Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some 60 jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani will be presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection, opening October 28.  The presentation will provide a glimpse into the evolving styles of the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the early 20th century, with emphasis on later exchanges with the West. The exhibition will be shown within the Metropolitan Museum’s Islamic art galleries, adjacent to the Museum’s own collection of Mughal-period art.

It is with great delight that we present to the public this selection of works representing several centuries of tradition and craftsmanship in the jeweled arts—from India’s Mughal workshops to the ateliers of Paris,” Thomas P. Campbell , Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said when announcing the exhibition.

Finial from the Throne of Tipu Sultan  South India, Mysore, ca. 1790  Gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; lac core  H. 2-3/4 in. (6.8 cm), W. 2-1/8 in. (5.4 cm), D 2-1/4 in. (5.5 cm)  Al-Thani Collection  Image: © Servette Overseas Limited 2013. All rights reserved.

Finial from the Throne of Tipu Sultan
South India, Mysore, ca. 1790
Gold, inlaid with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; lac core
H. 2-3/4 in. (6.8 cm), W. 2-1/8 in. (5.4 cm), D 2-1/4 in. (5.5 cm)
Al-Thani Collection
Image: © Servette Overseas Limited 2013. All rights reserved.

Sheikh Hamad stated: “The jeweled arts of India have fascinated me from an early age and I have been fortunate to be able to assemble a meaningful collection that spans from the Mughal period to the present day. I am delighted that The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be exhibiting highlights from the collection, making the subject known to a wider audience.”

The exhibition is made possible by Cartier.

The display will include historical works from the Mughal period in the 17th century and from various courts and centers of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Hyderabad; a group of late 19th- and 20th-century jewels made for India’s Maharajas by Cartier and other Western firms; and contemporary commissions inspired by traditional Indian forms. On view will be several antique gems that were incorporated into modern settings by Maison Cartier, jewelry designer Paul Iribe, and others. Contextual information will be provided through historical photographs and portraits of Indian royalty wearing works similar to those on view.

India has been a vibrant center for the jeweled arts for many centuries, with its own mines yielding gold, diamonds, and many other precious and semiprecious stones. India’s Mughal rulers and their successors appreciated ceremonial and functional objects made of luxury materials. Among the Mughal works will be an elegant jade dagger originally owned by two emperors—the hilt was made for Jahangir and it was re-bladed for his son Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. In the 19th century, the dagger was in the collection Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the Morse code. The hilt features a miniature sculpture—a European-style head.

Historically, the gem form favored throughout India has been the cabochon. In the traditional kundan technique, a gem is set within a bed of gold, and often backed in foil to enhance its color.  Another highlight of the exhibition will be a gem-set tiger head finial originally from the throne of Tipu Sultan (1750–1799), which incorporated numerous cabochon diamonds, rubies, and emeralds in a kundan setting.

Also on view will be several examples of North Indian sarpesh and jigha (turban ornaments) from 1875–1900, brought together in a display that traces their evolution from traditional plume-inspired forms and techniques toward more Western shapes and construction.  Silver foil backing was used; however, the diamonds were set using a Western-style claw or coronet, rather than the kundan setting.

And a work designed by the artist Paul Iribe and made by goldsmith Robert Linzeler in 1910 in Paris recalls the kind of aigrette (decorative pin) that would have ornamented the turban of a Maharaja or Nizam. At the center is a large emerald, carved in India between 1850 and 1900.

The exhibition is organized by Navina Haidar, Curator, Islamic Art Department. Exhibition design is by Michael Batista, Exhibition Design Manager; graphics are by Sophia Geronimus, Graphic Design Manager; and lighting is by Clint Ross Coller and Richard Lichte, Graphic Design Managers, all of the Museum’s Design Department.

Related education programs will include two Friday Focus lectures, “Attributes of Splendor: The Role of Jewels in Projecting Power in Royal India” with Amin Jaffer (October 31) and “Jewelry and Power: Gold and Gems in Mughal India” with Michael Spink (January 9); aStudio Workshop on jewelry construction, involving wire looping and crimping, and stringing beads with silks and threads (November 1); a Picture This! program for visitors who are blind or partially sighted (December 11); and an Art Explore teen program (January 11). There will also be two exhibition tours (December 5 and January 12).

