Yellow Tail Becomes First Wine Brand To Advertise On The Super Bowl In Nearly 40 Years

New Marketing Campaign to Debut During Super Bowl LI

Since arriving on the scene in 2001, [ yellow tail ] has changed the way people think about and consume wine. With its innovative packaging featuring a kangaroo in the center of the label and various brightly-colored bars to distinguish grape varietals, [ yellow tail ] immediately stood out on store shelves and helped introduce America to the concept that wine can be accessible and approachable. It was a game-changer: for the first time, people could get high-quality wines for less than $10. Consumer response was incredible and [ yellow tail ] made history as it grew to eight million cases in a matter of five years.

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[ yellow tail ] is the first wine to advertise on the Super Bowl in nearly 40 years.

The new marketing campaign, which makes its official debut on Sunday, February 5 during Super Bowl LI showcases the fun side of wine. It conveys that [ yellow tail ] is as comfortable at a barbecue as it is a more sophisticated party where wine is typically served.

Today, [ yellow tail ] continues to break wine conventions and will become the first wine brand in nearly 40 years to advertise during the Super Bowl. The brand will kick off a new, multi-year marketing campaign with a 30-second spot that will air in the first half of the game in all major markets. The new campaign, [ let’s yellow tail ] introduces fans to the brand’s first-ever spokesperson, ‘Yellow Tail Guy’. Along with his trusty sidekick, ‘Roo’ – a friendly Australian kangaroo – the brand’s laid-back Australian personality comes to life, embodying the spirit of the brand and bringing the fun whenever a bottle of [ yellow tail ] is opened. The ads convey a message that wine is approachable – saying goodbye to wine rules – and meant to be enjoyed at any fun, casual occasion that’s appropriate for alcoholic beverages. Continue reading

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Announces National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2017, February 7

African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States. Gay and bisexual men account for more than half of estimated new HIV diagnoses among African Americans. The number of HIV diagnoses among African American women has declined, though it is still high compared to women of other races/ethnicities.nbhaad-social-images-instagram

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The theme for NBHAAD, I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS, emphasizes the role that everyone can play in HIV prevention.

Coordinated by the Strategic Leadership Council, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on February 7 to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.nhbaad-get-educated-640x640

Compared to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States, blacks/African Americans* have a disproportionate burden of HIV and AIDS. While blacks represent approximately 12% of the US population, they account for more new HIV diagnoses (44%) and people living with HIV (41%) than any other racial/ethnic group. Among all blacks, black gay and bisexual men account for the majority of new infections. Young black gay and bisexual men are especially affected.nhbaad-get-involved-640x640

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  • In 2014, 44% (19,540) of estimated new HIV diagnoses in the United States were among African Americans, who comprise 12% of the US population.
  • Among all African Americans diagnosed with HIV in 2014, an estimated 73% (14,305) were men and 26% (5,128) were women.
  • Among all African Americans diagnosed with HIV in 2014, an estimated 57% (11,201) were gay or bisexual men.c Of those gay and bisexual men, 39% (4,321) were young men aged 13 to 24.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the number of new HIV diagnoses among African American women fell 42%, though it is still high compared to women of other races/ethnicities. In 2014, an estimated 1,350 Hispanic/Latino women and 1,483 white women were diagnosed with HIV, compared to 5,128 African American women.nhbaad-get-tested-640x640
  • From 2005 to 2014, the number of new HIV diagnoses among African American gay and bisexual men increased 22%. But that number stabilized in recent years, increasing less than 1% since 2010.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the number of new HIV diagnoses among young African American gay and bisexual men (aged 13 to 24) increased 87%. But that trend has leveled off recently, with the number declining 2% since 2010.
  • In 2014, an estimated 48% (10,045) of those diagnosed with AIDS in the United States were African Americans. By the end of 2014, 42% (504,354) of those ever diagnosed with AIDS were African Americans.nhbaad-get-treated-640x640

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Banana Republic Shifts New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Presentation Timing And Expands Partnership With Global Style Ambassador Olivia Palermo

Banana Republic Launches Olivia Palermo Spring 2017 Pop-Ups at February NYFW and Announces a Fall 2017 Olivia Palermo Capsule Collection to Debut at September NYFW

More changes to the upcoming New York Fashion Week Fall2017/Winter 2018 Collections Show schedule were announced today. In addition to Vera Wang and Rodarte announcing their plans to show in Paris in March, other designers showing in Los Angeles (Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford and Rebecca Minkoff, among others) and this being the last time (in a while that) Proenza Schouler will be showing in New York City (they are relocating their next show– and the next one after that–to Paris next July during the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Haute Couture collections show week), New York Fashion Week seems to be changing shape yet again. And I am sure that even more changes will be announced before the start of the shows in early February.banana_republic_logo

Banana Republic today announced that it will shift the timing of its NYFW presentations to be customer-facing when the collections are in-store and sees this as a natural evolution for the brand—among the first to offer See Now, Buy Now to customers a year ago—in service to customer demand for product as it’s shown.

On February 9, Banana Republic will celebrate its Spring/Summer 2017 collection with Olivia Palermo Pop-Up Shops at select Banana Republic stores. As the company’s Global Style Ambassador, Palermo has curated a distinctive pop-up experience in top Banana Republic doors. The pop-ups will reflect Palermo’s style from both an interior and fashion perspective, including personal touches that make the experience unique to her sensibility. An assortment of Banana Republic and third-party product personally picked by Palermo will sit in the pop-up shops year-round.

To kick off NYFW on February 9, Banana Republic will host pop-up celebrations at three store locations – SoHo (New York, NY), The Grove (Los Angeles, CA) and Grant Street (San Francisco, CA). Fans can meet Palermo at the SoHo event on February 9, or tune into Banana Republic’s LIVE 360 at 6 pm ET to join the party on www.bananarepublic.com. To top off February 9’s festivities, Banana Republic will be offering #BRSTYLERIDE – luxury lifts between select Banana Republic stores within New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, courtesy of BMW. Customers can get a ride in style with proof of purchase or use of #BRSTYLERIDE on social media.

As a further build to their partnership, Palermo and Banana Republic will reveal a Fall 2017 capsule collection designed by Palermo and the Banana Republic design team during the Spring/Summer 2018 Shows in September at NYFW. Supporting the brand’s goal to amplify awareness when collections hit stores, a private preview of the company’s Fall 2017 collections will be hosted for the long-lead press during February NYFW shows and then will be kept under-wraps until it is available for customer purchase in September.

I am so honored to evolve my partnership with Banana Republic with such a personal approach to both our pop-ups and capsule collection,” says Palermo. “We’re a great team and it’s truly been such a collaborative approach that reflects the synergy between my style and the brand.”

Skechers Performance™ Launches the New Spring 2017 GO GOLF Footwear Collection at the 2017 PGA Show

Skechers Performance Elite Athletes Team Up for the 2017 GO GOLF Campaign

Skechers Performance™, a division of Skechers USA, Inc., debuted the first in a series of new GO GOLF commercial spots at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show. The new campaign stars Skechers GO GOLF’s roster of elite athletes including Matt Kuchar, Billy Andrade, Wesley Bryan, Russell Knox, Ashlan Ramsey, Belén Mozo and Brooke Henderson in various comedic settings.

The new campaign plays off of the fun, tongue-in-cheek tone of the previous “GO GOLF Tips with Matt Kuchar” campaign, but with fresh, new angles and new athletes. The new GO GOLF commercials will roll out several spots throughout 2017 in which viewers will hear what Kuchar really thinks about while gearing up for his final putt at a Major (hint, hot dogs). They will also see a playful argument between Belén Mozo and Brooke Henderson (comfort vs. style) with Ashlan Ramsey refereeing. Additionally, Wesley Bryan will make his Skechers GO GOLF commercial debut, as will Russell Knox, as he tests out the new GO GOLF Focus in less than favorable wind conditions.

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Skechers GO GOLF athletes from left to right – Russell Knox, Wesley Bryan, Matt Kuchar and Billy Andrade. (Photo courtesy of Business Wire)

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of our new spring 2017 GO GOLF collection and the feedback has been incredible,” said Rick Higgins, SVP of Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance. “We’ve combined comfort with cutting-edge technology to create the best-in-class performance footwear that golfers will enjoy wearing. Our new marketing campaign for 2017 brought together our roster of elite golfers to highlight the comfort and functional footwear story and you will see from the commercial spots that we also had a lot of fun.”

The footwear featured in the new commercial spots includes the 2017 Skechers GO GOLF Focus (a new stability shoe), the GO GOLF Pro 2, GO GOLF Elite 2 and the GO GOLF Birdie for women. All styles have the innovative performance technologies and comfort that Skechers Performance is known for, such as the lightweight and responsive 5GEN midsole cushioning.

