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Mercedes-Benz of Tucson is the proud headline sponsor of Tucson Fashion Week taking place on October 16-19, 2014. This special three-day event is filled with fashion-industry household names, as well as up-and-coming fashion designers. Although the event revolves around fashion, there will still be a selection of reality TV stars, local chefs, and architects on hand for the festivities. The growing list of attendees has been planning their whole year around Tucson Fashion Week, and we at Mercedes-Benz of Tucson couldn’t be more excited.

Special guests include UA grad and lead architect for PUMA, Nate Colkitt; UA grad and Senior Vice President of Men’s Design for Tommy Bahama, Joey Rodolfo; costume designer and former UA Dept. Chair of the School of Theatre Arts Al Tucci; award-winning stylist and best-selling author David Zyla; and five fashion designers for the Lifetime Reality Show, “Project Runway.”

To attend the cost is $35 per person per event: There is also a limited amount of standing space for students for $15 per person per event. Looking for a one-of-a-kind, VIP experience? For only $285 per person for each night of TFW 2014, VIP guests will have access to the exclusive TFW VIP Lounges where you will get a chance to sample cuisine from some of Tucson’s best restaurants, participate in private Meet-and-Greets with our Special Guests and Industry Leaders, and watch the TFW runway shows from premiere seating. For the Sunday brunch event, tickets are available for $50. Tickets for all events can be purchased at

The start of Tucson Fashion Week will be on Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m. with a launch party, designer competition, and fashion show at Connect Coworking and Rialto Block Partners. Drinks and food will be catered by The Meatery, Proper and Diablo Burger.

On Friday, the main event will be a garden party at 6 p.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. This interactive, salon-style show starts off with author David Zyla taking the audience on a transformative journey through the use of color. The fashion show features insights, humor tips and inspiration from Zyla’s book, Color Your Style, and an exclusive book signing will follow at the close of the show. Special guest and University of Arizona grad Joey Rodolfo will speak about his rise as a fashion-industry icon, culminating with his current position at Tommy Bahama as Senior Vice President of Men’s Design. The unique, garden path runway show features local retailers Loop Jean Company, Posh Boutique and W Boutique; Arizona designers Laura Tanzer and Christina Cornwell; and capsule collections from Jamaica Cole, Dorota Zglobicka and Too Strong.

Saturday evening, Tucson’s own Fashionista Camerone Parker will host an unforgettable night featuring the spectacular costume collection of Al Tucci, former chair of the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre. This event, held at the Fox Theatre and starting at 6 p.m., will showcase Project Arizona, inspired by the hit TV series Project Runway. The show features creations by emerging designers Estrella Sevilla, Loreto Echevarria, and the 2013 Betsey Johnson Choice Award Winner, Magnetic Threads. In the theatre lobby, Tucson Fashion Week founder Elizabeth Denneau and her collection CandyStrike will stage a dramatic fashion presentation throughout the evening. Closing out Tucson Fashion Week is a never-before-seen Project Runway Showcase featuring collections and appearances by five Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars designers: Bert Keeter, Korto Momolu, Daniel Esquivel, Mila Hermanovski, and Peach Carr.

On Sunday, a brunch showcasing the works of TFW participants and Project Runway designers will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Playground, in downtown Tucson. In addition to a Q&A with the designers, the audience also will have the opportunity to purchase any special collections seen on the runway the night before. This event also includes a special raffle drawing benefitting “Youth On Their Own.”