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New Mexico Fashion Week kicks off with citywide events taking place April 13th and 14th, converging at The Albuquerque Conve ntion Center once again as the home for runway shows and expos. These shows will be held in Ballrooms A and B the evenings of Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th. 

Six designer showcases will take place Friday evening with the other six on Saturday. Designers will also have booths set up at the expo for purchasing opportunities.  (Designers listed below in "DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT")   NMFW is u nique in its showcasing a variety of styles/designers, shapes/sizes, cultures/ethnicities . T here is something for everyone at NMFW at various price points.     NMFW2016 will feature two nights of runway shows, each featuring garments and accessory items. 

New for 2016 is a floor-level runway that will bring the models closer to seated patrons as they meander through the large event space. This will create a feeling of intimacy at the event not normally possible with elevated runways. 

New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 is only weeks away, and excitement is building! We have a great selection of designers signed up for this year, running the gamut of style and genre to accessories. Everything is in place for our Fashion Expo and Runway Shows Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, our Trunk Shows on Wednesday (see below), Meet & Greet Thursday, After Parties Friday and Saturday, and Fashion Brunch on Sunday. There will be plenty of activities to keep everyone busy throughout the event.

"This is going to be our best show yet," said Melissa Lea Beasley. "We have been working hard throughout the last year to raise the bar on fashion in New Mexico."
For more information: http://newmexicofashionweek.com
NMFW2016 Trunk Shows Announced
New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 is pleased to announce two exciting Trunk Shows on Wednesday April 13th from 6-9pm. "We encourage our fashion-minded guests to attend both. They are only two blocks apart in the Nob Hill District. Park once...walk twice!" said Melissa Lea Beasley, Founder and Executive Director of the event.

The shows will be held at Zacatecas (3423 Central NE) and Matanza Craft Beer Kitchen (3225 Central). The designer roster for this year's Fashion Week will be split between the two locations. Guests can start at either one, and simply walk to the other as they see fit. Designers will feature a selected portion of their runway garments and accessories at the Trunk Shows. Guests will be free to peruse and purchase as they wish.

In addition, two guest speakers will be featured that evening. Heather Petrey, the LA Fashion Blogger, will speak at Matanza, while Dr. Nick Gerlich, Hickman Professor of Marketing at West Texas A&M University and social media consultant, will speak at Zacatecas. Both will feature highlights from their respective areas of expertise. They will speak at offset times so guests can conceivably attend both sessions.

Guests can order off the menu and from the bar at either or both locations. Zacatecas features exotic tacos and tapas from south of the border, while Matanza boasts New Mexican food and 100 craft beers all brewed in-state.

"We are thrilled to be able to feature our designers off the Runway as well as on," Beasley stated. "The Trunk Shows are free to the public, and offer everyone a chance to sample what's to come at the Runway Shows Friday and Saturday."
After Parties and Accommodations at Hyatt, NMFW16 Host Hotel
New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 is thrilled to announce that this year's host hotel will be the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. The Hyatt is located across the street from the ABQ Convention Center, providing the ultimate in convenience for attendees and participants. Breakfast for two and free onsite parking is included in the standard room rate.

In addition, the Hyatt will be hosting After Parties 9:30-11: 00pm on both F riday and Saturday nights, immediately following the Runway shows. A great opportunity to mingle with friends new and old. Eat Dinner. Enjoy your favorite beverage.  Join us Sunday morning at 10:00 in Hyatt's FORQUE Kitchen for our special Stepping Out In Style fashion brunch.  

The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque is the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in the downtown district.

Everyone involved in New M exico Fashion Week 2016 is ensured the ultimate good time with all weekend activities within short walking distance," Melissa L ea Beasley said.
Rooms are available at a special rate of $119 per night. Reservations can be made here.
Stepping Out In Style NMFW16 Sunday Brunch
FORQUE Kitchen - Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown
10:00am Sunday, April 17th

Join Abq Apparel Center's meetup.com group "Stepping Out In style, Albuquerque" for their NMFWQ2016 Sunday Brunch Social at Hyatt Regency's FORQUE Kitchen. 
It will be one last chance to have fun with other fashion devotees.  

