Fashion Exhibition: Fashion Forward. Trois Siècles De Mode (1715-2015) at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs (107, Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris) is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its fashion collection with a fashion survey, Fashion Forward. Trois Siècles De Mode (1715-2015), April 7 to August 14, 2016. Not only is the museum responding to their public’s strongly expressed desire to at last be shown an all-embracing panorama of fashion history over several centuries; it will also be an opportunity to showcase the jewels and highlight the particularities of a national fashion and textiles collection curated in full dialogue with the other departments of a museum dedicated to all the decorative arts. The “Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2015)” exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.rubon1513

The parent organization, Les Arts Décoratifs is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production. An original, multi-facetted institution, Les Arts Décoratifs pursues the objectives it was given at the outset: “to keep alive in France the culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful” and to maintain close links with industry, forging numerous partnerships with firms operating in various fields.

1. Comme des garçons, Robe, collection prêt-à-porter printemps-été 2015 © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

1. Comme des Garçons, Dress, Ready-to-Wear Collection, Spring/Summer 2015. © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

For many years it was known as the Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD), but in December 2004 it changed its name to Les Arts Decoratifs while staying true to its original aims of safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design.

The Arts Décoratifs are divided between three major sites in Paris:

at 107 rue de Rivoli, the Rohan and Marsan wings of the Louvre house the Musée des Arts décoratifs and the Library des Arts Décoratifs

at 63 rue de Monceau, the Musée Nissim de Camondo is installed in the Hôtel Camondo

and 266 boulevard Raspail has been the home of the Ecole Camondo, a school of design and interior architecture, since 1988 (so-called because it was formerly in the outbuildings of the Hôtel Camondo).

The art and craft workshops known as the Ateliers du Carrousel operate on all three sites.

The Arts Décoratifs fashion collection now comprises more than 150,000 works, ranging from ancient textiles to haute couture creations and emblematic silhouettes of ready-to-wear fashion, but also including accessories, major collections of drawings and photographs, and the archives of iconic creators such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga.

Elsa Schiaparelli, manteau du soir, haute couture automne-hiver 1938-1939 Drap de laine, poche en velours de soie brodée. Collection UFAC © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

Elsa Schiaparelli, Mantle of the Evening, Haute Couture fall/winter 1938-1939 of woolen cloth, pocket velvet Embroidered silk. UFAC Collection. © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

To mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Musée des Arts de la Mode, founded in 1986 on the initiative of Pierre Bergé and the French textile industry with the support of Jack Lang, then culture minister, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is paying tribute to this collective adventure and great ‟fashion moment”. The ‟Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion” exhibition, casts a new spotlight on one of the richest collections in the world, freed from its display cases in the Fashion galleries to be shown for the first time in the museum’s Nave. Continue reading

Winners Announced For The 2015 MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

Ex Machina wins four, including Best British Independent Film; Saoirse Ronan, Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman and Brendan Gleeson all win. Room named Best International Independent Film

The Moët British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK, identify and encourage emerging talent, support and celebrate the independent film community and promote British film and talent to the public.

Now in its 18th year, the Awards were founded by Elliot Grove and Suzanne Ballantyne in 1998, who also founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993. Previous winners of the prestigious Best British Independent Film Award include Pride, Metro Manila, Tyrannosaur, The King’s Speech, Moon, Control, Slumdog Millionaire, The Constant Gardener and This Is England. (For more about the Moët BIFAs, visit www.bifa.film)

Laurence Green, chairman of the BIFA Board, said, “As part of our mission to build the widest audience we can for British independent film, it is BIFA’s great honour to celebrate the cream of the crop once a year at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. This year’s winners speak volumes, not just for their excellence but also for the undimmed ambition and beautiful diversity of the stories they tell.

Ex Machina*** was the big winner at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. The film won four awards: Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects, by Andrew Whitehurst. The 18th BIFA ceremony, which was hosted by Richard Ayoade, was held at Old Billingsgate in London and live streamed on www.bifa.film. Highlights are available on that website.

(*** – The film will be screened in 74 cinemas across the country on Sunday 13 December as part of a landmark BIFA screening series supported by the BFI. Tickets can be booked at www.discover.bifa.film. )

Performance awards were spread across the board: Saoirse Ronan picked up Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend.

Olivia Colman won her third BIFA for her Best Supporting Actress performance in The Lobster. Brendan Gleeson made it two years in a row, winning Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette this year after taking away Best Actor for Calvary last year.

Colin Farrell presented the Most Promising Newcomer award to Abigail Hardingham for her breakthrough performance in Nina Forever. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Chris Collins, the BFI executive who died late last year. Director of the BFI Lottery Film Fund Ben Roberts said, “This is a really wonderful tribute to Chris. He is greatly missed, but his contribution to so many films and filmmakers continues to burn brightly. A heartfelt thanks to the BIFA jury.”

In the closely-fought Best Documentary category, Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance won out over Amy, How to Change the World, Palio and A Syrian Love Story. Room was named Best International Independent Film and Jacob Tremblay, the young star of the film, collected the award with the team.

The team behind Kajaki: The True Story took home Producer of the Year and Stephen Fingleton was named Best Debut Director for The Survivalist. The award is presented in honor of director Douglas Hickox. Edmond won Best Short and The Discovery Award went to Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.

As previously announced, the VARIETY AWARD, which recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK, was presented to Kate Winslet. The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was presented to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Proud patrons of the British Independent Film Awards include Mike Figgis, Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Samantha Morton, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Trudie Styler, Tilda Swinton, Meera Syal, David Thewlis, Ray Winstone and Michael Winterbottom.

