The Met Extends Hours for Final Weekend of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Exhibition to Remain Open until Midnight on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3

Attendance Surpasses 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Exhibition, with 664,328 Visitors to Date

Exhibition Dates: May 5–September 5, 2016 (extended from August 14)

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Robert Lehman Wing


Ensemble, Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1968) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), spring/summer 2015 haute couture; Courtesy of Christian Dior Haute Couture Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today extended hours for the final weekend of the popular Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. On Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, the exhibition will remain open to the public until midnight. The Museum normally closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The exhibition will end its run on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.


Dress, Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), autumn/winter 2013– 14 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.14) Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

The exhibition, which opened on May 5, has already been extended by three weeks-from August 14 to September 5-and has so far drawn more than 664,328 visitors, surpassing 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to become The Costume Institute‘s second most attended exhibition. Last year’s China: Through the Looking Glass, which drew 815,992 visitors, remains the department’s most popular show and The Met’s fifth most visited exhibition. The McQueen exhibition, the Museum’s ninth most popular show, drew 661,509 visitors. All three were curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute.


Lower Level Gallery View: Tailleur and Flou © The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Far Left) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883–1971) Suit 1963–68, haute couture Machine-sewn ivory wool bouclé tweed, hand-applied navy and ivory wool knit trim handbraided with interlocking chain stitch. Gift of Mrs. Lyn Revson, 1975 (1975.53.7a–e) (Middle Left) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Suit Autumn/winter 2015–16, haute couture 3-D-printed (selective laser sintering) “quilted” polyamide by Materialise, hand-painted with blue, gold, and silver trompe l’oeil tweed pattern, hand-embroidered with braided white, blue, and gold wool, silk, and metal trim, and gold metal buttons with pearls. Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection (Middle Right) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Ensemble Autumn/winter 2015–16, haute couture 3-D-printed (selective laser sintering) white polyamide overlay by Materialise, with handstitched clear crystals, lining of black silk crepe de chine hand-embroidered by Lesage with gold synthetic sequins Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection (Far Right) House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Suit Winter 1964, haute couture Machine-sewn black silk synthetic gauze and Lurex matelassé Courtesy Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria, Spain

Manus x Machina explores how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It addresses the distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the changing delineation between haute couture and ready-to-wear.


House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Wedding Ensemble Autumn/winter 2014–15, haute couture Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection. This ensemble, which Lagerfeld has described as “haute couture without the couture,” exemplifies the confluence of the hand (manus) and the machine (machina). Made from scuba knit, a synthetic material, the dress is hand molded, machine sewn, and hand finished. Maison Desrues (founded 1929) hand embroidered the buttons with gold, glass, and crystals, and Atelier Montex (founded 1939) hand embroidered the medallion with glass, crystals, paillettes, anthracite cannetilles, and gold leather leaf motifs. The train of scuba knit and silk satin is machine sewn and hand finished. Lagerfeld’s hand-drawn design was digitally manipulated to give it the appearance of a randomized, pixelated baroque pattern and then realized through a complex amalgam of hand and machine techniques. Atelier Lunas (founded 1993) used a heat press to transfer the rhinestones; Atelier Anne Gelbard (founded 1997) painted the gold metallic pigment by hand; and the pearls and gemstones were hand embroidered by Cécile Henri Atelier (founded 1982).


During the extended hours, the Museum’s Great Hall Balcony Bar will be open until midnight as well, with appetizers, full bar service, and music by the ETHEL and Friends string quartet. The Met Store‘s exhibition shop adjacent to the galleries will also be open, featuring a range of products inspired by the exhibition, including the exhibition catalogue and an exclusive collection of fashion accessories, jewelry, and publications. The Manus x Machina galleries will be the only galleries in the Museum open to the public during the extended hours.

The Face Of The Future: RoC® Skincare Predicts The Most Wrinkle-Prone Cities In America

Third Annual Wrinkle Ranking Forecasts Cities Most at Risk for Skin Damage by 2040

What will the year 2040 look like? While we can’t imagine the technological advances or geopolitical developments that lie ahead, a new study from anti-aging pioneer RoC® Skincare offers a preview of what you can expect to see when looking in the mirror several decades down the road. And one thing is clear for residents of top U.S. metropolitan areas: the decisions made today can and will impact your skin health in the future.

To shine a light on how these factors affect skin aging, RoC® Skincare has again partnered with independent research firm Sperling’s Best Places for the 2016 RoC® Wrinkle Ranking: a city by city look at the metropolitan areas’ risk for skin damage and premature aging by the year 2040. The analysis is based on factors commonly known to affect skin health – lifestyle, occupational and environmental influences. (***See Detailed Description of Methodology Below)roc®-wrinkle-ranking-forecast-of-2040-climate-breakdown-15-HR

The third annual RoC® Wrinkle Ranking predicts that in the year 2040, Philadelphia will reign as the most wrinkle-prone city in America, thanks to high stress levels, more airborne pollution, lengthy commute times and higher than average smoking rates. On the other end of the spectrum, San Jose will claim the least wrinkle-prone title in 2040, due to its shorter commute time, smaller population size and anticipated shift toward a wetter climate. Following is the full ranking:

