FA S H I O N
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Best Dressed 2011
Supporting Valley Philanthropy Since 1982 volume 29, No. 4
Special Features 6
Remembering … Penny Nissley
12 Spotlight on TCF: Jewish Family & Children’s Service 23
Interview: 10 Questions for … Jill Martin
2011 Best Dressed Men and Women of Phoenix
31 Trendy Reading: “Arizona Recollections and Reflections” 48
Interview: 10 Questions for … Vince Camuto
The Wigwam gets a new look
SOCIETY 14 PANDA 21 Lincoln Ball Mark Wix and Barbara Prah-Wix with David and Joan Lincoln
Night of Gold Ball
22 Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center
Board of Visitors Kate Gree and Jesse Frazelle
Scottsdale Art Auction
Dance Passion 2011
Trends Charitable Fund Luncheon
Compassion with Fashion Luncheon
Board of Visitors
Not My Kid’s Boogie Nights
44 Phoenix Zoo’s Orang-Hutan 47
The Best of Everything
MONTHLY FEATURES Board of Visitors Jim Kaiser and David Rousseau with Jay Tubbs
Phoenix Zoo’s Orang-Hutan Bert Castro and Mary Alexander with Ed Fox
Artist Profile: Painter Matt Smith
On My Mind
18 La Dolce Vita 36
Trends in Dining: The Spotted Donkey Cantina
Trends in Phoenix
On the Cover:
Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum
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Spotlight on the Heard Museum
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51 Wedding Bells: Colleen Kelly and Robert Mahoney Jr.
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R emembering SO C I E T Y | FA SHI O N | HO ME | D I NING | ART volume 29, No. 4
Remembering ... Penny Nissley By Bill Dougherty
It’s hard to believe that just a year ago Penny Nissley was a Trendsetter. And it’s so hard to believe that a year later she’s gone. Penny lost her long and very brave battle with breast cancer early this summer. I remember the first time I met Penny and Tony Nissley shortly after they moved to the Valley back in the late 1990s. We were introduced at a cocktail party being held to help in the fight against juvenile diabetes, a cause that Penny would become so closely associated with in the years to follow. At the time I was still working for Trends as a society reporter. I remember thinking that Penny was so beautiful. Her cascading hot-rolled blonde hair, the engaging South Carolina accent and her extraordinary features made her what is referred to as “a true Southern woman.” She was quite a lady. As the years followed Penny wasted no time involving herself in so many charities. We used to joke with each other, “We have to stop meeting like this!” It seemed the Nissleys were everywhere and doing great things to make our community a better place. When I first learned that Penny was diagnosed with cancer, I thought for sure she would beat it. After all, she was young, strong and confident about her illness. When Penny was well enough to go out socially after enduring months of agonizing radiation and chemotherapy, she still looked amazing! She stopped by the office last winter looking as though she had just walked out of a fashion shoot. She was wearing a beautiful suit, strands of pearls, smart snakeskin stilettos and an artfully styled blonde bobbed wig. She took my breath away! I learned of her passing on a hot summer afternoon just weeks ago. I was truly shocked and saddened. Penny was not only a great asset to our community but a truly lovely lady. She will be missed by all of us for a very long time to come.
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Matt Smith By Bill Macomber
Matt Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, and he still spends a lot of time outdoors in this beautiful place painting en plein air. Matt is committed to the classic tradition of landscape painting, and nowhere is this more apparent that in his small “on the spot” paintings inspired by his travels. He lived two years in France and one in Switzerland. In subsequent years he painted in Germany, Austria and Italy. Working directly from nature, he captures the subtleties of mood, light and atmosphere, transforming masses shapes and colors into a landscape expression. He uses an appealing mix of loose brushstrokes with strong applications of thick paint.
“Jardin,” 72 inches x 72 inches, acrylic
“Painting outside on location, you are able to use all your senses – touch, sight, sound, smell – and it brings more life into the painting. When I paint, I believe I have hit the mark when I’ve captured a balance between mood, look and feel. My paintings are immediate emotional responses to what I experience. It is easier to convince the viewer of a hot summer day or a cold winter morning if I have experienced these conditions firsthand.” Matt has been featured in one-man gallery shows and has exhibited with the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla., the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyo.
“Hidden Lake,” oil, 12” x 16”
“Monterey Cypress,” oil, 10” x 7”
“Signs of the Monsoon - Vermillion Cliffs,” oil, 22” x 28”
“Rains Over the Kaibab,” oil, 18” x 24”
Matt Smith shows at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Jackson Hole, Wyo. www.trailsidegalleries.com. You can also see more of his work at mattsmithstudio.com.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE TCF
In support of Shelter Without Walls, Jewish Family & Children’s Service For over 75 Years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has provided care, help and healing to the most vulnerable populations across Maricopa County. Nearly 30,000 lives of all ages and backgrounds are touched by their various programs, including behavioral and mental health services, senior programs, aid to victims of domestic violence, child welfare services, job training for at-risk youth and more. The Trends Charitable Fund supports the JFCS Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program, Shelter Without Walls – an innovative non-residential program serving victims of domestic violence and their children in Maricopa County. While most shelters only serve victims after they leave their abusive environment, Shelter Without Walls uniquely assists victims before, during, and after escape from their abuser. Shelter Without Walls provides the resources, strength and tools to help victims get safe and stay safe through the following types of assistance: Safety planning: step-by-step plan to reach safety and independence Basic needs assistance: rent, food, clothing, transportation, utility support Resources and long-term support: shelter referrals if needed, DV education, housing locators, legal and advocacy services, crime victim information, group and individual counseling, mentors, and case management are guaranteed for each participant as needed. Case management: staff members work closely for more than a year with participants to ensure their safety and ability to provide for themselves and their children while maintaining their independence and self-respect. The goal of staff and supporters is that women and children get safe and stay safe.
Mentor Program: volunteer mentors are assigned to give consistent long-term guidance and support.
Volunteers Needed: • Graphic designer for print materials (flyers and brochures)
Individual, family and group therapy: trained clinicians are available to work with survivors and their children to mitigate the trauma of abuse.
• Part-time office assistant
Goods and Services Needed: • Unrestricted monetary contributions are most helpful • Hotel and lodging for victims and their families • Grocery, retail and gas gift cards • Movie passes • Other recreation tickets and passes for families • Holiday Program: Sponsor a family for Christmas or Hanukah • Printing of flyers and brochures
Clothing & Housewares: Gently used or new clothing and household items for Shelter Without Walls are gladly accepted at certain JFCS locations. Please call for directions to a drop-off location. Unfortunately, JFCS is not able to move or pick up donated items. My Sister’s Closet: Clothing can be given to My Sister’s Closet under the Shelter Without Walls account. All profits made through My Sister’s Closet are used to provide for the needs of victims. For more information about Shelter Without Walls and JFCS, please visit www.jfcsaz.org or call 602.279.7655.
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Beware the Air Derrieres By Bill Macomber High platform shoes have been wreaking much havoc lately. An office mate took a tumble a few weeks ago in a pair of platform shoes. As she descended a stairway at a dressy event, down she went. At the bottom of those stairs awaited more trouble than she could possibly have imagined. At the hospital she got the bad news. She needed a plate installed in her ankle. And screws to hold it together. She faced a minimum of six weeks on crutches strapped into a heavy plastic boot. It could be longer than that to heal. She’s found a way to get around on a two-wheel scooter. She puts a knee on the scooter’s raised platform and with the other leg pushes herself up ramps. Stairs are out of the question. We call her Roller Girl. Or Scooter. At the airport recently, airport security dragged her out of line and stuck her leg into a device with an x-ray. Once the boot comes off, she’ll still need special airport treatment because of the plate and screws. “All this for the sake of fashion,” she says. This lady has two friends who have fallen recently wearing platforms, both of them injured.
