Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Zang Toi

Runway Images Photographed by Lev Radin

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12, 2014: Designer Zang Toi and model walks runway for Paris of the Orient presentation by Zang Toi at Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week in Lincoln Center

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12, 2014: Designer Zang Toi and model walks runway for Paris of the Orient presentation by Zang Toi at Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week in Lincoln Center (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Thakoon by Thakoon Panichgul

Images by Lev Radin

Thakoon by Thakoon Panichgul at  Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week at Studio 545

Fall/Winter 2014 New York fashion week: J Mendel

Images photographed by Lev Radin

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Steven Alan

Images photographed by Lev Radin

Schneider Optics Launches the New iPro Lens System for iPhone 5, 5S, 4/4S, Galaxy S4, & iPads

The iPro Lens System of versatile interchangeable lenses has been expanded so it is now compatible with even more devices including iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, as well as Samsung Galaxy S4, and current iPads.

Designed by professional lens and filter maker, Schneider Optics, the iPro Lens System is purpose-built to enable professional quality photographic and video imagery with smartphones and iPads by adding the benefits of interchangeable Macro, Wide Angle, Super Wide, Fisheye, and Telephoto lenses to capture more in every shot.

Take pro photos & video wherever you take your smartphone--with the iPro Lens System by Schneider Optics.  (PRNewsFoto/Schneider Optics)

Take pro photos & video wherever you take your smartphone–with the iPro Lens System by Schneider Optics. (PRNewsFoto/Schneider Optics)

These five interchangeable lenses optically capture the image without sacrificing valuable pixels. For a wider field of view, the space expanding Wide Angle adds 35% and the Super Wide adds 50% more coverage so there’s no more backing up against the wall to get a large group or object in a confined space. For wide action or scenic shots there’s nothing like the Fisheye’s 165-degrees for extraordinary angles. The 2X Tele compresses space getting close-up to the action so shots from the audience of sporting events or the school play let you zero in on the subject. The Macro lens has 2.5X magnification and provides razor-sharp details giving small subjects or objects a big presence. The iPro Lens System’s professional optics are simple to use, easy to handle, and smartly self-storing in an integral black case that doubles as a handle.

Now there are purpose-built cases for the Galaxy S4 as with the iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, so the lenses simply thread on and are ready to shoot. With a slide-on design, the rugged 2-piece cases offer fast installation and removal and an easy-to-handle soft touch feel. A quick bayonet mount securely fastens the lenses to the custom iPro cases.

The new iPro Lens Clip is designed to securely fit the latest models of iPad Mini, iPad Mini with retina display, iPad Air and iPad 2. Owners have the versatility to use the same iPro lenses on either the smart device’s built-in iSight camera or Facetime camera. The Clip is quick and easy to install without altering the iPad in any way, so interchanging iPro lenses from device to device is a breeze.

The iPro System is available in kits or by individual lenses or components, so the user can customize a system to suit their needs. To order, or for more information, visit www.iprolens.com.

Sydney Sparkles as Baz Luhrmann Directs the Largest Outdoor Ballroom Dancing Event Ever Seen In Australia


In a run up to the debut of the forthcoming opening of Strictly Ballroom The Musical with previews from 25 March, hundreds of couples danced on the forecourt of Sydney Opera House today in a specially choreographed Strictly Sydney moment.  Strictly Ballroom The Musical, under the direction of international celebrity producer and director, Baz Luhrmann,  is exclusive to Sydney, secured by Destination NSW, the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors.

Arriving at the Sydney Lyric in March 2014, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way on to the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Baz Luhrmann and Ballroom Dancers

Baz Luhrmann and Ballroom Dancers

Baz Luhrmann directs

Baz Luhrmann directs

Thomas and Phoebe, Photo by Baz Luhrmann

Thomas and Phoebe, Photo by Baz Luhrmann

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of other students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1984, before dancing into the hearts of audiences worldwide as the award winning feature film. In a brand new all-singing, all-dancing theatrical production, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will bring this iconic story to life, featuring the beloved music from the original film as well as new compositions.