The new 2017 spring line is now available. Learn more about Skechers Performance at GOSkechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SkechersPerformance), Twitter (twitter.com/skechersGO) and Instagram (instagram.com/skechersperformance).

Musicl Salute Of The Bee Gees” Set to Take Place Feb. 14 at Microsoft Theater

Andra Day, Celine Dion, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix, And Keith Urban Will Pay Tribute To The Five-Time GRAMMY®-Winning Group

Bee Gees Legendary Co-Founder Barry Gibb Also To Take The Stage

Just two days after the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever by presenting “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY® Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.”new_grammy_logo_with_recording_academy_hi_res

“Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” continues the tradition of previous Emmy®-winning TV specials: “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute,” and “Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert.”

Previous GRAMMY® nominee Andra Day, five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion, multi-platinum pop-funk band DNCE, previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas, previous GRAMMY nominee Tori Kelly, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, current GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato, two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town, two-time GRAMMY winners and current nominees Pentatonix, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban, will pay tribute to five-time GRAMMY winners and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients the Bee Gees.

Seven-time GRAMMY winner and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb, who released a solo album late last year, will also be on hand to perform a selection of hits from Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, which won Album Of The Year at the 21st Annual GRAMMY Awards and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® in 2004. Additional performers will be announced soon. The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. To purchase tickets, starting at $25, visit www.axs.com or contact ticketing@grammy.com. VIP packages and group sales are also available at 877.234.8425 or tickets@aegworldwide.com. The special will broadcast on the CBS Television Network later this year. Continue reading

Essence Magazine Presents 10th Anniversary “Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala”

Oscar-Week Event to Honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”: Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi

Time Inc.’s Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed “Black Women in Hollywood Awards”—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.2801496_essence

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards” have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards” have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe. Continue reading

Paula Hian Launches Pre-Order For Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Collection Available Online Now

Knitwear designer Paula Hian is proud to announce that pre-order is now open for the Spring/Summer 2017 Collection: “We’re Dreaming of Spring“.

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Kari Dress from The Paula Hian Spring/Summer 2017 Collection, now available for Pre-Order Online.

This collection is youthful and airy yet still very much grounded in the classic silhouettes Miss Hian utilizes within her designs.

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Aubrey Gown from The Paula Hian Spring/Summer 2017 Collection, now available for Pre-Order Online.

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Stephanie Jacket from The Paula Hian Spring/Summer 2017 Collection, now available for Pre-Order Online.

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Galia Sleeveless Top and pants from The Paula Hian Spring/Summer 2017 Collection, now available for Pre-Order Online.

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Williams Sonoma Debuts Exclusive Tabletop Collaboration With kate spade new york

Collection Marks First-Time Partnership Between The Two Iconic Lifestyle Brandsws_logo_black_cmyk_highres

Williams-Sonoma is excited to announce the launch of the Sadie Street Tabletop Collection in partnership with kate spade new york and Lenox Corporation. Featuring kate spade new york’s signature polka dot motif in 4 distinct color palettes, the collection includes dinnerware, glassware, and flatware, available exclusively in 60 select Williams-Sonoma stores and on www.williams-sonoma.com.img55

The Sadie Street Collection marks Williams Sonoma’s first design collaboration with kate spade new york. We love that their iconic brand is known for a playful take on everyday personal style, which is evident in Sadie Street,” said Janet Hayes, President of Williams-Sonoma. “I am so pleased with the result of our brands coming together to design a product that will resonate with our customers.”

THE SADIE STREET COLLECTION INCLUDES:

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Williams Sonoma debuts dinnerware collaboration with iconic lifestyle brand kate spade new york (Photo: Business Wire)

Dinnerware: Featuring kate spade new york’s signature polka dot motif with bands of color rimmed in platinum, the collection is available in four palettes—turquoise, black, blush and grey—and includes a 4-piece Place Setting ($126), Dinner Plate ($35), Accent Plate ($29), Mug ($29), All-Purpose Bowl ($33), Serving Bowl ($100), and Platter ($125).

Glassware: Available in sets of two, the glassware selection includes the Double Old-Fashioned, Highball, Champagne Coupe, Wine Glass, and Champagne Flute and features a band of etched polka dots with a platinum rim ($50 per pair).

Flatware: Sleek silhouettes and a clean design complement the rest of the line. Available as a 5-Piece Place Setting ($70) and a 20-Piece Set of 4 5-Piece Place Settings ($280).

  • Expertly crafted by Lenox, American makers of fine dinnerware since 1889, the collection is an elegant addition to special-occasion meals throughout the year.
  • Five-piece place setting includes a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dinner knife, and teaspoon.
  • Spoons and forks are crafted of 18/10 stainless steel; each knife is forged from a single ingot of hardened stainless steel for a well-honed cutting edge.
  • Natural silver finish is easy to maintain.
  • Dishwasher safe.

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Pottery Barn Announces Product Assortment Expansion For Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Will Introduce Thoughtful Solutions for Every Home at a Great Value

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, has announced the expansion of its product assortment launching for Spring/Summer 2017. The collection will debut new styles that are designed and engineered to be size-conscious and multi-functional, offering solutions for smaller living spaces. Each piece is constructed with the same high-quality artisanal design Pottery Barn is known for to appeal to a range of lifestyles at an accessible price.pblogo

We recognize the opportunity to diversify our products and reflect the different ways people live today,” said Marta Benson, EVP, General Merchandise Manager, Pottery Barn. “Our spring collection offers new furniture and décor that embody Pottery Barn’s comfortable, relaxed style and are designed with an eye toward functionality, value and smaller scale. It’s exciting to expand our assortment and bring customers more choice when it comes to furnishing their home, big or small.”

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Bellevue upholstered sofa with storage by Pottery Barn (Photo: Business Wire)

Adding soul and warmth to the home, the new pieces celebrate classic handmade craftsmanship, reflecting the brand’s heritage and touching on global and historic references. Many of the items, including select furniture pieces, are available to ship directly via UPS adding a level of ease, speed and convenience for customers. Continue reading

Macy’s Goes Red for Heart Health This February in Support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women™

Macy’s will go red for women’s heart health again this February in honor of American Heart Month. As the founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, Macy’s will offer limited-edition merchandise and promotions to benefit Go Red For Women. Since 2004, Macy’s customers and associates have raised $60 million to support the fight against heart disease in women, and over that time, 293 more lives have been saved every day from heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association‘s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association‘s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from additional cause supporters.GRFW_CMYK_2CS

GO RED WITH MACY’S: Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women each year, but 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That is why Macy’s encourages customers and associates to band together to prevent and fight cardiovascular diseases by participating in Go Red with Macy’s from Wednesday, Feb. 1 to Monday, Feb. 6. Customers can wear red or purchase the Official Red Dress Pin for $3 to receive 25 percent off on a great selection of items storewide, plus 15 percent off select home, fine and fashion jewelry, and sale and clearance watches. (Exclusions and restrictions apply.) One hundred percent of the pin sales will benefit Go Red For Women. Macy’s associates will also be wearing red in-store to create further awareness for the pin sale and celebrate National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3.

MERCHANDISE THAT GIVES BACK: During the month of February, Macy’s offers customers additional ways to support this worthy cause through merchandise that gives back, including three limited-edition red dresses by Kensie ($99.00), Thalia ($89.50) and Calvin Klein ($134.00). For all three styles, 10 percent of the purchase price from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 will be donated to Go Red For Women. To go red and get fit in style, Macy’s also offers exclusive Ideology active wear, which includes four graphic t-shirts where 10 percent of the purchase price will be donated to Go Red For Women. The dresses and active wear will be available in most stores and online at www.macys.com/GoRed.

GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEONS: Go Red For Women Luncheons will take place in 186 cities across the country, raising much-needed funds for the cause. Luncheon guests will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, and guests of select luncheons will be eligible to win a $250 Macy’s gift card. At select luncheons, Estée Lauder will also have an activation for guests featuring a free lipstick when guests return to any Macy’s store.

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S® GO RED FOR WOMEN® RED DRESS COLLECTION™, PRESENTED BY MACY’S: Macy’s is, once again, the presenting sponsor of the American Heart Association’s® Go Red For Women® Red Dress Collection™, which has kicked off New York Fashion Week since 2003, in support of women’s heart health. The Red Dress Collection will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This year’s runway show will feature inspiring and powerful female celebrities who will walk the runway to showcase emerging and established designers. Three of the red dresses featured on the runway will be created by designers in Fashion Incubator Programs, which are housed at Macy’s locations and develop the next generation of fashion trendsetters. The designers-in-residence featured are Amanda Casarez from DC Fashion Incubator, Bethany Meuleners from Fashion Incubator San Francisco and Masha Titievsky from Chicago Fashion Incubator. Continue reading

H&M Debuts ‘See Now, Buy Now’ with Studio Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

The Brand’s First Shoppable Runway Show To Launch During Paris Fashion Week’s Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Collection Shows

For the first time, H&M’s fashion show will align with the current season to bring their customers a collection straight off the runway. The H&M Studio Collection will be presented during Paris Fashion Week for the brand’s first-ever ‘see now, buy now’ show on March 1st. It will be available to customers on www.hm.com immediately following the show and in select stores beginning March 2nd. The fashion show will include key womenswear looks, and for the first time, will also show a full menswear collection.

