New Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design

Phoenix Art Museum announces the appointment of Helen Jean as its next Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design, following Jean’s service as interim curator of fashion design since September 2019.

Jean first joined the Museum in 2007 as a curatorial assistant for Dennita Sewell, curator emerita, who led the fashion design program at the Museum for nearly 20 years. Jean, who brings more than a decade of experience as a fashion scholar and educator and recently curated the Museum’s latest fashion design exhibition, India: Fashion’s Muse. 

“On behalf of Phoenix Art Museum and the Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to appoint Helen Jean to this permanent role overseeing the Museum’s extensive fashion design collection and exhibitions,” says Mark Koenig, interim Sybil Harrington director and chief financial officer of Phoenix Art Museum. “Not only does Helen bring a depth of experience as a scholar and educator, she also has significant insight into and experience working with the Museum’s renowned collection. We are confident she will continue to expand the tradition of innovative scholarship and dynamic exhibitions that our community has come to expect from the Museum’s fashion design program.” 

Alexander McQueen, Dress, Fall/Winter 2008-2009.
PHOTO 
COURTESY OF THE FIDM MUSEUM AT THE FASHION
INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING, LOS ANGELES 

As the Museum’s curatorial assistant for fashion design from 2007–12, Jean assisted in the management of the Museum’s fashion design collection, which now includes more than 8,000 objects. She also researched new acquisitions and assisted with the development and installation of dozens of fashion design exhibitions. As an educator, she has presented lectures, gallery talks, object discussions and demonstrations on various topics, including the history of French and Italian fashion, Slavic embroidery, mathematics in fashion design, the depiction of Western clothing in 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints and the history of the ostrich-feather industry in Arizona and its impact on modern fashion.

Previously, Jean served as a fashion design instructor with the Art Institute of Phoenix, and most recently, she was a college representative at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She earned a BFA in Costume Design at Stephens College and an MFA in Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska. 

”I offer my sincere congratulations to Helen Jean,” says Jacquie Dorrance, who in 2016 endowed the curatorial position to which Jean has been appointed. “As a longtime believer in fashion design as a compelling art form throughout history and today, as demonstrated in the hugely exciting India: Fashion’s Muse exhibition, I am grateful that the stewardship of this important collection will be entrusted to Helen’s talent and expertise. This is an important moment for both the fashion collection and for the Arizona Costume Institute, which are jewels within the Museum and our community.” 

“It is an incredible honor to accept this new role, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and steward this truly exceptional collection as it continues to grow and evolve,” says Jean. “I am also grateful for the opportunity I had to learn from Dennita Sewell, without whom the collection and its national acclaim would not have been possible. I look forward to continuing the work that Dennita and, before her, Jean Hildreth began at Phoenix Art Museum.” 

India: Fashion’s Muse is on view through June 21, 2020. While Phoenix Art Museum is temporarily closed through April 6, join docent Lisa Corridan for a discussion of Monsieur Givenchy, one of his sari-esque couture dresses, his lasting legacy, his lifelong friend and muse Audrey Hepburn. Click here to see the video.

Jean will next curate a new exhibition scheduled to open in summer 2020, followed by a major fashion exhibition featuring mod fashion from the 1960s and 1970s. 

Heart Ball Kickoff Showcases Spring Trends

The 61st Annual Heart Ball Kickoff was held Feb. 11, at Saks Fifth Avenue. The highlight of the breakfast was a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.

The show highlighted the spring 2020 trends that are available in store–florals, neutrals, white, flowy dresses, sunset colors, suiting. Designers on the runway included Dolce and Gabbanna, Brunello Cucinelli, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Silvia Techerasi, Staud, ALC and more.

Jennifer Moser is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 21 at The Phoenician.

PHOTOS BY SCOTT FOUST

FLASHY FLORALS

FLOWY DRESSES

NATURAL WONDERS

SUNSET SHADES

WELL-SUITED

New Schedule for Scottsdale Fashion Week 2020

Scottsdale Fashion Week, presented by Purely Sedona, will be postponed to September 24-27.

Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) in partnership with Ford Robert Black Agency and J Group Media determined that this decision is in the best interest for the safety and well-being of the community. 

The four-day fashion event will now take place in the fall and will feature the same venues as originally planned. All purchased tickets will be honored on those dates. Information on refunds for ticket-purchasers who can’t attend on the new dates will be available at a later time.

The opening night showcases Best of Saks presented by Saks Fifth Avenue on Sept. 24 at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. Celebrity author and stylist, Marcellas Reynolds, will be in attendance as the evening’s emcee and will host a book signing of his New York Times best-selling work, Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion.

Nina Ricci PHOTO COURTESY SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Sept. 25, W Scottsdale’s WET Deck transforms into a runway show featuring various luxury swim and activewear designers including Akosha Swimwear, Stance, TravisMathew and Cami & Jax Swimwear. Akosha Swimwear will also host a pop-up shop on W Scottsdale’s WET.

Sept. 26, SFW hosts a fashion and wine event presented by Napa Valley’s wine, Seven Apart, at a private residence in Paradise Valley. The evening will feature a runway show with looks by Avery Rose Lingerie, a luxury lingerie brand designed, crafted and hand-made in Los Angeles and New York. A pop-up shop will be available for guests to buy the looks off the runway. Guests will also have the opportunity to pre-purchase Seven Apart wine from the first ever release by veteran winemaker, Andy Erickson. Avery Rose is .

SFW closes the week with a Fashion Finale Brunch on Sept. 27 featuring fashion by luxury brand St. John Knits. SFW will host a runway show while guests are treated to mimosas and light bites provided by new-to-Arizona restaurant, Zinqué. The closing show takes place in Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Crystal Court in their newly renovated luxury wing.

This year, Scottsdale Fashion Week partners with the Pearce Family Foundation. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the foundation and its mission to provide needed financial assistance, mobilize resources and engage the community to support families with a child facing chronic or life-threatening illness.


Scottsdale Fashion Week 2020

Sept. 24 – 27

Various locations

For more information and tickets, visit scottsdalefashionweek.com.

Phoenix Art Museum Accepts Gift of Geoffrey Beene Fashion Designs

Phoenix Art Museum has accepted a significant gift to its renowned fashion design collection from Patsy Tarr, president of the 2wice Arts Foundation and the founder and publisher of 2wice magazines and books.

Spanning the 1980s through the 1990s, the gift of more than 350 custom-made Geoffrey Beene (1927–2004) ensembles and accessories, including jumpsuits, trousers, vests, boleros, gowns, collars and more, establishes the Museum as one of the nation’s leading institutions with holdings of Beene’s designs. 

“We are grateful for this generous gift from Patsy Tarr,” says Gilbert Vicario, deputy director for curatorial affairs and the Selig Family chief curator of Phoenix Art Museum. “These one-of-a-kind garments, made specifically for Mrs. Tarr by Geoffrey Beene, significantly increase our holdings of Beene’s designs, now one of the most expansive collections of the late designer’s work in the world.” 

Considered one of the most whimsical designers in American history and renowned for his superb technical skills, Beene created modern, practical and comfortable women’s fashions that showcased contrasting details and clean, geometric designs, while also highlighting the designer’s distinct humor, wit and artistic vision.

In Beene’s New York Times obituary, for example, writer Amy Fine Collins noted that although most designers often think of clothing two dimensionally, Beene instead “thought in the round, about the contortions of the body, the spiral of human movement,” which is why many of the seams on his garments spiral around the body.

Throughout his career, Beene created versatile jumpsuits, intricately detailed boleros, elegant evening gowns and more. In 1967, he created the wedding dress for Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson and first lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Beene was inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame, received eight Coty Fashion Critics Awards, and received a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1998.

His work can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, de Young Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology and Victoria and Albert Museum, among many other internationally renowned fashion collections. 

Tarr, who began acquiring Beene’s work in the 1970s, collected and came to dress exclusively in the designer’s fashions until his death in 2004. Of the many pieces featured in her gift to Phoenix Art Museum, more than 30 were previously presented in the Museum’s 2009 exhibition Geoffrey Beene: Trapeze, which profiled Tarr’s fanciful wardrobe and showcased the decades-long relationship between designer and collector-muse. It was during that time when Tarr realized her Beene collection could add greater depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings, which until now included work primarily from the 1960s and 1970s. 

“We are very excited to add these Beene garments and accessories from the latter part of the 20th century to the fashion design collection of Phoenix Art Museum,” says Helen Jean, the Museum’s interim Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design. “With their playful imagery, bold colors, modern silhouettes and exquisite tailoring, they are iconic examples of Beene’s work and are an extraordinary opportunity to better explore this important American designer. Many of these garments have appeared in catalogues and exhibitions, and now, thanks to Patsy Tarr’s generous gift, we get to share them with our community for generations to come.” 

ACONAV on the Rise

Arizona-based fashion brand ACONAV is gaining popularity with its unique combinations of Native American culture and modern style. The brand is known for its use of distinctive Acoma Pueblo pottery colors and patterns, and natural fabrics.

The year is off to a good start for Loren Aragon, CEO and designer of ACONAV, as his brand was named a recipient of the AZ Apparel Foundation’s Spring 2020 Designer in Residence Accelerator Scholarship.

Loren Aragon

The AAF Scholarship began in 2017 and has awarded three rising fashion entrepreneurs each year since. This year, AAF awarded six fashion brands from a total of more than 50 applicants.

“It is an honor to be chosen among some great talents for this competitive scholarship award.” says Aragon. “This opportunity comes at a great time for me as I look to expand upon the capabilities of my company.”

The program will offer six months of office space/workspace, training, guidance from fashion experts and professionals, along with resources to accelerate the designer’s brand, all valued at more than $18,500.

The first class of AAF Scholarship designers included renowned Diné (Navajo) designer Jared Yazzie of OXDX Designs. The AAF Scholarship will now have two Native fashion brands under its umbrella adding to the cultural diversity of the program.

“It’s great knowing we are adding to the growing fashion community in Phoenix. I am grateful to have another opportunity to represent my Acoma Pueblo culture in the greater fashion realm,” says Aragon.

This award adds to a list of accomplishments that include being named Phoenix Fashion Week Couture Designer of the Year in 2017, a collaboration with Walt Disney World and representation on the red carpet at the 73rd Tony Awards.

For more information visit azapparelfoundation.org and aconav.com.

Fashion A’Fare

Scottsdale Fashion Square hosts Fashion A’Fare, a celebration of fashion, food and floral creations March 6-8, 2020.