Sydney sparkles with Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom Spectacular.  (PRNewsFoto/Destination NSW)

Sydney sparkles with Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom Spectacular. (PRNewsFoto/Destination NSW)

Sydneysiders had been invited to register to participate in this event which was truly a Sydney community event.  Dancers of all abilities arrived on site early to register dressed in every conceivable style of ballroom dancing attire.  Emulating Scott Hastings from the film Strictly Ballroom all the men were given an iconic white Chesty Bonds singlet to wear and each participant received a memento specially designed by Catherin Martin.

Excitement reached fever pitch when the two stars of Strictly Ballroom The MusicalThomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos, emerged in glittering costumes atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House.  A chopper circled high above Sydney Harbour and captured the entire event.

Baz Luhrmann said “Most people know Strictly Ballroom as a movie but it began, as a piece of theatre and now it is an all-singing, all-dancing, live, stage musical.  But it is more than that. As a show it reaches out not only to the audience but also to the community to become involved. That’s what dancing does. It allows everybody to participate so it seemed like a fun and a fitting idea for us all to meet on the forecourt of the Opera House and create a scene together from Strictly Ballroom.

Strictly Ballroom the Musical opens exclusive to Sydney, on March 25 2014, at Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star. Travel packages are available from Showbiz at showbiz.com.au/strictlyballroom.

2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners Announced

LACOSTE Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

The CDG Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious and well-respected entertainment industry awards season events, celebrated the spirit of collaboration between Costume Designers and Actors and Directors. The winners of the seven competitive awards were revealed at a gala on Saturday, Feb.22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Continuing its decade-long support of the Guild, LACOSTE is returning as Presenting Sponsor of the CDGA. LACOSTE has been featured in numerous films such as Last Vegas, The Heat, Bridesmaids and This Is 40, as well as television shows including Glee, House of Lies, The Newsroom, Pretty Little Liars and Royal Pains.

Whether on playing fields or in everyday life, LACOSTE’s story is rooted in a quest for authenticity, performance and elegance. Each Crocodile-branded product is designed to allow men and women to feel free in their mind and body, with clothes and accessories that enable confidence and ease by adapting to an ever-changing life. It’s this vision of optimism and courage that is promoted by the new brand campaign: “Life is a Beautiful Sport.” In keeping true to that philosophy, the LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.
This year’s LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD was presented to five-time Academy Award® nominated actress, Amy Adams. Adams has built an impressive body of work including Spike Jonze’s Her opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film, The Master. Adams’ role in The Master garnered her a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination in addition to her fourth Academy Award® nomination.

Adams recently won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy” and a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” for her performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle. She and her fellow castmates including, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, took home the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Adams’ role has also garnered her an Academy Award® and BAFTA nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” Michael Wilkinson, Adams’ Costume Designer for American Hustle, has also received an Academy Award®, BAFTA and CDGA nomination for his work on the film. Additionally, Adams’ Costume Designer for Her, Casey Storm, earned his first CDGA film nomination this year.

Adams’ other film credits include The Fighter, Enchanted, Man of Steel, Doubt, Julie & Julia, Robert Lorenz’s Trouble with the Curve opposite Clint Eastwood; Walter Salle’s adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal beat generation novel, On The Road; Disney’s The Muppets opposite Jason Segel; Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian opposite Ben Stiller; Christine Jeffs and Karen Moncrieff’s critically acclaimed film Sunshine Cleaning opposite Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War opposite Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Frances McDormand; and Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio.

This year, acclaimed writer, producer and director, Judd Apatow received the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. An Honorary Career Achievement Award was presented to Costume Designer April Ferry for her outstanding work in film and television.

As Costume Designers we take great pride in seeing our work on the screen, bringing characters to life through costumes. The Costume Designers Guild would like to congratulate all of the nominees and the winners,” said Salvador Perez Jr., President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

Excellence in Period Film
“12 Years a Slave” (Patricia Norris)

Excellence in Fantasy Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Trish Summerville)

Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Blue Jasmine” (Suzy Benzinger)

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
“Behind the Candelabra” (Ellen Mirojnick)

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
“Downton Abbey” (Caroline McCall)

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
“House of Cards” (Tom Broecker)

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
“Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors” (Nancy Steiner)

Career Achievement Award
April Ferry

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Amy Adams