MCM EXPLORES A UNISEX FANTASY WORLD IN THE NEW “FLOWER BOYS IN PARADISE” SPRING/SUMMER 2014 AD CAMPAIGN FEATURING ANDREJ PEJIC

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For Spring/Summer 2014, European luxury brand MCM (Moderne Creation München) takes inspiration from the worlds of imagination and androgyny. Coming on the heels of the magnificently revolutionary Barneys Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign featuring a cast of transgendered men and women, the season’s advertising campaign “Flower Boys in Paradise” captures a unisex fantasy inspired by Arcadian Utopia. Korean photographer Kyung-­il Park shot the techno-­ futuristic, colorful campaign, featuring Serbian-­Australian androgynous model Andrej Pejic.

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The imagery takes on the form of a butterfly-­shaped kaleidoscope. On one side of the “butterfly wing” Andrej Pejic evokes a boyish facade and on the other side a sultry and girlish smirk. Pejic is truly as gender­‐blind as the collection itself, as while shooting the campaign, Pejic exclaimed: “I’m a boy and I’m a girl!”In one shot, Pejic introduces the beautifully structured Elda Tote with its classic design, muted tones, and sophisticated shape. In another, the versatile Keana with its shrunken lamb body and minimalist aesthetic is featured. And last but not least, the empire yellow Blume Flower Tote blossoms in the hands of our favorite supermodel. A tribute to all you flower girls and boys!

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Embodying the rebellious yet sophisticated, culturally rich spirit of Munich, the brand reflects the inspiration and attitude from the cityʼs glamorous and legendary age, a long-­time favorite of international royalty, celebrities and VIPs. MCM is renowned for excellence in European craftsmanship, continuing to be the pioneer of the market by continuously evolving with clever designs, durable materials and delivering versatile styles to suit every need.An East-­meets-­West phenomenon, the brand offers sophisticated handbags, practical and stylish luggage, functional business bags, backpacks and trendy small leather goods. All crafted from materials such as leather, fabric and exotic skins styles are offered in various color ways including signature MCM Cognac Visetos to statement-­‐making models in strong colors. MCM has boutiques in major cities throughout the world including Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul and Shanghai. The brand is also sold by prestigious retailers in key markets including the United States, United Kingdom, Dubai, Italy and Russia.www.mcmworldwide.com @MCMTweets @mcmworldwide

Neiman Marcus Unveils The Art Of Fashion Campaign Featuring Artist Andreas Sjödin

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Ralph Lauren.  (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Ralph Lauren. (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Neiman Marcus announces Andreas Sjödin as the photographer of The Art of Fashion for Spring 2014. The Art of Fashion was a revolutionary step for a retailer, as the campaign was designed to feature cutting-edge fashion and provocative photography.  Designer merchandise featured for Spring 2014 includes: Akris, Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Jil Sander, Lanvin Paris, Manolo Blahnik, Mary Katrantzou, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Pilotto, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren Collection, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, The Row, Tom Ford and Valentino. The campaign includes twenty-six images of innovative fashion and will appear in the March edition of the Neiman Marcus publication, the book. Versions will also run in the March issues of Harper’s Bazaar,Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Nina Ricci.  (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Nina Ricci. (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Sjödin was raised in the suburbs of Stockholm and spent his first 10 years working as an art director on ad campaigns for international fashion companies. “During that time, I got to work with all the important photographers, the most important being [Richard] Avedon,” he says. “Working with him, I realized, Wow, there is an even better job in this industry than art director and that is being a photographer! The energy and passion he had, even at 75, was like a child. I wanted to be like that.”

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Dior.  (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 Art of Fashion Dior. (PRNewsFoto/Neiman Marcus)

Andreas Sjödin isn’t interested in just beauty,” says Eddie Nunns, Vice President of Neiman Marcus Brand Creative. “Each photograph must contain an element of surprise – something that will captivate the viewer.” Other notable photographers of The Art of Fashion campaign have included Richard Avedon, Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Lillian Bassman and Paolo Roversi.

Arista/Legacy Recordings Unveils The Essential Eric Carmen Available March 25th

Two-Disc 30-Track Collection Spans Pop Pioneer’s 45 Year Career, From Raspberries To Solo Superstar

Remastered Set Includes “Brand New Year,” Carmen’s First New Recording In Nearly Two Decades, Alongside Previous Unreleased Live Classics

Arista/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the release of The Essential Eric Carmen , a 30-track retrospective of the legendary singer/songwriter’s four-and-a-half decade career. The two-disc set arrives in stores on March 25th and is available now for pre-order on iTunes (www.iTunes.com/EricCarmen). By pre-ordering you will receive the new track “Brand New Year” instantly.

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Remastered carefully from the original analog recordings by Grammy Award®-winning engineer Mark Wilder at New York City’s Battery Studios, The Essential Eric Carmen reaches back to the Cleveland-based artist’s first recordings out of the teenage garage and then travels through his unforgettable catalogue of hits, both with power pop icons Raspberries (“Go All The Way,” “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record),” “I Wanna Be With You”) and as chart-dominating solo superstar (“All By Myself,” “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,” “She Did It,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Make Me Lose Control”).

The Essential Eric Carmen also includes the sonically inspired and lyrically optimistic “Brand New Year,” Carmen’s first new recording in more than 15 years.  The track, which has received over 35K plays to date since its initial offering as a free download this past Christmas Eve, is streaming now at Legacy Recordings’ official SoundCloud,
https://soundcloud.com/legacyrecordings/eric-carmen-brand-new-year.

“It would be a mistake to think of this release as just another compilation,” Carmen recently noted. “I can tell you that you have never really heard most of these songs until you’ve heard them on this package. It is the closest to what I envisioned for most of these 30 tracks that I have ever experienced.

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