Kiehl’s Since 1851 Embarks On 8th Annual LifeRide For amfAR

Motorcycle Riding Influencers Ride Through the Midwest to Raise Awareness and Funds to Help Find a Cure for AIDS

Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. 100% of purchase price from the sale of this product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is $28.50 at all Kiehl’s retail stores, Kiehls.com and specialty stores nationwide.

Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the 166-year-old purveyor of the finest skincare, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the eighth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.

Inspired by a Kiehl’s icon – the motorcycle – a spirit of adventure and philanthropic heritage, the eighth annual LifeRide continues the brand’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR. This year the multi-city charity ride takes place over 8 days, from July 31-Aug. 7, 2017, beginning in Minneapolis and ending in Nashville.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Rallying with the public at nine store stops along the route, Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the ride. At each stop, the public can meet the riders, social media influencers, learn more about amfAR and contribute to the non-profit. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will have ridden more than 11,500 miles since 2010 and raised more than $1.7 million, funding nine cure-related research projects.

Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR will lead this year’s riders:

  • Ian Bohen, actor, Teen Wolf
  • JR Bourne, actor, Somewhere Between
  • Anthony Carrino, co-host, Kitchen Cousins
  • Gilles Marini, actor, Switched at Birth
  • Grant Reynolds, host/producer, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Luke Wessman, tattoo artist, Miami/NY Ink
  • Tyler Posey, actor, Teen Wolf

Key partners for the ride include Cadillac, Delta Air Lines, and Hedon helmets.

JOIN THE RIDE!

Kiehl’s and amfAR invite all to be a part of the ride: Press and public are welcome at the following stops:

MONDAY, JULY 31—MINNEAPOLIS

  • Kiehl’s Since 1851, Mall of America, 8100 24th Ave., Bloomington, MN, 11 AM-12 PM
  • Kiehl’s at Macy’s, Ridgedale Center, 12411 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, MN, 12:30-1:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2—CHICAGOLAND

  • Kiehl’s at Von Maur, Yorktown Center, 145 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL, 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Kiehl’s at Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 4:30-5:30 PM

THURSDAY, AUG. 3—CHICAGOLAND

  • Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 11 AM-12 PM

FRIDAY, AUG. 4—INDIANAPOLIS

  • Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Fashion Mall at Keystone, 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN, 12-1 PM

SATURDAY, AUG. 5—LEXINGTON

  • Kiehl’s at Dillard’s, Fayette Mall, 3625 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

MONDAY, AUG. 7—NASHVILLE

  • Kiehl’s at Dillard’s, CoolSprings Galleria, 1796 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, TN, 11AM-12PM

LIFERIDE FINALE!

  • Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, TN, 12:30-1:30 PM

In celebration, every customer attending one of the events at the Kiehl’s retail stores will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Continue reading

Estée Lauder Reveals Campaign for Second Limited Edition Makeup Collection With Victoria Beckham

Estée Lauder has unveiled the campaign for a second limited edition makeup collection with fashion designer Victoria Beckham. The new Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Makeup Collection will be available beginning September 2017 at select retailers globally, as well as victoriabeckham.com, esteelauder.com and Victoria Beckham‘s flagship 36 Dover Street London store. Beckham fronts the digital and print campaign, with imagery shot by photographer Lachlan Bailey in New York City.

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Model Image

Victoria Beckham fronts the advertising campaign for the new Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder makeup collection debuting in September. Photo credit for Victoria’s image: Lachlan Bailey. Photo credit for product image: Kanji Ishii.

I am so excited to be expanding my makeup collection with Estée Lauder and launching a second capsule. To work with Lachlan and Estée on the campaign was very special and a real honor.” said Victoria Beckham.Inspired by my favorite cities in the world, this makeup collection reflects my personal beauty vision. I hope it will make women everywhere feel beautiful and confident.”

Building on the enormous success of our first joint makeup collection last year, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Victoria for a second, expanded makeup collection launching in September,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Like our founder, Estée, Victoria has a real understanding of what women want and has applied this to beauty in a very passionate and personal way. With this collection, Estée Lauder and Victoria will further amplify the aspirational beauty conversation with deeper product innovation, newly curated beauty looks and dynamic digital beauty content to inspire women around the world.”

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham collection

The new limited edition Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder makeup collection will be available beginning September 2017 at select retailers globally. Products in image from left: Skin Perfecting Powder, Eye Matte Duo in Saphir/Orange Vif, Eye Ink Mascara in Blackest, Morning Aura Illuminating Creme, Matte Lipstick in Victoria. Photo credit: Kanji Ishii.

Since launching in 2008, the Victoria Beckham fashion brand has developed a distinctive and modern language of clothing. Bold, intuitive and refined, its wardrobe of apparel and accessories is now stocked in over 400 stores in over 50 countries internationally. With each collection, Victoria adapts her own personal style to the needs and desires of the international women who swear by the label’s luxurious and flattering garments.

Estée Lauder is the flagship brand of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Founded by Estée Lauder, one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs, the brand today continues her legacy of creating the most innovative, sophisticated, high-performance skincare and makeup products and iconic fragrances – all infused with a deep understanding of women’s needs and desires. Today, Estée Lauder engages with women in over 150 countries around the world and at dozens of touch points – from in-store to digital.

Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of ELO’s Out of the Blue

Will Release First-Ever Picture Disc Edition of Classic Double Album, Available Friday, September 29

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of ELO‘s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29.

This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album.

Out of the Blue is available for pre-order now here:

https://LegacyRecordings.lnk.to/Outoftheblue/lang/us

ELO was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.

One of the indisputable masterpieces–and most commercially successful titles–in the ELO canon, Out of the Blue, the group’s seventh studio album, was originally released in October 1977. The musical and conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire album, Out of the Blue is among the most ambitious double albums in classic rock history, a complex and visionary work that included, as the album’s complete Side 3, Lynne’s “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” a coherent song suite comprised of four movements and authentic ambient weather effects recorded by Lynne and incorporated into the soundscape of the record.

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40th anniversary of ELO’s top-selling double album, Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue was the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows. The album, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide and is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.

Forty years on, I would never have imagined that this music would take on a life of its own,” says Lynne.

Formed in Birmingham, England in 1970, ELO was designed to create progressive modern pop music combining classical and rock elements. Lynne has consistently been ELO’s guiding light and driving force, writing virtually all of the group’s original material while producing the albums.

From 1972 through 1986, the golden era of recording and touring, the group racked up more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet while selling more than 50 million records worldwide. During the same period, ELO scored twenty Top 20s on the UK Singles Chart and fifteen Top 20s on the US Billboard Hot 100.

More recently, recording and touring as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, saw the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed album Alone In The Universe on Columbia Records, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. The band also just played a sold-out Wembley Stadium show in London on June 24th.

ELO – “Out Of The Blue” – 2 LP Picture Disc

Side A

  • Turn to Stone
  • It’s Over
  • Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  • Across the Border

Side B

  • Night in the City
  • Starlight
  • Jungle
  • Believe Me Now
  • Steppin’ Out

Side C (Concerto for a Rainy Day)

  • Standin’ in the Rain
  • Big Wheels
  • Summer and Lightning
  • Mr. Blue Sky

Side D

  • Sweet Is the Night
  • The Whale
  • Birmingham Blues
  • Wild West Hero

Legacy Recordings Set to Release 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of The Alan Parsons Project’s Masterpiece Eye in the Sky on Friday, November 17.

Deluxe Box Set Includes 3 CDs, 2 LPs, 5.1 Surround Mix and Stereo HD Mix of Original Album on Blu-ray, Previously Unreleased Bonus Material, Flexi-Disc, 60-page Book, 1982 Replica Poster and More

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eye in the Sky, the Alan Parsons Project‘s 1982 masterpiece, with the worldwide release of a definitive deluxe collector’s box set–featuring rare and unreleased material–on Friday, November 17.

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Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons

A multi-layered masterpiece, Eye in the Sky is the Alan Parsons Project‘s sixth studio album written by Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons. A conceptual musical meditation on a variety of belief systems–the album’s title refers to casino surveillance, Earth-circling satellites and the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God HorusEye in the Sky has proved both timely and timeless, a remarkably prescient view of art, religion, politics and culture for the 21st century.

