Native American Couture Brand Competing for Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week

Photo: James Almanza for Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix, AZ – The culturally fueled designs of ACONAV return to the Phoenix Fashion Week Runway this fall among top emerging global brands. Designer, Loren Aragon has been in competition for the 2017 Designer of the Year as part of the Designer Bootcamp program since June. ACONAV continues to become a recognizable name in the southwest as more people have become aware of the growing popularity of Native Fashion. After a second-place finish, last year in the Bootcamp program, Aragon looks to take his fashions to the premier stage bringing a new line of garments which will showcase his 2018 Spring/Summer Collection.

The stage highlights top emerging brands that are handpicked by the Phoenix Fashion Week organization. This year 15 emerging designer brands which include accessory designers, come together in a very diverse class. This will be the second year in a row that Native Fashion is represented with the return of ACONAV which ties the rich pottery culture of the Acoma Pueblo into elegant designs made with luxury fabrics. This year Aragon takes his couture styling to a new level by incorporating metalwork into his designs. “I’ve always wanted to challenge my designs with highlights of metalwork,” explains Loren. “I’ve had this need to raise the couture level in my work, adding to its uniqueness and tie everything I love to do as a fashion designer and multimedia artist.”

The Phoenix Fashion Week runway showcase is a three-day event that starts on the evening of October 5th and ends with its final showcase on the evening of October 7th at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. ACONAV will present its full 2018 Spring/Summer collection as a part of the couture lineup Saturday, October 7th. “Things are wrapping up to a quick close in the Bootcamp and I’m excited to show my latest designs as the only Native Fashion designer in this year’s class”, said Aragon. “It’s always an honor to represent the Acoma Pueblo in high-end fashion and to have this opportunity to showcase on a grand stage is phenomenal,” adds Loren. It will be another remarkable evening of fashion in the desert this fall. Phoenix Fashionistas… Get Ready! For more information and tickets to the shows, visit

ACONAV is a Native American owned & operated couture fashion brand, based in Phoenix, AZ. The brand celebrates the strength and empowerment of women through positive expressions in designs that tie culture to modern style. The brand’s purpose is to properly and respectfully represent a part of Native American in fashion. ACONAV is a representation of a people, their story, and its culture. The goal of ACONAV is to be a recognizable & reliable entity in the fashion industry while working to establish meaningful relationships with groups and individuals in fashion and the greater community. For more about ACONAV, visit:

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers and premier retailers and top fashion media. Phoenix Fashion Week’s ultimate goal is to garner global exposure for Arizona’s fashion industry. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, visit: