Emma Roberts Has a New Role – The Face of Canvas by Lands’ End™

Canvas by Lands’ End™ is bringing the brand’s fall campaign to life by tapping into the beauty and talent of actress Emma Roberts. Photographed by world-renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the campaign centers around the beautiful Roberts and Australian male model, Jordan Barrett, wearing a mix of the pieces from the anticipated fall collection.

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Emma Roberts has a new role, the face of Canvas by Lands’ End’s fall campaign. Photographed by Mario Testino, the campaign centers around the beautiful Roberts and Australian male model Jordan Barrett, wearing a mix of the pieces from the anticipated Canvas by Lands’ End(TM) fall collection. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

We are delighted to partner with Emma Roberts and Mario Testino for our fall Canvas by Lands’ End campaign,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO of Lands’ End.The rolling hills of Simi Valley, California, was the perfect, natural canvas for Testino to capture the effortless style of the new collection modeled by Roberts, who is a modern, natural beauty. With creative expression and excellent teamwork, it is exciting to see how they brought our vision artistically to life.

The shoot was inspired by the unexpected combination of beautiful fashion paired with natural beauty. The visually stunning images feature an artist’s atelier in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by raw nature, suspended between a dream and reality. The natural environment represents strength, timelessness and a sense of freedom while the land and open sky symbolize the very roots of Lands’ End.

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Lands’ End is excited to announce the launch of Canvas by Lands’ End(TM), a youthful, modern collection for men and women. Available at canvasbylandsend.com (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

I was thrilled to be a part of this creative collaboration to launch the fall Canvas by Lands’ End collection,” said Roberts. “There is so much energy and excitement around this label that epitomizes confidence and personal style.

Designed to be a truly cohesive collection for men and women, the pieces work naturally together or as statement pieces. This season’s womenswear is both tailored and feminine with a modern refinement, and highlights include a gorgeous wrap wool trench coat, the perfect updated sheath dress, a full array of cozy sweaters and chic suiting. The menswear collection also emphasizes tailoring with an athletic edge and modern slim fit. Key pieces include a rugged combat jacket, wool top coats, merino and cashmere sweaters, comfortable yet fashion-forward knits and quality suiting.

We take the best things in life — quality, honesty, value and trust — and distill them into everything we craft,” said Marchionni. “We always have and always will continue to make your favorite clothes and accessories while searching for new ways of offering the best. We will evolve, but never change. We will welcome the next generation of fans to join the Lands’ End journey, while we remain true to our iconic past. We are proud to add an array of new looks with our fall Canvas by Lands’ End collection.”

The Canvas by Lands’ End collection just debuted online at www.canvasbylandsend.com, timed with the fall ad campaign that will run in September and October issues internationally, as well as across digital advertising and social platforms.

Virtuoso® Celebrates The 10th Anniversary Of Its Best Of The Best Hotel Awards

World’s Foremost Luxury Travel Experts Select the Very Best in Hospitality

International luxury travel network Virtuoso® unveiled the winners of the highly anticipated 2016 Best of the Best awards last night at the 28th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. The special night marked 10 years since Virtuoso began feting the very best properties and hospitality professionals within its renowned Hotels & Resorts Program. This year, standouts included the gorgeous and beloved Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano in Italy, which was named the coveted “Hotel of the Year.”Virtco_new_old

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network (with more than US$15.5 billion in annual travel sales) specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 390 agency members with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 40 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.

Virtuoso surveyed its 390-plus agencies and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors to identify the winners in each of the categories, ranging from most innovative experience to best achievement in design. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, provided their keen insight and hotel knowledge to identify the nominees from which Virtuoso advisors voted.

Naming any hotel as the Best of the Best from among the world’s finest properties in our renowned Hotels & Resorts program is always a challenge. This year’s winners surpassed our expectations and the exacting standards we – and more importantly, our clients – demand from our partner hotels. At Virtuoso, we recognize we are defined by the company we keep. And we are especially proud to count hotels and hoteliers of this caliber as our partners,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso.

With a diverse portfolio of nearly 1,200 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program.

The Best of the Best winners were revealed during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner, sponsored by Park Hyatt Hotels, before an audience of more than 1,600 of luxury hospitality’s elite. The 2016 Best of the Best award recipients will be featured in the September/October issue of VIRTUOSO LIFE, reaching 200,000 upscale world travelers.

The 2016 Virtuoso Best of the Best categories and winners are:

Hotel of the Year: Borgo Egnazia, Savellerti di Fasano, Italy

Going for the Gold: “Borgo Egnazia and the area of Puglia is one of the exciting new destinations in Italy that one could ever encounter. The hotel has an amazing ambiance, warm and friendly people, incredible food and a spiritual spa.” – Annette Sordoni, Protravel International, a Virtuoso agency

Best Achievement in Design: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Seeing Is Believing: “The design of the hotel is a feast for your eyes! From the moment a guest enters, they are transported to a visual fantasy land, which has sophistication and style that is unparalleled. …Not to mention the world class art collection!” – Judy Stein, Ovation Vacations, a Virtuoso agency

Best Culinary Experience: The Farmhouse Restaurant – Farmhouse Inn, California, U.S.

Most Important Meal of the Day Re-Invented: “Don’t skip breakfast here! It is a real culinary awakening – hearty, seasonal, and farm-fresh.” – Ken Neibaur, Cardoza Bungey Travel, a Virtuoso agency Continue reading

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts Announces 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Frist Center Exhibition Schedule Features Buddhist Art; Contemporary American Art from the Crystal Bridges Museum; Irving Penn Retrospective; Soundsuits and Installations by Contemporary Artist Nick Cave; and More

From a 15th-century Tibetan crowned Buddha statue to Nick Cave‘s mesmerizing Soundsuits, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts‘ 2017 exhibition lineup offers an outstanding range of artistic perspectives. (Dates in the schedule below are subject to change.)

A museum with a reputation for excellence and scholarship (accredited by the American Alliance of Museums), the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The 2017 Schedule includes the following:


Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea; February 10–May 7, 2017: Crowned Buddha, Tibet, 15th–16th centuries. Mercury gilding, copper alloy, and turquoise. Newark Museum, Purchase 1920 Shelton Collection, 20.454

Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea

February 10–May 7, 2017

Ingram Gallery

Tibet, Japan, and Korea all practice forms of esoteric or “secret” Buddhism that are explained only to initiates. The Vajrayana branch of Buddhism utilizes works of art that reveal a complex array of both human and divine figures. Organized exclusively for the Frist Center, the exhibition showcases approximately 100 works from the Newark Museum‘s renowned collection that will introduce a general audience to the stunning aesthetics of Buddhist art and provide a basic understanding of these objects’ function within Buddhist practice. As part of an accompanying educational gallery and program, visitors will have the opportunity to watch Tibetan-Buddhist monks create a sand mandala painting. The painting will be on view in the galleries until the closing weekend of the exhibition, when it will be ceremonially destroyed.

This exhibition was organized by the Newark Museum.

Claire Morgan

February 10–May 7, 2017

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and now living in England, Claire Morgan uses organic materials and taxidermy to create intricate sculptures, hanging installations, and works on paper that explore the impermanence, complexity, and fragility of life forms. Her interest in natural processes and the physicality of animals is seen through her works that capture both the elegance and beauty of life, but also the senselessness and shock of death. Emanating melancholy, Morgan’s works of life suspended in action portend a future of calamity and extinctions. This is her first solo exhibition in the United States.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.


Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty; February 24–May 29, 2017: Irving Penn. Bee, New York, 1995, printed 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

February 24–May 29, 2017

Upper-Level Galleries

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty conveys the extraordinary breadth and legacy of the work of this influential American artist, whose renown as a fashion photographer is matched by the recognition of his innovative and insightful portraits, still lifes, nudes, and travel photographs. The first retrospective of Penn’s work in nearly 20 years, the exhibition contains more than 140 photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s collection, including the debut of 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation and several previously unseen or never-exhibited photographs. The exhibition features work from all stages of Penn’s career, including street scenes from the late 1930s, photographs of the American South from the early 1940s, celebrity portraits, fashion photographs, and more intimate studio images. Highlights of the exhibition include Penn’s stunning late color work.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE, Sakurako and William Fisher, The William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund, The Lauder Foundation—Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Edward Lenkin and Roselin Atzwanger, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Margery and Edgar Masinter, The Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund, the James F. Petersen Charitable Fund in honor of Tania and Tom Evans, The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund, and the Trellis Fund. The C. F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

Mequitta Ahuja, Mocoonama, Acrylic, Colored Pencil and Enamel on Vellum Collage, 87X73, 2012

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. May 26–September 10, 2017: Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976). Mocoonama, 2012. Acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor, waxy chalk, and enamel on vellum, 87 x 73 x 2 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

May 26–September 10, 2017

Ingram Gallery

State of the Art celebrates the quality and diversity of contemporary art created throughout the United States, both in major art centers and smaller cities and communities across the country. The exhibition debuted at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2014 after the museum’s curatorial team traveled more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists. This exhibition features 45 artists, including John Douglas Powers from Tennessee. Working in mediums ranging from paint and canvas to video, these artists provide a view from the ground of a wide range of subjects of importance to the people of this country: the impact of history on identity, challenges relating to race and immigration, the importance of family and community, and the protection of the natural environment.

This exhibition was organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Vadis Turner: Tempest

May 26–September 10, 2017

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner recently returned to the Nashville area after living for many years in Boston and New York. In her work, she transforms everyday objects—typically hand-dyed textiles associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding—into colorful and textured assemblages. Although her works are largely abstract, many are meant to suggest atmospheres, landscapes, or archetypal female figures such as Eve or Ophelia. Turner also asks questions about traditional gender roles, the value assigned to materials and heirlooms, and the possibility of metamorphoses.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.


Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection. June 23–October 15, 2017: Tommy Mitchell. Walu, 2008. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 40 x 60 in. Seattle Art Museum, Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan. © Tommy Mitchell. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

June 23–October 15, 2017

Upper-Level Galleries

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection explores the spectacular flourishing of Indigenous Australian painting and sculpture that has occurred since the 1970s. It presents approximately fifty artworks, including paintings on bark strips, hollow logs, and canvases, in addition to a small selection of sculptures. In many cases, artists have translated motifs from traditional art forms, such as rock and body painting, to media that can be more easily shared with viewers around the world.

In the late 1960s, decades of grassroots activism in Australia culminated in political changes that brought increased power and visibility to Aboriginal peoples. The years that followed marked the start of an artistic renaissance, fueled both by the end of government policies that demanded assimilation into white society and by the growing desire of Aboriginal artists to share their ancient culture with the wider world.

The collection built by Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi was developed over many years of travel and research and is the preeminent collection of Australian Aboriginal art in the United States.

The exhibition was organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), and curated by Pamela McClusky, curator of art of Africa and Oceania at SAM. The exhibition was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Donald M. Cox, the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Continue reading

Travel America: After A Nearly 100-Year Absence, Small-Batch Distilling Has Returned To The Philadelphia Area

Craft Distilleries Revive Pennsylvania’s Pre-Prohibition Tradition

In 2011, Pennsylvania’s government passed reforms that allowed distillers to offer tours, samples and onsite sales. These new laws opened up the craft to would-be distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits in Philadelphia. In a sign of the industry’s maturation, Philadelphia Distilling, the first distillery to open in Pennsylvania since Prohibition, recently moved into much larger headquarters, adding a full-scale bar, restaurant and bottle shop.

In just over four years, the number of craft distilleries in the Philadelphia region has increased by more than a dozen, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Until Prohibition wiped out the state’s industry, Pennsylvania housed the country’s densest cluster of homespun and commercial whiskey producers, beginning with some of the country’s earliest settlers.

