Landmark Exhibition Exploring Beauty, Power, and Spiritual Resonance of Native Indian Art Opens at Metropolitan Museum March 9

A major exhibition (Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Second Floor, Gallery 999) featuring extraordinary works created by Native American people of the Plains region will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning March 9. Bringing together more than 150 iconic works from European and North American collections—many never before seen in a public exhibition in North America—The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky (made possible by the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, an Anonymous Foundation, and the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund and organized by the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City ) will explore the beauty, power, and spiritual resonance of Plains Indian art.  Ranging from an ancient stone pipe and painted robes to drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, and a contemporary video installation, the exhibition will reflect the significant place that Plains Indian culture holds in the heritage of North America and in European history. Many nations are represented—Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Mesquakie, Kansa and others. It will also convey the continuum of hundreds of years of artistic tradition, maintained against a backdrop of monumental cultural change. A selection of modern and contemporary works not seen at other venues of the exhibition will provide a compelling narrative about the ongoing vitality of Plains art.  The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.

The exhibition was previously on view at Musée du quai Branly, Paris (April 7–July 20, 2014) and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015) before arriving in New York City. In New York, the walls of the galleries –as a special feature of the exhibition–will be decorated with panoramic photographs of earth and sky printed on theatrical scrim. The photographs were taken by Shania Hall, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe, on Molly’s Nipple Road on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Ms. Hall lives in Missoula, Montana.

Drawn from 81 institutions and private collections in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, the exhibition will represent the art traditions of many Native Nations. The distinct Plains aesthetic will be revealed through an array of forms and media: sculptural works in stone, wood, antler, and shell; porcupine quill and glass-bead embroidery; feather work; painted robes; ornamented clothing; composite works; and ceremonial objects, works on paper, paintings, and photography. 

Organized chronologically, the first gallery will showcase pre-contact works, including important sculptural pieces in stone and shell. One of the highlights in this room will be the 2,000-year-oldHuman Effigy Pipe made of pipestone, depicting a deified ancestor or mythical hero. Influential works from adjacent regions are included in this section.   

The 19th-century works in the exhibition will include key pieces long associated with westward expansion. Among them are calumets, the long and elaborate pipes shared and given as gifts in the systems of protocol that were developed to establish diplomacy and trade between Europeans and the inhabitants of the “New World” whom they encountered on the Plains.

The reintroduction of the horse to North America by the Spanish, beginning at the end of the 16th century, revolutionized Plains Indians cultures in many ways—particularly as a boon to the buffalo hunt. In the exhibition, there will be a section presenting some of the best examples of 19th-century horse gear, weapons, clothing, and shields associated with a florescence of culture in the area. One highlight among them is a Lakota horse effigy, believed to honor and memorialize a horse that died in battle as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.

The substantial changes brought on by reservation life, beginning in the 19th century, engendered various artistic responses, ranging from instances of assimilation to acts of resistance to confinement. They will be conveyed by several masterworks in the exhibition, including important regalia used for the practice of prophetic religions. Among them are an elaborate bead-embroidered Otoe-Missouria Faw Faw coat with symbols, associated with ceremonialism and the desire to restore balance in a world that had become untenable; and a richly painted Arapaho Ghost Dance dress with visionary symbols associated with ritual practices.

Record books, paper, pencils, and ink were introduced on the Plains during the last quarter of the 19th century by settlers and traders. Among many fine examples of those included in the exhibition, the highlight will be The Maffet Ledger, a book consisting of 105 drawings, created by more than 20 Northern and Southern Cheyenne warrior artists to record their exploits in battle.

Modern and contemporary works of art will be exhibited near the end of the exhibition. Traditional-style works were still produced in the early 20th century for Wild West shows, agricultural fairs, and Fourth of July parades, and for the powwow, inter-tribal opportunities for the celebration of culture, dance, and art. Watercolors and “easel paintings” grew from long-standing Plains graphic traditions and through dialogue with other Native North American regions by the mid-20th century. Many fine examples of  paintings from the era will be presented in the exhibition. Brilliantly executed beaded works by such artists as Joyce and Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (b. 1950 and b. 1969, both Assiniboine-Sioux), Rhonda Holy Bear (b. 1959), Sans Arc, Two Kettle and Hunkpapa Lakota), and Jodi Gillette (b. 1959, Hunkpapa Lakota) will also be included in the exhibition.

The final gallery will also shed new light on 20th- and 21st-century works by artists of Plains descent, as well as by Native American artists from outside the region who have been inspired by its traditions. On view in this gallery will be one element of Edgar Heap of Bird’s (b. 1954, Cheyenne and Arapaho) site-specific installation Building Minnesota (1990), as well as a captivating four-channel video installation piece by Dana Claxton (b. 1959, Hunkpapa Lakota) called Rattle (2003) that incorporates the rhythmic images, colors, and sounds of artistic and spiritual life on the Plains, a perspective that endures in the exhibition galleries through the application of 21st-century media.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said: “Through outstanding works of art from the Plains region, this ambitious exhibition demonstrates the long history of change and creative adaptation that characterizes Native American art. It is an important opportunity to highlight the artistic traditions that are indigenous to North America and to present them in the context of the Met’s global collections.”

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky is curated by Gaylord Torrence, Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In New York, the exhibition is organized by Judith Ostrowitz, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum. In conjunction with the exhibition, an array of education programs will be offered, including a Sunday at the Met (March 15) panel discussion with contemporary artists Edgar Heap of Birds and Dana Claxton, moderated by Mario A. Caro. It will be followed by comments from Jodi Gillette, artist and Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs for President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, as well as by an original performance with video projections composed for the Metropolitan Museum by Ms. Claxton. A gallery talk by Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer (March 13) and a printmaking workshop by Edgar Heap of Birds (March 14) will also be presented. The Audio Guide program (supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies), offers a tour of the exhibition, the curators and contemporary Native artists discuss the rich artistic traditions of Plains culture as seen in painting, drawing, embroidery, and sculpture.

TOMS Launches Its Fourth One for One® Product, The TOMS Bag Collection, To Address Maternal Health

TOMS – the company known for starting a global movement through its One for One® business model – has launched its fourth and newest product, the TOMS Bag Collection, addressing the issue of maternal health worldwide. With every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. The announcement was made today by TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie.

The TOMS Bag Collection features three distinct bag lines including Artisan, Travel-inspired, and Campus and Tech, in canvas, leather and global prints ranging from $28-$298 USDollar and will be made available at TOMS.com as well as select retailers worldwide.
The Artisan line is hand-crafted, hand-beaded and hand-sewn using special construction techniques that have been passed down from generations. The Travel Inspired line draws on TOMS’ employee’s experiences as world travelers, and are extremely lightweight, utilitarian, multi-functional in design and are built to wear-in beautifully with everyday and travel use. The Campus and Tech line is colorful and multi-textured and is designed to carry computers, iPads, tablets and more in style, with many of the offerings being unisex. Key silhouettes for this collection include the tote, baby bags, bucket and the hobo crossbody.

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Infection is a leading cause of death among mothers and newborns worldwide, and by providing clean birth conditions and skilled birth attendants, nearly half a million lives can be saved each year. (Source: UNFPA and Every Newborn Action Plan, 2014). Each year, 40 million women around the world give birth each year without the help of a skilled birth attendant (Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, 2014), but with the training of skilled birth attendants and proper materials to help provide a safer delivery, women are up to 80% less likely to develop an infection and nearly half of newborn deaths can be prevented (Source: UNFPA, 2015).

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

After years in the field, I recognized a need for advancements in maternal health,” said Mycoskie, “so we developed a program with our Giving Partners to identify two key ways TOMS can aid in safer birthing conditions. Being able to give in this way – one that helps save the lives of mothers and newborns – is incredibly special. The issue of maternal health is very close to my heart, as I just became a father this past December. I truly believe people around the world will be amazed at what these bags can do.”

Of the potential impact the TOMS Bag Collection can have around the world, Mycoskie added, “While in the field, I’ve met mothers and entire families who have been affected by the physical and emotional repercussions of giving birth alone, or in unsafe environments. We feel it’s our responsibility to change this through the TOMS business model, and we’re so proud to be able to present the first One for One product that can actually help save lives.”

Funds from TOMS bag purchases will help provide safe births in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti and India. This work will be done by a network of TOMS Giving Partners involved in maternal and child health programs, who will help provide training for skilled birth attendants, along with a safe birth kit that includes vital materials like soap, gloves, gauze, a cord clamp, surgical blade and a clean surface, to help a woman safely give birth. TOMS’ Giving Partners in this area include respected organizations such as United Nations Population Fund, BRAC and ayzh. In addition, TOMS has selected Every Mother Counts as its maternal health advocacy partner.

UNFPA (www.unfpa.org) is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Since 1969, UNFPA has been working in over 150 countries that are home to 80% of the world’s population. BRAC (www.brac.net) is a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 102,000 employees, it is the world’s largest non-governmental organization, touching the lives of an estimated 135 million people in 12 countries. A for-profit social venture, ayzh (www.ayzh.com) provides health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide. This includes developing low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women in resource-poor settings. Every Mother Counts (www.everymothercounts.org), founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization supports programs in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, India, Tanzania and the United States that address three critical barriers to maternal health care: lack of education, transportation and supplies.

The TOMS story is one worth retelling. In 2006, American traveler Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®. Since then, TOMS has given over 35 million pairs of new shoes around the world. Realizing that One for One® could serve other global needs, TOMS launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames. Since then, TOMS has helped restore sight for over 300,000 people worldwide. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee. Since its debut, TOMS Roasting Co. has provided over 67,000 weeks of safe water to communities in need in seven countries.

 

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip

Images provided by Marina Nicola and Erika Pope/Vox Solid Communications for Swarovski

Created for Swarovski’s custom pavilion and six-story-tall Starburst, the Swarovski Midnight Celebration was designed to be the centerpiece of the new Grand Bazaar Shops.

Visitors to Las Veags now has a brand new feature to the town-that-never-sleeps to look forward to and be excited about. Last night, at midnight, the Las Vegas Strip welcomed its newest outdoor entertainment spectacle: the Swarovski Midnight Celebration at Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas, a dazzling three-minute-long light-and-sound show designed to mark the dawn of a new day, which was envisioned as a way to bring the annual New Year’s Eve-style excitement to the Strip every night of the year. The production incorporates the Swarovski Starburst–a one-of-a-kind, 14-foot-diameter structure composed of 911 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres–as well as a large video screen embedded into the multi-faceted facade of the Swarovski pavilion. Evocative scenes from exotic bazaars, together with the Starburst’s more than 1,800 points of LED light, are choreographed to a dramatic original score featuring enchanting beats of world music.

 

The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Veags (an outdoor shopping –and dining– mecca at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip inspired by the world’s legendary great open-air markets, located at the busiest pedestrian intersection in Las Vegas) also opened its outdoor shopping attraction earlier that morning, featuring unique international retailers and well-known merchants at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The dynamic mix of tenants and must-see attractions offers visitors a one-of-a-kind retail experience in Las Vegas that is very much a signature of the town itself. A list of current retailers, service provider and dining establishments can be found at http://www.grandbazaarshops.com/retailers/.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Representing a first for Swarovski, the 400-square-foot boutique is a free-standing pavilion whose exterior is composed of dozens of large, angular facets designed to make the structure resemble a cut crystal. Inside, the boutique boasts hand-selected finishes–such as linen, paper and burlap forms and inlays–throughout, as well as eye-catching, crystal-enhanced glass spheres playfully suspended from the ceiling. Specially crafted panels provide an artful platform for the presentation of Swarovski jewelry and decor.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

In keeping with the Grand Bazaar theme, the boutique features Swarovski’s first-ever “bartering window,” allowing passersby to negotiate the price they pay for select items. Among the items slated to be featured in the barter window are limited-edition pieces such as crystallized Beats Headphones; a Martin custom-designed crystal classic acoustic guitar; a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and crystallized white, black and pink skulls. Specific items for which visitors can barter will change from day to day.

