Five Legendary Celebrity Chefs is Immortalized On Latest United States Postal Service Limited Edition Forever Stamps

The United States Postal Service is cooking up a feast of 20 million Limited Edition Celebrity Chefs Forever stamps today. The sugar-free, fat-free, zero-calorie stamps will be on the menu of the nation’s Post Offices beginning today. The five chefs honored on the stamps — James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Edward (Felipe) Rojas-Lombardi — revolutionized the nation’s understanding of food. By integrating international ingredients and recipes with American cooking techniques and influence, these chefs introduced new foods and flavors to the American culture.

U.S. Postal Service Celebrity Chefs Forever(R) Stamps (PRNewsFoto/United States Postal Service)

U.S. Postal Service Celebrity Chefs Forever(R) Stamps (PRNewsFoto/United States Postal Service)

The stamps feature digital illustrations by Jason Seiler of Chicago, depicting the chefs in a style intended to resemble oil paintings. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamps. Available in a pane of 20, the stamps may be purchased now at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and on eBay at ebay.com/stamps for delivery shortly after Sept. 26.

Anointed the “Dean of American cookery” by the New York Times in 1954, James Beard (1903-1985) laid the groundwork for the food revolution that has put America at the forefront of global gastronomy. He was a pioneer foodie, host of the first food program on the fledgling medium of television in 1946, the first to suspect that classic American culinary traditions might cohere into a national cuisine, and an early champion of local products and markets. Beard nurtured a generation of James BeardAmerican chefs and cookbook authors who have changed the way we eat.

During World War II, he served with the United Seamen’s Service, further developing his culinary and organizational skills by setting up clubs and canteens for merchant seamen in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Panama and France. When he returned to New York City in 1945, the local NBC station asked him to appear on the new medium of television. He jumped at the chance, appearing weekly in “Elsie Presents James Beard in ‘I Love to Eat,'” sponsored by Borden.

In the years following, Beard appeared on television and wrote for such magazines as Gourmet and House and Garden. In 1955, he began a three-decade career as a teacher when he established the James Beard Cooking School.

From the 1950s onward, Beard became a sought-after restaurant consultant and commercial endorser while writing numerous books about cooking, entertaining and food. In 1952, he co-authored a guide to the restaurants of Paris, and in 1954 he published a guide to entertaining guests, “How to Eat Better for Less Money,” and a book about cooking fish — which covered not only 80 species of fish and shellfish, but also frogs, turtles and snails. In 1959, “The James Beard Cookbook,” a low-cost paperback for beginners or aspiring cooks in need of improvement, earned praise from Craig Claiborne of the New York Times, who dubbed Beard a “kitchen wizard.”

After his death in 1985, his colleagues and friends established the James Beard Foundation and made his Greenwich Village house a site for food-related events. The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize excellence in the food and beverage industries, and the foundation’s scholarship program has given more than $3.5 million in cash and tuition wavers to talented students. An annual James Beard food conference began in 2010, accompanied in 2011 by the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, an apt way to honor the gastronome that set American cooking on its way.

Joyce Chen (1917-1994) is one of America’s most well-known promoters of Chinese food. From her landmark restaurant in the Boston area to her cookbooks and trailblazing PBS television show, Chen invited newcomers to sample unfamiliar dishes in ways that firmly established Chinese cuisine in the United States

From her landmark restaurants in the Boston area to her cookbooks and trailblazing PBS television show, Chen invited newcomers to sample unfamiliar dishes in ways that firmly established Chinese cuisine in the United States. Chen was born in Beijing, China, where her father, a railroad administrator and city executive, employed an images (2)excellent family chef. After overseeing a successful banquet when she was 18, Chen became eager to learn more about cooking and food. After the Chinese Revolution in 1949, Chen left China and found herself in Cambridge, MA, where Chinese students from local universities would visit her family for meals — and to enjoy a rare taste of home.

In 1958, Chen opened her first restaurant in Cambridge, MA. At a time when even soy sauce was considered exotic in America, Chen introduced many Northeasterners to such dishes as Peking duck, moo shu pork and hot-and-sour soup, often serving Chinese food buffet-style, at first alongside familiar Western dishes so nervous patrons could comfortably sample new things.

In 1962, two years after teaching Chinese cooking classes with long waiting lists, Chen compiled her recipes and kitchen tips into the “Joyce Chen Cook Book.” She devoted chapters to proper chopstick usage, regional variations, the importance of tea, the difference between home and restaurant cooking and methods of preparing perfect rice. In the decade following, Chen’s cookbook sold more than 70,000 copies and was reprinted well into the 1980s.

Julia Child’s success on television prompted Boston public television station WGBH to ask Chen to host her own show. Filmed in the late 1960s, “Joyce Chen Cooks” aired on public television stations across the country. The show is credited with expanding America’s interest in and knowledge of Chinese food and culture. She died in Lexington, MA. In 1998, Chen was posthumously included in the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame.

Julia Child (1912-2004), demystified French cuisine for a U.S. audience. Through her extremely popular television shows and cookbooks, Child showed us that we could make even complicated dishes in our very own kitchens, doing so with a joie de vivre that made her the public face of American cooking for more than 40 years.

Born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in Pasadena, CA, she graduated from Smith College in 1934 and moved briefly to New York City with dreams of becoming a novelist before returning to California. After a stint in Washington, D.C., Child accompanied her husband to Paris for his work with the U.S. Information Service in 1948. She felldownload instantly in love with France and within a year enrolled in cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu, the renowned Parisian cooking school, and graduated in 1951.

In 1952, Child met two French women who were writing a cookbook for Americans in need of an American collaborator. Together they opened a cooking school and spent several years drafting a manuscript that initially proved too lengthy and too intimidating for American publishers — until editor Judith Jones decided to take a chance on it. In 1961, the year Child and her husband returned to the United States, Alfred A. Knopf published the 684-page “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One,” a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection that remains popular to this day.

While promoting the cookbook on the Boston PBS television show “I’ve Been Reading” in 1962, Child demonstrated recipes on the air for nearly half an hour. Her lively and engaging performance prompted PBS station WGBH to offer her a show of her own. In 1963, “The French Chef” debuted nationally — and at the age of 50, Julia Child became a star.

Child filmed episodes of “The French Chef” through 1966. She earned a Peabody Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television in 1964, while the show won a 1966 Primetime Emmy. Child published “The French Chef Cookbook” to accompany the television series and in 1970 co-authored “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two,” proud to have developed the first successful recipe for real French bread made with American flour in a home oven.

New episodes of “The French Chef” debuted in 1970, followed by a 1975 companion cookbook, “From Julia Child’s Kitchen,” in which Child expanded beyond French cooking to include curries, New England chowders and even a look at microwave ovens. She became such a cultural icon that in 1978, Dan Aykroyd parodied her on “Saturday Night Live.”

During the 1980s and 1990s, Child starred in a dizzying array of new series, including “Dinner at Julia’s,” the Emmy-winning “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” and “Baking with Julia.” She appeared on “Good Morning America,” and wowed viewers with a multi-day series about her adventures in Italy. She appeared alongside her friend Jacques Pepin in two PBS specials and the Emmy-winning series “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” which showcased the co-stars’ chemistry and lively debates.

In 1981, she co-founded the American Institute of Wine and Food, and a decade later she and Jacques Pepin worked with Boston University to help create a graduate program in gastronomy, “a unique, multidisciplinary program that encompasses the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.”

In 1996, TV Guide named Child one of the 50 greatest TV stars of all time, and she became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. Her kitchen became a popular exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in 2002, and in 2003 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor.

Today, the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts continues to support her “commitment to educate and encourage others to live well through the joys of cooking and eating well.”

Known as “the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking,” Edna Lewis (1916-2006) found wisdom in the customs and patterns of her rural Virginia childhood. By bringing such quintessential dishes as shrimp and grits or roast chicken to the plates of fine restaurants, Lewis convinced her fellow Americans to take a second look at Southern cooking while also serving as one of the first voices to reemphasize the importance of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Lewis was born April 13, 1916, in Freetown, VA, a farming community founded by her grandfather and other freed slaves. For the rest of her life, Lewis fondly recalled the images (1)lifestyle and customs she grew up with and strove to share with the rest of the world. “The spirit of pride in community and of cooperation in the work of farming is what made Freetown a very wonderful place to grow up in,” she wrote in her 1976 book “The Taste of Country Cooking.”

In 1948, antiques dealer John Nicholson persuaded her to be the cook at his new Manhattan restaurant, Cafe Nicholson. The restaurant soon attracted a celebrity clientele, from comedians Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin to musician Hoagy Carmichael and filmmaker Jean Renoir, while also drawing such famous Southern writers as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and — one of Edna Lewis’s favorites — Truman Capote. An enthusiastic 1951 New York Herald Tribune article informed readers that Cafe Nicholson had no menu, but served the same delicious meals every day, such as roast chicken with herbs — what Nicholson himself later called “a very simple menu, and very simply presented.”

After Lewis left Cafe Nicholson in the 1950s, she raised pheasants, catered private parties and worked at the American Museum of Natural History, but her reputation as a cook never diminished. She published “The Edna Lewis Cookbook” in 1972, and at the encouragement of Judith Jones, Julia Child’s editor, she began to write books that combined recipes and cooking tips with her personal recollections. The New York Times proclaimed that her classic 1976 book “The Taste of Country Cooking” “may well be the most entertaining regional cookbook in America.”

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Lewis lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and New York where she worked as a chef at various restaurants and wrote “In Pursuit of Flavor,” a 1988 cookbook that included nearly 200 recipes and her own recollections and commentary.

In 2003, with her Alabama-born protege Scott Peacock, Lewis co-wrote “The Gift of Southern Cooking,” a book praised by Publishers Weekly for its authors’ “heartfelt friendship and mutual respect.” Continue reading

MONCLER LAUNCHES THE AUTUMN /WINTER 2014-15 “THE BLACKOUT PROJECT” BY DAN HOLDSWORTH

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL - MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 / WINDOW AND VISUAL DISPLAY

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL – MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014 / WINDOW AND VISUAL DISPLAY

Blackout is a series of 21 large colour prints which British photographer Dan Holdsworth taken in 2010 and include shots of mountainous terrain in Iceland, demonstrating the shrinking of the glaciers. His technique includes  reduction in light that forces the viewer to look deeper to understand what is being observed. This is both the technique and the goal of the artist, who works with exposures over many hours to convey the otherworldly landscape to observers, taking them to a place where the gaze achieves its utmost essentiality.

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL,  MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL, MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL,  MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL, MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL,  MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL, MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL,  MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

MONCLER BLACKOUT COCKTAIL, MILAN, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

For the forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2014 season, Moncler has chosen one of these images and reproduced it throughout a collection of jackets, trousers and a series of accessories including; shoes, bags and a clutch bag. The result is a mini collection for skiing, designed for men and women alike. The project pays tribute to the majesty of nature, which has long been an element of inspiration and a source of challenge for Moncler. Thanks to Holdsworth’s images, it offers a profound cue for analysis, something resembling a giant X-ray which reveals the hidden skeleton of the mountain to the eye. Moncler Blackout’s unique collection will be presented in the brand’s flagship stores from September 2014, and will be displayed worldwide with a touring photographic display.

Dan Holdsworth is English, and was born in 1974. He studied photography at the London College of Printing, and has put his signature to personal exhibitions at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and London’s Barbican Art Gallery. He has also taken part in collective exhibitions organized at London’s Tate Britain and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His pieces have become part of the body of works displayed in institutions such as the Tate Collection, the Saatchi Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

National Museum of the American Indian Launches Pivotal Exhibition to Celebrate 10 Years on the National Mall

“Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations” Opens Today

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will open “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations” today–the 10th anniversary of the opening of the museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

President John F. Kennedy meeting with National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) president Walter Wetzel, Senator Lee Metcalf, and Senator Mike Mansfield, 1963. Photo probably by Robert L. Knudsen. (P34169)

President John F. Kennedy meeting with National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) president Walter Wetzel, Senator Lee Metcalf, and Senator Mike Mansfield, 1963. Photo probably by Robert L. Knudsen. (P34169)

Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is a vital component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. Dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere–past, present, and future–through partnership with Native people and others, the NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native objects spanning 12,000 years of culture from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall located at 4th St & Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20560.

Oto delegation, 1881. Standing L to R: Chedo Nayį or Standing Buffalo Bull; Ma Ska Gaxe or White Maker. Seated, L to R: Waruje Nayį or Standing Eating; Mųnje Xąnje or Big Bear; Harigra or Returns from Far. Photo attributed to John K. Hillers. (P03408)

Oto delegation, 1881. Standing L to R: Chedo Nayį or Standing Buffalo Bull; Ma Ska Gaxe or White Maker. Seated, L to R: Waruje Nayį or Standing Eating; Mųnje Xąnje or Big Bear; Harigra or Returns from Far. Photo attributed to John K. Hillers. (P03408)

Nation to Nation” is the museum’s most ambitious effort yet; it will present the history of the relationship between the United States and American Indian Nations through their treaties in the largest historical collection ever offered to an audience. The exhibition focuses on historic episodes of treaty-making and will feature nine original treaties on loan from the National Archives that will rotate throughout the run of “Nation to Nation.” The first to be exhibited will be the Treaty of Canandaigua between the Haudenosaunee (the Six Nations, or Iroquois Confederacy) and the fledgling United States. One of the earliest treaties made, it was signed by Cornplanter, Red Jacket, Handsome Lake and President George Washington in 1794. Each treaty represents diplomatic agreements between the United States and Native Nations that remain in force to this day.

Delegation of representatives of the Yankton, Santee, and Upper Missouri Sioux; Sac and Fox, Kaw, Ojibwe, Ottawa, Kickapoo, and Miami Nations, posing with President Andrew Johnson on the steps of the White House, 1867. Photo by Alexander Gardner. (P10142)

Delegation of representatives of the Yankton, Santee, and Upper Missouri Sioux; Sac and Fox, Kaw, Ojibwe, Ottawa, Kickapoo, and Miami Nations, posing with President Andrew Johnson on the steps of the White House, 1867. Photo by Alexander Gardner. (P10142)

Kumeyaay (Diegueño) basket tray, ca. 1900. California. Grass, juncus. Photo by Ernest Amoroso, NMAI. (22/2729)

Kumeyaay (Diegueño) basket tray, ca. 1900. California. Grass, juncus. Photo by Ernest Amoroso, NMAI. (22/2729)

More than 125 historical and some contemporary objects from the museum’s collection and private lenders–peace medals given to Native Nations by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson; the pipe of Chief Washakie, who was present at the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty; the sword and scabbard of Andrew Jackson (on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History); and iconic memorabilia from the American Indian Movement–tell the story of living side-by-side from the birth of the United States to the present. Wampum belts, richly beaded pipe bags, a Seneca dress, Navajo blanket, Cheyenne painted deer skin depicting the Battle of Little Big Horn, Potawatomi medicine bags, tomahawks, baskets, archival photographs and more highlight historical moments.

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The exhibition, in development for 10 years, offers visitors the hidden stories of the United States and American Indian Nations diplomacy, the history of how the states were ultimately drawn and how promises were kept and broken and renewed with Native Nations. Guest curated by Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee), the story is woven through five sections: Introduction to Treaties; Serious Diplomacy; Bad Acts, Bad Paper; Great Nations Keep Their Word; and The Future of Treaties. The exhibition also features three original media productions: “Nation to Nation,” a four-minute video that will introduce the main themes of the exhibition; “Indian Problem,” a 10-minute video that shows the cultural side of the shift in power relations between Native Nations and the U.S. government; and “Sovereign Rights,” a four-minute video that covers the topic of termination of tribes. All three videos are narrated by Robert Redford. Continue reading

TOYS“R”US® LIFTS THE CURTAIN ON 2014 HOLIDAY SEASON

Toys“R”Us® lifted the curtain on its plans for the 2014 holiday season at a special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City. Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S., discussed steps the company has taken during the first half of the year to prepare its stores nationwide for the busy shopping season ahead, including building its leadership team, successfully concluding its inventory clearance event to make way for hot new holiday products, significantly improving its in-stock position, strengthening customer relationships with enhanced service offerings and redeploying capital for store maintenance.

Mr. Mullany also announced the launch of the company’s new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program, the introduction of free online layaway and ways it is making it easy and fast for shoppers to find the toys they want through its new “Here’s What’s Hot” and “Gift Express” shops, in-aisle “Top Gift” suggestions, as well as its curated online Gift Finder. In addition, Mr. Mullany discussed the company’s innovative brand marketing campaign and the important role its expert employees play in providing a differentiated shopping experience for customers. He also noted that the company will continue to offer Price Match Guarantee for store and online competitors, a $49 everyday free shipping offer and enhanced omnichannel capabilities including In-Store Pick Up.

“We are pleased with our progress and the foundational improvements we’ve made to the business in preparing for the busy months ahead,” said Mr. Mullany. “Our focus at Toys“R”Us for the 2014 holiday season is to make it easy for customers to shop with us both in-store and online. At the same time, we will clearly demonstrate our toy category leadership through our broad product assortment, by having hot toys in-stock when customers want them, and leveraging the expertise of our employees in helping gift-givers select the right toy for the child on their list.”

Launching New Rewards“R”Us Program: Loyal Customers Earn Rewards Faster, Maximizing Their Shopping Experience

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the company has launched a new Rewards“R”Us program to further deepen its relationship with its most devoted customers. The more than 18 million existing Rewards“R”Us members, and those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards, are now able to earn more rewards. The complimentary loyalty program enables members to simply earn one point per dollar spent* at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us locations. For every $125 spent, Rewards“R”Us members receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards.

To maximize their membership, loyalty members now have the ability to accumulate points up to $200 in rewards, allowing them to save up and apply their rewards toward special purchases. In addition, members can register to receive rewards directly via email and enjoy an extended 60-day validity period when redeeming rewards. Plus, members have access to the dedicated Rewards“R”Us website where they can track their purchases, print rewards and receive exclusive access to special savings and partner offers from family-friendly brands that include global resorts, iconic attractions, entertainment and more.

To extend savings even further, Rewards“R”Us members who are also “R”Us credit cardholders, issued by Synchrony Bank, earn two points per dollar spent in-store or online at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us, a total of $10 for every $125 they spend. They can also enjoy special financing and partake in 10% off** Thursdays at any “R”Us location. Plus, “R”Us MasterCard® cardholders also earn one point for every four dollars spent on purchases at stores other than Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us.

Rewards“R”Us members will also receive exclusive promotions throughout the holiday season and advance notice of sales, events and presale opportunities. To learn more, visit Toysrus.com/myrewards.

Introducing New Online Layaway for Holiday Season

Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders.

As the company strives to make it easy for customers to find and buy what they’re looking for, online layaway not only provides access to a wider assortment of products, but is also an exceptional shopping convenience for those who want to make a series of payments over time, but may not be able to get to a local store to create a layaway order and make regular payments. More details are available at Toysrus.com/Layaway.

It’s All About Gifting Made Easy

This fall, the company is introducing brand new navigational signage in its Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. This thoughtful and layered approach to making it easy and fast for gift-givers to find what they’re looking for includes a welcome map located at the front of the store featuring merchandise category locations, plus large overhead signage identifying major product categories and brands. Additional way-finding signage at aisle entry points and within each aisle breaks down merchandise selection even further, leading shoppers right to the item they came to find.

In addition, the company announced the launch of two new gift solutions shops located at the front of each store, providing shoppers with easy access to top gifts and helping to eliminate guesswork:

  • The “Here’s What’s Hot” shop showcases hot, new product arrivals and top trending toys for children of all ages. Featured products will change on a monthly basis, providing parents with instant knowledge of what kids are currently clamoring for.
  • For grab-and-go shoppers, a curated assortment of top items available for $30 or less is presented in the “Gift Express” shop, which is designed to help even the most indecisive gift-giver choose something great for the holidays, a birthday or other special occasions.

To further assist holiday shoppers select a gift sure to please, the company’s team of merchandising experts have chosen16 “Top Gift” suggestions to showcase through in-aisle presentations. Identified by bright green signage, these items help focus shoppers on some of the hottest items within a large product category.

For online shoppers, a new curated Gift Finder will be available at Toysrus.com with fun gift ideas that will deliver big smiles. This specially selected guide, featuring top gifts for every toy category, allows shoppers to easily search items by age and price range, and then further narrow the results by brand and character. Continue reading

Crystal Cruises’ Top Brass Of Past And Present Headline 2015 Silver Anniversary Theme Cruises

Luxury Line Celebrates Milestone with Special Parties, Special Guests

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Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises announces a celebratory twist for its Experiences of Discovery theme cruises for 2015, when the line will mark its 25th anniversary of cruising.  During six designated sailings – in addition to more than a dozen themed cruises focused on culinary, musical, theatrical, political and athletic pursuits – Crystal guests will be treated to commemorative parties and receptions, where they’ll rub elbows with Crystal’s top leadership.  Of these, four voyages will be Crystal’s first-ever “Captain’s Cruises,” wherein former captains will join Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity again to regale travelers with their Crystal memories.  The four cruises, and hosts, include:

 April 11, Asia (Hong Kong to Tokyo) with Captain Reidulf Maalen, the captain of Crystal’s first ship, the Crystal Harmony, when the company began sailing in 1990.

—  May 4, Southern Trans-Atlantic (Miami to Lisbon) with Captain Glenn Edvardsen, a 21-year Crystal veteran, and the youngest Crystal captain when he joined the line in 1999.

—  June 12, Northern Trans-Atlantic (New York to London) with Captain Helge Brudvik, captain of Crystal Symphony in its inaugural year, retired from Crystal since 2000.

—  December 19, Caribbean/Brazilian Holiday (San Juan to Rio de Janeiro) with Captain John Okland, who just retired in 2012 after 15 years with Crystal.

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises will be celebrating 25 years of sailing in 2015 with multiple theme cruises bringing back former Crystal captains, as well as current top executives. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal’s Experiences of Discovery theme cruises set throughout 2015 also include two Wine & Food Festival voyages in Asia (January 5 and 29) and one in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands (November 13); music-focused programming on two Trans-Atlantic Ballroom at Sea sailings (June 12 and December 11), a Jazz cruise down the Pacific Coast (May 11), and two back-to-back Mediterranean voyages featuring Emerging Artists from the acclaimed Music Center of Los Angeles (May 31 and June 12); plus a Trans-Atlantic Film & Theatre cruise (May 4); and a Golf-themed British Isles sailing (July 25).  Three segments of the 108-day “Silver Celebration” World Cruise also offer an Ocean Views theme, featuring debates and interactive discussion with some of the most knowledgeable world affairs experts of today.

We’re thrilled to welcome some of our most beloved captains back aboard to celebrate this milestone, as they have each played a significant role in our 25-year history of extraordinary worldwide explorations,” says Crystal President and COO Edie Rodriguez.  “Our anniversary theme cruises will be like Crystal family reunions, made even more special with our ship ‘masters’ returning home to celebrate with us.”

In addition to the Captains’ cruises set for the anniversary year, Crystal’s annual President’s and Chairman‘s voyages will also feature added programming and celebrations, hosted by Rodriguez on Crystal Serenity’s 13-day, July 12 Western Europe cruise; and Crystal Chairman Nobuyoshi “Nob” Kuzuya on Crystal Symphony’s 18-day, July 8 North Cape/Arctic Circle cruise.

All-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares for the Experiences of Discovery cruise series start at just $2,810/person, double occupancy, with up to $1,900/person in savings if booked by October 31.

TOYS“R”US® UNVEILS THE 2014 #TRUHOTTOYLIST

Charm-azing Bracelets, Stretchy Heroes in a Half Shell, Little Chirping Love Birds, a Virtual Construction Set and 200 Pound-Towing Truck Are Among the Top Toys Named to the Company’s Annual and Industry-Leading Gift List

With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys“R”Us® has revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List. The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys“R”Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of brand new toys, games and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids’ wish lists this year. For the full list, visit Toysrus.com/HotToys or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList.

“We take great pride in providing parents and gift-givers with a reliable and definitive shopping list that they can use as a starting point to help ensure kids will be smiling from ear-to-ear when they open their presents on Christmas morning,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Our team of toy experts has a proven track record of predicting what are expected to be the most coveted toys each holiday season. By sharing our unique toy insights, while offering compelling services and savings opportunities, including the introduction of free online layaway and our new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program with “R”Us credit card incentives, we’re determined to help make holiday gifting easy for our customers.”

THE TOYS“R”US “FABULOUS 15”: The Best-of-the-Best of the Holiday Season

Among the 36 items named to the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List are the Fabulous 15, expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season:

THE 2014 #TRUHotToyList

From Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List represents the top new toys of the year in each age group:

Baby’s First Christmas:

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Bright Starts Having a Ball! Hide & Spin Monkey from Kids II®

It’s time for some monkey business! By picking up balls, placing them into the top of the monkey’s hat and pressing his nose, little ones can watch with excitement as the balls spiral down the ramp. With bright lights and silly monkey sounds and songs, parents should prepare for ongoing laughter. The Hide & Spin Monkey also encourages sit-to-stand play. 4 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 6 to 36 months.