The weekend-long event showcases the unveiling of the Floral Mannequin Collective in the Luxury wing, featuring mannequins as a canvas for original works of art created with live flowers and designed by luxury brands, florists and local influencers.

On March 6, Scottsdale Fashion Square hosts Runway For Research, an invitation-only brunch at Neiman Marcus to benefit TGen, music and floral art displays in the Luxury wing, exclusive fashion designer runway shows open to the public, in-store experiences and special surprises throughout the day for shoppers.

The activities continue on March 7 with retailer and restaurant chef demonstrations and culinary competition with Arizona Culinary Institute. There will be a special award ceremony to honor winners of the Floral Mannequin Collective designs and culinary awards. Shoppers will be greeted with music and floral art displays in the Luxury wing while Arizona State University’s School of Art design students put on a fashion show.

March 8 kicks off with an International Women’s Day celebration, in addition to a Farmers Market pop-up in the Grand North Valet Circle, mini fitness exhibitions, specialty food and drink and flower crown making station and more in the same area.


Fashion A’Fare

March 6-8

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

For more information, visit fashionsquare.com.

Dennita Sewell Takes The Stage

Southwest Shakespeare Company presents its upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Feb. 21 – March 7 at Mesa Arts Center.

Dennita Sewell, formerly known as The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, served as costume designer on this production. Shakespeare’s fantastical romantic comedy filled with lovers, dreamers, fairies, magic and laughter offered a great source of inspiration. She answered a few questions below.

Sewell currently leads the new fashion degree program in the School of Art at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The first-of-its-kind degree program for ASU offers a fashion focus on topics ranging from textiles to wearable technology to merchandising.

Dennita Sewell

How did this collaboration with Southwest Shakespeare Company happen?

The collaboration was fostered through Mary Way, executive director of Southwest Shakespeare Company. Over the years, we have had many really fun conversations about the fashion exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum—especially Hollywood Costume and costumes generally. A couple years ago, Mary hosted a lecture with Jane Greenwood, my mentor and professor at the Yale School of Drama. All of these experiences naturally evolved into a conversation about designing costumes for one of the productions at Southwest Shakespeare Company. I am really enjoying the process and being involved with the dedicated group at Southwest Shakespeare Company. The strong passion theater professionals have for their craft evokes true admiration for the spirit of collaboration. Everyone involved in the production has tremendous respect for the creative project and has such fun in rehearsals.

Will it happen again?

As for the future, the project has reignited my love of theater and strengthened my appreciation of Southwest Shakespeare Company’s mission and breadth of activities that serve the community. They rotate creative participants to keep their programming active and varied, but I would look forward to working with them again.

Have you encountered any specific challenges during the design process?

Shakespeare’s play is set in Athens, Greece. The director of this production, Louis Farber, selected modern Athens, Vermont, as the location. So, all of my fashion magazines were pushed to the side of my worktable and I began looking at the Vermont Country Store and Duluth Trading catalogs. I researched New England clothing manufacturers and designers, photographs of people at county fairs, and artists renderings of the people and place to gain a sense of their world and establish a color palette. It had been a long time since I had done costume sketches—about 30 years now.

To start the project, I bought a new set of colored pencils and a new pad of drawing paper. There was a warmup period, but I had a really fun time. The end goal of the drawings is not to “make art,” but drawing is the real design process. It’s how you think the ideas through—how you create. In the end, even though I haven’t been practicing my drawing over that last few years, it felt easier. The hands-on experience with clothes I have gained over the last 30 years helped me draw my ideas with greater freedom. Because the production is modern, but with a fantasy element, parts of the costumes are shopped and part of them are made. I have been all over the Valley at a wide diversity of stores to shop for the costumes. It was very interesting to see what is out there—it felt like field research for teaching my contemporary fashion class.

How different is theater costume design compared to fashion design?

This is such an interesting area to think about. In essence, a costume design is the result of a collaborative vision that the designer has with the script, the director and the actor/actress. It is guided by the vision for the production set by the director. Fashion designers are guided by the cultural zeitgeist and create their own vision of what that is. Fashion serves a consumer base and a costume is for a character. They are two unique fields but have shared interests. —Interview by Perrine Adams

Fabric for Oberon’s costume (left) and fabric for the fairies (right)

PHOTOS (at top and bottom): Sewell’s renderings of costumes (Fairies; Mechanicals; and Fairy King Oberon, Queen Titania, and Puck). COURTESY SOUTHWEST SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

India: Fashion’s Muse

Phoenix Art Museum presents India: Fashion’s Muse, an exhibition that explores western fashion’s centuries-long love affair with the riches of India. Inspiring designers from streetwear to couture, the opulence of India has generated global fashion trends that have outlived empires.

Bill Blass; coat of two-piece ensemble;
pants of two-piece ensemble; 1980s; brocade;
Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gift of Mrs. Hugh Downs

Exhibiting from Feb. 29, through June 21 in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, and coinciding with India Fashion Week, the show features more than 50 ensembles and an array of accessories and ephemera including 19th century examples, designer works by Pierre Balmain, Jean Louis, Branell, Bob Mackie, Versace, Olivier Lapidus, Halston, Givenchy and more from Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion collection.
Currently, the Indian community is the third largest immigrant population in Arizona, with an estimated 45,000 Indian families.
India: Fashion’s Muse culminates with today’s modern Indian fashion designers who are expertly merging the exquisite craft of the ancient world with the aesthetics and technology of the 21st century.

India: Fashion’s Muse is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Costume Institute and The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation with additional support from the Museum’s Circles of Support and Museum Members.


India: Fashion’s Muse

Feb. 29 – June 21

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

Modern Fashion

Holiday Prelude celebrated its 34th annual fashion show and luncheon Dec. 16 benefiting Phoenix Theatre Company Guild and Phoenix Youth Symphony.

A highlight was the fashion show created by Tanya Barnes-Matt. “Rhapsody of Fashion” on the runway featured Galina CoutureThe ClotherieLourdes Chavez CoutureFashion by Robert Black and Jewels by Alan Anderson.

Galina Mihaleva

Designer Galina Mihaleva, founder of Scottsdale-based Galina Couture, presented an exclusive collection of 18 designs. The collection’s warm color palette ranged from shades of red, ochre and yellow to black and white. It included three-dimensional textile capes to “provoke the body silhouette,” Mihaleva says.

“The overall inspiration sparks mainly from my collaborative approach with different fields in the area of technology, biology, art and science,” Mihaleva says. “In my world, inspiration is a matter of curiosity and the ability to reflect on what is happening now.”

This collection focuses primarily on transcending the message of how the modern technological revolution is transforming the design process. The role of the designers and the wearers of new fabric technologies—particularly as smart, semi-smart and sustainable textiles and design—relates to social behavior and personal identity.

This collection reflects on today’s demand for environmentally friendly and ethical clothing. The designer mostly used sustainable fibers. In addition to the sequins and stretch silk knits, the main textile used is polyester made from plastic bottles. The polyester is heat-molded and manipulated using traditional shibori technique, known as the shape-resist technique. Mihaleva’s concept is to give a meaningful value to clothes and the ability to last longer.

The interaction between the wearer and the clothing is particularly elevated in the garments from the futuristic red section. Inspired by biological data, seamlessly embodied with sensorial components to monitor, the clothes display and communicate psychological parameters such as breathing, heart rate and other vital signs.

“The relationship between the body and technology is closer than ever, and every day, wearing it more tightly into the fabric of the physical world, creating a vision of cultural transformation. In the center of all is still the beauty of the female body, indeed, in juxtaposition of elements and shapes that will mark the shifting paradigms of self. It’s human nature to seek knowledge and new experiences. Fashion is always about experience each time we interact with it,” Mihaleva says.

Mihaleva is currently an associate professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches wearable technology, fashion and design. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing—wearable technology.

Prior to joining NTU, Mihaleva taught costume and fashion design at Arizona State University for more than 15 years. She also collaborated with renowned choreographers in the United States and Europe.

Mihaleva’s art and design works have been shown in festivals, galleries and museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America, and Europe. In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. She received the Rumi award in the United States and the first place at the Tiffany’s Paris fashion week in 2016.

PHOTOS BY ELENA THORNTON





 

Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Features Badgley Mischka

The 60th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon was held Oct. 4 at Mountain Shadows Resort. Attendees, all dressed in white attire, met to assemble invitations for the November black-tie affair.

The highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, featuring Badgley Mischka Ready to Wear Fall 2019 collection with a special appearance from the designers themselves.

For fall, they pushed forward with a vision colored by restrained glamour inspired by the optimism of the 1940s and 1950s. Their palette of chromes and forest greens was drawn from vintage Mercedes-Benz sports cars, lending a shimmer to the opening suit or dampening the drama on a column gown.

Kristine Thompson is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 23 at The Phoenician.

PHOTOS BY SCOTT FOUST

 

Phoenix Fashion Week Returns

Phoenix Fashion Week hosts its annual series of more than 24 runway shows, Oct. 3-5, at Talking Stick Resort. The three-day event celebrates the conclusion of a three-month emerging designer bootcamp, led by executive director of Phoenix Fashion Week, Brian Hill, in which ten hand-selected designers from around the nation have been preparing to launch their collections for Phoenix Fashion Week and beyond.

“Every year, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to grow our brand reach, among local and national brands, we embrace global brands from Bolivia, Kuwait, Dubai, Philippines and more. Phoenix Fashion Week continues to be the launching pad for brands looking to succeed long term in the fashion industry,” says Hill.

This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year, with many former Phoenix Fashion Week participants returning as established designers. Such as Chicago based Christine Adar, ‘Lifestyle Designer of the Year’ Quinlan Wilhite of Qmulative, and ‘Couture Designer of the Year’ Loren Aragon of Aconav, who was commissioned by Walt Disney World for a one-of-a-kind dress installment and dressed his first Tony Awards red carpet this summer.

“Phoenix Fashion Week has been a catalyst in propelling Arizona fashion forward, while creating new experiences for guests. This year, we will host our 4th Annual ‘Community Showcase,’ presented by F.A.B.R.I.C. of Tempe, featuring 14 local designers and their best two looks,” says Hill.