The Grand Bazaar Shops and the Swarovski boutique (3641 Las Vegas Blvd. South) will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, go to Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas and for Swarovski, go to Swarovski.com.

The Bump Best of Baby Award Winners Create the Ultimate Baby Registry List

The Bump, a leading multi-platform pregnancy and parenting brand, announced the winners of their third annual Best of Baby Awards (chosen by the Editors of The Bump) showcasing the most outstanding products of 2015 for parents and baby. The editors assembled, reviewed and played with hundreds of products so parents don’t have to waste time or money figuring out what’s best for them and their new baby. This year’s winners feature perennial favorites and truly innovative gear that elevate parenting products to the next level.

The (coverted) Bump Best of Baby Award Seal is bestowed for excellence in design, safety, value, functionality, time-saving, problem solving or innovation. There are 90 award-winning products representing the best items across seven must-have categories: Baby Gear, Diapering, Feeding, Bath and Skin Care, Nursery, Health and Safety, and Maternity Must-Haves.

Best of Baby 2015: Diapering

PacaPod
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Diaper Bag: PacaPod Mirano

Best Organization

Mom confession: we’d carry this gorgeous PacaPod bag even when baby isn’t our plus-one. What we love:

  • Genius “pod” system that keeps feeding and changing supplies separate
  • Simple cotton matte coated canvas and leather detailing work for both moms and dads
  • Durable and wipe-clean material that’s phthalate-free

Buy it: $195, BuyBuyBaby.com

Fisher Price
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Diaper Bag: Fisher Price Deluxe Sporty Diaper Backpack

Best for Dads

We’re not suggesting things need to be simplified for dads, but diaper duty does get a whole lot easier with this backpack. What we love:

  • Each compartment is labeled with illustrated tags — a bottle goes here, the pacifier attaches here — you get the idea
  • A dedicated exterior pocket just for wipes so you can access them fast
    Buy it: $40, Toyrus.com

JJ Cole
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Diaper Bag: JJ Cole Camber Tote Bag

Most Stylish

This stylish tote will only be revealed as a diaper bag if you have a bottle sticking out of it. But it’s fashion plus utility; the patterned fabric is laminated and easy to wipe down. What we love:

  • The versatility! Carry it over-the-shoulder, as a tote, or attached to your stroller
  • The two front pockets are perfect for separating your smaller essentials (think cell phone, lip gloss) from all of baby’s supplies

Buy it: $60, Toyrus.com

Mustela
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Diaper Rash Cream: Mustela Stelactiv Diaper Rash Cream

Best for Sensitive Skin

Suitable for the most sensitive of baby skin, Mustela’s fragrance-free cream promises to clear up even the most severe case of diaper rash (disclaimer: it’s not preventative).

Buy it: $12, Mustela.com

Boudreaux
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Diaper Rash Cream: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, Original

Best Old School

Never did you imagine you’d be buying something called “Butt Paste” until you became a mom. Formulated by a Louisiana pharmacist (hence the Cajun name), this cream promises to kick some diaper rash — and it delivers, with a pleasant scent to boot.

Buy it: $5, Toysrus.com

Cerave
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Diaper Rash Cream: CeraVe Baby Diaper Rash Cream

Best Newcomer

Pediatric dermatologists helped develop this gentle but effective cream that contains InvisibleZinc to prevent and combat diaper rash. What we love:

  • Just the right consistency that doesn’t leave a gunky mess on you — or baby’s bottom

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

Aquaphor
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Diaper Rash Cream: Aquaphor

Best All-Around

The best thing about this ointment? It’s your go-to treatment for almost everything — chapped, dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes and, yes, diaper rash. And it can relieve diaper rash in as little as six hours.

Buy it: $9, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby: Bath and Skincare

Babyganics
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Baby Wipes: BabyGanics Face, Hand and Baby Wipes

Best Eco-Friendly

The messiest places are sometimes the most sensitive too, which makes BabyGanics non-allergenic, plant-based wipes even more impressive: they’re extra gentle yet still clean up tough messes. What we love:

  • They seemingly always stay moist, literally never leaving you high and dry

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Huggies
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Baby Wipes: Huggies One and Done Refreshing Wipes

Best All-Around

Just like the name implies, Huggies’s Triple Clean layers are extra thick and textured to handle big messes. And the cucumber and green tea scent keeps the whole process as fresh as possible.

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Pampers
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Baby Wipes: Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Most Gentle

The mom-trusted brand’s sensitive wipes are hypoallergenic, perfume-free and 20 percent thicker than standard Pampers wipes. And the Softgrip Texture technology means you’ll have less wiping to do. What we love:

  • These moisturizing wipes are gentle enough for cleaning little hands and faces

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Best Of Baby 2015: Bath & Skin Care

Newborns have the softest skin — and you want to keep it that way, right? From the coolest bath tubs to the gentlest washes and skin-protecting lotions, here are our top picks for making bath time fun time for baby.

Boon
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Tubs: Boon Naked

Most Compact

Simplicity reigns in this cool, collapsible tub that accommodates newborns up to 18 months. What we love:

  • A plug allows for quick, complete drainage; no need to dump out water
  • Its space-saving profile let’s you hang it up to dry and easily store away

Buy it: $60, Toyrus.com

4Moms
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Tubs: 4Moms Infant Tub

Most High-Tech

Bath time just became a spa retreat for baby, and a whole lot easier for you. What we love:

  • A color-coded thermometer lets you know when the water is the perfect temperature
  • A side drain and a clean water reservoir work together to filter dirty water out and clean water in
  • It’s still compact enough to fit in a standard kitchen sink!

Buy it: $50, ToysRUs.com

Munchkin
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Tubs: Munchkin ComforTemp Infant Bather

Best for Out-of-Sink

Made to sit on your countertop or in your bathtub, this tub uses radiant heat and a warm water reservoir to keep baby’s underside warm. What we love:

  • The non-slip, reclining design and high side walls keep baby comfortably in place

Buy it: $38.99, Diapers.com

Skinfix
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Body Wash: Skinfix Gentle Body Wash

Best for Sensitive Skin

If your baby’s skin or scalp is super sensitive, bath time is probably the opposite of soothing for baby and you. Skinfix’s two-in-one mild cleanser can alleviate that stress. It’s botanical-based ingredients are fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and best of all, tear-free to help soothe eczema flare-ups.

Buy it: $20, Amazon.com

Aden + Anais
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Body Wash: Aden + Anais Hair + Body Wash

Best All-Around

What is “pawpaw” fruit, you ask? Whatever it is, it’s in this mild wash that works wonders cleaning without drying out baby’s delicate skin. Moms concerned about allergenic ingredients can rest easy: this one’s phthalate-free, paraben-free, gluten and soy free too. What we love:

  • The natural-smelling scent on baby’s skin is irresistible, so don’t be surprised if you catch yourself using it too

Buy it: $16, Amazon.com

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Body Wash: Little Twig Calming Lavender Baby Wash

Best for Newborns

Need a seamless transition from bath time to bedtime? This lavender-infused wash has a soothing scent and skin-softening vitamin E that are gentle enough to use on newborns.

Buy it: $14, BuyBuyBaby.com

Baby Pibu
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Skin Lotion: Baby Pibu Baby Eczema Care Kit

Best for Eczema

The two products in this set tackle both dry skin and eczema. Use the Hydrating Ointment daily (and liberally) for preventative care, and apply the Rash Relief cream in small doses to treat flare-ups. (Check with your pediatrician before using: The Rash Relief cream contains a mild dose of hydrocortisone to treat eczema.)

Buy it: $36, Babypibu.com

Baby Bee
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Skin Lotion: Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion – Calming

Most Soothing

Moms give this a big thumbs up for its great “baby smell” (psst, it’s a combo of soothing lavender and vanilla) and non-greasy formulation.

Buy it: $7, Toysrus.com

Aveeno
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Skin Lotion: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Best All-Around

The natural oatmeal in this non-greasy moisturizer makes it a safe choice to use daily. It locks in moisture for 24 hours without clogging pores, plus it’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Buy it: $10, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby 2015: Feeding

Nourishing baby is something all parents obsess about as soon as baby’s born into the world. From bottles that reduce gas and make-your-own baby food processors to tasty first foods and the mother of all high chairs, here are our top picks for meal time.

Inglesina
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High Chairs: Inglesina Zuma

Best Overall

From form, function to safety, this high chair is hard to beat. Designed for children three months to three years, the five-point harness becomes even more of a plus once baby hits toddlerhood. What we love:

  • Choices! Twelve colors and eight different height positions to accommodate almost any table
  • Washable seat pad and snack tray

Buy it: $280, Toysrus.com

Summer Infant
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High Chairs: Summer Infant Bentwood

Best Classic Choice

Finally, a high chair to match your kitchen table. The wood finish is a welcome change from the plastic baby gear already all over your house. What we love:

  • A three-position recline and four-position height adjustment give you plenty of versatility
  • Want to match your other decor? The comfy replacement seat pads come in five different colors

Buy it: $160, Amazon.com

phil&teds
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High Chairs: phil&teds lobster

Most Portable

Lightweight, compact and super easy to use, the Lobster literally has two “claws” that clamp onto any table top, which makes it a favorite for travel. What we love:

  • Genius foldaway design lets you throw it into most stroller baskets — yes, it’s that compact

Buy it: $80, BuyBuyBaby.com

Mamas & Papas
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High Chairs: Mamas & Papas Baby Bud

Best Booster Seat

Don’t let its small profile fool you: this three-stage seat grows with baby from six months to up to three years. It securely straps on to standard kitchen chairs, so you can skip the standard high chair. What we love:

  • Remove that snack tray, and you have a comfy seat to help keep baby upright for play time

Buy it: $48, Toysrus.com

Mam
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Bottles: MAM Anti-Colic

Best for Colic

Who knew bottles could be so high tech? A ventilation system at the base creates a smoother milk flow, reducing the air swallowed by baby (so you can say goodbye to gas). And if you’re making the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, the Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple will help.

Buy it: $15 for 3, Toysrus.com

Mixie
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Bottles: Mixie Baby

Best for Formula

If you’ve ever had to mix baby formula on the go, you know it can be a messy affair. The solution: Mixie’s air-tight compartment holds formula powder right inside the bottle. When it’s feeding time, push a button to release the powder into the water and simply shake to combine. No pouring, no mess.

Buy it: $20, Toysrus.com

Born Free
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Bottles: Born free

Best Glass Bottle

This classic glass bottle is a go-to for moms who prefer glass (BPA-free and PVC-free) over plastic. The ActiveFlow venting system helps reduce colic and gas as well as let baby control the milk flow — which mimics closely to how baby breastfeeds.

Buy it: $10, Toysrus.com

Munchkin
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Teethers: Munchkin Twisty Teether Ball

Most Fun

Teething might be a pain, but this teether offers a fun diversion for baby: it’s a rattle! A ball! A chew toy with 10 different textures! Who knew you could develop fine motor skills while soothing gums?

Buy it: $4, BuyBuyBaby.com

Zoli
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Teethers: Zoli Baby Bunny Teether

Most Functional

This teether may not have a ton of bells and whistles, but the dual nubs are all you need to soothe hard-to-reach molars. It’s especially easy to grip for little fingers.

