Fashion Icon Dame Zandra Rhodes & Vogue’s André Leon Talley Connect in Conversation: Fashion is Art

Exclusive Event at Christopher Guy’s New York showroom on October 1

Iconic textile and fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, DBE RDI, and André Leon Talley, contributing editor and former Editor-at-Large for American Vogue, will discuss the creative process, inspiration, their careers, and the profound influence the legendary Diana Vreeland had on them during a private and intimate event on October 1, 2015 at Christopher Guy’s magnificent New York Showroom. The event will also celebrate Dame Zandra‘s first-ever wall collection.

Dame Zandra will also unveil four bespoke textile prints to be sold exclusively through Christopher Guy:

Christopher Guy, being a visionary, told me I should do wall art with my beautiful textiles,” said Dame Zandra Rhodes. He considers my work as more than textile and fashion, and thought I had a lot more to offer to the world of interiors. These art pieces fit in with the beauty of the Christopher Guy interior image, and the CG showroom brings my art to gorgeous, elegant living room surroundings and reflect my passionate belief that art is to be lived with, not just stay in museums.

15% of the proceeds of Dame Zandra’s wall art sold at the event will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America.

Event host Christopher Guy Harrison, founder of luxury brand Christopher Guy, said: “It is a great privilege to have two of the world’s most celebrated fashion icons come together at our New York Showroom. Zandra is truly unique and a pioneer in her field, and we are proud to have her wall art sold through our showrooms.”

Premieres, Record Number of Films Highlight 2015 Heartland Film Festival

October 16-25 Festival To Open With Critically-Acclaimed Major Motion Picture “Room” Based On The International Best-Selling Book By Emma Donoghue

Heartland Film announced the full lineup and event schedule for its 24th annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 16-25, 2015) to a cheering crowd at The Athenaeum. The Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest, and will showcase 147 entertaining movies that do more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. The Festival has added new features for 2015, including a brand-new Premiere Pavilion at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12.2015-heartland-film-festival-web-slider

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Each year, the Heartland Film Festival awards more than $120,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. The Festival has awarded more than $2.9 million to support indie filmmakers over the last 23 years. Beyond the annual Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award, inspires the next generation of filmmakers via the Heartland Film Institute, and exhibits films across Indiana all year long via the Heartland Film Roadshow.

This year has been one of Heartland Film’s most exciting and challenging yet; over 1,750 films, representing 95 countries, were submitted, and narrowing the field down to the best 145 was a daunting task,” explained Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The end result is a line-up of films that is Heartland’s most varied yet. With local films competing in the all-new Indiana Spotlight competition and foreign films from Iran, Australia, Pakistan, Kosovo and Bulgaria, there is a plethora of independent films that will engage, educate, inspire and challenge audiences of all ages. After receiving standing ovations at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, Truly Moving Picture Award-winning film ‘Room’ will open this year’s Festival, giving Heartland audiences their first chance to experience this incredible film.

Opening and Closing Night Event Films 


Still from Opening Night Film, Lenny Abramson’s “Room”, starring Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson and was the winner of the GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS at the just-concluded 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Room” – Indianapolis Museum of Art – Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, “Room” is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After five-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. The A24 release starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, has received Heartland Film’s prestigious Truly Moving Picture Award and was a big winner at the just-concluded 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Coming Through the Rye” – AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 – Sunday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Set in 1969, Jamie Schwartz, obsessed with Holden Caulfield, runs away from boarding school to find reclusive author JD Salinger. Inspired by actual events, Jamie’s search for Salinger becomes a journey into sexual awakening, love and loss. Starring Adrian Pasdar, Chris Cooper, Alex Wolff and Stefania Owen, directed by James Sadwith. Director James Sadwith scheduled to attend.

Premieres to Highlight First Weekend at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12

These five U.S. or World Premiere special events include the film screening at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 plus access to the Premiere Pavilion after-party (includes access and hors d’oeuvres). Filmmakers and/or talent from every film are scheduled to attend and take part in Premiere Pavilion red carpet festivities. Tickets $15 / $12 members.

