Sofia Vergara Introduces Second Fragrance for Women

Sofia Vergara will Appear Live on HSN on October 22 to Introduce The Holiday Gift Set for Fans Everywhere

I want my brand to reflect the many aspects of a woman’s life.  LOVE is for the woman who truly enjoys being a woman…and loves who she is.” – Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara launches her second fragrance for women, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA (PRNewsFoto/Parlux Fragrances, LTD)

Sofia Vergara launches her second fragrance for women, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA (PRNewsFoto/Parlux Fragrances, LTD)

Emmy award-winning actress, style icon and entrepreneur, Sofia Vergara is often described as irresistible, confident and ultra-sexy – so it’s only fitting that her newest fragrance embodies these very facets. Stemming from the success of her first scent, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA complements the classic SOFIA, adding a sensual twist to any fragrance wardrobe.The Eau de Parfum will retail for $55 (100ml) and $32 (50ml) and will be available beginning October 2015 at retailers nationwide, including HSN.com, Perfumania and Perfumania.com.

Her first, SOFIA BY SOFIA VERGARA made its debut exclusively on HSN at 12:01 a.m. and in key markets internationally on April 24th 2014. SOFIA BY SOFIA VERGARA was rolled out to retailers nationwide the following September.

Both fragrances are a natural extension of the Sofia Vergara lifestyle brand. “Sofia has a passion for empowering women to feel good about themselves. She focuses her brand on creating products that enhance a woman’s life,” says Nancy Overfield-Delmar, President of Latin World Entertainment Licensing, the premiere Hispanic talent management, entertainment-marketing, production and licensing firm in the U.S.

Sofia Vergara launches her second fragrance for women, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA (PRNewsFoto/Parlux Fragrances, LTD)

Sofia Vergara launches her second fragrance for women, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA (PRNewsFoto/Parlux Fragrances, LTD)

LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA is an oriental, fruity fragrance that opens up with a bouquet of bright, fruity notes(Mandarin, Passion Fruit, Orange Blossom) with middle notes symbolizing the love found in every heart (Purple Andean Orchid, Magnolia, Colombian Coffee Flower) and a sweet base (Amberwood, Ambrette Seeds, Vanilla) that reveals a sense of seduction. Mysterious and elegant, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA celebrates all that it is to be a woman.

To add an element of Sofia’s Colombian heritage, the bottle has been carved to resemble a multi-faceted emerald, the country’s native gem. Designed in smoky pink and purple hues, it speaks to Sofia’s glamour, allure and sensuality.

Sofia is the ideal partner and a terrific collaborator. She knows what she likes, is open to new ideas and has a pulse on what women want today. Her innate charisma, passion and energy charges up a room as she has the ability to stir people’s creativity, passions and emotions,” says Donald Loftus, President of Parlux Ltd.

Nobody loves being a woman more than Sofia Vergara. She fully embraces the many facets of her life with vitality, humor and humility.  Sofia is an incredibly passionate woman and with the introduction of her second fragrance, LOVE, she is able to share yet another aspect of her life with her fans,” adds Overfield.

To further support the launch of the fragrance, Sofia will be sharing video footage and engaging with fans across her social media channels, and will appear live on the direct-to-consumer, live content retailer, HSN, on October 22 to speak with fans, share her inspiration for the scent and introduce an exclusive LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA Gift Set.

Lifestyle E-Commerce Brand, Sole Society, Sets Up First Retail Shop In Santa Monica Place

Sole Society, a leading online lifestyle brand of women’s shoes, handbags, and accessories, today opens the doors to their first brick-and-mortar retail store at Santa Monica Place located on Level 2 overlooking Center Plaza. Launched in 2011, the Los Angeles-based online footwear brand kicked up buzz by delivering stylish $100-and-under shoes directly to consumers’ doors. Now, with a physical presence in one of LA’s premier shopping destinations, Sole Society will be able to offer customers the opportunity to shop with them wherever and however they want in a true all encompassing fashion. Sole Society’s retail prices range from $54.95-$149.95 for shoes and boots, $39.95-$89.95 for handbags and $19.95-$54.95 for accessories. The store hours are 10:00am-9:00pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11:00am – 8:00pm on Sunday.

Sole Society www.solesociety.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Sole Society)

Sole Society http://www.solesociety.com. (PRNewsFoto/Sole Society)

The storefront at Santa Monica Place will feature the brand’s full product line of footwear, handbags, jewelry, scarves and hats. It will also provide their trend-obsessed customers limited-time, exclusive access to styles before they hit the web. Mirroring the modern and approachable aesthetic of its e-commerce site, the store’s interior features a streamlined design with open concept shelving and display platforms, lounge furniture using soft textiles, and a soothing materials story that includes stone, natural wood, matte metallic, and an accent color palette of white, warm grays, and neutral tones.