You’ve heard of Air Jordans. I think an appropriate name for high-platform shoes is Air Derriere. That‘s where your hind end is likely to end up while wearing them – in the air. Lady GaGa has hit the bricks at least twice wearing dramatic footwear, once while performing. The falling star took another tumble walking through Heathrow Airport in London dressed in ludicrously tall platform boots. You can youtube the concert footage and see it wasn’t much fun to kiss the floor in the middle of a song. A 2010 study of 3,000 high-shoe wearers found that one in three had taken a tumble because of footwear. That’s a lot of oopsy, Daisy. A doctor interviewed about the study said the number of women with shattered ankles is rising faster than the high-fashion shoes that are causing them. The higher the platform, he added, the worse the injury. Many young women he’s treated will never jog again. Women love these shoes because they’re dramatic. They push body parts where women want them. They look cool. But are they worth it? I don’t think so. Just my opinion: If you’re wearing shoes that could land you with a metal plate in your ankle, you may want to check to see if you already have a screw loose in your head.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE TCF
Trends Charitable Fund Accepting Grant Applications for 2012 Grant Cycle Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Trends Charitable Fund (TCF) to support programs in need that positively impact women, children and their families where TCF can make a significant difference.
2012 Grant Cycle: TCF grants are restricted to programs serving women, children and families in Maricopa County, Arizona. Due to the current economic climate TCF has determined that its 2012 focus will be placed on areas of greatest need such as the health, well-being, food, education and shelter in our community. With that in mind, we strongly recommend that you read the TCF application requirements closely and consider programs for which you will be seeking funding. Grant filing/postmark deadline: Friday, August 26, 2011 Announcement of grant recipients: November, 2011
The Trends Charitable Fund (TCF) was established in 1996 and has distributed nearly $4 million dollars to charities since its inception. The TCF governing board is comprised of 11 prominent Valley women who are elected to three year terms. These women are selected from a group of TCF members-at-large who were previously honored as Fashionalities/Trendsetters. Each year the TCF Board grants funds to charities that meet the TCF mission. Funds to support these programs are generated by two signature events: The Trends Magazine and Trends Charitable Fund Beat the Heat Gala held in the fall and the Trends Charitable Fund Luncheon held each spring.
To obtain Grant Applications and Guidelines, visit trendscharitablefund.org or contact email@example.com or call 480-951-2950.
La Dolce Vita By Bill Dougherty Please visit Trends’ Web site at www.trendspublishing.com for more social events and up-to-date calendar listings. Follow Trends on Twitter at twitter.com/Trends_Magazine While you all sit on the beach in La Jolla reading this, or stroll the shops of Capri on your cruise to Europe, we wallow in the sweltering heat of yet another Phoenix summer, this time covered in dust. Get the picture? Well, perhaps it’s not that bad, but it did get rather hot very quickly, forcing much of the social swim to exit the Valley of the Sun more quickly than usual. So for all of you slathered in Bain de Soleil somewhere else in the world, here’s your summer update. You’ve probably heard that C.A. Howlett retired from US Airways in June. Good news for him. Disappointing news for the social community. It’s hard to imagine US Airways without C.A. and the boundless generosity shown to our community since his days starting back before the carrier merged with America West Airlines. A huge and befitting reception was held in C.A.’s honor at The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain to an overflowing crowd of everyone you know and adore. And although it was hot, everyone looked smashing! Personal and videotaped tributes filled the room as some of the most prominent members of the civic and charitable worlds raised their respective glasses with
toasts and tributes. It was an amazing evening for an amazing man. A man who truly believed in making our community a better place. I can only hope that the airline will continue to support the community the way C.A. Howlett has. You should have been there! Elsewhere, at just about the same time, my wife and I were busy reinventing the American Cancer Society’s gala yet another time. As many of you know, the gala has been reinvented more times than Madonna. We decided after several think tanks last summer with some very effective people, to bring the gala back to its original roots. Sally Goldwater started the event just a year after the Goldwater family had triumphantly started the Phoenix Heart Ball in 1959. The first American Cancer Society gala was held in Sally Goldwater’s back yard in 1962 and was called Picnic under the Stars. Though a simple concept at first, the picnic morphed into a gala just years later and went on to become a huge black-tie affair. That said, we decided after much discussion to return to the roots of its picnic origin and also return it to the Phoenix Country Club. We never dreamed the no-jacket-required event would turn out to be so successful. Continued on page 20
La Dolce Vita – Continued from page 18 KEZ 99.9’s Beth McDonald, who like the rest of the Valley is still grieving the loss of her on-air partner, Bill Austin, who perished from cancer last June, did a splendid job as the master of ceremonies for the evening. She never looked better! Joan and Jerry Colangelo, both cancer survivors, served as this year’s honorary chairs. And we were delighted that they accepted! The country club and The White House Design Studio did a masterful job making the evening a memorable one for even the most jaded partygoer. We raised a lot of money, left our tuxedos and ball gowns in the closet and embarked on a new casual way to make money for a very important cause. The participation of so many in the community helped to make the event a smashing success! And we both owe a debt of gratitude to Carol Cook and Sandy Magruder, who were both instrumental in making the event come off without a hitch! We hope you will join us again next year, as we plan to chair it yet again. In the now 10 years I’ve owned Trends, we moved from simple offices on Brown Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale to an impressive space at Lincoln Center across the street from AJ’s Fine Foods. Our stay there lasted only a year and a half. The entire complex was evicted for the Ritz-Carlton Scottsdale project that has yet to happen. Our empty complex still stands as a laughable monument to the greed of the real estate get-rich-quick schemes of the mid 2000s. After that, savvy real estate genius Gee Gee Entz found us spectacular office space at photography & design studio the south end of Hilton Village. We thought we were set. Then, just
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the other day, we were told that there is a great possibility that our office building is to be torn down and replaced with a CVS pharmacy. I can understand the corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive for a fabulous new Ritz-Carlton resort. I cannot understand a CVS pharmacy in Hilton Village. I will admit that our current building has suffered from vast vacancies in the five years we have been here. But to replace the building with a generic drugstore/five and dime, I believe is out of fashion with the rest of the shopping center. The merchants of Hilton Village and its surrounding neighborhoods have worked very hard to work and live here. Scottsdale is a precious gem, recession or not. It upsets me and many others to see what greed is doing to our fine city. Stay tuned. There’s always more.