Many Beautiful Things” – Saturday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.
U.S. Premiere, Documentary Feature – Morocco, UK, USA

Victor” – Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:45 p.m.
World Premiere, Narrative Feature – USA

Oddball” – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Premiere, Narrative Feature – Australia (family-friendly)

Borderless” – Sunday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m.
U.S. Premiere, Narrative Feature – Iran

Big Voice” – Sunday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
World Premiere, Documentary Feature – USA

Special Presentations Bring Hollywood to Indianapolis

The 33” – AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 – Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Warner Bros. Pictures release starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche, directed by Patricia Riggen. Director Patricia Riggen scheduled to attend.
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Wheels Up! MENAJI Launches New MENAJI FLEET Travel Bags for Men

Menaji Men’s Skincare Launches Line Of Limited Edition Toiletry Bags To Meet Demands Of A Growing Men’s Product Supply And Need To Keep Essentials Organized

It hs often been said that “it’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey”– especially if the journey is stress-free. So MENAJI Skincare wants to accommodate male travelers by launching a series of ultra-functional travel bags to keep men’s essentials organized and handy. Created to facilitate men’s travel experiences, and simple enough for everyday use, MENAJI FLEET is all about staying organized so men can relax and enjoy their trip.

The new MENAJI FLEET Limited Edition, luxury-inspired MENAJI collection of travel bags make their debut as a better way for men to keep their grooming products handy, while on-the-go. MENAJI FLEET travel kits are sleek and sturdy, designed with men’s active lifestyles in mind. Each bag is made with water and stain-resistant ballistic nylon in classic black-on-black with MENAJI branded pull tags.

The first in a series of three, called the “Gregory” ditty bag, can hold multiple small products such as MENAJI ClearShave, 911 Eye Gel and Lip Agent (or your favorite brand of skin and lip care products) which are the bare essentials a guy should have on him at all times, says MENAJI President Pamela Viglielmo.The "Gregory" Ditty Bag

Men have two options: their pockets, and their Dopp kits. But the truth is some things need to be kept closer at hand, not loose in a pocket, or exposed to other products. Products also need to be kept from bouncing around suitcases or staining clothes. We’ve designed three unique bags that will help men stay more organized and give them the options women already have,” Viglielmo said.

The “Gregory” ditty bag makes for a stylish yet practical travel accessory. The contents of the deceptively small bag’s spacious lined interior are easily accessible through a large zipper on top of the bag. When not using it for grooming, men can easily hold keys, wallet, mobile cords and chargers, earbuds and more.

The “Gregory” ditty bag was also created to keep up with men’s current grooming lifestyles and their growing demand for more and more specialized products, said Viglielmo.

Viglielmo said she created the “Gregory” ditty bag after years of witnessing her son and husband fishing inside huge duffel bags for lip balms and shaving products, then in frustration, turning bags upside down and shaking them.

The "David" Dopp Kit

The “David” Dopp Kit

The second bag is called the “David,” an expandable Dopp Kit which holds up to 5 MENAJI products (or your personal favorite brand of shaving or skincare products) in the clear from zippered pouch and has a top zipper that expands the bag to almost three times its original size. “David” has plenty of room for more product and essentials while traveling and is soon to launch on the market.

MENAJI FLEET will eliminate that colossal waste of time searching for things so guys can get to the fun,” Viglielmo said. 

The MENAJI FLEET Collection is available online at

David Bromstad “Make Happy” With Kipling As They Launches The David Bromstad x Kipling Collection

Kipling North America announced the launch of the David Bromstad x Kipling Collection. Known for his interior design work and national TV shows, David Bromstad collaborated with the international handbag, luggage and accessories brand on a fall 2015 capsule collection influenced by his admiration of vintage travel.

President of Kipling North America, Julie Dimperio, comments, “The David Bromstad x Kipling Collection is the perfect addition to our fall product offering. The pieces make you want to book a vacation and see the world! David’s artful design and his vibrant personality shine through his work.

