Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego this past weekend. Conventioneers was able to find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including BATMAN, MY LITTLE PONY, POWER RANGERS, Star Wars, TRANSFORMERS, BATMAN Classic TV Series Batgirl, Mortal Combat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden, G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL, MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS CELESTIA™ and TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Bluestreak, among others at Toys“R”Us’ Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at

Just as pop culture fans have been eagerly awaiting the 2015 Comic Convention all year long, we have been working with our manufacturing partners to bring a lineup of exclusive products to this year’s show that our conventioneers will clamor for,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are thrilled to share these collectibles, along with our new, easy-to-navigate, dedicated online and in-store shop, ‘Collector Vector,’ with our avid collector community who has long looked to Toys“R”Us as the destination for these unique items.”

The following Toys“R”Us exclusives were available at the Comic Convention and will be available online at while supplies last:

BATMAN™ Classic TV Series Batgirl from Mattel®. Photographer Dennis Stylist Lin

BATMAN™ Classic TV Series Batgirl from Mattel®. Photographer Dennis
Stylist Lin

BATMAN Classic TV Series Batgirl from Mattel®
Brave and beautiful in 6-inch scale, and rendered in actress Yvonne Craig’s likeness, this classic TV series Batgirl features dynamic, iconic colors, a two-sided soft goods cape and 16 points of articulation for ultimate playtime action and posing. Collectors can display her on the included base and choose between one of two retro cityscape backdrops. Available only online at

BATMAN™ vs Harley Quinn from Schleich®

BATMAN™ vs Harley Quinn from Schleich®

BATMAN vs Harley Quinn from Schleich®
With this two-pack, supervillain Harley Quinn leads her own battle against the formidable and legendary BATMAN. Complete with her signature black and red harlequin costume, this figure’s false smile hides a sneaky criminal, so BATMAN will need all of his high-flying skills to fight her. Available only online at

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL (Out Of Package)

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL (Out Of Package)

G.I. JOE DESERT DUEL from Hasbro®
It’s a fast-firing, high-rolling G.I. JOE-Cobra battle with this DESERT DUEL pack. Complete with a Cobra Basilisk tank and an Elite Horseman figure to drive it, fans can load missiles in the elevating, rotating launcher, making the set’s Cobra Air Trooper figure a rolling nightmare for the G.I. JOE commandos. But with the included Philip “Chuckles” Provost figure, kids and collectors can fold out the camouflage canopy on the F.O.E. Striker 4-wheeler and take aim at enemies with the poseable cannon. And, if the pack’s Night Fox figure has to pursue enemies on foot, the cannon comes off the vehicle. Available only online at

Mortal Kombat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden from Mezco Toyz

Mortal Kombat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden from Mezco Toyz

Mortal Kombat X Glow-in-the Dark Raiden from Mezco Toyz
As befits Raiden, the Elder God of Thunder, this 6-inch scale figure features 23 points of articulation, many with ball joints, allowing collectors to recreate all the moves and poses that have made Raiden part of Mortal Kombat gaming legend. Raiden comes complete in a displayable collector-friendly blister card, as well as with alternate lightning hands and a lightening ball. To ensure a game-accurate likeness, each figure is sculpted using the digital files from the game developers themselves. Available only at the Comic Convention and online at



MY LITTLE PONY MAUD ROCK PIE™ from Hasbro® - Out of Package

MY LITTLE PONY MAUD ROCK PIE™ from Hasbro® – Out of Package

Fans can join in on Ponymania with PINKIE PIE’S sister, MAUD ROCK PIE. This detailed and beautiful pony comes complete with an outfit featuring all kinds of flowers, perfect for kids and collectors looking to have the best MY LITTLE PONY adventures. This item will become available at Toys“R”Us stores later this year. Continue reading

Saks Fifth Avenue Teams Up With Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up To Cancer Initiative For 2015 Key To The Cure Campaign

Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has announced that Oscar®-winning actress Julianne Moore has been named ambassador for Saks Fifth Avenue‘s 2015 Key To The Cure Campaign. For the first time, Saks Fifth Avenue will be teaming up with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, created to accelerate innovative cancer research through collaboration among leading scientists from different institutions and disciplines who work together to deliver new therapies to patients quickly. By galvanizing the support of the entertainment indus­try, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public sup­port for this effort to combat all types of cancers.

Julianne Moore wears Jason Wu designed tee for 2015 Key To The Cure Campaign in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue and Entertainment Industry Foundation's Stand Up To Cancer. (PRNewsFoto/Saks Fifth Avenue)

Julianne Moore wears Jason Wu designed tee for 2015 Key To The Cure Campaign in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up To Cancer. (PRNewsFoto/Saks Fifth Avenue)

Saks Fifth Avenue initiated its charity shopping weekend in 1999. To date, the company has donated more than$36 million to women’s cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations benefiting from these funds include: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; EIF‘s Women’s Cancer Research Fund; Cleveland Clinic; Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Nevada Cancer Institute and many others.

Miss Moore will appear in a national public service announcement (PSA) wearing the Jason Wu-designed limited-edition tee. The Key To The Cure PSA will appear in major fashion and lifestyle magazines in September and October. Saks Fifth Avenue‘s charity shopping weekend will take place Thursday through Sunday, October 15 to 18, at all Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at and

Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, whether you’ve known or cared for a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis, or contended with cancer yourself. So I’m honored to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Saks Fifth Avenue to highlight Stand Up To Cancer‘s mission to make everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Julianne Moore. “I hope everyone will join me in supporting this important cause by purchasing a Key To The Cure T-Shirt.”

Now in its 17th year, Saks Fifth Avenue‘s Key To The Cure campaign has enlisted Jason Wu to design this year’s limited edition T-Shirt, benefiting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Available for purchase beginning on October 1 in Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at and, the tee will retail for $35, with 100% of sales benefiting Stand Up To Cancer.

It is an honor to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue on their signature charitable initiative Key To The Cure this year. My hope is that people purchase the limited edition tee, which benefits Stand Up To Cancer, an initiative that has made great strides in cancer research,” said Jason Wu.

Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue, stated, “We look forward to Key To The Cure every October. It’s really great to see our stores, customers and vendors rally together to support such a great cause in raising awareness and funds. We are excited to evolve our Key To The Cure campaign with Stand Up To Cancer this year.” Continue reading



Campaign Explores an Artistic Interpretation of the Neo-Futurist Idea of Human Flight



As the July and August fashion magazines begin hitting your mailboxes within the next two months, Cole Haan launched its campaign, “Prepare For Takeoff,” as part of the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Collection this past week. Set against the neo-futuristic backdrop of the TWA Flight Center, Cole Haan’s most innovative product to-date, ZerøGrand, will soar this coming fall with a multi-channel digital and social campaign featuring three of New York City Ballet’s brightest stars—Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild and Gretchen Smith—alongside two renowned Parkour athletes, Devon Spence and Jason Chu. It puts the pillars of Cole Haan Grand.OS innovation—lightness, flexibility, and cushioning—to the ultimate test.



PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF  WITH GRETCHEN SMITH, MEGAN FAIRCHILD, SARA MEARNS WEARING THE ZerøGrand Stagedoor Ballet Flat FROM THE  the Studio Grand Ballet Collection for women.

PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF WITH GRETCHEN SMITH, MEGAN FAIRCHILD, SARA MEARNS WEARING THE ZerøGrand Stagedoor Ballet Flat FROM THE the Studio Grand Ballet Collection for women.

Set in Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen’s sweeping neo-futuristic ode to aviation, the iconic TWA Flight Center in Queens, “Prepare For Takeoff” collides forms of traditional dance movement with a modern type of skilled athleticism: Parkour***.

