2017 Dubin Fellow Loren Aragon Wins at Phoenix Fashion Week
For the first time in Phoenix Fashion Week’s nine-year history, a Native American-owned fashion brand took top honors as the 2018 Couture Designer of the Year. On the night of October 7, the Phoenix-based fashion brand ACONAV rose among global talents to be the first in the Native fashion community to receive the coveted title. ACONAV owner and designer and 2017 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow Loren Aragon clinched the prize Saturday night after an unforgettable display of culturally fueled fashion that included contemporary dance and timeless, elegant designs on the runway.
ACONAV brings Acoma Pueblo art and culture into the spotlight with luxury designs that tie cultural ideas and beliefs with modern silhouettes. “It’s a great honor to represent my people on this fashion stage and bring an awareness to the rich culture that still resonates from a deep-rooted ancestry,” explained Aragon. Fifteen emerging designers showed at Phoenix Fashion Week. These designers were selected by the Phoenix Fashion Week organization from over 300 global applicants earlier this year. The organization teaches promising brands how to succeed in the fashion industry in real time. “I am proud of the detailed work and cultural vision of designer Loren Aragon. His brand ACONAV is our new 2018 Designer of the Year. Big things are soon to follow,” said Brian Hill, executive director of Phoenix Fashion Week.