It's the beginning of social season in the desert and we were thrilled to meet up with friends in Scottsdale, Arizona ...
VIP lounging - champagne, canine couture and USA's #1 Polo Player Nic Roldan at the Polo Championships, Baseball Brothers - Braden and Hunter Bishop with their 1st annual Celebrity Golf Classic charity 4MOM at The Biltmore and our interview with Renaissance Man of the Modern World, Oscar De las salas and "What would OSCAR DO?"
SCENE + SEEN
Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale with 4 action-packed polo matches and new teams from Argentina, Bogota, Santa Fe, & Medellin. As well as the return of USA's #1 Polo Player Nic Roldan representing the reigning champions - Aspen Valley Polo Club. Plus, another big name in polo, Argentine International Polo Player Juan Bollini. Models walked The World’s “Longest” Fashion Show and there was Canine Couture - A Dog Fashion Show Like No Other presented by LUGARI Pet Salon. Guests previewed Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Collector Car Auction and enjoyed appearances by the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. VIP reserved seating options were sponsored by: The Molina Fine Jewelers - Drivers and Players VIP Lounge, the Barrett-Jackson Champagne and Jazz Lounge, and PRIME: A Luxury Tent Experience by Dominick’s Steakhouse, Barrett -Jackson, Neiman Marcus and Bentley Scottsdale.
The Spire Bar
The 30-foot spire art piece serves as a tribute to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Its spectacular colors are revealed in an elegant light show that glows to illuminate the evening, ensuring the Spire Bar’s reputation as one of the best night’s out in the desert...
Photo of Brothers Braden and Hunter Bishop
GOLF CLASSIC at The Biltmore
The diagnosis of Suzy Bishop with early-onset Alzheimer's prompted her son Braden Bishop of the San Francisco Giants Organization and former player for the Seattle Mariners - to start the 4MOM Charity. His brother, Hunter Bishop, a professional baseball player also for the San Francisco Giants Organization joined the efforts and they have no plans of slowing down. They just hosted their 1st annual celebrity golf tournament at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club which included pre & post events; a Poolside Party at the Arizona Biltmore Saguaro Pool, a Sunset Social Honoring Kevin Morrison at the Arizona Biltmore event lawn, and an after-party at The Little Woody. WWW.4MOM.ORG
Everyone in the valley is excited for the opening of 20 acres of lush, cooling landscape with the grandeur of Camelback Mountain in the horizon. The Ritz-Carlton in Paradise Valley is a sanctuary, tucked away - yet close enough to the vibrant pulse of Scottsdale with delightful discoveries at every turn including secret gardens, oxygen-enriched guest rooms, on-site citrus groves and an impressive grand 400-foot swimming pool... OPENING IN FALL 2022
Kristine Thompson, Oscar De las salas, Tracey Lytle and Amy Horrell Image Courtesy of Trends Publishing and Trends Magazine, 2021©
OSCAR DE LAS SALAS
The Renaissance Man of the Modern World
We sat with Oscar De las salas at the award-winning AZ/88, steps away from Scottsdale’s Museum of Contemporary Art where he is a board member and served as creative co-chair for the museum’s annual gala and nationally acclaimed event “SMoCA Mix – Fashionably Avant-Garde.” His vision enticed designers from all over the world to bring their private collections to Arizona, including gowns worn by Beyonce and Lady Gaga amongst many others, to a fashion show of more than 200 models, 30 photographers, and the largest catwalk and red carpet ever seen in the state. Oscar was back at it again this October 23rd as co-chair along with Beth McRae of the “An Evening of TRENDS Gala 2021.” The Gala honored ten ladies, TRENDSETTERS for their community leadership and FABULOUS PHOENICIAN honoree Tim Braun - General Manager of Neiman Marcus.
Oscar is known for his mastery of style. He consulted for the interior designer of AZ/88’s elegant, minimal interior with its movable works of art and gallery installations that are constantly changing. He points to the colossal hanging disco ball style sculpture that star-lights the space, encapsulating the senses outwardly while the restroom design experience “makes you feel as if you have just stepped inside of a disco ball.” This is where everyone knows Oscar and where he threw his milestone birthday party - and why the mayor of Phoenix declared June 29th to be officially known as “OSCAR DAY.”
Born in Colombia, Oscar left Bogota after graduating with a master's in architecture from the Universidad Piloto de Colombia to continue his education and pursue a master’s degree in interior architecture in Europe, just outside of Madrid, Spain at the renowned University of Salamanca - the second oldest university in the world after Oxford. He lived several years in Europe filing for an internship with an interior design company called Cassina based in Italy and from there took off traveling to Paris, Milan, Madrid, London… He worked in several countries as a consultant for interior architecture for the United States Federal Building Office and served as Interior Finishes Project Manager for the United States Embassies and coordinated projects in Lima, Singapore, and Cuba. Oscar wanted to grab everything, “Three months here, four months, six months there – it was the time of my life that I produced a lot of stuff out of my imagination!”
