Viktor&Rolf Reveal Their Magic Fragrance Collection

This past Monday, October 10, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren – the design duo behind the haute couture fashion label, and cult classic fragrance brand, Viktor&Rolf – presented their first fragrance collection, consisting of six addictive potions, each one a paradoxical fusion of natural ingredients and innovative accords. An unexpected twist on niche fragrances, the Magic Collection is a compendium of six magical fragrances “which make the impossible possible.”

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Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection Logo (PRNewsFoto/Viktor&Rolf)

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Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren with their new Magic Collection (PRNewsFoto/Viktor&Rolf)

The celebration was held at the Upper East Side Academy Mansion, with Horsting and Snoeren playing host to Golden Globe winning actress Taraji P. Henson, SNL actress Sasheer Zamata, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb model Sean O’Pry, and actress Anna Baryshnikov. Along with other top beauty and fashion friends, guests enjoyed music DJed by Mia Moretti and a magic show by celebrity magician, Dan White.

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Taraji P. Henson, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren at the launch of Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection (PRNewsFoto/Viktor&Rolf)

Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection is a new and compelling olfactory project and a chance for the imaginary to become cleverly intertwined with mystery. Each of the fragrances creates a singular, intriguing and surrealist riddle, leading the way to new sensations and experiences.

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Sasheer Zamata at the launch of Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection (PRNewsFoto/Viktor&Rolf)

Viktor&Rolf is the avant-garde fashion house founded by designers Viktor HorstingRolf Snoeren. They are widely recognized and respected for their provocative couture and conceptual glamour. After their graduation from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design in 1992, Horsting and Snoeren founded their avant-garde design house, Viktor&Rolf. For nearly twenty-five years, Viktor&Rolf have staged their signature collections at spectacular shows in Paris, while their fashion label has grown worldwide.

Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection will be available in February 2017 exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue retailers within the United States, and online at www.SaksFifthAvenue.com. To share in the magic, visit the designers Instagram page, @viktor_and_rolf, and visit their website at http://www.Viktor-Rolf.com.

David Yurman Debuts Fall/Holiday 2016 Advertising Campaign

This season, David Yurman evolves its iconic advertising with a new campaign that also includes a series of six short movies by celebrated photographer Bruce Weber. Featuring models Natalia Vodianova, Jean Campbell, Dilone and other notables, David Yurman once again creates a disruptive campaign that will have broad appeal, touching those who are drawn to the spirit of the imagery.

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An image from the new David Yurman Ad Campaign featuring Natalia Vodianova shot by Bruce Weber (PRNewsFoto/David Yurman)

Since the beginning, David Yurman revolutionized the jewelry and design worlds with advertising campaigns that were a divergence from the typical still life jewelry ads at the time, bringing lifestyle and energy into the photos. This new campaign evolves the brand story and connects it to a youthful spirit and legacy. The photos capture the essence of David Yurman as the quintessential American luxury brand that expresses jewelry in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Creative direction was led by Shahid & Company.

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Dilone in the David Yurman Fall/Holiday 2016 Advertising Campaign

The lifestyle campaign highlights the unconventional artistry for which the brand is known, both through image and product alike. The women in the campaign including Vodianova capture the epitome of a David Yurman woman who is self-confident, empowered and down to earth. The campaign was shot in Southampton, New York, and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. The images speak to the intent of the brand since the beginning that jewelry is worn to express each individual person’s style and that the jewelry has always been designed to be layered.

Sometimes in fashion you do a sitting and it’s like a Mixed Martial Arts event,” said Weber about the campaign. “But working for David and Sybil Yurman was an exploration into knowing how beautiful jewelry dictates who a person is. I like their openness and their trust, which is rare.”

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David Yurman Fall/Holiday 2016 Advertising Campaign shot by Bruce Weber

The brand’s new collections are featured throughout, with an emphasis on the yellow gold Pure Form, Stax and Supernova collections for women. The Cable Collectibles, Belmont Curve Link and Solari collections round out the narrative, in addition to iconic David Yurman pieces. For men, the Maritime, Forged Carbon and Chevron collections take center stage, punctuated throughout with David Yurman Revolution timepieces.