Hindustani music and Odissi dance will be performed by singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty(Friday, November 14, 7 p.m., $40) and Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, principal dancers of India’s Nrityagram dance troupe (Saturday, January 10, 5 and 7 p.m., free with Museum admission).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum and distributed by Yale University Press ($40, hardcover). Written by Navina Haidar, with a foreword by Sheila Canby, the Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art, and contributions from Courtney Stewart, Senior Research Assistant, it draws on a study of the collection called Beyond Extravagance, edited by Amin Jaffer, that was printed by Assouline Publishing in 2013.

H&M Celebrates Their History Of Designer Collaborations In An Exclusive Book

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, A.B., is excited to announce a new book available in select stores on November 6th to coincide with their Alexander Wang x H&M launch. The brand, a pioneer of designer collaborations, has dug into their archive to highlight a decade of partnering with luxury designers in an exclusive collector’s edition book available in select H&M stores on November 6th.

The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF.

The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF.

The book, The First Ten Years (which will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF) takes readers through the creative journey of past to present designer collaborations. With dedicated chapters for each designer, readers can expect an insider view of archive materials surrounding each collection. In addition to ad campaigns, quotes and interviews some never before seen materials will be woven into this fascinating read.

In 2004, the Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection changed fashion forever by bringing luxury style to a new audience at affordable prices. “Taste and looking chic is no longer a question of money or how you spend, but how you create a unique sense of style” says Lagerfeld.

The democratization of fashion is in the H&M DNA and for the past ten years the Swedish brand has exposed cutting edge designs from all the modern day greats. From Stella McCartney‘s dedication to create eco-conscious pieces to Sonia Rykiel’s knitwear, to the glitz of Versace the brand has redirected fashion retail trends and proven chic is not a question of money.

The First Ten Years, a one-hundred and forty page collector’s edition will feature the designs and imagery from Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Commes des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.

Tribeca And Lionsgate To Launch Tribeca Short List

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In an effort to offer premium content to a growing online audience, Tribeca Enterprises has partnered with Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service called Tribeca Short List.

The Tribeca Short List will incorporate a prestigious selection of both Lionsgate and Tribeca titles as well as critically-acclaimed films from around the world. The films will be curated by Tribeca and other leading voices in contemporary culture and will be refreshed on a weekly basis.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world to deliver premium content to online audiences,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.  “The Tribeca name resonates with movie aficionados everywhere, and our service will encompass a highly curated, diverse and prestigious portfolio of quality films.”

“We are pleased to join with Lionsgate, a world-class brand synonymous with innovation and exciting, quality entertainment, to create a highly curated experience that disrupts the ‘more-is-more’ model in today’s streaming on-demand landscape,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. “Tribeca Short List aims to be a service where you can see films you never got to watch, forgot to watch, and want to watch.”

Based in New York, this new service will be led by a General Manager and a Board of Directors comprised of Lionsgate and Tribeca executives as well as an Advisory Board that will include some of the leading names in American entertainment and culture.

Coming Soon in 2015: Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior and I

Film & TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to directorFrédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival to outstanding praise. This marks the third fashion film for Tcheng, who previously co-wrote and co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and co-producedValentino: The Last Emperor. The documentary captures the entire process behind Raf Simons debut couture collection in his new position as Creative Director of Christian Dior Couture.

Raf Simons works on his reinterpretation of a Dior dress Photo Courtesy of CIM Productions

Raf Simons works on his reinterpretation of a Dior dress Photo Courtesy of CIM Productions

“I am extremely excited to be working with the Orchard on bringing the film to its North American audience,” said director Frédéric Tcheng. “They clearly have a passion for and understanding of the film that will translate to a successful roll-out.”

In 2012, legendary French fashion house, Christian Dior Couture, announced designer Raf Simons as its head Creative Director.  Dior and I pays homage to the work of the talented Dior atelier and takes a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Simons’ debut haute couture collection and how it returned to the origins of the house of Dior.

The film takes an intimate, vérité-style glimpse at the inner workings of the Dior atelier, capturing the entire eight-week process up until the premiere of Simons’ collection. This includes the little-seen atelier workers – the heart and soul of the fashion industry – some of whom have sewed for Dior for decades and do so with an unbridled passion. Together, they form a support system for Simons and help to create his masterpiece collection, with every line they sketch and bead they sew.

A whirlwind of creativity, stress, determination and triumph, the movie boasts mass and niche appeal.

Dior and I is a visually and emotionally stunning film about an oft unseen part of the process in the world of high fashion,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson. “Frédéric Tcheng has crafted a documentary that, much like the elegant creations in the world of Dior, deserves to be seen.”

The film is slated for a 2015 theatrical release in the US and Canada. The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard and Josh Braun of Submarine.

 

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.
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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.