Photography: Revisit The Swingin’ 60s Through The Photos Of Legendary Fashion Photographer Len Steckler

For the first time, the stunning fashion photography of renowned photographer, illustrator, painter and Hollywood film, director Len Steckler, will be on public display in Southern California and available for sale in an exhibition entitled Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror, presented by Limited Runs, the premiere online destination for original and vintage posters, print art and photography. (Photos will also be exclusively available on-line at www.limitedruns.com.)

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Revisit The Swingin’ 60s Through The Photos Of Legendary Fashion Photographer Len Steckler with Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror, presented by Limited Runs

The Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror exhibit will take place February 2nd – 4th in Los Angeles and February 17th – 20th in Palm Springs. It will feature 28 never before seen photos taken between 1960 and 1965 comprising of out-takes from a few of the many commercial fashion and beauty photo shoots Steckler completed during this time period. The Paley Center for Media has said of Steckler’s work, “He helped shape the direction of modern fashion with his stunning fashion photography in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Len Steckler (May 6, 1928 – August 11, 2016) who was a photographer, illustrator, painter and film director, was born and raised in New York, was drawing by the age of five, and studied at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. As a young illustrator, he won the National Academy Design Award and, after being part of the prestigious Charles Cooper studio, he gained prominence as the originator of the campaign for the first diet drink, Diet Pepsi. His illustrations appeared in all the leading magazines of the day such as, Collier’s, Ladies Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post.

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Revisit The Swingin’ 60s Through The Photos Of Legendary Fashion Photographer Len Steckler with Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror, presented by Limited Runs

While painting, he often relied on his photograph of the model for further reference, and magazine editors started to buy these photographs. He eventually phased out illustration, and in the 60’s and 70’s, Steckler became famous for his fashion and beauty photography. His work appeared in major ad campaigns for Revlon, Cover Girl, AT&T, many Proctor and Gamble products, and American Airlines, to name a few. He launched the careers of young models such as Jennifer O’Neill, Susan Blakeley, Cybil Shepherd and Maud Adams.

In addition to ad campaigns, his photographs appeared in McCall’s, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and he photographed celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Carl Sandburg, Andres Segovia, John Wayne, Faye Dunaway, and Joanne Woodward.

Expanding his career, he started to direct and produce commercials. He gained national notoriety for putting pantyhose on Joe Namath for a Hanes commercial. And his Noxzema spots with the famous phrase, “Take it off, take it all off!” became a pop culture phenomenon. Steckler directed and filmed all the live segments in the Emmy™-award winning television special, “Free To Be You And Me”, which went on to become one of the most popular and influential children’s television specials of past decades. Steckler’s commercials today reside in the Paley Center for Media both in New York and Beverly Hills.

In his late years, Steckler lost his left eye to cancer. In what would have been a devastating blow to most people, made Steckler more obsessed with sight he and continued to create every day, despite a debilitating series of strokes suffered in 2011 until his death in 2016.

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Los Angeles (February 2-4) at The Gallery located at 10545 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064

The opening night premiere party will be held on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Palm Springs (February 17-20) at Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, Palm Springs Convention Center

The opening night party will be held on Friday, February 17th from 6:00PM – 9:00PM

The photos will be offered as limited edition, numbered prints which will contain an Estate signature on the verso. For more information about the photos, visit https://www.limitedruns.com/blog/len-steckler-press-page/

Established in 2014, Limited Runs (www.limitedruns.com) is the premiere online destination for original and vintage posters, print art and photography. Limited Runs works with knowledgeable, reputable and trusted dealers to both exhibit and sell original, highly desired posters, print art and photography to their growing customer base across North America, Europe and APAC. To learn more, visit www.limitedruns.com

JetBlue Remains at the Top for LGBT Workplace Equality

For Yet Another Year JetBlue Earns a Perfect ‘100’ From the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

JetBlue announced today that it has received another top score of 100 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The honor from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is based on surveys and reports on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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JetBlue and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus teamed up for the 2016 NYC Pride March, celebrating with great music, impressive dance moves, and a 500-ticket giveaway (Photos courtesy: Blandon)

The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. JetBlue’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.jetblue-logo

JetBlue is thrilled to once again earn a top rating in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO. “Here at JetBlue we are proud to embrace our company’s rich diversity and celebrate the LGBT crewmembers who have helped make us one of America’s best places to work.”jetblue-7697

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 100 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights.