AWARD PARTNERS: Moët & Chandon, 3 Mills Studios, BBC Films, The London EDITION, MAC, Movado, Swarovski, Variety. INDUSTRY PARTNERS: All City, RSM, Intermission, Soho House, Wiggin. Created by Raindance

2015 MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS WINNERS

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM SPONSORED BY MOËT & CHANDON

EX MACHINA Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

BEST DIRECTOR

EX MACHINA Alex Garland

BEST SCREENPLAY SPONSORED BY BBC FILMS

EX MACHINA Alex Garland

BEST ACTRESS SPONSORED BY MAC

SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR SPONSORED BY MOVADO

TOM HARDY Legend

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

OLIVIA COLMAN The Lobster

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

BRENDAN GLEESON Suffragette

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER SPONSORED BY THE LONDON EDITION

ABIGAIL HARDINGHAM Nina Forever

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR) SPONSORED BY 3 MILLS STUDIOS

THE SURVIVALIST Stephen Fingleton

THE DISCOVERY AWARD SPONSORED BY RAINDANCE

ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Jeanie Finlay

BEST DOCUMENTARY

DARK HORSE: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF DREAM ALLIANCE Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

PAUL KATIS, ANDREW DE LOTBINIERE Kajaki: The True Story

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT

ANDREW WHITEHURST Visual Effects, Ex Machina

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

EDMOND Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM

ROOM Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson

Holiday Travel 2015: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel Invites Travelers To Raise A Glass To New Holiday Package

Hotel In Long Beach, CA Announces Deal That Includes Vibrant Accommodations And Complimentary Libations

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel at 111 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, California features 12 floors with 360 guest rooms, 14 suites, 4 restaurants, a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and 17 event rooms with 21,000 square feet of total meeting space. Complimentary wireless Internet is provided in the lobby and all public areas of the hotel.

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is toasting the holiday season with a new package that caters to the 21-and-above crowd. The hotel in Long Beach, CA has announced its new Stay & Sip Package, which includes deluxe overnight accommodations and two welcome cocktails at SIP Bar + Lounge, one of the hotel’s three on-site venues. Guests who book this limited-time deal will also enjoy complimentary self-parking for one vehicle.

SIP Bar + Lounge, a front-runner in the Long Beach dining scene, offers a stylish yet warm atmosphere, enticing local flavors and expertly crafted cocktails. Recently coming off the hit Food Network show, Cutthroat, Executive Chef Janine Falvo embraces an “ocean-to-fork” philosophy that results in truly exceptional cuisine, while experienced mixologists are always prepared to impress with top-shelf spirits and seasonal garnishes. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also boasts a carefully curated wine list and a robust selection of craft and local beers.

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel offers an eclectic, urban vibe and an array of luxurious amenities. Decompress in artfully decorated guest rooms, stay in shape at the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center, or simply lounge alongside the shimmering outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also boasts a breakfast restaurant, a Starbucks Marketplace and a casual poolside eatery that promises extraordinary views of the Southern California coast.

Travelers can also host an elegant soiree in any of the hotel’s 17 stunning event venues, which offer 21,000 square feet of total meeting space. Versatile menus, inspiring vistas and a dedicated staff ensure that weddings, receptions, galas and other memorable events go off without a hitch.

Guests will enjoy the hotel’s unbeatable location near a variety of spectacular attractions, including the Long Beach Convention Center, home to hundreds of exciting events each year. The Aquarium of the Pacific and the historic Queen Mary are also just minutes away. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to several gorgeous golf courses as well as hiking, kayaking, surfing and sailing.

To apply the Stay & Sip Package to a stay at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, book online using promotional code HO9, or call 1-800-228-9290. Room rates start at just $164 per night, and the deal is valid seven days a week through Dec. 31, 2015. For information, visit www.marriott.com/LGBRN or call 1-562-437-5900.

Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominations With 11; Taylor Swift And The Weeknd Each Garner Seven

Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, And The Weeknd Vie For Album Of The Year At The 58th Annual Grammy Awards®

The Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy’s membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the winners will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).Grammy Award (2)

This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.

The diversity in the creative community is what makes music a universal language, and it’s gratifying to see the vibrancy of today’s artistic landscape reflected in this year’s nominations — a testament to The Academy’s voting members,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Artists are pushing boundaries in exciting ways, making it an exceptionally strong year for music.”

The eclectic nature of this year’s nominations is perhaps best exemplified in the Album Of The Year category, where nominees range from the alternative and soulful rock of Alabama Shakes to Lamar’s thought-provoking jazz-infused rap, the classic country sounds of Chris Stapleton, the pop emergence of Swift, and the genre-bending R&B style of The Weeknd.

Following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 83 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes

To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar

Traveller — Chris Stapleton

1989 — Taylor Swift

Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

RECORD OF THE YEAR:

“Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard

“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR:

“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)

“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)

“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

BEST NEW ARTIST:

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

POP FIELD

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:

“Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine

“Sugar” — Maroon 5

“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

“Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD

BEST DANCE RECORDING:

“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston

“Go” — The Chemical Brothers

“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis

“Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK FIELD

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE:

“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes

“What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine

“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters

“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King

“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM:

Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes

Vulnicura — Björk

The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket

Currents — Tame Impala

Star Wars — Wilco

R&B FIELD

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM:

Ego Death — The Internet

You Should Be Here — Kehlani

Blood — Lianne La Havas

Wildheart — Miguel

Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd Continue reading