Bruce Weber has done an incredible job interpreting the spirit of the brand and evolving the expression to encompass more joy, movement and optimism,” said Gabriella Forte, Chief Executive Officer, David Yurman. “When we look at our customers all over the world, we find a sense of passion and youthfulness that has almost nothing to do with age and everything to do with their outlook. The short films Bruce shot are a nod to vintage home movies that capture the essence of the family portrait, which is so important to the brand. Continue reading

Hearts On Fire and Stephen Webster Launch Diamond Jewelry Design Collaboration

Hearts On Fire®, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, today announced that it has launched a diamond jewelry collaboration with London-based jeweler Stephen Webster. This is the first ever partnership between these two beloved brands, and the first designer collaboration for Hearts On Fire, whose design team is led by Italian native Ilaria Lanzoni.

Hearts On Fire® is a leading global designer of luxury branded diamonds and diamond jewelry, and one of the most widely recognized and bestselling luxury diamond jewelry brands in the world. Founded in 1996, and acquired by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group in 2014, the founders introduced the first-ever branded diamond and the company continues to be recognized for its superior craftsmanship and exclusive cut – the single most important factor in a diamond’s value – resulting in diamonds of extraordinary beauty and brilliance.tile3

The first collection of ‘Hearts On Fire by Stephen Webster’ is called “White Kites” – taking inspiration from magnificent birds pf prey. The renowned British designer led the design for this high-end, all diamond collection – a first for Webster – which uses only Hearts On Fire diamonds paired with white and rose gold. The result is a breathtaking, powerful collection that has the signature bold Stephen Webster style, yet seamlessly displays the timeless beauty of Hearts On Fire diamonds.

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Hearts On Fire and Stephen Webster Launch Diamond Jewelry Design Collaboration

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Hearts On Fire and Stephen Webster Launch Diamond Jewelry Design Collaboration

The White Kites “Hearts On Fire X Stephen Webster” Collection includes diamond collars, sparkling cocktail rings, statement cuffs, chandelier earrings and feminine ear cuffs, as well as delicate bracelets and necklaces; and will be available at Hearts On Fire and Stephen Webster retail boutiques worldwide, as well as Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue and selected fine jewelers.

We are extremely excited to finally share the beautiful results of this design collaboration,” said stephen-webaterCaryl Capeci, President of Hearts On Fire. “Today’s consumer is always looking for something new and exciting – and as a rapidly growing, global brand, we wanted to be able to expand our fashion offerings to meet that demand. We truly felt that there was no one better than a world-class designer like Stephen Webster to create fashionable, yet sophisticated Hearts On Fire designs for women from Shanghai, to London to Los Angeles.

British-born Stephen Webster MBE is one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation. Founded upon 40 years of impeccable craftsmanship, innovative design and fearless creativity, Webster’s eponymous brand has won industry-wide recognition. Coveted by icons and idols, Webster is celebrated for creating modern classics with an eternally chic and glamorous aesthetic.

For the first collaboration between Stephen Webster and Hearts On Fire it was crucial that we used inspiration to create pieces that are instantly recognizable as SW designs while at the same time ensuring the diamonds are the heroes of the collection. We were drawn to the command and grace of the White Kite in action as we felt it to be the perfect inspiration for a collection of jewelry that demonstrates how nature’s perfect combination of lightness and strength can also be feminine and glamorous,” commented Stephen Webster. MBE, Founder and Creative Director Stephen Webster Ltd.

Today, Hearts On Fire offers a robust variety of designer bridal and fashion diamond jewelry collections that integrate the brand’s timeless expression with today’s top fashion trends, and their products are distinguished by an unparalleled sparkle. The company offers distribution through a rapidly growing global retail partner network of more than 750 locations in 32 countries, including 150 points on sale in Hong Kong and Greater China, 17 HOF brand stores around the world, www.heartsonfire.com and authorized HOF retailer websites. (For more information, please visit www.heartsonfire.com.)

The North Face Launches First-Ever Urban Exploration Concept Shop in the U.S.

