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."
This cotton scarf by Gucci is simply divine! Bold, warm oranges and yellow flowers pop against a deep brown background, encircled by a red and white (oh Gucci!) border. The bold color palette paired with the Pop - Art print style of the flowers is astounding, and brings to mind Andy Warhol's brilliant "Flowers" series.
A spectacular scarf that would be suitable hung up on a wall, wrapped around your shoulders, or worn as a dress while you stroll down South Beach.