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CH A R I T Y BALLS
Night of Gold Ball
Donna and Marc Levison
Sandi and Clark York
Dee Dee and Rick Friedlander
ONE AMAZING FACILITY John C. Lincoln Hospital, serving the community PICTURE PERFECT EVENING The Camelback Inn served as the perfect backdrop for the ball. MESMERIZING CHAIR Dee Dee Friedlander TWO FOR THE ROAD Barbara Wix in shimmering gold and green and Jen Johnson in shades of fuchsia
Linda and Frank Surdakowski
Coverage by Sally and Peter Krzykos
Mark and Barbara Wix
Rassadi Roozbeh and Jen Johnson
Gail and Jim Marten
Jason and Paulina Morris
PA R T I E S
Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center
Mickey Rufenacht and Linda May Bucher
John and Terry Cunningham
Beth and Paul Komadina
Craig and Nancy Berge
Jo Fitzpatrick and Brenda Schwartz
Tom and Vicki Troch
Letitia Frye and Sally Ruscitti
PARTNERS IN THE FIGHT The University of Arizona Health Science Center in Tucson and a dedicated group of Phoenicians. DYNAMIC DUO Julie and Matt Seidel THE WINNING BID IS … A truly sprawling silent auction that spanned three rooms A HUGE THANK-YOU Chair Sally Ruscitti
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10 Questions for … Jill Martin
Jill Martin is a fashion contributor on NBC’s “Today” show, New York correspondent for The Insider and a reporter for the New York Knicks basketball team. She also is the author of “Fashion for Dummies.” Her second book, “I Have Nothing to Wear!” deals with a subject most women can relate to. As a contributor on “Today,” Jill discusses the latest trends and how to shop on a budget. Martin answered a few questions for us this spring while visiting the Valley to speak at the Trends Charitable Fund luncheon. What’s your current state of mind? Lunacy. Where would you most like to live? Somewhere a cell phone will not work. What five people, living or dead, would you invite to your dinner party? My grandparents, Bradley Cooper, Michelle Obama and my father. Who inspired you in your craft? My father for always pushing me and my mother, who knew I would wind up on television. Who are your everyday heroes? Mothers. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I don’t even know where I’ll be tomorrow. What do you consider the greatest decade for fashion? The 1970s, simply because so much happened. It was a time of radical change. We went from granny dresses to Halston chic. Do you have a favorite designer? Coco Channel, because she did everything and made it look so simple. What are your most marked characteristics? My kooky and energetic personality and my sense of humor. What’s your worst habit? Obsessing over stupid stuff.
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Scottsdale Art Auction
Brad Richardson and Michael Frost with Joanna Champlin
Brooke and Todd Sears
Mary Moore and Troy Murray with Nadine Leo
LASTING LEGACY Art lovers gathered at venerable Legacy Gallery in downtown Scottsdale. FOUNDER ON MAIN STREET Troy Murray, who had the vision of Scottsdale as an art mecca EASY ON THE EYE Brooke and Todd Sears HEY, LOOK ME OVER Partygoers got a spectacular preview of Western art.
Karen Moore with Curt and Wendy Mattson
Frank and Marjorie Sands
Frank Woods and Christy Vezolles with Ray Harvey
Janell and John Grady with Marilyn Murray
Mark Sublette and Bill Schenck with Danny Verrier
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ANNOUNCES THE 2011
Best Dressed Men and Women
OF PHOENIX BEST DRESSED HONOREES THROUGH THE YEARS: George Abrams, Dayton Adams, Brenda Agee, Bert Alanko, Debbie Bennett, Jerry Bisgrove, Tim Braun, John Bruner, Nanci Bruner, Chip Burley, David Cantor, Herman Chanen, Tom Cheek, Jerry Colangelo, Joel Cohen, Jim Cook, John Coumbe, Paul Critchfield, Walt Danley, Joe Deihl, Cathy Dickey, Melanie Dillman, Charlie Dunlap, Richard Doria, Jonathan Elias, Nick Esposito, Greg Eveloff, Tanner Flynn, Harriet Friedland, Jack Friedland, Victoria Glimcher, Dayton Grafman, Laura Grafman, David Gustafson, Diane Halle, Mike Hecomovich, Bob Hobbs, Julie Horne, Will Hoskyns, Kimberly Jacobsen, Nancy Joaquim, Marcia Jobe, Alison Johnson, Jim Kleeman, Jackson Le Baer, Lois LeMarr, Frank Leonesio, Joey Leslie, Stan Levine, Jerry Lewkowitz, James Linsmayer, Bill Lykins, Mac Magruder, Murray Manaster, Ina Manaster, Len Mark, Adam Mays, Al McCoy, Tim McGrane, Patrick McGroder, Mary Ellen McKee, Richard Milne, Al Molina, Manny Molina, Arte Moreno, Susie Muzzy, Francis Najafi, Michael Nicholas, Priscilla Nicholas, Ted Overton, Vernon Parker, Doreen Picerne, Johnny Price, Gerda Ray, Sanford Ritz, Ed Robson, Jesse Romero, Carolyn Ross, Rick Ross, Marcia Roth, Sanford Roth, Amy Samuel, Kristen Sandquist, Dan Santy, Paul Sarantes, Angela Shaulis, Ray Slomski, Charles Stuart, Miriam Sukhman, Todd Sumney, Robert Sussman, Robynn Sussman, Mark Tarbell, John Teets, Remy Toh, Don Ulrich, Jim Valenzuela and Eileen Yeung
Honorees received the most number of nominations from Trends readers. The annual Best Dressed Men and Women awards are announced each spring.
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Marcia Jobe With an attractive smile, sparkling blue eyes and a quick wit, Marcia Jobe is not only a lovely lady but a beautiful spirit as well. Since moving to Phoenix several years ago, the Denver transplant has taken high society by storm. Whether it’s day or night, Marcia’s clothing is always tasteful and apropos to whatever function she’s attending. The mesmerizing blonde may be Denver’s loss, but she’s certainly the Valley’s gain. Occupation: Philanthropist What is your fashion philosophy? Conservative with an “edge.” From whom did you receive your fashion sense? The conservative part from my mother. The “edge” from my dear friend Gail. What is your “signature look”? Jeans and diamond studs. Favorite designer: Dolce & Gabbana. Favorite fragrance/cologne: Angle and Prada. Favorite restaurant(s): Elements, The Ivy in L.A. and Pinons in Aspen. Favorite shoe designer: Jimmy Choo, Chanel and Crocs. Must-have accessory: A wonderful handbag. What fashion items do you have the most of? Jeans! What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? My smile. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Nicole Kidman. What is your best fashion tip? Keep it simple.
Mike Hecomovich If Central Casting ever needed someone to fill the part of chairman of the board, Mike Hecomovich would be the appropriate choice. This marketing and management mogul is always dressed for success. It’s hard not to picture Mike in a suit, and his consistent style is the gold standard in the Valley business world. Occupation: President and CEO, Global Marketing Services What is your fashion philosophy? Simple and comfortable. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? From my wife, Sandy, and Nick Esposito (at Moda Georgio). What is your “signature look”? Casual. Favorite designer: Ravazzolo. Favorite fragrance/cologne: Herrera for men. Favorite restaurant(s): Elements, Roka Akor, Vincent’s, Lon’s and Trader Vic’s. Favorite shoe designer: Cole Haan. Must-have accessory: iPhone. What fashion items do you have the most of? Ties. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? A blue blazer. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Mac Magruder. What is your best fashion tip? Keep it simple.
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Tom Cheek A man among men, Tom personifies the word “gentleman.” That, combined with elegantly crafted suits, makes his taste something to be envied. His winning smile and soft-spoken demeanor matched with a true flair for style make this dapper doctor a pleasure to be around. Occupation: Physician What is your fashion philosophy? Stick with the basics and stretch on occasion. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? My father. What is your “signature look”? Classic with a touch of Italian. Favorite designer: Ermenegildo Zegna. Favorite fragrance/cologne: Habit Rouge eau de parfum. Favorite drink or cocktail: Pappy Van Winkle’s 20-year-old bourbon whiskey. Favorite shoe designer: Allen Edmonds. Must-have accessory: A great watch. What fashion items do you have the most of? Ties. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? My wedding ring. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Pat Riley. He brought fashion to tall men. What is your best fashion tip? You must have great polished shoes.