1024px-the_north_face_logo-svgFifty years after its first store opening in the North Beach neighborhood, apparel, equipment and footwear leader The North Face has opened a concept shop in San Francisco aimed at the city explorer. The discreet storefront in the Jackson Square neighborhood is the first of its kind in the U.S., and will focus exclusively on the label’s premium streetwear range. A similar space will be featured within The North Face New York Flagship store opening on 5th Avenue later this month.

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop, 701 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA

The North Face (a division of VF Outdoor, Inc.) was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today it is the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential, even if they are no further inland than their favorite Starbucks downtown. The company, through its philanthropic arm, also protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize their impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability.

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop | 701 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA (PRNewsFoto/The North Face)

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop | 701 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA (PRNewsFoto/The North Face)

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop | 701 Sansome St. San Francisco (PRNewsFoto/The North Face)

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop, 701 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA

Open for a limited time only, The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop (Jackson Square, 701 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-434-4196, www.thenorthface.com) will be devoted to protective gear suitable for the modern urbanite. New product will be regularly dropped in-store in the coming months, including collaborations, and curated pieces from the brand’s Japanese and Hong Kong collections.

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop will feature exclusive and limited edition product like the Original Daypacks and Soft Duffels reissue. ’68 Daypack ($225 USD)

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The North Face Urban Exploration Concept Shop will feature exclusive and limited edition product like the Original Daypacks and Soft Duffels reissue. ’78 Duffel – Large ($300), ’68 Daypack, ’78 Duffel – Small ($250)

The shop will feature exclusive and limited edition product like the Original Daypacks and Soft Duffels reissue. In honor of the company’s 50-year tradition of making handcrafted outdoor gear, The North Face revived some of the first-ever packs sewn and sold at the company’s original location. Continue reading

Abercrombie & Fitch Introduces Redefined Brand Identity that Celebrates The Individuality and Uniqueness of Today’s Consumer

Campaign To be Introduced with Largest-Ever Ad Campaign to Kick-off Holiday Season, Entirely New Website and Creative for All Marketing Platforms

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is starting over with a massive refresh campaign to redefine and rebrand its image. The company today introduces a redefined identity for the Abercrombie & Fitch brand, reflecting the character, charisma and confidence of today’s consumer while honoring the brand’s 125-year heritage as a quality, casual, and distinctively American luxury brand.

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Abercrombie & Fitch’s New Teaser Ad

The new brand conviction will be launched with the Company’s largest ever advertising campaign to kick off this year’s holiday season. At the same time, A&F has introduced a completely redesigned website, all-new digital advertising across video streaming websites, music platforms, and social media, and out-of-home marketing in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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Abercrombie & Fitch’s New Rebranding Campaign Billboard

(View the “This is Abercrombie & Fitch” video here: https://youtu.be/QiormpYQMGU)

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Campaign Images (Above and Below) from Abercrombie & Fitch’s New Reboot.

This new brand position is the product of an 18-month effort to create a brand identity that communicates our focus on our customers’ needs and aspirations,” said Fran Horowitz, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.Rather than buying clothes that symbolize membership in an exclusive group, today’s consumer celebrates individuality and uniqueness. Our new brand reflects that confidence and independence of spirit as well as our own dedication to a more diverse and inclusive culture.”

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Campaign Images (Above and Below) from Abercrombie & Fitch’s New Reboot.

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Campaign Image from Abercrombie & Fitch’s New Reboot.

The holiday campaign will be introduced with “teaser” advertising designed to pique consumers’ interests, challenge their notions of the ANF brand and encourage them to explore the changes that have taken place at ANF over the past two years. The message in the first phase — People have a lot to say about us. They Think They’ve Got Us Figured Out — will be followed up with the holiday messaging, This is Abercrombie & Fitch, illustrated by images that are optimistic, inclusive, and emotional. The holiday campaign was shot by acclaimed photographers Josh Olins and Matt Jones and styled by long-time partner of the brand, Deborah Watson.

