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Calling all Fashionistas: feed your style, soul and belly at Tucson Fashion Week, October 17-19. Here's our pick of the best events.



Tucson Fashion Week 2013, October 17th to 19th,  is a fashion and culinary extravaganza, bringing together celebrated and aspiring designers, as well as chefs, mixologists, models, and style experts. And 3 Story Magazine is a proud sponsor. For the full scoop on Fashion Week click here  For tickets, including Platinum and Gold ticket packages click here. Meantime, here are the TFW moments you won't want to miss:


Betsey Johnson brings her signature style to Tucson Fashion Week. Photo  provided by Betsey Johnson

1. "Inspired Icon" Moveable Feast with Betsey Johnson

Sit in the VIP section at the premier runway event and nosh with internationally acclaimed fashion designer Betsey Johnson. Six of our local culinary experts will create dishes that complement Betsey’s original design collections. Ninety percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit the programs of the University of Arizona Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and The Center for American Culture and Ideas. This is an exclusive tasting event for 200 VIP guests – and you can be one of them!

When: Friday, October 18, 5:30 pm

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave

Cost: $150.

2.  Ultimate Fashion Crush

The Premiere Runway event will feature twenty looks by four emerging designers, along with the Betsey Johnson/Steve Madden collection. Ensemble Teams are made up of a mixologist, clothing designer, hair stylist, makeup-artist and model working together to collaborate on a cohesive fashion presentation that tells a story and engage the four senses.

Tucson's own icon, Susan Claassen, as Edith Head from A Conversation with Edith Head, will keep the event engaging and entertaining. Featured designers include two of our fashion crushes: Cybil Waite from Julia Love and Elizabeth Denneau of CandyStrike. You’ll want to see their latest creations.

And don't miss the big girl swings. The Lounge by Playground will be in the entrance area, featuring a fun adult-sized playground, DJ, and food and drink samplings.

When: Friday, October 18, 6-9 pm, 6:30 pm admission. 5:30 if you are going to the VIP Moveable Feast.

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave

Cost: Premiere Runway seats: $70; general admission: $35; student/military: $25; standing room $15.


Photos by Heather A. Lindquist©

One of Heather Lindquist's creations from her Tonatiuh line. Photo by Heather A. Lindquist©

3.  The Runway Wrap-up & Fashion Presentation with  Amazing Designers

The hoopla ends with another stellar fashion show and an awards party. The runway will feature national designer Nicholas K and designer Bert Keeter from Project Runway. Two more of our fashion crushes will be showing off their fabulous designs: Heather Lindquist of REVOLuTIo and Ashley Bowman of Bowman & Hock.

When: Saturday, October 19, 5 –7pm

Where: La Encantada, 2905 E Skyline Drive

Cost:  General Admission $35, Student/military$25.


Do good while you shop

Tucson Fashion Week has a charitable component: the special discount Tucson Care Card. With the card you save 20% on purchases at some of Tucson's best retail shops and restaurants. And when you buy a card your money goes directly to with this year’s recipient, the Steven M. Gootter Foundation, to help support their ongoing programs to end sudden cardiac arrest and research at the Sarver Heart Center.

When: Shop and dine October 11 through 20, so hop on this right away!

Where: Tons of Tucson’s coolest local retailers and restaurants

Cost: $30. ($25 of the $30 goes to the Gootter Foundation)

Details and purchase the Care Card here.



These sketches by CandyStrike's Elizabeth Denneau give a sneak peek at what may be coming down the catwalk from the designer at the Premiere Runway event. Photo by Gillian Drummond

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