Albuquerque's premier culinary destination, FORQUE features a tastefully constructed selection of regionally infused menu concepts. 
Each presentation reflects subtle 
flavors from the unique and distinctive seasoning profile of New Mexico and 
the southwest. 
Stepping Out In Style members meet 1-3 times per month at various locations around the city, having fun while promoting personal style through NMFW guest speakers, designers, and other fashion-related activities. 
Plus Size and 40+ Models Needed
We are in immediate need of: Women: (Age 18-40 Plus Size 12-24 / 0X-3X), (Age 40-70 Size 0-24 / P-3X) .
This call is also accepting Women Age 18-39 Size 0-24 / P-3X) and
Men Age 18-60 Size S-XL.  All models should be at least 5' 7" or taller.

Plus and Older Model Call
NMFW2016 Teams With PicPocket
New M exico Fashion W eek has once again partnered with PicPocket for this year's event. PicPocket is a photo sharing app that is the pioneer in geo-fenced user-generated events. Last year the app was in limited distribution, and available only on Android devices. The app, which is free, is now available for both Android and iPhone users.

Our test last year resulted in more than 600 photos being posted. We invite you to download the app now and start using it. When you arrive at New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 and open the app, it will recognize that you are within the geo-fence we will create (about ½ mile radius). Users simply need to check in to the event, and start posting photos.

" PicPocket is designed for people to post photos while in the moment. It can be your daughter's birthday party, the Super Bowl, or New Mexico Fashion Week. Friends and strangers alike can pool their photos, and then download or print . " said Wolfram Gauglitz, CEO of PicPocket , Inc., developer of the app.

All pictures posted to the event (which we will keep open throughout April 15 -17 while we are at the ABQ Convention Center) can be seen by, and shared with, all other users who check in. Users can then choose to send any photo directly to the nearest Walgreens for inexpensive prints.

also allows users to cross-post to all of the other popular social media sites.

"I am happy to have PicPocket
as our official photo sharing site again this year. We put it to a tough test last year, and it worked wonderfully. We hope that many of our patrons will use it during the Runway shows," Melissa Lea Beasley said. 
Designer Spotlight
We have an amazing group of designers set to showcase their collections at NMFW 2016! From casual to elegant, urban to southwest, top to bottom, we have you covered.

For complete designer bios, please visit our website. Some of our featured couturiers include these four new designers, as well as five returning designers:

Atelier Danielle (new): Danielle is honored to be presenting her work at New Mexico Fashion Week & summit in Albuquerque April 2016.  Atelier Danielle is a Santa Fe based designer & custom clothier. The designer's timeless elegant pieces evoke a studied
nonchalance at ease where ever you are. 
The assemblage of luxurious textiles combined with vintage kimono ,saris & lace form a rich platform for A.D.'s original designs.

Kendra Grace Designs
(new): Kendra Grace Designs creates one-of-a-kind ready-to-wear garments including dresses, skirts and waistcoats for people of all sizes using sustainable materials and processes. Kendra is a self taught clothing designer with a background in sculpture and specializes in providing a unique experience for each of our unique bodies.

Lovato Eyewear (new): Lovato Eyecare is a full service eye care practice offering ophthalmology, optometry, optical and contact lens services. Dr. Lovato, a fellowship trained, board certified ophthalmologist in Albuquerque, treats a full range of medical eye diseases and performs cataract and laser surgery. He also provides his patients with their yearly routine vision care. He has been the community's trusted resource for superior eye care service and patient satisfaction for many years.