Here’s a look at some of the region’s distilling pioneers:

Distilleries Open To The Public:


Philadelphia Distilling

Philadelphia Distilling

Approximately a decade after opening as Pennsylvania’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, Philadelphia Distilling relocated to a larger and more visitor-friendly facility in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. The makers of Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Blue Coat Barrel-Finished Gin, Vieux Carré Absinthe, Penn 1681 Vodka and THE BAY Seasoned Vodka (seasoned with traditional Chesapeake Bay seasonings) offer a full bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio, bottle shop and retail store. 1000 Frankford Avenue, (215) 671-0346, philadelphiadistilling.com

Manayunk’s W.P. Palmer Distilling Co. takes an historical approach to its sole spirit. Handcrafted in a copper-pot still, Palmer’s Liberty Gin uses a traditional 18th-century Dutch recipe that calls for rich botanicals, citrus and spices. 376 Shurs Lane, Building A, (215) 588-5108, palmerdistilling.com

La Colombe

The flagship location for La Colombe, Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company, sits in a giant refurbished Fishtown warehouse that is part restaurant, part bakery and part bar. Also on site: a tasting room, roasting facility and distillery for La Colombe’s signature rum. Java-lovers and others enjoy the cafe’s variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections, weekday half-price happy hour and classes on espresso, latte and other home-brewing methods. Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Past the fresh-baked breads and fragrant coffees at La Colombe’s Fishtown cafe is the La Colombe Distillery, a glassed-in room that houses a 450-liter antique copper still. It’s here where the Philly-based coffee roaster distills its Different Drum Pennsylvania Rum, a sipping rum infused with coffee. The shop sells it by the glass and by the bottle, and during weekday happy hours, all draft beers, rum drinks and cocktails sell for half-price. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (267) 479-1600, www.lacolombe.com.New-Liberty-Distillery-logo-circle1

Opened by a founder of Philadelphia Distilling and veterans of the spirits industry, Millstone Spirits Group designs and manufactures copper stills and produces whiskeys and vodka under the name New Liberty Distillery. On Saturdays, visitors can choose a standard or premium tour package to explore the showroom and distillery—partially housed in circa-1906 horse stables—and taste the product, branded as Kinsey spirits after a 19th-century Pennsylvania label that folded in the 1970s. Crane Arts, 1431 N. Cadwallader Street, (800) 996-0595, www.millstonespirits.com lecoeurnoirFRONT

A visit to Rowhouse Spirits gives a glimpse of the evolution of the modern American craft movement—from craft beer to craft spirits. Rowhouse owner Dean Browne works out of a tiny shed on the property of Philadelphia Brewing Company, where he worked for years as a brewer. Currently, Browne produces very small batch gin (lauded by Philadelphia magazine as “Best of Philadelphia” in 2016), traditionally Scandinavian Nordic Akvavit, Poitín Irish-style moonshine made from 100% barley malts and Bear Trap herbal liqueur, which tastes like anise and is made from 19 fresh organic botanicals. Browne also offers rum and barrel-aged spirits. Tours of the 1,200-square-foot space take place Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (267) 825-7332, www.rowhousespirits.us 

The Kensington neighborhood’s Federal Distilling specializes in the clear nectar of the gods. A tribute to the rich history of Philadelphia, their signature Stateside Urbancraft Vodka is the main attraction. Tours and tastings are available Thursday through Saturday. 1700 N. Hancock Street, www.statesidevodka.com red brick

Founded with a successful crowd-funding campaign, Kensington’s Red Brick Craft Distillery produces two small-batch whiskeys and Simple Shine, a clear sugar wash rum. Tours and tastings take place weekends by reservation from 1 to 6 p.m. 2628 Martha Street, (267) 603-3790, www.redbrickcraftdistillery.com

Bucks County:

Located next to the Bucks County Brewery, Hewn Spirits differentiates itself in part by collaborating closely with its brewing neighbor and sharing its used barrels for aging. Owner Sean Tracy, who has spent 25 years restoring and converting early-American barns into custom homes, experiments with aging his whiskey in rare and sometimes extinct types of wood. He also incorporates grains grown less than 10 miles away and milled in a working 19th-century gristmill. The public can visit on Friday and Saturday nights and tour by appointment. 31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville, (215) 766-7711, www.hewnspirits.com Continue reading