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

Mam
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Teethers: MAM Mini Cooler

Best for Soothing

Toss this in the freezer, and the water-filled cooling piece offers instant relief for a fussy baby dealing with tender gums. And while many teethers on the market are intended for six months and up, this one can be used starting at two months old. And the clip will keep it secure (and within reach) on the most fidgety babies.

Buy it: $7, Amazon.com

Vulli
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Teethers: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe

Best Classic

Like many desirable things in life — croissants, Chanel — Sophie is French. She’s been delighting babies for 40 years and her popularity grows with each passing year. Her chewy body, cute look and adorable squeak all add up to her je ne sais quoi appeal. What we love:

  • She’s made of 100 percent natural rubber and food paint

Buy it: $25, Toysrus.com

Piyo Piyo
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Sippy Cups: Piyo Piyo Easy Reach Sippy

Best Training Cup

Don’t be fooled by the cuteness; this training cup is 100 percent innovative. A weighted ball at the end of the straw ensures baby gets every last drop of liquid. Mission hydration completed.

Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

Boon
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Sippy Cups: Boon Fluid

Coolest Design

Parents who love modern design will fall for this sleek, handleless cup.The streamlined design and angled spout mean less head tipping and easier sipping.

Buy it: $7, Toysrus.com

Lansinoh
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Sippy Cups: Lansinoh mOmma Spill-proof Sippy Cup

Most Spill-Proof

This fun cup rocks back and forth but promises not to spill. The soft dual handles keep the bottle in his grasp, while the silicone spout is gentle on gums — perfect for a teething baby.

Buy it: $7, BuyBuyBaby.com

Beaba
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Feeding Gear: Beaba Babycook Pro 2x

Best Food Maker

The Babycook Pro just doubled its coolness. Now, you can make two meals at once (for a grand total of 9 cups of food!) but still get the same great steaming, blending and re-heating features Beaba is known for. Plus, the bowls and attachments are all dishwasher-safe.

Buy it: $200, Toysrus.com

Babymoov
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Feeding Gear: Babymoov Turbo Steam Sterilizer

Best Sterilizer

We know — it looks kind of extraterrestrial. But it does have some out-of-this world features, including being the first product to sterilize down to the core of bottles, where milk residue gets stuck. What we love:

  • It sterilizes six bottles in 10 minutes flat

Buy it: $65, Diapers.com

Silico Sili
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Feeding Gear: The Silico Sili Squeeze

Best On-the-Go

Traveling with pureed food just got easier with this spill-proof reusable pouch. And getting food inside the pouch isn’t hard either with the Sili Funnel.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

Beaba
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Feeding Gear: Beaba 360 Spoon

Best First Utensils

Self-feeding can be tricky. But the Beaba 360 Spoon is self-leveling, so it always remains parallel to the floor. Can we promise the food will make it to baby’s mouth? Nope. But you just greatly boosted the odds.

Buy it: $8, Amazon.com

Kiinde
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Feeding Gear: Kiinde Twist Starter Kit

Best for Breast Milk

If you plan on breastfeeding, this all-encompassing kit streamlines (and cleans up) the process of pumping, storing and feeding. What we love:

  • You can express from any pump brand directly into the storage pouches
  • Need that frozen milk ASAP? Toss a pouch in the Kozii warmer, which defrosts as quickly as it steams

Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com

Gerber
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Food: Gerber Good Start Powder Formula

Best Formula

Opting for formula? Gerber Good Start is an incredibly popular choice among moms. Inspired by the composition of breastmilk, this formula uses Comfort Proteins to help with easy digestion for sensitive tummies.

Buy it: 26, Toysrus.com

Happy Baby
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Food: Happy Baby Starting Solids

Best First Food

Ready to introduce baby to their first taste of solids? These nine natural, single-ingredient purees of fruits and vegetables offer baby’s palate a fresh, organic menu.

Buy it: $2, BuyBuyBaby.com

Plum Organics
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Food: Plum Organics Super Puffs

Best First Snack

Admit it: you’ve caught yourself munching on these too. And we don’t blame you; these fruity puffs pack a healthy punch, serving up 14 vitamins and minerals. What we love:

  • The puffs are the perfect size for little fingers to encourage self-feeding

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby 2015: Gear 

If babies came with instruction manuals, a good 15 pages would be devoted to the “stuff” they need. Car seats, strollers, carriers, swings, rockers and the list goes on. Luckily, we’ve found the best gear that makes traveling with baby safe and comfortable and sourced the products that’ll keep baby entertained at home.

Mamas & Papas
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Stroller: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

Best Lightweight Stroller

City moms rejoice — this “big little stroller” has the most compact fold of any stroller on the market. And the one-handed open works no matter which direction you choose to face the seat. What we love:

  • It’s designed to accommodate newborns to four-year-olds, so it’s both bassinet and car seat compatible

Buy it: $500, MamasandPapas.com

Britax B Agile
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Stroller: Britax B Agile

Best Travel System

This reliable stroller features the Click & Go system that makes it easy to use and compatible with nearly every other major brand. Features we love:

  • The three-wheel design makes this stroller easy to stop, pivot and turn

Buy it: from $375 (with car seat), Toysrus.com

Vista
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Stroller: Uppababy Vista

Most Versatile

We put Vista’s “one for all” promise to the test and it more than passed — for two babies, a toddler and a baby and, yes, even three kids. What we love:

  • Shock-absorbent wheels and rear suspension make this one smooth ride no matter how many kids are in tow

Buy it: from $820, Buybuybaby.com

Bumbleride
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Stroller: Bumbleride Indie Twin

Best Double

A twin stroller doesn’t have to be the size of a Hummer to do double-duty. Case in point: the Bumbleride Indie is narrow enough to navigate the grocery store aisle, but doesn’t sacrifice seating room or cargo space. What we love:

  • The 12-inch wheels are made to handle any terrain

Buy it: $730, Toysrus.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

Chicco
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Car Seat: Chicco KeyFit 30

Best Infant Car Seat

Just one click, and you know the KeyFit is locked in place. It’s that easy installation, plus extra-thick cushioning that make this car seat a standout. Features we love:

  • This seat comes in 17(!) different colors

Buy it: $190, Toysrus.com

Peg-Perego
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Car Seat: Peg-Perego Share Primo Viaggio Convertible

Best Convertible Car Seat

The stylish convertible seat has all the safety features for peace of mind and its roomy seat keeps baby rear-facing longer — which is the recommended car seat orientation until your child reaches age 2. What we love:

  • 10 adjustable positions, even while your child is in the seat

Buy it: $350, Buybuybaby.com

Urbini
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Car Seat: Urbini Petal

Most Affordable

Easy installation and ease of use earn this lightweight seat — just eight pounds — high marks. (An additional insert can be used for preemies.) What we love:

  • Wide openings make threading the seatbelt so easy

Buy it: $100, Walmart.com

Mamas & Papas
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Bouncer: Mamas & Papas Apollo Bouncer

Most Advanced

Keep baby entertained with fun new sounds and hanging plush toys. Once baby is ready to doze, turn on the vibrating function and lullabies to lull him to sleep. What we love:

  • It’s way more versatile than your standard bouncer
  • The music book insert lets you choose from four different melodies, catering to nap time or play time

Buy it: $100, Mamasandpapas.com

BabyBjörn
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Bouncer: BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

Best Design

Modern and ergonomic, this sleek bouncer requires no batteries; baby’s own movements power the bouncing. Plus, it folds completely flat for easy travel and storage. What we love:

  • Once baby outgrows this, it can be used as a chair

Buy it: $200, Buybuybaby.com

Babyhome
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Bouncer: Babyhome Onfour Babysitter Bouncer

Best On-the-Go

The wheels really sold us on this stylish bouncer. Move it around the room or from one room to another without waking up baby. It adjusts to four different positions, one of which lets baby lay completely flat.

Buy it: $130, Toysrus.com

Ingenuity
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Swing: Ingenuity Power Adapt Portable Swing

Most Versatile

Between the five swing speed options, eight melodies and three nature sounds, there’s plenty to keep baby entertained while you take a “me” break. It also helps that the swing blends in with almost any decor.

Buy it: $90, Toysrus.com

Fisher Price
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Swing: Fisher Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle ’n Swing

Most Compact

More compact than most, the SpaceSaver gives you all of the options — choose from six swing speeds and 10 sounds — with a smaller footprint. What we love:

  • It converts to swing in two directions: the classic front-to-back motion or as a side-to-side cradle

Buy it: $95, Amazon.com

4Moms
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Swing: 4MomsRockaRoo

Most Advanced

As you probably guessed from the name, this rocks rather than swings. And with an MP3 hookup, you can literally rock out right alongside baby. What we love:

  • It’s designed so baby experiences more motion up by her head, enhancing the rocking experience

Buy it: $180, Toysrus.com

BabyBjörn
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Carrier: BabyBjörn Baby Carrier WE

Grows With Baby

The life span of a baby product is often short — when baby grows out of it, that’s it. That’s why the WE carrier is notable — it grows with baby until age 3. What we love:

  • It’s designed for you to use unaided, even for back-carrying positions
  • The carrier can open from the front so you can seamlessly slip baby out without waking her up

Buy it: $140, Toysrus.com

Baby K’Tan
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Carrier: Baby K’Tan ACTIVE Carrier

Best Wrap

Lots of wraps come with instruction booklets that feel like advanced origami. So when one comes along that slips on your body like a T-shirt and you tuck baby inside, we couldn’t not share this simple ingenuity with fellow moms. What we love:

  • The double loop design means baby is extra secure
  • It offers UV protection for baby’s delicate skin

Buy it: $60, Diapers.com

líllébaby
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Carrier: Líllébaby COMPLETE All Seasons

Most Comfortable

This carrier was designed with your comfort in mind. The center panel can be unzipped to keep you cool in the summer, or zipped up to retain heat in colder months. What we love:

  • Special lumbar support — coupled with the light 1.3 pound weight — is a back saver
  • Choose from six different carrying positions

Buy it: $135, Buybuybaby.com

4Moms
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Pack and Play: 4Moms Breeze

Best Overall

The name says it all — it’s so easy to set up and stash away, it’ll convince you that traveling as a family isn’t… crazy. What we love:

  • An easy-to-grip handlebar that retracts and opens the playard in one motion
  • It comes with a bassinet and leak-proof changing pad, so this is your one-stop baby station when you’re traveling

Buy it: $300, Toysrus.com

Ingenuity
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Pack and Play: Ingenuity Washable Play Yard Deluxe with Dream Centre

Most Bang for Your Buck

Think of this as a portable nursery: attach a Dream Center bassinet (with optional toys), a changing table and an organizing tray right on top, and baby is set wherever he is. Other added conveniences include the washable fabric that unzips easily for laundering. What we love:

  • The sound station (five melodies and three natural sounds) is an added sleep aid for baby

Buy it: $180, Toysrus.com

KidCo
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Pack and Play: KidCo Travel Pod

Best On-the-Go

There’s nothing complicated about this play yard. Sure, it doesn’t open in one motion, but the easy transport makes up for it. And at just 10.5 pounds, this one’s great for overnight travel.

Buy it: $170, Buybuybaby.com

Best of Baby 2015: Health and Safety 

Baby’s health and safety are concerns that can literally keep parents up at night. The good news? We’ve found products out there — from high-tech baby monitors to highly accurate thermometers — that can give you peace of mind.

