Neiman Marcus Presents the 88th Edition of its Legendary Christmas Book

The Neiman Marcus 2014 Christmas Book (the 88th annual edition) was unveiled by luxury retailer in Dallas and it continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true. First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts. This year Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide.

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including The Leontine Linens Home Trousseau, The House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey, and The Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway. This year’s featured car is the 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4.

The “His & Hers” fantasy gift tradition continues this year with the Vilebrequin Quadski, a Jet ski meets ATV that converts from water to land in just under five seconds.

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s collection of fantasy gifts and feel they are very representative of the unique and high-quality holiday offerings our dedicated customers have come to know and love from Neiman Marcus,” said Jim Gold President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “Each year our goal is to exceed the expectations of our customers and this year certainly will not disappoint.”

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2014 Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including:

“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI

“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI

“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI

“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI

“HIS & HERS” 2014 VILEBREQUIN QUADSKI
Jet ski meets ATV in this Quadski duo. Hailed as the world’s best high-speed amphibians, they convert from water cruisers to land lovers in just under five seconds. Contrary to the Vilebrequin turtle print, your Quadski quickly accelerates up to 45 mph on land or water, thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine. With every His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($50,000 each; pages 104-105)

TANQUERAY NO. TEN IMPERIAL SHAKER BY JASON CRAWLEY

TANQUERAY NO. TEN IMPERIAL SHAKER BY JASON CRAWLEY

TANQUERAY NO. TEN IMPERIAL SHAKER BY JASON CRAWLEY
Mix one part superb craftsmanship with a jigger of history and splash of style and what do you get? The world’s coolest cocktail-making machine. Recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing under the guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 6’-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper, and silver materials to the elliptical shake created by the crank. A one-year supply of Tanqueray No. Ten® and personal cocktail education session for up to twenty guests with a Tanqueray mixology expert is included. With every purchase of the Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($35,000; page 19)

VANITY FAIR ACADEMY AWARDS EXPERIENCE

VANITY FAIR ACADEMY AWARDS EXPERIENCE

VANITY FAIR ACADEMY AWARDS EXPERIENCE
You and a very special guest are cordially invited to play the part of Hollywood royalty during the film industry’s most celebrated weekend. The star treatment begins Friday at the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Saturday’s agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower, and dinner at Chateau Marmont. Oscar® day kicks off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night’s most coveted event: The Vanity Fair Party where you’ll mix, mingle, and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Hair, makeup, wardrobe styling by Neiman Marcus Style Advisor Catherine Bloom, and jewelry on loan are all provided for this once-in-a-lifetime evening. With the purchase of the Vanity Fair Academy Awards® Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $400,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($425,000; page 32)

THE HOUSE OF CREED BESPOKE FRAGRANCE JOURNEY

THE HOUSE OF CREED BESPOKE FRAGRANCE JOURNEY

THE HOUSE OF CREED BESPOKE FRAGRANCE JOURNEY
Everything from your clothing to the decor in your home suits you perfectly. Isn’t it time you had a signature scent that does the same? Your quest to fragrance utopia begins with two first-class tickets to Paris close to Fontainebleau, near the House of Creed atelier where you’ll meet with sixth-generation Master Perfumer Olivier Creed to create the ultimate custom scent. While in The City of Light, you and a guest will dine with Olivier, enjoy five-star accommodations, white-glove car service, private tours, and other experiences befitting the royally amazing you. A few short months later, a fragrance nonpareil will arrive at your doorstep in 24 14-karat gold-gilded six-liter flacons and 12 14-karat gold-accented leather atomizers featuring your bespoke scent. With the purchase of the House of Creed Custom Fragrance and Trip, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($475,000; page 49) Continue reading

LIONSGATE TO DEBUT THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 AT WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON ON NOVEMBER 10, 2014

World Press Tour Kicks Off in Beijing on November 1

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Lionsgate today unveiled plans to debut The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in the UK, Asia and North America. The film, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014 and will hold its world premiere in London, England on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles. Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland will join the delegation in London for the film’s UK world premiere in Leicester Square. All of the cast will reconvene for the Los Angeles premiere, which will take place on November 17th at the Nokia Live Theater.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, from an adaptation by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

The first Hunger Games film generated nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the #1 domestic film of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time, grossing over $860 million around the world and bringing the combined global box office of the first two films to over $1.5 billion.

Fans in the U.S. who purchase tickets on Fandango October 29th during the first 24 hours of advance sales will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the London Premiere. All purchases on AMCTheaters.com, Cinemark.com, Fandango.com, and MovieTickets.com in the first 24 hours will receive a free download of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on VUDU.

PANDORA Partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer

 

PANDORA Partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.(R) to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

PANDORA Partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.(R) to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

In support of the fight against breast cancer, PANDORA Jewelry announced a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). As part of the new partnership, the sale of existing pink ribbon charms will directly benefit the organization and marking the first year of their partnership. Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs.

