SMoCA Mix: Fashionably Avant-Garde

Museum’s annual fundraiser is a creative affair focused on fashion.

More than 400 guests, dressed in their most stunning avant-garde attire, attended the May 7 SMoCA Mix: Fashionably Avant-Garde party at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Supporters were welcomed on the red carpet by Emmy Award-winning news anchor and host Carey Peña and music by Jo Watson and the Birdman.

Guests enjoyed champagne as they examined garments flown in by For the Stars Fashion House. These included fashions worn by celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Britney Spears.

Local chefs Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s Restaurant Group and Joshua Hebert of Posh Improvisational Cuisine served delectable hors d’oeuvres. SMoCA’s galleries were completely transformed for the evening with a continuous runway, suspended fashion displays, chandeliers by Ferguson lighting, music by DJ Miss Mixx, a jewelry showcase by designer Theresa Harnois and VIP lounges with furniture by Couture Customs Patio. A continuous runway show featured models from Ford Robert Black Agency and The Agency Arizona wearing fashions by Albert Andrada, Elie Madi, Fouad Sarkis, Galina Couture and Rocky Gathercole. Between fashion shows, the ASU School of Dance filled the runway with contemporary performances.

Co-chairs Tracy and Christian Serena and creative chair Oscar De las Salas organized the evening, which benefits SMoCA’s exhibitions, programs and educational outreach.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS LOOMIS

Model in Galina Couture_2

Fashions by Galina Couture

Anthony Salcito, Rebecca Salcito, Vicky Vaughn and Vern Vaughn crop

Anthony and Rebecca Salcito, and Vicky and Vern Vaughn

Bijen Dyrek,  SMoCA Mix Committee Member Lisa Bell, Howard Bell, Paula Wichterman, Bill Wichterman crop

Bijen Dyrek, Lisa and Howard Bell, and Paula and Bill Wichterman

Bodysuit and Headpiece by Rocky Gathercole at entrance crop copy

Bodysuit and headpiece by Rocky Gathercole; Rocky Gathercole

Carey Pena interviews Isabel and Mark Candelaria crop

Carey Pena interviews Isabel and Mark Candelaria

David Tyda and Lauren Swanson crop

David Tyda and Lauren Swanson

Jamie Kouri and Carrie Evans crop

Jamie Kouri and Carrie Evans

Jhenny Evans, Designer Rocky Gathercole and Carol Clemmensen crop

Jhenny Evans, designer Rocky Gathercole and Carol Clemmensen

Kelly Persellin and SMoCA Mix Committee Member Monica Monson crop

Kelly Persellin and Monica Monson

Kristin and Dennis Ford crop

Kristin and Dennis Ford

Lexi Ulmer, Jeff Geyser, SMoCA Mix Committe Member Lisa Geyser, SMoCA Director and Chief Curator Sara Cochran, SMoCA Mix Creative Chair Oscar De las Salas and Gary Jackson crop

Lexi Ulmer, Jeff and Lisa Geyser, SMoCA Director and Chief Curator Sara Cochran, Oscar De las Salas and Gary Jackson

Model in Fouad Sarkis crop copy

Fouad Sarkis designs

Models in Rocky  Gathercole crop

Rocky Gathercole designs

SMoCA Mix Committee Member Lisa Bell and Howard Bell crop

Lisa and Howard Bell

SMoCA Mix Ambassador Jordan Rose in custom gown by Galina Couture crop copy

Katie and David Sellers; Jordan Rose in custom gown by Galina Couture

Rose Toon and SMoCA Mix Committee Member Nancy Mercucio crop

Rose Toon and Nancy Mercucio

Suzanne Graham, Brodie Hurtado, Arianna Dyches crop

Suzanne Graham, Brodie Hurtado and Arianna Dyches

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