Lacoste Launches the 2013 Holiday Collections in Collaboration with Peter Saville.

The Lacoste Holiday Collector series N° 8 collection

To celebrate its 80th birthday, LACOSTE gave Peter Saville free rein to play with its iconic L.12.12 polo shirt for the brand’s 2013 “Holiday Collector series“. With humour, intelligence and creativity, Saville succeeded in his mission to twist the cult classic polo and turn it into a contemporary collectable. Rather than changing the polo shirt’s shape or color, he decided to playfully experiment with the crocodile. Saville kept the garment’s classic white and the original green of its logo, but pushed the crocodile to its limits by turning it into a doodle, blur, or simple line. “I like the idea of challenging the brand identity“, he explains.

He further added, “When we create art we ask questions, whereas traditionally design gives answers. The issue here is that LACOSTE’s logo is so inherent to the brand’s identity that it stays present even when it no longer resembles itself. My conclusion is that the LACOSTE identity is immortal“.

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Two collections will be available from the collaboration: The Lacoste Holiday Collector series N° 8 collection consisting of the signature polo shirt for men and a polo shirt for women in white with eight choices of “crazy crocodiles” and The Lacoste 2013 Limited Edition Collection that is comprised of only 80 units for women and 80 units for men, all sporting a different and completely unique logo. Each piece has a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Peter Saville. It goes without saying that there won’t be enough for everybody

Luis Fonsi, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Shaun White And Michael Strahan Join Marlo Thomas To Star In 10th Annual St. Jude (Children’s Research Hospital) Thanks And Giving® Campaign This Holiday Season

DAISY FUENTES, PRINCE ROYCE, PAMELA SILVA CONDE, LESLIE GRACE, BANDA EL RECODO, CHINO Y NACHO, LUIS ENRIQUE, NATALIA JIMENEZ AND MORE ALSO LEND SUPPORT TO CAMPAIGN

LUIS FONSI, SOFIA VERGARA, JENNIFER ANISTON, ROBIN WILLIAMS MICHAEL STRAHAN and SHAUN WHITE join MARLO THOMAS in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 10TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE THANKS AND GIVING® CAMPAIGN. The ST. JUDE THANKS AND GIVING CAMPAIGN is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that asks consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures to save children’s lives. National television spots and movie theatre trailers featuring the stars alongside St. Jude patients will debut Thanksgiving week and continue running through the end of the year.

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ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL has long led the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. It has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade and freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so that other doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. FAMILIES NEVER RECEIVE A BILL FROM ST. JUDE FOR TREATMENT, TRAVEL, HOUSING OR FOOD – BECAUSE ALL A FAMILY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT IS HELPING THEIR CHILD LIVE.

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Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online at stjude.org, hospitalsanjudas.org or by phone at 800-278-5833. (For more information, visit stjude.org or hospitalsanjudas.org.)

Created in 2004 by MARLO, TERRE and TONY THOMAS – children of St. Jude founder DANNY THOMAS – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $387 million thanks to tremendous public support.

Celebrity friends join Marlo Thomas for 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving(R) campaign.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

Celebrity friends join Marlo Thomas for 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving(R) campaign. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)

My father, Danny Thomas, founded St. Jude with big dreams and it was in that light that we created the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign ten years ago,” said Marlo Thomas. “Since the beginning, we have been blessed to have the support from our wonderful family of celebrities. It warms my heart that year after year, they lend their time, talent and generous spirit to help St. Jude raise the funds that allow us to continue our mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.” Continue reading

The GRAMMY Museum® To Honor Berry Gordy And Smokey Robinson With First-Ever Architects Of Sound Awards On Nov. 11

Motown-Themed Gala, Hosted by Randy Jackson, Will Take Place at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and Will Help Celebrate the Museum’s Five-Year Anniversary

Boyz II Men and Kelly Rowland Are the First Artists Announced to Perform at Gala Tribute Concert, with Proceeds Benefitting Museum Programs

Motown founder Berry Gordy and GRAMMY® winner Smokey Robinson will be honored with The GRAMMY Museum®’s first-ever Architects of Sound Award, it was announced by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Museum. Proceeds from the inaugural GRAMMY Museum benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held on Monday, Nov. 11 , 2013, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles — will provide essential support for the Museum, an educational and interactive museum dedicated to engaging both children and adults in the power of music through dynamic exhibits, educational programs, live performances and more. The event will be hosted by music industry veteran and television personality Randy Jackson.

