Neiman Marcus Launches Charitable Giving Campaign And The Ken Downing Gift Collection

Last week, Neiman Marcus announced the launch of The Heart of Neiman Marcus Program in conjunction with the launch of The Ken Downing Gift Collection.

 The Ken Downing Gift Collection - Alexander McQueen Clutch

The Ken Downing Gift Collection – Alexander McQueen Clutch

The Heart of Neiman Marcus is a national umbrella program that concentrates the company’s charitable giving efforts around supporting arts experiences for youth. Building a national program around this issue, including local activation and partners, enables Neiman Marcus to have a greater impact on the communities where stores are located and better align charitable efforts with the company’s brand.

 The Ken Downing Gift Collection -Tom Ford Deluxe Lipstick Set

The Ken Downing Gift Collection -Tom Ford Deluxe Lipstick Set

Neiman Marcus has had a long-standing alignment with the arts and is one of the few retailers in the world with a corporate art collection. Exposure to the arts is a luxury that often requires specific access to enjoy. Engagement with the arts, especially for young people, can impact educational performance and creativity and enhance community health.

To launch the campaign, Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, has curated an exclusive gift collection of 37 gifts ranging in price from $32 – $1800. Ten percent of the sales of these gifts, from now through to December 25th, will benefit a local charity supporting art experiences for youth. Forty-one different charities around the country have been selected. Ten percent of all sales of the Ken Downing Gift Collection online, through, will go to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

A spirit of community and goodwill has been an important part of the culture of our company for over 100 years,” said Karen Katz, CEO and President, Neiman Marcus Group, “It is with that spirit that I am happy to announce the launch of ‘The Heart of Neiman Marcus,’ our first nation-wide corporate giving program dedicated to raising money in support of arts experiences and education for young people.”

For more information on The Heart of Neiman Marcus, please go to

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Fine Dining And Fireworks At Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Fine Dining And Fireworks At Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Fine Dining And Fireworks At Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas will welcome 2014 with an elaborate New Year’s Eve feast and a fireworks viewing party for guests on December 31. The triple Forbes Five-Star resort will transform its 23rd floor for its New Year’s Eve Gala and will host two different seatings at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire for an exceptional celebration to ring in the New Year.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Fine Dining And Fireworks At Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Fine Dining And Fireworks At Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Guests will enjoy a front row seat to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip fireworks when they join the 23rd floor festivities at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. The Mandarin Bar, Tea Lounge and Sky Lobby will host the New Year’s Eve Gala featuring extraordinary décor, live music, a spacious dance floor and multi-colored filled floor-to-ceiling windows framing the fireworks across the city skyline. The gala begins at 9:00 p.m. and general admission is USD150 per person; tables in Mandarin Bar and Tea Lounge start at USD500. The gala is complimentary to hotel guests and diners at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.

World-renowned Chef Pierre Gagnaire joins guests at his Five-Star restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, to welcome 2014 and enjoy the exclusive New Year’s Eve feast. The New Year’s Eve dinner is available in two seatings with complimentary champagne, general admission into the 23rd floor New Year’s Eve Gala as well as prime seating to view The Strip’s fireworks show. The first seating consists of four-courses priced at USD 350 per person and the six-course second seating is priced at USD 525 per person.

The four-course menu is available at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. and includes:
Lobster Fricassee with fresh ginger and lemongrass butter & creamy pumpkin puree with lime
Warm Scallop Carpaccio with stew of black truffle, cuttlefish, smoked haddock, celery root and shaved chestnut
Tajima Wagyu beef au poivre with black Sarawak pepper, black truffle and Paris mushroom, & fondue of endive and mache with bacon
Pierre Gagnaire’s Grand Dessert including a crumbly shortbread with black currant syrup, apples and passion fruit marmalade; multi-colored meringue with polignac almond, ganache with old rum; lemon jelly with limoncello and chocolate ice cream; and mango veloute and wedges with raspberry sorbet and coconut milk with lime.