Alan Parsons Eye in the Sky

The Alan Parsons Project’s Eye in the Sky: Deluxe Box Set Includes 3 CDs, 2 LPs, 5.1 Surround Mix and Stereo HD Mix of Original Album on Blu-ray, Previously Unreleased Bonus Material, Flexi-Disc, 60-page Book, 1982 Replica Poster and More

The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector’s box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson’s personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.

Eye in the Sky is available for pre-order now: https://smarturl.it/eyeinthesky

All of the newly discovered bonus material on Eye in the Sky has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.

The songwriting diary disc is a very special element of this package,” says Sally Woolfson. “This shows Eric’s private moments of creativity captured on tape as songwriting memos to himself. As he didn’t read or write annotated music, this was how he developed the songs he wrote. They give a wonderful fly on the wall insight into the creative process where you can literally hear the song evolve as the ideas come out of his head. These are very precious to the family and it was extremely difficult to pick out the tracks to include in this box set from the hours and hours of material we had for this album alone. We’ve tried to illustrate the creative progression where a number of tracks for the same song have been included. We hope the fans will enjoy this rare insight into the birth of the songs from the ‘Eye in the Sky’ album.” Continue reading

“The Very Best Of Diana Krall” Released On Vinyl In U.S. For First Time To Mark Album’s 10th Anniversary

Verve Records/UMe are celebrating the legacy of the incomparable multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and pianist Diana Krall by releasing The Very Best of Diana Krall on vinyl for the first time in the U.S., as the greatest hits collection nears its 10th anniversary. The album was made available July 28 as a two-LP set on audiophile-favorite 180-gram vinyl and follows last year’s release of eight essential Diana Krall albums on vinyl as part of Verve’s 60th anniversary celebration. Covering the years 1996-2006, this 15-track collection compiled by Krall in collaboration with her longtime producer, the late Tommy LiPuma, features highlights from her first decade as a recording artist, during which time the Grammy winning singer/pianist’s expressive vocals and delicate, soulful piano work gained her international stardom. The album is available for purchase here: https://UMe.lnk.to/TVBODianaKrall2LPPR

Easily the most high-profile female jazz artist of her generation,” says The New York Times, Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, making the Berklee College of Music graduate one of the best-selling jazz artists of all time. The Very Best on vinyl arrives as Krall celebrates the May release of her acclaimed new album, Turn Up the Quiet, and current tour that will last 2+ years, and take her around the world.

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Verve-UMe The Very Best of Diana Krall

The selections on The Very Best range from intimate trio work to pieces recorded live with a full symphony orchestra. Krall delivers some deeply personal moments and reimagines timeless vintage standards by some of her favorite composers as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Van Heusen and Cahn, and Bacharach and David.

Overflowing with career highlights, the album includes several tracks from Krall’s towering 1999 international breakthrough, When I Look in Your Eyes: her mesmerizing interpretations of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” and “Pick Yourself Up.” That album, her Verve Records debut, was nominated for Album of the Year at the 42nd annual GRAMMY® Awards, the first time in 25 years a jazz singer was nominated in that major category. It won for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).

Throughout the album, Krall’s artistry is highlighted on the Gershwin standard “‘S Wonderful” and the Bacharach and David-penned title track from her 2001 GRAMMY® Award-winning album, The Look of Love. This album put her atop her native Canada’s all-genre albums chart for the first time and gave her the Artist and Album of the Year trophies at the Juno Awards in her home country.

The collection is also notable for Krall’s imaginative take on Tom Waits‘ “The Heart of Saturday Night” and the dark and seductive “You Go to My Head” taken from The Look of Love sessions, both previously unreleased. It also features beautiful live renditions of “East of the Sun (West of the Moon)” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” recorded with a symphony orchestra at Krall’s sold-out concerts at Paris’ Olympia Theatre for her remarkable live album, Live In Paris.

Included on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums of the Decade list, The Very Best of Diana Krall is both the perfect sampler for the new listener and a reminder for her most passionate fans all the reasons Miss Krall is regarded as one of the greatest Jazz artists of her time.

The Very Best of Diana Krall Tracklisting

Side A: 1. ‘S Wonderful/2. Peel Me a Grape/3. Pick Yourself Up/4. Frim Fram Sauce

Side B: 1. You Go to My Head/2. Let’s Fall in Love/3. The Look of Love

Side C: 1. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)/2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin/3. All or Nothing at All/4. Only the Lonely

Side D: 1. Let’s Face the Music and Dance/2. The Heart of Saturday Night/3. Little Girl Blue/4. Fly Me to the Moon

Estee Lauder Names Misty Copeland Spokesperson Global Perfume Model Modern Muse

 

Estée Lauder today announced that Misty Copeland, the premier ballet dancer at the American Ballet Theater, will be the new global spokesperson for the brand’s Modern Muse fragrance. Copeland will be at the forefront of the new digital TV campaign at the stores and in print of the Modern Muse perfume, which debuts in August 2017. [Click to see the new campaign in Estée Lauder Modern Muse Featuring Misty Copeland (Modern Muse by Estée Lauder with Misty Copeland.)]

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Estée Lauder presents Misty Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, as the new global model spokesperson for the Modern Muse perfume campaign. Photo by Pamela Hanson. (PRNewsfoto / Estée Lauder)

“When Estée Lauder launched the Modern Muse perfume in 2013, we embraced the idea of women as muses, living life on their own terms, doing great things and inspiring everyone around them,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Misty has challenged the status quo to realize her dreams and has inspired many young women in her path. Misty will bring the concept of perfume to life through her unique narrative.”

The Modern Muse perfume is a lush floral woody fragrance that combines confidence, style, and creativity with a modern and youthful attitude, featuring a seductive contrast of sparkling floral and modern glittering woods. Launched in 2013, the Modern Muse perfume was inspired by the current complexity of modern women.

The shimmering jasmine note captures her creative energy and magnetic femininity. The exotic tangerine and tempting honeysuckle nectar send a spark of energy through a jovial feel of ornamental petals. Two extractions of sambac jasmine, including China Absolute, brings a luminous texture to the feminine bouquet of the rich Tuberose Fleur and fresh lily.

The glistening woody note captures his glistening style, strength, and sensuality, expressed through this innovative blend of two Patchouli essences wrapped in the creaminess of Madagascar’s vanilla, amber wood and soft musk – all compounding an undeniable sensual finish.

Misty is the perfect representation of today’s modern muse,” said Estée Lauder Style and Image director Aerin Lauder. “It also represents female strength, power, dedication, and passion, and you see it in what she does every day, whether she’s performing or inspiring the next generation of dancers. I think she’s a wonderful model of life. And I’m delighted to be able to bring her to the Estée Lauder brand.

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ESTÉE LAUDER Modern Muse

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland is the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater (ABT) and the first African American woman to perform that role in the company’s history. Misty began her ballet studies at a somewhat advanced age of 13 years. At fifteen, she won first place at the “Music Center Spotlight Awards“. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and attended the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive with a full scholarship, and was declared a National Coca-Cola Scholar by ABT in 2000. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company In September 2000 and at the American Ballet Theater in 2001.

In 2008, she was awarded the “Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts,” a two-year scholarship awarded to young artists who display extraordinary talent. Featuring a variety of classical and contemporary roles, in the fall of 2014 she made history as the first black woman to star in the role of “Odette / Odile” in “Swan Lake” at the American Ballet Theater.

Copeland has been featured in numerous publications and television shows such as CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Vogue, Essence, Glamor and People Magazine. Her passion is to reciprocate. She worked with many charitable organizations and dedicated her time to work and mentor a group of girls and boys. She was honored with an admission to the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012 and received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012. She was honored with the title of “National Ambassador of Youth of the Year “at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. She received the honorable mention “Young, Gifted & Black “at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! Awards. By 2015 she was included in Time Magazine‘s “100 Most Influential People” list and honored by Glamor Magazine as one of the “Women of the Year“. In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Copeland to the President’s Board of Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Misty Copeland is the author of three books: the autobiography listed among the Best Sellers by the New York TimesLife in Motion,” a book written in partnership with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones , “Ballerina Body,” published in March 2017; The illustrated book “Firebird,” in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers . She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in November 2014 for her contributions to classical ballet and for helping to diversify the art form.

I’m honored to be Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse perfume,” said Copeland. “My two passions are dancing and giving back and I love passing on my knowledge to the next generation. I also have a strong connection to the fragrances I use when I introduce myself.” The Modern Muse campaign is the perfect way to see the other side of my history”.

