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Neiman Marcus Shows Akris at the pARTy

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Akris S/S 2015 RTW Runway at the Phoenix, Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Akris S/S 2015 RTW Runway at the Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

When Neiman Marcus shows the Akris spring/summer 2015 ready to wear collection on a make shift runway at the Phoenix Art Museum, it’s nothing less than a prelude to a pARTy.  This year the luxury retailer showed the designer collection at the Phoenix Art Museum’s annual benefit gala, which was the first time a fashion show was presented at the event.

Neiman Marcus Shows Akris at the pARTy, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Neiman Marcus Shows Akris at the pARTy, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Guests were dressed to the nines for this black tie affair and didn’t let the rainy day weather curb their style.  Prior to the show guests mingled in the Andy Warhol exhibit, sipped champagne, and noshed on hors-d’oeuvres.  The fashion choices ranged from elegance (a floor length teal gown accessorised with a gorgeous Fendi baguette bag), to those who supported Warhol (Campbell’s Soup ties were in full force).

Akris Opening Runway Look, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Akris Opening Runway Look, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Although I cannot confirm what happened at the pARTy, as I’m a working girl not a high roller (tickets were a pretty penny), I can vouch for the fashion. Akris is a family run design house based out of Switzerland.  Currently two brothers Albert Kriemler, head of design, and Peter Kriemler, head of finances, are running the show.  Neiman Marcus pulled looks from Albert’s spring/summer 2015 ready to wear collection, which showcased a clean minimal color palette and design aesthetic. 

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It was a beautiful show enjoyed by all (to include the Governors muscly security guard), and hopefully a show of fashion will become a static affair to the Phoenix Art Museums pARTy each year.  In the meantime I’ll be supporting the look of Albert’s Akris spring/summer 2015 ready to wear collection by rocking visors, cutouts, and perforated fashion.

 

 

Andy Warhol at the Phoenix Art Museum

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My first encounter with Andy was as a child in the Windy City.  I spent the day with my mom and aunt touring the art museum and wondering why everyone thought those Campbell’s Soup cans were so damn important.

Andy Warhol Exhibit Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Andy Warhol Exhibit Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

As time went on I came to realize the power and talent of Andy, and I’ve had a dwindling set of high ball glasses with the Shot Marilyn images for many years now.  Needless to say, having the opportunity to once again spend the day with his work up close and personal was nothing short of magical.

Andy Warhol Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

The work of Andy Warhol aka Andrew Warhola will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum until June 21, 2015.  It features more than 170 objects to include screen prints, drawings, videos, paintings, and an installation of his reflective Silver Clouds.

The Painting

Andy Warhol Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Painting, 1986, Photo by AZ Style Girl

It’s quite obvious Andy was a big fan of the celebrity.  As a child he was stricken with a medical condition which, at times, kept him at home, indoors, and tearing out pages of his idols from the magazines.  This intrigue would later be a main focus of his artwork, and lets just say he wasn’t shy about a selfie as there are many “Andies” throughout the exhibit.

The Screen Prints

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The Photographs

Andy Warhol Photographs Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Andy Warhol Photographs Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

 Silver Clouds

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In the summer of 1964 Andy enlisted the help of some friends to come up with a concept of floating lightbulbs.  As that idea didn’t pan out based on lack of materials and gravity issues, he decided to go with floating clouds.  When I toured the exhibit I happened to notice I styled my outfit without even knowing the balloons were going to be there. Being obsessed with the clouds, and also obsessed with my shoes, it was hard to decide which was cooler.

And Then There Was Marilyn

Andy Warhol Marilyn Drawing 1967, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Andy Warhol Marilyn Drawing, 1967, Photo by AZ Style Girl

She had me at hello. When I was little my grandmother gave me a beautiful Marilyn Monroe doll that left a life long impression. Anyone who knows me knows I love Marilyn and clearly Andy did as well.  As such, this was my favorite piece to be seen in the exhibit.

The description to the right of the beautiful blonde reads, “Based on a film still from Monroe’s 1953 film Niagara. Warhol began making his images of the movie star after her death in 1962, which also was shortly after he’d begun to make portraits using the silkscreen process.  The paintings of Monroe can be appreciated as both a memorial for the deceased actress and an indication of the way celebrity and tragedy are combined in the media.”

The Shop

After you’ve taken in the complete Warhol experience to include a television which depicts a 24/7 real-time video of the artists gravesite, don’t forget to pick up some swag.  My personal thank you’s are extended to the Phoenix Art Museum and to Dr. Jerry Smith, curator of American and European art to 1950 and art of the American West at the Phoenix Art Museum who provided a wonderful tour of the exhibit.

 

Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Costume & Hollywood Red Carpet Exhibits

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Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Costume Event, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Phoenix Art Museum, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Last night a costume party ensued at the Phoenix Art Museum as guests paid tribute to their favorite Hollywood characters.  Attendees were able to tour the museum’s incredible costume and red carpet exhibits, enjoy candy with cocktails, and dance the night away.  My costume was inspired by Maverick AKA Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  I styled a flight outfit with lug sole boots, knee-high socks, a black and gold belt, a black leather cap, and Top Gun approved aviators.

Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Costume Exhibit, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Costume Exhibit, Photo by AZ Style Girl

The Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Costume Exhibit is on display until July 6, 2014.  It showcases more than one-hundred iconic costumes in a three-part journey with a backstage feel.  If you’re a fan of the movies you’ll be a huge fan of this exhibit.

Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Red Carpet, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Red Carpet Exhibit, Photo by AZ Style Girl

As a fashion girl I have to say the Phoenix Art Museum Hollywood Red Carpet Exhibit is where my heart is.  The looks will be in town until July 27th, 2014, and as a lover of the Oscar red carpet it was amazing to see the gowns and dresses not on television or in a magazine, but up close and personal.

Valentino 2004 Silk Taffeta Gown, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Valentino 2004 Silk Taffeta Dress, Photo by AZ Style Girl

This dress was worn by Cate Blanchett at the 77th Academy Awards where she took home the Oscar for best supporting actress in the Aviator. Valentino extended an invitation to design her dress for the big night as he’d always wanted to dress Katherine Hepburn – the character Cate portrayed in the movie.

Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection 2011 Silk Crepe Gown, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection 2011 Silk Crepe Gown, Photo by AZ Style Girl

This gown was worn by Jennifer Lawrence at the 84th Academy Awards after being nominated for best actress in Winter’s Bone.  With only three seams and no darts Costa kept it simple for a red look that would challenge the carpet and make Jennifer Lawrence a household name.

Giorgio Armani 2012 Dress, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Giorgio Armani 2012 Silk Dress, Photo by AZ Style Girl

This dress was worn by Jessica Chastain at the 85th Academy Awards after being nominated for best actress in Zero Dark Thirty.  When asked about her dress she said, “As a little girl I always dreamed about my Oscar dress.  I love fashion that celebrates a woman’s body, and that maybe is a throwback to the glamour of Old Hollywood.”

Oscar de la Renta 2012 Silk Organza Dress, Photo by AZ Style Girl

Oscar de la Renta 2012 Silk Organza Dress, Photo by AZ Style Girl

This dress was worn by Amy Adams at the 85th Academy Awards after being nominated for best supporting actress in The Master.  Amy collaborated with Oscar and he created the design after she provided him with a black and white photograph for inspiration.  This dress is truly a beauty and my personal favorite of the red carpet exhibit.