called Shahida. This past year, she designed a signature scarf for Tucson Fashion Week, that I snapped up and have worn numerous times. She could be one of this city’s secret fashion treasures.

Theo Doro Fairyland

A native of Greece who trained in Athens and Poland, the flame-haired Dorota Zglobicka fell in the love with the Southwest and moved to Vail, Ariz. launching her namesake fashion brand, Theo Doro Fairyland. Creating whimsical, feminine clothing for the modern woman, Zglobicka has become a fashion week fixture of the Western region, including Tucson, San Diego and this year’s Phoenix Fashion Week. Her beautiful cocktail dresses and gowns have a feminine, fairytale quality that will take her well-beyond the saguaro-dotted landscape.