Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper* Magazine Celebrate Selfridges with a Special Installation

Leading Italian shoe manufacturer Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, have joined forces to create a special installation at celebrated London department store Selfridges this summer. The installation will showcase the shoe collection created in collaboration between the two brands [http://store.albertoguardiani.com/eshop/home/AlbertoGuardianiWallpaper] and will be in place at Selfridges now through 18th August. Both Wallpaper* and Alberto Guardiani men’s footwear collections will be available to purchase at Selfridges.

Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper* magazine celebrate Selfridges with a special installation

Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper* magazine celebrate Selfridges with a special installation

Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper* magazine celebrate Selfridges with a special installation

Alberto Guardiani and Wallpaper* magazine celebrate Selfridges with a special installation

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fashion brand’s menswear adventure in 2011, a range of loafers and lace-ups in suede and technical fabrics by Schoeller Textiles was produced in conjunction with former Wallpaper* fashion director Sebastien Clivaz (now at Christian Dior) and London bespoke tailors Thom Sweeney, while graphic designers Revenge is Sweet created a distinctive shoe box. The collection was followed a season later by more shoes in adventurous colour ways and a specially commissioned belt by Lausanne-based industrial designer Xavier Perrenoud. A travel capsule collection by German designer Andre Klauser followed in 2013.

The latest installation, designed by Wallpaper* editor-at-large Leila Latchin, takes its inspiration from a series of films documenting the collaboration [http://store.albertoguardiani.com/eshop/home/AlbertoGuardianiWallpaper] between Wallpaper*, Alberto Guardiani, Thom Sweeney and Revenge is Sweet.

I wanted the onlooker to see the craftsmanship, materials and tools used from the inception of the design up to the finished shoe, to appreciate the processes involved in creating a handmade product,” says Latchin.

Split across two bays, one for the Wallpaper* collection and another for the must-have shoes of Alberto Guardiani’s 2013 Fall/Winter collection, which is inspired by a romantic rock in an urban style with hybrid constructions and a formal imprint, the installation is connected visually through a theme of the negative and the positive, where two designs mirror each other in outline and positioning.

As for the capsule collection Alberto Guardiani realised with Wallpaper* magazine, it was designed as a balance between Italian craftsmanship and passion for detail and innovation, delivering contemporary and sophisticated products.

The capsule collection required a design that protected the pieces, to be admired rather than touched,” explains Latchin. “Here I drew inspiration from the display cases that have traditionally been used in museums whilst adding a tilt and twist to give a more contemporary, angular appearance. Alberto Guardiani’s A/W collection in the second bay called for a more open presentation, offering to be held and admired, so it followed to reverse the design of the former, openly placing the shoes onto a series of solid cubes.”

To discover more about Alberto Guardiani visit http://www.albertoguardiani.com

Sights & Sounds at… Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim 2014 in Miami

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Swim fashion Week was a resounding success in mid-July at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami beach and the proof is in the positive comments one have heard since. The collections, on a whole, were excellent and there was definitely a good buzz from many people in the industry. many of teh designers who showed in miami will be represented at CurvExpo New York at the Javits Center in early August, showing their wares to buyers from around the world.

Designer Mara Hoffman at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Designer Mara Hoffman at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Designer Naeem Khan at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Designer Naeem Khan at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the Raleigh on July 20, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Look Flawless this Summer with Tips from Mally Roncal

Want to know how to look flawless in this heat? Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty offers you three looks to try out that are fun, bright and right on season:

Mally Beauty Bright Lip Kit in Frisky Fuchsia

Mally Beauty Bright Lip Kit in Frisky Fuchsia

Bright Pink Lips: Because pink is so bright, you want to make sure that you prevent the color from moving around on your lips. On dry lips, use a lipstick first and follow with the liner after to get precision. Try Mally Beauty Bright Lip Kit in Frisky Fuchsia ($26: www.QVC.com). You can add a gloss for extra shine. Continue reading

Glenmorangie, In Association with VisitScotland, celebrates a history of pioneering innovation on a unique journey through Scotland with Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

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Glenmorangie releases 50 rare bottles of The Glenmorangie 1963, with a toast to Lamborghini, born in 1963, on its 50th anniversary

Since 1843, Glenmorangie has been on a journey as an industry pioneer. Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. The distillery is renowned as a pioneer in the whisky industry, uniting tradition with innovation. Glenmorangie was awarded the prestigious title of “Distiller of the Year” by the International Wine & Spirits Competition and has consistently won more “Gold Best in Class” medals than any other single malt over the past six years at the IWSC. Wine Enthusiast also named Glenmorangie Distiller of the Year” in 2011.

lenmorangie celebrates a history of pioneering innovation on a unique journey through Scotland with Lamborghini at Muirfield on July 10, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.

Glenmorangie celebrates a history of pioneering innovation on a unique journey through Scotland with Lamborghini at Muirfield on July 10, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.

In 2013, Glenmorangie celebrates The Glenmorangie 1963 by re-releasing 50 bottles of this rare single malt scotch whisky. The Glenmorangie 1963 is not only a sublime sensory experience but the pioneer of extra maturation for the whisky industry. Distilled in 1963 and originally released in 1987, The Glenmorangie 1963 was the first-ever bottling of Glenmorangie to be released from a single year. In addition, it is the earliest known commercial bottling of a whisky that has been ‘wood finished’ – or matured in an oak cast – and subsequently transferred to another cask that had previously contained an exquisite wine or richly-flavored spirit, to provide an additional, subtle range of flavor to complement the signature character of the whisky. In May 1987, 6,000 bottles were released at prestigious retailers, such as Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason and at legendary bars, such as London’ Claridges. Critics and connoisseurs greeted the release with applause. Today, the age and spirit of this revolutionary liquid remains intact. With the blessing of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s celebrated Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, the whisky has been decanted into bottles reminiscent of the original shape. Each bottle is labeled with .925 silver and individually encased in at ‘Time Capsule’ leather-strapped box, numbered 1-50 for release in 2013.

Glenmorangie celebrates a history of pioneering innovation on a unique journey through Scotland with Lamborghini at Muirfield on July 10, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.

Glenmorangie celebrates a history of pioneering innovation on a unique journey through Scotland with Lamborghini at Muirfield on July 10, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.