The Modern Muse campaign was produced by Estée Lauder’s in-house creative team in collaboration with Spring Studios and director and photographer Pamela Hanson . The campaign includes an extensive narrative on the theme “What inspires you?” (” What inspires you ?”), To customize the concept of Modern Muse to Copeland and engage women in conversations across digital and social platforms with the use of the #BeAnInspiration hashtag and acts in the campaign teaching and inspiring young dancers and talking about the importance of connecting with the next generation.

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Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Award Winners In Theater, Dance & Film

Statue Awards To Be Presented To Playwright Bridget Carpenter And Dancer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Princess Grace Awards. The Annual Gala will continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, this year’s Gala will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2017. The evening will be chaired by co-chairs Wallis Annenberg and Sidney and Katia Toledano and major Gala supporters include Christian Dior Couture as Presenting Sponsor and the Annenberg Foundation and Karen and Rod Gancas as Crown Sponsors.

The Princess Grace Foundation

Photo Credit: Yale School of Drama’s James Udom by Alfred Heartley, The Washington Ballet’s Gian Carlo Perez by Dean Alexander, Hunter College’s Megan Rossman by Nikki Kahn.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a nonprofit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 35 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. The Foundation’s 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. Since the Foundation’s inception, nearly 800 recipients have been awarded more than $14 million.

This Year’s Princess Grace Award Winners Are:

Theater and Playwriting:

Mikael Burke/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship), Delaney Feener/DePaul University (Theater Scholarship, Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Award), James Udom/Yale School of Drama (Theater Scholarship, Grace Le Vine Theater Award), Camille Hayes/California Shakespeare Festival (Theater Apprenticeship, Pierre Cardin Award), Christopher Annas-Lee/Gala Hispanic Theatre (Theater Fellowship, Fabergé Theater Award), Kristina Valada-Viars/Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Theater Fellowship, Gant Gaither Theater Award), Donja Love/New Dramatists (Playwriting Fellowship).

DANCE PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Mikaela Kelly/The Juilliard School (Dance Scholarship), Jacquelin Harris/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Dance Fellowship), Miriam Miller/New York City Ballet (Dance Fellowship, Chris Hellman Dance Award), Gian Carlo Perez/ The Washington Ballet (Dance Fellowship), Lyvan Verdecia/Ballet Hispanico of New York (Dance Fellowship), Bryan Arias/Charlotte Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Gemma Bond/The Washington Ballet (Choreography Fellowship), Raja Feather Kelly/Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (Choreography Fellowship).

FILM: Malik Ford/Hampshire College (Undergraduate Film Scholarship, John H. Johnson Film Award), Pamela Guest/Pacific Northwest College of Art (Undergraduate Film Scholarship), Daniel Chein/ San Francisco State University (Graduate Film Scholarship), Huay-Bing Law/University of Texas at Austin (Graduate Film Scholarship) Megan Rossman/Hunter College, CUNY (Graduate Film Scholarship), Reed Van Dyk/ UCLA (Graduate Film Scholarship, Cary Grant Award); Honoraria: Amanda Bonaiuto/California Institute of the Arts, Emily Drummer/University of Iowa, Maleny Lopez/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sadie Schiffman-Eller/Bard College.

SPECIAL PROJECT, WORKS IN PROGRESS RESIDENCIES at the BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER, and the CHOREOGRAPHY MENTORSHIP CO-COMMISSION (CMCC) AWARDS are grants available to past Princess Grace Award and Honoraria recipients for uniquely significant projects that advance their artistic development. This year’s winners are:

SPECIAL PROJECT AWARDS: Chinonye Chukwu, Michael John Garces, Andrea Miller, Iva Radivojevic, Ian Soroka and Susan Youssef.

Works in Progress Residencies: CarlosAlexis Cruz, Sarah Cameron Sunde and Dustin Wills.

Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) Award: Zoe Scofield.

Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, director of “True Detective,” Jane Eyre and Beasts of No Nation; Greg Mottola director of Superbad, and Keeping up with the Joneses; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Theater recipients include Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac; and Academy Award winner Eric Simonson. Dance/Choreography recipients include 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 and Maria Kowroski; as well as choreographers Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “This marks the most joyous time of year for the Foundation as we welcome the next group talented and emerging artists into the Princess Grace Awards family. Each year, we are captivated by a new generation of exceptional Award winners whose work will influence the artistic landscape. It’s a privilege to be a part of their artistic growth in the same way we have watched this year’s Statue Award winners, Bridget Carpenter and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, evolve. We are incredibly proud of all of them.”

Past winners of the Awards for theater, dance, and film, who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Award, are eligible for the Foundation’s Princess Grace Statue Award. This year Emmy Award-nominated writer Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Westworld, and Hulu’s 11.22.63) and Bessie Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer critically acclaimed as the “mastress of her generation,” Dormeshia Sumbry- Edwards will each receive Princess Grace Statue Awards. In addition to a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift, Bridget and Dormeshia will be presented with bronze statues of Princess Grace created by the Dutch artist Kees Verkade. To date, sixty-five artists have received this Award.

For the ninth year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, has created an objet d’art to represent the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. Presented as a distinctive sculpture to the Prince Rainier III Award honoree, this creation is transformed for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.

For more information about the Princess Grace Awards program, please visit www.pgfusa.org

New Season, New Look: Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

New Season, New Look: Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 advertising campaign features Gigi Hadid and demonstrates once again the power behind this pairing. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the stunning black-and-white images emphasize Stuart Weitzman‘s visual vocabulary and showcase the essential silhouettes for the season.

Gigi Hadid

New Season, New Look – Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall-Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

Hadid takes on a whole new look, capped in a Shay Ashual wig that obscures her famed tousled golden locks and will have people asking: did she or didn’t she? Gigi’s stylish faux-pixie, inspired by Jean Seberg‘s character in the 1960’s French movie classic “Breathless,” puts a chic and modern twist on her fourth consecutive Stuart Weitzman campaign. The deconstructed styling provides a sharp contrast to the sleek iconic stretch over-the-knee TIEMODEL boot and CLING ankle boot, available for sale and pre-order on www.stuartweitzman.com.

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New Season, New Look – Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall-Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign 

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured on www.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

Brighton Collectibles Announces The “Brighton For Good” Charity Drive

Project Aims To Collect 15,000 Handbags To Help Women In Need

Women Across The U.S. Are Invited To Donate A Gently Used Handbag And, In Turn, They Will Receive $25 To $50 Towards A New Handbag.

Brighton, a company with a culture of giving, extends an invitation to join them in their 18th annual Handbag Trade-In. They are asking for your help with their goal of collecting 15,000 gently used handbags in ten days – to be donated to 15,000 women who are struggling.

Brighton Handbag TradeIn 2017

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For 42 years, Brighton has focused on custom design and craftsmanship, creating timeless accessories from the finest leathers. They have always believed in giving back to the communities surrounding their 180 stores and they are grateful to their loyal customers who participate and help them as they strive to continue making a positive difference in communities throughout the U.S.

Known for excellent quality and a broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton produces handbags, jewelry, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, eyewear, luggage, fragrances, and gifts.

Many women have the good fortune to own a number of handbags and have at least one that they no longer carry. That bag could bring joy to someone less fortunate. As Brighton’s owner and founder Jerry Kohl explains, “The simple gift of a handbag can lift a woman’s spirits and help give her confidence when she is interviewing for a much-needed job.”

Handbag Trade-In is one of many charitable initiatives Brighton is involved in each year. As part of #BrightonGivesBack, Brighton has donated over $10 million to charitable organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles4Souls, Little Kids Rock, Dress for Success, and other local charities helping women to re-enter the workplace.

Look into your closet, gather up gently used handbags and bring them to a participating Brighton Collectibles store between July 14th and 23rd, 2017 to receive up to $50 off a brand new Brighton bag. Any manufacturer’s handbags can be donated to qualify for the savings. (Naturally, you may donate a handbag without purchasing a new one.) To find a participating Brighton Collectibles store near you visit www.brighton.com

H&M Reveals New Designer Collaboration With Erdem; Baz Luhrmann To Tell The Story

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H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M also revealed that filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in select stores and www.hm.com, beginning November 2nd.

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H&M Creative Advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson, Designer Erdem Moralıoğlu and Filmaker Baz Luhrmann.

From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M, he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.

Erdem Moralıoğlu has designed a brand-new collection for women, and for the first time ever, a collection for men for the new ERDEM x H&M collaboration. He believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he’ll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with prints, textiles and the delicate craftsmanship that has made his name.

