From Milan Runways to Tempe Moxy

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The Moxy Hotel welcomed the community to experience this new boutique hotel. Marriott working with 27/7 Hotels has created a hotel with a modern day experience. The evening filled with an Italian theme event from food to fashion.

The lobby filled with a warm home style setting. Check in is actually the bar. Take a moment to look up at the ceiling as you wait for the drink you ordered. This ceiling came from a fence found in Kanas City. Upon receiving your drink you can find many locations to enjoy your drink.

The lobby is filled with comfortable areas to enjoy a quiet moment, watch the guest check in on Instagram on a large screen, enjoy the work space, write on the giant chalk board, enjoy Pac Man or other video games, or play a board game or two. Each area is filled with great motivational thoughts and art. The hotel is set for the traveler to enjoy a more independent experience.

The rooms are keyless and there self service food areas. The furnishing is a collaboration with Marriott and Ikea. The furnishing are simple and comfortable. There is a nice sitting area, bed, work desk, and television. This design is a more contemporary feel and set to work with the Millennial traveler. The evening provided a great opportunity to experience the elevator that is set as a photo booth for selfies, community, music, art, and fashion.

The evening feature VH1 Save the Music. An organization that provides funding for continued music education and opportunities for musicians. Chris G Band performed pool side while guest enjoyed the Italian themed food. The community enjoyed the amenities and visiting with each other during the evening.

The evening ended with a great fashion show put together by Phoenix Fashion Week. Frank James, stylist team lead, said the styling for the show was a 70 and 80s inspired with a tribute honor to Prince. Frank has been working with Phoenix Fashion Week for four years. He made the adjustment to fashion after putting together fashion shows in high school and college. He has produced, trained models, and taught the catwalk. The models were well casted and came with various backgrounds.

Ali Aungst, a model with Ford Robert Black Agency, started with Phoenix Fashion Week’s bootcamp last year. She has walked in last years October show. Her one piece of advice is to be true to your personal style. Her favorite colors to wear are black and grey. She is looking forward to the upcoming year as a model.

Caylee Cottrell, an independent model, she loves to perform on stage. She began dancing when two and made a natural progression. She finds the runway a location to present great art and bring emotion to the runway experience. Her runway experience has been LA Fashion Week, head shots, and more. She has always felt comfortable on stage performing and modeling is a great addition.

Justin Ford, an independent model, is taking on a reinvention. He started with Phoenix Fashion Week. He has found the organization to be support and a step into the industry. He says, “the industry has provided such great energy and positive reinforcement. His one great piece of advice is men should take the time to present their best self, even if this mean concealing a few marks on your face.


The runway presented a great collection of retro 70s and 80s clothing with exceptional models. Phoenix Fashion Week provides a way for models, stylists, and designers to understand and learn the fashion business.

The Moxy in Tempe will be a great hotel addition to Tempe and Phoenix. This will provide a more independent location to work, relax, and retreat. Keep an eye on our social media for continued updates and images on this hotel. What is your favorite from the hotel and the runway? Post your response below.




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