Born in 1963, 2013 also marks Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary as the manufacturer of some of the world’s most sought after supercars, ‘100 years of innovation in half the time’. Lamborghini has pioneered technology and Italian craftsmanship that has become the benchmark for high performance and luxurious super sports cars everywhere. Established in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese in northeastern Italy. With the introduction of the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster in 2013 Lamborghini has established a new landmark in the history of luxury super sports cars. With more than 120 dealers worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of super sports cars, dynamic and elegant, including the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Reventón Coupé, Reventón Roadster, Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé and Spyder, Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the open version LP 570-4 Spyder Performante and Aventador LP 700-4. Continue reading

Hot Summer Savings Heat Up Crystal Voyages Through Early 2014

Up to $8,710/person in Savings Guaranteed Only Until August 30

This summer, savvy travelers can save big on Crystal Cruises’s fall, winter, and spring cruises.  Compelling Book Now promotions – available through August 30 — are promising fares as low as $1,520 per person for a “Crystal Getaway” to savings as high as $8,710 per person for a World Cruise.  Five- to 89-day applicable voyages offer intriguing choices throughout Crystal CRYSTAL-CRUISES-LOGO1Serenity and Crystal Symphony’s autumn Mediterranean, Caribbean/Panama Canal, New England/Canada, South America; winter Australia/New Zealand and Asia/Africa (including the 2014 World Cruise); and spring European seasons.

Crystal guests seek exceptional travel experiences at a great value,” says Jack Anderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “As evidenced by recent bookings, the promotions we’ve set for 2013 and 2014 cruises are hard to resist.  Veteran Crystal cruisers know that our ‘Book Now’ savings are only guaranteed through August 30.”

Summer savings on select 2013 and 2014 sailings include:

2-for-1 Asia/Australia Air: Two can fly for the usual price of one between Asia/Australia and North America, with all the ease of flight handling and airport/ship transfers by Crystal’s expert staff. Example: To Singapore and back from Hong Kong (economy class) for just $2,100 per couple.

Crystal Symphony visits Sydney on two voyages in the winter of 2014.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Symphony visits Sydney on two voyages in the winter of 2014. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Book Now Fares: Save up to $3,800 off already attractive low fares.

Crystal Getaways: Starting from only $1,520/person, shorter Crystal luxury options for time-strapped travelers.

Explorer Combinations: Enhanced discounts — up to 25% off — for combining select back-to-back voyages.

Reduced Solo Fares: Ultra-low 10% single supplements on solo occupancy staterooms offer savings of up to $1,750 and fares starting from just $2,995.

Kids Sail Free: Kids sail free in a third berth with two full fare adult cruisers.

Crystal Family Memories: Shipboard credits and other perks for family/friends groups of 6 or more – plus a free berth when the group expands to 10.

—  World Cruise Savings: Everyone can now save $3,800 off the full 2014 World Cruise;  repeat Crystal guests can save an additional $4,910, while even new-to-Crystal cruisers can enjoy additional savings of $3,930.

BONUS Share the Experience: Guests referring and sailing with someone new-to-Crystal can earn $400 shipboard credit per referred guest (up to  $1600 total).

Early Payment Savings: Save an additional 2.5% by paying in full 180 days prior to sailing.

Double Crystal Society Savings: Returning Crystal guests can enjoy double Crystal Society savings of up to $1,380 per person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Uma Thurman Leads “Worldwide Celebration” in Campari Calendar 2014

Iconic film star Uma Thurman announced as leading lady in 2014 Campari Calendar and Koto Bolofo as photographer

Campari Calendar 2014 "Worldwide Celebration". Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo.

Campari Calendar 2014 “Worldwide Celebration”. Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Today, Campari (http://www.campari.com, http://www.camparigroup.com) is officially unveiling Uma Thurman as the star of the Campari Calendar 2014, which will be captured by noted fashion photographer Koto Bolofo [http://art-dept.com/photography/koto-bolofo/location-i ]. The iconic, edgy actress takes the lead in the 2014 edition of the Calendar which is entitled ‘Worldwide Celebrations’, with each month focusing on a unique festival from a number of different cultures around the world. Through this intriguing new theme, Campari intends to highlight how cultures around the world have become more global than ever before, and reinterprets each celebration through its spirit made of passion, style and charisma.

Campari Calendar 2014 "Worldwide Celebration". Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo.

Campari Calendar 2014 “Worldwide Celebration”. Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo.

Campari Calendar 2014 "Worldwide Celebration". Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo.

Campari Calendar 2014 “Worldwide Celebration”. Star: Uma Thurman. Photographer: Koto Bolofo. Behind the scenes images by Francesco Pizzo.

The unrivalled legacy of the Campari Calendar is set to continue this year with the aim of delivering even more invigorating and inspiring imagery,” states Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari. “Once again, boundaries will be pushed in order to stimulate peoples’ imaginations with a voyage of discovery each month to explore worldwide celebrations, and the theme this year couldn’t be more appropriate to do so. With this in mind, we very much look forward to unveiling the 2014 Calendar later on this year.” Continue reading

SEPHORA’s BEAUTY INSIDER® Proves Beauty Addiction Has Its Privileges

MORE BEAUTY REWARDS, MORE EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES, AND A BRAND NEW TOP-TIER LEVEL

SEPHORA BEAUTY INSIDER, the beauty industry’s best and most expansive beauty loyalty rewards pro­gram, is now better than ever with more of everything you love: more beauty rewards, more first pass access and more exclusive experiences. Now is the time to join, check in or upgrade your BEAUTY INSIDER status with the program relaunch on August 12th. Never be more than one click away from getting rewarded for discovering the best of the best in beauty, exclusively at SEPHORA.

SEPHORA BEAUTY INSIDER REWARDS PROGRAM

SEPHORA BEAUTY INSIDER REWARDS PROGRAM

Becoming a BEAUTY INSIDER is free and open to everyone, and members start earning one point for every dollar they spend immediately. Benefits include year round complimentary birthday gifts and deluxe-size samples. The more you buy, the more you’re rewarded – it’s that simple! Those who satisfy their beauty cravings often, spending $350 or more in one calendar year, will achieve VIB status (Very Important Beauty Insider), SEPHORA‘s second BEAUTY INSIDER rewards tier. VIB perks include first access to new products, exclusive offers and invitations to private beauty events.

We are excited to announce the relaunch of Sephora’s loyalty rewards program, BEAUTY INSIDER,” said Sephora Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Julie Bornstein. “The program’s revamp gives clients more of everything they love: deluxe samples, first-to-buy access and intimate experiences with top beauty influencers. And they can access these privileges quickly and easily on the new Sephora To Go App.”

The revamped BEAUTY INSIDER program features the following exciting program benefits:

PREMIUM NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVEL SEPHORA has added a new rewards level, VIB ROUGE®, for the most fervent product junkies. The ultimate in bragging rights, this level is reserved for those who spend $1,000+ in a calendar year and offers unparalleled insider access to one-of-a-kind experiences and rewards. The chic red VIB ROUGE card opens the door to private, limited-list events with brand founders and celebrities, advance access to new products, free shipping on www.Sephora.com and www.Sephora.ca, unlimited complimentary services at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio and your own beauty concierge hotline. For more information, visit: www.Sephora.com/Rouge.