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Designer Erdem Moralıoğlu

I am so happy to collaborate with H&M and to explore my work on a whole new scale, including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,” says Erdem.

Lands’ End Sharpens Its Pencils To Launch The ‘Smart Stop’ For Back To School

On-trend style, outstanding value and best-in-class school uniforms make Lands’ End the one-stop Smart Stop for back-to-school

Being smart isn’t just about getting good grades. It’s also about being savvy. Savvy parents also know that Lands’ End Kids is the one-stop Smart Stop for back-to-school. Lands’ End today announced it has launched its largest assortment of on-trend, back-to-school clothing, uniforms and gear with extended sizes, clever features, better pricing and the return of A+ favorites.

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“At Lands’ End Kids, we make it easy to be a smart shopper with just about everything kids of all ages and sizes need for back to school. From head to toe, backpacks to lunch boxes, we have styles to suit every taste and durability to satisfy every parent,” says Todd Christiansen, divisional merchandise manager, Lands’ End Kids. “We design our clothing and gear to not only last, wash after wash, playground visit to pick-up soccer game, but we offer the latest trends and styles too. Plus with features such as a virtually indestructible Iron Knee®, mix-and-match options, and tagless tags, we help parents make smart choices that will last from the first day of school and quite possibly into the next school year.

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Lands’ End launches the Smart Stop for Back to School

High Marks for Knit Kit™

Lands’ End designers sharpened their pencils to design this season’s Knit Kit collection for girls at an amazing value. “What’s great about the Knit Kit collection is that with just a few pieces, girls can mix and match solids, patterns and prints within a color story to extend their outfitting options. It’s a smart option for comfort and flexible style so girls can get ready in a minute,” said Liz Pierce, vice president of design, Lands’ End Kids.

Each item is incredibly soft and made to last. The fabric is 95 percent cotton with a touch of spandex to make the colors pop while ensuring the adorable tops, bottoms and dresses bounce back after each wash.

Leggings pair easily with just the right length legging tops. Long-sleeve curved hem knit tees look great with new knit skorts featuring shorts underneath. Legging tops start at $23 and leggings at $14.50. A variety of dress silhouettes including A-line, twirl and fit and flare give girls options to wear them on their own or with leggings. Dresses are priced from $27-$32. Look for two key Knit Kit “stories” – Multi Floral with dark navy and turquoise colors plus Collegiate Hearts with navy, pink and pops of yellow.

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Best in Class Backpacks

Simply Genius! Iron Knee® Pants

Smart back-to-school shoppers know that quality matters. Iron Knee pants have set the bar for quality bottoms that will save parents money with their durability. They’re most likely to be outgrown before they’re outworn,” said Pierce.

Iron Knee pants feature a virtually hidden reinforced knee that can handle what boys and girls dish out. A thin membrane of strong, soft fabric is fused to the inside of the knee and sewn into the side seams for extra staying power. Look for Iron Knee in cargo pants, jeans, cadet pants, a new jogger style and more. For girls, select styles of chino pants feature Iron Knee, making them a solid option for school uniform and dress code schools.

Go-To Graphic Tees Express Smart Style

From cute creatures to science and space themes, girls and boys love Lands’ End graphic tees. These “statement” pieces allow kids to express their personality and are the go-to choice for layering under full-zips such as the cozy sherpa hoodie. This season’s styles feature embellishments such as sequins, metallic, glow-in-the-dark, beads and more. For girls, look for constellation and space themes as well as adorable animals such as a hedgehog, fox, horse and birds, $17.50-$28. For boys, look for dinosaurs, space, animal and conservation themes, $15.50-$27.50.

For a complete and comfortable outfit, graphic tees pair well with new joggers for girls and boys. New French terry joggers for girls are available in heather and printed, with an easy elastic waistband and ankles. Boys who seek comfort will gravitate to pull-on knit cargo joggers. Available in space dye, camo, and classic navy, these boys’ bottoms pair easily with just about any top.

Customers Asked, Lands’ End Answered

Why mess with perfection?” Lands’ End customers asked and the designers answered. Back this season are girls’ yoga pants and the sherpa hoodie in a classic silhouette starting at $37. Boys also have a new and improved sherpa hoodie with a full sherpa fleece lining, kangaroo pockets and full-zip front, also starting at $37.

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Lands’ End has re-envisioned its footwear collection for girls and boys with soft yet durable soles and easy fits at great prices. Many of the styles in girls’ footwear coordinate back to the Knit Kit and graphic tees. New Molly Riding Boots are a comfortable option with a cotton lining and microbial finish to easily throw on with casual cool dresses. For boys, laces are optional with slip on Oxford shoes, Chukka boots, and Trekker shoes. Continue reading

InterContinental® Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa And InterContinental® Bora Bora Le Moana Resort Honored On Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 List Of “The Best Resorts In The South Pacific”

InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia is pleased to announce that the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa and the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort were both honored by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 on the top five list of “The Best Resorts in the South Pacific.”World's Best 2017

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located on a virgin beach on Motu Piti Aau with breathtaking views of Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu. Known for its exemplary service to its guests, the resort features a number of unique attributes, including: luxurious overwater villas each with a split-level terrace and sundeck for easy access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon; two of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia at its restaurants Reef and Le Corail; and the first overwater wedding chapel with glass bottom floor in French Polynesia. The resort just unveiled 10 overwater villas with private infinity pools and will debut four new overwater Brando Suites Bora Bora in December 2017 which each feature 3,400 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space and uninterrupted, 180-degree views of Mount Otemanu.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The resort’s Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is the very first spa to utilize the benefits of deep-sea water and minerals extracted from the Pacific Ocean in its signature spa treatments. And, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa‘s romantic Secret Garden of Love offers couples the opportunity to symbolize their eternal devotion by sealing their love with a lock in Polynesian style in the resort’s botanical garden.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Thank you to the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious honor,” said Stephane Massarini, General Manager, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. “Every day we look forward to providing our guests with an extraordinary stay in Bora Bora.” Continue reading

The Resort At Pedregal Named Best Resort Hotel In Mexico By Travel + Leisure Readers

The Luxury Resort In Cabo San Lucas Takes The Coveted No. 1 Spot As The World’s Best Resort Hotel In Mexico, and No. 28 Hotel In The World

The Resort at Pedregal, a AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star resort in Cabo San Lucas, has been named Best Resort Hotel, Mexico in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. In addition to achieving this No. 1 place on the World’s Best list with a score of 96.88, the resort was also awarded the No. 28 spot in the 100 Best Hotels in the World ranking. This is the second time the resort has been awarded this prestigious accolade after being named No. 1 in Mexico in 2014. Readers of Travel + Leisure were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and travelandleisure.com.

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Every day we wake up with the same mission: to be number one to our guests,” said General Manager Fernando Flores. “To be rewarded for our commitment as the number one resort in Mexico is a crowning achievement for all of us. We will forever shine brighter with this coveted 1st place honor.

The majestic Resort at Pedregal offers the sophisticated traveler a number of luxurious accommodations including ocean view guestrooms, beachfront suites, bi-level casitas and hillside villas, each with its own private plunge pool– 113 rooms, suites and multi-bedroom residential style villas including the Dos Mares suites, two beachfront villas, Casa Bella Vista, and the presidential villa–and Personal Concierge. Guests can spend their days indulging in the beachfront boutique’s large main pool, the 12,000-square-foot spa, Luna y Mar, where signature treatments are based on the cycles of the moon, enjoy champagne and mole pairings at the Champagne Terrace, and more. The backdrop is a stunning location nestled on the region’s most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.World's Best 2017

Guests at The Resort at Pedregal will enjoy the incredible natural ambiance of El Farallon, the resort’s award-winning alfresco cliff-side and oceanfront restaurant. Stocked daily with bounty from local fishermen, El Farallon has become a hallmark of exquisite dining. The resort’s sought-after restaurant, Don Manuel´s, is designed in the style of an authentic Mexican hacienda and serves dishes with a focus on local, organic products grown specifically for the restaurant and prepared using old world techniques in a modern setting.

The magazine’ editors wrote: “Whales and dolphins swim within sight of this resort, where every guest’s need is met before it even becomes a want. No wonder our readers sing the praises of the Resort at Pedregal, located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Carved into a cliff on 24 acres overlooking the sea, guests can choose to get away from civilization — consider swimming with the whale sharks! — or indulge in the best the property has to offer at the spa or poolside. No surprise that one guest — speaking for many — wrote, “My first choice always.”