Cole Haan has a rich heritage of innovation. With the introduction of ZerøGrand, Grand.OS and the opening of The Global Innovation Center, we decided to explore how we could celebrate Cole Haan Innovation through movement,” says David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer & GM of Business Development at Cole Haan. “Cole Haan was a 34 year old company when Saarinen’s terminal first opened in 1962. As a leading maker of American dress and casual footwear at that time, there’s no doubt Cole Haan has made its way through that terminal many times before. So, we’d like to think of this as a return trip,” Maddocks concluded.





With its minimalist, chic silhouette and extreme flexibility, the Studio Grand Ballet Collection for women represents the ultimate combination of form and function in a ballet flat. Effortlessly transitioning from studio to street in style, the ZerøGrand Stagedoor Ballet Flat raises the bar with its luscious mix of comfort and functionality. Designed in collaboration with three dancers from New York City Ballet, ZerøGrand offers a sporty touch to an otherwise polished look, infusing irreverence with cool. Supple nappa leather wraps this pretty wardrobe staple, while a sturdy rubber outsole infused with Grand.OS technology makes it perfect for all-day wear. Pair this style with skinny denim, cigarette pants or an A-line dress.

New York City Ballet Principal dancer, Sara Mearns, adds, “This season, we worked with Cole Haan to create something totally new—the ZerøGrand Stagedoor Ballet Flat. We took great care in incorporating design elements into the silhouettes through a different lens specifically for the campaign. It really challenged the whole cast to think of how creatively we could bring lightness, flexibility and cushioning to life visually with our movement. I have never been more proud of something and hope all women wearing our shoe feel the same life-lifting experience that we do!

Whether you’re headed to barre class or brunch, the ZerøGrand Mary Jane has you covered. This sporty yet feminine silhouette, crafted in lightweight neoprene and mesh, is the embodiment of contemporary design, while the sigature Cole Haan Grand.OS technology in the outsole will keep you comfortable when navigating the urban landscape. Leggings, skinny jeans and your favorite athleisure styles are the perfect pieces to pair with the ZerøGrand Mary Jane.

At the intersection of sport and fashion lives the ZerøGrand Sneaker. Sleek black mesh and eye-catching silver metallic accents make for a trendy style statement, while the Cole Haan Grand.OS technology in the outsole will keep you comfortable when navigating the urban landscape. Match with cotton joggers or leggings and a slouchy top for Saturday barre class or Sunday errands.

By infusing a traditional chukka boot with the sporty-chic styling of ZerøGrand, this modern silhouette of the ZerøGrand Chukka Bootie takes you from yoga class to the Saturday salon session with ease. The ZerøGrand Chukka Bootie features criss cross gore detailing for easy on and off and an EVA midsole with Grand.OS technology for all-day comfort.

Boy meets girl in Cole Haan’s best-selling, most sought-after women’s ZerøGrand Wing Oxford styles that perfectly balance masculine and feminine with panache. Crafted from rainbow-hued suede with laser-cut details, they feature white rubber soles with Grand.OS technology that are carefully constructed with a focus on flexibility and reduced weight. These customer favorites are a casual styling game changer. Match with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a silk blouse for off-duty wear or a skirt and button-down for an unexpected twist to business attire.

For men, the ZerøGrand Sport Chukka fits the bill perfectly. Built on Cole Haan’s signature own Grand.OS technology, the ZerøGrand line rips out the guts of traditional shoes and replaces every stitch, layer, and design detail with carefully considered components that render the shoes ridiculously lightweight. It’s the result of modern materials and cutting-edge construction techniques that usher in an entirely new approach to the engineering of shoes for everyday wear. By zeroing in on greater flexibility, reduced weight, and increased cushioning in the Grand.OS system, the athletic-inspired ZerøGrand Sport Chukka feels like your lightest weight running sneaker. Featuring sporty mesh and leather uppers and an EVA midsole with a rubber outsole for ultimate traction and flexibility.

