Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tucson Fashion Week: Answering the Community Craving for Fashion

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Models walk the catwalk at Friday night's Tucson Fashion Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson. - DANYELLE KHMARA
  • Danyelle Khmara
  • Models walk the catwalk at Friday night's Tucson Fashion Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson.

I feel something akin to culture shock when I walk into Tucson Fashion Week on Friday night. The showroom and patio at the Museum of Contemporary Art are full of bodacious babes with mega hair and clothes that are too cool—even for Buffalo Exchange.

The three-day event, which began Thursday, Oct. 13, featured different venues, designers, music performances, food and drink each night.  Maybe it’s from living too long in this laid-back desert town, but I’m out of place. The only thing I have that I can relate this scene to is Sex and the City. (Yes, I’m a child of the ‘90s.) So I just imagine I’m Carrie and dive in. Although the lights, the music, the heels and the clothes that seem to defy gravity are unlike an average Friday night downtown, the fashion week’s roots are all Tucson.

“Hopefully we can spread the love a little bit and bring a little awareness around fashion to our community,” says TFW co-director Paula Taylor, who’s worked in fashion for 20 years. “We have this incredible community with so much talent here, and nobody gets to showcase it.”

Taylor and her cohort Melanie Sutton curated the show with local and national talent.
“We’re actually a really international city, and I think we’re starving for content,” Taylor says. “If we provide the platform people will actually come.”

Four years ago, TFW founder Elizabeth Denneau was running the show as a small artsy production. Taylor and Sutton bought it and turned it into the national production it is today.

One of Friday’s presentations features the designs of Tucson-born Quinlan Wilhite. Founder of the fashion company Qmulative, Wilhite began sewing only three years ago when he had an idea for a shirt and asked his grandmother to show him how to sew.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Join the Body Revolution for a Pop-Up Clothing Swap

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

My life every morning. - BIGSTOCK PHOTO
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  • My life every morning.

Time to start clearing out your closet: the Body Revolution called, and it wants you to attend a Pop-Up Clothing Swap this weekend.

Never been to a clothing swap? The basic idea is this: Go through your wardrobe and pull out the gently-used clothes you never wear these days—you know, the clothes you're always surprised to see Buffalo Exchange pass on. Bring 'em to the exchange, go through somebody else's former favorites and come home with a bunch of new-to-you goodies. 

Typically, clothing swaps are events organized between friends. The Body Revolution is taking it to the next level.

For starters, they're emphasizing inclusivity: clothing of any size or style, and the event is open to all genders. 

In addition to whatever clothes people bring to swap, local designers and retailers will be hanging out in a Pop-Up Shop. Among them will be Erin Cox of Southwestern Belle Alterations & Design and Elizabeth Denneau of Candy Strike—our first and second place 2015 Best of Tucson finalists for Best Local Designer. 

Cox is bringing something different to the mix—live alterations.

"That way, if you find something that doesn't quite fit, you can make some quick adjustments and still take it home," says Erin Jaye, one of the people leading the Body Revolution in Tucson. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hijabi Makeup Artist Creates Amazing Disney Looks

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Like most children, I loved watching Disney princess movies and trying to dress up like them. But incredibly talented and creative Malaysian makeup artist @queenofluna takes classic dress-up to a whole other level.

"Using only her hijab and killer makeup skills, she gives herself the face AND the hair of our favorite princesses, and even a few fierce villains," said Lauren Gordon in an article for Revelist.
Get a look at some of her creations (assuming her account isn't private when you see this—it's been going back and forth since she got noticed)

Check out her Ariel! She even includes one of those "dinglehoppers!" 

Her Jasmine is absolutely gorgeous.

And my all time favorite, Mulan!