Phoenix Fashion Week partner with Goodwill of Central Arizona to present the Little Black Dress Challenge. Open to the public, the challenge called on designers to try their hand at up-cycled fashion by utilizing their neighborhood Goodwill clothing and competing for the chance to have their design featured on the runway Fri., Oct. 4.  Phoenix Fashion Week’s natural evolution to offering more sustainability in fashion, led to the Mayor of the City of Phoenix Kate Gallego proclaiming Aug. 22 Sustainable Fashion Day.  This distinguished honor inspired the first ever PHXFW Green Carpet scheduled for Fri., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and roundtable discussion on sustainable fashion led by industry experts.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Thurs., Oct. 3 ‘Fashionably Pink’ will highlight a night of celebrity fundraising and awareness for local breast cancer charity ‘Don’t be A Chump! Check for a Lump.’ 20 breast cancer survivors and local celebrities including Dr. Brian GawleyDr. Raman Mahabir, Javier Soto of 3TV, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Miss Arizona USA and more will grace the runway in all pink garments for a show that is sure to be unique and heartwarming.

On Sat., Oct. 5, Phoenix Fashion Week will award both ‘Designer of the Year’ and ‘Model of the Year’ male and female. The two winning models will each receive full modeling contracts from The Agency Arizona to successfully launch their careers. The ‘Designer of the Year’ will receive a $10,000 prize package comprised of goods and services to ensure long-term brand success.

PHXFW 2019 LINEUP

Oct. 3: Lifestyle

Fashionably Pink Show

Community Designers Showcase

Qmulative

*INTERMISSION

The Tie Dye Company

Astrid Underground

Night Prowler Apparel

Finale: Dany Mizrachi

 

Oct. 4: Contemporary

Sarah Christie

Keith English

MollyKate Cline

Flower Power

*INTERMISSION

Little Black Dress

For The Stars by Jacob

Finale: Yas Couture

 

Oct. 5: Ready to Wear

Duane Topping

Elizabeth Diamant

Velana Luxury

*INTERMISSION

Aconav

Christine Adar

Elevee Lifestyle

Resty

Finale: Rocky Gathercole

 


Phoenix Fashion Week

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

For more information, visit phoenixfashionweek.com.

For tickets, visit PHXFW2019.eventbrite.com.

A Fall Color Palette

Snap out of summer mode and brush up on the fall 2019 fashion trends.
Start adding these pieces to your wishlist and you’ll be ahead of the game.

PHOTOS COURTESY COMPANIES

  1. Serpenti Tubogas watch, $12,700, BVLGARI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, bulgari.com
  2. Jordaan GG velvet loafer, $730, GUCCI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, gucci.com
  3. Floral lurex jacquard car coat, $895, NINA MCLEMORE, The Shops Gainey Village, ninamclemore.com
  4. Ruby Frida satchel, $639, RUTI, Kierland Commons, ruti.com
  5. Clash de Cartier ring, 18k rose gold, diamonds, $8,500, CARTIER, Scottsdale Fashion Square, cartier.com
  6. Boiled wool kimono by PAX PHILOMENA, $295, paxphilomena.com
  7. Typicity dress, $368, Miles tux blazer, $288, Sisley tux trouser, $268, TRINA TURK, Scottsdale Fashion Square, trinaturk.com

 

The Art of Fashion Illustration

Fashion Study, American Vogue Seminar,
Pat Cleveland:Amina Warsuma, c. 1972.
Pentel and cello-tak on paper_02
THE ESTATE OF ANTONIO LOPEZ AND JUAN RAMOS

Phoenix Art Museum presents Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration, which will be on display Sept. 21, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020. The multimedia exhibition of Antonio, the signature that represented the collaborative creative work of fashion visionaries Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, showcases more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines. The installation features their artistic, editorial and commercial work created from the 1960s through the 1980s for publications and retailers such as Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, French Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.

Highlights of the exhibition include more than 20 drawings from Antonio’s Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, a lavishly illustrated book of stories from The Arabian Nights, translated by Sir Richard Burton and published in 1985. Additionally, Antonio will include 12 never-before-exhibited, large-scale drawings created in 1973 at the Condé Nast offices in New York City during a series of Vogue seminars commissioned by editor Carrie Donovan. Featuring model Pat Cleveland and Amina Warsuma, these live-drawing sessions illustrated upcoming designer collections for buyers and journalists. Known for expanding fashion’s view through diverse ideas of beauty, ethnicity and sexuality, Antonio’s drawings capture the energy of three revolutionary decades.

Both Lopez and Ramos were born in the early 1940s in Puerto Rico, and they met as students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Lopez was an exceptionally gifted illustrator, while Ramos was the art director, researcher and organizer. In the early 1960s, they began their careers as part of the “youth quake” and became pioneers of a multinational view that moved fashion illustration forward with a modern perspective. Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration features a continuous screening of the time-capsule documentary film Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco (2017) by director James Crump that demonstrates their impact on fashion.

Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Costume Institute, with additional support from the Museum’s Circles of Support and Museum members.

RELATED PROGRAMS: 

Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration Exhibition Opening* | Fri., Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
*This special preview is open to ACI Members and a guest.

Artist Fashion Illustration Workshop with artist Loretta Tedeshi-Cuoco | Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (A Film by James Crump) | Sat., Oct. 5, and Sun., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.

Cocktails and Fashion Conversations | Thurs., Oct. 16, 5 p.m.


Antonio

The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration

Sept. 21, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Phoenix Art Museum, Ellman Fashion Design Gallery y Orme Lewis Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Shopping for men is hard. Shopping for the perfect gift for dads is even harder. And with Father’s Day this year on June 16, it really is crunch time. So, get to shopping with these great gifts for Dad this Father’s Day.

(clockwise)

Handcrafted sterling silver cufflinks, $875, NIGHTRIDER, nightriderjewelry.com

Must de Cartier bag, leather and palladium finish, $2,160, CARTIER, cartier.com

18k rose gold Diver Chronograph watch by ULYSSE NARDIN, $35,000, E.D. MARSHALL JEWELERS, edmarshalljewelers.com

Aventus Cologne, 3.3 oz/100 ml by CREED, $435, NEIMAN MARCUS, neimanmarcus.com and creedboutique.com

Cabin trolley, $645, MONTBLANC, montblanc.com

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne, France, by BILLECART-SALMON, price upon request, AJ’S FINE FOODS, ajsfinefoods.com

Native American Designer’s Dress Walks Tony Awards Red Carpet

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

Since 1995, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director, has been Arizona’s only Tony Awards voter. In the recent years, she has used the red carpet to spotlight the best fashion design coming out of Arizona.

At past ceremonies, she has worn gowns by Estéban Osuna (Estéban Couture in Tucson), Lana Gerimovich (Alis Fashion Design in Scottsdale) and Rosa Caradenas (owner of the former Blush Boutique in Phoenix).

For this year’s ceremony June 9 at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City, she wore a one-of-a-kind couture gown by Native American Loren Aragon, designer of Aconav.

Aconav is a Native American-owned fashion brand based in Phoenix specializing in women’s couture evening wear. In 2017, Aconav stole the spotlight and won the coveted Phoenix Fashion Week Designer of the Year title.

Aragon founded Aconav on the idea of connecting with the world through shared cultural beliefs. He uses natural fabrics and traditional pottery hues, and makes everything – sketches, patterns and sewing – in house.

The designer’s mission is to respectfully represent a part of the Native American culture in high-end fashion, with the idea of evoking the empowerment of the female spirit. “As a native-operated fashion brand, I strive to represent a part of the Native American culture with the highest respect,” Aragon says.

Loren Aragon

Aconav is a luxury brand recognized by the authentic influence of the Acoma Pueblo culture which fuels the inspiration of unique couture creations. The inspiration is deeply rooted on the values and ideas of the matriarchal lineage of the Acoma people and their world-renowned pottery art practices.

Shortly after winning the Phoenix Fashion Week title, Walt Disney World tasked Aragon to create a truly one-of-a-kind, timeless piece, to be a part of a new exhibition, “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” in Orlando, Florida, showcasing native communities from seven geographic regions across the United States.

Aragon created the Tony red dress with geometric black appliqué also inspired by his Acoma Pueblo heritage. One more time, the designer takes pottery design to a unique wearable art form.

 

Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

DAINTY TREASURES

14k white gold, 2.35 ct. diamond earrings by BEVERLY K, $7,177, LONDON GOLD

18k white gold Empire pendant, 8.63 ct. emerald cut amethyst and round brilliant diamonds, $5,435, BLACK, STARR & FROST

18k white gold vine dangle diamond earrings by KWIAT, $4,500, HYDE PARK JEWELERS


COVETABLE CARRYALLS

Tweed textured Heart Bag, $1,450, ESCADA

Guirlande de Cartier bag, $2,020, CARTIER

Serpenti Forever crossbody bag, $3,300, BVLGARI


BEAUTY INDULGENCES

The Rich Cream by AUGUSTINUS BADER, $265, NEIMAN MARCUS

Floralie perfume by CREED, $415, NEIMAN MARCUS


ON-THE-GO ESSENTIALS

Water bottle by S’WELL, $45, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Rhyton leather sneakers, $890, GUCCI

Motto leggings by ALO YOGA, $114, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Arizona Costume Institute Presents Yeohlee Teng

New York designer Yeohlee Teng visited Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts on March 20. The event, which took place at the Tempe Center Fashion Studio, was hosted by Dennita Sewel and the Arizona Costume Institute, the support group of Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Design department.

Yeohlee Teng; Moebius Shapeshifter – poncho, shawl and bodysuit; 2008;
collection of Phoenix Art Museum,
gift of Yeohlee Teng in honor of the exhibition
“Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style”

In addition to her position as The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, Sewell also leads the new fashion program in the School of Art at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. ACI benefactor members were invited to mingle with students and heard an inspirational presentation from Sewell and Teng.

Designer Teng moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. She has worked primarily in New York City and established her own house, YEOHLEE, Inc., in 1981.

Teng believes that “clothes have magic.” She dresses the “urban nomad,” a term she coined for her Fall 1997 collection, defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. She is a master of design management and believes in the efficiency of year-round, seasonless clothes.

Her designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then chief curator, called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today.”

Michael Costello Presents Spring/Summer 2019 Collection

Scottsdale Fashion Week featured several renowned designers, starring Michael Costello on March 23 at a private residence in Paradise Valley. The designer was present for the occasion.