The six-course menu is available at 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. and features:
Sea Urchin Custard with caviar and declination of turnips, & Blinis with vodka granite and traditional garnish
Lobster Fricassee with fresh ginger and lemongrass butter & creamy pumpkin puree with lime
Warm Scallop Carpaccio with stew of black truffle, cuttlefish, smoked haddock, celery root and shaved chestnut
Duck Foie Gras Shortbread with Chantilly and red port, red pepper puree, and a milk chocolate leaf
Tajima Wagyu beef au poivre with black Sarawak pepper, black truffle and Paris mushroom, & fondue of endive and mache with bacon
Pierre Gagnaire’s Grand Dessert including a crumbly shortbread with black currant syrup, apples and passion fruit marmalade; multi-colored meringue with polignac almond, ganache with old rum; lemon jelly with limoncello and chocolate ice cream; and mango veloute and wedges with raspberry sorbet and coconut milk with lime

For additional information, purchase tickets or to make table reservations, please call 702-590-8882. Guests must be 21 years of Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_gold_logoage and older.

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is one of only six triple Forbes Five-Star hotels in the United States and is the only hotel in Las Vegas with Five-Star recognition for the hotel, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire restaurant and The Spa. A sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of CityCenter, Mandarin Oriental has made its mark as the ultimate urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Designed entirely by interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mandarin Oriental brings to Las Vegas a new standard of style with stunning suites, captivating architectural design, unique restaurant and bar venues, and the legendary hospitality of Mandarin Oriental.

Montblanc Meisterstück Tuscany: The New Leather Goods Collection from Montblanc

Meisterstück Tuscany, a collection of leather goods for men, with exceptional leather crafted with the ancestral skill of Italian artisans according to the timelessly elegant aesthetic of Montblanc was launched in November 2013.

Montblanc Meisterstück Tuscany Collection

Montblanc Meisterstück Tuscany Collection

The new collection will include 11 products, in Terra and Nero colour each, such as wallets, business card and passports holders as well as briefcases between 115€ and 1450€. For Meisterstück Tuscany, Montblanc selected the unique character and outstanding quality of buffalo leather. Because of the legendary strength and robustness of the animal from which it derives, buffalo leather adds extraordinary suppleness and sensuality, making it a rare pleasure to touch and to hold. Furthermore, every skin is unique, revealing the animalʼs life through an entirely individual pattern of natural marks and creases. In a sense, therefore, every Meisterstück Tuscany item has its own story to tell, even before its proud owner makes it his companion for life…

Among the highlights of the collection are a slim hand-held document case and a cross-body envelope bag designed for the modern businessman who has the self-confidence and style savvy to team the rugged, natural look of buffalo leather with a formal business suit during the week and laid-back chinos at the weekend. The deceptively spacious document case boasts two inner compartments with several pockets, as well as a large zippered pocket on the outside, while the neat envelope bag, which comes on an adjustable canvas shoulder strap, has a zippered outside pocket and an array of smaller inside pockets.

Complementing these designs is the classic Montblanc Double Gusset Briefcase, whose elegant fusion of form and function – including two spacious compartments, specific smartphone and tablet pockets, and a secure combination lock in polished stainless steel – makes it a perennial best-seller. An array of small leather goods, notably wallets, a business card holder and a passport holder, completes the collection. All the pieces are lined in jacquard fabric with the emblematic “M” motif, which is engraved on the nib of the iconic Meisterstück fountain pen, and signed with the instantly recognizable Montblanc emblem.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Tuscany Collection is available in selected Montblanc boutiques worldwide.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami Celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 With A Special Exhibition Of Contemporary Latin American Art

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami invites art lovers to experience contemporary Latin American art during a special exhibition presented in collaboration with ArtNexus, the iconic art publication for the Americas. The exhibition will showcase a diversity of styles and influences that have been commanding the attention of international scholars, museums and art collectors.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Contemporary in design and with a prominent waterfront location, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Miami features 326 elegant guest rooms and suites – offering dramatic views of the bay and the Miami skyline. Amenities include two high-energy restaurants, M-Bar – a dynamic cocktail lounge and martini bar, an award-winning tri-level spa, Oasis Beach Club, the luxury boutique Shanghai Tang and extensive meeting and business facilities.

