October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help

Thanks to earlier detection –through screening and increased awareness— and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.

However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent).

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The Facts:

The American Cancer Society‘s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.
  • While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

Risk factors:

  • Limited but accumulating research indicates that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, particularly long-term, heavy smoking and among women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.
  • Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.
  • Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than premenopausal women.
  • Numerous studies have confirmed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7%-10% for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average. Women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers.

What You Can Do to Help

From investing in research, providing free rides to treatment, giving insurance advice and providing a free place to stay during chemotherapy, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle. If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need.

Get Involved and help save lives from breast cancer: Fundraise and participate in one of more than 250 Making Strides events or participate virtually at makingstrideswalk.org.

Take action with The American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and help make fighting breast cancer a national priority at acscan.org/makingstrides

Macy’s Thinks Pink to Support the Battle Against Breast Cancer

In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Join In The Fight For A Cure With Powerful Pink Pieces Benefitting The Cause

This October, Macy’s continues to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, inviting customers to give back through an inspiring campaign that shines light on awareness while using fashion to fundraise for a disease that affects women, men and families everywhere. From Macy’s online Pink Shop featuring fashion, home and pet merchandise from an array of great brands, including a limited-edition necklace created by Macy’s employees, to the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s Pink Pony bracelets, a portion of each purchase price will benefit charities that are working to eliminate the disease.macys logo

Breast cancer awareness has long been an important cause for Macy’s, which we continue to support alongside our generous customers, employees and partners working collaboratively to make a difference,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “We are inspired by their generosity and are deeply grateful for the funds and awareness raised toward the fight against breast cancer.”

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Beginning Sept. 25, Macy’s online “Pink Shop” at www.macys.com/pink offers a curated selection of fashion for men, women, children and pets, in addition to items for the home. The shop will also include special pink merchandise created for Macy’s from Charter Club, Ideology and Thalia Sodi, in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

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Macy’s supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink pieces that benefit the cause; ID Ideology BCRF Family Strong Collection; macys.com/pink (Photo: Business Wire)

Bold graphics and inspirational messages of strength will be featured on ID Ideology’s BCRF Family Strong Collection. The limited-edition items raise awareness for the cause through motivational phrases for men, women, girls and pets, as well as signature items such as leggings and hoodies. In tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ideology also made a $100,000 donation to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Cozy sleepwear and robes featuring the iconic pink ribbon will be available for a limited time from Charter Club at Macy’s. Ten percent of the purchase price from each soft and inviting piece will benefit BCRF through Dec. 31, 2017.

Courageous messages of hope emblazon two new tees from Thalia Sodi’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation Tee Collection. Macy’s will donate 10 percent of the retail price from these motivational pieces to BCRF through Oct. 31, 2017.

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The Macy’s family also includes many associates who have been touched by this disease, and to honor those brave battles, Macy’s will be releasing a limited-edition heart pink ribbon necklace created and inspired by the uplifting story of three employees who have been personally impacted by breast cancer. A portion of sales from this delicate sterling silver and pink sapphire pendant will support BCRF.

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Macy’s supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink pieces that benefit the cause; limited-edition sterling silver and pink sapphire necklace $99; http://www.macys.com/pink  (Photo: Business Wire

I had the piece created for myself to always remember and appreciate those friends and family members who are so generous when you are going through treatment,” said Tracie Manick, vice president store manager at Macy’s Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach, California. “The design was inspired by two friends who were there for me through the entire ordeal of surgery and treatment. Brandi Galimi, a Macy’s district merchant, was diagnosed with breast cancer eight months before I was. She and her sister, Jill Pan, also a vice president store manager at Macy’s, had tattoos in the shape of the heart with the ribbon to remember. In honor of their kindness, their tattoos became my inspiration for the pendant.”

This moving piece featuring sterling silver and pink sapphires will be available in select stores and on macys.com for $99. In honor of all supporters, Macy’s will donate $10 from the sale of each necklace to BCRF through Dec. 1, 2017. Continue reading

Dillard’s Offers Exclusive Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

Dillard’s, Inc. is pleased to further its commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and their goal to keep families of ill children close to each other and the medical care they need with Dillard’s 24th annual holiday fundraiser. Since 1994, Dillard’s has supported RMHC in strengthening families during difficult times with a fundraiser benefiting its Ronald McDonald House® program.