Models showcased Michael Costello spring/summer 2019 collection.Inspired by the Gypsy culture. Costello excited the audience by taking them through an exuberant and romantic world, showcasing dynamic, bold and statement-making styles for women. The collection is full of deep reds and oranges, and favored floor-length dresses and skirts. Dramatic slits revealed sexy thighs, a huge trend among stars such as Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce on the red carpet.

Flower Power

From April 13 through August 18, Phoenix Art Museum presents Flora in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design and Orme Lewis galleries. Spanning the 18th century through the present, the exhibition features more than 30 botanical-inspired ensembles and accessories for women, men and children to trace the evolution of floral fashions throughout history.

Drawing exclusively from the collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Flora showcases historical garments alongside pieces by designers including Prada, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Comme des Garçons, Charles James and Slava Zaitsev.

“We are delighted to present Flora to our Phoenix community,” says Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “Flora brings together many timeless pieces from the museum’s fashion collection to showcase the breadth and depth of our holdings, and we look forward to sharing this flower-inspired exhibition with our audiences in Arizona.”

Presenting a wide range of historical and contemporary fashions, Flora explores how designers across centuries have interpreted flowers and the botanical world through their work. Garments from the 18th and 19th centuries will showcase traditional, realistic representations of flowers, whereas modern pieces will feature bold, abstract floral prints and silhouettes inspired by organic shapes.

Exhibition highlights include an embroidered leather coat and boots by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton; a 1951 petal dress by Charles James; and a skirt and jacket by Slava Zaitsev, known for his colorful, theatrical designs often adorned with floral patterns and inspired by Russian folk costumes.

Flora also features objects recently acquired by the museum, including an ensemble from the spring/summer 2019 collection of Comme des Garçons, purchased with funds provided by Arizona Costume Institute, a support group of Phoenix Art Museum. The contemporary ensemble includes a slouchy, black tuxedo jacket paired with rose-print trousers, distinguished by their abstract, multidimensional silhouette suggesting a flower form. 

“Flowers are a beloved, classical theme explored by fashion designers throughout history,” says Dennita Sewell, the museum’s Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design. “With its breadth of historical and contemporary garments and accessories, Flora illustrates how the approach to representing flowers in fashion has evolved from realism and naturalism to abstraction, hyper-abstraction and hyper-realism.”

In addition, the exhibition highlights textiles and various embroidery and embellishment styles, illustrating the creative ways in which designers through the centuries have interpreted botanical forms in fashion. A linen suit by Prada from 2003 showcases raffia-embroidered rose buds on netting, the bohemian styling of a Givenchy couture dress from the 1960s is enhanced with a scattering of wildflowers, and a piece by Yves Saint Laurent features an all-over print of American Beauty Roses on silk crepe de chine.

Flora, organized by Phoenix Art Museum, is made possible through the generosity of The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation, The Ellman Foundation and Arizona Costume Institute.

PHOTOS: Marc Jacobs, coat and boots, 2002, leather with silk floss embroidery, 48 1/2 in., Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gift of Arizona Costume Institute and Ardie and Steve Evans


Flora

April 13 – August 18

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

Trina Turk Presents Essentials of the Season

Scottsdale Fashion Week featured several renowned designers March 21 – 24 in Scottsdale. The festivities ended with a brunch and fashion finale featuring Trina Turk and Mr. Turk. The March 24 event took place in the newly renovated luxury wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square, located outside of Neiman Marcus.

Models showcased Trina Turk and Mr. Turk spring 2019 ready-to-wear collections. The collections showcase the essentials of the season with the iconic Turk look: stripes, prints, patterns and solid colors.

The inspiration for the spring collection is all about travel. The theme, “The Tourist,” is about jet setting from LA to Miami, NY to Palm Springs or even springtime in Paris. The prints from the collection have vintage-inspired typography and the collection is full of fun sets for your travels!

This season, Trina Turk continues to present fun sets for your travels – head-to-toe sets that guarantees you to stand out in a crowd.

Trina Turk herself will be visiting the Valley on April 11, to celebrate the grand opening of the Trina Turk boutique located in the luxury wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square.

PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK

STRIPES

Inspired by beach umbrellas and café awnings, stripes are a staple on any vacay.
This collection offers an abundance of stripy options in shirting, cotton sateen, drapey viscose blends and ribby knits in two-tones or brilliant multicolors.

DESTINATION JUMPSUIT

In a variety of fabrics and prints, with dramatic overlays, cutouts or flounced sleeves, this best-selling category is perfect for any getaway, social soiree or even work.

THE FASHION SUIT

In solid luxe drape, “Jardin de Paris” jacquard or checked houndstooth are faves this season.
Believe in suits again, and choose a city short, cropped pant or trouser.
How about a pink “power” suit?

CHAMBRAY ALL DAY

This seasonless crosshatch chambray is presented in myriad new silhouettes for casual looks at home or away.

 

Alice + Olivia Kicks Off Scottsdale Fashion Week

Scottsdale Fashion Week featured several renowned designers March 21 – 24 in Scottsdale. The festivities kicked off with Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet on March 21.

Models showcased Alice + Olivia spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection. The inspiration behind this collection is the women of the world. In creative director Stacey Bendet‘s eyes, that means color — lots and lots of color. It came in the form of bold – often floral – patterns, matching sets, maxi dresses and denim. The collection continues to maintain the laid-back, boho vibe associated with the brand.

Alice + Olivia is known for dressing a number of international celebrities including Michelle Obama, Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker.

PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK

S P R I N G  D E N I M 

F L O W E R  P O W E R  

N E O N  Y E L L O W 

M A T C H I N G  S E T S

 

Art of Fashion

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation celebrated the 23rd Annual Fresh Start Gala on March 9 at The Phoenician. The 600 guests at the black-tie affair enjoyed a fashions presented by Tim Braun and Katherine Broderick from Neiman Marcus Scottsdale during the cocktail hour.

Margaret Merritt from Margaret Merritt Productions pulled the looks for the models, creating a bright and glamorous display. Titled Art of Fashion, the podium featured the latest trends as identified by Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus senior vice president and fashion director: Free Spirit, Colorful Personality, Urban Sophisticate and Hopeless Romantic.

Merrit’s designers selection included Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, Etro, Dolce and Gabbana, Balmian, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Alice and Olivia. Fashions were accessorized with precious jewelry by Coomi, who is known for her high karat gold and exotic gemstones pieces.

Merritt added whimsical butterflies and flower headbands as her personal touch to the vibrant display.

PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

H O P E L E S S  R O M A N T I C

Indulge your inner dreamer with ruffles, flounces and bows from head to toe

C O L O R F U L  P E R S O N A L I T Y

Rediscover your playful side with watercolor prints, neon brights and sorbet shades

U R B A N  S O P H I S T I C A T E

Explore your sartorial side with sharp blazers, polished power suits and more tailored staples

F R E E  S P I R I T

Appease the adventurer within via vivid patterns, textural elements and rich spice tones

 

Scottsdale Fashion Week to Host Alice + Olivia and Michael Costello

Scottsdale Fashion Week, presented by Purely Sedona, announces featured designers and events taking place March 21 – 24, in various locations in Scottsdale.

SFW will showcase Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet on Thurs., March 21. Alice + Olivia is known for dressing a number of international celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker. The night will include a runway show, live entertainment and a pop-up shop where guests will have the opportunity to purchase looks featured on the runway. The event will be held at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, 4725 N. Scottsdale Road, and starts at 7 p.m.

Fri., March 22, W Scottsdale’s WET Deck will host Splash into Swim, a runway show featuring various luxury swimwear designers. Models walk a runway suspended over W Scottsdale’s pool. W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Road; doors open at 8 p.m.

Sat., March 23, SFW will host an exclusive art and fashion event titled Kings + Queens at a private residence in Paradise Valley. Kings + Queens will feature an art exhibition by Mexican artist Gilda Garza, alongside a runway show and pop-up shop featuring looks from internationally acclaimed designer, Michael Costello. Costello has designed looks for a number of celebrities, including Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor, Alicia Keys, Maren Morris and Jennifer Lopez. A limited number of tickets to Kings + Queens will be available for purchase; doors open at 8 p.m.

SFW 2019 will close the week with a Fashion Finale + Brunch on Sun., March 24. SFW will host a luxury runway show while guests are treated to mimosas and light bites. The closing show will take place in the newly renovated luxury wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square located outside of Neiman Marcus; doors open at 11 a.m.

For more information and tickets, visit ScottsdaleFashionWeek.com.

Heart Ball Kickoff Showcases Stella McCartney

The 60th Annual Heart Ball Kickoff was held Feb. 12, at Saks Fifth Avenue. The highlight of the breakfast was a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring British designer Stella McCartney summer 2019 collection.

Boldly feminine with laid-back attitude, the summer 2019 collection showcases the quintessential Stella McCartney woman. Signature ease was subtly toughened and reworked in the house’s most sustainable collection to date.

Kristine Thompson is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 23 at The Phoenician.

PHOTOS BY SCOTT FOUST

 

T H E  S U M M E R  S U I T

 

R O M A N T I C  F L O R A L  P R I N T

 

B E  B O L D !

 

F R I N G E  F E V E R

 

T H E  L I F E  O F  T H E  P A R T Y 

Aspiring Designers Showcase Winter Collection

Fashion and art are colliding this winter thanks to the continued partnership between Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona State University’s School of Art that started last summer. The shopping center is currently showcasing new works of art by students in the fashion program, which draws from all areas across campus, including engineering, architecture, painting, drawing and music. 

“Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the most innovative shopping centers in the country,” says Christina Lanoue, assistant vice president of property management for Macerich. “As a leading luxury destination, we’re always looking for ways to reinvent, reimagine and plan for the future. So a partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Art makes a lot of sense, as these talented students are bound to transform the industry with their creativity and inventiveness.”

The collection, created by undergraduate students, is on display in a retail space at Scottsdale Fashion Square, on the upper level of the shopping center, in the Harkins Theatre wing.

“Hands-on projects and experiences like this help us to prepare our students for a variety of roles in the fashion and art industry,” says Galina Mihaleva, the ASU School of Art instructor who led the Fashion Construction II and Fashion Technology assignments. “Our students are thrilled to have their work on display in such a high-profile location in our community.”

Established in the fall of 2017, ASU’s fashion program combines a global perspective with strong industry ties. Classes in the program include fashion illustration, merchandising, design, construction and technology. ASU’s fashion program is led by Dennita Sewell, an ASU School of Art professor of practice who is also The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, along with a team of professionals.