Go follow her on Instagram. It is well worth your while. @queenofluna

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Get Your Vintage Fix For Cheap

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Old Pueblo thrifting-gem Desert Vintage will host a three-day winter sale starting tomorrow, Feb. 26 at their store located at 636 N. 4th Ave. 
  • Courtesy Desert Vintage Facebook
  • Courtesy Desert Vintage Facebook
  • Courtesy Desert Vintage Facebook

Expect deals 20 to 50 percent off normal pricing and lots of cool, Vogue-esque vintage finds. Get a feel for Desert Vintage's fashion aesthetic online here, or check out their Instagram page. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Buffalo Exchange's New Sister Debuts Online

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM

  • The Vintage Buffalo

Local, resale fashion favorite, Buffalo Exchange, is welcoming a new member to their family-run business. The clothing store, which started in Tucson in 1974, fulfills their commitment to environmental conciseness by recycling clothes from one fashionista to another. Like their physical locations, their sister store, The Vintage Buffalo, also offers customers used clothing for reasonable prices.

The Vintage Buffalo is their new, online fashion boutique, specializing in vintage finds from our past. The pieces do not, like the stores, come from customers for trade or cash. They are instead carefully curated by a buying team spread throughout the United States. These skilled searchers utilize their eye for fashion to look through estate sales, flea markets and antique fairs for one of a kind looks.

Marketing Director Stephanie Lew says creating an online collection was a logical route for Buffalo to take.

“We’ve seen this is where the resale industry is going and we wanted to be a part of it,” she says. “While there are plenty of vintage resale stores online, we wanted to create a vintage store with a unique collection.”

The collection includes dresses from the '40s to '70s, tops, bottoms, “world culture pieces,” southwestern styles, decor, jewelry and accessories.

“Customers are offered one of kind and rare styles you won’t find in your average vintage store,” says Lew. “While prices reflect the value of the pieces, The Vintage Buffalo has worked hard to make sure they won’t break the bank.”

The Vintage Buffalo team will add new items to the website weekly to supply customers with a constantly revolving door of special pieces colored with the looks of our past.

To browse through the collection and find your next look, visit You can follow them on Instagram @thevintagebuffalo for promotions and new arrivals. Currently, shipping is not offered outside the U.S. or to Alaska and Hawaii.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Keep My Face Fashionable: Where Are the Best Glasses in Tucson?

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Flickr/Anne Worner

When I meet new people, they either comment on my name ("Are your parents musicians?" No, no they are not) or on my glasses (because they're really good). I've had these frames for almost two years now and they're just starting to show signs of distress. As someone who wouldn't be able to wouldn't be able to recognize her own mother from 10 feet away without her glasses on, it's pretty important to find a frame before the glasses I've got now wear out. 

So, fill out your Best of Tucson® ballots! And make sure one of the (minimum 30) categories you fill out is Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stylin': Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, for NPR at SXSW

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Somewhere between the mambo and the cumbia, NPR Music picked up on the sartorial side of the y la Orkesta tribe. A.J. Wilhelm shot this GQ-worthy photo series, which wound up in a nifty Instagram bundle.

The photos were taken at an in-store performance at Friends and Neighbors, a lifestyle boutique on boho-trendy East César Chávez Street. Even Austin's laundromats are venues during SXSW, so it's no surprise to find our hometown boys surrounded by all the next new old things east of I-35. Tucson boutiques, take note; you're ahead of style.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Slobby Rob and We are Ruthless Debut their 'Hustle' Line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Slobby Rob and Phoenix clothing company We Are Ruthless are debuting a fresh limited jersey line noon tomorrow, Oct. 19 at VII Grand Premium Streetwear & Sneakers, 178 E. Broadway Blvd.

  • Photo by Andrew Emery Brown

"The jersey are a homage to the 70s and 80s pullover MLB jerseys, and those have always been my favorite," Slobby Rob said. "Hustle is just plain and simple, always keep it moving, push hard and make money," Rob added, " 'good hustle' is a huge compliment in baseball, so it really fits."

  • Photo by Andrew Emery Brown

Enjoy free jumbo hot dogs, drinks and other ballpark snacks.  There will be limited edtion WAR/SLOBBY stickers, baseball cards and other surprise giveaways. All jerseys are limited to 9 pieces in each colorway. It's strictly first come, first served.

Check out the merchandise and the great shots of the beautiful Shantaye McMorrow (model) by Andrew Emery Brown. Click here to RSVP on the Facebook.

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