2040 Forecast: Most to Least Wrinkle-Prone Cities in America

1. Philadelphia, PA

2. Denver-Aurora, CO

3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

4. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

5. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

6. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

7. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

8. New York, NY

9. Warren, MI

10. Edison, NJ

11. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

12. Pittsburgh, PA

13. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

14. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

15. Boston-Quincy, MA

16. Baltimore-Towson, MD

17. St. Louis, MO-IL

18. Newark, NJ-PA

19. Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA

20. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA

21. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

22. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

23. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

24. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

25. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

26. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

27. Kansas City, MO-KS

28. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

29. Columbus, OH

30. MiamiMiami Beach-Kendall, FL

31. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC

32. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

33. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

34. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

35. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

36. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

37. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

38. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

39. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA

40. Austin-Round Rock, TX

41. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

42. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

43. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

44. San Antonio, TX

45. Santa Ana, CA

46. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

47. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

48. Jacksonville, FL

49. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

50. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CAPrint

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Artistic Falls Adds Provocative New Pieces to Bridal Wear Jewelry Collection

Handcrafted jewelry retailer Artistic Falls ( has expanded its bridal wear collection with the creation of several new pieces for brides and bridesmaids. These unique, high-quality pieces build on the young company’s reputation for exceptional and provocative pieces that combine elegance, flair and just the right amount of whimsy. Based in Canada, Artistic Falls features custom, handmade jewelry that demonstrates the expert handiwork and creativity of its founder, Salwa Yak. Moreover, the company has priced its inventory to be highly competitive with brick-and-mortar establishments.

Artistic Falls - Gold Bead Necklace

Artistic Falls Gold Tone Bead Necklace (PRNewsFoto/Artistic Falls)

Our bridal wear collection features elegant jewelry, perfect for life’s most cherished moments,” says Yak, who also designs all of the company’s pieces. “Each of these pieces is designed to be provocative, but not gaudy, and carefully crafted to last a lifetime.”

Artistic Falls’ initial collection of jewelry features necklaces and bracelets appropriate for a variety of occasions, from everyday wear to parties and weddings. All of the pieces consist mainly of beads, strung together in artful and unique arrangements demonstrating rich color palettes. Materials include onyx, Siam rubies, Japanese seed beads, snow quartz and art glass, along with timeless precious metals like gold and sterling silver. Artistic Falls works only with hand-selected materials of the highest quality. Semi-precious gemstones are chosen based on their consistency and dazzling, brilliant color.

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Handcrafted jewelry retailer Artistic Falls ( has expanded its bridal wear collection with the creation of several new pieces for brides and bridesmaids.

The bridal wear collection’s newest pieces are made of the same impeccably crafted and high-quality materials as the rest of the Artistic Falls catalog. Featured materials include AB graded round bead gemstones, each one cut and drilled by hand; gold and silver metal beads for timeless accents; and Czech glass beads. None of the company’s jewelry contains even a trace of nickel.

Artistic Falls’ new pieces include the following necklaces and bracelets:

Black Onyx and Gold Japanese Seed Bead Necklace – Alternating black and gold beads create a striking contrast, yet pair well with traditional wedding colors.

Black Onyx and Gold Tone Beads Necklace – Similar to the Black Onyx and Gold Japanese Seed Bead piece, this necklace is all about contrast. Its versatility means it complements a variety of gown styles, and can be a signature piece at the ceremony, reception or both.

Black Onyx and Silver Tone Beads Necklace – Gleaming, textured silver tone beads are the highlight of this dramatic piece that’s been designed exclusively for a bride’s special day.

Black Onyx and Unakite Beads Necklace – The pink and green tones of unakite lend an earthy, warm quality to this 18″ princess length necklace. In the back, a black oxide toggle clasp completes the look and keeps the piece securely in place.

Black Onyx and Green Czech Bead Necklace – 6mm glass beads from the Czech Republic offer a dazzling display of color that will make an unforgettable impression on everyone at the wedding, reception or other special occasion.

Dark Travertine Bead and Gold Tone Tubes Necklace – The deep green tones of travertine highlight this elegant necklace that rests delicately at the collarbone and provides an exquisite complement to any bridal gown or bridesmaid’s dress. Continue reading

Impact by Jillian Michaels (Performance Activewear) Collection to Launch on

Jillian Michaels is launching Impact by Jillian Michaels, a performance activewear collection for women, on this fall. America’s premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. She is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness.

IFG Corp Jillian Michaels Impact Line

America’s favorite health and wellness expert and fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, is launching Impact by Jillian Michaels, a performance activewear collection for women, on this fall. (PRNewsFoto/IFG Corp.)

The Impact line by Jillian Michaels is manufacturer IFG’s most exciting recent endeavor and represents the highest level of design and manufacturing of performance activewear. Its target consumer is the fashion-forward fitness enthusiast, as well as the everyday-athleisure woman. IFG Corp., a division of Adjmi Apparel Group, is the exclusive manufacturer for Impact by Jillian Michaels apparel and accessories.