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch 'n Crawl (In Packaging) - C.Hung Yu photographer

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ‘n Crawl (In Packaging) – C.Hung Yu photographer

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ‘n Crawl from Fisher-Price®

This too-cute Minnie Mouse is moving and grooving, encouraging crawlers to join along and further develop gross motor skills. With just a press of Minnie’s back, babies will hear adorable phrases such as “great job!” and “aren’t you sweet?” followed by Minnie crawling to a sweet melody. Minnie is soft to the touch and sized just right for little ones. 2 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

13 months to 2 years:

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride  (Out of Packaging)

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride (Out of Packaging)

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride Elephant from Fisher-Price®

This adorable elephant pal comes ready to play and ride with lights, music and three “grow-with-me” stages to get infants moving. Babies can bounce up and down, then steady their first steps as a walker, and ultimately take a ride. Upbeat tunes, fun sounds, phrases and sing-along songs encourage and reward actions of little learners. The elephant’s big, soft ears move as babies move to add even more fun and excitement. 2 “AAA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

Giggly Gears Twirltable

Giggly Gears Twirltable

Giggly Gears Twirltable from Little Tikes®

Little imaginations will spin into gear with this engaging and interactive Toys“R”Us exclusive play table. With over 20 colorful gears that turn, swirl and wind, there are endless ways to play and countless hours of imaginative fun to be had. Parents will love to watch as toddlers invent new ways to spin and stack gears while music plays. 2 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 12 months and up.

2 to 4 years:

Cabbage Patch Kids Twinkle Toes 2 (Out of Packaging)

Cabbage Patch Kids Twinkle Toes 2 (Out of Packaging)

Cabbage Patch Kids® 14-Inch SKECHERS® Twinkle Toes Kid with Backpack from JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

Kids can’t help but shine when playing with the all-new Toys“R”Us exclusive 14-inch Cabbage Patch Kid, featuring real light-up accessories and SKECHERS shoes. Available in a variety of ethnicities, face shapes, hair colors, eye colors and more to choose from, each Cabbage Patch Kid has a one-of-a-kind name and comes with a birth certificate and adoption papers. 6 “AG13/LR44” batteries required (included). Ages 3 years and up. Continue reading

Absolut® Launches Limited Edition Andy Warhol Bottle

Celebrated Vodka Brand Honors Iconic Collaboration with Legendary Artist in time to Make the Holidays “Pop”

“I love the bottle; I want to do something…” – Andy Warhol on the iconic Absolut® Vodka bottle

Absolut Vodka has proudly announced the Limited Edition Andy Warhol bottle, a new design celebrating the brand’s iconic collaboration with the illustrious Andy Warhol, embodying the brand’s commitment to supporting all things rooted in artistic expression and creativity.

In 1986, Andy Warhol became the first in a long line of celebrated artists to collaborate with Absolut, when he created an original piece inspired by his adoration of the brand’s iconic bottle. This fall, Absolut brings Warhol’s creative vision into the 21st century, by transforming his artwork into a three-dimensional bottle, allowing anyone to “Make the Holidays Pop” with their very own Warhol. Since 1986, the Swedish vodka brand has collaborated with thousands of cutting-edge artists, including Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Annie Liebovitz – and more recently, Jay-Z , Spike Jonze, Swedish House Mafia and Lady Gaga. The Warhol Limited Edition bottle design is black with blue, pink and yellow details – replicating Andy Warhol’s original Absolut Warhol painting and features approximately four million bottles, which will be distributed worldwide beginning October 2014.

Absolut Vodka unveils new Limited Edition Absolut Warhol bottle, offering a three-dimensional replica of Warhol’s original 1986 Absolut-inspired artwork and print ad for the vodka brand.

Absolut Vodka unveils new Limited Edition Absolut Warhol bottle, offering a three-dimensional replica of Warhol’s original 1986 Absolut-inspired artwork and print ad for the vodka brand.

We are incredibly excited to launch this unique bottle, the design of which exemplifies our iconic partnership with the legendary Andy Warhol,” says Joao Rozario, Vice President, Vodkas, Pernod Ricard.We hope party-goers everywhere will view it as the quintessential ‘plus one’ that will make their holiday parties pop this season.”

To support the launch of the Warhol Limited Edition bottle of Absolut Original, Absolut is launching two transformative consumer-facing initiatives: the Warhol Spirit by Absolut experience and the Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut.

In celebration of the new Andy Warhol Edition, Absolut will collaborate with Andy Warhol once again by reaching out to his spirit for a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience in New York City. During the experience, acclaimed DJ A-Trak, light artist Schnellebuntibilder and experimental EVP artist Leif Elggren, will work together to transform sound waves originating from Warhol’s spirit into a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience. Using the sound waves as the main input, the three artists will create a live-collaboration where Schnellebuntibilder’s interactive light installation will react to A-Trak’s music, which mixes in Andy Warhol’s words picked up by Leif Elggren’s EVP machine. Through this truly unique experience, Absolut seeks to inspire audiences to realize that anything is possible through creativity.

By transforming Warhol’s artwork into a three-dimensional bottle, Absolut allows anyone to “Make the Holidays Pop” with their very own Warhol.

By transforming Warhol’s artwork into a three-dimensional bottle, Absolut allows anyone to “Make the Holidays Pop” with their very own Warhol.

To allow audiences anywhere in the world to experience the connection with Warhol, an interactive site will live-stream what sounds are picked up from the EVP before, during, and after the event. Continue reading

Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week Report: ELLE Runway Collection by Kohl’s

Photo Credit: Tom Concordia

The ELLE Runway Collection by Kohl’s debuted their Fall 2014 collection at STYLE360 New York Fashion Week. Combining Parisian luxury and New York City Style, the collection consisted of delicate pleated skirts, embellished tops, elegant floral prints and exquisite polka dot patterns. Setting a romantic, whimsical theme with models walking under a frame of Eiffel Tower and front row café tables, guests were made to feel as if they were on the streets of Paris, with each look embodying fashion’s latest trends while still also providing easy to wear apparel for the everyday woman. The collection is available immediately for purchase on Kohls.com.

Photo Credit: Tom Concordia

Photo Credit: Tom Concordia

Photo Credit: Tom Concordia

Photo Credit: Tom Concordia

 

Johnny Mathis Set To Release THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION On November 17

Johnny Mathis’ near 60-year tenure as a core artist at Columbia Records was only interrupted once, when he founded his own production company, Global Records, for a four-year stay at Mercury Records from 1963 to 1967.  His entire album output for that label (virtually every title rare and out of print for decades) is brought back into full focus with the release of the deluxe box set, THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION (http://smarturl.it/JM_TCGAC_amzn). This 13-CD clamshell-design package, with personal album-by-album annotations by Johnny, will be available every­where on November 17(th) through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTER­TAIN­­­MENT.

THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION celebrates the versatile and distinctive voice of Johnny Mathis, who has been enchanting audiences around the

Johnny Mathis "The Complete Global Albums Collection" to be released Nov 17th. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Johnny Mathis “The Complete Global Albums Collection” to be released Nov 17th. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

world since the age of 19.  He was an athletic scholarship freshman at San Francisco State College in 1955, when Columbia staff A&R producer George Avakian ‘discovered’ him singing in a Bay Area nightclub.  Johnny was not yet 21 when he finally arrived in New York City for his first recording sessions with Avakian in ’56. Columbia A&R chief Mitch Miller took over Johnny’s hitmaking production reins from 1957 to 1960.

Mathis scored his first string of consecutive smash hits in ’57 – “Wonderful! Wonderful!,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Chances Are” (his first #1), “The Twelfth Of Never,” “No Love (But Your Love),” and “Wild Is The Wind.”  He went on to enjoy one of the most enduring careers in popular music, an artist who has been present on the singles and albums charts in every decade from the ’50s to the ’10s.  He remains the only recording act in history with two LPs listed in the Billboard Top 10 (even the Top 25) on Joel Whitburn’s “Albums Of Longevity” chart – 1958’s Johnny’s Greatest Hits (at 490 weeks, that’s over nine years!) and 1959’s Heavenly (at 295 weeks) – iconic achievements in pop music history.

Johnny suddenly decamped for Mercury Records (Miller’s pre-Columbia label) in 1963.  With the launch of his Global Records imprint, Johnny was embarking on a new and challeng­ing chapter of his already illustrious career.  His first LP under the new deal was The Sounds Of Christmas (1963, his second career Christmas LP), produced by arranger/conductor Don Costa.  Without Miller’s input, Johnny made the bold decision to self-produce many of the Global titles, starting with his second release, Tender Is The Night (1964).