This unique exhibition will debut during Art Basel Miami Beach on Monday, December 2 in the hotel’s atrium lobby, which has become a leading venue of highly-anticipated art programs and celebrates the city of Miami as the crossroads of the Americas, paying homage to the cultural interest and influence of Latin American art.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Curated by Celia Birbragher, founder, editor and publisher of ArtNexus, the exhibition at Mandarin Oriental, Miami will feature Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_gold_logooriginal artworks by Allora y Calzadilla of Cuba and Puerto Rico, Ioli de Freitas of Brazil, Leon Ferrari of Argentina, Dr. Lakra of Mexico, and Jose Bedia of Cuba and Miami. The exhibition will be part of a weeklong silent auction to benefit the ArtNexus Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on promoting the arts through enrichment of the artistic community and art preservation.

ArtNexus is the leading art magazine for the Americas. Published quarterly in English and Spanish, it has been on the cutting edge of art for more than 37 years. With offices in Miami and Bogota, the magazine has a network of over 100 correspondents throughout the world, who provide leading news and analysis of the world of visual arts. ArtNexus covers the exhibitions, events, and biennials of the world art scene, and has become the preferred source of information for the more than 30,000 readers. The readers include collectors, established artists, scholars, dealers, and galleries owners.

Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental, Miami will enjoy rates from USD 689 per night and receive a complimentary Mandarin Oriental Art Book in-room. For more information, please call (305) 913 8288 or visit

Porsche Launches a Special Edition Cayenne

Elegant, Exclusive and Sophisticated: the Cayenne Platinum Edition offers many options as standard

Cayenne Platinum Edition

Cayenne Platinum Edition

Porsche is upgrading the Cayenne six-cylinder model via a special series known as the Platinum Edition. The Platinum Edition Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel models feature some especially high-quality equipment and offer many of the most-requested options as standard. Externally, the special status of these models is demonstrated by the numerous detailed paint finishes in Platinum Silver Metallic, while an elegant ambience has been created in the interior with exclusive two-tone fittings. Porsche only assigns the Platinum Edition designation to its exclusive, elegant vehicle ranges that are available for a limited period only.

The enhanced equipment range available in these vehicles is designed to increase comfort and safety in particular. For example, the Cayenne Platinum Edition models feature the eight-gear Tiptronic S, Bi-Xenon main headlights and Power Steering Plus, as well as the ParkAssist system at the front and rear as standard. The automatic anti-dazzle interior mirrors eliminate the dazzle from traffic behind the vehicle and the privacy glazing (also available as standard) protects the rear passengers from unwanted attention.

Painted in Platinum Silver Metallic, the lateral and central air intake grill fins, the side window strips, the rear spoiler lip and the trim strip on the tailgate create a shimmering effect. The standard colour range includes monotone paint finishes in Black and White, and Meteor Grey Metallic, Basalt Black Metallic and Mahogany Metallic are available as further color options. The Carrara White Metallic paint finish is also an option available exclusively for this Cayenne edition. The look is rounded off by the 19-inch Cayenne Design II wheels with coloured crest.

The Black/Luxor Beige two-tone combination, reserved for this special edition, creates an exclusively elegant ambience in the interior. The vehicles come with a partial leather interior as standard, but a full leather interior is also available as an option. The floor mats, with Luxor Beige edging and Porsche logo, and the front door entry guards with the “Platinum Edition” logo, represent further highlights.

The standard SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and the embossed Porsche crest on the headrests at the front and rear emphasise the high quality of the vehicle. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, including a navigation module, is also a standard feature: The PCM includes a high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen and a sound system with 11 loudspeakers and total power of 235 watt.

The Cayenne Platinum Edition offers an output of 300 hp (220 kW). In combination with the Tiptronic S, the vehicle’s NEDC fuel consumption is 9.9 litres/100 km (236 g/km CO2). The three litre V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition offers an output of 245 hp (180 kW) and a fuel consumption level of 7.2 litres of diesel over 100 kilometres (189 g/km CO2). The Cayenne Platinum Edition costs €66,379 and it is €67,212 for the Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition (including VAT). The Platinum Edition models are due to be available on the market in January 2014.