Alison Johnson “Were you a model?” are probably the first words you utter when Alison Johnson introduces herself to you. And the answer would be, of course, yes! Tall, tan and young and lovely, she could have easily been Phoenix’s answer to the girl from Ipanema. But don’t let that fool you. This beautiful blonde is one heck of a savvy businesswoman. All of this combined with an amazing sense of fashion makes Alison a perfect 10. Occupation: Distinguished events director, American Cancer Society What is your fashion philosophy? Every girl should have a little sparkle! From whom did you receive your fashion sense? From within. What is your signature look? Bling is my thing. Favorite designer? Valentino. Favorite fragrance? John Paul Gaultier 2. Favorite restaurant? Arcadia Tavern. Favorite shoe designer? Miu Miu. Must-have accessory? My late father’s wedding band. What fashion items do you have the most of? Sparkly shoes. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Kelly Ripa and Beyonce. What item do you never leave home without? A smile. What us your best fashion tip? It doesn’t take a million dollars to look like a million bucks!
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Bill Lykins If you were to look up the word “Class” or “style” in the dictionary, it may very well have a picture of Bill Lykins next to it. For decades in the art world and society world alike, Bill has spun heads in handsomely tailored suits and sportswear. He’s well suited for the south of France or a Cary Grant film. Occupation: Director, Gebert Contemporary Art Gallery What is your fashion philosophy? Dress with respect to the people and places where you will be. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? My grandfathers, parents and Bill Blass, whom I met several times between Phoenix and NYC. What is your “signature look”? Continental. Favorite designer: Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren and John Bartlett (a longtime friend of 30 years). Favorite restaurant(s): Harry’s in Venice, Durant’s in Phoenix and AZ88 in Scottsdale. Favorite shoe designer: Stubbs & Wootton, Peal & Co. Must-have accessory: A Rolex watch. What fashion items do you have the most of? Neckties. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? George Hamilton. What is your best fashion tip? Maintain a signature style without being predictable.
Gerda Ray Her soft-spoken German accent, lovely smile and beautifully tailored ensembles make Gerda Ray a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion. For decades, she has been a standout with perfectly coiffed hair and elegantly tailored suits and ball gowns. Always understated, Gerda’s quiet elegance draws admiration from everyone. Occupation: Philanthropist What is your fashion philosophy? Dress for your age. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? My mother. What is your “signature look”? Casual elegant. Favorite designer: Escada, St. Johns and Akris. Favorite fragrance/cologne: Mitsauko by Guerlain. Favorite restaurant(s): The Phoenician, Capital Grill and Lons at the Hermosa Inn. Favorite shoe designer: Christian Laboutin and Christian Lacroix. Must-have accessory: Jewelry. What fashion items do you have the most of? Hats and scarves. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? My watch. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly. What is your best fashion tip? Shop for quality, not for price.
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Susie Muzzy This tasteful lady manages to mix artisan jewelry, wild high heels and a dynamite smile with truly classic clothing. It’s hard to imagine Susie as the executive at IBM she once was since she doesn’t exactly fit the image of a numbers-cruncher. Today better suited for a runway than an office desk, Susie transforms her look effortlessly from day to night. Occupation: Fashion and wardrobe consultant for The Worth Collection What is your fashion philosophy? Know what works for your body type. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? I’ve had a passion for clothing and fashion since I was a little girl. What is your “signature look”? Classic chic with great accessories. Favorite designer: Worth Collection, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Favorite fragrance/cologne: Gardenia Passion by Annick Goutal. Favorite restaurant(s): Vincent’s on Camelback. Must-have accessory: Earrings. What fashion items do you have the most of? Without a doubt, shoes. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? My wedding rings and lipstick. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Princess Diana of Wales and Renee Russo in the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” What is your best fashion tip? Good posture, a beautiful smile and a great tailor are your best friends.
Paul Sarantes The architecture Paul Sarantes creates in his buildings translates effortlessly to his style of dress. He’s a dashing dresser and a true gentleman. Added to that mix is an unerring knack for infusing color into his business attire. His air of mystery and great taste make for a great look. Occupation: Partner, Archicon Architects and Interiors What is your fashion philosophy? Dress for style, elegance and confidence. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? From my mother. What is your “signature look”? Sophisticated, tailored with a twist, and always be a gentleman. Favorite designer: Emenegildo Zegna. Favorite fragrances/colognes: Eau d’ Orange Verte by Hermes. Favorite restaurant(s): Lon’s, Bravo Bistro, Mr. and Mrs. Planck’s residence. Favorite shoe designer: Salvatore Ferragamo. Must-have accessory: One of my many watches. What fashion items do you have the most of? Hermes neckties and pocket squares. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? My engraved Konstantino ring. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Tom Ford. What is your best fashion tip? Whether dressed in a suit or in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, be well-groomed.
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Adam Mays Adam is better suited for the Silver Screen than a construction site. His rugged good looks, 6’ 5” stature and great clothes put him literally above the crowd. Whether he’s in his signature cowboy boots, jeans and a blazer or a handsome tailor-made tuxedo, he truly knows how to look great whether the occasion calls for dressing up or down. Occupation: President, A.R. Mays Construction What is your fashion philosophy? Be comfortable and match. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? Maryann, my wife. Favorite designer: If it is a sport coat, Canali. Favorite fragrance/cologne: No cologne is just fine. Favorite drink or cocktail: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Favorite restaurant(s): Barrio Café. Favorite shoe designers: Santoni and Lucchese. Must-have accessory: A money clip. What fashion items do you have the most of? Boots and jeans. What fashion item do you absolutely never leave home without? Sunglasses and a sense of humor. Which celebrity’s fashion style do you admire most? Billie Jo Herberger. What is your best fashion tip? One, listen to your wife, and two, don’t take yourself too seriously.
Kristen Sandquist It’s hard to believe that Kristen is a mother of four when you see her walk into a room. She’s got the kind of sizzle that turns heads wherever she goes. Her looks and avant garde couture only complement her vivid personality, making her a welcome addition in any social setting. Occupation: International mountain guide and philanthropist What is your fashion philosophy? Wear the styles you like, not what is “trendy,” and mix it up with different designers. From whom did you receive your fashion sense? No one in particular. I always wear what I like and I have always been my own stylist. What is your signature look? A fun dress with great heels and complementary jewelry. Favorite designer? I like single pieces from all different designers. Favorite fragrance/cologne? Jo Malone. Favorite restaurant? True Foods or Ocean Prime. Favorite shoe designer? Gucci. Must-have accessory? Earrings. What fashion item do you have the most of? Shoes. What item do you never leave home without? A watch. Favorite celebrity fashion style? Jennifer Aniston. What is your best fashion tip? Wear clothing that complements your body type and shows off your best asset.