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H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2017 women Lookbook Teaser

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H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2017 women Lookbook Teaser

Studio is the name of H&M’s elevated seasonal collections, created by H&M’s core design team featuring limited-edition pieces full of on trend key looks and statement pieces for the season. The first Studio Collection was launched back in Fall/Winter of 2013 with a show during Paris Fashion Week made to align with the runway calendars. In 2017, H&M continues to celebrate their love for democratic fashion, now offering the H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2017 collection directly to their customers.

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Teaser looks from the Menswear Collection of the H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2017 “See It Now, Buy It Now” Collection, To Launch During Paris Fashion Week’s Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Collection Shows

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Teaser looks from the Menswear Collection of the H&M Studio Spring/Summer 2017 “See It Now, Buy It Now” Collection, To Launch During Paris Fashion Week’s Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Collection Shows

For Spring/Summer 2017, traditional tailoring techniques meet with the functionality and high-tech elements of sportswear in a fresh and modern clash pulling inspiration from the grace, passion and strength of the ballet movement.

Bringing fashion immediately from catwalk to checkout marks a new era for the fashion industry and we are very much looking forward to testing this exciting new format. We also want to share this moment with our customers and are therefore showing the fashion show live on our website. We hope they will enjoy it and find inspiration on how to mix the pieces to express their own personal style,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

Retail News: New Era D-Lab Store Opens Within AEG’s L.A. Live Campus

STAPLES Center Shop to Carry Extensive Product Assortment, Apparel and allows Fans to Create Custom Headwear

New Era, the official cap of the MLB, NFL and NBA, has opened the doors to its permanent retail space – The New Era D-Lab – inside of Los angeles’ STAPLES Center.

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The New Era D-Lab inside STAPLES Center

The New Era D-Lab is part of a multi-year agreement, brokered by AEG‘s AEG Global Partnerships in 2016, which named New Era as a Founding Partner and the exclusive headwear supplier of L.A. LIVE, the LA Kings, Microsoft Theater and The Novo by Microsoft. The store is located in the front of STAPLES Center on the corner of Chick Hearn Court and Figueroa, looking onto Microsoft Square.

At the 3,160 square-foot, custom-designed store fans will be able to shop the latest in New Era headwear collections including exclusive designs, event-specific product, player/artist collaborations, local LA teams and product from New Era’s international stores as well as sneaker hook-ups, accessories and 5th & Ocean apparel.

AEG was the perfect partner to work with on this project. Our brands span the worlds of sport, entertainment and music, and that’s reflected not only in the products people will see at The New Era D-Lab, but also in the look and feel of the space,” said Josh Feine, VP Sports Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships, New Era.

We’re bringing in exclusive product collections on a regular basis and giving visitors the opportunity to create custom pieces using their favorite logos across New Era’s vast portfolio with our New Era by You program.

Enhancing the customer experience is the ‘New Era by You’ customization area. Customers can design their very own New Era cap by choosing from the hundreds of team logos, colors and fabrics in the brand’s portfolio. This single-level store also features unique elements to New Era including:

The Blocking Machine: Used to stretch a cap to fit a person’s head more comfortably, to reshape a cap to its original form and to clean a cap.

The Heat Seal Machine: Used to adhere a patch to the side of a cap. New Era has designed a collection of special patches for The New Era D-Lab and will continue to release new patches for special events, sporting achievements, etc.

In addition to the retail experience, The New Era D-Lab will host private tastemaker, celebrity and athlete endorsement events throughout the year. Athletes will also be able to use the VIP area to work with a New Era designer on special collaborations.

Since 1920, New Era has been hand-crafting some of the finest headwear in the world. Today, with apparel and accessories lines, the brand is a market leader rooted in sports and an influencer of street and lifestyle culture around the globe. With over 500 licenses in its portfolio, New Era is the brand of choice in the worlds of sport, fashion, music and entertainment. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and its products are sold in more than 80 countries. For more information on New Era’s global offices and partnerships, visit www.neweracap.com and social channels @neweracap.

Academy Award® Winner Brad Bird Set to Receive The Cinematic Imagery Award at The Art Directors Guild Awards

ADG’s 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Celebrate “Return to Hollywood” on Saturday, February 11 at Ray Dolby Ballroom

Two–time Oscar®-winning filmmaker, director, producer, animator and writer Brad Bird, whose films have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG) at its 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards, announced by ADG Council Chair Marcia Hinds and Awards Producers Thomas Wilkins and Thomas Walsh. The Awards, celebrating “Return to Hollywood,” will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland and will honor the prestigious spectrum of Bird’s extraordinary award-winning work.

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Brad Bird, Courtesy of Nicole Player (WMC)

Said ADG President Nelson Coates, “The ADG is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”

The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients include David O. Russell, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, among others.

Brad Bird is the director of the Academy® Award-winning films Ratatouille and The Incredibles, from Pixar Animation Studios. Both films earned Bird two Oscars and numerous additional awards. Bird was also part of Pixar’s Senior Creative Team working on such legendary animated features as Up, Wall-E, Inside Out and Toy Story 3, among others.

Bird began his first animated film at the age of 11, and finished it nearly three years later. The film brought him to the attention of Walt Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of a distinguished group of Disney’s legendary animators known as the “Nine Old Men.” Bird eventually worked as an animator at Disney and other studios.

Prior to joining Pixar, Bird wrote and directed the critically acclaimed 1999 animated feature, The Iron Giant, which won the International Animated Film Society‘s Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature.

Bird’s credits include acting as executive consultant on The Simpsons and King of the Hill, the two longest running and most celebrated animated series on television. He also created, wrote, directed and co-produced the “Family Dog” episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, and co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature Batteries Not Included.

Bird also directed the live-action films Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol for Paramount Pictures which became the highest-grossing and best-reviewed film of its franchise. His next project The Incredibles 2 is set for release on June 15, 2018.

As previously announced, Gene Allen, the Oscar®-winning Production Designer behind My Fair Lady, A Star is Born and Les Girls, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame. ADG will also present four Lifetime Achievement Awards to Emmy®-winning Production Designer René Lagler, Scenic Artist Albert Obregon, Emmy-nominated Set Designer Cate Bangs and Senior Illustrator Joseph Musso.

Producers of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) are Production Designers Tom Wilkins and Tom Walsh. Final online balloting will be held January 9 – February 9, and winners will be announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, February 11, 2017. ADG Awards are open only to productions, when made within the U.S., by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

The Business of Fashion: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Announces Record 2016 Results

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, recorded revenue of €37.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 5% over the previous year. Organic revenue growth was 6%.lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton

In the fourth quarter, revenue increased by 9% compared to the same period of 2015. Organic growth was 8%. The American market remains on a good track as does Europe. Asia, excluding Japan, continued its good momentum.

Profit from recurring operations reached €7 billion in 2016, an increase of 6%, to which all business groups, apart from selective distribution, contributed. This result compares to 2015 which was itself a year of growth. Operating margin reached 18.7%. Group share of net profit was €3 981 million, representing growth of 11%.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, said: “LVMH achieved an excellent performance in 2016 within a context of geopolitical and economic instability. Continued innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and the quest for excellence: all Maisons continue to assert these core values while maintaining rigorous execution of their strategies on the ground. In an environment which remains uncertain, we can count on the appeal of our brands and the agility of our teams to strengthen, once again in 2017, our leadership in the universe of high quality products.

Key highlights from 2016 include:

  • Record revenue and profit from recurring operations
  • Growth in the United States, Europe and Asia
  • Good performance of Wines & Spirits in all regions
  • The success of both iconic and new products at Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level
  • Progress at Fendi
  • The sale of Donna Karan and the acquisition of Rimowa, a leader in luggage of excellence
  • Good momentum at Parfums Christian Dior driven by successful product innovations
  • Market share gains at Bvlgari and TAG Heuer
  • Growth at Sephora which strengthened its position in all its markets and in digital
  • Free cash flow of €3 974 million, an increase of 8%
  • Gearing of 12% at end of December 2016

WINES & SPIRITS: GOOD YEAR WITH PROGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES AND REBOUND IN SHIPMENTS TO CHINA

The Wines & Spirits Business Group recorded an increase in organic revenue of 7 %. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10 %. With volumes up 3%, solid growth continues for champagne and prestige cuvees performed particularly well. Hennessy cognac enjoyed an excellent year with 10% volume growth. The American market is growing well and China saw better momentum after a tough 2015 due to destocking by distributors. Other spirits, Glenmorangie and Belvedere, continued their growth.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia and Ao Yun.