 

Designer to the Stars to Visit Phoenix Art Museum

Arizona Costume Institute presents its annual Holiday Luncheon at Phoenix Art Museum on Dec. 3. This year’s guest of honor is Stephen Jones, one of the most innovative contemporary milliners.

The luncheon, chaired by Lynne Love, will feature an exclusive presentation and a book signing of Stephen Jones: Souvenirs, by the internationally renowned designer whose creations have graced many high society events in Europe and across the world.

Since the early 1980s, British milliner Jones has collaborated with designers from Vivienne Westwood to Claude Montana. Currently collaborating with Thom Browne and Christian Dior, Jones’ hats and fascinators have been, and continue to be, an integral component in some of the most memorable runway spectacles of the past quarter-century. His creations have been spotted at this year’s royal wedding in London, in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and adorning the heads of his celebrity clientele.

ACI was founded in 1966 to support Phoenix Art Museum’s Fashion Design Department in the acquisition and preservation of garments and accessories of historical and aesthetic significance. It also promotes appreciation of fashion design through programs and support of the Museum’s exhibitions. ACI’s support of this collection area depends on the enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers to help maintain and expand the collection and educational programming.

The annual fundraiser is organized in an effort to celebrate style and support the Fashion Design Department at Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s event will also honor Mary Ellen McKee, the first ever honorary luncheon chair.

To learn more about ACI and the Holiday Luncheon or purchase tickets, visit arizonacostumeinstitute.org.

Women in Fashion

This month, Phoenix Art Museum features senior fashion editor of The Hollywood Reporter Booth Moore as guest speaker of Arizona Costume Institute’s Second Wednesday Luncheon and Lecture on Nov. 14. Drawing from her latest book American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row, Moore leads a discussion of the powerful women who got fashion week off the ground.

Moore’s third book was released early 2018 and portrays a history of the American runway. New York Fashion Week has served many purposes throughout its long history, but it has always remained at the center of the American fashion world. During World War II, Fashion Week challenged the dominance of French couture; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a showcase for American sportswear stars who became household names; in the 2000s, it was the stage for celebrity designers using the runway as a vehicle for entertainment; and now, it is the place to see and be seen by contemporary reality TV and social media stars.

Booth Moore PHOTO BY KIRK MCKOY

The book is packed with designer interviews, backstage ephemera and exclusive photographs culled from all 75 years of New York Fashion Week. Part historical overview, part scrapbook and part fashion-industry field guide, American Runway brings to life the people, place and over-the-top runway productions of New York Fashion Week.

A book signing will follow the lecture.


Women in Fashion: More than Just Pretty Faces
Booth Moore, Style and Fashion News Director, The Hollywood Reporter

Nov. 14, 11:30 luncheon, 12:30 lecture

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information/tickets, visit arizonacostumeinstitute.org.

 

Designer Zang Toi Supports Cancer Research in Phoenix

The 20th annual Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue in Biltmore Fashion Park presented a high-energy runway show featuring more than 50 ‘Best of Saks’ fall outfits. Designer Zang Toi delighted attendees with a special appearance. His spring 2019 collection “Vive le Yves” graced the runway with rich hues of green and blue, and iconic graphic patterns.

“This collection is a fan letter to my favorite designer, the late Yves Saint Laurent,” says Toi. A trip to Marrakech with the particular goal of visiting Saint Laurent’s favorite place was the catalyst for his lineup. While sketching the collection in Morocco, Toi decided to incorporate Majorelle blue, lush green and Mondrian patterns.

Fabric plays a major role in the collection, which includes hammered silk satin originally created by Abraham in Switzerland for Yves Saint Laurent couture collection in the 1970s, as well as couture silk faille and satin, French Chantilly lace trim and hand-beaded butterflies.

The Oct. 5 breakfast event benefited Translational Genomics Research Institute in its research to find cures for women’s cancers and other diseases.

The photos below are a compilation of Zang Toi’s spring 2019 collection.

PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoenix Fashion Week Returns with 25 Shows

Phoenix Fashion Week returns with its annual series of runway shows Oct. 18 – 20 at Talking Stick Resort. The three-day event celebrates the conclusion of a four-month emerging designer boot camp. Led by Kym Gold, True Religion Jeans co-founder, the program includes a selection of 12 designers from around the nation who have been preparing to launch their collections in Phoenix in front of more than 5,000 guests.

For the first time, Phoenix Fashion Week’s 25 fashion shows, red carpet experiences and behind-the-scenes footage will be live streamed around the globe. The organization recently signed a live stream partnership with National Cable TV Group, Cox Media. This TV docu-series features Phoenix Fashion Week’s event recaps, offstage moments on the YurView channel in 21 cities across the country.

As October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fashionably Pink kicks off the festivities on Oct. 18, raising awareness for local breast cancer charity Don’t be a chump! Check for a Lump. A total of 30 breast cancer survivors and local personalities including Dr. Brian Gawley, Dr. Raman Mahabir, Oscar De la salas and Javier Soto of 3TV will walk the runway in pink garments.

(front) Natasha Castles, Jami Goldman Marseilles, Oscar De la salas, Javier Soto, Jill Galus
(back) Karly Riggs, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Johnjay Van Es, Kyle Unfug, Rich Berra

This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year. Many former Phoenix Fashion Week participants return as established designers, such as ‘Lifestyle Designer of the Year’ Quinlan Wilhite of Qmulative, ‘Contemporary Designer of the Year’ Joanne Snodgrass of Nouvelle Palm Beach and ‘Couture Designer of the Year’ Loren Aragon of Aconav.

On Oct. 20, designer to the stars Yas Couture by Elie Madi and international designer Rocky Gathercole will close the show with a finale featuring extravagant couture designs. To conclude the event, Phoenix Fashion Week will award both Designer of the Year and Model of the Year Male and Female titles.

 

PHXFW 2018 LINEUP: 

OCT. 18 | FASHIONABLY PINK – Breast Cancer Charity Runway Show

Third Annual Community Showcase presented by F.A.B.R.I.C.
Ali Jawad, Los Angeles
Qmulative, Tucson, Ariz.

LIFESTYLE 

Rocky Gathercole

Nani Swimwear, Logan, Utah
Rockin Street Wear, Phoenix
Activ Intimates, Scottsdale
WVSH, San Diego

 

OCT. 19 | CONTEMPORARY

Sisi Aduke, Chandler, Ariz.
Cody Chris Collection, Phoenix
MollyKate Cline, Columbus, Ohio
Being Dapper, Phoenix
Nouvelle Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Fla.
DesignME by Mashael Al Mutawa, Kuwait
#ForTheStars by Jacob, Los Angeles
SVETIK Haute Couture, Gilbert, Ariz.

 

OCT. 20 | READY TO WEAR

Amanda Casarez, St. Louis, Mo.
Chau Chic Designs, New Orleans, La.
Zelenco, San Jose, Calif.
Orlando Dugi, Santa Fe, N.M.
Aconav, Phoenix
Christine Adar, Chicago, Ill.
Yas Couture, Kuwait
Rocky Gathercole, Philippines

 

PHOTOS BY JAMES ALMANZA

 

Tribute to Fashion Icon Anna Piaggi

This month, Phoenix Art Museum features Stefano Piaggi as guest speaker of Arizona Costume Institute’s Second Wednesday luncheon and lecture on Oct. 10. President of Associazione Culturale Anna Piaggi and nephew of Italian fashion writer Anna Piaggi, he will present a slide lecture about his aunt’s eccentric existence to the museum’s guests.

Journalist, muse to designers and fashion enthusiast, Piaggi was a fashion icon. The event, titled “Anna Piaggi: Creativity and Passion in Fashion and Beyond,” provides an inside look at her life and career from the 1930s to the present.

From 1961 to 1968, Piaggi was fashion editor for Arianna magazine. In the late 1960s, she became contributing editor to Vogue Italia where she started her editorial piece “D.P. Doppie Pagine di Anna Piaggi,” a highly acclaimed piece among all fashionistas. Then in the 1980s, she worked for the avant-garde magazine Vanity.

In addition to her successful career, Piaggi was a collector of garments from all eras. Her large clothes collection included 2,865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes according to a 2006 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She was also known for her bright blue hair, excessive make-up and unique sense of style that mixed vintage and contemporary fashion.

The lecture will include pictures from Karl Lagerfeld‘s 1988 sketchbook dedicated to the icon, images by photographers David Bailey and her husband Alfa Castaldi and film clips from the documentary Anna Piaggi: Una Visionaria Nella Moda. Directed by Alina Marazzi, the film was released in June 2016.


Anna Piaggi: Creativity and Passion in Fashion and Beyond

Oct. 10

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information/tickets, visit arizonacostumeinstitute.org.

 

Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Features Oscar

The 59th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon was held Sept. 17 at Mountain Shadows Resort. Attendees dressed in black and red attire and met to assemble invitations for the November black-tie affair.

The highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, featuring Oscar de la Renta’s resort 2019 collection. Pastel hues, Wedgewood-esque patterns, floral embroidery and polka dots stole the spotlight.

Phoenix Heart Ball was one of the few organizations across the country to preview the collection in a fashion show format. The collection will be available at Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square in late November.

Carolyn Jackson is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 17 at The Phoenician.

PHOTOS BY SCOTT FOUST

 

PASTEL CHECK

 

HELLO YELLOW

 

WEDGWOOD CHIC

 

EMBROIDERED BLOSSOM

 

POLKA DOT FEVER

 

POWER DRESS

 

Aspiring Designers Showcase Denim and Technology Collections

Fashion and art are colliding this summer thanks to a new partnership between Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona State University’s School of Art. The shopping center is currently showcasing new works of art by students in the fashion program, which draws from all areas across campus, including engineering, architecture, painting, drawing and music.

“Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the most innovative shopping centers in the country,” says Christina Lanoue, assistant vice president of property management for Macerich. “As a leading luxury destination, we’re always looking for ways to reinvent, reimagine and plan for the future. So, a partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Art makes a lot of sense, as these talented students are bound to transform the industry with their creativity and inventiveness.”

A denim collection, created by undergraduate students as part of a Fashion Construction II class assignment, is on display in a retail space at Scottsdale Fashion Square, on the upper level of the shopping center, in the Harkins Theatre wing. While learning the fashion basics, students in this intermediate sewing class incorporated sustainable practices into their work, sourcing denim from their own closets or thrift stores.