‘Arizona Recollections and Reflections’ By Bill Macomber In part to mark a century of Arizona statehood next year, the Arizona Historical Society’s Centennial Historymakers group has published a volume bursting at the seams with the people who have made this wonderful state what it is. It’s an impressive book with an ambitious scope. The names current Valley residents are familiar with fill “Arizona Recollections’” pages. This is where this book really shines. The photographs are amazing and each chapter is packed with visual nostalgia, great faces and familiar places. In no particular order, here are a few of the wonderful photos you’ll find in the decade-by-decade march through the 20th century: • An early shot of a Southern Pacific train huffing clouds of thick, black smoke into the air as it pulls into Phoenix (the first one rolled into town in 1926). • An early picture of Sandra Day O’Connor as a little girl on a big horse. • Tom Chauncey, owner of KOOL radio and television, walking with John F. Kennedy, palm trees in the background.
• Rose Mofford in the frame with Eddie Basha and Ann Richards of Texas marking the year 1988, when Mofford was named acting governor after Even Mecham was impeached.
One of many photographs in “Arizona Reflections” is this shot of Dick Van Dyke and Bob Herberger at an unnamed ceremony.
The latter part of the book honors individuals named as Arizona Historymakers through the years. Everyone from Ben Avery, an early Arizona journalist, to Virginia Ullman, a philanthropist and preservationist, is included. Their biographies round out these pages along with photographs from their lives. The work that went into finding the amazing photos that fill this book must have been Herculean. The visual record represented in these pages is valuable in and of itself. But it’s really the people, not the buildings or landscaping, that makes Arizona special. And a trip through these pages offers a great feel for the cast of characters who truly make this state beautiful.
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Dance Passion 2011
Debbie Nevins and Denise Scammon with Jan Letich
Phyllis VanEngelhoven and Kristal Rubin with Stephanie Edge
Sharon Semple and Nancy Grieme with Betsy Curley
GIVING IN MOTION Several dance troupes raised money for Trends Charitable Fund. ATHLETIC SETTING D.C. Ranch Village Health Club and Spa PICTURE PERFECT Sharon Semple and Nancy Grieme with Betsy Curley OUR VERY OWN ANGEL Harriet Carroll and her passion for dance and charities, too
Susan Doria and Harriet Carroll with Catherine Jacobsen
Susan Gastineaux and Jacquie Dorrance with Cathy Dickey
Sepy Akhavan and Donna Conforto
Lorraine Santers and Lori Regan
Harriet Freidland and Patty Dion with Karen Hayenga
Coverage by Betty McRae
Day of Couture Trends Charitable Fund Celebrity luncheon 2011
PATRONS: Presenting Sponsor: Carole and Bob Machiz Elegant ($10,000 and above) Ellen Katz, Margot Knight and Armity Simon Chic ($5,000 and above) U.S. Airways Stylish ($2,500 and above) Jacquie Dorrance, Char Hubble, Sheila Ingram, Jan Lewis, Leslie McCarver, Neiman Marcus, Jinger Richardson, Erica Stottlemyre, Eileen Yeung, Ellie Ziegler Tasteful ($1,500 and above) Arizona Republic, Barbara Greiner Glass & Associates, Inc, Shelley Kuhle, Suzan Makaus, Gerda Ray, Jordan Rose, Saks Fifth Avenue, Adrienne Schiffner, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Julie Young Gorgeous ($1,000 and above) Shelley Adams, Jill Alanko, Missy Anderson, Trisha Anthony, Carol Clemmensen, Susan Doria, Sue Fletcher, Laurie Florkiewicz, Juanita Francis, Carrie Hall, Diane Halle, Dyan Haugen, Sandy Hecomovich, Jeanne & Gary Herberger, Judy Hewson, Brenda Howard, Arlene Inch, Catherine Jacobson, Ruth Lavinia, Robyn Lee, Sally Lehmann, Sharron Lewis, Lynne Love, Ina Manaster, Diane Might, Debbie Moak, Jennifer Moser, Kathy Munson, Sallie Najafi, Rebecca Nassikas, Doris Ong, Pat Petznick, Linda Pope, Helene Presutti, Julie Prusak, Anne Robbs, Nancy Spetzler, Patricia Stillman, Sandy Trznadel, Daryl Weil, Kari Yatkowski The Celebrity Luncheon Committee expresses their gratitude to those contributing after print deadlines.
Special Acknowledgements (In Kind Donations) 12 News and NBC, 5th and Wine, Missy Anderson, Arizona Biltmore, At East of Newport Beach, Avant Garde, Barneys New York, Barrett Jackson Auction Company, Kate Birchler – Scottsdale Fashion Square, Bliss Boutique, Bounty Hunter, Bravo Cucina Italiana, Buster’s Restaurant on the Lake, Charming Charlie, Crave the Crunch, Desert Botanical Gardens, Desert Highlands Golf Course, Desert Stages Theatre, Dillard’s, Donni Charm, Bill Dougherty – Trends Publishing, Dr. Gary M. Shapiro, DryBar, E.D. Marshall Jewelers, Ella Boutique at Sachi Salon, Fashion by Robert Black, Barbara Fenzl – Les Gourmettes Cooking School, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Fay Fredricks, Full Out Dance & Activewear, Galicia Fine Jewelers, Girlfriend University, Girly Girlz Tea & Trinkets, Janell Grady – Lucky Penny Designs, Brenda Howard, Harriet Carroll’s Dance Passion, I’ll Take You There, Ilori, In the Pink Boutique, Inn Suites Hospitality Trust, Sheila Ingram, Intimacy, Ippolita, James Elliot – James Elliot Jewelers, Jamie Herzlinger Interiors, Jazelle Ghiz, Jennifer Beresford Toolan, Jennifer Miller Jewelry, Jill Martin, Jordan Szczypski, Julia Baker Confections, Kate Spade, Kelli Charveau – Scottsdale Bead Supply, Kenneth Cole, Cathy and Alan Kent, Jill Krigsten, Lacoste, Anna Leonard – A Rosebrush Floral Studio, L’Occitane, Marcellino’s, Mark Grace, Pearle Marr, Massage Envy, Maya Nelson, Thom Meaker – Capitol Litho, Michael Stars, Mombomb, Moments Salon, Montage Beverly Hills, Moulton Brown, John Muller, M80 Art, Kathy Munson, Narcisse, Neiman Marcus, Brian Nichols – Swank Audio Visual, Noca, Nouvelle Armoire, Nove Boutique, NY54 Limousines, Oday Shakar, PetSmart, Platella at The Borgata, Prisma Graphics, Pucci Salon and Day Spa, June Rector, Regis Salons, Relais & Chateaux, Jinger Richardson, Anne Robbs – Fred Astaire, Roland Nivelais, Terry Roman, Becka Connelly at Sachi Salon & Spa, Dante Nails at Sachi Salon & Spa, Saddle Ranch Chop House, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saverio, Schnepf Farms, Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Ski Pro, Spanx, St. John’s Knits, Patricia Stillman, Sundance Resort, Super Cleaners, That’s Sweet, The Art of Shaving, The Flower Studio, The Golf Club Scottsdale, The Rim Golf Club, The Sanctuary on Camelback, Tory Burch, Trade Secret, Trader Joe’s, True Religion Brand Jeans, U.S Airways, V’s Barbershop, Veneto Trattoria, Vincent on Camelback, White House Design Studio, Susie Muzzy – Worth Collection, Z Tejas
LU N C H EONS
Trends Charitable Fund
2011 Best Dressed: Paul Sarantes, Alison Johnson, Adam Mays, Susie Muzzy, Bill Lykins, Tom Cheek, Gerda Ray, Mike Hecomovich, Marcia Job and Kristen Sandquist Carole and Bob Machiz with Jinger Richardson
SIMPLY AMAZING Jinger Richardson, who steered this ship magnificently OUR FAVORITE COUPLE Carole and Bob Machiz and their never-ending philanthropy RITES OF SPRING GeeGee Entz, Catherine Jacobson and Stevie Eller in perfect luncheon attire HEART-STOPPING LINEUP Trends’ 2011 Best Dressed men and women of Phoenix