1) Cayenne Platinum Edition: urban fuel consumption 13.2 litres/100 km; extra-urban fuel consumption 8.0 litres/100 km; combined fuel consumption 9.9 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions 236 g/km
2) Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition: urban fuel consumption 8.4 litres/100 km; extra-urban fuel consumption 6.5 litres/100 km; combined fuel consumption 7.2 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions 189 g/km

Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, And Robin Thicke Confirmed To Perform On “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014”


Ryan Seacrest will, once again, hosts the year’s biggest celebration at the crossroads of the world in Times Square with Jenny McCarthy while Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas will return to host the west coast party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. West Coast performances feature Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke. More artists to be announced at a later date, for both east and west coast parties.

As the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve legacy continues, it is an honor to be a part of the largest celebration of the year,” said Fergie. “I am excited to share the stage with so many global stars.”

The bi-coastal celebration will include hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.

The complete New Year’s Rockin’ Eve rundown for the evening consists of:
“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music”
Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a fascinating two-hour countdown of the 30 greatest female artists in music, through clips and interviews from the archives of dick clark productions. (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014”
Ryan Seacrest spotlights some of the year’s hottest artists, groups and songs. Fergie hosts the Los Angeles party, and Jenny McCarthy is live with all the festivities in Times Square. (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, Parts 1 & 2”
Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year’s hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York. (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:08 – 2:12 a.m., ET)

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014” is a presentation of dick clark productions, inc, with Ryan Seacrest and Allen Shapiro serving as executive producers and Barry Adelman as co-executive producer. Larry Klein is producer.

Adorama “Kicks Off” Holiday Shopping Season With the Ultimate FANtasy Escape Weekend Sweepstakes to the Big Game***

Enter for FREE now while browsing to win a football fan package that includes VIP events and the chance to see the Big Game***, plus be automatically entered and save big on Adorama’s “Deal of the Day” special items!

Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers. Serving customers for more than 30 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics.

The company, the official electronics retailer for the New York Giants, today announced its most exclusive giveaway contest yet: the Adorama FANtasy Escape Weekend Sweepstakes. Anyone can enter for free in the Adorama store or online. Winners will receive VIP tickets to the Kickoff Celebrity Party (of the Big Game Weekend***) in NYC on Friday, VIP access to the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge on Saturday, and then see the Big Game*** on Sunday. With the 2014 championship game coming to New York City – the home of the Adorama Superstore – there’s no better way to celebrate than with an exclusive sweepstakes.

We couldn’t be more excited for the 2014 championship game to come to our city next February,” says Ahron Schachter, director of strategic planning, Adorama. “Seeing the Big Game can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re pleased to be able to offer our customers access to such an exciting contest. In the midst of the busiest shopping season of the year, we’re providing a multitude of ways for shoppers to enter the contest, ensuring just about every purchase is another chance to win.”

More Ways to Get in the Game: Discounts and Featured Items
With the holiday shopping season in full effect, Adorama has brought back its wildly popular “Deal of the Day” holiday extravaganza. From now through Christmas Eve, shoppers can visit for unbeatable holiday savings on select electronics, computing, photography and video products. When customers purchase any “Deal of the Day” item, which is only available online for 24 hours, they’ll be automatically entered in the Adorama Ultimate FANtasy Escape Weekend sweepstakes.

In addition to automatic entry into the Adorama Ultimate FANtasy Escape Weekend sweepstakes, customers will be automatically enrolled in Adorama’s VIP program when purchasing any “Deal of the Day” Product. Exclusive VIP benefits include: 30 gigs of free, lifetime cloud storage provided by Pogoplug; free photography education through the New York Institute of Photography, Adorama Learning Center and Creative Live; the opportunity to purchase products only available to VIPs; special VIP pricing on products throughout Adorama; exclusive email offers and much more.

Customers can get an additional three entries to the sweepstakes when they purchase specially designated items throughout and in the Superstore, located at 42 W. 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in New York City. Contest terms and conditions can be found at

Gift Guides, Free Photography Education and more, at
For the cyber shoppers out there, the Adorama website will transform into a holiday-themed shopper’s delight from now until Christmas, featuring Adorama Gift Guides. The guides are designed to help consumers and professionals navigate the very latest in photography, videography, iPhoneography and electronics such as tablets and flat screen TVs, and are organized to help online customers easily find exactly what they’re looking for.