 

With the new Beyond the Beach: Baja Luxploration program, the resort offers discerning jetsetters the ultimate in curated travel with a variety of new, one-of-a-kind experiences highlighting the magical spontaneity of Baja’s diverse landscape. From swimming with whale sharks and snorkeling with sea lions to surfing coveted breaks, the elite destination has enlisted a roster of naturalists and pro adventurers to check off the boldest of bucket lists. The resort has insider access to naturalists, adventurers, farmers and artisans, who lend their know-how and personal narrative, adding substance and character to each experience. And in the true Resort at Pedregal spirit, itineraries are luxuriously tailored from high-level culinary menus to post-journey pampering.

Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards provide a picture of what the world’s most discerning travelers are finding most satisfying in travel right now. What’s clear to me this year is how much they are drawn to experiences that aren’t just enjoyable but provide something richer—cultural immersion, mental and physical wellbeing, a true sense of adventure,” said Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump. “It’s not easy to satisfy this group, but the destinations, hotels, and companies that are doing it know that today’s traveler cares about a lot more than creature comforts.”

Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. The magazine captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website, www.TravelandLeisure.com, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

The 2017 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are currently featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of the magazine. For more information visit www.theresortatpedregal.com.

The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

Upper East Side Luxury Hotel Claims Top Hotel Positions and Celebrates with Special Travel Deal

Each year, Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, encourages travelers to vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more. Today, the results of the poll were revealed, and The Surrey was announced Best City Hotel in the United States and Best Hotel in New York City by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards.”

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The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

New York City is a highly competitive market with more than 656 properties vying to woo discerning travelers,” said Pedro Dias, general manager of The Surrey. “We are truly honored to receive not only this accolade but also the extraordinary recognition of No. 1 hotel in the U.S. This achievement is a testament to our staff’s dedication to providing customized service to each guest throughout every moment of the travel experience from the first click on the website to check-out.”

Offering 189 salons and suites, The Surrey is New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group. The luxury boutique property is located in the posh Upper East Side neighborhood near The Met Breuer between Madison Avenue and Central Park. Built in 1929, it was once an intimate hideaway to JFK, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert. Following a $60 million renovation in late-2009, it exudes the ambiance of a glamorous re-imagined townhome with all the premium features of a hotel.

Known as one of the “World’s Best Art Hotels,” The Surrey offers an extensive contemporary collection, which includes a six foot tapestry of model Kate Moss by Chuck Close, custom pieces by Jimmie Martin and rotating art exhibitions.

Guests of The Surrey are afforded choice amenities such as a Duxiana bed with custom Sferra bedding, plush Italian robes by Pratesi, and bath products by diptyque. The hotel also offers guests Michelin-starred dining by Cafe Boulud, the atmospheric Bar Pleiades, and the award-winning Cornelia Spa.

To celebrate the two major wins, The Surrey has launched a celebratory promotion, An Infatuation Celebration to commemorate the hotel team’s gratitude for the support of its loyal guests. Guests who reserve this special will be treated to a variety of inclusions for an indulgent getaway: a welcome bottle of bubbly, passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for two, a celebratory amenity by Café Boulud, a Wellness Soak at Cornelia Spa, and cocktails for two on the picturesque Private Roof Garden or Bar Pleiades. To reserve now, visit www.thesurrey.com/travelandleisure.

In addition to claiming the Travel + Leisure No. 1 Hotel in New York City accolade, The Surrey was also voted No. 1 Hotel in New York City and No. 6 Hotel in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler for the “Reader’s Choice Awards” in October 2015 and 2016.

All results of Travel + Leisure‘s 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards” will be published in the August 2017 issue and online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Announces New 2018 “World of Adventures” Private Jet Itinerary

World of Adventures has added as third 2018 Private Jet itinerary in response to high demand; leading travel journalist chronicles transformational journey aboard Four Seasons Private Jet

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Four Seasons Private Jet

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today unveils World of Adventures, a new 2018 Four Seasons Private Jet experience set to take flight from October 19 to November 11, 2018. From the Seychelles to the Galápagos, experience the rare, the wild and the beautiful on this trailblazing voyage across eight countries.

The Four Seasons Private Jet takes travelers on a global exploration of carefully curated experiences, creating lasting memories in the world’s most prized destinations. The 2017 International Intrigue itinerary this September has sold out, and bookings for 2018’s Timeless Encounters and International Intrigue are moving quickly, which prompted Four Seasons to add a third 2018 itinerary.

In response to the overwhelming popularity of our Private Jet program, we’re pleased to announce the addition of an all-new 2018 journey, creating, even more, opportunities for guests to experience the extraordinary people and memorable destinations that define the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience,” said J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

2018 Four Seasons Private Jet Itineraries

NEW: World of Adventures (October 19 – November 11, 2018)

Seattle – Kyoto – Bali – Seychelles – Rwanda – Marrakech – Bogotá – the Galápagos Islands – Orlando

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World of Adventures guests board the Four Seasons Private Jet in Seattle, bound for Kyoto. There they will visit Kikaku-ji, Kyoto’s famed bamboo jungle; study samurai sword-fighting and historic artwork in equal measure; and enjoy a sumptuous private dinner at Kenninji Temple, the most ancient Zen temple in Kyoto. Continue reading

Toys”R”Us® Unveils Its Collection Of Exclusive Toys For This Year’s Comic Convention In San Diego

Fans Look No Further Because Toys”R”Us Is Bringing Dozens Of Must-Have Collectibles To This Year’s Show

Toys”R”Us® announced its exclusive lineup of must-have playthings to help celebrate one of the world’s largest pop culture shows, Comic Convention in San Diego, CA. Conventioneers and online shoppers can visit Toys”R”Us at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23 or Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23 to shop the hottest items from the world’s biggest entertainment brands, including Spider-Man, WWE®, TRANSFORMERS and Power Rangers.

To help prepare for this year’s show, collectors can now view the full roster of action figures, dolls and more at the official Toys”R” Us blog, No Assembly Required.

Also, in honor of this year’s show, the company is offering customers nationwide the following special deals and discounts, in all stores nationwide and online at www.Toysrus.com from Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22.

  • BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ALL Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch figures*
  • BUY ON GET ONE 40% OFF ALL Funko POP! figures**
  • SAVE $20 WWE Heavyweight Adult Replica Title Belt (Was: $99.99; Now $79.99)
  • SAVE $5 ALL $19.99 Marvel Legends 6-inch figures (Was: $19.99; Now $14.99)

All Comic Convention merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans are encouraged to make purchases early.

The following Toys“R” Us exclusives will be available at the Comic Convention and online at www.Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 20Sunday, July 23. These items will also be available at Toys“R” Us stores nationwide later this year.

Star Wars™ The Black Series Commander Gree™ from Hasbro

Star Wars™ The Black Series Commander Gree™ from Hasbro

Star Wars™ The Black Series Commander Gree™ from Hasbro

Star Wars fans will love this exclusive 6-inch Commander Gree figure from The Black Series because of its incredible features and craftsmanship. This collectible includes premium detail across multiple points of articulation that only The Black Series can offer.

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Optimus Prime (MP10) from Hasbro

This TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Optimus Prime collectible figure will definitely be a favorite among TRANSFORMERS enthusiasts at this year’s show. The figure is an MP10 variant and the perfect Masterpiece figure for any fan to start their collection! The figure features a unique color variant inspired by the original TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 1 animated series. Featuring a high level of detail and intricate articulation with poseable fingers, the figure stands at 9.5 inches when in robot mode and converts between robot and truck modes in 24 steps. The Masterpiece Optimus Prime comes with numerous classic Optimus Prime accessories including the Spike Witwicky figure, Orange Energy Axe, Matrix of Leadership, Ion Blaster Rifle and Roller Unit. The Matrix of Leadership accessory is comprised of mostly die cast metal and a blue, gem-like center which can be carried in the figure’s chest. Fans can fold the Ion blaster Rifle in half and store it in the figure’s back. The Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure also comes with a trailer that converts into a battle station and a repair bay. Rubber tires are also included.