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JetBlue and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus teamed up for the 2016 NYC Pride March, celebrating with great music, impressive dance moves, and a 500-ticket giveaway (Photos courtesy: Blandon)

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Travel & Accommodations: Hilton’s Curio Collection Premieres in New York City with Art-Deco Renwick Hotel

One-of-a-kind Property Pays Homage to the Building’s Creative Heritage

Once home to John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and other celebrated writers and artists, The Renwick Hotel, a historic property in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is now open as part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. As the first New York City hotel to join Curio’s global set of remarkable upscale properties, The Renwick facilitates travelers’ desire for unique discovery and authentic experiences.

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Hilton’s Curio Collection Premieres in New York City with Art-Deco Renwick Hotel (Photo: Business Wire)

Housed in an iconic 1920s brick building, The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton is located just two blocks from Grand Central Station and a short walk to Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and bustling Times Square. Complete with 173 guest rooms and suites, the fully-renovated property takes inspiration from its days as a residence for intellectuals and literati, with unique interiors designed to pay homage to culture and art from the Roaring Twenties.

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The Renwick Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Renwick opened in February 2016 as a 173-room hotel, featuring 33 custom suites, located at 118 East 40th Street. The building, built in 1928, was once a long-stay hotel housing artists and prominent literary figures and the creative spirit of these former residents is the basis for the hotel’s engaging aesthetic. The product of a blooming partnership between hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and Meadow Partners, The Renwick delivers a fresh new focus on whimsical luxury with a modernistic approach designed for business travelers and leisure-seekers alike. John DeLucie’s first solo restaurant, Bedford & Co. is open as the hotel’s signature food and beverage offering, bringing increased energy to the property sparked by its modern American cuisine prepared on a custom-made wood-burning grill.

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The Renwick Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

As one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, New York affords travelers singular moments unlike any other cultural destination in the world,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Thus, The Renwick is an ideal hotel for Curio’s first foray into Manhattan. Its artful, luxurious design epitomizes our commitment to offering travelers distinctive hand-picked properties, each with its own character and story to tell.

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The Renwick Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Named after acclaimed architect James Renwick Jr. (who designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral), the hotel has been completely renovated by renowned New York-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor.

Each of the hotel’s gallery rooms and residential-style suites is fashioned as a stylish enclave to inspire both comfort and creativity, with easels and paint, writing paper and ink, inspired artwork and literature complementing its modern and upscale amenities. Guest rooms contain unique pieces, both functional and standalone, created by more than 20 local artists – such as each room’s hand painted New York City skyline drapes, artist stools and ceramic pen cups that feature pages from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby.” Continue reading

Travel & Accommodations: Marriott International Announces Plans to Double Its Luxury Footprint Across Eight Distinct Brands

Newly Formed Marriott International Luxury Brands Group Reinforces the Company’s Commitment to an Unmatched Variety of Luxury Experiences in More Than 60 Countriesmi-blk

Marriott International, Inc. announced that the company continues to grow its leadership position in luxury, doubling its portfolio of luxury hotels through the recent merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Providing global travelers an unrivaled selection of diversified, high-end experiences in 61 countries, the Marriott International Luxury Brands group now includes the iconic St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels brands, in addition to the company’s world-renowned hospitality hallmarks The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, EDITION and JW Marriott. Looking ahead, Marriott International is scheduled to open nearly 30 luxury hotels in 2017 and has a total of 180 luxury hotels in its development pipeline, representing 20 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba.

Spanning the world from the most iconic hot spots to the ultimate undiscovered gems, the unmatched breadth and depth of our luxury portfolio uniquely positions us to cater to the increased demand of the rapidly-expanding cadre of affluent travelers,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International.With luxury travel up nearly 50% over the past five years, we see a long runway for growth at the high-end and have a world-class, dedicated luxury structure in place to nurture and strengthen this coveted portfolio of eight diverse luxury brands.”

Multi-national and cross-generational, mobile and jet-setting, Marriott International’s luxury traveler is comfortable moving across the company’s luxury brands portfolio for business and leisure. Edmundson continued: “Our guests’ approach to luxury is decidedly less formal, entirely more personal, and defined more by their interests and mind-set than their geography and demographic.” This global luxury tribe selects a hotel experience based on their trip purpose, heading to W South Beach for Art Basel Miami Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi for Formula 1, The London EDITION for London Fashion Week and The St. Regis New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Traveling well beyond tried and true locations, to destinations from the Philippines to Peru, and all points in between, luxury travelers look to Marriott International for authentic experiences deeply rooted in the destination. “They want to learn how to kitesurf at The St. Regis Mauritius, discover cherry blossom season at The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, drink bellinis on the terrace at the iconic Gritti Palace during the Venice Biennale and go heli-skiing at W Verbier,” said Edmundson.trc-primary-small-blk3-rgb-tn