FASHION & LEATHER GOODS: GOOD PERFORMANCE OF LOUIS VUITTON, OTHER BRANDS STRENGTHENED THEIR POSITIONS

The Fashion & Leather Goods Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 4% in 2016. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 3 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10%. Louis Vuitton had a good year driven by the level of creativity across all its businesses. The continued success of its iconic product range and the strong demand for recent creations such as the new luggage designed by Marc Newson and the Louis Vuitton fragrances, all contributed to this growth. Fendi recorded robust growth crossing the symbolic revenue threshold of 1 billion euros during the year. Loro Piana continued to expand its distribution network and opened a flagship store in Paris. Céline, Loewe and Kenzo all continued to grow. Marc Jacobs continued to work on changes to its collection. Donna Karan was sold in December to the American G-III group. Rimowa, world leader in luggage of excellence, joined the LVMH group.

Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Loro Piana and Rimowa.

PERFUMES & COSMETICS: CONTINUED SUCCESS OF INNOVATIONS; EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN MAKEUP

The Perfumes & Cosmetics Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 6%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 5%. The inauguration of the new atelier for the creation of fragrances, Les Fontaines Parfumées, at Grasse was a highlight of the year. Parfums Christian Dior grew market share in all regions, driven by the worldwide success of Sauvage and the vitality of its iconic perfumes J’adore and Miss Dior. The progress of makeup also contributed to the Maison’s excellent performance. Guerlain benefitted from the successful launch of its new makeup collection inspired by its fragrance La Petite Robe Noire. Benefit experienced strong growth driven by the success of its new collection for eyebrows. Make Up For Ever, Fresh and Kat Von D performed well.

LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh).

WATCHES & JEWELRY: MARKET SHARE GAINS FOR BVLGARI AND TAG HEUER

The Watches & Jewelry Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 5%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 6%. Bvlgari continued to gain market share with enhancements to its Serpenti, Diva and B.zero1 lines. Growth continued in China, Korea and in the Middle East. TAG Heuer grew despite a difficult market for watches, gained market share and benefitted from the success of its new collections and its connected watch. Hublot accelerated its development in Asia and recorded the best year in its history. Chaumet continued to move its product lines upmarket and inaugurated a new boutique concept in Hong Kong.

LVMH‘s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

SELECTIVE RETAILING: GOOD PERFORMANCE AT SEPHORA, DFS IMPACTED BY A DIFFICULT TOURISM CONTEXT IN ASIA

The Selective Retailing Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 7%. Profit from recurring operations declined by 2%. Sephora gained market share across all regions and once again recorded double-digit growth in both revenue and profits. More than a hundred stores were opened in 2016 including notably a flagship store in the World Trade Center in New York and major renovations in Boston and Singapore. Its online offer accelerated with the launch in six new countries. DFS continued to face a difficult environment, notably in Hong Kong. The expansion into new destinations continued. The opening of the T Galleria in Angkor in Cambodia and one in Venice, Italy were the highlights of the year.

LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Royal Van Lent and Cheval Blanc hotels.

Key figures:

             
Euro millions    

2015

 

2016

 

% change

Revenue    

35 664

 

37 600

 

+ 5 %

Profit from recurring operations    

6 605

 

7 026

 

+ 6 %

Group share of net profit    

3 573

 

3 981

 

+ 11 %

Free cash flow*    

3 679

 

3 974

 

+ 8 %

Net financial debt    

4 235

 

3 265

 

– 23 %

Total equity    

25 799

 

27 903

 

+ 8 %

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The Stories Behind The New Campari Red Diaries 2017 Campaign & Short Movie “Killer In Red” Are Unveiled

Clive Owen And Paolo Sorrentino Lead (R)EVOLUTION To Film For Campari Red Diaries 2017camparimenu

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film(starring Clive Owen and Caroline Tillette). Shot by Ale Burset.

Yesterday, Campari officially unveiled the full campaign and the many stories that make up Campari Red Diaries; a holistic (r)evolution to the late Campari Calendar – in Rome – the symbolic hub of Italian cinema. The first edition of Campari Red Diaries shines a light on the experiences and emotions that inspire bartenders to create and share their craft; bringing to life the powerful ethos that “every cocktail tells a story” while celebrating cocktails as a form of art and a powerful vehicle for expression. Captivating month by month, Campari Red Diaries 2017 harnesses the richness of storytelling with bartenders as the narrators. Killer in Red, the pivotal piece of the project, is a brilliantly executed short film written and directed by the Italian internationally-renowned award winner, Paolo Sorrentino and starring Hollywood actor, Clive Owen.

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Clive Owen, Star of the Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film, shot by Ale Burset

Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic. The secret recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit in alcohol and water. With its vibrant red color, intense aroma and inspiring flavor, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These are the values that have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.

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French/Swiss actress, Caroline Tillette, also known as ‘The Lady in Red’, Star of the Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film, shot by Ale Burset

Representing a step-change in the brand’s communication, Campari Red Diaries is a multi-layered campaign that celebrates cocktails as a powerful vehicle for expression by shining a light on the influences that inspire bartenders to share their craft.

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film. Shot by Ale Burset.

Set in a high-end bar, the typically Sorrentino-esque noir sees Golden Globe winner Clive Owen move from ordinary man to take on the guise of Floyd, a notorious bartender back in the early 1980s, as Clive’s character imagines the story behind the creation of the eponymous cocktail creation, the Killer in Red. The film moves between two time periods, brilliantly portraying the high-energy zeitgeist of the time using a cast of more than 170 and through the use of original costume from the era.

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The Killer in Red cocktail, shot by Ale Burset.

According to legend, Floyd has a talent for reading his clients and crafting them with the perfect cocktail for their character – as the story unfolds this so-called talent soon introduces him to the ‘Lady in Red’, played by French/Swiss actress, Caroline Tillette. Yet, as the story develops, the audience begins to suspect that the ‘Lady in Red’, is far more complex than Floyd could ever have expected. As with many of Sorrentino’s films, the film’s ending leaves the audience with the intrigue to draw their own conclusions, while reinforcing Campari’s ethos that every cocktail tells a story, with the bartender serving as the narrator.

Clive Owen, Killer in Red Star and Protagonist, comments: “Campari Red Diaries was a very easy project to say yes to – I loved the fact it was a short movie with a proper story as opposed to a commercial, while the fact it was being directed by Paolo Sorrentino was also a great attraction. I think Sorrentino is one of the best directors out there – an imaginative visionary.”

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Paolo Sorrentino, Director and Screenwriter of Killer in Red (Photo Credit: Ale Burset)

Paolo Sorrentino, Director and Screenwriter of Killer in Red, adds: “I am proud to have been involved in this Campari project for two reasons – mainly because of all the other incredible artists that had the privilege to work with the brand in the past – my name is now mentioned in the same breath as Depero, Fellini, and others, even if it probably shouldn’t. I am also proud because this project, at least in Campari’s intentions, is unusual – I like being involved in pioneering projects.”

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film. Shot by Ale Burset.

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In The Kitchen: McCormick Announces Spring New Product Lineup

With the summer outdoor cooking season only months away (really!), McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavor, is launching a range of new products bringing flavors from around the world, and across the country to American kitchens and backyard grills this spring. The 17 new products answer consumer demand to explore regions through taste, while still offering ease and simplicity in the form of quick marinades, baking mixes and sauces.

Beyond spicy or tangy, consumers want to experience the authentic flavors of places like Hawaii, New Orleans and Brazil,” said Virginia Jordan, McCormick Vice President of Marketing. “Our new products make it easy to enjoy these tastes at home, whether adding a splash of Cajun Hot Sauce to fried chicken or marinating steak in our Korean BBQ marinade.

Serious Flavor, Less Waste. Master the Grill with New Bold Flavors

New Year. More Marinades! Grill Mates ($1.79, Available spring 2017 in supermarkets and mass merchandisers nationwide) is growing its liquid, single-use marinade line that helps home cooks experiment with seriously smokin’ flavors without any waste from leftover marinade bottles. Made with natural herbs and spices and no-high fructose corn syrup, these marinades can flavor up to two pounds of meat. With Hawaiian cuisine taking over the mainland, and churrascarias and Korean BBQ in towns across the country, these new Grill Mates liquid marinades, mixes and seasonings allow grillers to add flavors they enjoy at restaurants to cook-out staples this spring and summer. And, smoky southwest favorites come in new forms like a Bacon Chipotle Seasoning ($2.49) and Southwest Chipotle Burger Sauce Mix-in ($2.49).