Sole Society Opens First Retail Store (PRNewsFoto/Sole Society)

Sole Society Opens First Retail Store (PRNewsFoto/Sole Society)

In addition to a broad selection of their branded goods, the Sole Society store will offer a revolving curated collection of apparel, home and beauty offerings from like-minded brands and local designers that resonate with the Sole Society consumer. At opening, this includes a collaboration collection from LA-based sustainable designer, StyleSaint, which served as Sole Society’s first-ever Designer Spotlight Series. The Sole Society x StyleSaint collaboration, which is currently available online, highlights eco-friendly apparel that pairs with Sole Society’s shoes and accessories for fashionable head-to-toe looks.

Keeping true to the brand’s born-on-the-web roots, an in-store digital kiosk will act as a virtual concierge-offering customers the option to send gifts or mail their purchases home when traveling. The online experience will give customers the ability to search Sole Society’s full assortment and inventory, shop for sold out styles or sizes and have their purchases delivered within 24-48 hours in the Southern California area. Additionally, for added convenience, customers may buy on the web and return or exchange purchases in-store.

Having built a great customer base and thriving brand through our own online business and Nordstrom, we take the exciting step of opening our first store. We are now able to present our LA-based customers the opportunity to interact with us and our product in an innovative, new retail environment,” said CEO of Sole Society, Andy Solomon. “As we look towards the future of Sole Society, we see great opportunity for growth as we move beyond our online roots and bring existing consumers and new shoppers into our branded brick-and-mortar retail space.

Today, the first 100 shoppers received Mystery Gift Cards (valued at $10-$200) as well as a Sole Society tote bag as a gift with purchase. The store opening will be celebrated through Labor Day weekend with customers enjoying music, refreshments, sweet treats and exclusive giveaways during store hours.

Sole Society is available at www.solesociety.com and www.nordstrom.com as well as select Nordstrom stores nationwide. The product can also be purchased on QVC, www.qvc.com and select boutiques around the country.

New Exhibition to Showcase National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project

National Geographics Pristine Seas project searches for the last truly wild places in the ocean, remote areas untouched by human activity. Led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, the team explores, conducts scientific research and makes powerful films to motivate world leaders to protect these last pristine places. An exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, Pristine Seas: The Ocean’s Last Wild Places,will showcase the work that the Pristine Seas team is doing to protect these remote and thriving regions. The free exhibition opens in the Museum’s M Street gallery on Wednesday, Sept. 16.Pristine-Seas-Exhibit-Logo

Pristine Seas” features more than 60 images from the project’s expeditions, many captured by Sala himself. The exhibition is organized into four categories: Reefs, Oceanic Islands, the Arctic and Coastal Africa. The exhibition also features a section focused on the planning that goes into these expeditions as well as an area looking at the future of the Pristine Seas project and the team’s upcoming expeditions.

Traveling from the Arctic to tropical seas and coastal environments, the Pristine Seas team has completed more than a dozen expeditions since the project’s inception in 2008. Six of the sites the team has studied are now fully protected marine reserves totaling over 2.2 million square kilometers (around 850,000 square miles). The exhibition will feature maps, images of stunning wildlife and videos of healthy marine life from a selection of these expeditions and the conservation efforts in place to keep the protected areas safe.

The Pristine Seas project is a great example of the impact National Geographic can have on conservation,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions.This project not only provides a baseline of data for science, but it also records some of the most pristine places in the ocean and inspires people around the world to get involved in preserving these places.

Sala will share behind-the-scenes adventures from his Pristine Seas expeditions with National Geographic Live audiences in New York on Oct. 20, Los Angeles on Oct. 29 and Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19. After each talk, he will sign copies of his new National Geographic book, PRISTINE SEAS: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places. Tickets to the Nat Geo Live events start at $25 and can be purchased at nglive.org.

Also open in the Museum’s 17th Street galleries are Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants,” which will run until Oct. 12, 2015, and Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology,” which will be open through Jan. 3, 2016.

The National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.), is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the 17th Street galleries is $15 for adults; $12 for National Geographic members, military, students and seniors; $10 for children 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the Museum between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.

Ranu Mukherjee: Extracted at The Asian Art Museum —Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

Exhibition Will Blur The Lines Between History, Mythology And Speculative Fiction To Confront The Legacies Of The California Gold Rush

San Francisco Bay Area artist Ranu Mukherjee maps new terrain, layering Asian art, local history, mythology, and contemporary culture to question the legacies of the California Gold Rush in a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum —Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Curated by Marc Mayer, senior educator of contemporary art, Extracted is on view Nov. 6, 2015–Aug. 14, 2016.

Extracted explores the story of gold and its impact on natural resources, labor, and shifting international economic power. “The exhibition speaks to the nature of speculation,” explains Mayer, “both in the economic sense—that of a risky financial investment with the expectation of a substantial gain—and also the contemplation of ideas around the unknown. In many ways, it is emblematic of the cultural and economic landscape in the Bay Area.