The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Further Define the Luxury Landscape in 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, the legendary hospitality brand with 92 hotels around the world, will continue to set the standard in luxury in 2017 with four scheduled debuts, including The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi and The Ritz-Carlton, Astana, creating indelible marks for its guests as they discover the best of the locale. St. Regis, with 38 hotels today and 21 in the pipeline, continues to reinterpret the legacy of the original St. Regis hotel in New York for today’s luxury traveler. The brand unveiled the spectacular St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in early November and is slated to make debuts in five destinations in 2017, including Shanghai, Changsha and Cairo.w-logo

Luxury Rebel W Hotels Opens 50th Hotel

Known to turn the conventional hotel experience upside down wherever the iconic W sign lands, W Hotels continues to ride the wave with the recent opening of W Punta de Mita, the ultimate surfer escape. The brand sits alongside luxury, not confined by it, and celebrated the opening of W Las Vegas last week which helped W Hotels hit the landmark 50th hotel milestone. W Goa is set to make its much-anticipated debut on December 12th and the brand has 33 hotels in the pipeline. 2017 will be a strong year for W Hotels with six anticipated openings, ranging from Tel Aviv and Panama City to Shanghai.

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W Tel Aviv (Rendering)

EDITION further expands its global influence in Asia and Europe in 2017

EDITION defines a new generation of luxury by balancing sophisticated design and personalized, attentive service with one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of each location. Showcasing its luxury-lifestyle experience with hotels in London, New York and Miami Beach, EDITION most recently premiered The Sanya EDITION on Hainan Island in Southern China, the brand’s first hotel in Asia, and will debut additional properties in Bangkok and Barcelona by the end of 2017.

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An incredible ensemble of 102 hotels in more than 30 countries around the world, The Luxury Collection provides global explorers true, indigenous experiences, impossible to replicate anywhere else. From former palaces in Venice and Vienna to contemporary masterpieces such as the Frank Gehry-designed Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja wine region, the brand continues to rapidly expand its footprint. 2017 will see the opening of Hotel Inglaterra in Havana, Cuba, which will join the brand after a complete renovation. The Luxury Collection is set to debut in nine destinations next year, including California’s Napa Valley, Singapore and Panama City.

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JW Marriott, the brand inspired by its legendary namesake, is an expression of approachable, modern luxury. With 79 hotels and resorts today in 27 countries, including the recent openings of JW Marriott Venice and JW Marriott Los Cabos, the brand is looking forward to its much anticipated 2017 resort debut in Vietnam with the opening of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. Additionally, JW Marriott will open JW Marriott parq Vancouver by the end of next year.

Celebrate Culture and the Arts During Seattle’s Third Annual Seattle Museum Month

Downtown Seattle Hotel Guests Receive Half-Price Entry to Region’s Museums and Cultural Institutions in February 2017

February Is The Best Time To Save On Admission To More Than 40 Participating Museums Throughout Seattle And The Surrounding Region.

Visit Seattle‘s third annual Seattle Museum Month – returning February 1-28, 2017 – offers hotel guests half-price admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass. (Photo Credit: Terry Rishel)

Seattle Museum Month , a program created to encourage travelers to visit Seattle in February and celebrate the incredible arts and culture scene present in the region, is produced by Visit Seattle and funded by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area (STIA), a dedicated marketing fund assessed from guests at the 61 downtown Seattle hotels.

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Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

For visitors and locals alike, Seattle Museum Month offers an immersive way of experiencing Seattle’s art, history, music, design and culture. Since its inaugural year in 2015, Museum Month has been an exciting cultural complement to Seattle during a mid-winter vacation.

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Seattle Art Museum. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

Seattle’s major museums have returned for this year’s offer – including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Two internationally renowned glass art museums are included – Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. The Flying Heritage Collection and the Suquamish Museum are new participants this year.

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Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) (Photo Credit : Brady Harvey)

Furthermore, many exhibitions of note are timed during the month-long promotion. Epicureans can indulge themselves at Edible City: A Delicious Journey at Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), a new exhibit highlighting Seattle’s natural resources, cuisine, famous chefs and its role in the culinary industry.

Also on display in February is part three of the Day in the Life of Bruce Lee: Do You Know Bruce? exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Pacific Asian Experience – the only museum outside Hong Kong to present an exhibition about Bruce Lee. Additionally, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at MoPOP commemorates the 50th anniversary of the famous science fiction series and is offered to Museum Month pass holders at a discount.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider)

Visitors can enjoy natural scenery while indoors at Seeing Nature: Landscape Photography from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, opening February 16 at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), or familiarize themselves with Puget Sound sea life during Octopus Week Feb. 18-26 at the Seattle Aquarium. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts will be on display through Black History Month at the Northwest African American Museum. Continue reading