For the tenth time, Dillard’s is offering a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC. This exclusive hardbound cookbook is filled with more than 280 pages with over 175 all-new recipes, as well as decorating ideas for Christmas plus seasonal gatherings. This “can’t-miss” cookbook is available for only $10.

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Photo Credit: The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities and is available exclusively at Dillard’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

Now in its 24th year of support, Dillard’s has raised more than $13.6 million to benefit RMHC. “Our continued relationship with RMHC gives all of us at Dillard’s an enormous sense of pride. We look forward to another successful fundraiser this year and are honored to support the Ronald McDonald Houses in our communities,” said Denise Mahaffy, senior vice president of Dillard’s.

Our Ronald McDonald Houses provide families much more than a place to stay while their children are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals,” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of RMHC. “Through the generous support of donors like Dillard’s, RMHC is able to provide a supportive environment so families can focus on the care of their child, rather than where they’ll sleep at night or how they’ll find the time to make a nourishing meal. With ongoing support, RMHC provides sick children with what they need the most – the comfort and love of their families.

The cookbooks are available now in all Dillard’s stores nationwide, as well as online at www.dillards.com. Profits from the sale of the cookbooks will benefit Ronald McDonald Houses operated by local RMHC Chapters in Dillard’s markets.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Toy Insider Predicts Toys to Top Kids’ Wish Lists with Expert 2017 Hot Holiday Toy Picks

Hatchimals Surprise, Fingerlings, Star Wars, Luvabella, Lightseekers, Squishies, and 3Doodler Top the Toy Insider’s Hot 20, Top Tech 12, and STEM 10 Lists

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, has unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and tech in its 12th Annual Holiday Gift Guide (https://www.thetoyinsider.com/2017-holiday-gift-guide/) The hottest and most coveted items for 2017 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring AI, AR, VR and other cutting-edge technologies) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun). These hand-picked 42 items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.1

The Toy Insider is the go-to source for product information about children’s toys, tech, and entertainment. It publishes two annual gift guides—one for summer and one for holiday—and reviews toys 365 days a year on thetoyinsider.com, a trusted resource for parents. The content is produced by an editorial team with more than 75 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Publishing Group, publisher of leading trade publications The Toy Book, The Toy Report, The Licensing Book, and Total Licensing Report.

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The Toy Insider 2017 Holiday Gift Guide-Cover

Our team of experts spent the whole year searching for ‘the next Hatchimals,’ reviewing and playing with thousands of toys from manufacturers large and small,” says Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “There’s nothing like seeing a child’s amazement when they open their holiday gifts, and we’re confident that the toys found in our holiday gift guide will deliver big ‘Wow’s and huge smiles. At The Toy Insider, we know play.

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

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  • Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart (LeapFrog)

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Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery (Just Play)

  • Disney Junior Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery (Just Play)
  • FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger (Hasbro)
  • L.O.L. Surprise! Tots (MGA Entertainment)

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  • Peppa Pig Lights & Sounds Family Home (Jazwares)
  • PJ Masks Rival Racers Track Playset (Just Play)

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  • Teddy Ruxpin (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Thomas & Friends Super Station (Fisher-Price)

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2017 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Tanger Outlets Launches Shop PINK On October 1st At All Tanger Locations

Commemorating 24 Years of Uniting in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. will once again offer shoppers great savings in return for supporting the ongoing efforts to end breast cancer during the 24th annual Tanger PINK Campaign. Since 1994, Tanger has contributed more than $17 million to breast cancer research through the PINK Campaign, 5K races, on-site events and other breast cancer-related fundraising initiatives across the U.S.

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The Tanger PINK Campaign launched September 29 at Tanger Outlets across the United States and Canada. At participating retailers, every day during the month of October, shoppers using the Shop Pink Card will receive additional savings on the best brand name and design fashions while helping to unite in the fight against breast cancer.