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Image from the Abercrombie & Fitch “This Is Abercrombie & Fitch” Holiday 2016 Campaign, shot by acclaimed photographers Josh Olins and Matt Jones and styled by long-time partner of the brand, Deborah Watson.

anf_reveal_chi_intersection_digital-urban-panels2I am excited with the work that has been done by the A&F team which, under the exceptional leadership of new Brand President Stacia Andersen, shaped this new identity and is bringing it to life at every consumer touchpoint. While our marketing will continue to develop, we are embracing this opportunity to show the world it is a new day at A&F,” concluded Ms. Horowitz.

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Image from the Abercrombie & Fitch “This Is Abercrombie & Fitch” Holiday 2016 Campaign, shot by acclaimed photographers Josh Olins and Matt Jones and styled by long-time partner of the brand, Deborah Watson.

Our new creative features fresh and candid imagery that invites consumers to experience assortments that capture a new perspective of effortless style and beauty, elevated to a more sophisticated level, as well as our enduring commitment to quality,” said Ms. Andersen. “Under the guidance of Ashley Sargent Price, the brand’s first-ever Creative Director of Marketing, customers are now being exposed to the visual and stylistic progression in stores and online.”

The company presently operates 744 stores in the United States and 182 stores across Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company also operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.

Announcing the Single Owner Sale of Wines Direct from the Cellars of Château La Mission Haut Brion

Direct from the cellars of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, a century of the world’s most sought-after wines are being released for the first time ever in a single cellar sale, at Sotheby’s New York, on October 19th

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

This is the first ever sale to focus entirely on the wines of La Mission and therefore also offers the discerning collector a unique opportunity to acquire some of the rarest and finest white wines in the world, namely, Chateau Laville Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. Only 500 cases of these white wines are produced each year. Collectors will have the opportunity to acquire extremely rare bottles of this unique wine named by many as the unofficial 6th First Growth of Bordeaux.

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION Family of Wines

This is an unprecedented and Historical Sale for this venerable Estate and for these wines that hail from the ancestral birthplace of the great vineyards of Bordeaux. This sale is defined not only by perfect provenance, but also by the unique access to the entire family of La Mission, available both in verticals and in the ever so rare large format bottles. The sale includes the wines of Chateau La Tour Haut-Brion, La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion and of La Clarté de Haut-Brion (production approximately 1,000 cases which is made as a second wine sourced from the estates of La Mission and Chateau Haut-Brion Blancs).

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION

Created in 1935, the family-owned and managed company, Domaine Clarence Dillon, has the unique privilege of producing five rare and exceptional estate wines: two red wines and two white wines from First Growth, Château Haut-Brion and its sibling Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Since the 2011 vintage, the company is also proud to represent one of the finest wines from Saint Émilion: Château Quintus.

In 2005, the family company created Clarence Dillon Wines, which has become one of the most important Fine Wine Merchants in Bordeaux, and launched Clarendelle, “Inspired by Haut-Brion”, Bordeaux’s first super premium luxury brand wine.

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION – The Chapel

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION Cellar

What I see in these bottles is a number of old friends, a number of legends, a number of bottles that I have never had the opportunity to taste and probably never will, because they are very rare,”said Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman and CEO, Domaine Clarence Dillon.

Acclaimed wine critic, Robert Parker has honored La Mission with the perfect score of 100/100 on 9 occasions; more than any other celebrated Château in Bordeaux. On September 3, 2012, Robert Parker Jr wrote, “I have more bottles of La Mission Haut-Brion in my private collection than any other wine in the world… La Mission has long been one of the greatest wines one could ever possibly drink as well as one of the most remarkably consistent.

The Fine Wine Exchange Liv-Ex has also pronounced Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion as the 6th First Growth in every reclassification of Bordeaux wines since 2009.

“…by most reckonings from critics, consumers and trade indexes, La Mission is considered an equal to the First Growths. It is known as “the sixth First growth” and garners some of the highest ratings of any wines…When wine connoisseurs consider the different vintages of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, they recognize them as some of the world’s greatest wines,” states Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.

Nothing can equal Direct from the Château provenance and when this is allied to the stunning dramatic impact of the wine, we have liquid Nirvana,”adds Serena Sutcliffe, Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine. “The mesmerizing white wines, Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc and its predecessor Château Laville Haut-Brion, are produced in very small quantity, almost to taunt us with their rarity! Continue reading