Embark on the Ultimate Flight of Fancy as British Airways and VisitBritain Team Up for “The Big British Invite” to Inspire Travel to Britain

Opening Night Reception Hosted by Dan Stevens and Estelle Kicks Off Two-Day Interactive Pop-Up on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 Showcasing What’s Now and Next in England, Scotland and Wales

NEW YORK, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Last night, British Airways and VisitBritain kicked off “The Big British Invite (www.thebigbritishinvite.com)” with a star-studded soiree featuring some of the hottest, up-and-coming talent from New York to London. Hosted by Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens and GRAMMY(®) Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle   with appearances by Alexa Chung, Atlanta de Cadenet, Kate Foley, Tali Lennox and Zanna Roberts Rassi, the opening night reception was the highly-anticipated precursor to an exciting two-day consumer pop-up in New York City on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24.  Free-of-charge for all members of the public 21 and older, The Big British Invite sold out in record time – affirming that interest in British culture is far from waning.

Dan Stevens, also known as Matthew Crawley from the hit series Downton Abbey, at BRITISH AIRWAYS & VISITBRITAIN's opening night of The Big British Invite in New York City. (PRNewsFoto/VisitBritain)

Dan Stevens, also known as Matthew Crawley from the hit series Downton Abbey, at BRITISH AIRWAYS & VISITBRITAIN’s opening night of The Big British Invite in New York City. (PRNewsFoto/VisitBritain)

The Big British Invite  is designed to showcases the prolific scenes shaping contemporary England, Scotland and Wales – from food and fashion to music and nightlife. This experiential journey is designed to whet the appetites of travel-savvy New Yorkers by offering a first-hand glimpse at life today on the other side of the pond. Through interactive installations and partnership with cool, cutting-edge British brands, such as Fluid Movement, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Wah Nails and Liberty London, this first-of-its-kind event series occurring in the heart of Manhattan is 15,000-square-feet of cheeky, good fun. Continue reading

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to Open 7 Days a Week Starting July 1

Will Open Mondays throughout Year for First Time in 42 Years

As of July 1, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open to the public 7 days a week, it was announced today by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Museum. This new schedule will go into effect at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and Met museum logoarchitecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

Art is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” stated Mr. Campbell in making the announcement. “Last year we had record-breaking attendance of 6.28 million visitors and yet were turning away many thousands more on Mondays, when we have traditionally been closed. Our new schedule will remedy that, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our encyclopedic collections, robust exhibition program, and wide-ranging educational offerings nearly every day of the year.”

Also as of July 1, the Museum’s opening time each morning will change to 10:00 a.m. (from 9:30 a.m.). Otherwise the hours at both locations will remain the same. The new daily schedule as of July 1 in the main building will therefore be:
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

And the new schedule at The Cloisters museum and gardens will be:
March–October: Open 7 days, 10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
November–February: Open 7 days, 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed on the first Monday in May.

The Metropolitan Museum has been closed on Mondays since 1971, with the exception in recent years of the Holiday Mondays program—in which the Museum has been open on a few holidays each year that fall on Mondays. The final Holiday Mondays to be observed before the new 7-day schedule goes into effect on July 1 will be March 25 and April 1 (during Spring Break), and May 27 (Memorial Day).

Full details on admission, group tours, and visitor amenities—including dining, shopping, and parking—are available at www.metmuseum.org/visit or 212-535-7710.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest museums, with collections of nearly two million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Metropolitan Museum’s main building, located at the edge of Central Park along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in northern Manhattan, welcomed 6.28 million visitors last year. For additional information about the Museum, please visit http://www.metmuseum.org.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Hours through June 30, 2013
Main Building

Fridays and Saturdays
9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sundays, Tuesdays-Thursdays
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

March-October:

Tuesdays-Sundays
9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
November-February:

Tuesdays-Sundays
9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Recommended Admission
(Includes Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens on the Same Day)
Adults $25.00, seniors (65 and over) $17.00, students $12.00
Members and children under 12 accompanied by adult free
Express admission may be purchased in advance at www.metmuseum.org/visit
For More Information (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org
No extra charge for any exhibition.

 

Robb Report Introduces Home & Style Magazine

Robb Report debuts its newest edition — Home & Style. The new bi-monthly magazine carves out its own niche among shelter publications by celebrating homes in the world’s most desirable destinations with an emphasis on architecture, interior design, home furnishing and the latest developments in the design world. With Home & Style, Robb Report addresses the needs of its readers by creating a magazine that covers their many interests–luxury real estate, interior design, architecture, home furnishings, and travel.