All of a sudden,” Mathis notes in his new introduction, written especially for this box set, “I was in charge of my own decisions in the studio, and I didn’t have someone to guide me on what I was doing, right or wrong… I wasn’t a producer, and I didn’t realize until then how important producers were and how much they assisted me in my work.  I tried to do what I could, but I had no idea what would be good for the market.”

Johnny’s oft-overlooked Global recordings have always cried out for a more in-depth look at their importance, given his lack of regard at the time for current trends.  With that in mind, THE COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUMS COLLECTION offers a dazzling array of familiar pop standards and unique musical experiments.  Titles are as diverse as the Spanish language Ole (1965) and the forward-looking The Sweetheart Tree (1965), recorded in London.  Over the course of his Global recordings, Johnny collaborated with arrangers and conductors familiar from his time at Columbia (Costa, Glenn Osser) and drew on material by everyone from the Beatles, to Johnny Mercer, Bacharach-David, Bricusse-Newley, Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, even Gerry Goffin-Carole King. Continue reading

Stoli ® Vodka Launches New National Campaign

Stoli® Vodka has announced the launch of its new advertising campaign, “THE Vodka.” Produced by Richmond-based The Martin Agency, the campaign is the brand’s first major advertising effort since the inception of Stoli Group USA this January 2014. The new campaign, which will be used across global markets as well as the U.S., toasts this iconic heritage and bold character, declaring to all that Stoli is “THE Vodka.

Stoli(R) Vodka today announced the launch of its new advertising campaign, which was produced by The Martin Agency and celebrates authenticity and the brand's iconic heritage. (PRNewsFoto/Stoli Group USA, LLC)

Stoli(R) Vodka today announced the launch of its new advertising campaign, which was produced by The Martin Agency and celebrates authenticity and the brand’s iconic heritage. (PRNewsFoto/Stoli Group USA, LLC)

The new campaign boldly celebrates the brand’s authenticity and places the spotlight on Stoli’s heritage as a trailblazer in the vodka category for the past 80 years and aims to make a departure from an industry flooded with the superficiality of over-designed bottles and over-idealized lifestyles. Elements of the campaign capture what it means to be “THE Vodka,” a title reserved for Stoli as the original premium imported vodka in the United States, the first vodka brand in space and the pioneers of vodka flavors.

“‘THE Vodka’ campaign firmly supports Stoli’s commitment to stay true to our longstanding heritage and unwavering focus on what is the most important–the spirit inside the iconic Stoli bottle,” said Lori Tieszen, Chief Marketing Officer of Stoli Group USA, “This campaign represents what people crave from their vodka: something authentic; something bold; something real.

The campaign launched in the United States with a total redesign of the brand’s website, print campaign, and out-of-home advertisements appearing in major cities around the country including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and Boston. A full range of digital content will reach Stoli’s target audience of millennials through online partners including Grooveshark, Playboy, Esquire, Mashable, Complex, DailyBreak, and UnRuly.  Print buys include ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Men’s Fitness, Playboy, and Esquire, and in 2015, a new TV commercial will air nationally.

Creative executions will highlight the difference between being one of many versus being an original, including an ongoing series of animated videos made specifically for social media. The short, irreverent videos are illustrated by renowned graphic novelist and designer Andrew Rae, and will be released every week through the end of the year.

One of the best examples of Stoli’s authenticity is their iconic label. Unlike the many over-designed vodka bottles you see on shelves today, Stoli has been consistent and stayed true to its character since the beginning,” said Jorge Calleja, Global Group Creative Director, The Martin Agency.  “We wanted to showcase the iconography that has made Stoli ‘THE Vodka’ and explore the difference between what it means to be artificial vs. authentic.  Do you want to have ‘a’ night or ‘THE’ night? Do you want to drink ‘a’ vodka or ‘THE Vodka’?

To further celebrate what it takes to be a “THE,” Stoli is going on a tour of the country to pay homage to the people and places that have shaped nightlife culture within the United States and set the stage for the epic nightlife scenes of today.  From the bartender to the club promoter, the legendary music venues to the DJs, Stoli will tell the story of their journey to the iconic status they hold today. Beginning on Avenue A in New York City’s East Village this October, Stoli will celebrate one legendary epicenter of nightlife culture and how the local characters, its denizens and doyennes, have turned just a street in the city into “THE” street.

The campaign will continue through 2015 to celebrate nightlife scenes across the nation, spanning over 10 markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami.

 

Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion

Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion

Exhibition Locations: Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, made possible by Yahoo, with additional support is provided by Condé Nast, will be Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, on view from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and mistranslations. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department since AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Chinese Whispers will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915. Chinese Whispers is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute. Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “whispers” or conversations through time and space, focusing on Imperial China; Nationalist China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s; and Communist China, with an emphasis on changing images of Chairman Mao. These ‘whispers,’ and others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai. Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Madame Wellington Koo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong May-Ling), and Empress Dowager Cixi.

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection. The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on the celebrated performer Mei Lanfang, who inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, ensembles from which will be showcased alongside Mr. Mei’s original opera costumes.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino), Craig Green, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Ralph Lauren, Ma Ke, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Laurence Xu, and others.

I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments that will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with Chinese aesthetics,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met. “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with fantasy, romance, and nostalgia,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of ‘Telephone’–which the British call ‘Chinese Whispers’–designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling. Creative production company 59 Productions (exhibition designers for David Bowie is at the V&A Museum and video for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony) will serve as the exhibition’s production designers.

William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” said Wong. “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results. As Chinese filmmakers we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015. Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair. The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour. This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements. Additional financial support for the 2015 exhibition and benefit is provided by a group of Chinese donors. The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007. A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition. It will be produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and will be available in early May.

Kimono: A Modern History at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 27, 2014–January 4, 2015

Exhibition Location: Arts of Japan Galleries 225–231

The kimono has long served as a tableau on which to inscribe and describe the effects of modernization on Japan. This aspect of kimono—its capacity to absorb and reflect cultural change so that it has become a chronicle of the country’s efforts to shape its national identity on the world stage—will be highlighted in the exhibition’s organization. Worn by men and women of all ages, the kimono is a simple garment with a complex history that has been shaped by the evolution of weaving, dyeing, and embroidery techniques as well as cultural changes in Japan.

Featuring more than 50 spectacular robes dating from the 18th century to the present day, Kimono: A Modern History will tell the fascinating story of this eloquent garment, whose designs and patterns reflect trends in pictorial and decorative arts of the same period. Opening on September 27, the exhibition will present a range of garments, from sumptuous robes custom-made for wealthy patrons to every-day kimono worn by the general public. Some 25 robes on loan from private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the renowned John C. Weber Collection, and others, will complement examples from the Metropolitan Museum’s own rich collection. Also on view will be paintings, prints, illustrated books, and other objects, including lacquerware and ceramics, with design patterns that mirror kimono.

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide, Japanese, 1807–1878/79 Drawing Room of a Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1861, 9th month Center and right sheets of a triptych of polychrome woodblock prints Ink and color on paper, O-ban Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide, Japanese, 1807–1878/79
Drawing Room of a Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1861, 9th month
Center and right sheets of a triptych of polychrome woodblock prints
Ink and color on paper, O-ban
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959

The first gallery, with gorgeous Noh robes, will be followed by a section devoted to the development during the Edo period (1615–1867) of what would be considered today as the “fashion industry”; it will focus, for example, on the network that formed among publishers of ukiyo-e prints, woodblock-printed books, and fabric merchants. During this period, woodblock-printed pattern books, called hinagatabon, played a crucial role in transmitting the most fashionable designs, just as fashion magazines and catalogues do today. The objects on view will include a rare example of one of the very earliest woodblock-printed pattern books, the On-hiinagata, published in 1667.

Utagawa Kokunimasa, Japanese, 1874–1944 Swimming at Ōiso, Distant Views of Mount Fuji Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912), 1893 Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper Oban triptych: 14 1/8 x 25 1/2 in. (35.9 x 64.8 cm) Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1960

Utagawa Kokunimasa, Japanese, 1874–1944
Swimming at Ōiso, Distant Views of Mount Fuji
Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912), 1893
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Oban triptych: 14 1/8 x 25 1/2 in. (35.9 x 64.8 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1960

The history of Edo-period kosode fashion will also be discussed, through screens and ukiyo-e paintings. Among the works on view will be the provocatively entitled screen Whose Sleeves (Tagasode) and a selection of elegant kosode, women’s kimono with “small sleeve” openings.