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Big, Texas Flavor in Simple Marinade Mixes

New Stubb’s Marinade Mixes ($1.79 per packet, Available spring 2017 in supermarkets nationwide.) are specially created to flavor different types of meat – from pork to steak and chicken – with big Texas taste. Add pantry staples like oil and vinegar, then marinate up to two pounds of meat.

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Zatarains first-ever Hot Sauce ($1.29, 5oz/$2.49, 10oz.; Available spring 2017 in the condiments aisle of supermarkets and mass merchandisers nationwide) is made with aged red peppers, Cajun spices, and real, large pieces of garlic. Liven up your favorite dishes, from scrambled eggs to wings, or add to classic New Orleans dishes, like jambalaya and gumbo. And, new mixes for flaky biscuits and crumbly cornbread ($1.99 per box. Find it in the baking aisle; available in the southeast spring 2017 and nationwide in the fall) are made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Zatarain’s Cilantro Lime Rice Side Dish ($1.49, available now in the rice aisle of supermarkets and mass merchandisers nationwide) brings a favorite flavor in Mexican restaurants directly to your home kitchen. With a blend of cool, refreshing cilantro and a hint of lime, this long grain rice is versatile and easy to cook. Serve with tacos, fajitas or burritos.

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For more information, visit www.mccormickcorporation.com.

89th Oscars® Nominations Announced

Meryl Streep Extends Her Lead As The Most Nominated Performer With Her 20th Nomination.oscars2017_keyart_statue-1

With 14 Nominations, La La Land Ties The Record Held By All About Eve (1950) And Titanic (1997).

In The Acting Categories, Seven Individuals Are First-Time Nominees (Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges, Dev Patel, Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga And Naomie Harris). Six Of The Nominees Are Previous Acting Winners (Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman And Octavia Spencer).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 24).oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

This year’s nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. PT via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, and the Academy’s digital platforms; a satellite feed and broadcast media. In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

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  • With their Best Picture nominations for Moonlight, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner become the first individual producers to have nominations in the Best Picture category in four consecutive years.
  • La La Land is the first musical with original music and story to receive a Best Picture nomination since All That Jazz (1979) and the second since Anchors Aweigh (1945).
  • With his Best Picture nomination for Manchester by the Sea, Matt Damon becomes only the third individual to be nominated in the Acting, Writing and Best Picture categories. The others are Warren Beatty and George Clooney.
  • Denzel Washington is the seventh individual to receive Acting and Best Picture nominations for the same film, joining Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.
  • Thomas Newman’s nomination for Original Score for Passengers is his 14th and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David, and Randy) to 90, more than any other family.
  • Stuart Craig has the most nominations for Production Design of any living person with 11. The all-time record in the category belongs to Cedric Gibbons with 38 nominations.
  • Kevin O’Connell and Andy Nelson, each with 21 nominations for Sound Mixing, are tied for the most nominations in the category since nominations began going to individuals in 1961.
  • With their nomination for Sound Editing for La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan become the first female team to be nominated in the category. Six other women have a combined total of 10 nominations and five wins for Sound Editing.
  • Kim Magnusson, with his sixth nomination for Live Action Short Film, has produced the most films nominated in the short film categories of any living person.
  • “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story is the seventh song from a documentary feature to be nominated and the fifth in the past five years.

And The Nominees Are:

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

  • Arrival” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
  • Fences” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment) A Pandemonium Films/Permut Presentations Production, Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
  • Hell or High Water” (CBS Films and Lionsgate) A Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Film 44/LBI Entertainment/OddLot Entertainment Production, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
  • Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) A Fox 2000 Pictures Production, Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment) An Impostor Pictures/Gilbert Films/Marc Platt Production, Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
  • Lion” (The Weinstein Company) A See-Saw Films Production, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
  • Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios) A Pearl Street Films/The Media Farm/K Period Media/The A | Middleton Project/B Story Production, Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
  • Moonlight” (A24) A Dos Hermanas Production, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  • Arrival” (Paramount) Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment) Mel Gibson
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment) Damien Chazelle
  • Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios) Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight” (A24) Barry Jenkins

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Isabelle Huppert in “Elle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Ruth Negga in “Loving” (Focus Features)
  • Natalie Portman in “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Emma Stone in “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Viola Davis in “Fences” (Paramount)
  • Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Nicole Kidman in “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
  • Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)
  • Denzel Washington in “Fences” (Paramount)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” (CBS Films and Lionsgate)
  • Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
  • Dev Patel in “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

  • Land of Mine” A Nordisk Film Production, Denmark
  • A Man Called Ove” A Tre Vänner Production, Sweden
  • The Salesman” An Asghar Farhadi/Memento Films Production, Iran
  • Tanna” A Contact Films Production, Australia
  • Toni Erdmann” A Komplizen Film Production, Germany

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

  • Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features) Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner “Moana” (Walt Disney) John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
  • My Life as a Zucchini” (GKIDS) Claude Barras and Max Karli
  • The Red Turtle” (Sony Pictures Classics) Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
  • Zootopia” (Walt Disney) Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Fire at Sea” (Kino Lorber) A Stemal Entertainment Production, Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia Pictures) A Velvet Film Production, Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • Life, Animated” (The Orchard) A Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms Production, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • O.J.: Made in America” (ESPN Films) A Laylow Films and ESPN Films Production, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
  • 13th” (Netflix) A Forward Movement Production, Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents its 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

Event To Be Held At West Hollywood Park and Sponsored by BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins

Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.

For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

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The Foundation‘s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar Night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoë Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

The Elton John Aids Foundation believe AIDS can be beaten and act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF almost 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of a network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $350 million over the past quarter century to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 

Pottery Barn Teen Announces Partnership With Teen Artist And Designer Isabella Rose Taylor For Exclusive Collection

Home Décor Collection Set To Launch in April 2017

PBteen, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, announced today an exclusive home décor partnership with gifted teen artist and designer, Isabella Rose Taylor. Available for purchase in April 2017 on www.pbteen.com and in PBteen stores nationwide, the Isabella Rose Taylor for Pbteen capsule collection offers a range of home products including bedding, decorative accessories and wall art featuring exclusive sketches and paintings from the artist herself. The collection of over 40 pieces is designed with a feminine yet sophisticated modern aesthetic and is Isabella’s first foray into home furnishings. pbteen-logo

Isabella Rose Taylor is a design and lifestyle brand founded in 2011. With her mission and vision to create truth in art, Taylor designs merchandise, art, clothes and home furnishings for girls looking to express their creativity and show their best selves. At a remarkably young age, Isabella began sewing, painting and designing. She is the youngest designer to have a collection at Nordstrom and the youngest talent to ever present a clothing collection at New York Fashion Week. Taylor has been named by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and she has spoken at TEDX Hollywood and TEDXJanPath in India. Featured in Teen Vogue, Elle, Forbes, Entrepreneur along with television appearances on Steve Harvey and The Today Show, Taylor plans to finish up college while heading up her company IRT and exploring new creative ventures.

I’m so excited to be partnering with PBteen on a home collection,” said Isabella Rose Taylor.This collection is truly a reflection of me, blending my passion for art and fashion perfectly. PBteen and I have created pieces that are not only beautiful, but will encourage others to channel their own creativity.

We are so impressed by the talent and originality that Isabella brings to her work,” says Jennifer Kellor, executive vice president of merchandising, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. “Her entrepreneurial attitude and innovative outlook has allowed us to create a one-of-a-kind collection bringing her fresh take on the world of fashion and art into the homes of teens across the country.

PBteen launched in 2003 and is the first home retailer to focus exclusively on the teenage market. Designed to fully furnish bedrooms, study and lounge spaces for tweens and teens, PBteen provides fresh, fashionable options to appeal to varying teenage tastes. Categories include: bedding, window treatments, rugs, lighting, gear, decorative accessories, storage and organization solutions, and furniture including beanbag chairs. PBdorm, launched in 2010, is an exclusive collection that offers dorm furniture and essentials. This collection includes XL twin sheets, lighting, seating, storage bins and organization solutions, and other accessories designed to help teens turn their dorm room into their ultimate home away from home. PBteen products are available through direct mail catalogs, e-commerce site www.PBteen.com and U.S. retail stores. PBteen currently offers international shipping to customers worldwide. PBteen has an active following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, PBteen ♥ and its PBteen blog. PBteen is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

The Isabella Rose Taylor for PBteen capsule collection will be available in April 2017 on PBteen stores and online at PBteen.com. Be the first to know when the collection launches by sign up at pbteen.com/isabella-rose-taylor.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. These products, representing eight distinct merchandise strategies – Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham – are marketed through e-commerce websites, direct mail catalogs and 624 stores. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. currently operates in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, offers international shipping to customers worldwide, and has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East and the Philippines and stores and e-commerce websites in Mexico.