Doris Ong and Barbara Payne
GeeGee Entz and Catherine Jacobson with Stevie Eller
Jazelle Ghiz and Molly Anderson with Karen Hall
Carole Collins and Kay Berry
Melanie Dillman and Marisa Butler
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Heather Novak and Elizabeth Garrett with Robin Gabrisko
Terri Camber Longo
Trends Charitable Fund
Beverly and Jack Clifford with Ellie Shapiro
Diane Halle and Ruth Lavinia
Kelly Grose and Pat Leach
Mari Letterman and Judy DeAngelis with Lori Citron
TRENDS IN DINING
By Nicole Traynor
The Spotted Donkey Cantina I am a native Texan. Everything IS indeed bigger. It’s not just a state, it’s a state of mind. And Mexican food is best served three times a day (four or five if you’re lucky). I know great Mexican food. I’ve LIVED great Mexican food. My homemade queso is the stuff of legends. So a Mexican/Southwest cuisine review is risky. Let’s just say I generally walk into any self-proclaimed cantina with one eyebrow raised and my head tilted just a little in premature disappointment. Imagine my surprise when we made a pit stop for lunch at Scottsdale’s Spotted Donkey Cantina (located in the Village at Hayden Road). The ambiance immediately altered my apprehension. The contemporary vibe was “Scottsdale perfect,” but it didn’t seem to lose its charm or authenticity as a standout in Southwestern fare. My bestie and I started with two appetizer plates: the Six Shooters and the Huevos Rolls. TISSUE ALERT: If you opt for the poppers (Shooters), make sure you have Kleenex (and a pitcher of water) in tow. This Texan instantly was put in her “spicy food-handling” place. These cheddar and bacon-filled jalapenos are covered in a tortilla crust and served standing up in their own shot glass that’s filled with a cilantro buttermilk sauce. The presentation alone was perhaps the most creative I’ve seen with any dish anywhere. And this dish is DELICIOUS! If my palate wasn’t apparently so “spicy” unsophisticated, I’d have gobbled down all eight and ordered the Double Barrel. I had to stop at two (my eyes were tearing up). The Huevos Rolls are also an excellent choice. For the main course? Arizona “Mac and Cheese” and the Signature Tacos with Shrimp. Tacos were phenomenal. I love the smaller, corn tortilla filled to the brim with shrimp, salsa fresco, Oaxaca cheese, chiffonade of cabbage, red onion and cilantro. The smaller servings make it possible to eat all four, although I had to stop at two. While a nice dish, I’d recommend the Mac and Cheese with the grilled chicken. It adds some much-needed flavor. Ironically, I’d also recommend visiting for happy hour or dinner. While you’d assume the service during a not-so-crowded lunch would be superior to a full house, our waitress/bartender seemed more concerned with getting the bar ready for the drinking crowd than taking our order or filling our water glasses. And we needed water! We DESPERATELY needed water. The Spotted Donkey is open daily for lunch and dinner with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. There are two locations, one in Scottsdale and one in Cave Creek. The menu is extensive and sure to lure y’all back to try what y’all wanted to get but had trouble deciding (for me, next time’s a done deal: the Donkey Style Big Ol’ Jack Ass Burger with Donkey Fries). The Spotted Donkey Cantina is located at 8220 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480.922.1400. www.spotteddonkeycantina.com.
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Compassion with Fashion
Carlee and Waverly Collison with Dorothy
Abby Traister with Rex
Pete Alford and Joette Schmidt
A CHAIR FOR ALL REASONS Melinda Gulick, who did an outstanding job THE CUTE FACTOR Dorothy the golden with Carlee and Waverly Collison DRESSED TO THE NINES Joette Schmidt and Pete Alford WHO MADE IT HAPPEN The Arizona Humane Society, PetSmart andÂ others
Melinda and John Gulick
Coverage by Beth McRae
Yvette, Tom and Andrea Katsenes
Kimberly Longfellow and Bryant Colman
Kristin Anderson and Emily Graham with Irie
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
By Bill Macomber
Maximum MadPax A Phoenix design duo has come up with a product explosion resulting in kids’ backpacks that feel like eye candy. They’re called MadPax, and the vivid colors mix it up with 3D, origami-inspired designs. The full-size Spiketus Rex collection rolled out with soft fabric spikes and colors like Aquanaut, Dinosaur lime and Pink-a-Dot. There’s another line called Later Gator in alligator skin-like fabric. The expanding collection of kids’ accessories includes Halfpacks for kids under 4 and, soon, lunchboxes. Co-founders Tina Huber and Michael Cordovana were high school friends in the Valley. They’ve struck a chord with MadPax and not long ago won the Best New Product award at the 2011 New York International Gift show. These attention-getting beasts of backpacks can be purchased online at www.madpax.com. Prices range from $15 to $60. For more information contact tina@ madpax.com.
Biltmore gets Mexican The first Mexican restaurant at the Biltmore Fashion Park opened May 16. The Black Chile is from the same guys who dreamed up Kona Grill. The idea is authentic Mexican food that’s a notch up but still inexpensive and accessible. Salads and soups expand what’s on most Mexican menus. Typical entrees get a twist with new flavors and presentations. Appetizers like Cotija Grilled Corn and the Roasted Pablano Queso sound intriguing to us, as does the Shrimp Diablo. Check out the Fish Tacos and the staple Black Chile dish. And you won’t have to search too hard for unusual tequilas. An open kitchen and front patio look inviting at street level. We can’t wait to get a closer look – at plate level.
Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita
The Black Chile is on the south side of the Biltmore Fashion Park at the corner of Camelback Road and 24th Street. www.blackchile.com.
Pink Pony rides again Any time a bit of Scottsdale history gets preserved we want to celebrate it. Prior to 2009, the Pink Pony was a nice departure from the otherwise slick direction of restaurants in Old Town. Great steaks, great prime rib and bartenders who knew how to mix a stiff drink made this place what it was. In 2009 the longtime owner died and the Pink Pony, it was rumored, was going to have to be put down. The restaurant had been there since 1947 when Scottsdale Road was still a dirt byway. Charlie Briley, a baseball player forced to retire because of injury, opened with the idea of catering to Cactus League crowds. In 1988, Sports Illustrated magazine named the Pink Pony the Best Baseball Bar in the Country. With this kind of history, we’re thankful new owners rode to the rescue and reopened the place early this year. Scottsdale natives Danny Little and Tim Smith have settled in, and the reports are glowing. It’s got the Old Town baseball ambiance and menu it had. Reviewers have noted the new owners are over-the-top friendly and that the service and, frankly, cleanliness of the place have improved a good bit. Give an old haunt a new try if you haven’t already. 3831 N. Scottsdale Road. 480.945.6697. www.pinkponyrestaurant.com.