David Bromstad x Kipling Collection for fall 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Kipling North America)

David Bromstad x Kipling Collection for fall 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Kipling North America)

The capsule collection encompasses 10 unique styles outfitted in one of three fanciful prints: Pack & Stack, Hello Adventure and A Bit Vintage. The interior designer created hand-drawn prints specifically for this line including designs inspired by stacked grand steamer trunks and destination travel stamps. The collection embodies the lightweight sensibility and functionality for which Kipling is known while showcasing Bromstad’s talent for bright, colorful and playful designs.KLP_DavidBromstad_091215-.A-Bit-Vintage-Print-STATIC

Inspired by the chic travel days and pieces of the early 20th century, the Collection is meant to double as both functional traveling items but also as unexpected home decor elements. The luggage models come in small, medium and large sizes with multiple compartments for wardrobe and personal belongings. A first for Kipling, known for its crinkle nylon products, is the hard exterior on two of the luggage pieces, which boast support and structure. Backpacks, handbags and waist bags compliment the luggage set for a well-rounded collection of go-to travel and everyday pieces. (You might want to hurry, as some of the pieces on the Kipling website are near sold out already while other are on their way to be sold out and being on back order.)KLP_DavidBromstad_091215-Hello-Adventure-Print-STATIC

Bromstad adds, “I’m an avid traveller and believe every category but travel has been tapped into when it comes to fun, personal style. Kipling is special here. You know it’s a Kipling bag as soon as you spot bright prints and a playful monkey keychain in a sea of dark, boring bags on a luggage cart. I knew Kipling would appreciate my design point-of-view and be a great partner. I think your travel accessories should be just as stylish and personal as your outfit choice and that the David Bromstad x Kipling Collection offers that.”KLP_DavidBromstad_091215-V2-packed-stacked-print

The David Bromstad x Kipling Collection launches today with an advertising campaign featuring Bromstad, a robust digital program and event activations in his hometown of Miami, Florida,. and is available in Kipling full-price retail stores, online at, and select Macy’s department stores and specialty stores. Pieces range in price from $69 to $549.

Nominees for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards Announced, The “Oscars” for Museums

Shortlist Announced For Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2015

The shortlist for the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, including the world’s most visionary museums and cultural institutions, has been announced. The award celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of museums and cultural institutions around the world, which are constantly evolving. Today cultural destinations are not only dedicated to art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep.

In appreciation of this, the jury selected the Leading Culture Destinations Awards shortlist, according to five categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture and Spatial Design (presented by EcoWorld Ballymore); Digital Experience; Eating and Drinking and Shopping (presented by Selfridges & Co).Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 6.27.59 PM

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum have been nominated alongside the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris designed by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao architect Frank Gehry.

Now in its second year, the organizers has expanded the list to include ‘Emerging Culture Destinations’ from all over the world, sparking lively debate across creative communities everywhere about the changing role of museums and galleries. The 31-strong ‘Emerging Destinations’ shortlist includes the recently opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and the spectacular Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China.

Finally, the Traveller’s Awards for Best Art Experience in a Hotel and Best Emerging City for Culture, recognize a hotel and city with outstanding art collections, programs and offerings, highlighting the role of culture as the main catalyst for tourism and lifestyle.

This year the judging panel is chaired by Gail Dexter Lord of Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s leading consultancies for cultural capital. It includes Justine Simons OBE, Head of Culture at the Mayor of London’s office, fashion designer Neil Barrett, and ArtNet CEO Jacob Pabst.

The shortlist and winners was carefully selected by the jury from a long list of nominations put together by global Ambassadors, who are drawn from the community of the world’s most influential and traveled creative professionals – all of them cultural nomads, committed to supporting the arts and innovation wherever in the world they might be.