This Just In: Guerlain Presents Angelina Jolie As The New Face of Guerlain Parfumeur

Guerlain Parfumeur, the French beauty brand since 1828, is honored to announce that Angelina Jolie is the icon of its new fragrance for women, available March 2017. The partnership between Jolie and Guerlain was agreed in Cambodia in December 2015, where she was directing her film First They Killed My Father. It has its roots, however, in Angelina’s childhood memory of her own mother’s love of a Guerlain powder.

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Guerlain Presents Angelina Jolie: The New Icon of Guerlain Parfumeur (PRNewsFoto/Guerlain Parfumeur)

Thierry Wasser, Guerlain’s Master Perfumer, drew his inspiration from Angelina Jolie to create a fragrance expressing the idea of the “notes of a woman“: the choices, emotions, and dreams that embody modern femininity.

We create perfumes for the women we admire,” said Jacques Guerlain, creator of mythical fragrances such as Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko.

Jolie is a filmmaker, actress, Special Envoy of the UN Refugee Agency and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. She has donated her entire salary from the Guerlain campaign to charity.

First Retrospective in 20 Years of Master Photographer Irving Penn, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, Opens February 24 at Nashville’s Frist Center

Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait and still life images that appeared in Vogue magazine, ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential photographers. The first retrospective of his work in 20 years, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty conveys the extraordinary breadth and legacy of the American artist and will be on view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from February 24 to May 29, 2017.

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Irving Penn. Young Boy, Pause Pause, American South, 1941, printed 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Merry Foresta, the museum’s curator of photography from 1983 to 1999, the exhibition contains more than 140 photographs, including the debut of 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation and several previously unseen or never-before-exhibited photographs. Penn’s renown as a fashion photographer is matched by the recognition of his innovative and insightful portraits, still lifes, nudes, and travel 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 Penn’s stunning late color work.

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Irving Penn. Bee, New York, 1995, printed 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation

In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Penn’s aesthetic and technical skill earned him accolades in both the artistic and commercial worlds. He was a master of both black-and-white and color photography, and his revival of platinum printing in the 1960s and 1970s was a catalyst for significant change in the art world. He successfully crossed the chasm that separated magazine and fine-art photography, narrowing the gap between art and fashion. “Penn adopted a workmanlike approach to making pictures,'” says Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala.But even in his most commercial images, he upended convention with a penchant for formal surprise.”

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Irving Penn. Woman in Moroccan Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrakech, 1951, printed 1969. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. © Condé Nast

Schooled in painting and design, Penn eventually chose photography as his life’s work. His portraits and fashion photographs defined elegance, yet throughout his career, he also transformed mundane objects—storefront signs, food, cigarette butts, street debris—into memorable images of unexpected, often surreal, beauty.

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Irving Penn. Issey Miyake Fashion: White and Black, New York, 1990, printed 1992. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation

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Business: First Ever “America’s LGBT Economy” Report Suggests LGBT Businesses Add $1.7 Trillion to US Economy:

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce Snapshot Of Certified LGBT Business Enterprises Demonstrates Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs Created Across All Business Sectors

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, has released the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. The “America’s LGBT Economy” report explores the revenues, types, sizes, and geography of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by the NGLCC, as well as the number of jobs they create and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

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“America’s LGBT Economy” Report by National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce reveals LGBT Business Enterprises contribute billions to the US economy and create tens of thousands of jobs. More at www.nglcc.org 

Key findings in the “America’s LGBT Economy” report include:

  • In 2015, NGLCC certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) alone contributed over $1.15 billion to the US economy; if all estimated LGBT-owned businesses in America are projected, their contribution to the economy exceeds $1.7 trillion;
  • Over 900 Certified LGBTBEs have created over 33,000 jobs in the United States;
  • LGBTBEs have an average revenue of $2,475,642, with at least one LGBTBE reporting $180,000,000 in annual gross;
  • Average LGBT enterprises have been in business at least 12 years— far above national average, as some reports state nearly half of small businesses fail in their first five years;
  • The number of non-white LGBT business owners continues to increase annually—now at over 17%, bolstered by NGLCC’s leadership in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) which brings together all minority business communities;

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is elated to be able to evidence through this report what we’ve observed since our founding fifteen years ago: that America’s LGBT business owners are driving our economy upward and deserve every opportunity to keep creating jobs and innovating our industries. The estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners NGLCC advocates for have truly earned a place at the equality table,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson.If you are an LGBT business owner and not yet certified, you’re leaving opportunities on the table to help your business and our economy grow. For the LGBT community, this also means we are missing out more accurate data, role models, job creators, and future success stories that prove ‘If you can buy it, a Certified LGBTBE can supply it.‘”nglcc_rgb_name_3

In early 2004, NGLCC created a best-in-class diversity certification program, making the organization the exclusive national third-party certifying body for LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs). Because of NGLCC’s advocacy, over a third of the Fortune 500, many top federal agencies (including the Small Business Administration, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture), the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, major urban municipalities (including King County, WA; Essex County, NJ; and San Francisco, CA), and the Public Utilities Commission of California actively seek out certified LGBT businesses.

These numbers tell the real story,” said Bob Witeck, President of Witeck Communications, a certified LGBTBE that served as the analyst for this report. “While our community’s $917 billion spending power highlights our market clout, the jobs, tax revenues and profits we create as employers and entrepreneurs define our full economic value to America. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of our potential.

At NGLCC, we have nearly 200 corporate and government partners that understand not only the value of the LGBT dollar, but the economic imperative of inclusivity and LGBT visibility in their supply chains and marketplace. This groundbreaking report proves our NGLCC philosophy that economic visibility, just like social visibility, is essential in building a diverse and inclusive society,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell.

The “America’s LGBT Economy” report can be viewed and downloaded at www.nglcc.org/report

 

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts’ Premier Properties Offer One-of-a-Kind Valentine’s Day Experiences for Couples Nationwide

Adventure, Romance, Bohemian, Luxury Packages and More Available for Every Kind of Couple

The Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel management company, is helping couples celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year with one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day packages. These packages incorporate luxurious accommodations paired with unforgettable experiences at some of the company’s top-rated properties, including The Garland, The Platinum Hotel & Spa, The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, and the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.marcus-hotels-resorts-logo

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. The company is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, it creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, including Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a Chicago location opening in early 2017.

At Marcus Hotels & Resorts, we go above and beyond to make each experience unique and extraordinary for every guest,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Valentine’s Day is a memorable occasion in and of itself. Pair it with an incredible experience at a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property and you’ll never forget the magic.”

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ 2017 “Extreme” Valentine’s Day packages are now on sale, including:

The “Love the Ride” Package, Including a New Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. If you have a passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, this Valentine’s package is for you. The “Love the Ride” experience includes:

Package price: $14,800+ taxes, gratuity, title, license. Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Love the Ride – House of Harley Package

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Smooches for Your Pooches Package at The Pfister Hotel (Photo: Business Wire)

Smooches for Your Pooches. Celebrating the Love of Your Favorite Four Legged Friends. The top rated and pet friendly AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. is again offering the “Smooches for Your Pooches” package that celebrates the hotel’s affection for four-legged friends. This package includes:

  • Special wedding for two pups, wardrobes will be provided
  • Officiant to oversee ceremony / “marriage certificate” for two canines
  • Professional photography package by Front Room Photography
  • A gourmet happy hour featuring food and beverage for up to 10 humans and their canines
  • Two-night stay in a luxury suite

Package price: $3,650 + taxes and gratuity; Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Smooches for Your Pooches

Capture Your Love” Package at the InterContinental Milwaukee. What better way to celebrate your love by capturing it with a full day of pampering and glamour at one of Milwaukee’s most stylish hotels. This package includes:

  • Couple’s photo session with Front Room Photography at the InterContinental Milwaukee
  • Hair and make-up by The Pfister Hotel’s award-winning WELL Spa + Salon
  • Salsa dance lessons by Francis Annan of Salsabrosa Dance Company
  • Private, candlelight dinner for two in an intimate space in the InterContinental Milwaukee with wine pairings, dessert and bubbly. Four-course dinner prepared for the special couple by the hotel’s executive chef.

Package price: $1,950 + taxes and gratuity; Package based on availability. To reserve, call 414.390.1854 or visit: Capture Your Love Continue reading

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Introduces The Decadent Love Valentine’s Package

This Valentine’s Day, Surprise Your Spouse With A Getaway That’s As Pleasurable And Unique As It Is Entirely Unforgettable. There’s No Better Gift Than That Of A Cherished Memory.

Looking to “wow” a significant other this Valentine’s Day with an experience beyond compare? Search no further than Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore for the new Decadent Love Valentine’s Package, offering the ultimate in romance and luxury.

