Tucson felt a little more New York hip last night at Fashionarte 2019. The Tucson Museum of Art drew some stylish crowds at a VIP reception that precedes a May 4 runway show by talented Pima Community College design students. I tried my best to blend in with fake eyelashes that may or may not have made me look like a man in drag —still not sure.
The fashion installations from Desert Vintage and Gadabout were beautiful, as you can see from the pictures above. The bags from Posh were a huge hit (shameless plug) and I saw my friend’s daughter, the stunning blonde in green, who was modeling outfits from Nicholas K–which is as Kanyesque and haute as I’ve ever seen a line in T-town. And while the cocktails were tiny with huge prices, the bartender gave me a freebie because I named the Depeche Mode song the DJ was playing!
Every guest who visits, at one time or another, asks this question: “Oh, where should I go in Tucson when I visit?” I’m always like….Kartchner Caverns, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Colossal Cave, Pinnacle Peak — all places I never go! So, I decided to check out the tourist shopping spot, Old Town Artisans. It’s near the scenic El Presidio neighborhood and offers cool western boots, cases of turquoise jewelry (I fell in love with one turquoise cuff until the sales clerk said it was $1,000–yeah, not so much…). There are also homemade leather bags and kind of a treasure trove of vintage items and desert gifts. While you shop, guitar music wafts in from the courtyard and there’s a nice little cafe called La Cocina. It’s definitely worth a trip, especially if you are going to the Tucson Museum of Art, because it’s right next door. So, my little day of acting like a tourist was pretty informative, especially if I ever need a $1,000 turquoise cuff!