Nominees for the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards Announced

LACOSTE Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Awards Gala on Tuesday, February 17th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Nominees for the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards, which celebrates excellence in film, television and commercial costume design, were recently announced.  The Costume Designers Guild Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious and well-respected entertainment industry awards season events, celebrates the spirit of creative and engaging storytelling through costume design on both the big and small screen. The winners of the seven competitive awards will be revealed at the gala on Tuesday, February 17th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Continuing its long-time support of the Guild, LACOSTE is returning as Presenting Sponsor of the Costume Designers Guild Awards.  The company has been featured in numerous films such as Bridesmaids, That Awkward Moment, The Heat, Chef, and Last Vegas, as well as television shows including Mad Men, Saturday Night Live, Glee, and The Newsroom.

Acclaimed producer, director and screenwriter Richard Linklater (who recently collaborated with costume designer Kari Perkins on the 12-Years-In-the-Making epic film, Boyhood) will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers.  An Honorary Career Achievement Award will be presented to Costume Designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers for her outstanding work in film.  The 2015 Edith Head Award for the Advancement of the Art of Costume Design will be presented to costume designer, scholar, and two-term CDG past president, Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a CDG member and costume design activist for nearly 40 years. The LACOSTE Spotlight Award honoree will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The Costume Designers Guild Awards places a spotlight on the amazing and unique talent of Costume Designers. The Costume Designers Guild would like to congratulate all of the nominees and we look forward to celebrating the work of our members at our awards gala on February 17th,” said Salvador Perez, President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

Below is the list of nominees announced today by the Costume Designers Guild:

NOMINEES FOR THE 17TH COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Birdman – Albert Wolsky
Boyhood – Kari Perkins
Gone Girl – Trish Summerville
Interstellar – Mary Zophres
Wild – Melissa Bruning

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
The Imitation Game – Sammy Sheldon Differ
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Selma – Ruth E. Carter
The Theory of Everything – Steven Noble

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
Guardians of the Galaxy – Alexandra Byrne
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Kurt and Bart
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard, Jane Clive

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES 
House of Cards – Johanna Argan
Ray Donovan – Christopher Lawrence
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
True Detective – Jenny Eagan

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
The Knick – Ellen Mirojnick
Mad Men – Janie Bryant
Masters of Sex – Ane Crabtree

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES 
American Horror Story: Freak Show – Lou Eyrich
Houdini – Birgit Hutter
The Normal Heart – Daniel Orlandi
Olive Kitteridge – Jenny Eagan
Sherlock – Sarah Arthur

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN 
Army ‘Defy Expectations, Villagers’ – Christopher Lawrence
Direct TV ‘Less Attractive’, with Rob Lowe – Mindy Le Brock, Jessica Albertson
Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World Walks on Fire’ – Julie Vogel
Kia Soul Hamster Commercial Featuring ‘Animals’ – Anette Cseri
Smirnoff ‘The Mixologist’ – Laura Jean Shannon

The 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards will be produced by JumpLine, with Executive Producer JL Pomeroy, Supervising Producer Sarah Cowperthwaite, and Producer Demetra Stavrakas.

For more information about the awards, visit www.jumpline-group.com/tix. Call (310) 491-1401 for ticket inquiries or (310) 207-4410 for sponsorship/advertising/congratulatory messages.

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INC INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY, NAMES HEIDI KLUM BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR 2015

INC International Concepts, exclusively at Macy’s, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a yearlong campaign starring model, television personality, and newly appointed INC brand ambassador Heidi Klum. Beginning in February and continuing throughout 2015, Klum will appear in a multiplatform campaign with a significant presence in print, digital and in-store. Klum also takes the role of the media spokesperson, being at the forefront of all INC brand messaging surrounding its anniversary campaign initiatives and collection launches. Klum will be featured alongside male model Gabriel Aubry, who will serve as the face of INC’s men’s collections for the anniversary campaign.

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato  Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Official campaign imagery will break in mid-February, with lots of exciting initiatives to follow. In the meantime, you can view some teaser images from behind the scenes of Heidi and Gabriel’s first 30th Anniversary shoot. (photo credit: Donato Sardella for WWD)

Heidi Klum is the ideal spokesperson for ‘30 Years of INC’. In addition to being an international A-list celebrity and fashion icon, Heidi is a former INC model which makes her an even more compelling ambassador for the brand,” said Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of marketing for Macy’s Private Brands.

I’ve always loved INC for bringing runway fashion to the masses. Throughout the years, INC has been a forerunner in creating clothing that make women feel confident and sexy,” said Klum.