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The Decadent Love Package at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

The Decadent Love Valentine’s Package is available for USD 5,000 and includes the following:

  • Complimentary parking upon arrival at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
  • Exclusive use of the Private Dining Room at Wit & Wisdom restaurant, and flawlessly adorned with linens, tableware, flowers, plush décor and live music, for that extra touch
  • Custom seven-course wine pairing menu, created by Wit & Wisdom Executive Chef Zack Mills, who will craft a gourmet menu to match the couple’s exact tastes and wishes
  • Overnight accommodations in a luxurious Four Seasons Executive Suite featuring floor-to-ceiling views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour plus top-of-the-line amenities such as perfectly chilled Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals on the bed at turndown, and personalized pillow cases to remind couples of their memorable visit long after departure
  • Sumptuous breakfast-in-bed the next morning, with late check-out guaranteed, so that guests can savor each precious moment à deux
  • Exclusive access to the Hotel’s one-and-only Romance Concierge, who is at the ready to assist with every romantic want or need, including arranging for rejuvenating Spa treatments at Baltimore’s best Spa*
  • The Hotel’s many complimentary amenities, including Wi-Fi, house car transport, twice-daily housekeeping service, 24-hour state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, and so much more

The Decadent Love Package at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore must book by Friday, February 3, 2017. Contact the Hotel directly at 410 576 5800.

*Additional fees apply for Spa treatments.

 

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Applications for Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography and Film

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) announces the availability of applications for the 34th annual Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film. Founded in 1982, in memory of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 34 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. Its mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.princess-grace-foundation-usa-awards

Since its inception, more than 800 recipients have been awarded, totaling over $13 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients include:

FILM: Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, director of HBO‘s “True Detective,”Jane Eyre and Netflix‘s Beasts of No Nation; Jon M. Chu director, and Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon‘s most iconic cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

THEATER: Tony Award winners for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro (August

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Princess Grace of Monaco. Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco

Osage County) and Sam Gold (Fun Home); Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, Academy Award winner Eric Simonson and Golden Globe Award winner for HBO’s “Show Me A Hero,” Oscar Isaac.

DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck; as well as choreographers and MacArthur “Genius” grant winners, Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

As this year’s applications become available on our website, we invite non-profit theater, dance, & film schools and theater & dance companies to nominate candidates. We are eager to select the next group of emerging artists ready to soar to new heights, break down barriers, and reach their fullest potential,” says Executive Director, Toby E. Boshak.

Videos about the Award opportunities in each discipline highlight the outstanding and diverse artistry supported by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Click here to watch theater, dance, and film videos.*

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Grace Kelly – Rear Window. The Kobal Collection

Theater Awards are offered via scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Awards are based on the quality of the emerging artist’s past work, potential for future excellence, and impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual’s artistic growth. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2017.

The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Submission window: March 1-March 31, 2017 through New Dramatists’ website at www.newdramatists.org/princess-grace.

Dance Performance Awards are offered via scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant’s artistic merit, significance of the Award to current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography Awards offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with organizations with which they have little experience. DEADLINE for both: May 1, 2017.

Film scholarships, awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, are by invitation-only and support the filmmaker’s thesis projects. Approved film programs are invited to submit applicants via their Department Chairs or Deans. A complete list of accepted schools is in the FAQ section under “Grants” at www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/FAQs. DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. All applicants (except playwriting) must be nominated by a non-profit organization (school or company) with which they will be affiliated during the grant period (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018).

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Grace Kelly. Photo Credit: The Kobal Collection

Visit www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/applications.

Born November 12, 1929, Grace Kelly grew up in a boisterous, loving Irish Catholic family. The strong personalities of her father John B. Kelly, Olympic medalist in rowing, politician and successful businessman, and her mother, Margaret, competitive swimmer, and community activist, fostered achievement in their children. Sisters, Peggy and Lizanne were outgoing and vivacious. Brother Jack, following in his father’s footsteps, became a rowing champion and public figure. Civic responsibilities, a wide circle of friends, and a large close-knit extended family kept life busy at the Kelly homes in Philadelphia and at the Jersey shore.

Grace’s personality was shy and gentle. In contrast to her outer reserve, the determination that led her to leave her comfortable life in suburban Philadelphia to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City at age 17 was an indication of an inner strength that would characterize her adult life. Continue reading

Accenture and Council of Fashion Designers of America Form Innovation Program for Fashion’s Next Generation of Top Talent

Accenture becomes Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Accenture, a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, have formed an innovative collaboration to help shape how the fashion industry integrates technology and consumer insights into its business practices.

Combining the high caliber of creativity within CFDA’s membership with Accenture’s deep expertise in customer experience, strategy, insights and technology, the two organizations will create talent-development programs for today’s designers and tomorrow’s retailers.accenture

In addition, Accenture and CFDA will develop a series of thought leadership articles and hypotheses on the future of the fashion customer experience and test these ideas in live pilots with CFDA Members. This will provide CFDA with a new method to deliver value and insights to its members and, using the insight and feedback, help Accenture council-of-fashion-designers-of-america-cfdacreate solutions that it can share with its clients.

Last year, the CFDA launched Retail Lab with Cadillac to help emerging talent make their foray into the retail world, with Retail Lab’s first physical store at Cadillac House, in New York. The program enables select designers to open a retail installation for three months and learn skills integral to succeed in the industry, under the mentorship of fashion industry experts.

As the first Official Innovation Partner of CFDA’s Retail Lab, Accenture will work closely with the Lab’s select group of emerging fashion designers to develop customized retail strategies and equip them with the critical business knowledge and digital skills required to stay competitive in today’s challenging retail market.

CFDA’s new collaboration with Accenture will provide our design community with an invaluable resource to help navigate retail and business technology,” said Ashley-Brooke Sandall, CFDA’s director of strategic partnerships.

Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

The collaboration will be supported by Fjord, the design and innovation unit of Accenture Interactive and Accenture Labs, which prototypes and pilots new concepts through applied R&D projects. Plans include inviting fashion designers to participate in Fjord’s design studio in New York and leveraging technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed and virtual reality from Accenture Labs to bring customer engagement to the next level. Combined with CFDA+ – CFDA’s virtual talent lab – these initiatives will connect designers with Accenture’s design & innovation capability. Select designers will engage with a design challenge that extends their academic work in a fast-paced design-intensive program. Outcomes range from enhanced research to physical prototypes, with the benefit of collaboration and input from Accenture. Continue reading

Pottery Barn Kids Debuts Exclusive Collaboration With Designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos

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Pottery Barn Kids, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, launched today an exclusive product collaboration with celebrated tastemaker and stylish mom, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. The Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection of home décor for nursery, bedroom, and playroom, was inspired by the playful spirit of childhood. The capsule collection, which is Margherita’s first foray into children’s home furnishings, is now available online at www.potterybarnkids.com and Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide on January 20th, with prices ranging from $19-$399.pottery_barn_kids_logo-_jpeg

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Margherita Missoni Collection for Pottery Barn Kids, debuting today online and at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide

Composed of over 50 pieces spanning bedding, furniture, decorative accessories, wall décor, lighting and essentials for nursery and new parents, the Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection exudes Margherita’s love for bright colors, bold patterns, and unique accents. The collection is designed to be versatile and encourages mixing and matching of different pieces to create a distinctly personal and unique look. The thoughtfully chosen materials and intricate details, including wicker, embroidery, pom-poms and fringe, showcase Margherita’s imaginative design philosophy. Margherita’s rich Italian heritage, family traditions, and eclectic design influences are seamlessly infused into every piece of the collection, from lullaby sentiment sheets to statement pillows, and are inspired by her sons’ nurseries and her own childhood keepsakes. Standout pieces include the Daisy Pouf, Daisy Mirror, and Daisy Pom Pom Quilt. Each feature Margherita’s namesake flower, the daisy, which is a signature in her children’s clothing collection, Margherita Kids.

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Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids – Piccolo Mio Nursery

Collaborating with Pottery Barn Kids was such a joy and a natural fit for me, as it brought together playful design and quality craftsmanship to create a beautiful collection for kids and baby,” said designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. “The collection is comfortable, colorful, and it evokes the same sense of freedom I feel when dressing myself and my children – mixing, matching and creating something that is unique to your own sense of style.”

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Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids – Caio, Caio Bambino Nursery

Born in Northern Italy, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos, is the eldest daughter of Angela Missoni, Creative Director of the renowned Missoni brand, and the granddaughter of the house’s founders. Having grown up in the idyllic countryside of Sumirago, amidst a family of fashion designers, She developed a keen eye and a unique sense of personal style from a very young age. She also dreamed of becoming a designer like the women in her family. After University, Amos studied theater in New York, then moved to Paris and Rome to pursue a career in acting. Continue reading

Retail News: Bloomingdale’s Celebrates The Chinese Lunar New Year

Select Stores Ring In The Year Of The Rooster With Festive Visual Displays, Products, And Events

Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center, Bloomingdale’s San Francisco Centre, and Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza will ring in the Year of the Rooster this Lunar New Year with unique merchandise, festive visual displays and special events from Jan. 21 – Jan. 28.