The campaign goes far beyond still imagery, and includes a behind the scenes look at how the cast takes their experience with these elements from studio to street. It will be featured on, in digital media and across the brand’s social channels of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumbler, YouTube as well as on the Cole Haan iPhone App, which was recently lauded for its integration of ApplePay.

As the choreographer, the location was a dream of inspiration! The beauty and divine artistry of the structure naturally invited the curves, lines and angles of movement. The classic beauty of the clothing and footwear was the perfect cherry on top to create an epic image that takes your breath away,” shares the extraordinary choreographer Tamara Levinson, who was tapped for the shoot.

Photographer Sebastian Kim, adds, “I’ve always wanted to shoot at this iconic location—it’s such a landmark which perfectly complimented the campaign.”

***Parkour, developed in France, is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, mantling, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other, similar movements depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. Parkour’s development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative martial art. It’s also an activity that can be practiced alone or with others, and is usually – but not exclusively – carried out in urban spaces.


Sneakerhead Alert: The Rise of Sneaker Culture at The Brooklyn Museum

From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a global obsession. The Rise of Sneaker Culture (July 10–October 4, 2015, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor) is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world.

The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the out-of-the-box-the-rise-of-sneaker-culture_books_storm_13sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneakers by Prada and other major fashion design houses and designers, as well as those made in collaboration with artists including Damien Hirst and Kehinde Wiley. Film footage, interactive media, photographic images, and design drawings contextualize the sneakers and explore the social history, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. It is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum.

The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by the AFA in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and Rizzoli, accompanies the exhibition. Generous support for the national tour of the exhibition is provided by Macy’s.

Adorama Goes “Through The Lens” and Explores Instagram’s Most Followed Photographers in Latest Web Docuseries

Featuring Instagram–famous photographers, YouTube hit “Through The Lens” documents the inspiring stories of social media’s most popular image-takers; more photographer collaborations and events coming soon from Adorama, plus – 7th episode just released.

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“Through The Lens” documents the inspiring stories of social media’s most popular image-takers

Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, recently launched a new web docuseries called “Through The Lens” on its AdoramaTV online channel. An insta-hit, the YouTube series profiles Instagram’s most popular photographers, highlighting their unique photography styles in each episode. Followed by hundreds of thousands of social media users, these artists share their journeys, biggest inspirations, tools and best tips in brief AdoramaTV episodes, which has gained popularity with every new release. Most recently, episode 7 of “Through The Lens” featuring Jason Peterson was just released yesterday – watch now here:

“Through The Lens” offers an interactive experience that caters to the young, social media savvy

“Through The Lens” documents the inspiring stories of social media’s most popular image-takers

“Through The Lens” documents the inspiring stories of social media’s most popular image-takers

audience, introducing them to photography from a relatable perspective. A second season is already in the works, and it is set to showcase even more photographer collaborations, tips and inspiration, plus concurring local events to give the audience a more immersive experience with “Through The Lens” artists.

“The feedback from our audience has been overwhelmingly positive,” states Salvatore D’Alia, video content producer at Adorama. “They really appreciate the message of the show and admire the production value. We’re really proud of how ‘Through The Lens’ has taken off and are looking forward to working with more inspiring photographers.”

The first six episodes of “Through The Lens” have been extremely well received, earning statuses as some of the most liked and commented on videos on the channel. Featured Instagram

photographers are also pleased with the response from the show, saying:

“Since being featured on ‘Through The Lens,’ I have received such great feedback on how I’ve unnamed (2)inspired others to follow their passion for photography. It has given me an even greater sense of determination to give back and connect deeper with the community.” – Jose Tutiven aka@Tutes “Through The Lens,” Episode 2

“Being able to share my photography journey and inspire my fans through Adorama’s ‘Through The Lens’ has been an absolute honor.” – Natalie Amrossi aka @Misshattan “Through The Lens,” Episode 5