SEPHORA VIB ROUGE LEVEL

SEPHORA VIB ROUGE LEVEL

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Nine West Announces The Launch Of Their Fall 2013 Campaign

Nine West’s now signature fashion squad is back with a vengeance and ready to hit the streets in the brand’s latest collection of Fall footwear. With styles that range from modern grunge to classic sophistication, this season you’re covered for every occasion. The 2013 Fall Nine West Campaign launches this month in the September issues of Vogue, InStyle, Glamour, People StyleWatch and in Taxi TV as well as on Nine West’s social media network and online portals (Facebook, Twitter, Ninewest.com & Channel 9) and can be viewed in Nine West retail locations nationwide

Styled by W Magazine Fashion Director, Edward Enninful and shot by renowned photographer, Craig McDean, the latest Nine West campaign presents Fall’s top trends in stylish, wearable footwear that is signature Nine West:

Pretty Pumped. (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

Pretty Pumped. (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

PRETTY PUMPED These women own the room and exude confidence wherever they go. Whether it’s in the boardroom or on a first date, you won’t see them break a sweat. They’re constantly on the move and their timeless, patent pump carries them every step of the way. Available in an array of colors, these pumps will not only enhance a woman’s wardrobe, they’ll complete it.

Street Chic.  (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

Street Chic. (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

STREET CHIC It’s all about attitude for this group, whose wardrobe staples include anything leather and everything black. Accessories are no exception – with quilted leather ankle boots, classic motorcycle booties and high collar pumps, these girls (and their shoes) mean business.

Urban Boho.  (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

Urban Boho. (PRNewsFoto/The Jones Group Inc.)

URBAN BOHO These girls like their grunge with a hint of glamour, their effortless style makes cool look deceptively easy. Slouchy, buckle booties and over the knee suede boots complete their signature laidback vibe.

This season, Nine West also partnered with Doug Lloyd, Creative Director of Lloyd & Co, a New York-based creative agency specializing in fashion and luxury branding and advertising, to conceptualize and execute the Fall campaign.

Introducing Les Couvent Des Minimes: A Range of Natural Skincare, Fragrance, and Bath and Body Formulas inspired by Centuries-Old Therapeutic Recipes

400 years ago, a convent was built in the village of Mane in the South of France to shelter the botanist monks of the Minims, who used their considerable knowledge of plants to tend a garden of curative herbs and flowers. Centuries later, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary continued the original convention of cultivating beneficial ingredients to help strengthen and restore those in need through food recipes. The sisters used the power of plants to nourish and heal their community, restoring well-being in a spirit of generosity. This emphasis on nourishing care through nature inspired Le Couvent des Minimes’ own simple yet powerful natural fragrance and skincare recipes, the basis of a collection of efficacious formulas that draw on the heritage and traditions of the convent of Mane.

Le Couvent Des Minimes Smile Lip Balm in Honey Aroma, Pear Aroma & Mint Aroma

Le Couvent Des Minimes Smile Lip Balm in Honey Aroma, Pear Aroma & Mint Aroma

Every recipe combines proven natural ingredients and is inspired by ancestral traditions to deliver modern benefits. From skincare to bath and body to fragrance, each formula is crafted using age-old phytotherapy and aromatherapy practices honed over centuries, blending effective and pleasurable ingredients to nourish and replenish. Le Couvent des Minimes recipes combine ingredients like floral waters and nutrient-rich plant extracts that have an inherent affinity with the skin for naturally efficacious products.

Here are some of Le Couvent Des Minimes’ products:

Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream (1.7oz, $33): Thanks to its Original Recipe with active extracts of four beneficial Roses enriched in anti-dryness Grapeseed oil, Complete Moisturizing Cream hydrates and reveals radiant, younger-looking skin;

Le Couvent Des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream

Le Couvent Des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Complete Moisturizing Cream

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Art Basel 2013: Outstanding Quality Results in Strong Sales

All Images Courtesy of Art Basel (www.artbasel.com)

Upcoming Art Basel shows:

Miami Beach, December 5 – 8, 2013

Hong Kong, May 15 – 18, 2014

Basel, June 19 – 22, 2014

‘Art Basel is undoubtedly the most eminent of all art fairs. But it still surprises – alongside its perfect mix of international participants and quality it is able to continue to improve every year, not only in terms of interest and sales but also in efficiency and attendance. 2013 was another highlight – beyond our expectation!’ – Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg

General view from art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art basel)

General outside view from Art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art Basel)

The 44th edition of Art Basel closed on Sunday, June 16, 2013, with galleries reporting exceptionally strong sales across all levels, as Basel once again became the central meeting place for the international art world. Many visitors to the show commented on the exceptional quality of the work being exhibited, which was undoubtedly reflected in the strength of the sales made by galleries across all sectors of the show throughout the week. Many exhibitors reported stronger sales on the opening preview day of the show than ever before.

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Art Basel, whose lead partner is UBS, attracted a record of 70,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 86,000 over the six show days. Representatives and groups from over 70 museums around the world attended the show, alongside major private collectors from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. A significant number of artists attended this year’s edition, including: Kader Attia, Tom Burr, Thomas Demand, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Isa Genzken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Roni Horn, Christian Jankowski, Idris Khan, Jorge Macchi, Steve McQueen, Matt Mullican, Sean Scully, Jim Shaw, John Stezaker, Eduardo Terrazas, Mickalene Thomas, Tunga and Danh Vo.

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel presented 304 galleries from around the world exhibiting the work of over 4,000 artists, with many choosing to present thematic and solo-artist exhibitions. Galleries from across the globe debuted at the Basel show this year, coming from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Republic Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA. Continue reading

Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment Announce “The Fashion Fund”

The 2013 CFDa/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with anna wintour and the CFDA's Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

The 2013 CFDA/Vogue fashion Fund finalists with Vogie’s Editor-in-Chief (and Conde Nast’s Artistic Director) Anna wintour and the CFDA’s Steve Kolb (center) at the Rag & Bone Studio

New Television Series Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Fashion Fund Premieres December 2013

Yesterday in Los Angeles, Ovation and Conde Nast Entertainment announced “The Fashion Fund,” a television fashion series. The series documents the excitement of emerging fashion designers vying for the chance to be named the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. “The Fashion Fund” premieres this December, only on Ovation.  “The Fashion Fund” series is an unprecedented look at a level of support, encouragement and insight that few other designers will ever

Ovation logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)

Ovation logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ovation)

receive.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is in its 10th year and has transformed emerging designers into true fashion icons, like inaugural winners Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and recent winners such as Joseph Altuzurra (2011) and Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman (2012).

Over the past ten years, The Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund has given significant financial and professional support to 27 brands. This year’s ten finalists—announced by new selection committee members Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone at their studio in early summer—stands out for having more menswear designers/finalists than in recent history, as well as a few names that will be unfamiliar to many outside the industry. Over the next four months, this group, in addition to running their businesses as usual, will create one-of-a-kind pieces for Uniqlo, stage a runway show at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, which all leads up to the big announcement of the winner and runner-ups on November 11. The 2013 finalists are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Jason Jones and Mike Feldman of Parabellum, Juan Carlos Obando, Marc Alary, Misha Nonoo of Nonoo, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of TOME, Shimon Ovadia and Ariel Ovadia of Ovadia & Sons, Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder and Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard of Veronica Beard

This is the real deal.  There have been a lot of fashion competition series on television, but nothing comes close to matching the authenticity and talent found in ‘The Fashion Fund’,” said Robert Weiss, Ovation’s Chief Creative Officer.  “It’s truly an honor to be working with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.”