For additional help with making decisions on gifts, provides a plethora of educational resources paired with the extensive Gift Guides to help shoppers make the most informed buying decisions, making the online holiday shopping experience a breeze.

Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix, pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company, and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free education for photographers in video channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Visit ADORAMA at

***Non-affiliated sponsors/partners of the NFL are prohibited –under the threat of a lawsuit– from using the words “The Super Bowl”.

Zappos Couture Names Andre Leon Talley as Artistic Director

Andre Leon Talley, international editor-at-large of Numero (Russia), and member of the Board of Trustees, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been named Artistic Director of Zappos Couture, Zappos’ digital luxury platform. Zappos Couture has enlisted Mr. Talley as part of a larger vision to continue expansion into the luxury market segment and the next phase of growth to develop a premiere destination for the luxury customer.

As Artistic Director, Mr. Talley will curate and cultivate the creative vision for the luxury retailer, working to shape its artistic

Zappos Couture.  (PRNewsFoto/Zappos Couture)

Zappos Couture. (PRNewsFoto/Zappos Couture)

inspiration and modernization across all platforms. This includes digital and editorial content creation as well as consulting on new brands.

Established in 2004,, operated by Zappos IP, Inc., has become a leading destination in online couture apparel, footwear, handbag, accessories, fragrance and home decor sales by striving to provide ultra-stylish and brand conscious shoppers with the best possible service and selection. showcases thousands of the newest products designed with the highest quality craftsmanship from the best international fashion houses through a unique online boutique experience.

At Zappos, we’ve always wanted to build our brand to be about more than just shoes and clothing. We want to build our brand to be about the very best customer service and customer experience. With Zappos Couture, customer service is the new luxury,” said Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.

Andre is an icon in the world of fashion, and will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and prescience from the luxury sector to this transformative stage,” said Jennifer Sidary, Head of Couture at Zappos Couture “The establishment of an Artistic Director further underscores our commitment to supporting our partners and bringing our customer base the best in class luxury fashion, blended with compelling and original content.”

The digital universe is a new exciting opportunity for me to reach a broad audience in terms of the global luxury market. I am very happy to join Zappos Couture as Artistic Director, and hopefully will create something unique, in terms of a web magazine within the Zappos Couture website, that conveys the immediacy and excitement of luxury retail products, season by season,” said Talley.

DMA United structured the deal on behalf of Mr. Talley and has been retained by Zappos Couture to manage and implement all creative communications and new business development efforts surrounding the program.

Target Announces Strong Start to Black Friday Sale with Traffic Exceeding Previous Records

Top doorbusters drive heavy online traffic and large crowds at openings nationwide

Target Corporation announced a very successful start to its Black Friday shopping weekend, with guests responding to deep discounts and a wide variety of the season’s most popular offers. On, where nearly all doorbusters were available on Thanksgiving Day, traffic and sales were among the highest Target has seen in a single day. In the early morning hours after the doorbusters first became available, saw two times more orders versus last year at that time. Hot items included the iPad Air, several large screen TVs, Nintendo 3DS XL and Zoomer the Robot Dog which sold out by mid-morning. Other top sellers included the Nikon L320 camera, Samsung 40” TV, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones and the Dyson DC35 vacuum

Our guests told us they want top gifts at a great value, and our team delivered,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. “Whether online, on their mobile devices, or in our stores, guests shopped Target in unprecedented numbers. And, as always, our team provided the exceptional experience our guests have come to expect from Target.”

Starting in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day on, through our Thanksgiving night store openings, traffic across all channels was strong,” said Jeff Jones, executive vice president and Chief Marketing Officer, Target. “I’m excited to see how guests respond to Target’s unbeatable value through this weekend, CyberWeek and the rest of the holiday season.”

In stores, crowds began gathering hours before the 8 p.m. opening and teams reported lines that stretched several blocks. Electronics and toys were popular destinations. In many locations, the Element 50-inch TV at $229 sold out in a matter of minutes.

Traffic remained strong for several hours after opening at many stores. After midnight, guests took advantage of a special offer that started at 12:01 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 29. Guests who spend $75 or more in Target stores receive a coupon valid for 20 percent off nearly all items of a single, storewide purchase in the first week of December.