In recognition of their unparalleled contributions to the Motown genre, Gordy will receive the Architect of Sound: Vision Award and Robinson will receive the Architect of Sound: Artist Award. Selected by the Museum and its Board of

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

Directors, the Architect of Sound Awards are dedicated to honoring those who are catalysts in changing the musical legacy of America, and who helped shape the sound of a specific genre.

The GRAMMY Museum (www.grammymuseum.org) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership  between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the one-of-a-kind, 21st century Museum features interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits — with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations — and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district.

We are honored to celebrate both Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as the first-ever recipients of the Architects of Sound Awards,” said Santelli. “Their contributions to Motown have truly changed the landscape of American music. We are grateful to these extraordinary industry leaders who will be helping us celebrate not only our first gala, but also our upcoming five-year anniversary of The GRAMMY Museum.”

The 2013 GRAMMY Museum Architects of Sound Gala will begin with a reception and touring of the GRAMMY Museum, followed by a dinner and awards presentation, hosted by Jackson. The celebration will culminate with a concert, produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions, featuring four-time GRAMMY-winning group Boyz II Men and four-time GRAMMY winner Kelly Rowland. In addition to serving as a GRAMMY Museum Board member, Ehrlich has produced the GRAMMY Awards® telecast since 1980 and is responsible for the creation and presentation of the show’s most iconic GRAMMY moments during that time. Continue reading

Italy’s Azimut Yachts Showcases the new Azimut 80 at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The new Azimut 80  from Azimut Yachts (www.azimutyachts.net) will make her debut in USA at the next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She is the first yacht over than 72 feet designed entirely at Azimut’s headquarters in Avigliana, Italy. Developed on the experience of the recent, larger vessels, the Azimut 80 was developed in the exterior design by Stefano Righini while the design of interiors was handled by Salvagni Architetti. The new model by Azimut has already won a prize. At the recent Cannes Boat Show 2013, it was been chosen as the “Most functional Yacht from 24 to 50 metres” in the frame of the 2013 World Yachts Trophy.

Azimut 80  from Azimut Yachts (www.azimutyachts.net) will make her debut in USA at the next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Azimut 80 from Azimut Yachts (www.azimutyachts.net) will make her debut in USA at the next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The Azimut 80 is built in CE class “A” and is NMMA Certified. The layout comprises 4 cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms, including the owner’s cabin extending over the full beam. The yacht can accommodate 8 guests and includes an enormous flybridge, designed for maximum versatility of use.

The interior design, developed by Salvagni Architetti, can be proposed on four different styles: from the more classic Dolcevita and Firenze, to the more contemporary Portofino and Riviera, the main differences laying in the chromatic solutions and in the furniture arrangement. The choice of the four different locations is a clear tribute to a refined lifestyle and a typical Italian taste and inspires nothing but the maximum relax. Different shades of white and cream have been chosen for the interiors’ palette, creating a well-balanced harmony in which wooden details and decors are inserted, the colors ranging from the softer shades of oak wood, to the darker walnut.

The sense of space in the owner’s cabin and in the splendid attached bathroom are certainly among the strongest  points of the yacht, together with the innovative windows offering extraordinary luminosity and an unmatched panoramic view. The five vertical windows effectively transform the bulkheads into a single window for a ‘dive into the ocean’ effect. The owner’s bathroom, covering the entire beam of the yacht and with a double entrance located aft of the cabin, is almost a spa, with a central crystal shower box offering maximum visibility on either side of the bathroom. The opening portholes present in all the cabins offer a high level of natural ventilation.