A technology collection, produced by engineering and fashion design students in the School of Art’s Fashion Technology class, is also on display with the denim collection. Not only did students in this class have to incorporate technology into their work, but their designs also had to address a pressing societal issue. One of the pieces on display in this collection, Hierarchy Queue, is the capstone work of ASU fashion student Carol Wong. Born and raised in Arizona, Wong recently launched her own brand, Kayun.

“Hands-on projects and experiences like this help us to prepare our students for a variety of roles in the fashion and art industry,” says Galina Mihaleva, the ASU School of Art instructor who led the Fashion Construction II and Fashion Technology assignments. “Our students are thrilled to have their work on display in such a high-profile location in our community.”

The exhibition at Scottsdale Fashion Square also features pieces by two new alumni – Layne Farmer and Cami Galofre – from the ASU School of Art’s Master of Fine Arts program in drawing and painting. Farmer’s work has been exhibited at the Kura Gallery in Japan, the Contemporary Art Space in Quingzhou, China, and Bentley Gallery in Phoenix. Galofre has exhibited her transformational landscape paintings at the Más Arte Galería in Ecuador, the Biblioteca e Auditório on Pico Island (Azores) in Portugal, Eric Fischl Gallery in Phoenix and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum.

Established in the fall of 2017, ASU’s fashion program combines a global perspective with strong industry ties. Classes in the program include fashion illustration, merchandising, design, construction and technology. ASU’s fashion program is led by Dennita Sewell, an ASU School of Art professor of practice who is also The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, along with a team of professionals.

Zang Toi Charms Fashionistas and Students at ASU

A regular visitor to the Valley, couture designer Zang Toi, known for creating clothing that is sophisticated, elegant and timelessly beautiful, was back in Phoenix to present his fall 2018 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park.

The designer did not limit his visit to the luxury department store. On March 26, he paid a memorable visit to Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The event, which took place at the Tempe Center Fashion Studio, was hosted by Dennita Sewell and the Arizona Costume Institute, the support group of the Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Design department. In addition to her position as The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, Sewell now leads the new fashion program in the School of Art at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Fashion students and ACI benefactors enjoyed a lively afternoon that started with remarks by Dean Steven Tepper and Dr. Joanna Grabski, director and professor at the School of Art.

The event also included a presentation of sustainability-inspired designs from students in the program’s Fashion Construction II class, led by Galina Mihaleva, visiting fashion professor and designer. Students were tasked with creating “upcycling” styles with denim material purchased from secondhand clothing stores.

Dennita Sewell and Zang Toi

The afternoon ended with Toi and Sewell in conversation. Specially for the event, Saks Fifth Avenue provided four gowns illustrating the designer’s fall 2018 collection.

Toi is known for presenting travel-inspired collections. His recent trip to Italy was so inspiring that he decided to use the ultimate Roman city – Rome – as the theme for his fall 2018 show.

The designer’s palette is mostly gray scale, ranging from gray to charcoal, with hints of bright orange, hot pink and intense red. Toi could have not done a Rome-inspired collection without paying tribute to the haute couture master Valentino.

“Valentino is known for his red gown in every collection so I decided to do one red gown as a tribute to Valentino,” says Toi. This gown is the silk ottoman one-shoulder side-slit gown that was on display.

The hot pink and orange gowns also displayed at the occasion have to be considered as an homage to Toi’s very first feature in Vogue’s March 1990 issue.

“I was very fortunate to be chosen by Anna Wintour as emerging designer 28 years ago. Being featured in Vogue definitely put me on the fashion map,” says Toi.

Details are everything. Each piece that comes out of the House of Toi is custom-made, hand-stitched and crafted with the most luxurious fabrics. The silk used for this collection –  the best available on the market – is manufactured near Lake Como in Italy. The dainty bead work is done by the most delicate hands in India and represents hundreds of hours of skilled labor.

Here are the gowns the guests had the opportunity to see up close.

 

Haute red couture silk ottoman side-slit gown with assumption draped shoulder straps and trails lined with hot pink silk satin, Zang Toi, fall 2018.
A tribute to fashion designer Valentino.

Hot pink silk crepe framed-neckline column gown with dramatic cape lined in silk satin.
An homage to Toi’s first feature in Vogue’s March 1990 issue.

Haute orange silk crepe framed-neckline column gown with regal train lined in silk satin, Zang Toi, fall 2018.
An homage to Toi’s first feature in Vogue’s March 1990 issue.

Black couture silk hazard strapless ball gown with hand-beaded “Haute Roman Holiday” Bouquet, Zang Toi, fall 2018

ASU Students Unveil First Fashion Show

Students from Arizona State University’s fashion program unveiled their first fashion show titled “Uncertainty” on March 31 at the new Student Pavilion on ASU’s Tempe campus. Organized by the Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students, the runway featured designs created by the students themselves.

Principal organizer Carol Wong during the “Uncertainty” fashion show

Carol Wong will be among the first students to graduate from ASU’s new fashion degree program this spring. With help from ASU’s Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students, Wong staged ASU’s first entrepreneurship runway show. Almost 500 guests witnessed the creative and innovative work of the fashion students.

In addition to her position as The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, Dennita Sewell also leads the new fashion program in the School of Art at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Sewell was in attendance watching her protégés.

The show also included sustainability-inspired designs. Students were asked to create upcycling clothes with denim material from secondhand clothing stores.

For more information, visit asunow.asu.edu.

PHOTOS BY DEANNA DENT/ASU NOW

 

Design by Patrick St. Clair

Hormone Couture design by Pat Pataranutaporn

Green gown design by instructor and designer Galina Mihaleva

Upcycling denim collection 

Office Couture design by Carol Wong

Art of Fashion by Neiman Marcus

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation celebrated the 22nd Annual Fresh Start Gala on March 10 at The Phoenician. The 720 guests at the black-tie affair enjoyed a runway show presented by Tim Braun and Katherine Broderick from Neiman Marcus Scottsdale during the cocktail hour.

Margaret Merritt from Margaret Merritt Productions pulled the looks for the models who walked down the runway, creating a sparkly and glamorous show.

Titled Art of Fashion, the runway featured the latest trends as identified by Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus senior vice president and fashion director: brights, denim jacket redux, floral dresses, statement sleeves, logos and sequins.

Fashions were accessorized with rainbow jewelry from Australian designer Margot McKinney whose guiding principles are quality, glamour and versatility.

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Art + Architecture Weekend Returns for Second Year

Phoenix Art Museum and Contemporary Forum, a support group of the museum, present the second annual Contemporary Forum Art + Architecture Weekend from April 13 through April 15. This event provides an exclusive insider look at some of the Valley’s finest custom homes and private art collections.

Guests can choose between Gold ($100) and Platinum ($500) ticket levels, each offering access to select home tours, parties and conversations with Valley connoisseurs. Offering a rare opportunity to step inside local luxury homes that celebrate the synergy between art and architecture, the Art + Architecture Weekend showcases residences located primarily in Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale, with a broad variety of architects and artists represented.

 

Moran Loft by Will Bruder Architects, Gold Tour

Art + Architecture Weekend Itinerary

Please note ticket levels that correspond to different events

 

Fri., April 13 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Opening party at Phoenix Art Museum

Opening party at Phoenix Art Museum including guided tour of current exhibition “Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” presented by Arizona Costume Institute

All ticket holders

 

Sat., April 14 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Platinum Home Tour

Platinum Home Tour of four exclusive homes with luxury transportation and lunch provided. Private reception immediately following tour, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Platinum tickets holders only (limited quantity available)

 

Sun., April 15 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Gold Home Tour

Gold Home Tour guests will receive a map of five custom homes in the Valley with exceptional architecture and incredible art collections and will be able to visit the homes at their leisure. Map pick-up begins at 10 a.m.

All ticket holders

 

Sun., April 15 | 5 p.m. | Closing Party at Mountain Shadows Resort

Platinum and gold ticket holders who are also Contemporary Forum members

 

Lehmann Residence by Tennen Studio, Platinum Tour. PHOTO BY ANDREW JARSON, AZARCHITECTURE

Contemporary Forum is a dynamic volunteer organization whose mission is to support the development of contemporary art at Phoenix Art Museum. Dedicated to promoting interest in and understanding of contemporary art as a support group of the Museum, Contemporary Forum provides its members with lectures, films, artists’ studio tours, private collection tours, opportunities for domestic and international travel.

Contemporary Forum’s two major annual fundraisers are the Going Once! Art Auction in January and Art + Architecture Weekend in April. All proceeds of both events directly benefit the museum’s contemporary art collection, exhibitions and educational initiatives. Contemporary Forum also aids Phoenix-area artists through the annual Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artists Award and the Artists Grants Program, which have awarded more than $270,000 to 188 Arizona artists since the program’s inception.


Contemporary Forum Art + Architecture Weekend

April 13 – 15

For more info/ticket, visit artandarchitectureweekend.org.

Trina Turk and Mr. Turk Close Scottsdale Fashion Week 2018

Scottsdale Fashion Week, presented by Purely Sedona, returned Feb. 21 – 25 at various luxury venues in Scottsdale.

On Sat., Feb. 24, internationally renowned designers Trina Turk and Mr. Turk showcased their latest ready-to-wear collections at Mountain Shadows.

Designer Turk draws her influence from the vibrant culture of Los Angeles, using her keen eye for style to use a bohemian aesthetic with joyful patterns and bold colors. Her signature resort wear designs have been worn by many celebrities including Taylor Swift, Viola Davis, Kate Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Alyssa Milano. Through her chic women’s ready-to-wear, swim, jewelry, accessories, eyewear and active wear collections, Turk established herself as an iconic fixture in luxury fashion.

Following the success of her women’s line, Turk then turned her attention to men’s swimwear and launched Mr. Turk, a collaboration with her husband Jonathan Skow, who is the brand’s primary creative designer.

The Mr. Turk line focuses on simple silhouettes and intricate patterns which encompass the quintessential Turk style. Mr. Turk is designed to appeal to men who are daring and aim to be bold with their fashion choices. Skow’s work within the industry transcends fashion design, as he is also a renowned photographer whose work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Vanity Fair, to name a few. He is also known for his celebrity portraits which include A-listers Naomi Watts, Alicia Keys and Zac Efron.

Here are a few trends noticed on the runway.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK

STATEMENT STRIPES

 

IN FULL BLOOM FOR SPRING

 

GARDEN PARTY-READY SUITS 

 

Scottsdale Fashion Week 2018

Scottsdale Fashion Week, presented by Purely Sedona, returns Feb. 21 through 25 at various luxury venues in Scottsdale.