Delivering high fashion at accessible prices– other major performance brands are selling at 2-3 times its price–the Impact line is a fusion of fashion and fitness and reflects Jillian’s passion for inspiring and empowering women while providing customers new choices for quality and affordability in fitness-related categories.

Impact by Jillian Michaels offers apparel (plus apparel and accessories coming soon) for key fitness activities. Items in the collection feature technical attributions integral to activewear, including moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, flat-lock stitching, reflective details and quality stretch fabrics for enhanced comfort and breathability. The line is infused with fashion and design elements that reflect Jillian’s unique, edgy style.

I wanted people to work out feeling really confident and strong,” said Michaels about her line, “I wanted to create an athletic apparel line that not only performed well, but looked great at the right price. When you’re training, your clothes have to be working with you, not against you. It’s gotta fit, it’s gotta wick, and it needs to move with you.

The collection will be available immediately on (at by). Prices for apparel range from $9.96 to $17.86.

For more information about Jillian Michaels visit

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Teams with DJ Mustard, Santigold and Mayaeni for “Neighborhood Flavor” Events

Artists Return Home for Docu-style Video Series and Special Performances

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Roc Nation ( a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label) announce the launch of Neighborhood Flavor, a campaign highlighting the roots of today’s popular music artists. Through this partnership, DJ Mustard, Santigold and Mayaeni will return to their hometowns, to celebrate the place where it all began. Each artist will provide a glimpse into their journey from their hometown to superstardom, inviting fans to experience the neighborhood that helped influence who they are today.

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey (PRNewsFoto/Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey)

My hood in Los Angeles played a major part in making me who I am today,” says DJ Mustard. “I’m excited to pay tribute to the place that raised me and always shows me so much love. “

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DJ Mustard: (PRNewsFoto/Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey)

Neighborhood Flavor will kick off on August 27, in Detroit, Mayaeni’s hometown where she first discovered her passion for music while recording on her father’s 8-track tapes. It will then travel through DJ Mustard’s old stomping grounds in South Central, Los Angeles on September 10, before visiting Germantown, Philadelphia, where Santigold became the unique talent she is today, on September 17. Each artist will return home for a special performance, as part of a series of block party events bringing together local recording artists, fans, business owners and community organizations, to represent the true culture of each city.

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Mayaeni: (PRNewsFoto/Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey)

Where we come from plays a major part in who we become,” says Casey Nelson, Brand Director, Jack Daniel’s Flavor Portfolio. “Mr. Jack took pride in his hometown of Lynchburg, TN, and made it a priority to give back to his community. We continue this effort with collaborations like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Neighborhood Flavor where we partner with our entertainment friends to recognize and celebrate the cities that helped shape who they are today.” Continue reading

Sears to Launch “Showcase” Collection of International Apparel Brands

Shop-in-Shop Experience to Bring Popular European and Latin American Brands to U.S. — Most for the First Time

Seeking a way to distinguish itself in the consumer’s mind as it continues to struggle through a rough retail environment, Sears has taken a bold step toward elevating its apparel offerings with the planned launch of “Showcase at Sears,” a unique shop-in-shop experience that gives members and customers an exclusive opportunity to shop more than 10 of Europe and Latin America’s hottest international apparel brands – most available for the first time in the United States.


Sears is elevating its apparel offerings with the planned launch of “Showcase at Sears,” a unique shop-in-shop experience that gives members and customers an exclusive opportunity to shop more than 10 of Europe and Latin America’s hottest international apparel brands – most available for the first time in the United States. This rendering depicts the inviting shopping environment inspired by understated elegance, using natural textures that will entice members and customers to explore the Showcase. (PRNewsFoto/Sears, Roebuck and Co.)

While this is not a new concept in retail, it shows that Sears, at least, is trying to return to profitability by testing all viable options.

We are creating an experience for our members unlike anything in the U.S. retail industry – a fashion-forward, shop-in-shop apparel collection featuring established and popular international fashion brands,” said David Pastrana, president of apparel, Sears Holdings. “Showcase at Sears gives our members access to fresh international trends, styles and fashions at an affordable price – and only found at Sears.”sears-logo

Showcase at Sears will launch with these major international brands, each of which will feature the same core product they sell in Europe and elsewhere:

Brand Country of Origin Category
• Biography United Kingdom/Mexico Women’s lifestyle
Fiorentina Mexico Women’s intimates
Hawes & Curtis United Kingdom Men’s apparel
Ilusión Mexico Women’s intimates
Jack & Jones Denmark Men’s apparel
LMENTAL Mexico Men’s apparel
Mango Spain Women’s lifestyle
MaryPaz Spain Women’s shoes
Punt Roma Spain Women’s lifestyle, including plus-size
3 Pommes France Children’s apparel
Zatchels United Kingdom Handbags

Initially launching in five New York-area stores this fall, the Showcase will feature men’s and women’s apparel, women’s shoes, intimates and handbags, and children’s apparel. Sears is building a 10,000 to 15,000 square-foot boutique within the existing apparel footprint of each store that will be staffed by dedicated associates. Apparel styles will range from fast fashion and fitness to contemporary sportswear and professional looks, with prices ranging from $10 to $175. Continue reading