 Ranu Mukherjee raw materials of choice generally consists of video works, ink paintings on paper, printed and painted silk

Placeholder 1, 2014, by Ranu Mukherjee (American, b. 1966). Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris. © Ranu Mukherjee.

Placeholder 1, 2014, by Ranu Mukherjee (American, b. 1966). Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris. © Ranu Mukherjee.

wall hangings, and collaborative sound projects. Her work traces the figure of the nomad throughout collages of non-Western cultures and mythologies, and it juxtaposes them with artifacts of the Western world, from old Hollywood to remnants of British colonialism. Her work presents encounters with creolization, ecology, science fiction and the unknown. Mukherjee also explores narrative excess by drawing links between present-day global capitalism and traditions of cultural stereotypes still residual in our collective psyche. (She received an MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art in London and a BFA in painting and film from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.)

With a neo-futurist perspective, Mukherjee weaves together a cosmography—a geographical framework blending together empirical fact, hearsay, and broader imaginings to describe features of the heavens and earth. Inspired by an ancient Chinese mythological text, The Classic of Mountains and Seas, the artist attempts to map the near and the distant, and the visible and the hidden, to explore the unknown histories of the Gold Rush, from Chinese mining sites along the Yuba River to the implications of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. Extracted resets the viewer’s compass, to eclipse notions of East and West and create a new orientation within a landscape where strange creatures dwell and historical events manifest in the eternal present of mythical time.

The exhibition is, in some ways, an excavation of ghosts,” says Mukherjee. “It is an investigation of narratives of the future produced by the legacy of prospecting, and a contemplation of cultural resilience via the trajectories of attempted exclusionary politics. My intention is to create images that address their audience viscerally, imaginatively and speculatively.

Developed to resonate with the museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition in spring 2016, Extracted features Mukherjee’s textiles, works on paper, and signature hybrid films alongside objects from the museum’s collection. Extracted will be presented in three parts, each featuring an additional installation of artwork and film, accumulating into an ongoing, ever-shifting exhibition.

Part One | Opens November. 6, 2015

Mukherjee explores the geography of Chinese mining sites along the Yuba River, Chinese graveyards in Auburn and Nevada City, California, and the extraction of natural resources from the earth.

Part Two | Opens January. 26, 2016

Drawing links between wealth and currency, legacy and longevity, Mukherjee focuses on a key object in the museum’s Chinese art collection: a 2nd century money tree, which was placed in tombs to symbolize wishes for good fortune in the hereafter.

Part Three | Opens May 3, 2016

Mukherjee focuses on the mythical figure of the Queen Mother of the West (Xi Wangmu), an important goddess in ancient Chinese mythology and later in Daoism who rules over a western paradise where the peaches of immortality grow and souls reside after death. Often referred to as the Golden or Metal Mother, she is the highest female goddess in the Daoist pantheonMukherjee investigates descriptions of the Queen Mother of the West and considers her role as a teacher, judge and guardian of female believers in ancient China.

This exhibition was organized by the Asian Art Museum. The Asian Art Museum—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415.581.3500 or www.asianart.org) is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum endeavors to unlock the past for visitors, bringing . it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.

Hours: The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. From Feb. 26 through Oct. 8, 2015, hours are extended on Thursdays until 9 PM. Closed Mondays, as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

General Admission: FREE for museum members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), college students with ID, and youths (13–17). FREE for children under 12 and SFUSD students with ID. General admission on Thursdays after 5 PM is $5 for all visitors (except those under 12, SFUSD students, and museum members, who are always admitted FREE). General admission is FREE to all on Target First Free Sundays (the first Sunday of every month). A surcharge may apply for admission to special exhibitions. Access: The Asian Art Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information regarding access: 415.581.3598; TDD:415.861.2035.

Julie Lynn And Bonnie Curtis To Produce The Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

Producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis will produce the 7th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.

Film Producers Julie Lynn (left)  and Bonnie Curtis (right)

Film Producers Julie Lynn (left) and Bonnie Curtis (right)

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Julie and Bonnie are incredibly talented producers – the perfect team to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees,” said Boone Isaacs.

We are honored and thrilled by this opportunity, as we have such deep respect for The Academy,” said Lynn and Curtis. “With masterful artists like Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Rowlands, and Mr. Lee to celebrate, the evening might just produce itself!

Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in 1999, with Curtis joining as a partner in 2011. Together they have produced five films, including “Last Days in the Desert,” “5 to 7,” “The Face of Love,” “Albert Nobbs,” which received three Oscar® nominations, and the upcoming “The Sweet Life.”

Lynn’s other credits include “Mother and Child” and “The Jane Austen Book Club.” For the past two years, Lynn has served as producer of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read with director Rodrigo Garcia. Prior to joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years with Steven Spielberg at Amblin and DreamWorks, producing such films as “Minority Report” and “AI,” as well as co-producing “Saving Private Ryan.”