The 30th Anniversary of INC is a significant milestone, both for the brand itself and for Macy’s,” said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s Inc. “A Macy’s private brand, INC has grown over the past three decades into a real powerhouse, earning its place among the most popular brands in our overall portfolio and serving a very loyal fashion customer. We look forward to celebrating INC’s past, present and future with a lot of exciting activity over the course of 2015, starting with the introduction of Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry as our INC ambassadors for the anniversary year.

Customers will begin to see Klum and Aubry appear in advertising and direct mail beginning in February.

 

Another Golden Night at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

It was a night of celebration, a few surprises, laughter, heartfelt speeches and a few serious, even somber moments as Hollywood marked the opening of the Awards Season with the 72nd Golden Globes ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Thunderous applause greeted Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as they took the stage for the third time and immediately warmed the room by ribbing Cecil B DeMille recipient George Clooney. “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year.” Said the presenters, “Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.” The irony was graciously acknowledged by the award recipient, smiling from the floor.

When Clooney finally did take the stage to receive his prize, greeted by a standing ovation, he was equally humble addressing both nominees and winners in the crowd by saying: “If you are in this room you caught the brass ring”. Clooney acknowledged some of his predecessors like Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams – both of whom passed away last year and then struck a more heartfelt tone. “It is a humbling thing to find someone to love”, he said addressing his new bride Amal Alamuddin. “I am proud to be your husband” said Hollywood’s previously most eligible bachelor.

Clooney concluded on a somber note. “Millions of people marched today in Paris and around the world”, said the actor-director-producer known for his social and political activism, “we will not live in fear”. It was just one of the references to the tragic terrorist attacks of the past week that killed 17 people in Paris including 10 journalists at the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. Clooney’s message was echoed by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma in his address when he said “The freedom of artistic expression … is a beacon across the globe … We stand united everywhere from North Korea to Paris”. Many other guests such as Amy Adams, Alexandre Desplat, Tchecky Karyo and Helen Mirren also expressed solidarity with the victims sporting “Je Suis Charlie” buttons and generally conveying Hollywood’s support of free artistic expression.

And tonight Hollywood did it the best way it knows: By distributing Golden Globes to the best films and television series of the year. In the first department Boyhood led the pack with three wins: Best Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Another favorite, Birdman took the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Michael Keaton and his tour-de-force lead performance as washed up actor Riggan Thompson. In somewhat of an upset it could not, however, best Wes Anderson’s whimsical The Grand Budapest Hotel which was named Best Comedy or Musical.

In the other acting categories it was a golden night for Eddie Redmayne, a winner as Best Actor Drama for his characterization of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything (the film also won for Best Musical Score). Return nominee Amy Adams won the Globe for Best Actress Comedy or Musical for Big Eyes and J.K. Simmons won his first Globe for portraying a fierce music teacher in Whiplash. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the winner in the animation category while Leviathan was named Best Foreign Film of 2015. Best Original Song went to Selma’s Glory by John Legend and Common.

The 72nd Globe proved historic for newcomer Amazon Studios that scored two Globes forTransparent (Best Comedy Series and Jeffrey Tambor for lead actor). FX’s Fargo also scored big with wins as Best Miniseries and for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton). Another double winner was Showtime’s newcomer The Affair that won Best Drama Series and for Ruth Wilson as Best Actress – Drama. Kevin Spacey won for his portrayal of ruthless VP (and now president elect) Francis Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. One of the most emotional speeches was delivered by newcomer Gina Rodriguez for her win as Best Comedy Actress in the breakout series Jane The Virgin. Wins for Best Drama Actress (Maggie Gyllenhall in The Honourable Woman) and Supporting Actor in The Normal Hearti> (Matt Bomer) and Downton Abbey (Joan Froggatt) rounded out the field.