Working alongside some of the top names in fashion, ten innovative, American-based designers, compete for the top cvff-logo_sizedaward that carries an incredible $300,000 grant and a one-year mentorship with an industry titan. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selection committee is comprised of iconic names from Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg to top-level executives such as Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, and others.

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) is a division of Conde Nast recently created to focus on the development, production and distribution of original television, feature film and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands and the articles/work products they have generated such as Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, which originated from an article written by Nancy Jo Sales for Vanity Fair.

“‘The Fashion Fund’ will captivate audiences, documenting the rise of the next generation of designers as they gain immeasurable insight from the industry’s foremost talent,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Ovation is a perfect home for the series and we look forward to giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look.

Watching “The Fashion Fund,” viewers are given exclusive glimpses into the fashion world as they journey into the lives of the emerging designers. They will get to know the designers as their visions, technical abilities, and business acumen are all tested – pushing them to their highest potential. The series takes viewers inside legendary studio visits, a Vogue fashion photo shoot and culminates with a presentation at NYC Fashion Week and the announcement of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner. Continue reading

Beating the Summer Heatwave

Just as your body needs layers of clothing to protect it against the bone-chilling weather in the winter months, your skin needs a different skin care regime to properly protect it from the elements in the hot summer months. As the body’s largest organ, the skin is far more delicate than you probably realize. If you have had enough of dry skin, brittle hair, and chapped lips and everything else that came with the recent heatwaves, here are some solutions that will take you from frazzled to fabulous in fine form.

SUN PROTECTION

Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum believes quality, safety, and performance are the keys to getting more people to use sunscreen. Therefore, each ingredient and attribute is specifically chosen to provide you with the most advanced broad spectrum protection available, while ensuring a smooth and invisible feel, just the way you like it. Stay protected this summer with Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion. This sunscreen will have you practicing safe sun care and keeping your skin moisturized at the same time. Loaded with Vitamin E, Sun Bum SPF 50 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion ($15.99, www.trustthebum.com) will also help prevent premature aging and is perfect to wear at the beach or on any regular day.

HANDS

güd Hand Cream Collection

güd Hand Cream Collection

Your hands say so much about you. They are the advance team that tells the rest of the world what’s going with your body. Winter or summer, they need all the help they can get to remain healthy and strong. Right now, I am loving güd Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream from Burt’s Bees. With lush fragrances with juicy fruit notes and fresh florals (Floral Cherrynova™, Orange Petalooza™, Vanilla Flame™, and Pearanormal Activity™), the invigorating formulas are baby-soft (without stuff like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals) and leaves your hands feeling long-lastingly super-moist. güd Foaming Hand Wash (8 fl oz for $5.00) leaves hands fresh, fragranced, and squeaky clean—perfect for helping banish pesky germs; while güd Hand Cream (3 oz for $8.00) has natural moisturizers that spread to dry spots, helping to restore hands to their softer, smoother side. The other great thing about the hand cream is that, while it’s initially fragrant, it soon settles down into an almost unscented, unobtrusive layer of softness. Continue reading

Cutting It Close: Kuhn Rikon Introduces Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips For Cooking, Gardening and Crafting

Kuhn Rikon’s new Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips can cut almost anything, whether for cooking, gardening, crafting or cutting packaging open quickly and easily. Self-sharpening and rust-free, these stainless steel snips are essential tools for any home.

Featuring ergonomic easy-grip handles for left or right-handed use, both models are designed for easy cutting, with their spring-loaded design, ultra sharp shears and serrated lower blades. They are self-sharpening: rubbing the blades together during use sharpens them. They lock shut for safety and storage.

Kuhn Rikon's new Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips.  (PRNewsFoto/Kuhn Rikon)

Kuhn Rikon’s new Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips. (PRNewsFoto/Kuhn Rikon)

A workhorse in the home, the Classic Snips are 8 inches long. The Classic Mini Snips are just 4 inches long, great for smaller tasks or for people with smaller hands or those who want smaller, space-saving tools.

The Kuhn Rikon Classic Snips and Classic Mini Snips come in Red and Green. Suggested retail prices are $20 for the Classic Snips and $16 for the Classic Mini Snips at www.Amazon.com.

Kuhn Rikon is the #1 brand of Swiss cookware and cooks’ tools, marrying Swiss design with American ingenuity to make cooking seriously fun. For more information, visit www.Kuhnrikon.com, Facebook or Twitter.

Blade Grinders, Burr Grinders and Conical Burr Grinders: Capresso Covers the spectrum in the Search For a Delicious Brew

The first step in creating a delectable cup of coffee is grinding fresh whole coffee beans right before brewing, for full taste and aroma. Choosing the right coffee grinder–from a cost-effective blade grinder to a professional-grade conical burr–is an integral part of having the best brew at home.

Capresso Stainless Steel Cool Grind Coffee & Spice Blade Grinder

Capresso Stainless Steel Cool Grind Coffee & Spice Blade Grinder

The new Capresso Cool Grind Coffee & Spice Blade Grinder (model #505) is the most economical choice, featuring a large stainless steel grinding chamber that reduces heat build-up and preserves aroma. In addition to grinding whole coffee beans for flavorful drip, French press or percolator coffee, the grinder’s pulse action offers the versatility to finely grind a variety of dried spices, such as peppercorns, coriander seeds, flax seeds and more. Its gently curved silhouette is topped with a clear see-through lid. It has a small footprint that’s ideal for kitchens with limited counter space or cabinet storage. Black or White. $19.99 at www.Capresso.com and www.BedBathAndBeyond.com. Continue reading

LifeProof Releases Samsung Galaxy S III Cases

Thinnest and lightest all-protective case made for the Galaxy S III is now available for Android users

LifeProof, the award-winning maker of all-protective, everyday cases for smartphones and tablets, announced the availability of the LifeProof nuud and fre cases for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The latest member of the LifeProof family, and the first case offered for Android smartphones, they provides users the same waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof protection as every LifeProof case and features a clear back that allows users to show off the phone’s color and design.

LifeProof Samsung Galaxy S III cases

LifeProof Samsung Galaxy S III cases

The Samsung Galaxy S III case comes in two versions, the LifeProof nuud, which allows users to touch the actual smartphone screen, for the ultimate touch-screen experience; and the LifeProof fre, incorporating a built-in scratch protector for users that want additional screen protection.