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Best of Baby 2015: Health & Safety

Belly Armor
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Monitors: Belly Armor Smart NOVA

Most High Tech

Leave it to Belly Armor to make a virtually radiation-free baby monitor that looks as cool as an iPhone. Two-way communication, a 72-hour battery life and room temperature display make this super safe monitor a game-changer.

Buy it: $149, Amazon.com

Mimo
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Monitors: Mimo

Best Wearable

The turtle sensor on this onesie will tell you everything you need to know about baby – we’re talking breathing pattern, sleeping activity, skin temperature and body position. Best of all, that information is sent right to your smartphone.

Buy it: $200, ToysRUs.com

Levana
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Monitors: Levana Keera

Best All-in-One

Pan, tilt and zoom remotely, even in the dark. You’ll never miss a thing with this 24-hour monitor, which also lets you to record video and snap photos. Plus, two-way communication lets you talk to baby.

Buy it: $190, BuyBuyBaby.com

Braun
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Thermometers: Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer

Best No-Touch

If invasive thermometers aren’t for you, Braun’s forehead model lets you take baby’s temperature without skin contact. What we love:

  • A color-coded screen lets you know if the temperature is within a safe range — done

Buy it: $60, BuyBuyBaby.com

Kinsa
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Thermometers: Kinsa Thermometer

Most High Tech

Used with a compatible app, this oral thermometer plugs right into your iPhone and lets you track and monitor baby’s symptoms — a perfect record for your pediatrician. What we love:

  • A 10-second temperature read time means taking baby’s temperature won’t be a battle

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Exergen
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Thermometers: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

Pediatrician-Recommended

The brand doctors use in their own offices, Exergen promises an accurate read by gently stroking the forehead (so no invasive ear, mouth or butt readings). What we love:

  • This thermometer takes 1,000 readings per second, and chooses from the most accurate

Buy it: $38, ToysRUs.com

FridaBaby
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: FridaBaby NoseFrida

Best Nasal Aspirator

Back the pinky away from baby’s stuffed-up nose. This Swedish-made nasal aspirator is guaranteed to get the job done safely. And the disposable filters mean it’s 100 percent sanitary.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

Bellybuds
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: Bellybuds

Best In-Utero Gadget

At 20 weeks in utero, babies can start hearing sounds. And now you can connect with baby through BellyBuds speaker system, which attaches to your bump and can play soothing sounds or voices for baby. What we love:

  • The VoiceShare technology lets you share direct messages with baby

Buy it: $50, BuyBuyBaby.com

Zoli Baby
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: Zoli Buzz B Nail Trimmer

Best Grooming

Cringing at the thought of clipping baby’s nails? That’s why Zoli’s trimmer — which uses oscillating cushioned pads to file the nails down without harming the surrounding skin — is worth the peace of mind.

Buy it: $35, Amazon.com

PELV-ICE
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: PELV-ICE MamaStrut

Best Post-Delivery Relief

Whether you had a natural delivery or a C-section, the Mama Strut is a soft brace you can wear right under your clothes that works to relieve post-delivery swelling and cramping. It also supports your abdomen and back with medical-grade compression. In other words, it’s like a pain-relieving Spanx that can be used hot or cold.

Buy it: $129, Amazon.com

BEST OF BABY 2015: NURSERY

A nursery that’s beautiful and works hard to keep baby safe and comfortable — those are our favorite rooms in the house. Here, the standout items that help promote good sleep and some sweet dreams.

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Best of Baby 2015: Nursery

HALO
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Crib: HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

Best Safety

Skip co-sleeping and keep baby right by your side with this bassinet that can come right up to and over the side of your bed. It also swivels a full 360 degrees and one side is retractable, allowing you to easily maneuver baby onto your bed without lifting her up. What we love:

  • It includes lullabies, vibrations, a nightlight and a nursing timer

Buy it: $250, Toysrus.com

BabyHome
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Crib: BabyHome So-Ro Twin Cradle

Most Contemporary

Designed by an occupational therapist, this simple crib is exceptionally built for two. What we love:

  • It rocks from front to back rather than side to side, mimicking the way you’d rock baby in your arms

Buy it: $419, Giggle.com

Bloom
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Crib: Bloom Alma Mini

Best Space-Server

Living in a city apartment? This compact crib folds up for convenient storage and can be wheeled from room to room. What we love:

  • 5-minute set-up time — you can’t beat that

Buy it: $340, Diapers.com

Swanling Innovations
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Sleep Accessory: Swanling Innovations Slumber Swaddle

Swaddle

Easy swaddling and safe swaddling go hand-in-hand with this product. It snaps in place with the Slumber Sleeper, keeping your newborn comfortably on her back and in the center of the crib. Worried she’ll be too warm? The bamboo fabric is lightweight and breathable.

Buy it: $30, Buybuybaby.com

Aden + Anais
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Sleep Accessory: Aden + Anais Classic Crib Sheets

Crib Sheets

While we love these sheets for their pretty patterns alone, the breathable, soft cotton muslin is what makes it a standout. The sheets, sold individually, even come pre-washed.

Buy it: $20, Buybuybaby.com

Colgate
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Sleep Accessory: Colgate Nuzzle Snuze

Best Mattress

Colgate’s most advanced mattress yet, the Nuzzle Snuze is made out of recyclable fibers that help promote a good night’s sleep. This NaturesNest technology is also pretty good-looking; the mattress comes in three different patterns.

Buy it: $370, Amazon.com

Duux
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Humidifier: Duux Mushroom Humidifier

Coolest Dual Function

It’s a humidifier, it’s a nightlight, it’s a mushroom…it’s perfect for the nursery because it’s just so cute. Its kid-friendly design is also big on function. Features we love:

  • It uses 80 percent less energy than other humidifiers and has an automatic shut-off

Buy it: $60, Buybuybaby.com

Crane
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Humidifier: Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Drop Humidifier

Most Quiet

This isn’t a space saver, but it gets the job done and looks great doing it. What we love:

  • With a 24-hour run time, the Crane is dry air (and dry skin’s) worst nightmare
  • The fun shape and bright colors are perfect for the nursery
  • It’s ultra-quiet and turns off when the tank is empty

Buy it: $46, Diapers.com

Vicks
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Humidifier: Vicks Starry Night Humidifier

Most Soothing

It’s not quite Van Gogh, but we know your child will love the projected stars from this humidifier that can run up to 24 hours before needing a water refill. What we love:

  • Those stars change colors!
  • An integrated scent pad heater disperses congestion-clearing Vicks into the room, perfect for when you’re sick

Buy it: $55, Toysrus.com

BEST OF BABY 2015: MATERNITY BASICS

Once baby arrives, you’ll be attending to his or her needs almost every waking moment. So who’s looking out for you? We are. Whether it’s the breast pump that expresses in half the time or the stylish nursing top that’ll make you wonder how moms before you ever lived without these, we’ve found hard-working items to make your new life as a mom a little easier.

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Itzy Ritzy
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Nursing: Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

Most Fashionable

A gorgeous infinity scarf should be a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. This one just happens to serve as a nursing cover. And comes in nine cool patterns. So there’s no excuse not to have one that looks this good and does double duty when you breastfeed.

Buy it: $25, Buybuybaby.com

CupCake
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Nursing: CupCake Nursing Pads

Most Functional

Leaks happen. And now there’s a convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly way to deal with them. These organic cotton and hemp pads have a pocketed front — slip in up to two liners depending on how much absorbency you need.

Buy it: from $17, Amazon.com

Lansinoh
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Nursing: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

Best for Soothing

Sore, cracked and dry nipples are words that should never pass a mom’s lips. And they won’t have to with Lansinoh’s emollient all-natural, single ingredient cream that can be used often and liberally while you nurse baby.

Buy it: $10, Buybuy.com

Boppy
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Nursing: Boppy Heirloom Pillow

Best Nursing Pillow

Always a classic choice, Boppy is still the nursing pillow breastfeeding moms rave about. It’s ergonomically designed to support all sorts of milestones, from feeding, tummy time to sitting upright. Plus, the adorable fox and owl slipcover is easily removable for machine washing.

Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com

Medela
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Nursing: Medela Pump in Style

Best Pump

This double-electric pump is a favorite among moms for good reason: it’s hard-working, portable and efficient — essentially perfect for when you need to express milk often and daily. Plus, its many speeds and suction settings closely mimic how a baby breastfeeds, helping to express the most milk every time you pump.

Buy it: $300, Buybuybaby.com

Simple Wishes
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Nursing: Simple Wishes B3 All-in-One Bra

Best Bra

Designed by four sisters, this comfortable and functional bra is meant to be worn while nursing or pumping. Yep — even hands-free pumping; special straps keep your breast pumps in place.

Buy it: $59, Amazon.com

Loyal Hana
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Maternity Fashion: Loyal Hana

Best Nursing Tops

Putting the layered look on hold to make breastfeeding easier? Not anymore. Hidden zippers allow you to pump or feed without taking off your shirt. And these tops are cool enough to wear long after you’re done nursing.

Buy it: $105, Nordstrom.com

Hatch Collection
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Maternity Fashion: Hatch Collection Easy Pant

Best Maternity Pants

Anyone going through a pregnancy can tell you: if they could go pants-free, they would — that’s how hard it can be to find flattering and comfortable maternity pants. Polite society dictates we need to wear pants, and luckily Hatch created these tailored trousers that are super comfy and amazingly stylish.

Buy it: $158, Hatchcollection.com

Wendy Bellissimo
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Maternity Fashion: Wendy Bellissimo

Best New Line

Flattering, easy-to-wear pieces that are versatile enough to layer or mix and match, who doesn’t want that? We especially love the bold navajo knit cascade cardigan that can span all nine months of pregnancy and beyond.

Buy it: $48, Wendybellissimo.com

Liz Lange
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Maternity Fashion: Liz Lange

Most Affordably Chic

Liz Lange helped maternity fashion move past some dark times (read: the ’80s) when expectant moms wore muumuu-like coverups (not cute). Her figure-flattering shirtdresses should be a staple in any maternity wardrobe: they’re comfortable, versatile and, best of all, affordable.

Buy it: $25, Target.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

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Double World Premiere For Porsche at The Geneva International Motor Show 2015

Porsche to Highlight Two New High-Performance Cars for the First Time

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of two extreme sports cars at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. The new Cayman GT4 is the first high-performance sports car belonging to the GT family that is based on the mid-engine coupes. Clocking a lap time of seven minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the new entry-level model makes a great debut.

Porsche's New Cayman GT4

Porsche’s New Cayman GT4

Porsche's New Cayman GT4

Porsche’s New Cayman GT4

The second new model is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack. The world premiere will take place during the Porsche press conference at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva at 11:30 (CET) on March 3, 2015. A live webcast will be available in German and English on: http://porsche.gomexlive.com/. This vehicle confirms the sports car manufacturer’s commitment to high performance sports cars that manage to make a very special link between everyday driving and motorsports.

These two premieres continue Porsche’s tradition of presenting motorsport highlights at the spring car show on the shores of Lake Geneva. The 911 GT3, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid has all celebrated their debuts in Geneva in recent years. With the new Cayman GT4, Porsche impressively maximised the driving dynamics of the mid-engine sports car and positions it as the new benchmark in its segment. This high-performance sports car clearly stands out from the other Cayman models: the 3.8-litre engine, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S, produces 385 hp (283 kW). The completely new front end with lowered front spoiler and additional air outlet in front of the bonnet as well as the rear wing make it the only Cayman with downforce at both axles. The chassis, which features a 30 mm lower body position and an extra-large brake system, is set up for motorsports with components from the 911 GT3.