Marvel Legends A-Force Heroines 6-Pack from Hasbro

Marvel Minimates Spider-Man Homecoming Spider-Man vs. Adrian Toomes Exclusive 2-Pack from Diamond Select Toys™

Marvel Minimates Spider-Man Homecoming Spider-Man vs. Adrian Toomes Exclusive 2-Pack from Diamond Select Toys™

Expand your collection of iconic heroines in the Marvel lore with this Marvel Legends A-Force Heroines pack that comes with 6 comic-inspired figures, including Marvel’s Singularity, She-Hulk, Lady Loki, Elsa Bloodstone, Monica Rambeau and Sif. Each 6-inch tall heroine figure is highly articulated and features a beautifully detailed design allowing fans to recreate their favorite comic book arcs right at home.

POP!® X-Men X-23 from Funko

POP!® X-Men X-23 from Funko

POP!® X-Men X-23 from Funko

X-Men fans rejoice because X-23, the cloned daughter of Wolverine, has officially received the POP! vinyl treatment. Available exclusively at Toys“R” Us, X-23 measures 3.75-inches tall and comes packaged in a window display box – perfect for collectors and a must have at the show.

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Black Lion from Playmates Toys

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Black Lion from Playmates Toys

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Black Lion from Playmates Toys

Conventioneers will rejoice over the Black Lion of Voltron that’s now available in premium diecast. This detailed figure is fully articulated and made from high-quality materials. When combined with the other Lions, the Black Lion transforms into the head and torso of an 8-inch scale Voltron figure. Collect all 5 diecast Lions to combine to form an 8-inch articulated Voltron figure.

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Red Lion from Playmates Toys

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Red Lion from Playmates Toys

DreamWorks Voltron Metal Defender – Red Lion from Playmates Toys

Voltron fans can add to their collection with this Red Lion of Voltron in premium diecast. This detailed figure is fully articulated and made from premium materials. The Red Lion transforms into the right arm of an 8-inch scale Voltron figure, perfect for collectors. Collect all 5 diecast Lions to combine to form an 8-inch articulated Voltron figure. Continue reading

Fun in the Sun: A Traveler’s Guide to Summer in Miami Beach

The summer season is in full swing, which means longer days, hot nights and more fun, making it one of the best times to visit Miami Beach. Travelers can start packing their bags now and head to Miami Beach’s pristine sands thanks to a few tricks-of-the-summer-trade to keep beach-goers safe and protected from the seasonal elements. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces its own branded suncare line, Miami Beach Suncare but has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

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From free sunscreen to spa treatments, it’s easy to get a summer glow safely when visiting Miami Beach with these easy-to-follow tips:

Be Sun Savvy. Everyone enjoys a little time in the sun and there are ways to decrease the risk of sunburns. The American Cancer Society reports that people who are heavily exposed to UV rays, found in sunlight, are at greater risk of skin cancer and that putting on sunscreen, a hat or even sunglasses are easy ways to help decrease sun exposure risks.

In support of sun safety, The City of Miami Beach launched the first free Suncare dispenser program for its residents and visitors. There are 50 dispensers offering free Miami Beach Suncare SPF 30 Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion throughout the city’s public beaches, pools, and parks allowing users to enjoy fun in the sun safely.

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Miami Beach offers free SPF to visitors and locals through the MB Suncare Dispenser program. This nationwide initiative which launched in Miami Beach will now be available in additional cities including Hempstead and Long Beach, NY.

Summer is one of the best times to visit Miami Beach and we are dedicated to making it safe and easy for tourists and locals to enjoy the variety of activities available during this time of year with the Miami Beach free Suncare Dispenser Program,” says Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “We are a leader in this initiative that is extending to other cities across the nation, including the Town of Hempstead, NY, and City of Long Beach, NY.

Apply Early And Repeat. The strongest hours of the sun are between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Re-applying sunscreen is key throughout the day, no matter where it takes you. From strolling Lincoln Road boutiques to breezy ocean walks, be sure to set an iPhone or watch alarm to sound every 2 hours as a reminder to lather! And remember, it’s just as important for visitors to load up on SPF on cloudy summer days as well!

Take Cover. Sound impossible to stay indoors during the day on Miami Beach? July is the start of Miami Spa Month (runs through August), offering the best excuse to stay indoors and indulge in luxury spa treatments focused on keeping skin hydrated and refreshed. Miami Spa Month Offers:

  • Bamford Haybarn Spa at the 1 Hotel South Beach: Enjoy treatments like the Bamford Swedish Massage or Bamford Radiance Facial for $109 including complimentary valet, a beach chair and Plnthouse Kombucha.
  • The Spa at The Setai, Miami Beach: Unwind with a relaxing Asian Fusion Massage for two or refresh with the Fresh Skin Ritual for $109, including perks like discounted valet and access to the exclusive pool and private beach area.
  • The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, South Beach: De-stress with an aromatic Relaxation Massage, hydrate with a Deep Cleansing Facial or relax in a Zero Gravity Chair part of the Timeless Capsule Experience for $109 along with access to complimentary saunas, steam rooms, and lounges.
  • Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau: Release tension with a Hot Rock Massage or Aromatic Swedish Massage treatment for two in an Oceanview spa suite for $139 and bask in complimentary eucalyptus steam baths and mineral pools.

Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat.

For more information on how to play it safe in the sun this summer, events and happenings for Miami Beach Spa Month, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

American Eagle Outfitters Unveils the New American Jean Campaign for Fall 2017

With “Denim That Moves You,” Millennial Cast Expresses Themselves in Jeans Built for Freedom

Today, American Eagle Outfitters debuts its new campaign for Fall 2017 with an inspiring cast and innovative denim. The New American Jean, a collection of denim including new fits, washes, and fabrications, is made to move without compromising design. As a recognized leading denim destination, the American Eagle Outfitters‘ back-to-school collection marks its largest denim offering yet, with a range of 15 fits for women and 11 for men that hit stores and online July 8th.

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Amanda Steele in American Eagle Outfitters Fall 2017 Campaign

Handpicked for their ability to break stereotypes and credibility in their multi-hyphenated careers, the Fall 2017 campaign features a new cast of millennials from varied industries and backgrounds including model-actress-vlogger, Amanda Steele, champion bull rider-model, Bonner Bolton, professional basketball player-artist, Brandon Ingram, model-inclusivity activist, Halima Aden, model-body positive activist, Iskra Lawrence and rapper-actor, Joey Bada$$. Shown in un-retouched, motivational imagery and video, the campaign captures the cast alongside a backdrop representing their particular style, passion, and personality.

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Bonner Bolton in American Eagle Outfitters Fall 2017 Campaign

As an anthem for this generation, the brand selected A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” as the soundtrack for the campaign. Between the classic bassline and lyrics, each cast member pays tribute to the iconic record by showing how they kick it in The New American Jean.

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Joey Bada$$ in American Eagle Outfitters Fall 2017 Campaign

In addition to the campaign soundtrack, each cast member adds their own personal style to the Fall 2017 back-to-school collection and the brand’s advanced denim — The New American JeanThe updated jean collection, which sets new standards in style, fit, comfort and wash, is made for this generation and how they move and create. New fits and styles for fall include five rises in the best-selling Jegging, new destroyed washes and the brand’s interpretation of the Tom Girl and Mom Jean for women. For men, the brand debuts extended black denim, slimmer fits and an expanded assortment of its popular flex denim.

We are continuously evolving our technology to represent a new standard in denim,” comments Chad Kessler, American Eagle Outfitters Global Brand President. With fit, quality, and value top of mind, we hope our jeans can inspire this generation to make their mark through creativity and self-expression.”

Visit www.ae.com to view the entire American Eagle Outfitters Fall 2017 Collection and learn more about the Fall campaign.

W Hotels Electrifies the Shanghai Skyline with the Debut of W Shanghai – The Bund

Flagship Hotel Marks the Brand’s First in Shanghai and Third in Mainland China

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today unveiled W Shanghai – The Bund, located in the heart of one of the world’s most energetic cities. With limitless views overlooking the Huangpu River, W Shanghai will set the scene on the North Bund. Owned by Sinar Mas Group, the hotel features a blend of bold design and decadent style which combines to create a captivating contrast of W-Logo LogoShanghai’s past and its avant-garde present.

Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its engaging nightlife, spirited fashion scene and passion for what’s new/next makes it an ideal destination for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our hotels across the world are incredibly unique- each reinterpreting its destination through design that is both hyper-local and yet, clearly W. The electrifying design of W Shanghai – The Bund is no exception, solidifying its position as a global flagship for W that is sure to attract both guests and savvy locals alike.”