Both LifeProof nuud and fre for Samsung Galaxy S III offer these benefits:

— Fully submersible and completely waterproof down to 6.6 feet / 2 meters for 1 hour

— Thinnest and lightest all-protective case ever made for the Galaxy S III

— Complete access to all buttons, ports, functions and features

— Ingress protection rated to the highest level at IP-68 and completely sealed from water and dust particles

— Shock proof to Military Standard 810F-516 to withstand unexpected drops and shocks from 6.6 feet / 2 meters

— LifeProof’s CrystalClear double anti-reflective (AR) coated camera-grade glass lens delivers the sharpest images possible, with perfect camera flash operation

— Maximum sound output and clarity

We’re very excited about our highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III case,” said Fredrik Tortensson, LifeProof Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development. “The nuud especially is really a game-changer because it’s the first and only waterproof, drop proof case without a screen cover for the Galaxy S III. The technology behind the design is something quite special and unique to LifeProof.”

Both the nuud and the fre are available at Best Buy and on the LifeProof website: $89.99 for the nuud and $79.99 for the fre.For more information, visit www.lifeproof.com.

CURVExpo 2013 Designer Lingerie and Swim Show Comes to New York

The summer will be hot at CURVExpo. CURVENY New York will take place on August 4, 5, and 6 at the Javits Center North while CURVENV Las Vegas will stick to its highly-efficient, cost-saving two-day format on August 19 & 20 at the Venetian, a fashion hub that keeps expanding with new shows this season. For the first time this year, both shows coincide respectively with the New York Lingerie and Swimwear Market and the Las Vegas Fashion Weeks. The New York Market Week is a magnet for major retailers from all over the US and Canada; Las Vegas in turn attracts fashion buyers not only logoTaglinefrom the West Coast and Canada, but also from South America and overseas. The Spring/Summer 2014 collections will celebrate the season with a strong swimwear presence, exciting emerging designers and lastly, a sizeable men’s segment.

The season’s focus, designer swimwear, will stand out with leading brands as well as new collections presented by talented young designers. Specialty stores will discover or revisit designer brands such as: Luli Fama, L*Space, Agua Bendita, Vitamin A, Sauipe, Pain de Sucre, Sorella Swim, Eberjey, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, La Blanca, 2Bamboo, Coco Countours, Coco Rave, Coco Reef, Vince Camuto, Carmen Marc, Valvo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, TYR Huntington Beach… all known for their perfect fit, fabrics and foremost, their strong fashion appeal.

Men’s collections represent an asset for specialty retailers seeking to expand their current selection and meet consumer’s needs. Pull-In, Saxx Underwear, Wood Underwear, Bia Boro, Jor Underwear, Sex Underwear and Aubade are a few of the brands present both at CURVENY New York and CURVENV Las Vegas.

Young designers get especially pampered at CURVExpo with a brand new, open space called the “Gallery” where their collections will occupy center stage: Kisskill, Anais B., Body Hush, Donna Reis, Mirame Swim, Sokoloff, among others, will make their grand entrance this season. The creativity and comfort level make these brands perfect for retailers in search of novelty and fashion-forward lines. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid 2014 Fall/Winter Collections – Part Three

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

TERESA HELBIG 2013 Fall/Winter Collection (images Provided by image.net)

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TRIPADVISOR NAMES 10 OF THE QUIRKIEST U.S. ACCOMMODATIONS

Floating B&B, Giant Dog, and Desert Cave Among America’s Most Unique Properties

TripAdvisor® announced 10 quirky accommodations in the U.S., as chosen by TripAdvisor editors. Travelers seeking a unique lodging experience can hunker down in one of these far-out accommodations, which include a larger-than-life beagle, a historic ferry and a subterranean B&B.

For travelers who want a truly unique experience on vacation and stories to tell for a lifetime, these funky properties will surely fit the bill,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor.

Kokopelli Cave Bed and Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico

Located 70 feet below the ground near the Four Corners region of the U.S., this one guestroom bed and breakfast offers more than the average digs. Travelers are invited to experience the 1,650 square foot dwelling that boasts Southwestern style furniture and décor, a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and even a relaxing flagstone hot tub. “This was a once in a lifetime experience! The cave is comfortable and has many homey touches,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

 El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

Located in the southwest region of the Lone Star state, this 18-acre property gives travelers the option to stay in a trailer, tent or teepee. Restored trailers are complete with marine-varnished birch interiors, an eclectic collection of furniture and comfortable amenities including fans, heaters, refrigerators, and cooking supplies. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, “Two nights were not nearly enough – El Cosmico is such a charming funky place, comfortable and staffed with friendly people who want to help you have a great stay.” Continue reading

AVEDA LAUNCHES HEARTLAND LIMITED EDITION AUTUMN 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION, AN ODE TO A SIMPLER TIME

Aveda™ The Art and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences and maker of botanically-based professional hair care, skin care, body care, Pure-Fume™ aroma, makeup and life style products announces Heart Lands, a limited-edition makeup collection for autumn 2013. The collection will be available while supplies last in Aveda salons, spas and retail locations beginning this month.

AVEDA HEARTLAND LIMITED EDITION AUTUMN 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION

AVEDA HEARTLAND LIMITED EDITION AUTUMN 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION

“Inspired by simpler times, Heart Lands features nomadic-inspired eyes and just-in-from-the-cold, naturally flushed cheeks,” says Janell Geason, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Makeup. “The textures are velvety and the colors rich but not too saturated. I wanted it to look more like a stain, as if the color was radiating from within.”

The Heart Lands Collection includes two Nourish-mint™ Smoothing Lip Colors, two Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glazes, two Nourish-Mint™ Lip Liners, two Petal Essence™ Eye Definers and six Petal Essence™ Single Eye Colors.

The Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color ($16, Redwood and Sweetplum) formulas are infused with plant and fruit waxes to help smooth fine lines, hydrate and plump lips and provides creamy, saturated, full coverage with carmine-free pigments.

Aveda Heart Lands  Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Colors &  Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glazes

Aveda Heart Lands Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Colors & Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glazes

The Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze (Winterberry and Honeytree, $18) glides on smooth for immediate, even color with a satin shine. Continue reading

Lavanila for Babies

With new mom Kate Middleton, Hollywood stars and just above everyone else joining the all-natural bandwagon, Lavanila serves up the perfect “it” gift for any baby shower with the Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Collection. Lavanila uses the highest quality 100% natural and organic components with a proven record of safety and efficacy, using only ingredients demonstrated to gently care for delicate skin and aid in healthy skin development.