The next section will focus on the modernization of the kimono in the Meiji period (1868–1912). In an attempt to place Japan on equal footing with Europe and America, Japanese officials began wearing Western-style clothing. In the late 1880s, even Empress Shōken promoted Western gowns to encourage women to adopt modern modes of dress. Kimono gradually became identified as Japan’s national dress, and at the same time became a highly sought-after fashion item in Europe and the United States, coinciding with the Japonisme craze that inspired many Western artists and designers, notably Vincent van Gogh and other Impressionists.

The importation of Western dyes and machinery had a profound effect on the kimono industry. This section of the exhibition will present a selection of modern kimono made especially for a Western clientele. During this time, with fabrics being designed to be exhibited at World Expositions, Japan’s domestic textile industry gradually became integrated into world textile markets. The late Meiji period saw the emergence of Japanese department stores, such as Takashimaya, new advertising techniques, the rise of a largely female consumer base, and wide distribution of fashion magazines, often inspired by Western models. The pieces on view will include—from the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute collection—a lavish Takashimaya kimono made for the Western market, as well as Meiji-period woodblock prints to illustrate contemporary fashion trends. A selection of Meiji period decorative arts will complete this section.

The Taishō period (1912–1926) saw great urban growth, particularly in Tokyo. The prosperity and optimism of the period is evident in the colorful and cheerful textile designs, such as a kimono ensemble with brilliant explosions of chrysanthemum blossoms. Although Western-style clothes gained popularity, the kimono continued to be every-day wear. The motifs were dramatically enlarged and new designs appeared, sometimes inspired by Western-style painting. In creating such boldly patterned kimono, the designers benefited from new types of silk and innovative patterning techniques, making relatively inexpensive, highly fashionable garments available to more people than ever before. These vibrant kimono styles remained popular until the 1950s.

During the Shōwa period (1926–1989), kimono design continued to evolve in response to artistic and political upheaval at the international level. This section will include a selection of war propaganda kimono with unique designs reflecting contemporary politics of the 1930s and 1940s. Representative of the kind of deluxe garments that were also created during the interwar period is a dramatic 1930s kimono on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that shows a bold composition of brilliantly colored peonies against a mustard-colored background.

Over time, kimono makers evolved from nameless artisans to designated Living National Treasures, and the kimono gradually transformed from an item of every-day clothing to an exclusively ceremonial garment. And today the story continues, with Japan experiencing a “kimono boom” and many eminent fashion designers, both in Japan and the West, creating innovative works inspired by the age-old indigenous garment.

The exhibition is organized by John T. Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art, and Monika Bincsik, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, both in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This exhibition is inspired by the research and publications of the late Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, an independent scholar who specialized in the history of Japanese textiles. The exhibition will coincide with the publication of Milhaupt’s book Kimono: A Modern History, published by Reaktion Books. The Museum will offer education programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including aSunday at the Met on October 19, 2014, a Friday evening gallery event, exhibition tours, a Drop-in Drawing class, and a studio workshop.

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John Denver’s Recording Career Celebrated on New Box Set, ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION

Deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set is first comprehensive multi-label overview to span 1964 to 1997, including six previously unreleased tracks, demos, promo rarities, live performances, limited edition and private pressings, and more

Special guests: the Mitchell Trio, Olivia Newton-John, Sylvie Vartan, Placido Domingo, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Muppets, and others

Box set available everywhere November 4, 2014, through RCA/Legacy

John Denver’s prolific recording career is paid high tribute on ALL OF MY MEMORIES: THE JOHN DENVER COLLECTION.  This deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set, representing virtually every one of the studio and live albums he recorded in his lifetime, encompasses hit singles and signature album tracks, demos, promotional rarities, limited edition and private pressings, and a total of six previously unreleased tracks.  The first truly comprehensive over­view of his more than three decades of recording, from 1964 (before his solo career took off) to 1997 (the year of his death), this box set will be available every­where November 4th through RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.  ALL OF MY MEMORIES is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection" to be released on November 4th (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection” to be released on November 4th (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

From his start as an itinerant folk-singer in the mid-1960s, John Denver rose to world class status as a multi-platinum selling recording artist and producer, a two-time Grammy Award®-winner (and five-time host of the Grammy Awards® broadcast), movie actor, television personality, philanthropist, environmental and human rights activist, and much more.

John Denver is recognized as one of the most celebrated entertainers of the 1970s, with sales over 33 million to date, including eight Billboard Top 10 RCA Albums in the U.S. (three of which hit #1).  These include seven RIAA multi-platinum, thirteen platinum and 20 gold album certifications.  He charted more than 40 Billboard Hot 100, AC and Country songs from 1971 to 1988.  His #1 hits from 1974-’76 included “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Sweet Surrender,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” (a rare live record to top the chart), “Calypso” (a monument to his close association with undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau), “Fly Away” featuring Olivia Newton-John, “Look­ing For Space,” and “Like A Sad Song.”  These and his ‘campfire’ standards, “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (designated in 2014 as the state song of West Virginia), and “Rocky Mountain High” (designated in 2007 as one of two state songs of Colorado) – not to mention his numerous recordings, movies and television appearances with Jim Henson’s Muppets – comprise a body of work that will resonate forever.

John Denver would have turned 70 on December 31, 2013. In November 2013, the BBC Four documentary, John Denver: Country Boy, premiered in recognition of

All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection" to be released on November 4th PHOTO CREDIT - Nick Sangiamo (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection” to be released on November 4th PHOTO CREDIT – Nick Sangiamo (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

his 70th.  The one-hour film featured interviews with many important figures who knew Denver best, including his widow Annie Denver, producer Milton Okun, manager Jerry Weintraub, musicians James Burton and Paul Prestopino, and many others.  The 32-page booklet for ALL OF MY MEMORIES will include the definitive 2,600-word liner notes essay written by long-time John Denver chronicler G. Brown, former Denver Post music critic, and now Director at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  Its first inductee was John Denver, in 2011.

Industry legend Milton Okun ‘discovered’ Denver and was his long-time producer (and execu­tive producer) on some 20-plus studio, live and ‘hits’ albums from 1965 (as the Mitchell Trio’s producer) up until 1986.  As Okun said in the BBC documentary, “He came to New York to audition, and it was very clear right away that he was the best.”  Okun brought Denver’s “Leaving, On A Jet Plane” to Peter, Paul & Mary (whom he was also producing) for their second ‘folk-rock’ LP, Album 1700, and the song became PP&M’s one and only #1 career hit.  “He represented America at its best and healthiest,” Okun said of Denver, “and was a wonderful artist and a wonderful writer, and I think his songs will be sung for hundreds of years. They’re that good.” Continue reading

Coming Soon: Making Music Modern: Design for Eye and Ear at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

November 15, 2014–November 15, 2015

Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

Jonathan Ive, Apple Industrial Design Group. iPod. 2001. Polycarbonate plastic and stainless steel, 4 x 2 1/2 x 7/8″ (10.2 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm). Mfr.: Apple, Inc. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Jonathan Ive, Apple Industrial Design Group. iPod. 2001. Polycarbonate plastic and stainless steel, 4 x 2 1/2 x 7/8″ (10.2 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm). Mfr.: Apple, Inc. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the manufacturer

Music and design­—art forms that share aesthetics of rhythm, tonality, harmony, interaction, and improvisation—have long had a close affinity, perhaps never more so than during the 20th century. Radical design and technological innovations, from the LP to the iPod and from the transistor radio to the Stratocaster, have profoundly altered our sense of how music can be performed, heard, distributed, and visualized. Avant-garde designers—among them Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Lilly Reich, Saul Bass, Jørn Utzon, and Daniel Libeskind—have endeavored to push the boundaries of their design work in tandem with the music of their time. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, Making Music Modern gathers designs for auditoriums, instruments, and equipment for listening to music, along with posters, record sleeves, sheet music, and animation.