Westerngrace (new): Westerngrace began in 2004 by an aspiring fashion design student determined to bring a new style to western apparel. After graduation, Westerngrace founder, Jesse Call designed for Cruel Girl and then interned with the Rhinestone Rembrandt, Manuel. Now with the knowledge and passion needed to pursue her dreams, Jesse is making her own mark in western apparel.

Bossarolla (returning): Bossarolla, consisting of Alexandra Sanchez and Leandra Rosenau,  was founded in the heart of Southwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both Company CEOs/Designers are from Albuquerque.   Best friends that fell in love with the same dream, they strive to provide fabulous fashion as a lifestyle. To them, a Bossarolla (BOSS. A. ROLLA) is a woman who puts God first.

Destinista Fashions (returning): Destini Duran was born in the small town of Espanola, NM and currently still resides there. Her designs come from the influence of modern abstract art. Destini graduated from Pojoaque Valley High School in 2011 and went straight on to college to pursue a degree in Biological science from the University of New Mexico. After a year she decided that was not what she fully loved. She decided to join the fashion design program at the Santa Fe Community College and graduated May of 2014 with an AAA in Fashion Design.

Enlightened (returning): Designer Sharidynn Denetchiley represents the Dine (Navajo) Nation, originally from the Four Corners Region, and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Since beginning her career seven years ago, she has taken part in many jewelry and fashion shows across New Mexico to show case her artistry. Her resume includes collaborations with other Native American models and designers across the country, as well as First Nations who represent the Canadian region.

Monista Arts (returning):
I have a degree in Architecture and Interior Design in Applied Science. I see images through contemporary eyes, both abstract and realistic. I try to convey the simplicity, elegance, grace, and spirit of my art. Light, shade, color, and texture all working together create art with eyes of Gods nature. My primary pieces of art reflect the journey and pain I have had to endure for many years. I want others to embrace my work not only as a story but through the reflection of what is inside of me.

Montecristi Custom Hat Works (returning): Celebrating its 40th year in Santa Fe, Montecristi is well-known for its signature styling of traditional, Western and millinery styles. Serving the everyday working stiff, working cowboys and sophisticated businessmen (and women too!), as well as Presidents, governors, senators, ambassadors, titan of industry and finance, movie stars and the super wealthy, this custom hatter has earned its stellar international reputation by seeking out the best raw material and following the most exacting construction principles for its unique interpretations of western, traditional and modern designs.

ndo Dugi: Conceived in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2011, the brand DUGI is a fledgling special occasion and eveni ng wear fashion house. It began in a small 150-square-foot in-home studio and in 2013 moved into a 650-square-foot design studio. DUGI first began with elaborately hand-beaded evening clutches and bags, then introduced a line of jewelry to the brand, and now includes evening gowns. The brand name "DUGI" is pronounced Doo-guy (daghááii in Navajo), which means "mustache" in the Navajo American Indian language. The designer's heritage. 

PennySinger01 Penny Singer  The Penny Singer Collection is a line of unique handmade clothing and accessories that embraces the Native American spirit and comes to market with clean lines, smart design and a flavor all its own. My philosophy is that a garment should be the best that it can be, and I invest the time to ensure that the quality of every piece meets or exceeds the standards of the last. From handbags to ribbon shirts, my designs reflect who I am-free, unapologetic and just plain "real."

March 2016
Get Involved
We had a great volunteer meeting on Saturday February 6. Fashion-minded people from throughout the state of New Mexico attended, and we filled many positions. There are still numerous opportunities available for volunteers, though! Among the positions we need to fill are:

Assistant Admin/Director of Events, Buyer and/or Vendor coordinator

NMFW Program layout/writing/editing

Sales (sponsorships/vendors/program ads)

Model Coordinator & Assistant

Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant

Office Cleaners & Organizers (before, during,  & after event)

Runners (doing various errands, etc. before/during/after event).