Porsche’s sales figures also continue to develop sportily. With about 16,000 vehicle deliveries to customers in January 2015, the sports car manufacturer continues its success of the past year. This corresponds to an increase of 31 per cent in comparison to the same month of the previous year. The 911 is in especially high demand internationally. More than 2,400 happy customers took deliveries of the sports car icon in January. In 2014, Porsche delivered nearly 189,850 new vehicles to customers all over the world – an increase of 17 per cent over the previous year.

Porsche’s sales figures were also very good in Switzerland, with about 39,000 Porsches owned by a population of approximately eight million. The steady growth is especially pleasing for Porsche. In 2014, Porsche delivered 2,871 new vehicles to Swiss customers, an increase of about 29 per cent over the previous year.

Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA moved into a brand new, cutting edge building at One Porsche Drive in January 2015. This one-of-a-kind facility showcases a commitment to design and functionality, serving not only as an inspirational workplace for Porsche employees, but also a brand experience center featuring a 1.6 mile test track, human performance center, and event space. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

And The Winner is…. Patrica Arquette, Best Supporting Actress, Boyhood

Here we are not surprised but a most deserving win just the same.

Actress Patricia Arquette, Oscar® winner for Achievement in Actress in a Supporting Role, for work on "Boyhood" arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Actress Patricia Arquette, Oscar® winner for Achievement in Actress in a Supporting Role, for work on “Boyhood” arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Okay, Jesus. Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees. To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and our crew. My Boyhood family, who I love and admire. Our brilliant director Richard Linklater. The impeccable Ethan Hawke. My lovelies, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater. Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you’re the deepest people that I know. My friends who all work so hard to make this world a better place. To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis and David. To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius. To my heroes, volunteers and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with GiveLove.org. To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

And The Oscar Goes to… J.K. Simmons, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Whiplash

Wow, thank you. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Whiplash. And I am grateful everyday for the most remarkable person I know: my wife, the wonderful Michelle Schumacher. I’m grateful for your love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice and your patience. Which brings me to the above-average children—even though I may try their patience more. Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings. Smart, funny, kind, loving people and that’s because you are a reflection of your mother. And if I may, call your mom, everybody. I’ve told this [to], like, a billion people, or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mom and Dad.

Celebrate National Margarita Day Today (and Every Day)

Today is National Margarita Day, as well as the end of one of the longest awards seasons in recent history. Now, whether you like it frozen or on the rocks, it is the perfect time to celebrate everyone’s favorite tequila cocktail. National Margarita Day, an “unofficial” national holiday,  is claimed to have been founded by a few dozen bartenders, so it is difficult to trace its exact origin. Usually served in a salted rim glass and known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States, the margarita is a cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice.

And although Valentine’s Day is gone and past for this year, it’s never too late for chocolate. The following recipes combines two of most everyone’s favorite things – margaritas and chocolate – for some chocolate-inspired recipes with a Sauza® Tequila twist! Better yet, you can celebrate with Sauza Tequila every day with these recipes and others at https://us.sauzatequila.com/ladies-night-in/margarita-recipes

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Chocolate Chip Margarita

  •            1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  •            1 part JDK & Sons Crave® Chocolate Chili Liqueur
  •            ¾ part half and half
  •            1 glass of ice (for shaking)
  •            5-10 chocolate chips for garnish

Preparation: In a shaker filled with ice combine Sauza® Blue Silver, Crave Chocolate Chili, and half and half. Shake until chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips.

 

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER MARGARITA

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER MARGARITA

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Margarita

  •            1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  •            ½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots
  •            8 parts chocolate ice cream
  •            2 parts milk
  •            ¼ part creamy peanut butter
  •            Chocolate sauce (to rim glass)
  •            Peanut butter (to rim glass)

Preparation: Rim cocktail glass with half creamy peanut butter and half chocolate sauce by running the edge of the glass through plates with each. In a blender combine chocolate ice cream, milk, peanut butter, tequila and butterscotch liquor. Blend until smooth. Pour drink into prepared glass and enjoy!

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Chocolate Raspberry Margarita

  •         1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  •         ½ part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz
  •         6 parts chocolate milk
  •         2 dashes of Taza® Chocolate Mexicano Extract
  •         Chocolate shavings (for garnish)
  •         Raspberry (for garnish)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy.

 

Introducing Whim™, a New Collection by Martha Stewart, Exclusively at Macy’s

Launching for Spring 2015, Whim brings a sense of fun and creativity to bedding and dinnerware

Macy’s and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has announced the launch of Whim™, an exclusive bedding and dinnerware collection from Martha Stewart available only at Macy’s. Now available on macys.com and in select Macy’s stores starting March 2015, Whim offers comforter sets, sheets and quilts in playful prints and colors, as well as colorful dinnerware.

To create this collection, MSLO’s talented team of young designers turned to their own homes and personal styles for inspiration. The result is a whimsical and sophisticated assortment, perfect for decorating a first home or reimagining an existing one. Designed to combine effortlessly, Whim products include easy-to-care-for, 100 percent-cotton bedding, with quilts, shams and five-piece comforter sets in colorful prints and cheerful solids. The collection also features coordinating sheet sets in playful designs such as zebras, flamingos, stripes and polka dots.

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Whim Collection also includes a 16-piece dinnerware set (online only) with four stoneware dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and mugs, available in four fun hues: blueberry pie, candy apple, pool and lemon zest. Consumers can purchase one color for a monochromatic look, or buy two or three shades and combine them to create a lively table.

It’s wonderfully fun, fresh and vibrant, easy to live with, and in addition, very affordable,” said MSLO Founder and Chief Creative Officer Martha Stewart. ”I think consumers who want something new and different will discover a lot to love in the Whim collection. Add a bit of whimsy to your rooms!

We’re thrilled to bring this exciting new line to our savvy, stylish customers,” said Stephen Cardino, VP/Home Fashion Director for Macy’s. “Designed to mix and match, the collection features a range of bold designs and speaks to the idea of relaxed, casual living. It’s perfect for our shoppers who are looking to refresh their homes this spring by changing the look of a bedroom or creating a beautiful table setting when entertaining family and friends.

Whim bedding ranges from $50 to $200 and the 16-piece dinnerware set is priced at $59.99. Products are available now at macys.com/martha and will be introduced in Macy’s stores March 2015.

 

LANDS’ END NAMES FEDERICA MARCHIONNI AS CEO

Global Fashion Executive Brings Proven Experience as Visionary Brand-Builder and Broad Leadership Skillset to Drive Growth for Iconic American Brand

Lands’ End, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has named Federica Marchionni as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Marchionni comes to Lands’ End from her role as President of Dolce&Gabbana USA Inc. and has succeeded Edgar Huber, who resigned from the Company. Ms. Marchionni will assume the CEO position at Lands’ End and join the Company’s Board of Directors on February 17, 2015, following the completion of her professional commitments to Dolce&Gabbana.

Under Ms. Marchionni’s leadership as President starting in 2011, Dolce&Gabbana USA’s revenues increased significantly. She successfully elevated the positioning of the brand and redesigned strategies for expanding it across multiple channels, target customers and geographic areas. While growing the existing business, Ms. Marchionni oversaw the opening of several key stores – including the 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City as well as stores in other markets including Toronto, Chicago, Aspen and Boston – and also strengthened the brand’s partnership with major U.S. department stores. Working closely with the product development teams, sell-through was also advanced in each category and channel, including online. Prior to that, over the course of a career as a global group director at Dolce&Gabbana that stretches back to 2001, she led business development for business units in more than 100 countries. Ms. Marchionni was also Senior Vice President at Ferrari where she acted as the chief executive of a division that generated an important portion of the company’s worldwide sales. Earlier in her career, Ms. Marchionni held positions of increasing responsibility in product marketing and sales at industry-leading consumer technology and telecommunications companies such as Samsung, Phillips, and Ericsson. She graduated summa cum laude from La Sapienza University of Rome with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

In announcing the appointment, Josephine Linden, Chairman of the Board of Lands’ End, said, “We are delighted that Federica Marchionni is joining Lands’ End. She is a multi-talented, visionary business leader with a complete set of creative, strategic and analytical skills to grow a multi-channel apparel brand in a highly competitive and evolving global environment. She has proven product development, retail and international experience, a tremendous passion for success, and a deep network of relationships across the fashion, consumer and retail landscapes. She also fully embraces the principles of quality, value and service on which Gary Comer founded Lands’ End in 1963. We are confident she will build upon the Company’s legacy as a classic American brand with a keen eye toward its future as a global lifestyle brand.

Mrs. Linden continued: “On behalf of the entire Board and Lands’ End organization, we truly appreciate Edgar Huber’s steady leadership prior to and during the spin-off from Sears Holdings Corporation. With annual sales in excess of $1.5 billion, roots more than 50 years deep and a great team behind it, Lands’ End is ready for a new leader to accelerate the realization of the full potential of the brand and drive profitable growth.”

With the successful completion of the spin-off of Lands’ End from Sears Holdings Corporation,” Mr. Huber said, “I have accomplished what I came to achieve at Lands’ End and I look forward to the Company’s success in the future.”

I have long admired Lands’ End’s powerful platform and I am excited to lead this iconic company. I have great respect and appreciation for what the Lands’ End team has accomplished to date, and I look forward to leveraging Lands’ End’s strong foundation to expand the brand into new markets and channels over time while remaining true to the brand’s core values and customer base,” Ms. Marchionni said. “ I join the Lands’ End family with the clear goal of moving the Company forward by working with the Board to identify and pursue growth in key areas, collaborating with and inspiring our people to find new ways to delight customers, and delivering improved financial performance for our shareholders. I cannot wait to get started to take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead.”

STOWAWAY COSMETICS INTRODUCES PREMIUM MAKEUP PRODUCTS IN PORTABLE SIZES

Founded on the philosophy that high-quality makeup should be made to fit into your life (just think about having to get rid of your full-size cosmetics and fragrances at the airport–and try not to cry), Stowaway Cosmetics was created by co-founders Chelsa Crowley, a makeup artist and creative director, and Julie Fredrickson, an e-commerce and digital marketing entrepreneur. As professional women working in NYC, Chelsa and Julie realized their makeup was weighing them down and adding unnecessary complexity to their day. Frustrated by having to compromise on their cosmetics, the two girlfriends decided to create a line of high-quality products that are small, sleek, and meant to be carried with you.

Stowaway Cosmetics Lineup

Stowaway Cosmetics Lineup

Standard makeup sizes reflect a time when women did their makeup at home. Large, elegant compacts and glass bottles are beautiful in the boudoir, but are dead weight in your bag. Cosmetics haven’t changed to reflect women’s current lifestyle needs, both in size and in cost. Because smaller-sized cosmetics cost the same to produce as the full-sized version, and because of the high overhead costs of traditional selling, most cosmetic brands simply don’t sell these types of items at all or if they do they pass their cost onto you with high markups.

Now, Stowaway is bringing makeup into the modern world by streamlining both the products and the commercial process. By selling slimmed-down products directly to consumers (Available now exclusively at www.stowawaycosmetics.com), Stowaway is cutting out the middleman and making women’s lives easier by lightening the burden of beauty. With a belief in modern, intelligent beauty, the brand’s six essential products come in an impeccable edit of simple, flattering shades, for the ultimate beauty collection for the modern woman on the move.