Panasonic. Toot-A-Loop Radio (model R-72). c. 1972. ABS plastic, h. 2 3/4″ (7 cm), diam. 6″ (15.2 cm). Mfr.: Panasonic Company, Secaucus, NJ. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Anne Dixon

Panasonic. Toot-A-Loop Radio (model R-72). c. 1972. ABS plastic, h. 2 3/4″ (7 cm), diam. 6″ (15.2 cm). Mfr.: Panasonic Company, Secaucus, NJ. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Anne Dixon

 

The exhibition examines alternative music cultures of the early 20th century, the rise of radio during the interwar period, how design shaped the “cool” aesthetic of midcentury jazz and hi-fidelity culture, and its role in countercultural music scenes from pop to punk, and later 20th-century design explorations at the intersection of art, technology, and perception. Continue reading

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

October 04, 2014–January 18, 2015

Contemporary Galleries, second floor; The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor; The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor; Projects Gallery, second floor

Robert Gober (American, born 1954) Untitled. 1991 Wood, beeswax, leather, fabric, and human hair. 13 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 46 1/8″ (33.6 x 41.9 x 117.2 cm)  The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Background: Forest, 1991 Hand-painted silkscreen on paper Image Credit: K. Ignatiadis, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery © 2014 Robert Gober

Robert Gober (American, born 1954)
Untitled. 1991
Wood, beeswax, leather, fabric, and human hair. 13 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 46 1/8″ (33.6 x 41.9 x 117.2 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser
Background: Forest, 1991
Hand-painted silkscreen on paper
Image Credit: K. Ignatiadis, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery
© 2014 Robert Gober

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, made possible by Hyundai Card, is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Robert Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Early in his career he made deceptively simple sculptures of everyday objects—beginning with sinks before moving on to domestic furniture such as playpens, beds, and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical room-sized environments. Featuring loans from institutions and private collections in North America and Europe as well as selections from the artist’s collection, the exhibition includes around 130 works across several mediums, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments and a distinctive body of drawings, prints, and photographs. The loosely chronological presentation traces the development of this remarkable body of work, highlighting themes and motifs that emerged in the early 1980s and continue to inform Gober’s work today.

Robert Gober (American, born 1954) Untitled. 1994 – 1995 Wood, beeswax, brick, plaster, plastic, leather, iron, charcoal, cotton socks, electric light and motor. 47 3/8 × 47 × 34″ (120.3 × 119.4 × 86.4 cm) Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel Image Credit: D. James Dee, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery © 2014 Robert Gober

Robert Gober (American, born 1954)
Untitled. 1994 – 1995
Wood, beeswax, brick, plaster, plastic, leather, iron, charcoal, cotton socks, electric light and motor. 47 3/8 × 47 × 34″ (120.3 × 119.4 × 86.4 cm)
Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
Image Credit: D. James Dee, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery
© 2014 Robert Gober

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PepsiCo Launches “Purple On!” Anti-Bullying Campaign In Support of GLAAD’s Annual Spirit Day

PepsiCo today announced a “Purple On!” campaign against bullying. The campaign supports GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day on October 16, which inspires millions of Americans to wear purple to take a united stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. PepsiCo is the official food and beverage sponsor for Spirit Day.

As part of the campaign, PepsiCo is encouraging its employees to wear purple on Spirit Day and to share with their family members, friends and communities GLAAD’s anti-bullying messages and resources. This content, designed for educators, parents and students, is available at http://glaad.org/spiritday. PepsiCo also is activating a social media campaign using the hashtags #SpiritDay and #PurpleOn.

Additionally, Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America Division, will be among the speakers at GLAAD’s 2014 Game Changers! Gala in San Francisco on September 13.

Spirit Day coincides with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Ally Week” as well as National Bullying Prevention Month. According to GLSEN’s 2011 National School Climate Survey, 63.5 percent of LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation; 43.9 percent, because of their gender expression. GLSEN also reported that 81.9 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation; 63.9 percent, because of their gender expression.

“PepsiCo is deeply committed to building a workplace environment where all of our associates can bring their whole selves to work and are empowered to reach their full potential,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with GLAAD in support of Spirit Day, which fosters a spirit of inclusion in our communities.”

“PepsiCo leads by example and is a true ally of the LGBT community and our organization,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

Add Fun to Any Gift with New Award-Winning Warm Fuzzies™ Gift Bags from American Greetings

Every pile of birthday gifts waiting to be opened, collection of Christmas packages under the tree and table of presents at any party has that one gift everyone notices because of its exceptional appearance. At the next celebration, make your gift the standout with new Warm Fuzzies(TM) gift bags from American Greetings to take gift-giving to a new level of awesomeness.

Add some fun - and fur! - to any gift with Warm Fuzzies(TM) from American Greetings. Each of these stylin' new gift bags is a festive combination of googley eyes and long, brightly-colored faux fur.  Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and a rainbow of colors, these award-winning and buzz-worthy bags are ready to party! (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

Add some fun – and fur! – to any gift with Warm Fuzzies(TM) from American Greetings. Each of these stylin’ new gift bags is a festive combination of googley eyes and long, brightly-colored faux fur. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and a rainbow of colors, these award-winning and buzz-worthy bags are ready to party! (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

Add some fun – and fur! – to any gift with Warm Fuzzies. Each of these stylin’ new gift bags is a festive combination of googley eyes and long, brightly-colored faux fur that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and a rainbow of colors.  These premium, sewn fabric bags help recapture the magic of gift giving with a presentation that is part of the gift itself.  Beginning in mid-September, Warm Fuzzies will be available at select retail locations.

As an industry leader in innovative social expression products, American Greetings has introduced more than 100 new greeting card and gift presentation products under the Inventions(TM) brand, offering the ultimate collection of exciting, new-to-the world ways to celebrate birthdays and other happy occasions. Incorporating brand-new twists on cards and gift packaging, the result is the perfect selection of products that are sure to surprise and delight any recipient. Continue the fun and spread the wow factor of our dynamic gift packaging innovations by sharing your pictures, videos and messages on social platforms with the hashtag #wrappedinawesome.

Warm Fuzzies won first place in the “General Merchandise” category of the Product Showcase at last month’s National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo.  With more than 160 total products participating in the Product Showcase, the items were evaluated by esteemed retail attendees at this top-tier industry trade show.

Consumers can find Warm Fuzzies(TM), in addition to a great selection of fresh and inspiring cards and gift packaging products from American Greetings, at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.  Those who enjoy sending e-cards can share American Greetings cards online from www.americangreetings.com.

Think Pink With Tanger Outlets And Help Fight Breast Cancer: Shop and Support the Search for a Cure During the Annual PinkSTYLE Campaign

In support of the ongoing efforts to end breast cancer, Tanger Outlets (a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 45 upscale outlet shopping centers in 26 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 13.7 million square feet leased to over 2,900 stores operated by more than 450 different brand name companies) invites its customers to “think pink” this Fall and help support the search for a cure during the 21(st) annual Tanger PinkSTYLE campaign. In 2014, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 295,000 women will be diagnosed with

Tanger Outlets.  (PRNewsFoto/Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.)

Tanger Outlets. (PRNewsFoto/Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.)

breast cancer in the United States alone. More than 800 women are diagnosed each day and breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women across the nation.

From September 15 through October 25, the Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign will take place at 43 Tanger Outlets in the United States and Canada. Shoppers can purchase 25% OFF Pink Cards in Savings Packs of five Pink Cards for five dollars and save 25% on a single item at participating stores. Customers can purchase as many Pink Card Savings Packs as they like from Tanger Shopper Services. Proceeds from Pink Cards will benefit breast cancer organizations in local communities as well as nationally through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Since 1994, Tanger Outlet Centers has contributed more than $13.5 million to breast cancer research through the PinkSTYLE Campaign, 5K races, Pink Partini Events and other breast cancer-related fundraising events across the country. In 2013, the company raised $1.5 million during PinkSTYLE, the most money raised in a single year since it began supporting this important cause.

“We are proud to join with our customers and tenants at our centers across the U.S. and Canada to bring awareness and raise much needed funds for breast cancer research and prevention,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “We remain committed to supporting these important organizations that are helping further educate women on prevention and hopefully will find a cure to a disease that has affected so many women and families.”

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, founded by the late Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. In 2013, BCRF has committed $45 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers at major medical institutions across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China, the Middle East and Australia.  With 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country. For the eleventh time since 2002, it has earned 4 stars from Charity Navigator.  Additionally, BCRF is the only breast cancer organization rated an “A+” by CharityWatch.  For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

 

Narciso Rodriguez to Launch New Women’s Fragrance with Personal Appearance at Bloomingdale’s Flagship 59th Street Store

Images Provided by Beauté Prestige International

This fall, renowned American designer Narciso Rodriguez introduces a brand new women’s fragrance eponymously titled NARCISO, which  marks the designer’s fourth scent created in collaboration with Beauté Prestige International, the Paris-based fragrance division of the Shiseido Cosmetics Corporation. A man once shared with Narciso that “Every time my wife puts on one of your dresses, we never leave the house.” In the spirit of this sentiment, Narciso Rodriguez presents a fragrance that celebrates a woman’s powers of seduction with the utmost luxury.

