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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.