For the first time, SFW hosts an exclusive pre-opening event at a private residence in Paradise Valley on Wed., Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The invitation-only event is titled “Art + Fashion,” and features the artwork of artist, Gilda Garza and an exclusive runway show by nationally renowned designer Nicole Miller.

Dress and jacket by Nicole Miller

The opening night of SFW showcases looks by Contessa LA with a runway show Thurs., Feb. 22 at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. Contessa LA has been featured in fashion magazines including Vanity Fair, L’Officiel, Essence and Prestige International Magazine. The brand’s main focus is to make women feel confident by outfitting them with luxurious fashion pieces that accentuate the beauty of the female figure.

On Fri., Feb. 23, the fashion festivities continue with Splash into Beauty, a daytime poolside beauty exposition featuring local and national beauty brands at W Scottsdale’s WET Pool Deck. Later that evening, guests will be treated to Splash into Swim, a luxury swimwear runway show featuring looks by Trina Turk, Mr. Turk, Salty Mermaid, Montce Swim and W Store, which will present designs by Vitamin A, Luli Fama and TravisMathew.

On Sat. Feb. 24, internationally renowned designers Trina Turk and Mr. Turk will showcase their latest ready-to-wear collections at Mountain Shadows Resort. Trina Turk’s clothing has been worn by many celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Viola Davis and Carrie Underwood.

SFW will come to a close on Sun. Feb. 25, with the Fashion-A-Bowl after-party at Skylanes.


Scottsdale Fashion Week

Feb. 21 – 25

Various locations in Scottsdale

For more information/tickets visit scottsdalefashionweek.com.

 

Hollywood in the Desert

Just in time for the Academy Awards season, Vision Gallery hosts the Hollywood in the Desert exhibition in historic downtown Chandler from March 8 through April 6.

Hollywood has always had a major influence on fashion and design, from silent movies to today’s red carpet. Names like Adrian, Helen Rose, Bill Travilla and Bob Mackie are known for dazzling the public with their creations on the screen and runway. Hollywood in the Desert shares fashions from these timeless influential designers and others, as curated by Robert Black.

Black, curator of the collection, is founder of the model and talent agency Ford Robert Black Agency. With his partner Doreen Picerne, philanthropist and fashionista, he shops around the world to offer a new vintage experience in red carpet couture, special occasion designer pieces and dynamic daywear, along with accessories and historic fashion treasures. Fashion by Robert Black boutique is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale; visit fashionbyrobertblack.com for more information.

Vision Gallery will also hold a glamorous opening night on Wed., March 7, 6 – 9 p.m. Black will host the red carpet reception and actress Susan Clausen, playing the part of fashion design icon Edith Head, will entertain the crowd.


Hollywood in the Desert
Curated by Robert Black

March 8 – April 6

Opening Reception: Wed., March 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler

For more information, visit visiongallery.org.

59 Designers, 59 Design Muses

Fifty-nine local designers created the dazzling tables for the eighth annual Independent Woman Luncheon on Jan. 30 to benefit Phoenix Art Museum. The theme for the occasion was Kaleidoscope The Art of Contrast, reflecting New York-based designer Amy Lau’s penchant for using bright hues. Lau, who grew up in Paradise Valley, spoke at the event.

Each designer started with a table topped with a graphic black-and-white tablecloth provided by Kravet. In all there were 60 tables, each unique and colorful, ranging from traditional to contemporary.

PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael Ferguson Interiors, Michael Ferguson and Cristiana Rueda

Flora Bella, Rob Hudachek

Oh Sugar! Event Design and Paperie, Traci Chandler

IMI Design, Anita Lang

Cornelia Park, Anne Park

Black Ink Design, Jenny Slingerland

Guided Home Design, Kristen Hanckock and Lauren Reese

ROUX Design Studio, Cynthia Flottman

Scottsdale Interior Design Group, Jackie Funkhouser and Karen Clothier

Fashion Goes Beyond Clothing

Beginning on Feb. 24, Phoenix Art Museum will host the exhibition “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” celebrating the career of the Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators. She is a favored designer of style icons including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk and Cara Delevingne.

Iris van Herpen, Hacking Infinity, 2015. Laser-cut cow leather,
3-D printed photopolymer and stereolithography resin shoes.
In collaboration with Noritaka Tatehana and 3D Systems.
PHOTO BY NORITAKA TATEHANA

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Groninger Museum in Groninger, the Netherlands, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga. It features 45 ensembles from 15 collections spanning 2008 to 2015, a selection of van Herpen’s fantastical shoe designs and footage from runway shows.

“We’re delighted to bring the singular vision of Iris van Herpen to Phoenix Art Museum,” says Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “Her multidisciplinary approach to creation, melding art, science and architecture with traditional methods of garment construction, represents a radical, contemporary vision that we’re proud to host in our museum. We’re so excited to be able to share the best of international art and fashion with our community, right in the heart of our city.”

Since her first runway show in 2007, the 33-year-old Dutch designer has made a name for herself within and beyond the fashion world by combining tradition with radical innovation. Van Herpen is unparalleled in her multidisciplinary approach to creation.

Her most prominent collaborators include artists, architects and scientists such as Philip Beesley, Jólan van der Wiel and Bart Hess, as well as teams at the European Organization for Nuclear Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2011, Time Magazine included her 3-D printed dresses on its list of 50 Best Inventions. Van Herpen is hailed as a pioneer for her use of 3-D printing as a construction technique and guiding aesthetic principle, utilizing the technology to create sculptural garments with unfamiliar forms.

Iris van Herpen, Hybrid Holism, July 2012.
Metallic coated stripes, tulle and cotton dress.
PHOTO BY BART OOMES, NO 6 STUDIOS

Her distinct viewpoint has inspired collaborations with progressive musicians and actresses such as Björk, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie and Grimes. Her special projects include dressing Scarlett Johansson for the film Lucy, creating the dress Beyoncé wore in her “Mine” music video and producing Lady Gaga’s ensemble for the launch of her Fame fragrance.

A former ballet dancer, van Herpen also has created costumes for the Paris Opera and the New York City Ballet, collaborating with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the Berlin-based dance company, Sasha Waltz & Guests.

“Iris van Herpen’s unique fusion of technology with couture craftsmanship has made her a pioneer of Paris haute couture and an undeniable agent of change in the fashion world,” says Dennita Sewell, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design. “Her ‘New Couture’ blends the past and future into a distinct vision of the present and completely reimagines the possibilities of what fashion can and will become.”

Phoenix Art Museum is the western-most and final U.S. destination to host this acclaimed exhibition, which will be on view in Steele Gallery from Feb. 24 through May 13.

 


“Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”

Feb. 24 – May 13

Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org

In 2018, Wear Purple

Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. In the following year, the color has historically influenced trends in all facets of design — architecture, interior décor and fashion, as well as food, materials, travel, sports and technology.

This year, it’s Pantone 18-3838 ultra violet. A dramatically provocative purple shade, ultra violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.

 

  1. Gucci wool-silk dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park and Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square
  2. Chanel Western silk scarf, available at Vintage by Misty
  3. Bulgari 18-kt yellow gold, amethyst and diamond ring, available at Betteridge Jewelers
  4. Gucci Caspar embroidered satin pump, available at Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square
  5. Sterling silver Fleur chain with amethyst gemstones, available at Oliver Smith Jewelers

 

Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Features Couture Fashions

The 58th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon was held Oct. 28 at The Phoenician. Attendees dressed in colorful attire from head to toe in their favorite shades and met to assemble invitations. Kimberly Jacobsen and Marilyn Alexander co-chaired the luncheon committee.

The highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, featuring fashions by Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Jenny Packham, Elizabeth Kennedy, Naeem Kahn, Marchesa and others.

Char Hubble is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 18 at The Phoenician.

PHOTOS BY SCOTT FOUST/IMAGE-INDUSTRY PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN STUDIO

Elizabeth Kennedy gown; Naeem Khan gown

Jenny Packham gown; Naeem Kahn dress and jacket

Oscar de la Renta gown; Naeem Kahn gown

Marchesa gown; Jenny Packham gown

Pamela Rolland; Zac Posen gown

Elizabeth Kennedy gown

Fashion Fights Cancer

The 19th annual Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue in Biltmore Fashion Park showcased the fall 2017 ETRO collection in a high-energy signature runway show.

Bohemian looks, floral prints and kaleidoscopic fabrics, in harmony with the fall color palette, paraded in front of the guests. The vibrant outfits were embellished with Coomi jewelry. Coomi is known for its luxurious pieces handcrafted in high karat gold, rose cut diamonds and precious gemstones.

The Oct. 6 breakfast event benefited Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in its research to find cures for women’s cancers and other diseases.

The photos below are a compilation of some of the runway fashions.

PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Breast Cancer Survivors Take the Runway

Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 kicked off with signature Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show on Thurs., Oct. 5, at Talking Stick Resort. The annual event benefits local breast cancer nonprofit Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!.

The Phoenix-based organization is dedicated to motivating women to perform self breast checks and to assisting women with mammograms and going through breast cancer treatment. The Wig Out program provides free custom wigs to patients undergoing chemotherapy and complimentary mammograms for low-income women in Arizona.

“Our entire team here at Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump! is thankful for this partnership with Phoenix Fashion Week and their support of breast cancer awareness by producing Fashionably Pink especially with the unfortunate closing of the Susan G. Komen office here in Phoenix,” says Holly Rose, survivor and founder of Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!

The evening started with a cocktail reception inside the Style Villa and featured a red carpet entrance for photo opportunities. The night also included a live auction by auctioneer Bobby D, raising more than $15,000 benefiting Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump! and its Wig Out program.

Charity founder Holly Rose joined other cancer survivors and local celebrities, including Channel 12’s Caribe Devine, on the runway. They modeled in pink-inspired fashions by Glam Squad Couture and Tal Barkel Designs jewelry. In addition, five percent of the proceeds from Tal Barkel Designs local sales through Dec. 25 will be donated to Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump!.