The three PANDORA charms that feature the pink ribbon include:
—  Pink Ribbon, Pink Enamel Sterling Silver Charm, Item: 790755EN24 ($45 USD)
—  Pink Ribbon, Murano Charm, Item: 790928 ($35 USD)
—  Pink Ribbon, Sterling Silver Dangle Charm, Item: 790314PCZ ($45 USD)

The PANDORA Pink Ribbon charms are now available at all authorized PANDORA retailers. To locate the store nearest you, visitwww.pandora.net.

 

Lands’ End Introduces Pink Thread Project to Support and Raise Awareness for Breastcancer.org

Now through October 31, 2014, a little pink does a lot of good. Lands’ End is introducing the Pink Thread Project, a charitable campaign created to help raise awareness for Breastcancer.org the leading online resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support. Breastcancer.org is the leading resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support, with more than 7,000 pages of expert-reviewed information and a robust, dynamic peer support community. A nonprofit organization, Breastcancer.org receives more than 15 million visits each year.

By simply ordering and applying one of six pink thread icons on any Lands’ End item that can be embroidered – from totes and towels to cardigans and shirts – a full 75landsendlogo_lighthouse percent of the $6.00 embroidery application fee will be donated to Breastcancer.org. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project initiative from September 19 through October 31, 2014. To learn more visitlandsend.com/pinkthread.

“Lands’ End’s ongoing support of breast cancer survivors led to the partnership and development of the Pink Thread Project, a simple way anyone can show support, and enables us to continue to provide our online resource to the millions of people we serve each year,” said Rita Lusen, VP of partnerships and development at Breastcancer.org. “As a breast cancer survivor, I always wanted a fashionable mastectomy swimwear solution and Lands’ End delivered. For many women who have had this life-altering surgery, like those in our Breastcancer.org Community, having an option that addresses their style needs is really important.”

“We all share a common thread of support when it comes to breast cancer. It either affects us personally or through family, friends and colleagues. The Pink Thread Project is a simple way for anyone to help elevate awareness and show their support for Breastcancer.org,” said Michele Donnan-Martin, chief merchandising design officer, Lands’ End. “Whether it’s a pink lighthouse on the cuff of a men’s oxford shirt or the classic pink ribbon on a Lands’ End tote, a little pink truly does a lot of good.”

The curated collection of six pink icons includes the Lands’ End anchorgram and lighthouse logos, the Breastcancer.org Circle of Trust logo, the pink ribbon and a classic sailboat and compass icon.

Additional Pink Thread Project Initiatives
Throughout the month of October, other Lands’ End initiatives to support the Pink Thread Project include:

  • Landsend.com Goes Pink – On October 1, 2014, landsend.com will feature a pink logo and banners on the company’s home page in solidarity and support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Share Your #PinkThread – Through the month of October, supporters can share a photo/image of who or what their “Pink Thread” is in their life on Facebook (facebook.com/landsend), Twitter (@LandsEnd) and Instagram (@LandsEnd). Lands’ End will donate $1 to Breastcancer.org for each photo posted (up to $10,000) using the hashtag #PinkThread.
  • Pink Thread Project Women’s Swim Tee – Lands’ End will also offer an exclusive women’s Swim Tee in pink with $5 of every purchase benefitting Breastcancer.org. This pink tee can also be embroidered with a Pink Thread icon and 75 percent of the application fee will also be donated.
  • Lands’ End Pink in Stores – During the month of October, Lands’ End will donate 10% of the purchase price of all fall/winter pink women’s apparel and accessory items sold in Lands’ End Shops at Sears and Lands’ End Full Price Stores to Breastcancer.org.
  • Lands’ End Business Outfitters – The business division of Lands’ End is also taking part in the Pink Thread Project. Now through the month of October, 5% of the purchase price of a select assortment of customized pink apparel and promotional items will be donated to Breastcancer.org. Items can be found at http://business.landsend.com/pink.

This Winter Season, Cold Temps Herald Hot Trends in Outerwear at Land’s End

With the predicted harsh winter forecast, stylish yet functional outerwear that delivers on warmth is a must-have – especially for those who like to enjoy the outdoor winter elements.

No matter how cold it gets or how much snow accumulates, the Lands’ End 2014 Winter Outerwear Collection promises to keep cold-weather wearers prepared for whatever winter throws their way and represents the perfect convergence of fashion and function,” said Michele Donnan-Martin, executive vice president, chief merchandising and design officer, Lands’ End. “From temperature-rated to technical and transitional options, Lands’ End has the perfect outerwear option for everyone in the family at a level of quality and value unmatched in the market.”

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Lands’ End promises to have everyone covered. “Our merchandising and design teams not only listened to the woes from last winter, but took that feedback and created one of the most extensive outerwear collections this season to meet the needs of our customers, whether they live and play in Seattle, Chicago or New York City,” said Donnan-Martin.

WOOL’S THE WAY
If you’re keen on keeping fashion at the forefront this season, look no further than the rich and luxurious wool collection. Women will enjoy boiled wool, which works great as lightweight outerwear or a layering piece, as well as Lands’ End’s exclusive cashmere-blend Luxe Wool collection. Additionally, statement pieces like the ultra-feminine Basketweave Wool Toggle Coat will give women something to smile about on chilly winter days.

