iuk iuk Awarded
Scottsdale Fashion Week Designer of the Year
Ariz. – (October 16, 2009) – Scottsdale Fashion Week has
announced iuk iuk by Alina Samasiuk has been named the
2009 Designer of the Year. Siobhan by Elizabeth Albert
is the 2009 People’s Choice Award recipient. A panel of
independent judges chose the Designer of the Year, while
the People’s Choice Award was determined by a popular
vote on azcentral.com.
“I'm so impressed with the talent and
skill of our local designers. Each applicant has a
unique point of view and the diversity confirms
Arizona's fashion industry really has something to offer
every type of customer. To do this group justice it was
essential we spotlight our Top 10 Designers on the SMoCA
Nights runway. The show was key for the judges to truly
recognize the top designers for their talent,” says
Designer of the Year Coordinator Angela Johnson.
The Designer of the Year fashion show
featuring iuk iuk will be on the Scottsdale Fashion Week
SouthBridge Runway on November 6 at 6:15 p.m.
"Alina Samasiuk elevates jersey. Her
iuk iuk line is imbued with imagination and versatility
yet grounded in a simple elegance. The designs hug, and
frill, intermittently, in all the right places. She
infuses a refreshingly understated, unforced everyday
whimsy into her clean construction. This is couture to
which you want to snuggle up," says Nadia Mustafa,
national style journalist and contest judge.
The iuk iuk line focuses on designing
garments for modern women that can be worn in multiple
situations and fit each environment with elegance and
comfort while still maintaining a sense of allure. The
designs are flexible enough to accentuate different
physiques and help women to feel confident.
Tucson designer Elizabeth Albert
describes her mission with Siobhan is to create unique
garments and accessories for women of all sizes using
thrift and vintage pieces in artistic mediums.
When told Siobhan was the People’s
Choice winner Johnson said, “I love Elizabeth's style.
It's youthful, edgy and innovative. I've always admired
her work, but her current line is her best work yet. I
also had the pleasure of seeing her sketches when she
submitted her application. I had no idea what a great
illustrator she is!”
Rounding out the Top 4 finalists in
the People’s Choice online vote were Nostalgic Boutique
by Rebecca Turley, AGA Couture by Alex Garcia, and RAW
by Amelia Walsh.
The 2009 Designer of the Year judging
panel was comprised of John Michael Capaldi, Canal
magazine advertising and marketing director; Kate
Cavaliere Birchler, Scottsdale Fashion Square & Biltmore
Fashion Park senior marketing manager; Nick Cave, School
of the Art Institute of Chicago Fashion Design Faculty
and contemporary artist; Megan Finnerty, Arizona
Republic nightlife editor; Nadia Mustafa, national
style journalist; and Dennita Sewell, Phoenix Art Museum
fashion curator. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary
Art (SMoCA) and azcentral.com are the presenting
sponsors of the design competition.
ABOUT SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK
Scottsdale Fashion Week is November 5,
6 and 7. Tickets can be purchased at
<http://www.scottsdalefashionweek.com> and from the
2009 Scottsdale Fashion Week charity partners –
Childhelp, Cystic Fibrosis, Fresh Start Women’s
Foundation, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. They range from
$25 for general admission to $200 for an All Evening
Premium show pass.
In total the Scottsdale Waterfront and
SouthBridge will host over two-dozen runway shows. The
Main Runway, located at the Scottsdale Waterfront on
Marshall Way south of Camelback Road, will showcase
leading fashion designers Kevan Hall, Zhao Bandi, bebe,
Escada, Eva Franco, Banana Republic, CH Carolina
Herrera, kate spade, St. John and Barneys New York. The
outdoor SouthBridge Runway will feature up-and-coming
designers and will be located across the Arizona Canal.
The 2009 Scottsdale Fashion Week
marketing partners and sponsors are the City of
Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau,
Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Waterfront,
SouthBridge, the Scottsdale Gallery Association, The
Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, az magazine,
Brown Hand Center, InterContinental Montelucia Resort &
Spa, Prado, Joya Spa, Schumacher Mercedes-Benz, The Shaw
Center, Chartis, Little Black Dress Wines, Finlandia,
Chambord, Davidoff, Tapas Papas Frittas, Tutto, and the
Phoenix Art Museum.