PHOTOS BY JAMES ALMANZA, ALMANZA PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Caribe Devine and Tatum Sorrelman

Jill Galus and Jami Goldman Marseilles

Bobbi Sudberry and Sharon Carlson

(front) Natasha Castles, Jami Goldman Marseilles, Oscar De la salas, Javier Soto, Jill Galus
(back) Karly Riggs, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Johnjay Van Es, Kyle Unfug, Rich Berra

A Tribute to James Galanos

Beginning in August, Phoenix Art Museum presents A Tribute to James Galanos, a retrospective dedicated to the iconic American fashion designer. Featuring more than 40 couture-quality, ready-to-wear ensembles and accessories, including an ensemble worn and donated by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, the exhibition illuminates the designer’s influence and legacy with objects from the 1950s through the 1990s.

“A black dress,” Galanos once said, “reveals everything: line, cut, drape, seaming. It must be perfection.” From his selection of the finest fabrics to his impeccable construction and finishing, the designer’s exacting standards resulted in an elegant simplicity that became a hallmark of his work.

Born in Philadelphia in 1924 to parents who had emigrated from Greece, Galanos and his three sisters worked in their parents’ South Jersey restaurant. “As a young boy, I had no fashion influence around me,” Galanos recalled in a 1980 interview, “but all the while I was dreaming of Paris and New York.”

James Galanos, jacket and dress, 1988, silk crepe and lace with bead embroidery.
Gift of James G. Galanos. PHOTO BY KEN HOWIE

He began his career in 1944 as an assistant to Hattie Carnegie in New York, and spent the next several years in a series of jobs, including a position as a part-time sketch artist in the Columbia Pictures costume department, where he worked for the legendary Jean Louis.

In 1951, he opened Galanos Originals in Los Angeles. His early success led Galanos to begin dressing some of the most famous women in the world, including the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Rosalind Russell and Diana Ross. He is perhaps best known as the favorite designer of the late Nancy Reagan.

Until his retirement in 1998, Galanos continued to design for his discerning clientele, who appreciated the timeless quality of his work, which could be worn throughout the decades, always retaining his trademark elegant simplicity. As the designer’s longtime friend, fashion collector Tatiana Sorokko observes, “When you look at his overall career, nobody else in American fashion has been able to achieve the same level of quality. And he produced everything in his factory on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles.”

The exhibition spans five decades of Galanos designs from the permanent collection and private lenders, as well as never before seen photographs from his personal archives. A supporter of Phoenix Art Museum’s programs, Galanos personally donated a group of his designs to the fashion collection in 1990 and participated in several of its events.

Highlights of the show include gowns made for Galanos’ clients including Sybil Harrington, Kitty Carlyle Hart, Nancy Reagan, Ann Bonefory Taylor and Marie Vanderbilt Whitney, as well as contemporary collectors including Tatiana Sorokko, Gelila Puck and Ralph Rucci.


A Tribute to James Galanos

Aug. 19, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

Phoenix Art Museum, Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

The Phoenician Springs Into Style with Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week hosted its annual Spring Into Style runway show on Sat., March 25. Set against the backdrop of the historic Jokake Inn at The Phoenician, the event celebrated six Arizona-based fashion stylists and their runway visions for spring 2017.

“As the Valley’s premier luxury resort destination, The Phoenician is celebrated for its iconic style and inspiring experiences,” says Mark Vinciguerra, general manager at The Phoenician. “Hosting this signature runway show in partnership with Phoenix Fashion Week brings the season’s top trends to life for both our resort guests and community.”

Throughout six runway shows, the stylists highlighted spring menswear and women’s wear collections from local retailers and designers.

The Spring Into Style stylist and influencer line-up included: Ashley Paige styling Floral, voted ‘Best In Show’ stylist, Sandra Yotty styling Yellow, Mitch Phillips styling Mixed Prints, Style Stalkers styling Statement Sleeves, Sarah Parks styling Men’s Traveler and Parisa Zahedi styling Punk.

 

Ashley Paige styling Floral (voted ‘Best In Show’)

 

Sandra Yotty styling Yellow

 

Mitch Phillips styling Mixed Prints

 

Style Stalkers styling Statement Sleeves

 

Sarah Parks styling Men’s Traveler

 

Parisa Zahedi styling Punk

Phoenix Art Museum Showcases Minimalist Gowns by Yeohlee

Phoenix Art Museum presents Yeohlee | Serra, an exhibition that examines two bodies of work, fashion design by Yeohlee Teng and prints by Richard Serra that emerged 30 years ago.

From March 16 through May 29, a selection of quietly inventive and minimalist black and ivory dresses by Yeohlee will be juxtaposed with monumental prints of dense blackness on a white background by Serra. The exhibition explores the shared concerns that led the two to create, independently and within their separate disciplines, objects of striking visual affinity.

“The close relationship between these evening gowns, cut from a supple, heavy ivory satin jacquard with a black border (1991 to 1993), and the monumental drawings and prints that Serra had created eight years earlier, has been noted before. But the two bodies of work have never been presented together before now,” says Dennita Sewell, The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum. “This exploration is only possible because Phoenix Art Museum has these notable silk-screen prints by Serra in its permanent collection, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art has generously loaned designs by Yeohlee from its collection.”

Yeohlee’s gown series emerged onto the 1991 fashion scene after her work had been widely viewed in Intimate Architecture: Contemporary Clothing Design, a seminal exhibition at MIT Museum. Insiders understood that, for this young designer, fashion design was a larger project, an investigation into volume, form and fabric, as well as ergonomics, movement and style. The challenge of maximizing the use of an entire seven meters of fabric drove the design of the three dresses named Byron, Keats and Shelley. Their shapes and designs were informed by the fabric, a rich heavy ivory silk jacquard with a black border on one side of the fabric. The width of the fabric and border determined the rest. The magic came from the imaginative use of cut and an understanding of the potential of form within the structure of the fabric.

“The awareness of form, volume, material, the magic of numbers and geometry, they are always present in my work,” says Yeohlee. The designer continues to pose design puzzles from her atelier in New York City, which she founded in 1981. Acclaimed for a spare vision that delights in experimenting with the essentials of form, she is praised for clothes that are simple, functional and timeless.

Serra has written of his screen prints: “I invent methods about which I know nothing, to utilize the intent of experience so that it becomes known to me, to then challenge the authority of that experience and thereby challenge myself.”

 

(left) Yeohlee Teng, Byron dress, silk,
(right) Yeohlee Teng, Shelley dress, silk, Fall/Winter 1993-1994.

 

(left) Yeohlee Teng, silk cape (shown with evening gown)
(right) Yeohlee Teng, silk cape (shown with evening gown), Fall/Winter 1992–1993.

PHOTOS: Mark Peterman


Yeohlee | Serra

March 16 – May 29

Phoenix Art Museum, Ellman Fashion Design Gallery1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information/tickets, visit phxart.org.

 

Zandra Rhodes Shines at Scottsdale Fashion Week

Scottsdale Fashion Week, an annual event featuring a selection of the latest collections of the season, took place March 2 – 8 in the heart of the city of Scottsdale, Ariz. The six-day affair brought together designers, buyers, media, stylists and fashion enthusiasts, and offered runway shows and other industry-focused events.

The opening night featured iconic British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale on Thurs., March 2. Rhodes is hailed the “Princess of Punk” in the fashion community, known for her bold prints, dramatic use of color and ambitious designs. Her work has appeared in top fashion magazines around the world, including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and Harper’s Bazaar. Over the course of her lengthy fashion career, Rhodes has earned nine honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S. and the U.K., and in 1997, she was named a commander of the British Empire for her contributions to the fashion industry.

Rhodes has designed for numerous elite clients such as Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen, Paris Hilton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Olsen. With her bold prints, feminine patterns and theatrical use of color, the British designer has had a major role in positioning London at the forefront of the international fashion scene.

You can find signature Zandra Rhodes designs in luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and various online store.

PHOTOS BY STEVEN FELLHEIMER PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Bold prints and accessories

 

Embellished jeans from head to toe

 

Bohemian chic layers

 

Wide-leg summer jumpsuits 

 

The silky bride

 

 

Zang Toi Presents His ‘Brilliant Royal Blue’ Collection at Fresh Start Gala

A regular in the Valley, couture designer Zang Toi, known for creating clothing that is sophisticated, elegant and timelessly beautiful, returned to Phoenix to present his Fall 2017 collection.

Toi uses his celebrity for good. In his Spring 2012 collection, he features fabric purchased directly from a village in the northwest African country of Burkina Faso, after one of the models from that area showed him some work of her local weaving industry. Over the past several years, Toi has come to Phoenix on several occasions to support Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Heart Ball and this year the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

Toi presented his 2017 Fall “Brilliant Royal Blue” collection in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue during the cocktail reception at the 21st Annual Fresh Start Gala on March 4. Some women wore gowns designed by Toi himself for the occasion.

For the first time, Toi is not presenting a travel-inspired collection but a color-inspired collection. Last summer, Toi stayed at the newly renovated Ritz Paris in the French capital and couldn’t take his eyes off the shades of deep, royal blue of all the furniture in the palace. The Ritz Paris’ classical architecture and style had already inspired one of his collections in the early 2000s. “I’m not big into bright blue. I like French blue, beautiful sky blue. But the royal blue in the lobby of the Ritz Paris was so chic, I couldn’t get it off my head,” explains Toi. Two weeks after his visit in Paris, he decided to design an entire collection around the color blue. “I’ve used sapphire blue before, but this blue is a little bit brighter, a little bluer and very intense. I had to be careful because it’s a very loud color and it can get very garish.” Toi’s challenge was then to create a collection inspired by one unique detail, one color he is not known for.

The result was revealed mid-February at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017, where Toi showcased a feminine and chic collection titled “Brilliant Royal Blue.” Silky pantsuits, skirts with turtleneck cashmere sweaters and tailored jackets in luxurious velvets over perfectly cut pants in royal blue, black, deep navy and a splash of winter white all had Toi’s signature elegance.

“The fabrics are very luxurious. We didn’t compromise for this season since the collection is one of the simplest I’ve created, very clean, daytime fashion with not much embellishment, razor sharp tailoring,” says Toi, who decided to open the New York show with a deep navy coat made with the finest cashmere zibeline from Loro Piana and black mink cuff, “It’s a very simple coat, very chic, very wearable glamour.”

The collection was highlighted with gorgeous statement accessories, pearl tassels and six-layer large pearl necklaces as well as dramatic chokers.

Here is a sneak peek at Toi’s majectic Fall 2017 collection, that Toi’s “ladies” should very much appreciate.

 

 


 


 

 

 

Zang Toi posing with the models at the 21st Annual Fresh Start Gala

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