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Exterior shot of the W Shanghai – The Bund

Designed by the acclaimed G.A Design, the hotel showcases an exciting combination of historic and modern influences, such as Hai Pai – the art of combining the old and the new, East and West. This is evident in both the hotel’s location, perfectly positioned between the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, as well as the surrounding locale, where Art Deco buildings sit alongside opulent Chinese mansions. W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial glamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice.

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The W Shanghai – The Bund, overlooking the Huangpu River and featuring a blend of bold design and decadent style.

Over the past few years we have seen incredible growth worldwide across our brands, with the China market becoming increasingly important for Marriott International,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “The opening of the W Shanghai – The Bund underscores the ambitious expansion of Marriott International’s Luxury Brands in Greater China.”

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by neon light installations throughout the hotel’s Living Room (the W brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby). For centuries, Shanghai-locals have honored the Lilong tradition, in which wet laundry is hung on lines to dry at varying heights down narrow laneways. This installation was designed as a modern reinterpretation of this classic scene. The Welcome Desk (reception area) features a kaleidoscopic fixture, mirroring the constant flow of guests through the area. The ‘Melting Qipao’ pattern, a representation of Shanghai as a melting pot of cultures, can be seen on the walls of the WC (restroom). Continue reading

Crystal River Cruises Unveils Authentic, Inspired Culinary Concepts For Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled detailed highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer sophisticated menus of cuisine inspired by the region, artfully crafted by a team of expert European chefs. And while the specialties themselves will be creatively designed specifically for Crystal Bach’s stunning itineraries, the philosophy of culinary excellence remains rooted in Crystal’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers and serving dishes that authentically represent the destinations visited.

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As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a new standard of luxury in river cruising on many fronts, including the culinary concept and innovative experiences found on board,” says Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal. “While we are always pursuing new and distinctive experiences on each of our luxury vessels, our overall dedication to unsurpassed quality and abundant choices remains constant.

Guests will dine on fresh fish and seafood from Holland, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Germany and the Netherlands, meat and poultry from farmers in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, along with wine, beer and cheese specific to the region. Uniquely European delicacies will also be featured on the expansive menus, including sturgeon caviar from Eindhoven and river crawfish from the Rhine. Additionally, as aboard Crystal’s first luxury river ship, Crystal Mozart, coffees and teas by Julius Meinl, a prestigious Vienna-based company who has crafted the beverages since 1862, will be served on Crystal Bach.

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Artist Concept of Waterside Restaurant on Crystal Bach

Crystal chefs will create dishes that have been favored by local people and nobility for centuries, as well as some options that boast a modern twist on the classics. From the elegant Waterside Restaurant – the main dining room aboard Crystal River vessels – to the relaxed Bistro Café and the exclusive Vintage Room, guests will find farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine that complements the cultural discoveries of their journey.

Dutch herring on dill mousse and German green split pea soup with smoked duck join other European delicacies like Dornfelder braised oxtail ragout and Boeuf Bourguignonne. Mouthwatering dishes such as truffle spring chicken cassoulet “En Croute,” broiled dover sole “Meuniere” and cold-water lobster served with a creamy leek risotto are also among the culinary palate pleasers.

A brand new dedicated selection of vegetarian dishes will also be offered aboard Crystal Bach, which will offer the same fresh and authentic approach to the overall menu.

The culinary experience aboard all Crystal vessels is meant to inspire travelers to discover more about the world they explore, as food and the camaraderie of dining is such an integral part of the travel experience,” says Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations. “Guests aboard Crystal Bach will not only enjoy extraordinary new and classic flavors, but also a taste of the history and culture of this beautiful region.

In addition to the inspired cuisine served on board the luxury river yacht, guests can indulge in exclusive dining experiences at Michelin star-awarded restaurants in select destinations. Each 2017 itinerary will feature at least one opportunity to indulge in signature fare of renowned eateries ashore, the first of which will be complementary.

The vessels will be the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs boasting every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. Every suite will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Patek Philippe Presents The Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017

Patek Philippe will present The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017 which will take place from July 13th – 23rd, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York (and will be open to the general public free of charge). The aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of the company that will provide an unforgettable experience for each visitor as close as possible to the feeling Patek Philippe guests have when they visit the company’s manufacture in Geneva, The Patek Philippe Museum, and the historical Salons on the Rue du Rhone. The exhibition is a partnership with partners with The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 10,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx, New York.

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The 11-day public exhibition will showcase Patek Philippe‘s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horologerie. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the world of the last privately family owned Geneva watch company from the inside.

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James Ward Packard’s Patek Philippe Astronomical Pocket Watch

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Patek Philippe Pocket Watch with enamel portrait of George Washington

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Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530 in a space of 13,218 square feet. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking. After visitors have concluded their tour they are welcome to rest and relax in the Patek Philippe Café.

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The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017 Entrance

For the first time ever a two-story structure has been created within Cipriani to accommodate the square footage required for an exhibition of this scale. Ten specific rooms (including the Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, US Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Grand Complications Room) have been created to showcase unique environments. Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wristwatches dating back to 1530. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking.

Patek Philippe U.S. President, Larry Pettinelli commented, “We are tremendously proud to have been allowed this rare opportunity to educate the public not only about Patek Philippe, but also the historical significance of timekeeping through the ages.” Additionally, Pettinelli noted, “New York was a logical choice for the U.S. Grand Exhibition, as this was one of the first landing spots for Patek and Philippe in the 1800’s when they began to explore the new world.”

In addition, Patek Philippe has announced The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York Family Day, to take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Family has always remained important to the privately owned independent watch manufacture in Geneva, making a dedicated day for families synonymous with the company’s culture and overall philosophy. Family Day will provide visitors with educational opportunities to explore the world of fine Swiss mechanical watchmaking.

Patek Philippe will also offer a commemorative catalog, available for purchase at a nominal fee during the exhibition. This one-of-a-kind catalog will highlight the historical timepieces, current novelties, Rare Handcrafts, and Grand Complications that will be showcased throughout the exhibition. Patek Philippe will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the catalog to The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

We are so thrilled to be able to use the Grand Exhibition to give back to the local community through the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club,” Pettinelli added. “We could have not chosen a more fitting partner than the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to benefit from the Exhibition, which we hope will educate thousands of individuals from around the world on the history and current state of watchmaking.

Canada’s Museum of Modern Art, Remai Modern, Announces October 2017 Opening

Inaugural Program Features World’s Largest Collection Of Picasso Linocuts, Artist-Led Projects, Immersive Installations, And Modern And Contemporary Art From Canada And The World

Canada’s museum of modern art, Remai Modern (pronunciation Note: the last name is pronounced RAY-mee), will open to the public October 21, 2017, in Saskatoon. The launch aligns with the international trend of world-class museums opening in unexpected destinations.

Remai Modern is located in Treaty 6 Plains Cree territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. The museum is informed by the rich history of the Prairies, including Indigenous artists and cultures, progressive political support for art, and unique modernist legacies. The museum’s collection of nearly 8,000 works once resided inside popular local cultural center, the Mendel Art Gallery, and features the foremost collection of Picasso linocuts (406) and 23 Picasso ceramics. Remai Modern builds on the region’s arts legacy created by the former Mendel Gallery and the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops.

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Remai Modern will open to the public October 21, 2017 in Saskatoon, Canada.

In 1944, the province of Saskatchewan elected the first democratic-socialist government in North America, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. In 1948 the Saskatchewan Arts Board was founded to provide vital funding to artists in all disciplines. At the time, it was only the second agency of its kind in the world. In the 1950s and 60s, influential modern artists and critics flocked to the Emma Lake artist workshops, just north of Saskatoon. Workshop leaders, including Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland, Barnett Newman, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Anthony Caro and John Cage responded to the wilderness landscape and introduced new concepts. These retreats had a lasting impact on regional aesthetics and fostered exchanges between Canadian artists and the international art world.remai_modern_logo

Remai Modern’s collection of nearly 8,000 works was developed by the Mendel Art Gallery, which opened in 1964 and closed in 2015. An important component of Field Guide will be the Mendel Gift, 13 paintings by Canadian and European modern artists – including Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, and David Milne – donated by Fred Mendel in 1965 and forming the nucleus of the Mendel Art Gallery‘s collection.