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Wash ($16) is a 100% natural two-in-one shampoo and body wash that gently cleanses without stripping skin of essential moisture. A weightless and fast-absorbing lotion, Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Lotion ($15.00) provides daily nourishment and hydration, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy skin with 30 vitamins and minerals. The 100% natural (and nourishing) Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Butter ($14.00) is formulated with 30 vitamins and minerals selected to strengthen and support the development of healthy skin. Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Baby Block ($20) is a chemical-free, healthy sunscreen formulated to protect delicate skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, providing 100% natural SPF 40 protection. Lavanila Laboratories products can be purchased at http://www.lavanila.com

Triumph Debuts in the United States

This Fall 2013, Triumph, the world’s foremost international lingerie and shapewear company, is making its debut within the United States, as a new phase in their path of international expansion. Since 1886, Triumph has been instrumental in shaping the female silhouette, blending innovative technologies with bespoke craftsmanship in intimates and shapewear throughout the world. As a global leader in lingerie and shape wear design, Triumph will continue to strive for the best, with all the dedication and passion for quality that the US customer deserves and rightfully expects.

Triumph FW13 Collection: Amourette Spotlight.  (PRNewsFoto/Triumph)

Triumph FW13 Collection: Amourette Spotlight. (PRNewsFoto/Triumph)

Starting from humble roots, Triumph has grown from an operation with six seamstresses producing handmade corsetry in a small barn in Wuerttemburg, Germany to being one of the leaders of the international lingerie and shape wear business.  Nowadays, a high tech operation with close to 50 subsidiaries serving 120 markets and employing over 35,000 people worldwide, these makers of lingerie use innovative technologies to test the boundaries of what is possible, combining art and science, passion and love for detail to make and market, what is, quintessentially, still a handmade capturegarment.

Our tradition has always been innovation and our history is one of progress,” says Markus Spiesshofer, CEO, Managing Partner and one of the members of the founding families. “Introducing ourselves to the discerning American consumer and treating her to the perfect cutting edge designs, impeccable fit and excelling quality of our lines is a natural further development in making our brand available and accessible to women around the globe.”

Furthermore, the company is still firmly in the hands of the two founding families, holding on to the core principles of constant improvement and evolution, as it continually strives to empower the women who wear their styles to feel their confidently beautiful selves.

Recognized as “The Maker of Lingerie“, Triumph makes a variety of the most iconic and successful selling bra collections of all time. After 127 years in the business, Triumph continues to make its mark in lingerie history, with unrivalled pioneering spirit, quest for new ideas, manufacturing precision and stringent quality control; and its track record of patent applications regularly places the company at the top of its game, showing impressive evidence of their innovative strengths. Having fulfilled a multitude of different consumer desires and requirements around the globe, Triumph is bringing the same sensual understanding of individual personalities and styles to the US. Globally known for impeccable fit and product quality. Triumph prides themselves on their dedication to the advancement of technologies and materials found within each season and collection.

Introducing Avon Mega Effects Mascara

Avon delivers game-changing innovation with Mega Effects Mascara, unveiling a completely new approach to mascara application. Six years in the making, this volumizing mascara is the result of feedback from over 2,000 women and 5,000 hours of science.

Avon delivers game-changing innovation with new Mega Effects Mascara, unveiling a completely new approach to mascara application.

Avon delivers game-changing innovation with new Mega Effects Mascara, unveiling a completely new approach to mascara application.

Mega Effects Mascara replaces the standard wand with an innovative new multi-dimensional brush that lifts top and bottom lashes from root to tip in a whole new way. The first-ever brush of its kind, the Wonderbrush fits the curve of your eyes and can be used at 12 different angles for a corner to corner lash transformation. The bigger bristle area combs through lashes easily for phenomenal clump-free volume, putting 40 percent more mascara to lash*.

There hasn’t been true innovation in mascara since the 1950s. We realized there was a need for an improved application process and Avon is changing history by introducing a breakthrough with ergonomics in mind that will change the mascara application experience,” states Lisa Lamberty, Avon Executive Director of Color Research & Development

Mega-Effects-Layouts-originalTo use, grip at the sides and remove the mascara cap. Rock the brush from side to side to pull out. Bend the brush to your desired angle and apply from root to tip. To close, insert the applicator until it locks in place. The Result is bold lashes with panoramic volume. Eyes appear bigger and lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic. Mega effects Mascara is also clump-proof, sweat-proof, non-flaking, non-smudging and Ophthalmologist tested.

With Avon's Mega Effects Mascara, eyes look bigger and lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic.

With Avon’s Mega Effects Mascara, eyes look bigger and lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic.

I love Mega Effects Mascara; the bendable wand allows you to get in close from many different angles, making it super easy to use. I always keep at least one in my makeup kit!” says Lauren Andersen, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist

Avon’s first-ever Wonderbrush fits the curve of your eyes for a corner to corner lash transformation. Mega Effects Mascara replaces the standard wand with an innovative new multi-dimensional brush.

Meag Effects Mascara ($10, in Black and Brown Black) is available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com. Visit http://avon.com/mega for additional information.

Bare Necessities Teams Up With Jockey to Launch New Online Boutique at BareNecessities.com

Bare Necessities (http://www.barenecessities.com), the largest online specialty retailer of women’s and men’s branded

Bare Necessities Teams Up With Jockey to Launch New Online Boutique at BareNecessities.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Bare Necessities)

Bare Necessities Teams Up With Jockey to Launch New Online Boutique at BareNecessities.com. (PRNewsFoto/Bare Necessities)

and designer intimate apparel and lingerie, announced that the company is partnering to launch a new online boutique with Jockey, one of the world’s most legendary apparel brands and leaders in comfort.

The new boutique features an incredible selection of Jockey’s best products for women and men. Most importantly, if you haven’t seen Jockey lately, you’re going to be amazed by the boutique’s selection of new innovations and array of trusted favorites.

While traditional styles like their Jockey Classics and Jockey Elance® Collections are still huge hits for both men and women, Bare Necessities’ new boutique also features more modern Jockey fits like their Cheekies collection for women, and their odor-fighting high-performance Jockey Sport underwear for men, which is currently backed by a national TV ad campaign.

Contributing to their more modern mindset, Jockey has also partnered with stylist and fashion icon Rachel Zoe to help promote their comfortable shapewear and sexier new panty styles. Rachel also happens to love Jockey, and has many favorite styles which can also be found on BareNecessities.com. “Amazing styles start with what’s underneath. And underneath it all I prefer, Jockey,” says Rachel Zoe.

Bare Necessities’ new Jockey boutique is also a digital experience, featuring multiple videos, interactive product elements, and the new Jockey national TV ad. The boutique launches on www.barenecessities.com/Jockey beginning July 23, 2013, featuring a total of over 150 incredible products from Jockey.

Bare Necessities is the largest online specialty retailer of women’s and men’s branded and designer intimate apparel and lingerie. Since 1998, Bare Necessities has featured bras ranging from band size 28 to 56 and cup sizes AA to N, as well as a variety of other products up to a size 6X and 24W, including one of the best selections of shapewear, hosiery, swimwear, and shaping clothing for average, full-busted, and plus-size women. In February of 2012, www.Bareplus.com was launched, providing a vast selection of intimate fashion exclusively for curvy women. Bare Necessities features over 180 national and international brands such as Wolford, La Perla, Bali, Calvin Klein, DKNY, HUE, Under Armour, SPANX, Skinnygirl by Bethenny Frankel, Chantelle, Wacoal, Hanky Panky, and many more.

