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
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
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.
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.
And the new Pantone color of the year for 2013 is……EMERALD! PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald to be exact. When I heard this news the first image that popped into my mind was this Tom Ford dress photographed by Erik Madigan Heck for the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Campaign. I absolutely loved this picture due to the choice of such an amazing color scheme.
Pantone takes pride in being the world’s leading color authority, and we listen. The process of selecting the color of the year appears to be a labor of love. They scour the world looking for influences to determine their color pick. Ultimately, their color choice will transition over into the worlds of fashion, beauty, design, and beyond.
Pantone describes emerald as, “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.” The name emerald is derived from the gorgeous gemstone, which can range in tones from yellow-green to blue-green. It is the essence of money, power, and luxury. At last, the fashion term “jewel-tone” will be getting some love.
So bye-bye tangerine tango. It’s all about the greens in 2013. Don’t forget to celebrate your love of this color by purchasing products from the Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 Color of the Year Collection. It will be available exclusively at Sephora in March 2013.
After months of anticipation the day has come for this collaboration to come to life. I hit a very lovely Target store early this afternoon to scope things out in person. I asked a sales associate where the collection would be and was surprisingly directed to a crammed display in the back of the store. The location on this setup seemed odd, however it appears the same goes in many if not all stores. As a consumer I expected more.
Now, moving on to the actual pieces. My number one biggest let down is the Oscar de la Renta tote. It’s nothing like I thought it would be. When I saw it on display I thought someone was playing a joke. I observed another shopper come to the same sad realization. Our hopes for a beautiful Oscar piece had been crushed. My other disappointments were the Judith Leiber compact mirror and the Marc Jacobs pouch. The compact is of miniscule size and the pouch is nice in theory, but not for the price.
Now on to the good. The Alice + Olivia bike is cool if that’s your thing and the luggage is small but unique looking. The Thom Browne women’s blazer, Brian Atwood Gloves, and Derek Lam slippers are my personal favorites.
I would say the best thing about this collection goes to the little girls. The dresses done by Marchesa and Jason Wu are beautiful. If you have a little fashionista on your shopping list these pieces are for them. My absolute favorite, hands down, is the Marchesa beaded dress.