Advertising Visual (Double Page)

Advertising Visual (Double Page)

A tribute to modern femininity, NARCISO signals a vital transformation for Rodriguez’s iconic fragrance collection without sacrificing the couture sensibility and timeless sensuality of the modern classic, for her. It embodies the mercurial nature of attraction and embraces the extremes of seduction with utmost grace. The epitome of unassuming elegance and intrepid sensuality, with a modern kind of elegance, embracing a femininity that’s both assertive and elusive, illuminating the universal magic of seduction and attraction, the Narciso Rodriguez woman seduces without artifice.

Narciso Rodriguez Portrait

Narciso Rodriguez Portrait

The fragrance’s name, NARCISO, is a nod to the designer’s first name and more; it has a universal force that resonates in mythology and romanticism. “Narciso is such an uncommon name and one can’t help but think of the Greek myth of Narcissus.” notes the designer. “There is so much history attached to the myth and so many romantic narratives suggested by it.” The story of Narcissus is not only about the reflection of oneself; it implies an eternal love story that applies to every woman’s seductive presence and the mysterious means of attraction. NARCISO reflects and embraces the enigma of passion and seduction.

The fragrance transforms notes of vetiver, the most elegant note from the classic woody family, with a daring olfactory composition that encapsulates intense femininity. While musk remains the signature heart of the scent, it’s a voluptuous musk softened by amber, providing warmth and sensuality. Assertive woody notes of vetiver and luminous white and dark cedars meet tender florals, lucid gardenia and soft radiant bulgarian rose to create a singular synthesis both bold and subtle. The result: A seductive most feminine fragrance that lingers and endures.

Narciso Eau de Parfum

Narciso Eau de Parfum

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BETSEY JOHNSON LAUNCHES ACTIVE-WEAR COLLECTION FOR FALL/WINTER 2014

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Get your heart rate going with Betsey in her first-ever active-wear collection! Inspired by her Fall/Winter 2013 runway show BJ Kicks A,Betsey Johnson debuts an athletic inspired line for the Fall/Winter 2014 season, entitled Betsey Johnson Performance. The collection allows you to kick into high gear with performance-oriented pieces like high-stretch nylon spandex leggings, heat-retaining fleece lined zip-ups, shape wear pants, and t-shirts with wicking and grip tape. For the more fashion forward, the collection features details as energetic and spunky as Betsey herself, including accents like micro fishnet textures, jacquard patterns, open exposures, body mapping, peplum shapes, corset piping, and bows.  Each piece is bound to make your workout a little more fun.

Betsey Johnson Activewear Sneak Peek

Betsey comments: “BJ loves Kicking A!  I’m so excited about the collaboration for the new active wear collection, which I feel has the perfect mix of performance, prettiness, and punk.

The Betsey Johnson Performance Collection retails between $49 and $120. The collection will be available early September at better department stores and on www.betseyjohnson.com.

BETSEY JOHNSON SPRING/SUMMER 2015 AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Betsey Johnson is set to show her Spring/Summer 2015 collection on September 10th, 2014 at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. From Soho to BohoStartlet to Hartlet and Hip to Hop, Betsey Johnson‘s latest promises to bring something special for every girl. Betsey’s SS15 show is sure to leave you emotional, sentimental, and reaching for a tissue.
MintJulep-BJ SS15 Sketch

Fashion and Entertainment Celebrates 30 Years of Peanuts in Fashion: Snoopy And His Sister Belle Make A Bold Fashion Statement At New York Fashion Week

All new Traveling Exhibit “Snoopy and Belle in Fashion Presented by MetLife” Debuts at the New Museum Sky Room

The much-anticipated new exhibition entitled “Snoopy and Belle in Fashion presented by MetLife” opens today at the New Museum’s Sky Room in New York City.  Bringing together Snoopy and his sister Belle with the world’s foremost design talent and visionaries, the exhibition features all new one-of-a-kind creations for the on-trend vinyl Snoopy and Belle dolls. After New York, the exhibit will travel to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and other locations in Milan, Tokyo, and more over the next two years.

DESIGNER BIBHU MOHAPATRA CREATES LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER BIBHU MOHAPATRA CREATES LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNERS JEFFREY COSTELLO AND ROBERT TAGLIAPIETRA CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNERS JEFFREY COSTELLO AND ROBERT TAGLIAPIETRA CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK CITY FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER ISAAC MIZRAHI CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER ISAAC MIZRAHI CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

The international fashion leaders designing for Snoopy and Belle include: Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Bibhu Mohapatra, Calvin Klein Collection, Christian Siriano, Costello Tagliapietra, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dsquared2, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel Marant, J.Mendel, Kenneth Cole, Lisa Perry, MAC Cosmetics, Opening Ceremony, PhilipTreacy, Rodarte, Royal Asscher, Swarovski, Tracy Reese, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, and Zac Posen.

Snoopy and Belle In Fashion presented by MetLife” makes its premiere appearance as Peanuts prepares to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip in 2015, along with the brand’s first all new CGI 3D feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, the 50th anniversary of Peanuts on television with A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on ABC, and the 30th anniversary of the inaugural “Snoopy in Fashion” event of the 1980s.

DESIGNER BETSEY JOHNSON CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM'S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

DESIGNER BETSEY JOHNSON CREATE LOOKS FOR SNOOPY AND HIS SISTER BELLE IN A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE NEW MUSEUM’S SKY ROOM THIS NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. (PRNewsFoto/Peanuts Worldwide)

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Barneys New York Announces Holiday 2014: BAZ DAZZLED Holiday in Collaboration With Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin in Support of Room to Read

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announced today the 2014 Holiday campaign: BAZ DAZZLED Holiday; a collaboration with world renowned writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. A multi-platform initiative, BAZ DAZZLED Holiday will merge the iconic visual language of Luhrmann’s award winning film work with the wit and surprise of the legendary Barneys New York annual holiday initiatives.  Luhrmann and Martin, along with the Barneys New York team under the direction of creative director Dennis Freedman, have conceived a modern holiday world filled with decadent textures and fantastical characters set against the backdrop of iconic holiday concepts.

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Original and exclusive BAZ DAZZLED Holiday artwork by Luhrmann and Martin take you into a magical world filled with fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls, and candy canes, along with their motto “A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived.”  The artwork melds together imagery ranging from classic to the absurd, and will be brought to life in the Madison Avenue Flagship windows, as well as throughout the store.  The artwork will be featured on special Barneys New York shopping bags, gift cards and in-store displays during the 6-week initiative.

Barneys New York has worked to create a range of exclusive (XO), limited-edition holiday gift items, which will be available at Chelsea Passage on the 9th floor of the Barneys New York Madison Avenue flagship location, select Barneys New York locations nationwide, and Barneys.com. Using inspiration from the project, the product assortment will focus on luxury holiday decor and gifts such as ornaments, stockings, children’s costumes and toys, table-top accessories, throws, and other giftable items.

In the spirit of the holiday season and in honor of this special collaboration, Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all BAZ DAZZLED Holiday products to Room to Read, a global organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Multi-award winning director, writer, producer, music producer and visualist, Baz Luhrmann along with Oscar-winning production and costume designer and producer

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Catherine Martin, are partners in their company, Bazmark Inq. Bazmark Inq has produced projects that have captured popular and critical imagination with a diverse range of projects ranging from film, opera, theatre, music, multimedia and events.

“From the earliest days of our love affair with the city of New York, we have always marveled at the way Barneys blends retail, theatre, art and narrative with irreverence and wit while nevertheless remaining accessible to its audience,” said Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.  “We embrace the opportunity of reveling in the holiday spirit by collaborating with Barneys, taking traditional holiday iconography and turning it on its head.  This collaboration is, for us, ultimately a celebratory opportunity to deepen our relationship with our adopted city of New York.”

“Barneys New York has a long history of unexpected and imaginative holiday programs, and working with Baz and Catherine continues this tradition,” said Mark Lee, Barneys New York CEO. “It is thrilling to see their incredible creative vision blend with the Barneys New York spirit for this unique collaboration.”

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.  Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of nearly nine million children and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.

BARNEYS NEW YORK (Barneys) is a luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys’ signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Founded as a men’s retailer in 1923 in downtown Manhattan, it became an international arbiter of high style for both women and men in the 1970s, renowned for discovering and developing new and innovative design talent. Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Scottsdale along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 21 other stores and outlets across the United States. For more information about Barneys New York, please visit www.Barneys.com and explore its luxury content site, The Window, for an insider’s look into the Barneys world: a behind-the-scenes visit with exciting designers, fashion, events, and the Barneys team.