Lindt is Bringing The Joy Of Chocolate To The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Chocolatier Celebrates Partnership with a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Spreading cheer throughout the streets of New York this November, premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt USA announces it is joining the lineup of exclusive floats in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. On Thursday, November 28, 2013, the Lindt float will debut, helping build holiday memories and delighting the millions of families watching. The new

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Lindt & Sprungli)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) logo. (PRNewsFoto/Lindt & Sprungli)

float will showcase the mastery of premium chocolate with an enchanting  chocolate shop, complete with a Lindt Master Chocolatier and popular holiday chocolate figures. To further celebrate the partnership, Lindt is offering chocolate lovers the chance to win a trip to watch the parade live in New York on Thanksgiving Day.

This November, fans will rejoice as the delectable Lindt float makes its grand debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of the holiday spectacle. “Thanks to the magicians of Macy’s Parade Studio, the Lindt Master Chocolatier is transformed into a giant puppeteer, creating magical chocolate treats for spectators to enjoy this holiday season.”

Rising three stories above a spectacular chocolate shop, the new Lindt float features a larger-than-life Lindt Master Chocolatier that has the world dancing on a string as he orchestrates the pouring and casting of LINDT BEAR and other chocolate figures for the holidays. Through the magic of the Macy’s Parade, the Lindt Master Chocolatier makes life-sized puppets and spoons work in tandem to create incredibly delicious premium chocolate delights for millions of fans.

Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprungli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 120 countries. The company operates eight production facilities in Europe and the United States and employs more than 8,000 worldwide. Lindt USA operates more than 60 retail stores in the U.S., Lindt Chocolate RSVP, the company’s premium direct selling program, and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels.

Artistic rendering of the Lindt float in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R).  (PRNewsFoto/Lindt & Sprungli)

Artistic rendering of the Lindt float in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). (PRNewsFoto/Lindt & Sprungli)

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to celebrate such an admired and iconic holiday tradition,” said Danielle LaChance, Vice President of Marketing, Lindt USA. “As a brand rich in tradition, we at Lindt look forward to sharing the joy of chocolate beyond compare on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the entire holiday season.” Continue reading

Chicago Ideas Week Unveils 2013 Headliners and Events

Buzz Aldrin, Malcolm Gladwell, David Gregory, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Cat Cora and More to take the Stage

Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, co-founders of Groupon and Lightbank, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the official speakers and programming for the third annual Chicago Ideas Week (CIW). Taking place Oct. 14-20, CIW will feature nearly 200 renowned global speakers, including legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, “Meet the Press“moderator David Gregory, journalist and founder of the It Gets Better Project Dan Savage, child victimization activist Elizabeth Smart, chef, restaurateur and TV personality Cat Cora, Grammy-winning musician and record producer T Bone Burnett, actress, philanthropist and wildlife advocate Kristin Davis, and many more.

Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 14-20, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Chicago Ideas Week)

Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 14-20, 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Chicago Ideas Week)

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders and passionate participants that was created to help great ideas become realities. It’s a platform for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago and the world. It”s an innovation platform for both the seven days of Chicago Ideas Week and throughout the rest of the year and brings together the world’s most influential people to present their ideas on everything from education to science to technology to food and hosts hundreds of events across the city. CIW’s goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations and establish a community of people with the desire to achieve great things. And at just $15 per event, plus a broad range of membership options, CIW is accessible to everyone.

We’re excited to launch the third annual Chicago Ideas Week, which continues to grow in scope and impact,” said Keywell. “We’ve nearly doubled our reach in just two years, increasing from 12,000 to 25,000 attendees and 150 to 235 speakers. We have sharpened our focus on turning ideas into action by again bringing provocative speakers from across the globe to our great city to ignite imaginations, spark conversations and connect with our diverse attendees.  Important things are being conceived and started because of Chicago Ideas Week, and we are just beginning to see the results.”

Chicago is proud to host Ideas Week each year and welcome global leaders to experience our vibrant, innovative city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We are home to some of the world’s leading companies and are becoming a growing hotbed for creativity and innovation. This event not only showcases that, but also inspires new initiatives and ventures while fostering a rich community of people who have the power to achieve great things.” Continue reading

M-Edge Announces Cases and Accessories for the New Google Nexus 7

M-Edge’s Google Nexus 7 Case, the Stealth, is Available Now

Immediately following Google Nexus announcement, leading tech accessory brand M-Edge launched accessories for the Google Nexus 7. The Stealth Case can be purchased now at www.medgestore.com and will be available at Best Buy on July 30.

 

M-Edge's Google Nexus 7 case, the Stealth, is available now at www.medgestore.com. The Stealth Case is an ultra-slim and lightweight folio made specifically for 7 inch devices. The Stealth holds the Nexus securely in place with a durable MultiFit(TM) silicone mount (patent pending). It achieves infinite stand angles using M-Edge's GripTrack(TM) technology (patent pending), a friction-based solution that provides the user with any typing or viewing position desired. The Stealth case is made with buttery smooth, soft-touch coated leather and is secured via a magnetic closure strap.  (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

M-Edge’s Google Nexus 7 case, the Stealth, is available now at http://www.medgestore.com.  (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

The Stealth Case is an ultra-slim and lightweight folio made specifically for 7 inch devices and holds the Nexus securely in place with a durable MultiFit(TM) silicone mount (patent pending). It achieves infinite stand angles using M-Edge’s GripTrack(TM) Technology (patent pending), a friction-based solution that provides the user with any typing or viewing position desired. The Stealth case is made with buttery smooth, soft-touch coated leather and is secured via a magnetic closure strap.

Vice President of Product Development Stephen Cleary says, “We’re excited to release the Stealth case today, which we made specifically with the Android user in mind. It’s the ultimate case for the Nexus with tons of stand modes, an easy-to-use mount, and slim design that all enhance the user experience. We’re particularly proud to have it available immediately after the Google launch as we fully support their new products and initiatives.”

M-Edge’s Stealth Case is available for $39.99. Customers can find out about other upcoming products by following M-Edge on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for the latest announcements.

 

Palace Resorts Announces Grammy Award Winner Ricky Martin to Perform at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort on December 28

Palace Resorts proudly announces that Grammy-Award winning singer and entertainer, Ricky Martin will appear in

Ricky Martin to perform at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort  December 28, 2013. www.PalaceResorts.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Palace Resorts)

Ricky Martin to perform at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort December 28, 2013. http://www.PalaceResorts.com. (PRNewsFoto/Palace Resorts)

concert at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort on Saturday, December 28, 2013. The leader in “awe-inclusive” vacation experiences and world-class entertainment, Palace Resorts will welcome Martin for his first concert in either the U.S or Mexico in two years. Palace Resorts is offering guests who book a stay of five nights or more two complimentary tickets to the performance as part of the all-inclusive concept*.