Visitors to these select Bloomingdale’s will be welcomed with tables filled with red bloomingdales-celebrates-lunar-new-yearpeonies symbolizing good fortune and joy for the New Year. Focal walls throughout the stores will display a collage of red envelopes creating a rooster zodiac, as well as the phrase “Gong Xi Fa Cai” which means “Happy New Year in Mandarin.” Continuing the visual theme throughout the store, silver mannequins with red mohawks will be dressed in red-colored fashion paying homage to the lucky color, as well as this year’s zodiac sign. Visitors will have the opportunity to shop Bloomingdale’s exciting product selection, including a Baccarat crystal rooster, Lalique rooster bowl, MCM New Year Series backpack, Marc Jacobs fire rooster card case and a Bloomingdale’s limited-edition Year of the Rooster tote bag.

Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center will kick off the Lunar New Year celebration on Jan. 21 with a New Year inspired fitness class, Powerlines: Energy in Motion. Created by international trainer, Shay Kotsabi, the class will begin with grounding meditation and fuse functional training, the foundation of barre and cardio-power intervals to spark the mind, body, and spirit. After the class, guests are invited to enjoy a festive tea bar plus receive a complimentary, Year of the Rooster tote filled with glam goodies. On Jan. 21 and Jan. 26, Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center will also offer delicious sweets and treats in the men’s department, red-themed cosmetic cases and a red envelope giveaway with select envelopes filled with fun prizes, including cosmetic samples and a Year of the Rooster tote bag. Visit http://locations.bloomingdales.com/beverly-center for more details.bloomingdales_logo

On Jan. 28, Bloomingdale’s San Francisco Centre will host musicians from Melody of China for a classical music performance as well as Lion Dancers to perform the traditional New Year’s dance throughout the store. A complimentary limited-edition Year of the Rooster tote bag will also be passed out at the Bloomingdale’s Visitors’ Center on Level 1. To claim the complimentary tote, visitors must pick up a red envelope from the Westfield Mall Guest Service Desk on Friday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Visit http://locations.bloomingdales.com/san-francisco-centre for more details.

Bloomingdale’s is America’s only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store and a division of Macy’s, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 38 Bloomingdale’s stores and 17 Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Stores, in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, Bloomingdale’s has an international presence with a location in Dubai. For more information, or to shop anytime, visit www.bloomingdales.com.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to Offer MFA in Fashion Design Beginning Fall 2017

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in New York City, will launch a Master of Fine Arts degree program in Fashion Design in the fall 2017 semester. A program of the School of Graduate Studies, it is the first MFA in Fashion Design within the State of University of New York system, of which FIT is a part, and incorporates elements that distinguish it from similar graduate programs in the United States and Europe.fitlogo2_1

FIT‘s Fashion Design MFA centers on practice-based research and is open to students with varied experience in creative areas ranging from apparel design to fields such as architecture, engineering, and software development. The curriculum for this two-year, full-time program is founded on the steady development of an original concept proposed by each student at the time of application. As students pursue the degree, they will explore their individual design concepts in the context of history/future, theory, philosophy, and practice within a structured and richly mentored environment. The curriculum will focus on research methodologies and critical thinking skills that support innovation and invention in design, fit, cut, construction, silhouette, and materiality. The program’s goal is to lead students through the process of translating inspiration into malleable design ingredients and solutions.

The program is targeted to:

  • Fashion students graduating with a BFA in fashion design;
  • Individuals within the creative arts and design fields;
  • Individuals with a BA who have worked in the creative industries; and/or
  • Individuals with an interest in designing for a specialized category.

Each student will investigate and evolve their thesis over the four semesters, charting an individual course through core concepts which, addressed sequentially, will create a distinct path of discovery. The core concepts are:

  • Play: Working with faculty mentors, each student will explore the possibilities of their thesis with freedom, openness, and intent to take it in unexpected directions.
  • Focus: Each student will have a specially selected industry partner who will advise on sharpening and clarifying the idea, creating initial prototypes, and defining the market.
  • Edit: Based on the best ideas, strongest samples, and fortuitous “accidents” from previous thesis phases, students will develop, design, and prototype their collections.
  • Conclude: Each student will present a collection of at least 12 looks or an equivalent, along with a paper explaining their thesis process. They will defend their thesis to a select panel of industry experts. Collections will be shown to investors, industry leaders, and other important audiences through an exhibition, a publication, and a presentation, providing a highly visible platform to showcase the work.

This thesis process will be supported by coursework, experiential research, and mentoring by faculty and industry experts. Each student’s final body of work will be viable for production.

The School of Graduate Studies at FIT is thrilled to add this essential degree program to its portfolio,” said Dean Mary Davis, who has led the school since 2012. “We are excited to give highly talented and creative individuals from around the globe the tools and support they need to reinvent the field of fashion design, and, as a public institution, we’re proud to make this program accessible, affordable, and available to a wide array of students. We can’t wait to see the change this new generation of leaders will bring to our campus, our city, and the world.

The relentless pace of fashion can hinder innovation, so here the design process will slow down to allow experimentation and reflection, and ultimately, a different way of looking at it,” said Jonathan KYLE Farmer, creator, professor, and chair of the program. “Students will come to us with an idea that they feel could one day make an impact on the fashion world. The program will help guide each student in realizing their vision—designing fashion into the future.”

Jonathan KYLE Farmer is a practicing designer who has taught internationally, including at Parsons School of Design and the University of East London. He holds an MA in fashion women’s wear from London’s Royal College of Art.

The 60-credit program includes courses such as The Fashion Activist, which will encourage new thinking around sustainability and design ethics; business courses that will offer practical knowledge and insight into existing industry models; and the course craft:OLOGY, which will inspire each student’s design fluency and creative confidence through the lens of time in reference to craft and technology.

The FIT community at large will be invited to attend and observe open critiques, open studios and work-in-progress exhibitions. Students will also have access to the vast resources of FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library and Special Collections, and direct access to The Museum at FIT and its collections. There will be two international field experiences, designed as Making Seminars. One will explore past, present, and future ideas and practices around how clothes fit, with students making clothes for diverse body types. The other will investigate the relationship between fashion’s local and global production systems, adopting ideas and processes explored in farming and agriculture. Continue reading

Absolut® Unveils Launch of New Absolut Lime, the Latest Addition to the Brand’s Flavor Portfolio

Absolut Steps Into the Limelight with Debut of Absolut Lime at the 59th GRAMMY® Awards®

Absolut® officially unveils Absolut Lime as the newest, most refreshingly versatile addition to round out the iconic Absolut citrus portfolio, joining Absolut Citron and Absolut Mandrin – the No. 1 selling lemon and orange-flavored vodkas in the U.S1.

Nearly 30 years ago, Absolut introduced Absolut Citron – a flavor that quickly skyrocketed into pop culture as a key ingredient in the Cosmopolitan cocktail. Ten years later, Absolut Mandrin further diversified the brand’s flavor line-up offering the perfect hint of sweetness. And like its citrus counterparts, new Absolut Lime features its own distinct flavor profile with a balance of full-bodied citrus flavor with a light fullsizeoutput_1e72_largefinish.

In addition to hitting nightlife destinations and at-home bar carts nationwide, Absolut Lime will step into the “limelight” at the 59th GRAMMY® Awards® on February 12, 2017. The brand’s multifaceted sponsorship will include TV, digital, social and a signature GRAMMY® Awards® cocktail – the Absolut Limelight.

Lime is a very dynamic and complex fruit and we believe we’ve created the perfect flavor blend in Absolut Lime to enhance and elevate a variety of cocktails,” said Nick Guastaferro, Director of Marketing, Absolut, Pernod Ricard USA. “Thanks to a delicious flavor and easy mixability, Absolut Lime is great for going out or staying in, for creating simple or complex cocktails. We can’t wait to see how our fans take Absolut Lime and make it their own to create their Absolut Nights.

Absolut Lime embodies the brand’s ongoing commitment to superior quality vodka. Like every drop of Absolut Vodka found anywhere in the world, the new flavor is produced in a small village in Southern Sweden named Ahus. Ahus is Absolut’s One absolut_lime_logoSource, where high-quality ingredients come from the hands of trans-generational farmers with an unwavering commitment to produce superior, high-quality vodka – all within a small, 75 mile radius.

A SUPERIOR FLAVORED VODKA DESERVES A STAR-STUDDED DEBUT. As the official spirits partner of the 59th GRAMMY® Awards® the spotlight will shine on Absolut Lime, refreshing Music’s Biggest Night® with a special drink, the “Absolut Limelight. Continue reading