By  on October 27, 2010

Two nights before Albert Kriemler is set to be honored by Fashion Group International, the Akris designer is having another spotlight moment of his own: Kriemler is co-hosting the Whitney Museum’s annual gala. Akris has become a retail phenomenon under his watch, so much so that Saks Fifth Avenue chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove, sitting two chairs down, calls him a “rock star.” But today, it’s all about the arts. Earlier that day, he took a private tour of the Paul Thek retrospective at the Whitney and also visited numerous other exhibits in the city to source inspiration for his fall collection. WWD joined him at the Neue Galerie that afternoon. His objectives there: to take in the new George Minne’s statues framing Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” painting; Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s exhibit, and the collection of Wiener Werkstätte postcards. Here, excerpts from the day’s conversation.

WWD: What did you like about the Thek exhibit?
Albert Kriemler: His color sense is so modern. You could even say it’s Saint Laurent colors, but in a more modern way.

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