The Palace Resorts team has worked tirelessly to bring high profile artists to Cancun, elevating our signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, into Cancun’s premier entertainment destination resort,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts. “After a banner 2013 that included the unveiling of a 55 million dollar enhancement project and spectacular performances by noteworthy artists, we believe closing out the year with an icon such as Ricky Martin is a testament to the superior quality experiences we wish to offer our guests. We can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to 2013 than with a holiday stay in paradise complete with an electrifying performance from Ricky Martin.”

Both a GRAMMY and Multiple LATIN GRAMMY winner, Ricky Martin is the leading Latin Music figure of his generation – beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and equal compassion for giving. The international superstar has sold more than 60 million albums and has been the recipient of dozens of prestigious international awards saluting both his career achievements and far-reaching philanthropic efforts through the Ricky Martin Foundation. Following the global success of his 2011 album Musica+Alma+Sexo (which achieved the highest chart debut for a Spanish language album in over 15 years) and its ensuing arena and stadium world tour – Martin made his highly anticipated return to Broadway with a critically-hailed performance in the first revival of Evita. The first half of 2013 saw Martin take over a coaches chair on The Voice Australia, and use his time ‘down under’ to record his newly released high-energy single “Come With Me.”. The track signals the beginning of a new music phase that finds Martin hard at work on recording songs for his next full album. Continue reading

RuMe brings customizable accessories line to Target®

Lifestyle brand RuMe has announced that select customizable iPhone® and iPad® cases and organizational accessories will be sold in Target locations nationwide as part of a Back-To-School Campaign beginning July 28, 2013. Denver-based RuMe (www.MyRuMe.com) is a premium lifestyle brand driven by its team and customers that strive to rethink the everyday. RuMe products—from compactable totes to iPad cases—can be customized in endless ways with personal photos and RuMe’s iconic designs. Target will feature RuMe’s cCase (for iPhone 4/4s & 5), cCover (for iPad & iPad mini), Baggie ALL, and cClean on endcaps in the electronics department—providing guests a variety of new ways to live life customized.

Live life customized with RuMe products. Available in Target stores July 25, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/RuMe)

Live life customized with RuMe products. Available in Target stores July 25, 2013. (PRNewsFoto/RuMe)

RuMe cCases and cCovers protect mobile devices with a custom and interchangeable 3-in-1 design. Each package contains a durable bumper, an iconic RuMe-design, and code for a customized backplate, which customers can redeem and customize online at www.MyRuMe.com. RuMe professionally prints the custom images at its Denver, Colo. headquarters and ships directly to the customer within 7–10 business days. Production and shipping costs (within the continental U.S.) are included in the purchase price.

While the cCase and cCover work hard to protect electronics, the RuMe cClean keeps screens clear. The cClean is an antibacterial, washable, screen cleaner that wipes away germs, oil, and dust. When not in use, the cClean’s non-residue adhesive backing sticks to the rear of the electronic device.

Also featured is the Baggie ALL, a product offering a taste of RuMe’s roots within the reusable products category. The polyester material is lab-tested, lead free, water-resistant, and machine washable. With three separate zippered compartments, available in three different colors, the Baggie ALL is as versatile in style as it is function.

Since our debut into the accessories market, RuMe has gained popularity by providing innovative products with customization capabilities, backed by a customer-centric business philosophy,” said Jae Lee, CEO and co-founder of RuMe. “We are excited to be a part of the product offering at Target to provide back-to-schoolers with unique accessory options that fuse fashion with functionality, while still leaving room for creative expression.”

RuMe products have been proudly featured in Vogue, People, Good Morning America, The Today Show, InStyle, Everyday Food, Marie Claire, Bon Appetit, Shape, and Parent & Child.

AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ To Be Resurrected At Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s Award-Winning ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Events for Second Consecutive Year

Season 3 of the Golden Globe-Nominated, Emmy-Award Winning series, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Sets the Stage for All-Original Horrifying Experiences on Both Coasts

Beginning September 20, AMC's "The Walking Dead" will come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights events with all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning television series. The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place guests at the heart of the show's once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers. (c) 2013 Universal Orlando Resort.  All rights reserved.  (PRNewsFoto/Universal Orlando Resort)

Beginning September 20, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights events with all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning television series. The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place guests at the heart of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers. (c) 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Orlando Resort)

Fans with a voracious appetite for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will have a chance to walk in the footsteps of human survivors when Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort debut all new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning television series at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events beginning September 20.

The Golden Globe®-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning series “The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes (played by actor Andrew Lincoln), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number-one show for adults 18-49.  The series returns for season 4 on Sunday, October 13 at 9pm ET/PT.

The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place “Halloween Horror Nights” guests at the heart of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers. The mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando will send guests cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed. Continue reading

SLEEP LIKE A DREAM ANYWHERE (AND EVERYWHERE) WITH HÄSTENS NEW SUMMER ACCESSORIES

This summer, take the luxe Hästens sleep experience with you with Hästens Baby Alpaca Throws and Travel Pillows, or snooze in the great outdoors with a Hästens Luxury Hammock. These premium sleep accessories let you enjoy perfect Hästens quality sleep on the go or in your own backyard.

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Celebrating 160 years of exquisite craftsmanship and design, Hästens is Sweden’s oldest, most revered manufacturer of beds and mattresses. Recognizing the company’s implicit association with “quality products and good sleep,” each bed is handcrafted in the Hästens factory in Köping, Sweden by expert artisans, meticulously assembled using all-natural materials including horsehair, cotton, flax, wool and Swedish pine. Hästens beds allow for ventilation, creating the ideal temperature and perfect environment for a restful night’s sleep.

Hästens accessories are made of all-natural materials, just like their iconic beds, so you can keep yourself cool this summer on naturally breathable, sweat wicking fibers:

Hästens Baby Alpaca Throws

Hästens Baby Alpaca Throws

When you are “trapped” on a near frigid airplane, sometimes your only alternative is–if you are not in first or business class–to purchase one of those tacky-looking (and totally worthless) blankets from a flight attendant. Now you have another option. The brand’s luscious Hästens Baby Alpaca Throws (Available in oatmeal, ink, charcoal, birch, nutmeg, staring at $430) are super soft throws handmade from 100% baby alpaca wool, the rarest and finest grade of the fiber. Soft like cashmere and stronger than wool, this miracle fiber has a hollow core that allows it to feel feather light while still retaining heat when the sun goes down. Baby alpaca was also selected for its natural breathability, so the throw uniquely adjusts to your changing body temperature. Furthermore, Alpaca wool is the only wool that does not contain lanolin, so it’s completely hypoallergenic and never itchy. Continue reading