The debut collection is built to suit your everyday beauty needs, and includes:

Radiant Complexion BB Cream

Radiant Complexion BB Cream

Radiant Complexion BB Cream ($22): Take the complexity out of your complexion. This formula is packed with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to keep skin hydrated and to smooth over dry areas without looking flaky. A hydrating cream with a nearly matte finish, this buildable BB does the work of five products by hydrating, priming, reducing redness, filling in fine lines and evening skin tone. At only four inches tall, it fits in the palm of your hand, and can keep skin healthy and radiant for up to eight weeks of daily use. Available shades: Fair, Light, Medium, and Tan.

Creaseless Concealer

Creaseless Concealer

Creaseless Concealer ($16): This full-coverage concealer is ideal for blemishes and redness, and its unique, velvety texture is ideal for brightening darkness under your eyes. With skin-soothing ingredients like coconut oil, this concealer will help improve your skin’s texture over time. At only two and a half inches tall, this tiny tube can be stacked in your back pocket and used daily for up to three months. Available shades: Fair, Light, Medium, and Tan.

Lip & Cheek Rouge Pot

Lip & Cheek Rouge Pot

Lip & Cheek Rouge Pot ($15): Packaged in a chic mirrored compact, this “just creamy enough” blush offers buildable color with a silky, matte finish for cheeks or lips. Only one-third the size of the average blush, this product makes touch-ups in tiny spaces a breeze for up to three months. Available shades: Burnt Rose, and Peony.

Crème Lipstick

Crème Lipstick

Crème Lipstick

Crème Lipstick

Crème Lipstick ($15): Highly pigmented, ultra-rich, and long-wearing, this buttery cream lipstick delivers smooth color that works as hard as you do. Full of nourishing ingredients that keep your lips hydrated even on the longest day, this lipstick gives you up to three months of application from one tiny two-inch tube. Available shades: Scarlet, Champagne, and Peony.

Effortless Eyeliner ($10): Enhance your eyes with this ever-sharp liner that can fit in even the smallest clutch. Create a fine line for definition or smudge for a softer look, with color that sets in 30 seconds. At just under three inches tall, it’s half the size of an average liner, and can be easily stashed away for quick touch-ups while on the go. Available shades: Spice, Jet.

Defined Mascara ($12): This mascara contains buildable fibers that deliver impressive length, volume, definition, and separation with no smudging or flaking, giving you an instant eye opener on the go. Perfect for everyday eye definition and half the size of traditional mascara, this product is all tube and brush with a minimal cap, containing enough mascara for up to eight weeks of application. Available shade: Black.

The Little Black Dress ($75): Featuring all six items, this customizable kit includes a BB cream, concealer, blush, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara. With everything you need from lips to lashes, this little black dress of beauty means you’ll never have to carry around your entire collection again.

New Fashion Doll Line Inspired By Latin Culture Launches Exclusively at Target Stores and Target.com

Vi and Va Dolls Celebrate Family Bonds And Traditions

As of this month, little girls will now have beautiful doll choices that celebrate unique Hispanic cultural traditions.  Vi and Va, a new line of fashion dolls from MGA Entertainment are now available at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.

Vi and Va, new fashion doll line inspired by Latin culture, launches at Target Stores. (PRNewsFoto/MGA Entertainment)

Vi and Va, new fashion doll line inspired by Latin culture, launches at Target Stores. (PRNewsFoto/MGA Entertainment)

Catering to an under-served market, the Vi and Va brand launches with the introduction of four unique characters, with more planned in the Fall. Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va) are sisters, and best friends with their cousins, Felicia and Roxxi.  For these girls, every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bonds of family and friendship.

Vi, 16, is spontaneous and easy going. She’s passionate about sharing her love of music, and she’s always ready to break out her guitar at family gatherings. She also loves creating new styles as a fashion designer. Va, 15, is so neat and organized. She loves learning to cook from her mother and grandmothers. She’s already perfected several savory family recipes, like empanadas.  She also loves trying out new hairstyles, and making herself look unique with ribbons and flowers in her hair. Felicia and Roxxi are Vi and Va’s cousins. Felicia is 17 years old and an artist. Roxxi is 18 years old and a dancer.

The product line includes several dolls and activity sets to help little girls play out each character’s storyline and enjoy her special talents.  The line also has a birthday party collection, where the family celebrates Vi turning 16 and Va turning 15 with a combined party.  Girls can even dress up and join the fun with role play and styling accessories.

We have always made dolls that appeal widely to all types of girls,” said Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment.  “In 2002, our multicultural Bratz brand launched, serviced an untapped market, and skyrocketed to success. So when this unique opportunity arose to launch Vi and Va at Target stores, we knew all girls would love to have doll choices that celebrate some special Hispanic customs and traditions.

Nevermind the Cold, 15 Winter Wonderlands In America’s National Parks Awaits You

@GOPARKS RELEASES #FREE SPECIAL EDITION #NATIONALPARK GUIDE AT WWW.NATIONALPARKS.ORG

Images provided by The National Park Foundation

Sure, it’s near arctic weather outside and you can hardly wait until spring to embrace the warm sun yet again. But, if you know where to look, you can have fun times with your  family during the winter as well– and you won’t once complain about the cold. The National Park Foundation has released “Winter Wonderlands,” the sixth special edition in its popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series. From ice fishing and sledding, to stargazing and contra dancing, readers will be inspired to check out the 15 suggested destinations and discover even more special places in national parks across the country.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, while also serving to connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards.

Acadia National Park, National Park Service

Acadia National Park, National Park Service

Winter hoodoos before sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Winter hoodoos before sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, National Park Service

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, National Park Service

Voyageurs National Park, National Park Service

Voyageurs National Park, National Park Service

Yosemite National Park, CompassAndcamera/iStock

Yosemite National Park, CompassAndcamera/iStock

You can visit www.nationalparks.org/winterwonderlands to download a FREE copy of “Winter Wonderlands” today. There, you will also have access to other great FREE resources from the National Park Foundation including the original Owner’s Guide – a comprehensive traveler’s companion to America’s more than 400 national parks.

Suggestions include:

  • Ice fishing at Acadia National Park in Maine
  • Stargazing at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
  • Contra dancing at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio
  • Sledding at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado
  • Hiking at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina
  • Snowshoeing at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

Our new guide will introduce and reintroduce people to a sampling of the incredible experiences that can be had in our national parks during the chillier time of year,” said Dan Wenk, president of the National Park Foundation. “Winter Wonderlands’ will inspire both frequent and first–time national park visitors to plan unforgettable wintertime adventures in America’s treasured places.”

Fall/Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week: adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1

Photography by Kevin Mazur and Theo Wargo/Getty Images for adidas

I don’t want the clothes to be the life. I want the clothes to help the life.” — Kanye West

For Autumn/Winter 2015, Kanye West and adidas Originals has unveiled a bold new proposition: YEEZY SEASON 1, a collection of apparel and footwear that proposes to “cherishes universality and timelessness” at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Described by West as the world’s first “solutions-based” clothing line, the individual pieces seeks to define a style that matches the relentless pace of contemporary lives.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West on the runway at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for adidas)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West on the runway at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for adidas)

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Models walk the runway at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for adidas)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Models walk the runway at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for adidas)

With this collection, West’s goal is to give consumers workable solutions to the ultimate daily question (What should I wear today?) by creating a line of high-quality essentials that can be freely combined in infinite ways—“like Legos,” he says. This means stripped-down, comfortable, and unpretentious clothes for a “modern jet-set couple,” pieces to be worn from the gym to the office to a meeting to the airport and everywhere in between. “I wanted something that felt like New York or Paris or Tokyo or Santa Barbara or Chicago—a worldliness and an ease.

The collection is defined by a silhouette of considered volume—billowing and oversize on top, tight and trim around the bottom—based largely on his personal sense of style. A study in contrasts like street-luxury and vintage-new, the clothing shapes a new modern wardrobe. For men, this includes MA-2 bombers with oversize flap pockets; washed cotton collarless blouson jackets; oversize sweats with distressed edges and worn, puckered hems; and perfect T-shirts in tones of camel, olive, blue-gray, and camouflage. Each piece is intended to be worn by any sex.

The women’s collection, however, clearly and intentionally shapes a feminine silhouette with high-waist, knee-length, body-conscious knit skirts; floor-grazing cotton tube dresses; tightly woven running tees; and stunning crop tops ingeniously crafted from adidas socks. “This is a challenge to where fashion is currently—a new feminine ideal,” West says, explaining the curve-hugging pieces.

For footwear, West and adidas presented further breakthroughs following the highly anticipated launch of the YEEZY Boost. Newly revealed shoes included woven lo-top sneakers for men and suede stilettos and platform snow boots for women—developed in close tandem with adidas’ products team. The designer expresses his gratitude to adidas for its unparalleled technical prowess. He says, “They are a super innovative company that gives artists a platform to create and dream.”

Presented during the Fall/Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week and just before the NBA All-Star Weekend, the show was conceptualized by West in close collaboration with renowned contemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft. Beecroft has shown internationally since 1993 and is known for her innovative performances and unconventional approach to the creation of images and communication (in that her live events are recorded through photography and film). Her works  is said to reside in the gap between art and life and her conceptual approach is most similar to the creation of a live painting.

Upon entering the venue, guests were lead into a dimly lit room, where 9 rows of models stood stoic still. As lights turned on with blinding intensity, each row of models progressed forward, lending the audience a full view of the clothes. Guests including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber, P. Diddy, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, George Condo, Anna Wintour, Spike Jonze, Russell Simmons, Big Sean, Pete Wentz, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Steven Klein, 2Chainz, Cassie, Alexander Wang, Kehinde Wiley, Tom Sachs, Gia Coppola, Travis Scott, A-Trak, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Hailey Baldwin, and adidas athletes John Wall and Von Miller. “Wolves” an unreleased track from West’s forthcoming studio album served as the soundtrack to this fashion spectacle.

(“Wolves” was written by Kanye West, Cashmere Cat, Vic Mensa, Sia, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein; produced by West, Cashmere Cat, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Plain Pat, with additional contribution from Vic Mensa and Sia)

 

Neiman Marcus Announces Stella Tennant as the Face of The Spring 2015 Art of Fashion Campaign Photographed by Luigi & Iango

Neiman Marcus announces the Spring 2015 Art of Fashion Campaign with photographers Luigi Murenu and iango Henzi. Luigi & iango capture the Scottish model Stella Tennant in 28 of spring’s boldest looks. The simplicity of the set lets the dramatic clothes, the sinuous Tennant, and the lensmen’s superb lighting—a single giant lamp typically reserved for film sets—work their magic.

Stella Tennant In Tom Ford

Stella Tennant In Tom Ford

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Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The lights are strong and continuous. Brutal,” attests Murenu, one half of the New York–based team. “But Stella is very artistic, her body expressive.” Over the three-day shoot, Murenu and Henzi switch roles organically, pivoting between art-directing compositions and stepping behind the camera. “We’re completely integrated to one idea even if it has two voices,” Murenu explains.

The Swiss-born Henzi brings the precision of fine art, while Murenu, raised in Sardinia, radiates with the excitement of fashion. Together, they create images that compel—and endure—with a streetwise elegance.

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The Spring 2015 Art of Fashion campaign is about classic, iconic fashion photography and bringing together three amazing creative forces: Luigi, iango and Stella Tennant,” said Georgia Christensen, Neiman Marcus Executive Creative Director. “It was wonderful to see Luigi and iango work together and experience their creative process. Two minds. Two points of view that came together seamlessly into one portfolio of images. A true collaboration of passionate artists devoted to the industry. Stella is a dream, I often found myself mesmerized by her on set. The result is extraordinary imagery.”

Designer merchandise featured in the Spring 2015 campaign includes: Akris, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Burberry Prorsum, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Cucinelli, Derek Lam, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Erdem, Gucci, Lanvin, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, The Row, Tom Ford, and Valentino.