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
Ordinary into extraordinary
Modern Manor in the house
Ann Mulchay started her photography business back in college at the University of Arizona, shooting horse shows and portraits of horses and their owners. She apprenticed with Hall
What is it about architecture and furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s? Mid-Century Modern has a feel that’s uniquely American in a way even colonial furnishings aren’t. Maybe that’s why the look is so popular. It’s nostalgic and evocative. Modern Manor is like taking a long swim in the Mid-Century Modern design pool. The two couples who run the place have 4,000 square feet of furniture and accessories from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s – low sofas, credenzas, Danish modern, dining sets, lounge chairs and dining sets. It’s a treat just walking around the place. Ryan and Kylie Durkin of Phoenix and Jeremy Briddell and Cyndi Coon of Tempe sell and search for Mid-Century and Modern treasures. If you have a consignment, e-mail them a picture and they promise to get back to you fast. Or just stop by and take a look. The business is just south of Camelback Road on Seventh Avenue.
of Fame rodeo photographer Louise Serpa. The Phoenix native has a real talent for taking an everyday shot and making it special. She calls it a “wow factor.” It’s the difference between a snapshot and capturing a moment of beauty forever in a photograph. Horses are her favorite subjects, but her work has expanded to business portraits, family portraits and events. The main thing is finding the beauty in a subject and making sure everyone else can see it, too. If you get in touch with Ann, ask her about her mule, Norman. He’s a grand champion halter mule and a prince among that four-footed stubborn race! Ann Mulchay Photography is at 4545 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 208, Phoenix. 602.558.5683. www.annmulchayphotography.com.
716 W. Hazelwood St., Phoenix. 602.509.7709. www.modernmanorstore.com.
Blue chip medicine Anyone who’s felt like they were in the middle of a cattle call at their doctor’s office will love Mayo Clinic’s new Medallion Program. For $5,000 per year up front – $8,000 for a couple – patients will get the exclusive attention of one of three Mayo doctors staffing the program. The program offers access to the member’s personal physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each physician will limit the size of his or her practice to 300 patients. That may sound like a lot, but most doctors see many more than that annually. One goal is to allow for appointments on a same-day or next-day basis, though that’s not a guarantee. Members can also e-mail or call physicians directly if they don’t need an actual visit. One byproduct of this kind of attention, of course, will be a personally tailored health program that’s not available to most people. They’ll also get coordination with Mayo hospital services. One thing to keep in mind: The annual fee doesn’t cover any medical services. It’s an up-front enrollment fee. Not a hard pill to swallow, though, for the cash-flush who would like a slightly more serene medical experience. Contact the Mayo Medallion Program at 480.614.6030 or visit www.mayoclinic.org/ medallion-program.
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Board of Visitors
The 2011 debutants
CLOUDS OF WHITE 43 young ladies were presented to society. INSTITUTIONS HAND IN HAND The Board of Visitors and the CamelbackÂ Inn COMPLEMENTARY TEAM Prue Brito, ball chair, and Debra Cain, chairman of the Board of Visitors BELLE OF THE BALL Lori Larcher in vivid shades of purple
Libby and Joel Cohen
Ann and Richard Watts
Andie and Ryan Cullinan
Bill and Kathy Petsas
Char and Bill Hubble
Coverage by Sally and Peter Krzykos
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Jack and Harriet Friedland
Board of Visitors
Gil and Prue Brito with Deb and Bill Cain
Jim and Gwen Conner with Casey Wolf
Robyn Lee and Julie Young
Mike and Dawn Kennedy
Nancy and LeRoy Gaintner
Terry Roman and Barb Giancola
Mike and Priscilla Nicholas
Cathy and Jim Kleeman
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Not My Kid’s Boogie Nights
Betsy Roudi and Laura Bill
Kim and Jamie Limber
Kara Fritz and Whitney Harvey with Jenn Schuknecht
HOT STUFF Kara Fritz and Whitney Harvey with Jenn Schuknecht THE BEST IN TOWN Chairs Stephanie Brown and Ali Hudak, who made it happen PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC The Zippers laid down a disco beat. FAR OUT, BABY Money raised goes to help kids make positive life choices.
Sylvia Hopkins and Danielle Werstler with Mari Lederman
Ann Jones and Penny Koepke with Cathy Fassero and Sioux O’Connor
Stephanie Brown and Ali Hudak
Debbie Moak and Char Hubble
Lisa Bentley and Cheryl Zadrow
Coverage by Kathy DeSanto
Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum
Ever wonder why so many cowboys are poets?
If you like dramatic, colorful art that isn’t shy about social and political issues, the Phoenix Art Museum has a great summer show for you. “Modern Mexican Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection” presents well known Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, a perennial favorite among Latin art lovers. But there are 80 paintings by 45 Mexican artists in this show, and the spectrum is vast. Alfredo Ramos Martinez, “Mancacoyota,” 1930
Feliciano Pena, “Autorretrato”
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It may be better to approach the exhibition by genre and names together. You’ll see avant garde works by Mexican artists who introduced Modernism to Mexico. Rivera is in this category.
Artists in the National Renaissance movement drew inspiration from Mexican traditional culture, folk art and idealized indigenous history, including Fermín Fernando Castillo, “El gato negro,” 1929 Revueltas. Urban artists such as Emilio Baz Viaud and Manuel Rodríguez Lozano focused on the modern life of the streets, circuses and the workplace, often with strong social criticism. Other artists combined indigenous craft with expressionist and symbolist painting styles to illustrate the modernity of Mexican art (Rufino Tamayo and María Izquierdo). The Open Air Schools and surrealism are represented, too.
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The show covers roughly 1910 to 1950. It’s a great chance to witness in one place the amazing transformation of art in a culture undergoing tremendous change. This exhibition will continue through Sept. 25. The museum is at 1625 N. Central Ave. 602.257.1222. www.phxart.org.
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Manuel Gonzalez Serrano, “Equilibrio,” 1944
Heard Museum Spotlight By Kate Crowley An exhibit at the Heard Museum this summer takes a look at a century of gorgeous Navajo weavings.
show exhibits nearly 40 weavings, ranging in age, style and provenance.
“For more than 100 years, Navajo weavers have created garments, utility blankets, floor coverings and tapestry wall hangings,” says curator Ann Marshall. “They have woven through good times and bad. They have woven for their own use, for other American Indian peoples and for collectors from around the world. The designs have changed, the source of their wool has changed and the markets for their weaving have changed. Yet while there have been many changes in Navajo weaving, the loom, the songs, the prayer and the importance of the sheep from which the wool comes have not changed.”
This stunning exhibit just opened and is on display through Jan. 8, 2012. When visiting this exhibit, you can take in the new Books & More store at the museum. Holdings include art books, books on Native history, children’s works and fiction. The new space is located across the main courtyard from the Heard Museum Shop. (On another note, seats are now available for the Moondance Gala, set for Oct. 22. Moondance is the Heard’s elegant benefit gala. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased by calling 602.346.8192. For sponsorship information, call 602.251.0211.)
Learn more about those changes and what has remained the same at “Navajo Textiles: 100+ Years of Weaving” at the Heard. The
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The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602.252.8344.
