This massive scarf depicts the famous Arizona Biltmore Hotel - the "Jewel of the Desert" in Phoenix's "Valley of the Sun" - with fabulous mid century flair!
The Arizona Biltmore Hotel opened in 1929, and was a favorite with Hollywood stars and affluent snowbirds looking to retreat and relax. The complex was designed by Prarie School architect Albert Chase McArthur, with Frank Lloyd Wright acting as a consultant. Although somewhat removed from the construction, Wright's work can be seen through out the hotel, including in the "Wright Sprites" in the garden, and in the "Saguaro Stained Glass" art piece in the lobby.
The hotel and its surroundings are at the center of the scarf, framed in a circle. The famous "Catalina Pool," known for being Marylin Monroe's favorite place to sunbathe, as well as being site where Irving Berlin wrote many of his classic songs, including "White Christmas," is visible in the middle right of the scarf. The corners of the scarf feature illustrations advertising the various activities available at the resort, including golf, tennis, shooting sports, and horse riding. The color palette of green, orange, red, white, and beige masterfully carve out space, with each color appearing crisp and bold.
Frequent guests to the Arizona Biltmore include: Sammy Davis Jr, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Martha Raye, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop.
Bonus: The hotel is the birthplace of the "Tequila Sunrise."
Eye catching printed maxi dress from Geoffrey Beene! This soft cotton dress features a dazzling print that is divided into sections throughout the dress by black trimming which Beene is often known for using. It has two hidden side seam pockets and zips at the back with hook and eye closure for the collar. It also comes with a triangular head scarf that can be variously styled.
Geoffrey Beene began his career in the 1950s, designing under numerous New York houses including Teal Traina, finally opening his own label in 1963. Beene was incredibly conscious of the human body, and was particularly regardful of the figure in motion - as Beene once said“clothing is nothing until it hits the body." His designs were created to work with the client’s body, encasing it lightly and giving it a more artful structure. Beene's reinterpretations of dress formality, use of synthetics, and unusual combination of materials (accessories in acrylic and diamonds, for example), set him aside from his contemporaries who focused on the business of fashion, rather than the artistry of fashion.