Since 1994, each spring and fall, the world’s most visionary photographers have carried the torch and given The Art of Fashion their own signature. Past photographers have included: Richard Avedon, Geof Kern, Peggy Sirota, Ruven Afandador, Diego Uchitel, Peter Lindbergh, Arthur Elgort, Camilla Akrans, Raymond Meier, Erik Madigan Heck, and Walter Chin. The campaign will be featured in our publication “the Book” as well as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

New Products from Crayola Bring Color to Life for Kids

Brand Unveils Offline and Online Toys that Celebrate Color, Technology, and Self-Expression at the 2015  American International Toy Fair

Crayola LLC., the brand whose products have sparked the creative spirit in children for more than 110 years, will unveil the latest advances in color, technology and self-expression with a new lineup of Holiday 2015 toys at the American International Toy Fair February 14-17, 2015 in New York City. Based in Easton, Pa. and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, Crayola is the worldwide leader in children’s creative expression products. Known for the iconic Crayola Crayon first introduced in 1903, the Crayola brand has grown into a portfolio of innovative art tools, crafting activities and creativity toys that offer children innovative new ways to use color to create everything imaginable. Consumers can usually find the wide array of Crayola products in the “Crayola Aisle” at all major retailers.

The latest Crayola offerings will feature innovative offline and online toys designed for kids to show their unique vision of the world through color, customization and cutting-edge digital platforms. Highlights from the Crayola 2015 lineup include:

The Crayola Crayon Carver helps kids make art out of their favorite art tools -crayons. With a motorized carver that engraves cool messages and designs, kids can send colorful, custom-carved crayon notes to their family and friends. The kit includes 40 tracing tiles and eight Crayola crayons. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $29.99.

With Crayola Color Alive(TM) Easy Animation Studio, kids have the ability to bring their color to life like never before and create custom animations quickly.  Kids can customize any one of 10 characters and five backgrounds with the included Twistables(®) Colored Pencils, then create and share animations with the poseable mannequin and Smooth Action Technology(®). Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones, tablets, and iPod Touch. For children ages 6 and up; suggested retail price is $24.99.

The Crayola Cling Creator helps kids create colorful clings that stick to -and peel from -windows, mirrors and other smooth surfaces. Kids can use the molds provided or make their own using the included customizable clay. The set comes with tools, color mixing pots, and more. For children ages 8 and up; suggested retail price is $24.99.

Inspired by a trend called “upcycling” and girl’s love for customization, kids can use the Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper to give their favorite gear and accessories a custom color makeover. Anything that fits through the device can be thread wrapped -from headphones, to school supplies to headbands. Kids can use the included thread, upcycle old thread, and even create their own custom color thread! The set contains a motorized threading unit, re-threading attachment, six Crayola colored spools of thread, two empty spools, and a fine-line fabric marker. For ages 8 -12; suggested retail price is $24.99.

With the Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper, stamp colors appear magically and make no mess at all. The Stamper magically “lights up”in whatever color they choose, and children can then color in the stamped images using mess-free markers. The stamps work across multiple items with the Color Wonder line (Minions Stamper & Art Desk). For children ages 3 and up; suggested retail price is $24.99.

At Crayola, we’re all about inspiring creativity through color and innovative play experiences, and our new holiday products demonstrate this continued passion,” says Mike Perry, president and chief executive officer, Crayola LLC. “Children are incredibly digitally savvy and the offline experience continues to be so important because it allows kids to color the world through their own imagination and bring it to life. We are very excited to debut our line-up, which includes everything from crayon carving to animation and customization through makers and design-it-yourself products.

OSCAR 2015 NEWS: NEW PRESENTERS ADDED

JASON BATEMAN, IDRIS ELBA, ANSEL ELGORT, NICOLE KIDMAN, LIAM NEESON, GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHANNING TATUM TO PRESENT AT 87TH OSCARS®

Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Channing Tatum has been added to the list of presenters for this year’s Oscars to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and airing on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Bateman appeared in the Best Picture Oscar®- nominated films “Up in the Air” (2009) and “Juno” (2007). Most recently Bateman starred in the “Horrible Bosses” (2011 and 2014) franchise, “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014), and “Bad Words” (2013), Bateman’s directorial debut.  He is currently working on “Untitled Joel Edgerton Project” and recently wrapped production of “The Family Fang,” his second directorial effort in which he also stars.

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Elba most recently starred in the 2014 thriller “No Good Deed.” His other film roles include “28 Weeks Later” (2007), “Thor” (2011), “Pacific Rim” (2013) and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (2013). He has been nominated for four Emmy Awards®, including three for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for “Luther” (2010). Elba will next be seen in “Beasts of No Nation.”

Elgort made his film debut in 2013’s “Carrie” and followed up with three more films in 2014: “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent” and “Men, Women & Children.” He will next be seen in the sequel “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.”

Kidman won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Hours” (2002) and was nominated for her leading roles in “Moulin Rouge” (2001) and “Rabbit Hole” (2010). Her other credits include “Dead Calm” (1989), “Far and Away” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Cold Mountain” (2003) and “The Golden Compass” (2007). Her upcoming films include “Lion” and “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Neeson received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the title character in “Schindler’s List” (1993). Other film roles include “The Dead Pool” (1988), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Michael Collins” (1996), “Love Actually” (2003), “Taken” (2008), “The Grey” (2011) and “Non-Stop” (2014). He will next be seen in “Ted 2” and “Run All Night.”

Paltrow is an Oscar winner for her leading role in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998).  She has starred in such films as “Great Expectations” (1998), “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), and “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and most recently the “Iron Man” franchise (2008, 2010 and 2013).

Tatum, who currently stars in the sci-fi feature “Jupiter Ascending,” appeared in last year’s “22 Jump Street” (2014), “Foxcatcher” (2014) and “The Lego Movie” (2014).  His previous credits include “White House Down” (2013), “Magic Mike” (2012) and “21 Jump Street” (2012).  He will star in “Magic Mike XXL” later this year.

Previously announced presenters and performers include:

Presenters:

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Kevin Hart, Josh Hutcherson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Jared Leto, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Sienna Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Murphy, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Miles Teller, John Travolta, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

Performers:

Jack Black, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick, John Legend, Adam Levine with Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Rita Ora and Tegan and Sara with The Lonely Island.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

 

For Spring ’15, Bond No. 9 does Park Avenue South—the once iffy fringe thoroughfare that’s morphed into New York’s Latest Happening Turf

New York-centric Bond No. 9 is always and ever on it, and has a nonstop track record for scenting (A) the most legendary spots and neighborhoods all over town—Chinatown, Washington Square, Riverside Drive, et al., and (B) the city’s of-the-moment and on-the-cusp locales, including the High Line, Astor Place, Bleecker Street. Arriving on counter March 21, 2015 is an eau de parfum celebrating the city’s newest, most scintillating, most happening street—Park Avenue South.
Park Avenue South - The fresh, flirtatious scent of New York’s chic new hotspot

Park Avenue South – The fresh, flirtatious scent of New York’s chic new hotspot

In recent decades a forgotten stretch between Midtown and the start of Downtown (a/k/a Union Square), this expansive boulevard is today a frenzied real estate scene, an enclave of creative businesses (modeling agencies, PR firms, ad agencies, publishing houses), happening big-box restaurants (Barbounia, Asellina, and Dos Caminos, to name three), chic hotels (W New York, the Gansevoort Park with its own rooftop bar cum swimming pool, etc.) and converted condos occupied by hip young careerists who fill the see-and-be-seen street scene through the day and well into the night with casual-chic style.

Park Avenue South, the fragrance captures the neighborhood’s fresh, flirtatious, assured, insouciant spirit. A dynamic, energizing contemporary floral, it contains less than a handful of superbly blended iconic and unexpected notes that unerringly conspire to create the perfect springtime mélange. For starters, there’s crisp and fresh green apple with a sassy tang, which, effortlessly segues into a floral heart of spirited yet so-seductive jasmine spiked with luscious peach. Then come provocative musk and dry-warm-earthy amber, the reliable base notes that ground the scent with a lingering depth.

The pristine white bottle displays all this happy, high-energy diffusion with a wham-bam display of contemporary oversized random polka dots—most of them black,with one bright red dissenter, along with the Bond No. 9 circular logo at the lower right. Seductive simplicity is artfully served.

Park Avenue South (Price: 100ml, $295; 50ml, $200) will, on March 21, 2015, be sold at Bond No. 9 New York Boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide, select Nordstrom stores, Harrods UK, andwww.bondno9.com.

ADAM LEVINE TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS

Grammy®-winning  singer, songwriter and actor Adam Levine will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We’re thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year,” said Zadan and Meron.

Lost Stars,” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for the film “Begin Again,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.”

Levine is the lead singer for the group Maroon 5, which has received three Grammy® Awards, two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (2005 and 2007) and one for Best New Artist (2004). Levine made his feature film acting debut in “Begin Again,” which is directed by John Carney and also stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

OSCAR® WINNERS BLANCHETT, LETO, MCCONAUGHEY AND NYONG’O TO RETURN AS PRESENTERS AT 87TH OSCARS®

Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o, last year’s Oscar winners in the leading actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, will return to present at this year’s Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

The great tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning best actors and actresses in all 4 categories happily continues this year with the amazing quartet of Cate, Jared, Matthew and Lupita.  We’re thrilled to have them back,” says Zadan and Meron.

Blanchett has been nominated for six Oscars and has won two, including last year’s award for “Blue Jasmine.” Her previous win was for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2004 film “The Aviator.” Blanchett also received leading actress nominations for “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), and supporting actress nominations for “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) and “I’m Not There” (2007).

Last year, Leto won the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role and McConaughey for Actor in a Leading Role, both for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Nyong’o took home the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave.”

“LET IT GO” OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network’s first tweet using its new mobile video camera feature.

On the heels of the international success of last year’s “Frozen” and their Oscar for “Let It Go,” we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “YouTube, get ready!

We love the Oscars® and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence – it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else,” said the Lopezes. “We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song.”

Lopez is an Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy® winning songwriter and co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Anderson-Lopez in an Oscar-winning songwriter for film and television, who along with her husband, co-wrote songs for “Frozen” and “Winnie the Pooh.” The pair won an Oscar for original song for “Let It Go” from the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” and are currently working on music for the upcoming stage musical “Up Here.”

OSCAR® NOMINEES COMMON AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM TOGETHER AT THE OSCARS®

Musical artists Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar®-nominated song “Glory” at the 87th Oscars. “Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song.

Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”

Common won a Grammy® in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” and in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Southside,” with Kanye West. His many acting credits include the films “American Gangster,” “Wanted,” “Date Night” and “Selma,” in which he plays the role of Civil Rights leader James Bevel.

Legend is a nine time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed debut album, “Get Lifted,”scored multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.  The follow up was the platinum-selling “Once Again,” which garnered a Best Male R&B Performance nod.  Legend’s most recent highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love in the Future,” scored two Grammy  nominations and features his break out hit, “All of Me,” which is his highest selling and charting song to date and also earned a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren’s seventh Oscar nomination in the category. Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album “Ora” (2012), which included the number one singles “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party)” and “Hot Right Now.” Currently featured on the smash single “Black Widow,” with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album, to be released this spring.  She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” to be released in July.

COUNTRY SUPERSTAR TIM MCGRAW TO PERFORM FOR GLEN CAMPBELL AT THE OSCARS®

Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. In addition to his three Grammy Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 AMA Awards, McGraw has numerous film acting credits including “The Blind Side,”  “Friday Night Lights,” “Country Strong” and the upcoming “Tomorrowland.”

