Calling All Emerging #Designers #PhoenixFashionWeek October 1-3


Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week breaking down his passion for the business and how he is helping emerging designers. It's a blessing when you can help others!

What better way to spend a Tuesday night but at a fashion event! I had the pleasure of hanging with my client, Rehka fashion designer & friend and meeting the gracious founder of Phoenix Fashion Week (PHX), Brian Hill. In attendence was Melissa McGraw founder and owner of The Fashion Potential great company for those seeking guidance and advice in their fashion careers. She also teaches one of the worshops at PHX. The meet & greet was hosted by the very chic Elevee Showroom, home to sophisticated bespoke menswear & with an emphasis on golfing attire.  Brian and his fabulous team  toured nine major cities to promote what has grown into a great event in the last eight years.  PHX continues to be the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. 

“The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and prestige fashion media. Phoenix Fashion Week’s ultimate goal is to garner global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry.”

“Me with some great designers, along with Brian Hill and his team Abby, Dominique & one of the workshop speakers and owner of Fashion Potential Melissa McGraw. Check them out Michi by Michele M. Walden sporting her beautiful knit creation. Rehka wearing her hand-painted silk scarf. Melisa Garcia Llamas clutching her very own design. Beautiful, ladies!! Check out their sites and support.”

Designer Katya Leoncio, winner of the emerging designer award has had her swimsuits Dolcessa grace the pages of Sports Illustrated for the last four years. How great is that! Kate Upton is wearing her swimwear line.   She received the guidance and the support needed to further her business and be featured in a major publication.  Designers & models listen up!  This is your shot, you still have time to apply, so head over to the site and find all the details you need.  You could be the next winner. Three-hundred designers applied last year to be part of this four-month boot camp, where you learn the ins and outs of the business of fashion and branding your business. Only 13 designers will be chosen and go on to compete for the Emerging Designer of the Year Award who will win a $10,000 prize, and so much more. The Emerging Model will also sign a contract with The Agency Arizona.


Elevee Showroom

Get your applications in. See you in October!

Fashion Law CLE


A panel discussion, “Culture Counsel: The Legal Ethics of Intellectual Property and Inspiration.”  Private viewing of Zevs’ solo exhibition, Traffics in Icons, at De Buck Gallery.

DATE:         Wednesday, October 23, 2013
TIME:         6:30 pm reception and viewing of exhibition, 7 – 8:15 pm panel
PLACE:        DeBuck Gallery, 545 W. 23d StreetNYS CLE:     1.5 hours (ethics & professionalism; transitional and non-transitional)
Register now:  Attorneys ($75)

Click here to register!

Fashionably yours,
Danalee Francesca

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American Cancer Society’s Pink & Black Tie Gala

This will be my 3rd year serving on this committee and I am so grateful to have met Tamara Ehlin.  She has worked for the ACS Brooklyn Office for several years and has led the Pink & Black Tie Gala to great success.  Sad to see her leave, but the foundation she established for this event will forever be remembered and the fight will continue.

I have been touched by Cancer in several ways.  My Aunt passed four years ago, my dear friend died last year, and I have friends effected by this disease in their own lives.    Knowing that I can be part of an organization that is dedicated to the awareness and cure of this disease helps me honor those I have lost.  That is why I have volunteered my time and will continue to do so.  I implore you to volunteer however you can in support of this cause.  It would be great to attend this event, but if there is another way you would like to participate then those opportunities are also available.  You can be a sponsor, be part of the Auction by donating an item or service from your business, and/or volunteer. 

We have a great line-up for this year’s Gala.  The Honorees are phenomenal in bringing awareness to and supporting those effected by cancer.

Health Care Leadership Honoree

Kathi-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH

Volunteer of the Year

Kangol Kid

Business Leadership Honorees

The Daily News

NU Hotel Brooklyn

Please go to the Pink & Black Tie Gala page and read more about our amazing Honorees!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again to Tamara!  I wish you all the best!