Please check out the Volunteer page online,
email us, or call us at
505.803.6966 if you would like to be part of the best fashion event in New Mexico!
Event Info:
Buying Tickets:
Tickets are now on sale for New Mexico Fashion Week 2016! Advance tickets are available for $20 each night, and an All-Access Pass for $35, through March 31. On April 1st, ticket prices go up $5 per day, and $10 for the All-Access Pass. Buy now and save!
Select Ticket Date(s)
   Or click here for more info. 
Parking Instructions:

Please park in the Civic Plaza parking garage (North entrance is on Tijeras, South entrance is on Marquette), and enter the Albuquerque Convention Center at street level, through the main entrance on 3rd Street, directly across from Civic Plaza. See our website for parking prices. Free parking is also available throughout Downtown.

What to Wear:
While there is no prescribed attire, NMFWQ2016 guests are encouraged to dress fashionably! With many photo opportunities, the event is the perfect excuse to put on something fancy.
Look Forward to:
In addition to the scheduled events happening Friday and Saturday, there are many more things to get excited about: NMFWQ2016 will feature a glamorous red-carpet style entrance, where our photographers can take your photo upon arrival. Enjoy a drink and some conversation on the newly remodeled balcony, overlooking the beautiful Civic Plaza and Downtown's 3rd Street. Gather your friends and snap a Selfie. Hang out with us at After-Parties Friday and Saturday nights, and attend our Stepping Out In Style brunch on Sunday morning!
Clothing Drive
New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 is pleased to announce its annual clothing drive and beneficiary. Haven House is a New Mexico organization that is dedicated to helping women who are victims of domestic violence. In many cases, these women have found themselves homeless and/or without sufficient resources to start life anew. This is our second year of assisting them.
Our goal is to help provide them with clothing that is  appropriate for a business environment, with hopes that they can obtain gainful employment. At New Mexico Fashion Week and The Albuquerque Apparel Center, we wish to empower women who have been victim to domestic abuse. We want to give them a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty, and find their place in the workforce. 

While any women's clothing is appreciated, we especially seek business clothing, such as slacks, skirts, blouses, dresses, jackets, and shoes that are in good condition, and that would be appropriate in a business setting.  Additionally, we accept men's clothing to benefit the Veteran's Integration Center, dedicated to homeless veterans or those with a current housing crisis. We also accept children's clothing to benefit disenfranchised children in the community. 

Our Community Service Outreach Director, Amy Stoker, can arrange for your donation to be picked up and she can provide further details to ensure that  your donation is tax deductible.

To donate, please contact Amy Stoker at 505.301.2683  , or the Albuquerque Apparel Center  at 505.803.6966.


The annual Industry Meet & Greet will be held Thursday April 14th 7-9pm at the Albuquerque Apparel Center office and adjacent indoor courtyard area.

Located in Downtown Albuquerque, the event will be held at First Plaza Galleria - 20 First Plaza Center, 240 2nd Street Northwest.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet casually with other fashion-forward individuals, ranging from designers, models, industry representatives, NMFW staff, to guests.

Dress fashionably, and come expecting to make new friends and connections!

There are still a few  vendor spots open for NMFW2016! For more information, and to secure your spot, please click here
Place your ad in the NMFW16 Program! This is a great way to put your business or service in front of many hundreds of people...people with an eye for fashion, and people with a need for what you provide. Click here for more information:

Designer spots for NMFW16 are filled. If you would like to be placed on the NMFW16 waiting list in the event that a designer is not being able to fulfill their obligations at this year ' s event, please email us.  Designers also have an option of having a booth at NMFW16.
Looking ahead to 2017: We are currently welcoming designers, vendors, and sponsors for  NMFW17. Please contact us via email, or check out our website   for more information.
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The mission of the Albuquerque Apparel Center is to foster the growth of New Mexico's apparel and accessory industry by connecting New Mexico companies and individuals within the industry, offering learning facilities in the community,  provide assistance to
design and production start-ups,
hosting workshops, publishing an
online directory, and hosting
fashion shows and other events.

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