We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate  Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell.  Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron

I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song

I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.

JACK BLACK TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®

The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass.  Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st AcademyAwards.

Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be 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.

 

LADY GAGA TO PERFORM AT 87TH OSCARS®

Six-time Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will make a special tribute performance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist who’s musical evolution keeps growing.  We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” says Zadan and Meron.

Since breaking in 2008, Lady Gaga has sold over 27 million albums, 130 million singles, and over 4 million tickets globally to her award-winning live performances. Lady Gaga has won a total of 6 Grammy Awards – her most recent this week for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek, her 2014 collaboration with Tony Bennett which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, CHRIS EVANS, DAKOTA JOHNSON, JENNIFER LOPEZ, CHLOË GRACE MORETZ, EDDIE MURPHY, BEN AFFLECK, JESSICA CHASTAIN, VIOLA DAVIS, KEVIN HART, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, CHRIS PINE, MILES TELLER,  NAOMI WATTS, JENNIFER ANISTON, SIENNA MILLER, DAVID OYELOWO, CHRIS PRATT, JOHN TRAVOLTA, KERRY WASHINGTON, JOSH HUTCHERSON, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, ZOE SALDANA, OCTAVIA SPENCER AND MARGOT ROBBIE TO PRESENT AT 87TH OSCARS®

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Murphy, Margot Robbie Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, John Travolta, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Ejiofor received his first Oscar® nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine.”

Evans made his directorial debut in Toronto this year with “Before We Go.”  He starred in 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” reprising the role of the patriotic superhero he played in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012). His other film credits include “Snowpiercer” (2014), “Puncture” (2011), “Sunshine” (2007) and “Fantastic Four” (2005). He will appear next in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Johnson will star in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opens this month. She’s appeared in such hits as “The Five-Year Engagement,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Social Network.” Johnson will next be seen in the upcoming films “A Bigger Splash” and “Black Mass.”

Lopez can currently be seen in the thriller “The Boy Next Door.” Her other feature credits include “An Unfinished Life” (2005), “Monster in Law” (2005), “The Wedding Planner” (2001) and “Out of Sight” (1998). She stars opposite Viola Davis in “Lila & Eve,” which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival and she will voice ‘Lucy’ in the upcoming animated film “Home.”

Moretz most recently starred in “Dark Shadows” (2012), “The Equalizer” (2014) and “If I Stay” (2014). She previously appeared in such features as “Carrie” (2013), “Hugo” (2011), “Kick-Ass” (2010) and “Let Me In” (2010).   She will next appear in “The Fifth Wave.”

Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”

Robbie is best known for her breakout role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and can next be seen starring in Warner Bros’ “Focus.” She is currently in production on Paramount’s “Untitled Tina Fey Project.” Her upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah,” “Tarzan” and “Suicide Squad.”

Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”

Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” She will next be seen in “Crimson Peak” and “The Martian.”

Davis has been nominated for two Oscars, one for her supporting role in the 2008 film “Doubt” and one for her leading role in 2011’s “The Help.”  She currently stars in the ABC primetime hit “How to Get Away with Murder.” Davis’s film credits include “Get on Up,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,”  “Ender’s Game” and “Prisoners.”  She will next been seen in “Lila and Eve,” due out this year.

Hart, who currently stars in the feature comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” appeared in last year’s “Ride Along,” “About Last Night,” “Think Like a Man Too” and “Top Five.” His previous credits include “Think Like a Man” (2012) and “The Five-Year Engagement” (2012). He will star opposite Will Ferrell in “Get Hard” later this year.

MacLaine won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for 1983’s “Terms of Endearment.” She also received nominations for her leading roles in “The Turning Point” (1983), “Irma La Douce” (1963) “The Apartment” (1960) and “Some Came Running” (1958), as well for the documentary feature “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir” (1975), which she produced. Her next role is in “Wild Oats.”

Pine most recently appeared as Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods” (2014). He also has starred in such features as “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), “People

Like Us” (2012), “Unstoppable” (2010), “Star Trek” (2009) and “Bottle Shock” (2008). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “The Finest Hours.”

Teller stars in the current Best Picture nominee “Whiplash.”  Later this year, he will appear in the feature “Bleed for This,” as well as “The Fantastic Four.”  Teller also appeared in the 2013 film “The Spectacular Now.”

Watts has twice been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role, for “The Impossible” (2012) and “21 Grams” (2003). Her feature credits also include “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014), “St. Vincent” (2014), “Eastern Promises” (2007), “King Kong” (2005) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001). She will next be seen in the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent,” While We’re Young,” The Sea of Trees,” and “Demolition.”

Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”

Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012).  He will next be seen in “Captive” due out later this year.

Pratt starred in two of 2014’s biggest box office hits, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie.” He previously appeared in the Best Picture nominees “Her” (2013), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Moneyball” (2011), and co-starred in all seven seasons of the comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” He will next be seen in “Jurassic World,” in theaters June 12th of this year.

Travolta is a two-time Oscar nominee, for his leading roles in “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and “Saturday Night Fever” (1977). He also has starred in such features as “Savages” (2012), “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (2009), “Hairspray” (2007) “Face/Off” (1997), “Get Shorty” (1995) and “Grease” (1978). His upcoming film, “The Forger” will be out later this year.

Washington is the star of the hit television drama “Scandal,” and received two Emmy® nominations for her role. Her film roles have included “She Hate Me” (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), “I Think I Love My Wife” (2007), “Lakeview Terrace” (2008), “For Colored Girls” (2010) and “Django Unchained” (2012).

Hutcherson has appeared in such films as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), “The Kids Are All Right” (2010) and all three “Hunger Games” films to date. He will star later this year in the series finale, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”

Johansson, whose film credits include “Lost in Translation” (2003), “Match Point” (2005), “Her” (2013) and “Lucy” (2014) will reprise her recurring role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the upcoming film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Saldana has appeared in such features as “Avatar” (2009), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). She will next appear in “Infinitely Polar Bear” due out later this year.

Spencer won an Oscar® for her supporting role in the 2011 film “The Help.” Her other film credits include “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Snowpiercer” (2014) and “Black or White” (2014). She will appear in the upcoming “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent.

OSCAR® WINNER JENNIFER HUDSON TO PERFORM AT 87TH OSCARS®

Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson will be performing on the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

We’re creating several musical sequences for the Oscars and we couldn’t be happier that our friend, Jennifer Hudson, will be performing in one of them,” says Zadan and Meron.

Hudson won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” Her other acting credits include “Sex and the City” (2008), “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008), “Winnie Mandela” (2013) and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” (2013). Hudson’s self-titled debut album won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and was certified Gold, as was her second album, “I Remember Me.” This year she was nominated for Best R&B Performance for the song “It’s Your World,” from her 2014 album, “JHUD.”

ANNA KENDRICK TO PERFORM AT 87TH OSCARS

Actress and singer Anna Kendrick will also make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars.

“Out of the woods and on to the Oscar stage, Anna will be performing something special that is sure to be an “Only on the Oscars” moment.” says Zadan and Meron.

Kendrick was nominated for an Oscar® for her supporting role in the 2009 film “Up in the Air.” Her other film credits include “Into the Woods” (2014), “Pitch Perfect” (2012) and the “Twilight” film series. In 1998, at the age of 12, Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “High Society.” She will star in the films “The Last Five Years,” “The Hollars,” and “Pitch Perfect 2” later this year.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be 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.

 

OSCAR® NOMINEES COTILLARD, CUMBERBATCH, STREEP, WINFREY AND WITHERSPOON TO PRESENT AT 87TH OSCARS

Oscar® nominees Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at this year’s Oscars®, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Cotillard is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Two Days, One Night.” She previously won an Oscar in this category for the 2007 film “La Vie en Rose.” Cumberbatch is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Imitation Game.”

Streep earned a record 19th acting nomination this year for her supporting role in “Into the Woods.” She previously took home Oscars for her lead performances in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011), and her supporting performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). Streep’s previous Best Actress nominations were for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “One True Thing” (1998), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Doubt” (2008), “Julie & Julia” (2009) and “August: Osage County” (2013). She also received Best Supporting Actress nominations for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Adaptation” (2002).

Winfrey is nominated for Best Picture as one of the producers of “Selma.” She was previously nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Color Purple” (1985). She received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2011.

Witherspoon is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Wild.” She previously won an Oscar in this category for the 2005 movie “Walk the Line.”

TEGAN AND SARA RETEAM WITH COMEDY-MUSIC TRIO THE LONELY ISLAND FOR OSCARS® PERFORMANCE

Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome” at the 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island?…..Everything Is Awesome, indeed. This is certainly an ‘Only on the Oscars’ moment,” says Zadan and Meron.

Everything Is Awesome,” written by Shawn Patterson for the animated feature “The Lego Movie,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have been releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring internationally alongside some of the biggest names in the industry since 1999. Their seventh and latest studio album, “Heartthrob,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, with certified gold single “Closer” charting in the top 20 at U.S. pop radio. Tegan and Sara were recognized with a Grammy nomination in 2013, and won Pop Album of the Year for “Heartthrob”, and Group of the Year, at Canada’s 2014 Juno Awards. “Everything Is Awesome,” which the duo recorded with The Lonely Island, has sold more than half a million copies in the U.S.

A comedy, music and filmmaking trio composed of “Saturday Night Live” alumni Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, The Lonely Island has released three studio albums and several gold and platinum singles. “I’m On A Boat,” featuring singer-songwriter T-Pain, achieved double-platinum status and earned a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.  The group is responsible for one of the biggest channels on YouTube, garnering over 1.5 billion views.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be 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.

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2015 GOVERNORS BALL CREATIVE TEAM

Academy Governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 87th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 22.  The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

The artistry and glamour that have truly defined Hollywood for decades will be highlighted at 87th Oscars Governors Ball,” said Kurland.  “We’ve selected the most stunning imagery from the Academy’s vast collections to set the stage for our guests.  The Academy will honor and share these timeless moments of a legacy that is in our blood and truly makes us who we are.”

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff.  Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures” and the upcoming “Tomorrowland.”  He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.”  This will be Kurland’s sixth year serving as Governors Ball chair.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel.  Sequoia Productions’ clients include the TelevisionAcademy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  This will be Cecchetto’s 26th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.

Master chef Wolfgang Puck and Matt Bencivenga, chef partner of Wolfgang Puck Catering, have drawn upon vintage and contemporary Hollywood glamour to create a menu that’s both legendary and innovative.  The menu will feature more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening.  Guests will enjoy such signature Puck favorites as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar.

Puck also will present classic dishes re-imagined for Hollywood’s big night, including lobster “BLT”; beet latkes with pastrami duck and apple mustard; and dover sole with orange miso vinaigrette.  Appealing to diverse palates will be modern vegetarian dishes featuring local organic produce, such as parsnip soup with white chocolate, pears and 24k gold; and artichokes with asparagus, fava beans, baby beets and citrus vinaigrette.

This year’s dynamic pastry team includes Della Gossett, Spago’s executive pastry chef; Kamel Guechida, corporate director of pastry for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group; and Jason Lemonnier, Los Angeles pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering.  Together these chefs will create such innovative and elegant seasonal desserts as apple millefeuille with cider jelly, peanut butter strawberry lollipop, and milk chocolate panna cotta with raspberry and cherry, as well as Puck’s traditional 24k gold chocolate Oscars.  CEO Carl Schuster directs more than 900 event staff through the detailed logistics and hospitality experience. This is Puck’s 21st consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.