The Salon on the Azimut 80

The Salon on the Azimut 80

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In the model on show in Cannes, dove-coloured leather panels with a barely hinted padded decoration that becomes lighter and lighter in the various cabins, adorn the bed heads of each cabin. The interior decoration of the new Azimut 80 is extremely refined and at the same contemporary, thanks to the combination of fine materials and modern touches: marble for the bathrooms, grey bleached oak alternating with dark wood and painted detailing in the skylights and windows all define a sober, sophisticated atmosphere.

The starboard cabin has two single beds and the possibility of a third fold-down bed, plenty of stowage and a bathroom with separate shower, while the guests’ cabin on the port side has a double bed. There is no lack of large windows and opening portholes. In the VIP cabin located further forward, there is one panoramic window on either side.

A carefully planned lighting design based on LED technology makes it possible  for a sophisticated modulation of the lighting system in each interior space. Moreover, the play of mirrors and the height of the interiors – well over two metres high – ensure a truly exceptional sense of space.

The crew’s cabins are located aft, with direct access from the deck; at the moment, two beds are planned, but the possibility of adding a third is currently being studied.

The cockpit with teak flooring is extremely spacious and dedicated to socializing, with a large sofa aft and dining table seating eight. The design of two sky to ground windows (1.6 m by 2 m of glass) located in the dining area is very impressive, as it offers a fantastic natural light and breathtaking view.

The galley, fitted with Miele appliances, is available in two versions: enclosed or open-space. In both cases, there is a double access, towards the interior and towards the exterior, to assure maximum independence between guests and crew. The main deck is also equipped with a function day toilet.

The swimming platform is incredibly large – almost 9 square metres – and provides plenty of space for the launch and retrieval of tenders exceeding 4 metres in length or of jet skis. Further forward, the space is divided into a large sun deck that can comfortably accommodate four people, and an area with a ‘C’-shaped sofa just aft of the windscreen, with further storage.

The fly: 42 square metres of versatile space lending itself to a variety of uses. The seating is a combination of ‘L’-shaped sofas that can be configured as desired. Alongside the helm, there are two sofas positioned in a ‘C’ facing the large table seating eight. The fly is an ideal place from morning to evening; a convenient and well-equipped bar unit has a barbecue, refrigerator and sink, but also houses a retractable 42-inch TV and constitutes the base for an elegant Plexiglas bar counter. Further aft, the second seating area offers maximum flexibility in terms of fittings: it can be left unencumbered, furnished with sofas, set aside for the tender or as a sun deck, or fitted with a hydromassage. The Azimut 80 can also be constructed with an opening hard top and rolling awning towards the stern. A sophisticated style is assured for the outdoor soft furnishings, lined in technological materials offering a ‘fabric’ effect. Coloured dark brown, they include some padded details.

In the engine room, the two 1550 hp MAN engines provide a top speed of 30 knots. The fuel tank has a capacity of 6,000 litres, while the water tank can contain 1,200 litres. As optional extras, the yacht can be fitted with electric CMC Marine stabilizing fins.

Miami Designated Sixth U.S. Destination Of Qatar Airways In The United States

Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways.com), the national airline of Qatar, has announced that Miami (IATA: MIA) will be its sixth destination to the United States starting 10 June 2014. The airline will offer nonstop service from its hub in Doha four times a week on board a Boeing 777. The airline will make direct flights four times a week from its Doha hub.