(To watch full episodes of “Through The Lens,” please visit

Go “Behind The Lens” on a Photo Walk With Antonio Jaggie and Sony
On Sunday, July 19th, Adorama will host a Sony Day PhotoWalk with featured “Through The Lens” episode 3 photographer Antonio Jaggie. Taking place on the scenic streets of Chelsea, attendees can explore New York City through their own lens and capture great moments. Food and beverages will be provided by Telegraph Coffee before the photo walk commences at Adorama, where the friendly staff from Sony will be showcasing their newest cameras for the crowd to test out. (Register for Adorama’s Sony Day PhotoWalk now:

Costume Institute’s Fall Exhibition to Focus on Fashion Icon Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style

The Costume Institute’s Fall 2015 exhibition, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, will focus on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center from November 19, 2015 through February 21, 2016.  

A close study of de Ribes’s life of creative expression yields illuminating insights into her strategies of style,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who is organizing the exhibition. “Her approach to dress as a statement of individuality can be seen as a kind of performance art. When she established her own fashion house, her friend Yves Saint Laurent gave his blessing to the venture as a welcome projection of her elegance.”

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes (born 1929 in Paris to aristocratic parents) is seen by many as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. She was, with the American and Italian beauties Gloria Vanderbilt and Marella Agnelli, among the small flock of “Swans” photographed by Richard Avedon and written about by Truman Capote in 1959. 

Married at age 19 to Édouard, Vicomte de Ribes (he became the Count de Ribes upon the death of his father in 1981), the traditions of her in-laws precluded her from becoming a career woman. An independent spirit, she channeled her creativity into a series of ventures linked by fashion, theater, and style. In 1956, de Ribes was nominated for Eleanor Lambert’s Best-Dressed List. At the time, she had only a handful of couture dresses, as most of her wardrobe was comprised of her own designs, which she made herself or with a dressmaker.  Four more nominations followed, and resulted in her induction into the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962.  

Photographed by the world’s leading talents including Slim Aarons, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Robert Doisneau, Horst, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Victor Skrebneski, and Juergen Teller, her image came to define an effortless elegance and a sophisticated glamour.

In 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier dedicated his haute couture collection to her with the title “Divine Jacqueline,” and in 2010, she received the Légion d’Honneur from then French President Nicolas Sarkozy for her philanthropic and cultural contributions to France.

The thematic exhibition will feature approximately 60 ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1959 to the present. Also included will be her creations for fancy dress balls, which she often made by cutting up and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create unexpected, thematic, and conceptually nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs and ephemera, will tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood “dress-up” to the epitome of international style.  

A muse to haute couture designers, they placed at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality. Ultimately, she used this talent and experience to create her own successful design business, which she directed from 1982 to 1995.  

While the exhibition will focus on her taste and style methodology, extensive documentation from her personal archives will illustrate the range and depth of her professional life, including her roles as theatrical impresario, television producer, interior designer, architect, and director and organizer of international charity events.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Marc Bohan for House of Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Jacqueline de Ribes, John Galliano, Madame Grès (Alix Barton), Valentino Garavani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Norma Kamali, Guy Laroche, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Fernando Sanchez for Révillon Frères, and Emanuel Ungaro.

Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style will run November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016 at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 



It seemed like only yesterday we all (well, most of us anyways) were drowning our mirth in drinking games while watching the Oscars and dissing virtually all aspects of the show, the host, the red carpet and the presenters. Well, it was actually months ago and a whole new Oscar campaign is about to begin and the race starts now! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today published its list of upcoming submission deadlines for 88th Academy Awards® consideration. The submission process may be initiated online at  For the entire list of key dates and complete rules, please visit

Submissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (OSC) forms are due by 5 p.m. PT on the following dates:

Scientific and Technical Awards
Documentary Short Subject
Documentary Feature
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
Foreign Language Film
Animated Feature Film
Original Score
Original Song
General Entry/OSC Form
Friday, July 10
Tuesday, September 1
Monday, September 21
Thursday, October 1
Thursday, October 1
Thursday, October 1
Friday, October 30
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 2

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, 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 also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.