One weekend, in an underground little pub, Oscar met a photographer, who asked if he could help them design a set – “you know, like put stuff in the background and I was like, are you paying? Yeah, okay, I'll bring it tomorrow.” He began weekend work with the agency in Milan where Mario Testino was the head photographer. Oscar created backgrounds for photoshoots and styled models for fashion editorials. When they discovered he had a background as a model at age 18, they also signed him up to do model work for catalogs. “Every weekend I made extra money - I was still a student, so I could use the money.” He worked nonstop designing interiors during the week for the firms and creating sets on the weekend, all the while postponing his thesis project. Finally, he received a letter from the Dean that he needed to make a decision about his thesis, “So I was always wanting to write about Frank Lloyd Wright. I wanted to go to Chicago, but I didn't know anybody in Chicago at the time. I wrote him back and he said the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West is about an hour from Phoenix, AZ. I know someone there, Perfect! I said, I'm going to go for six months, and come back to Madrid for my job interview with the production company. It was August 18th, 1998. I landed with four suitcases, two were my clothes (for each season, of course!) and two suitcases filled with my books, sketchbooks, class notes, rulers, squares, colors, and my diaries - I just landed in the inside of an oven!”
Oscar soon realized that his thesis was going to take longer than he expected. He sent a note to the Dean asking for an extension. Soon after, he met an architect who was looking for someone to do drawings, Oscar interviewed for the position, and they started the filing process for his work visa. He got his CCS and then he began to get more work and after 12 years he finalized his visa and his citizenship. Oscar is very proud of this, “It was a lot because a work visa is for specialized workers, so I had to go through the process of having to put ads in magazines and newspapers, careful to not take away any jobs from qualified citizens - It was a very long process.” Returning to his passion for design, Oscar served as principal of the modern architecture firm, Architectural Alliance Inc. and lead numerous municipal projects in Arizona including the award-winning Peoria Fire Station 196 – Vistancia.
Oscar has since gone on to stamp his elevated style as The Renaissance Man of the Modern World – Designer, Fashion Producer, Style Critic, Writer, and Creative Director. He is online and on TV, he chairs galas and attends all the big social events, he is a board member of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the Friends of Phoenix Public Art and he still contracts for the multinational design and architecture firm he works for.
Oscar also has an online journal “WHAT WOULD OSCAR DO” that began when he first moved to Arizona, writing to his friends and family abroad. “I wrote a lot when I was here all by myself. I have a journal and I still love to write. I didn't have friends here, so I used to send postcards to my friends, but they became these huge posters. It was so expensive to send them – so I went to 3D and then I received an email about my emails that said, Mark wants to be your friend. Mark Zuckerberg? Sure. He was like, just come join us and the flood gates just opened wide up. Everyone. All my friends jumped into social media, and I was posting on FB which is still my journal today. Everyone wanted to know what was going on – I had several offers from national networks and magazines were asking me to write about fashion but I was already working as an architect. It was crazy!" Today, Oscar speaks of the importance of finding balance in life by creating quality time with his all-American dream husband Gary Jackson and their now elder pug of 14 years – Hugo.
Q&A with OSCAR
What WOULD Oscar do...?
What is your definition of an elevated world of style? “I put all my talents to work. For me, everything is designed - from the coffee that you make, to the music that you listen to, and the spaces you inhabit. It's like a James Bond movie, everything feels personalized for you. That is the maximum level that humans can be in luxury as we know today – the maximum expression of design.”
What is the most memorable party you attended? "It was an invitation to French Laundry, and yeah, it was just a room - but it was pure elegance. The hostess flew everyone in and she wanted only 30 people for her birthday party. You were surrounded in all white flowers, and she asked us to wear black and white. We were in tuxes, ladies in black or white. Dinner of course, was spectacular. But the magic was in the mirrors all around us - it was all mirrors & candles and it was so intimate with a classical music trio. We were seated there for hours... You know that's lovely because it's almost very simple in a way and not all the splash - truly beautiful and minimal..."
What type of cocktail would best describe Oscar De las salas "Ah Ginger, Ginger, Ginger! I love the sweet acidic taste to it. I love the combination of passionfruit and meringue Pavlova - so adding Ginger to it with vodka or tonic - very fresh!"
What is your personal theme song? "Oh, that changes like - everyday, today maybe the runway music I'm doing at TRENDS sort of a trance style and then there's the one song Lovely Day by Bill Withers."
What one artwork speaks to you? Jeff Koons' Dog
Photo: Jeff Koons Museo Guggenheim en Bilbao, País Vasco
Thank you Oscar!!
AZ/88 is a modern saloon with award winning cocktails and classic cuisine. Since 1988, the interior of minimal design supports ever- changing works of art, not unlike a gallery or it's two neighboring museums. And yes, the flowers are real.
A NEW HOME FOR EXTRAORDINARY ART - Wonderspaces is a year-round, evolving art show featuring extraordinary artwork from around the world. Shown right to left: FUJI Joanie Lemercier, PLUME Ian Brill, MICROMONUMENTAL MAPPING, THE ESSENCE OF CREATION Limelight and TRANSITION Joost Jordens and Mike Von Rotz.
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