MIAMI NAMED QATAR AIRWAYS 6TH U.S. DESTINATION. / MIAMI DESIGNADA COMO SEXTO DESTINO ESTADOUNIDENSE DE QATAR AIRWAYS.  (PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

MIAMI NAMED QATAR AIRWAYS 6TH U.S. DESTINATION. / MIAMI DESIGNADA COMO SEXTO DESTINO ESTADOUNIDENSE DE QATAR AIRWAYS. (PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

Currently, Qatar Airways operates in Chicago, Houston, New York and Washington DC in the United States, and incorporated in Philadelphia in April 2014. The airline will use Boeing 777-200 aircraft for its flights to Miami with a two-class configuration, 42 seats in business class and 217 economy class seats. Qatar Airways won three awards at the 2013 annual edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards***, held during the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France this past June. The airline was awarded the prize for Best World Business Class, Best Executive Board of the World and, for the second year running, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline was also named as the Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row and its exclusive terminal at the International Airport of Doha came out on top as the Best Airport Exclusive third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also received the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year twice before, in 2011 and 2012.

Qatar Airways will start operating to and from Miami (MIA) as shown in the following program, which will take effect on June 10, 2014:

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

DOH QR777 Departure at 08:40 h Arrival at MIA at 17:20 (5:20) pm Travel time: 15:40

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

QR778 Departure from MIA at 21:15 (7:15) h Arrival at DOH at 18:20 (6:20) h +1 day trip Time: 14:20

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America is a growing market for us and the incorporation of Miami as a destination and our membership in one world Alliance opens a variety of routes with the Middle East , East Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Western Australia to and from the east coast of the United States, “said the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker .

Miami, located on the southeastern coast of the State of Florida, is a magnet for international banks and multinational corporations especially interested in Latin America. Known for its sunny days throughout the year, Miami attracts visitors to its dynamic tourism and entertainment industries.

International Airport Miami serves nearly 40 million passengers a year, of which approximately 20 million international voyages, “said Emilio Gonzalez, Director of Aviation Department Miami-Dade . “Joining Qatar Airways destinations in the United States will help Miami is established as an important route to the Middle East and many more destinations. wish to welcome this strategic route MIA to be the sixth destination in the United States Qatar Airways and its only service U.S. Southeast and Florida. ”

Qatar Airways has experienced rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, with a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 131 key destinations and business in Europe, Middle East , Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. In 2013, Qatar Airways launched ten destinations to date: Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf ( Iraq ), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra ( Iraq ), Sulaymaniyah ( Iraq ), Chengdu ( China ), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and more recently Taif (Saudi Arabia). In the coming weeks and months, the network will grow even more with the Clark International Airport Manila, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia in the United States (April 2, 2014).

Currently, Qatar Airways has reservations with a value of over U.S. $50 billion for most of its 250 aircraft, including the Boeing 787 family aircraft, 777, Airbus A350, A380 and A320. The October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways will join one overall world alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com .

(***Skytrax is the only global independent survey that monitors passenger airline standards and is considered the benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.)

Christian Siriano to Be Featured Designer at 2014 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show to Benefit the Symphony’s Educational Outreach Programs

Show-stopping Designs for Fall 2014 to Be Revealed at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Co-Chairs Vicki Horne and Dara Russell have announced that Christian Siriano will be the featured designer for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show, showcasing his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, to be held

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The show is presented by Lexus and sponsored by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League with proceeds from the event to support the Nashville Symphony’s education programs, which annually serve 100,000 schoolchildren across Middle Tennessee. Past designers for the event have included Oscar de la Renta, MARCHESA, Monique Lhuillier and Isaac Mizrahi.

Boutique partner Gus Mayer will kick off the countdown to the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show with a trunk show on November 5 and 6, 2013, featuring Siriano’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days, and the designer will be making a personal appearance at Gus Mayer from noon-6 p.m. on November 6. Members of the public are invited to try on Siriano’s chic designs and find the perfect ensemble for spring. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Nashville Symphony.

We are thrilled to partner with Gus Mayer to present Christian Siriano’s trendsetting designs,” says co-chair Dara Russell. “Christian’s style is totally unique, and his collections provide a distinctive look for everyone. Anyone with an eye for style won’t want to miss it!”

Co-chair Vicki Horne adds, “It is an honor to be involved in planning this spectacular event, which brings top designers to Nashville each year. We are proud that the Symphony Fashion Show makes a significant impact on our community by providing so many young people with music education programming and opportunities.”

Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The Christian Siriano Collection debuted in 2006 and is shown each season at New York Fashion Week and presented to retailers in New York City and Paris. Known for his whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, as well as intricate shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at specialty boutiques and department stores around the globe.

In 2012, the stand-alone flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City and in 2013, Siriano was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). His designs have been popular on the red carpet with Taylor Swift, Christina Hendricks and Heidi Klum

Tickets for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show begin at $300, which includes reserved seating and an elegant cocktail buffet after the show. For more information or to request an invitation, please visit http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/fashionshow.

Art Basel Miami Beach Announces 2013 Film Program

Opening Day of Art Basel in Miami Beach (by invitation only): Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Public Show Dates: Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8, 2013

From December 4 to December 8, 2013, Art Basel Miami Beach presents a premier program of films by and about artists, selected by David Gryn, Director of London’s Artprojx, and Zurich collector This Brunner. Brunner’s feature film selection is the United States premiere ofNan Goldin – I Remember Your Face’ (2013) by Sabine Lidl. Gryn‘s 2013 program presents over 70 film and video works drawn from the show’s participating galleries, including works by Dara Birnbaum, Martin Creed, Rineke Dijkstra, Joan Jonas, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 09:  A general view of Art Video at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center on December 9, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Art Basel Miami 2012)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 09: A general view of Art Video at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center on December 9, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Art Basel Miami 2012)

This Brunner has over 40 years of experience in the film industry in Switzerland and abroad and is a member of the European Film Academy, the Swiss Film Academy, and a veteran observer of the world cinema and the international film festival scene. He has been the curator of Art Basel’s Film sector since 1992, and Film curator for Art Basel in Miami Beach since 2002.

David Gryn is the founder and director of London’s Artprojx, screening, curating, promoting and lecturing on artists’ moving image and other art projects, working with leading contemporary artists, art galleries, museums, art fairs, art schools and charities worldwide.

The United States premiere of Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face’ (2013) by Sabine Lidl will be screened in the presence of Nan Goldin and Sabine Lidl, and will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and film director. Along with an exemplary insight into the seminal American photographer’s life, the film offers viewers a candid, sensitive and at times humorous perspective on contemporary culture. The feature film has been selected by This Brunner, a curator of Art Basel’s Film sector in Basel since 1992 and for the Miami Beach show since 2002. ‘Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face’ (2013) will be shown at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach at 8.30 pm on Friday, December 6, 2013. Entry is free, but seating is limited.

80M2 Livia Benavides, Luz María Bedoya, Dirección, 2006, 4'48'', Courtesy the artist and the gallery

80M2 Livia Benavides, Luz María Bedoya, Dirección, 2006, 4’48”, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Alan Cristea Gallery, Adela Jušić, The Sniper, 2007, 4'09'', Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Alan Cristea Gallery, Adela Jušić, The Sniper, 2007, 4’09”, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Alexander Gray Associates, Regina Silveira, Mil e um dias (1001 days), 2007, 11'16'', Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Alexander Gray Associates, Regina Silveira, Mil e um dias (1001 days), 2007, 11’16”, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

The third edition of David Gryn’s selection for Art Basel’s Miami Beach show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, explores the collaborative creative process via intersections between visual artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers and animators. Framed within eight distinct screening programs, the program highlights an international selection of emerging and established artists. Alongside works by leading international artists such as Shezad Dawood, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Joan Jonas, Karen Kilimnik and Shirin Neshat, highlights include the international premiere of Martin Creed‘s new film ‘Work No. 1700’ (2013), Kehinde Wiley’s ‘World Stage: Jamaica’ (2013), and a selection of works by Yinka Shonibare MBE exploring the interface between music and dance. Dara Birnbaum presents ‘Arabesque’ (2011/2013), specifically re-edited for the program. Art Basel’s Salon program will see Dara Birnbaum in conversation with David Gryn on December 6 at 1pm. Continue reading