Cover of the premiere issue of Robb Report Home & Style Magazine. Setting: Miami, Florida Penthouse in Brickell Key, a man made island located offshore of Miami's Brickell neighborhood.  (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

Cover of the premiere issue of Robb Report Home & Style Magazine. Setting: Miami, Florida Penthouse in Brickell Key, a man made island located offshore of Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

Enhancing Robb Report’s acclaimed coverage of luxury real estate offerings from around the world, Home & Style will showcase the work of leading architects and interior designers with special sections dedicated to their latest projects and guiding philosophies.

Home & Style will also bring to life the most sought-after destinations for those looking to own luxury vacation homes. From Palm Springs and Palm Beach to Saint Bart’s and Saint-Tropez, Home & Style will focus on the experiential aspects of travel–culture, food, recreation–while offering insider information about each respective destination’s real estate market and most desirable locations for homes.

We are excited about the addition of Home & Style to the Robb Report family of titles and particularly thrilled with its advertising performance,” says Trae Walker, Publisher of Home & Style. “Sales exceeded our expectations resulting in 62.3% of the book.”

Packaged six times per year with Robb Report, Home & Style will be delivered to all Robb Report subscribers, along with placement in select newsstands and airport locations.

Now in its 37th year, and with 12 international editions, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. The brand, in its digital, iPad, tablet, and print forms, reports on exceptional products and services for the affluent connoisseur. Coverage includes automobiles, motorcycles, aircrafts, art, dining, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, cigars, and fine dining.  For more information, visit the Robb Report website at www.robbreport.com.

‘Girl Model’ Broadcast Premiere – 3/24 on PBS’s POV

A. Sabin and David Redmon‘s Girl Model has its national broadcast premiere on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 10 PM on PBS (check local listings) as a special presentation closing the 25th season POV. The broadcast will also include two StoryCorps Animated Shorts:Sunday at Rocco’s and To R.P. Salazar, with Love.

'Girl Model' - Casting (Photo Credit - A. Sabin)

‘Girl Model’ – Casting (Photo Credit – A. Sabin)

Girl Model strips away the façade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect through the industry. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth – and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.
The distance from Novosibirsk Oblast in Russian Siberia to Tokyo, Japan is about 3,000 air miles, not so far in today’s jet-paced, globalized world. For Ashley Arbaugh, a former model and now a scout who specializes in the young Russian models much prized by Japan’s fashion industry, it’s a regular commute. However, as shown in the riveting new documentary Girl Model, for the girls recruited by Ashley it is a much longer journey.
'Girl Model' - Ashley Arbaurgh Portrait (Photo Credit - Meghan Brosnan)

‘Girl Model’ – Ashley Arbaurgh Portrait (Photo Credit – Meghan Brosnan)

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Glenmorangie Announces Cask Masters – Where Fans Can Help Create The Next Limited Edition

Glenmorangie is proud to announce the launch of ‘Cask Masters,‘ an innovative program inviting fans of Scotland’s Favorite Single Malt Scotch Whisky around the world to help shape a brand new Glenmorangie Limited Edition. Consumers will be able to join Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company, to a five stage journey where their opinions and votes will determine the development of the new single malt scotch whisky for release in late 2014. The winning dram will be chosen from three different aging outstanding whiskies that are nearing the end of their maturation in various casks at The Glenmorangie Distillery. During the 18 month program consumers will be able to:
—  Vote for their favorite of the three maturing whiskies
—  Be involved in the naming of the new product
—  Help decide the packaging and design
—  Choose the photographic style that will bring the new expression to life
—  Win the chance to attend the global launch event & help select its location.

For the first time in our 170 year history, we are giving you the opportunity to inspire the creation of our next Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Please Join us today at Glenmorangie.com/Caskmasters.  (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

For the first time in our 170 year history, we are giving you the opportunity to inspire the creation of our next Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Please Join us today at Glenmorangie.com/Caskmasters. (PRNewsFoto/Glenmorangie)

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SPANISH LABEL MASSIMO DUTTI TAKES ON NEW YORK CITY IN ELEGANT STYLE

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

David Gandy, one of the all-time hotties in the male modelling biz, is keeping himself busy with Spanish label Massimo Dutti, appearing in the brand’s campaigns and lookbooks for the spring/summer 2013 season. The latest collaboration between the British model and the Spanish fashion house, is the lookbook of Dutti’s just launched NYC Limited Edition Collection.

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

David Gandy is a Vision of Elegance for Massimo Dutti’s NYC Lookbook

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