Remai Modern will be opening on Treaty 6 territory in the newly developed River Landing area of south downtown Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Located in Canada’s heartland, Saskatoon is a budding cultural hub for the worldly traveler to experience the region’s arts scene, local craft breweries, and food movement.

With an international airport only 10 minutes from downtown, travelers can access Saskatoon via daily flights from major Canadian and U.S. destinations. Air Canada and WestJet offer flights through major Canadian cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa/Montreal and Toronto while Delta, United Airlines, and American Airlines fly to Saskatoon through destinations including Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City and Chicago. Saskatoon is also home to a VIA Rail Canada station and is conveniently accessed by major highways.

This project is made possible thanks to contributions from Government of Canada, Province of Saskatchewan, and the City of Saskatoon. As well as program support from SaskCulture, Sask Arts Board, SaskTel, Canadian Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, curated by Executive Director & CEO, Gregory Burke, and Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Sandra Guimarães, will animate the entire building. Selected works from the museum’s collection will be displayed in dialogue with contemporary projects by international and Canadian artists. The collection includes some 8,000 works inherited from the (aforementioned) former Mendel Art Gallery, and the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts (406), plus 23 Picasso ceramics. Upon opening, Remai Modern will be an artist-centered institution that raises questions, inspires discussion, and enables transformative experiences among both local and global audiences.

Field Guide is not a thematic exhibition but rather a series of singular positions and coherent groupings of works that introduce Remai Modern’s program philosophy and direction, providing an open framework that invites consideration of a network of issues and questions impacting art and society today.

The concept for Field Guide emerges from a set of questions we asked ourselves during the establishment of Remai Modern, including What is modern? Can art confront reality? What is urgent and why? How will Indigeneity shape the future? And what role can be played by a new art museum opening in Saskatoon, Canada?” said Burke. “These questions, and others will continue to inform the development of our programs, articulating a spirit of active engagement, curiosity, and disruption.”

Rather than being a static display, the exhibition will change over time, creating new conversations and rethinking the idea of “modern” from multiple cultural, historic and contemporary positions. Accompanied by a strong focus on live and artist-driven programming, Field Guide introduces the museum as a dynamic field of relations.

The exhibition will be anchored by several major artist projects that propose new social, personal, and political engagements with the institution and its audiences. A full list of artists included in Field Guide will be announced in the fall and will feature emerging and established artists working in a wide variety of media and across disciplines.

New collaborative project by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater

As part of the opening program, renowned Ontario-based artists Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater will introduce a new collaborative project in the Connect Gallery, Remai Modern’s free, ground-floor space sponsored by the TD Bank Group.

Responding to the museum’s positioning on the South Saskatchewan River, the artists are developing a physical and conceptual vessel to carry or hold Indigenous ideas, histories, objects, and forms. Titled Determined by the river, the installation will be activated with selections from Remai Modern’s collection, as well as works the artists will bring to Saskatoon. The river has been a gathering place and catalyst for movement for millennia, and the artists see it as a way to imagine Indigenous presences in the past, in the now, and into the future — a continuance. Their project asks, “How are these continuous presences activated in relation to the site of the museum?

The artists are also organizing a series of discursive events to accompany the installation, with contributions from Indigenous artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, many of whom are based in Saskatoon, or have a relationship to Saskatchewan or the Prairies.

Debut of the Picasso Collection, curated by Ryan Gander

Remai Modern is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts, donated to the museum in 2012 by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. The inaugural presentation of this collection will be curated by internationally renowned artist Ryan Gander.

Gander’s interest in the linocuts focuses on portraits, as a way to contemplate self-projection and self-image. For Gander, Picasso’s iconic persona makes it difficult to separate the artist’s work and life—they become one grand, extravagant self-portrait. Faces of Picasso: The collection selected by Gander proposes that to understand Picasso, we have to understand his representation of the self.Picasso-widget940x320final-620x211

While Picasso’s works line the gallery walls, the center of the room will be held by Gander’s installation Fieldwork (2015), also recently donated by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. Through a window, viewers are presented with a rotating display of idiosyncratic objects connected to the artist. This personal inventory blends biography, memory, and fiction, with Gander’s distinctive sense of humor. Especially for this exhibition, Gander is producing a new object for the installation: a stack of drawings of every Picasso linocut in the museum’s collection. The drawings will also be reproduced in a publication, Picasso and I, offering an intimate catalogue of the collection as interpreted by Gander. Inexpensively produced and available at cost, the book aims to circumvent restrictions around reproductions of Picasso’s work, making the collection more accessible to all.

Critical Work-shop by Thomas Hirschhorn

As part of Field Guide, Thomas Hirschhorn will produce an immersive Critical Work-shop at Remai Modern, titled, What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop). In advance of the Work-shop, Hirschhorn will spend time in consultation with community groups and organizations in Saskatoon, conducting fieldwork and reaching out to “Teachers” and “Learners” – roles that can also be reversed. The artist will be onsite for the entirety of the Work-shop, from morning to evening, facilitating exchanges of knowledge, skills, and histories between Saskatoon residents and visitors. The gallery will be transformed into a true “Work-shop-Space,” with its own furniture, materials, tools, and hardware, proposing its own organization and logic.

What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop) will be the first “Presence and Production” work realized by Hirschhorn in Canada. It continues the artist’s approach of constant onsite engagement, as developed in recent projects such as Flamme Eternelle (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014), and Gramsci Monment (produced by Dia Art Foundation and installed at Forest Houses in the Bronx, NY, 2013). These inclusive projects oppose hierarchies of culture and artistic value, encouraging unexpected encounters and critical social discourse. What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop) closely aligns with Remai Modern’s direction as a museum rethinking the conditions for learning.

The Remai Modern Experience

Set where the South Saskatchewan River meets downtown Saskatoon, Remai Modern has a dramatic impact on the city’s skyline. Designed by architect Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of renowned Canadian architectural firm KPMB, the structure features four cantilevered, horizontal spaces inspired by the low, flat topography of the surrounding Prairie landscape. Portions of the museum’s exterior are covered in a copper-colored mesh screen created by James & Taylor, in a reference to the copper roof of Saskatoon’s landmark Bessborough Hotel.

In addition to acting as a gathering place for the local community, the elaborate museum will be an attraction for visiting Canadians, international travelers, and the global art community. Remai Modern‘s spaces are designed for dynamic experiences and will allow for world-class art to be showcased around every corner. The museum will boast intimate spaces and dramatic expanses, along with an atrium and outdoor terraces offering stunning views of the river and sky. The ground floor will feature large-scale art commissions, a changing gallery space, and an active learning studio, as well as a fireplace and open lounge areas, an art and design store, and a restaurant. On the second and third floors, visitors will find Remai Modern’s main programming spaces including collection galleries, a Picasso gallery and sizeable spaces for temporary and internationally touring exhibitions.

Other areas of the building include a 150-seat lecture theater, and impressive event and entertainment spaces, which will be used for performances, members’ nights, private rentals and community events.

Raf Simons Further Expands The Calvin Klein Brand Into The Contemporary Music World With The xx

Calvin Klein, Inc. Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons Collaborates with The xx for “I Dare You” Music Video

Video Directed and Shot By Alasdair McLellan

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced that Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons collaborated with The xx and photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan on the creative concept and direction for the music video for the band’s latest song “I Dare You.” (To View Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqflFMhkqHM&feature=youtu.be)

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

Pieces featured in the long-form music video included selections from Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, formerly known as the Calvin Klein (Luxury Ready-to-Wear) Collection (and recently reconfigured under Simons), Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Platinum, and Calvin Klein Underwear.calvin-klein-the-xx-i-dare-you-video-launch_ph_alasdair-mclellan-01

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

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(Photo: © 2017 Alasdair McLellan)

Simons has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx – Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim – and was drawn to the band’s work with McLellan on the music videos for “On Hold” and “Say Something Loving.” Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at Calvin Klein, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilizing an eclectic cast of Calvin Klein collaborators.

In order to write and record their latest album, I See You, Sim says, the band made a concerted effort to stretch themselves beyond their hometown of London, to seek out the light. “We wanted to do something new,” he says, “so we had to go someplace new, which has spilled over into the artwork and visuals.” In looking for the proper aesthetic depiction of the band’s new, expansive outlook, they called on photographer-filmmaker Alasdair McLellan. “The way he captures skies and a certain light is beautiful,“ says Sim. “And exactly what we wanted.” Continue reading