For men, wool options go from the casual yet classic Wool Pea Coat to tailored dress options like the Wool Patterned Top Coat ($249) and the Wool Tailored Double Breasted Overcoat ($299). All jackets are made from wool exclusive to Lands’ End and contain a waterproof finish.

UP WITH DOWN:
Available in bright colors and timely patterns, Lands’ End’s Lightweight Down – at 600 fill power – allows for the perfect amount of warmth without weight. The jacket ($119) is a key indoor/outdoor piece that can take both men and women from fall to winter. Women also get a fashionable Lightweight Down Coat ($159) with a belt for shaping and a classic hood that converts into a shawl collar to provide warm versatility.

Additionally, women can choose a great Midweight Down that comes in a Shawl Collar Vest ($99) and the flattering Tulip Hem Coat ($199) that features fabric with a slight shine, muted colors and a removable fur ruff to give this collection a refined appearance

YOU’RE GETTING WARMER:
Surprisingly, 41 percent of consumers say they would rather have the perfect warm coat that lasts all winter long than a weekend escape to a tropical beach. Luckily, Lands’ End has the Expedition Parka ($285) for men and women – the warmest and most technical jacket. With unmatched value, the Parka’s 650 fill power, quilted, insulated lining and waterproof, seam-sealed shell provides warmth and dryness on even the wettest winter day.

SEE THE LIGHT:
Colors – whether standard or bold – make the PrimaLoft® Packable Jacket ($99) and Vest ($69) perfect for layering for both men and women. Made from synthetic insulation and a water-repellent finish, this light-feeling jacket still offers great warmth. Each piece folds into its own pocket, making it a great on-the-go garment and perfect for traveling. Continue reading

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO HOST THE 2015 OSCARS®

Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.  This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony.   The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.  To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards.  I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.  “He is the consummate entertainer.  Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”

“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “We can’t wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”

“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” said Paul Lee. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”

A triple-threat performer, Harris has enjoyed a successful career in entertainment.  He can currently be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed feature film, “Gone Girl.”  Harris garnered multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on “Glee” in 2010.  He also recently starred in the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, earning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.  Harris served as host of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards, for which he won four Emmys.  Most recently, Harris added the title of author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his autobiography from Crown Publishing, “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.”

The last two Oscars telecasts, which were produced by Zadan and Meron, received a major spike in the ratings.  The 86th Oscars was TV’s most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers.  The show resulted in dramatic gains in younger demos and social media conversation, with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday.  Additionally, the star-studded “selfie” became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Golden Door Luxurious Head-To-Toe Beauty And Skin Care Line Now Available At Home

On the heels of its recent online storefront launch, Golden Door (located in a serene valley a few miles north of San Diego and south of Los Angeles), an exclusive, all-encompassing mind, body and soul destination, today announced its highly anticipated new category of Golden Door branded products which includes beauty & skincare offerings inspired by the Golden Door’s biodynamic gardens and organic groves.

Golden Door Skincare, Photo credit: John Russo (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door)

Golden Door Skincare, Photo credit: John Russo (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door)

The Beauty & Skin Care products are all free of sulfates, paraben, mineral oil, petroleum, dyes and synthetic fragrances, as well as being 100 percent biodegradable. Golden Door’s comprehensive, full body skincare regime focuses on delivering results and includes serums, facial moisturizers, hydrating toners, body oil, eye creams, lip treatments, shower gel and masques, along with shampoos and conditioners.

The indigenous outdoor elements at Golden Door played an essential role in determining the ingredients used in the collection. The beauty products feature plant extracts, as well as citrus and teas enjoyed by guests during their stay each week. Many of the facial products include grapefruit, lime, lemon extracts and citrus stem cells inspired by the citrus orchards, while the hints of avocado give a nod to the large groves on the property.

Golden Door Beauty & Skin Care products available to consumers at home include:
—  Golden Peel-A-Away Masque – An elegant and instant gold masque that refreshes, nourishes and hydrates to aid in the skin renewal process and
promote a glowing complexion.
—  Silk Diamond Eye Cream – Blends botanical extracts with lightweight emollients that lift and soften upper and lower eyelid areas.
—  Balancing Toner – Fuses sea and plant extracts, minerals, citrus extracts and sugar enzymes to renew skin cells and results in a smooth, clear and radiant complexion.
—  Soothing Moisturizer – Antioxidant-rich moisturizer packed with natural plant extracts and nourishing ingredients to relieve dryness and improve skin.
—  Bamboo Face Scrub – Aromatic facial scrub that utilizes natural bamboo and berry ingredients to leave skin clarified, soft-to-the-touch and glowing.
—  Yuzu Body Oil – A combination of essential oils in a light, nourishing coconut-based oil. Provides a potent remedy for dry, sun-damaged or mature skin.
—  Hinoki Shea Body Butter – An enriched, luxurious and fast-absorbing body moisturizer that soothes even the driest skin. Pure essentials oils are
combined with natural botanicals that rehydrate and revitalize.

The Golden Door’s new Beauty & Skincare line is available online at goldendoor.com.