All in all a great night that had space, among other things, for Tina and Amy’s salute to “the new HFPA member from North Korea” – with an uncanny resemblance to comedienne Margaret Cho and the notorious propensity of asking stars to pose with her publication.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Boyhood

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Michael Keaton – Birdman

Lead Actress – TV Drama
Winner: Ruth Wilson – The Affair

Director
Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Lead Actor – TV Drama
Winner: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Best TV Drama
Winner: The Affair

Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman

Foreign Film
Winner: Leviathan, Russia

Lead Actor – TV Comedy
Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Screenplay
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Winner: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Animated Feature
Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Amy Adams – Big Eyes

Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart

Original Song – Motion Picture
Winner: Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)

Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Winner: Transparent

Lead Actress – TV Comedy or Musical
Winner: Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Fargo

Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Winner: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACADEMY TO ANNOUNCE OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE

NOMINATIONS TO BE DELIVERED IN NEW TWO-PART PRESENTATION

CHRIS PINE AND ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS TO PRESENT NOMINATIONS IN 13 CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

ALFONSO CUARÓN AND J.J. ABRAMS TO PRESENT SPECIAL EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT OF 11 CATEGORIES

GLOBAL LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE AT OSCARS.ORG/LIVE

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered.  The event will be broadcasted and streamed live on www.oscars.org/live. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Zadan and Meron. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”

At 5:30 a.m. PT, Cuarón and Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, Pine and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

“We’re delighted to have Chris, Alfonso and J.J. participate in the excitement of Nominations morning, which, for the first time, will highlight nominees in all categories,” said Boone Isaacs.  “This new approach enables the Academy to further recognize excellence across our entire industry and underscore the full spectrum of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”

We’re thrilled to have such exceptional talents present the nominations in a completely new format that furthers our mission and honors all of the artists who make movies,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

Pine’s starring role as Kirk in the 2009 feature “Star Trek” propelled him to worldwide prominence.  He reprised the character in the sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.”  Pine’s other feature credits include “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Into the Woods.”  Pine will next be seen in “Z for Zachariah,” due out later this year, and “The Finest Hours,” due out in 2016.

Cuarón is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker best known for his features “A Little Princess,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity.”  He most recently won Oscars® for directing and editing “Gravity” and received a Best Picture nomination as a producer on the film.  Cuarón also has earned an Original Screenplay nomination for “Y Tu Mamá También,” and Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay nominations for “Children of Men.”

Abrams is a director, screenwriter and producer whose credits include such feature films as “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” as well as such television series as “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Person of Interest.”  He won two Emmy® Awards in 2005 for directing and executive producing “Lost.”  Abrams is currently directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” producing “Mission: Impossible 5,” and executive producing the series “Roadies” for Showtime and “Westworld” for HBO.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Advance Details about Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring Exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, Announced at the Palace Museum in China

The Metropolitan Museum of Art held a press briefing at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, about its spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. The exhibition, on view at the Met from May 7 to August 16, will explore how Chinese art and film have influenced Western fashion design for centuries.  Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum; Shan Jixiang, Director of the Palace Museum; Max Baucus, U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute; Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art; Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue; and renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, Artistic Director of the exhibition, all attended the press briefing.  

1. Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford, 2004 2. From left: Chen Zhang, Silas Chou, Wendi Murdoch, Emily Rafferty, Thomas P. Campbell,      Anna Wintour, Max Baucus, Andrew Bolton and Maxwell K. Hearn 3. Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute 4. Artistic Director of China: Through the Looking Glass, renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai (All Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

1. Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford, 2004
2. From left: Chen Zhang, Silas Chou, Wendi Murdoch, Emily Rafferty, Thomas P. Campbell,
Anna Wintour, Max Baucus, Andrew Bolton and Maxwell K. Hearn
3. Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute
4. Artistic Director of China: Through the Looking Glass, renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai
(All Photos courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Director Shan welcomed guests to the Palace of Established Happiness (Jianfu Palace) in the Forbidden City, Ambassador Baucus delivered remarks, and Mr. Campbell highlighted the importance of cultural and artistic exchange between China and the Met.  Andrew Bolton discussed how the exhibition will juxtapose Chinese art and historic costumes with high fashion to demonstrate the West’s fascination with Chinese imagery.  Wong Kar Wai discussed the role of film in the exhibition and showed a montage of the film clips that will be used in the exhibition to illuminate the impact of the cinematic arts on Western fashion. 

“It is an honor for the Met to host a press presentation at the Palace Museum for many reasons, chief among them our long, collaborative relationship with our Chinese colleagues,” said Mr. Campbell.  “We are particularly delighted to share early details about The Costume Institute’s spring exhibition focusing on the history of Chinese imagery in art, film, and fashion.  We hope that many Chinese visitors will come experience the exhibition in our galleries this spring alongside fellow art lovers from around the globe.”

