In loving memory of our fellow ACI Member, Docent, and friend Elizabeth (Bets) Manera, we would like to pass along information regarding her memorial.

Saturday, October 31st at 11 am
Scottsdale Bible Church
Hayden Chapel
7901 East Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Paul Manera has said that he does not want to have flowers at the memorial. Instead, he would like to have donations made to the Phoenix Art Museum, ABHOW or P.E.O. International  as these were the organizations which she cared so deeply about.

We will always remember and miss Bets and her kind, generous spirit.


We are so excited to share that  Grant Wiggins, a local artist based in Tempe and frequenter of the Phoenix Art Museum was able to work in collaboration with Jil Sander for the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The minimalist painter's work was featured on both the invitation and the clothing for the season, which is now available for purchase. Thanks to the power of Google, the team at Jil Sander was able to find Grant Wiggins and the focal point of their collection, and it couldn't look any better!

Shop Jil Sander's Story here: 6/11 pieces include Grant's work!

Check out the Jil Sander Collaboration here.

Find more about his work here.



For the ACI 2nd Wednesday Luncheon and Lecture on October 14th, Thea Porter and Bohemian Chic is the focus. Consulting fashion writer, historian, and expert Laura McLaws Helms will be giving us a closer look into Thea Porter's iconic style and its influence upon fashion. Thea Porter is best known for bringing the Bohemian look to the streets of London, eventually spreading this trend to all fashion capitals. Here are five facts that give you a closer look on the hippie chic queen herself!

1. Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Tate, and Rudolf Nureyev all named Thea Porter as one of their favorite designers.

2. Pink Floyd's debut album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", 1967 features three Thea Porter jackets as she was a friend and coveted stylist for the band.

3. Being born in Jerusalem, raised in Damascus, and spending a lot of time in Beirut, Thea Porter was able to integrate the middle eastern culture into high fashion by designing her own takes on caftans, voluminous robes, and other intricate pieces rich with textures and designs reflective of where she grew up.

4. Thea Porter initially designed interiors and sold them out of her store on Soho's Greek Street. She sold curtains, furnishings, and wall hangings, her big clients being The Beatles, decorating their entire store Apple Boutique with Thea Porter. 

5. Reviving the boho look a few years back, celebrities and fashion icons alike such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson, Nicole Richie, Kate Moss, and Sienna Miller sport the coveted designer, her pieces more sought after now than ever.