Phoenix Zoo’s Orang-Hutan
PEOPLE OF THE ZOO The Valley is so lucky to have such great patrons and benefactors. CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE An exclusive preview of the zoo’s newest exhibit featuring orangutans and more A VERY SPECIAL THANK-YOU Nancy La Pierre, the Lorenzens and many others
Nancy La Pierre
Susan Telesko and Pam Bimson Reade
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport By Joe Golfen You’d be forgiven for forgetting about Mitsubishi. The Japanese automaker has struggled to find relevance in recent years, and with the exception of its red-hot Lancer Evolution X, the company hasn’t had much luck. But the new Outlander Sport might go towards gaining a bit more attention for the company. The compact crossover offers plenty of quirky charm, rugged durability and comfortable features to make it a serious contender. Though it shares a name with Mitsubishi’s Outlander, the sport edition isn’t just a badge change. The Sport is significantly smaller, shaving 14 inches off the length and weighing more than 800 pounds lighter. It also gets rid of the third row of seats, but those are pretty crammed anyway.
The interior is biggest stumbling block, but it’s efficient if not terribly interesting. The dash features too much plastic, but it’s well thought out. The Sport is decked out with Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free system with USB input, which offers voice control of iPods and USB items such as Bluetooth telephones and streaming audio.
And “sport” really just means small, because there isn’t a performance boost from the standard. In fact, the Sport only offers a 2.0-liter inline-four.
One of the best things about the Outlander Sport is its look, all sharp angles cutting through the car’s stocky frame. Especially in a market dominated by bulging, soft-edged crossovers, the Sport stands out. A starting price of $18,000 also goes a long way in making the Sport likeable.
I don’t mean any of these things as complaints, because the Outlander Sport is more enjoyable to drive than the clunky standard model. It offers tight handling and a fun feel, letting you get the most out of its 148 horsepower engine. The Sport also gets an estimated 31 mpg on the highway, pretty nice for a crossover.
It’s a good choice for someone who wants the utility and feel of a crossover but doesn’t need excessive size. It’s a fun drive and a nicely built car, and one worth remembering.
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Talley Ho from Eleanor Beard We hope that you are enjoying the lazy Arizona summer. Come fall the weather might be perfect, but life might not be nearly as lazy . . . It is never too early to think about the holidays. There is nothing more special than a custom-made, hand-crafted item, although most of the time such a gift must be ordered months in advance. Cosmetic bags, jewelry bags, and accessory trays from Talley Ho Designs are just some of the unique products
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10 Questions for … Vince Camuto
Vince Camuto is a women’s footwear designer best known for co-founding and establishing Nine West. After selling Nine West, Camuto founded the Camuto Group, which provides design, marketing and production services to some 5,400 retailers. In 2002, he launched four exclusive footwear brands for Dillard’s. In 2009, he added Lucky Brand Jeans footwear and kensiegirl footwear to his growing portfolio. In addition, he has expanded his namesake footwear brand to include a handbag collection. During an appearance last spring at Dillard’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square, we asked this hugely creative and successful designer about himself. What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Being content and living in my home. Who inspired you in your craft? My mother. What do you consider the greatest decade for you occupation? The 1970s was simply bizarre! The 1980s became chic and opulent. It was a decade when women truly glowed. You could also purchase a great pair of shoes for under a $100. I would have to say the 1980s. What five people, living or dead, would you invite to your dinner party? Steve Jobs, Ralph Lauren, Ronald Reagan and the founders of Google and Microsoft. Where would you most like to live? New York and Florence. Who do you consider to be today’s most influential designers? Prada and Ralph Lauren. What are your most cherished possessions? My late father’s tools and my family crest ring. When do you fib or exaggerate? When I tell someone how much I like something. How do you want to be remembered? I was someone who made people look good. And that I was a loving father. Who are your everyday heroes? People who start and build businesses.
PETS OF THE MONTH
Beyoncé It wasn’t until Beyoncé had an unexpected litter of puppies that her owner decided they no longer wanted a dog (or eight puppies) and decided to bring Beyoncé to the Arizona Humane Society with her puppies in tow. Two-year-olds are hardly known for their parenting skills, but she was a dedicated mother who successfully raised her puppies until they were all eventually adopted. Now spayed and ready to give up motherhood, she’s been patiently been waiting for several months for another chance to become part of a family. Playful yet enduring, she doesn’t ask for much; just a cozy dog bed, a Kong toy filled with treats and peanut butter, a daily walk and someone to give her a belly rub before she goes to bed at night. She is already leash-trained. Although she isn’t the biggest fan of car rides, she is always excited when she arrives at new places and she loves to explore and meet new friends. She greets everyone with a swift tail wag and an ear-to-ear doggie smile. She is good with other animals but a family introduction is require to ensure a good match.
Miss Chu Miss Chu is a confident, selfassured and adventurous kitty whose attempts to be “queen of the house” didn’t settle well with other family pets. Regrettably, the 1-year-old tabby ended up at the Arizona Humane Society where she’s watched months pass by as she patiently waits in her kennel alone for a loving family. Being an inquisitive kitty, she insists on poking her button nose and her long whiskers into every family activity including family game night, movie marathons and paying bills in the home office. Although she is friendly and laidback, she would prefer to rule the roost in her new home and reside as the only family cat. Beyonce (ID A342042) and Miss Chu (ID A346406) are available at the Arizona Humane Society. Adoption fees vary. Please call (602) 997-7586, Ext. 1045 for more information.
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The Wigwam gets a new look By Bill Macomber Old Arizona boasted only a couple of really swanky resorts, the Wigwam in Litchfield Park being one of them. It opened in 1929. By the time it was finished it sat on more than 400 acres of lush greenery, citrus trees, beautifully landscaped walkways and 54 holes of golf. Like many old and venerable things, by the 2000s the resort needed a face-lift. And it has gotten one. A $7 million face-lift. The update came about as the result of bankruptcy and a buyout by an investment group led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo. Some of the old resort was taken down, other parts buffed and still more added. The resort’s small outdoors areas were expanded into lush entertainment and al fresco dining areas. An indoor/ outdoor bar was added along with private gardens and event lawns for social occasions.
Entrance and arrival court
A palm and citrus tree-lined street now leads guests to the rustic wooden-beamed archway entrance. The partners felt that additions to the resort had blurred the original character of Fireplace Lounge
The Wigwam’s future may be determined by something that hasn’t been there during most of its 80 years. There will be a heavy empha-
sis on marketing to the sports and entertainment crowd. Jobing.com Arena, the National Hockey League Coyotes and the Cardinals are only about 10 minutes away.
the place. The guiding principle of the renovation aimed at restoring the original feel of an old Arizona getaway and open everything up to the bright, sunshiny character of the desert. The pools have been rearranged, one for adults and one for kids. A swim canal attaches the pools with pedestrian bridges over the canal. The adult pool features new cabanas, an outdoor bar and poolside grill. New dining options have been added. Celebrity chef Chrisopher Bianco, a longtime friend of Colangelo, is consulting on the menu and the service.
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THE COUPLE Colleen Marie Kelly and Robert Myles Mahoney Jr. MEET THE PARENTS Richard and Jerri Kelly and Robert and Carol Mahoney NUPTIALS St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale RECEPTION Ancala Country Club, Scottsdale THE CAKE Piece of Cake Desserts THE FLOWERS Sugar Magnolia THE BRIDAL GOWN Priscilla of Boston Jewel Collection THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER Leslie Lejcar and My Wedding Film THE SHOES Kate Spade (hot pink!) SOMETHING DIFFERENT % The bride’s uncle, Fr. Robert Tabbert, married the couple.
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% Signature drink at reception: A Kelly Cantaloupe Mahoney Martini
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