This year’s shortlist for the ‘Leading Culture Destinations’ Awards are:

Leading Culture Destination – Best Exhibitions & Programming

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

New Museum, New York (USA)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Architecture & Spatial Design presented by EcoWorld Ballymore

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (Spain)

State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Digital Experience

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Getty Center, Los Angeles (USA)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Eat & Drink

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Serpentine Gallery, London (UK)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Somerset House, London (UK)

Leading Culture Destination – Best Shop presented by Selfridges & Co

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK)

Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France)

Tate Modern, London (UK)

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (France)

The Shortlist For The ‘Best Emerging Culture Destination Of The Year’ Includes:


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (France)

Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona (Spain)

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (United Kingdom)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)

Fondazione Prada, Milan (Italy)


Museum SAN, Wonj (South Korea)

Asia Modern, Wufeng, Taichung (Taiwan)

Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (China)

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita (Japan)

Pinacothèque De Paris (Singapore)


Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat (Morocco)

Museum MMP +, Marrakech (Morocco)

Ouidah Museum of History (Benin)

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The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Announces New Hotel And Resort Openings In 2016

The Four Seasons continues to expand its global footprint and affirm its position as the world’s leading luxury hospitality brand with 12 new openings currently scheduled in late 2015 and 2016, including several first-time entries in new countries. As always, each new Four Seasons hotel or resort will be as unique as the destination it calls home.Four_Seasons_Hotels_and_Resorts.svg

In 2015, the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay marked the first Four Seasons in that country, and the company added a second hotel in France with the re-branding of the storied Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. By year’s end, the company will add three more destinations to the global traveler’s wish list with Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, and Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, the first of two in the city.

Planned Four Seasons Openings in 2016 includes:

Architect rendering of the  Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

Architect rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The first Four Seasons in the Emirati capital will be 200-room Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, in the heart of the new Central Business District. The striking new building is on a prime stretch of waterfront adjacent to the new ADGM Square complex, home of the new Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. A retro-modern Chicago steakhouse, a cocktail bar, and a poolside restaurant with sweeping views overlooking the sea are among an array of dining options planned. The building will also house 124 private and serviced residences. Al Maryah Island is a vibrant, 24-hour commercial, leisure and entertainment hub with premium office, accommodation, comprehensive transport infrastructure and connectivity, a pedestrian-friendly public realm luxury business hotels, unique residential neighborhoods and a variety of retail choices as well as community. facilities, public amenities, parks and open spaces, and extensive food and beverage outlets.

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Bogota, Colombia – The second of two additions to the brand’s South American portfolio, the modern, 64-room Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá will also introduce an exciting new Japanese concept restaurant to a city that is receiving growing international attention as a destination for gourmands. Bogota is also attracting a new generation of cultural explorers interested in its rich history and colorful contemporary art scene, not to mention its 5,200 parks and the surrounding mountains. (More on the Four Seasons Hotel Bogota in separate post here.)

Interior at the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre

Interior at the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai, UAE The Four Seasons entered the UAE with its beachfront resort in Dubai less than a year ago, and will opens its second location in the city next year – this time in the heart of the 100 acre (45 hectare) downtown business district with the 106-room. An 8th floor sky bar boasting Burj Khalifa views with a cigar room on the mezzanine is among the food and beverage options, while the rooftop pool and garden will provide a welcome oasis in this fast-paced city. Interiors by Tihany Design.

Kuwait City, Kuwait –The first Four Seasons in Kuwait will be the 263-room Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in the central business district. An Italian dining concept created around three wood-burning ovens as well as a pan-Asian restaurant – both with outdoor terraces on the penthouse level – will be among five food and beverage options. Interiors by Yabu Pushelberg will include a spectacular indoor pool in the beautifully designed spa and fitness complex.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan – The 124-room Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto will be the company’s second destination in Japan, in the city’s historic Higashiyama-ku district, close to the Kyoto National Museum and myriad heritage sites such as the Toyokuni Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. Local artists will be featured throughout the traditionally-inspired modern décor characterized by an understated Japanese aesthetic. The Hotel will have a spa and fitness center with a pool, and four food and beverage concepts. There will also be 57 Four Seasons Private Residences.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

New York, New York, USA – Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan in the Tribeca district and just a short city stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the trendy Soho neighborhood, the 185-room Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown joins its renowned sister hotel in Midtown, offering travelers two excellent options in the city. The Robert AM Stern Architects building with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg will be home to an exclusive spa and fitness facility, naturally-lit event spaces, and soon-to-be-revealed street level restaurant and bar concept, as well as 157 Private Residences. Continue reading