Lakota Designer Chosen as a Finalist for Prestigious Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer of the Year 2023

The Timeless Collection by designer K. Lookinghorse is one of the 10 global brands to compete in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp and to showcase at Phoenix Fashion Week.
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Phoenix Fashion Week, the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest, has selected K. Lookinghorse as one of its top 10 Global Emerging designers to participate in its well-recognized 2023 Emerging Designer Bootcamp, happening later this month. The Timeless Collection for K. Lookinghorse stands out amongst designers for its authentic Indigenous-designed garments with an aesthetic specific to her family. The patterned dresses and statement jackets are the cornerstone of her fast-growing brand. A brand where storytelling meets comfort and glamour to naturally empower women.

K. Lookinghorse will launch its Timeless Collection at Phoenix Fashion Week in October 2023. Phoenix Fashion Week discovered K. Lookinghorse in their global search to find the Top 10 Emerging Designers. The vibrant style stood out for its contemporary blend of authentic Indigenous patterns and vibrant pops of color that educate through storytelling the heritage of the designer, making it the go-to brand that celebrates the diversity of its customers. Like fabric, the brand clings to traditions that reflect a true sense of values, culture, and a connection with nature. K. Lookinghorse is authentic in design to create visibility on a global scale through what truly stepping into my moccasins means.

Designer Kayla Lookinghorse-Smith, Hunkpapa Lakota, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is certainly a force to be reckoned with at the highly-competitive showcase. The namesake brand was created to bring authentic Indigenous design to the new fashion market where traditional patterns meet high fashion and reclaim traditional artisan work. As an influential Indigenous clothing brand on a global platform, it naturally empowers women through its timeless designed clothing.