During the press briefing, a display in the Jianfu Palace featured images and objects to be included in the Met exhibition: an Yves Saint Laurent gown (by Tom Ford, 2004) inspired by the dragon robe worn by Puyi (1906-1967), the last Chinese emperor, for his inauguration in 1908; and a blue-and-white Chanel beaded gown (by Karl Lagerfeld, 1984) and a Roberto Cavalli gown (2005) whose patterns reflect those on Chinese export porcelains.  This interchange between art and fashion complements the Palace Museum’s mission to highlight the essence of Chinese art and culture formed over thousands of years, as well as The Costume Institute’s commitment to exploring the connection between art and fashion. The Costume Institute became part of the Met in 1946, and subsequently built a world-class collection including more than 35,000 garments from five continents, with some dating back to the 15th century.

Mr. Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum of China, said: “The close cooperation between the Palace Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in developing this exhibition has enhanced mutual understanding, formed new friendships and led to brilliant new and exciting ideas. We believe that in the near future, we can look forward to more collaboration opportunities and learn from each other by sharing our expertise and experiences in exhibition design and curating.

Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition, noted:  “From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from China, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent.  Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

China: Through the Looking Glass will be on view in the Met’s Chinese Galleries and in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  It will feature more than 130 haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions juxtaposed with traditional Chinese masterpieces in jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain. Chinese imagery will be used throughout the exhibition, presenting a series of “mirrored reflections” that focus on the evolution of art, fashion, and culture from Imperial China through to the present-day People’s Republic of China.     

Maxwell K. Hearn added, “China has long been an intriguing source of inspiration for Western artists. As the Met’s Asian Art Department embarks on its 100th year, our permanent collection continues to celebrate the genius of China’s ancient traditions.  This collaboration between two curatorial departments will demonstrate how Western designers have responded creatively to those traditions in ways that are both provocative and insightful.”

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,” commented Wong Kar Wai. “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.  

World’s First Mechanical Smart Watch and Graphene-based Thermometer By by Linktop Technology to be presented at CES 2015

Linktop Technology is introducing its mechanical smart watch and Graphene-based products cloud thermometer to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada (January 69, 2015). Founded in 2003, Linktop Technology specializes in developing and manufacturing telecommunication devices such as wearable technology, mobile healthcare, internet and mobile intelligent terminals such as smart watches, luggage trackers, health monitors, wireless thermometers, children’s safety wristbands and pet trackers. Since 2005, the company have been recognized as a high-tech enterprise for three consecutive years in Xiamen, were appraised as Key High-tech Enterprise of Xiamen in 2008and are one of the few Qualcomm-licensed companies in China.

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Linktop’s mechanical smart watch is more than a watch. It puts a transparent color TOLED display above the mechanical dial. The transparent display is sleeping if not activated so that to conserve the battery life, which enables the standby time of the display is long to 30 days. Meanwhile, the mechanical dial keeps telling wearers the time even the display’s battery runs out. Connected with smartphone by using Bluetooth 4.0, U2 will keep the wearer informed of what happens in their smartphone in real time. The watch will notify the wearer about all incoming calls, SMS, email, facebook and twitter or other applications’ notification anywhere anytime. It is also a remote control for smartphone so that to take a picture and control the music player. Besides, the U2 watch can keep track of the wearer’s activity. It will tell the running steps, distance and calories burnt.

World's First Mechanical Smart Watch and Graphene-based Thermometer presented at CES 2015 by Linktop (PRNewsFoto/Linktop Technology Co., Ltd)

World’s First Mechanical Smart Watch and Graphene-based Thermometer presented at CES 2015 by Linktop (PRNewsFoto/Linktop Technology Co., Ltd)

Linktop Technology is the world’s first company that uses Graphene for fast and accurate heat conduction in a groundbreaking and original body temperature thermometer. Graphene is well known for its unique structure and physicochemical properties and is the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material in the world. By adding Graphene, Linktop cloud thermometer can get the measurement data very quickly, which far surpasses other thermometers in the market. Digital Thermometer will finally replace all Mercury Thermometers.

Linktop cloud thermometer is especially designed for kids. With the high accuracy, it is able to detect any little change of the kid’s body temperature. As a matter of fact, it can 7*24 hours continuously monitor the kid’s body temperature and alert the parents immediately when there is an anomaly in the temperature. Its slim and lightweight design ensures no unpleasant body sensation when wearing it. The device is connected to smart phones (iOS and Android) via Bluetooth 4.0, and the users can read real time measurement data from an easy to use but highly sophisticated app. Users can also share the data with others by uploading them to the cloud.

During CES, Linktop will present many more new and innovative products, such as a Kid safety GPS watch, 6 in 1 Health Monitor etc and welcome media, dealers, distributors and other professionals to visit their booth #43009 in Westgate.