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Tanger Outlets Launches Shop PINK On October 1st At All Tanger Locations

Tanger’s Shop Pink Cards offer shoppers 25% off any item at participating stores, once per day, per store with unlimited use through October 31, 2017. Shop Pink Cards are available in two formats: a mobile card saved on your phone or a physical card to save in your wallet. Tanger’s Shop Pink Cards can be purchased at any Tanger Outlets nationwide, online at www.tangeroutlet.com/pink or on Tanger’s app.

Individual centers will schedule local Pump Up the PINK events, including 5K Walk/Runs, Pink Party Socials, and other Pink activations to enhance the shopping experience and to shine the light on breast cancer awareness. Tanger Outlets is also giving away gift cards and PINK items on their social media channels for fans throughout the month. Continue reading

Johnnie Walker Releases Whisky Of The Future, Inspired By Blade Runner 2049

Limited Edition Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut Celebrates Spirit of Progress and Brand’s Legacy in The Film

Johnnie Walker is excited to announce the official release of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut – a limited-edition whisky developed in collaboration with visionary Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge. The new blend comes thirty-five years after Johnnie Walker Black Label appeared in the original Blade Runner film as an iconic whisky of the future.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a new, experimental Scotch Whisky created by Beveridge in collaboration with Villeneuve, housed in a unique and futuristic bottle.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a dark, rich, smooth blend, with sweet fruity vanilla flavors and clouds of smokiness. It is bottled at 49% ABV as a nod to the futuristic period in which Blade Runner 2049 is set.

To celebrate the promotional collaboration surrounding the film, Johnnie Walker has released four digital vignettes featuring Villeneuve, who discusses the project. “Like many fans, I remember the Johnnie Walker bottle from the first film, so it was a unique privilege to collaborate with Johnnie Walker on designing a totally original, custom bottle for the new movie,” he says. “It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create the limited-edition Director’s Cut blend, which perfectly captures the complex and mysterious world of Blade Runner 2049.

Beveridge noted, “What we have created in Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is something really special that fans will be able to relate to and whisky drinkers will love. I was truly inspired by Villeneuve’s artistic vision for Blade Runner 2049 and how it could come to life in this new blend. I learned that filmmaking is much like blending–you have to constantly be committed to creating the best possible outcome. Johnnie Walker blending tradition dates back to 1820 and I’m honored to carry on the legacy and collective memory of our other past blenders to ensure that the same whisky enjoyed today can be enjoyed responsibly in 2049.”

Johnnie Walker has also created a series of cocktail videos featuring five innovative Blade Runner 2049-inspired cocktails: The Deckard; Ode to Dreams; Penicillin 2049; Quest; and Ahara. These custom cocktails are prepared by some of the country’s leading bartenders, including Ezra Star and Tenzin Samdo of Boston and Sam Anderson of New York City, giving fans a taste of the upcoming film.

Only 39,000 bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut have been produced and will be available in select countries around the world while supplies last. The rich, smooth blend has aromatic and vanilla flavors, with clouds of smokiness and will be bottled at 49% ABV – a nod to the futuristic period in which Blade Runner 2049 is set.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Debuts Evocative #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an unprecedented new destination brand initiative to serve as a warm welcome and visitor invitation to the international travel community. The campaign, which includes a new brand video and comprehensive digital marketing strategy, launches on United Nation’s World Tourism Day, a day that celebrates the importance of tourism and its cultural, political and economic values.

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From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

In Broward County, we are making sure that we let the traveling public understand that we are a welcoming destination to all people across the world regardless of the color of their skin, whom they choose to love or what religion they believe in. We want to make sure that our message gets through despite the negative clutter they see on their nightly news, every day,” said Stacy Ritter, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The #greatertogether video is an expression of Greater Fort Lauderdale‘s open-door/open heart philosophy for visitors in times of travel bans and safety concerns. Central to the initiative is a 1:45 minute video that draws the viewer’s attention to a story that plays out in a sunrise-to-sunset destination experience with people of different ethnic backgrounds. It opens with an iconic visual of yoga on the beach and continues with a portrayal of diverse activities and visitors, including two Muslim women wearing hijabs enjoying a cup of coffee together with a non-Muslim friend, millennials of mixed nationalities at play, LGBTQI couples and friends in warm embraces, members of the indigenous Seminole tribe, a not-so-mythical mermaid, local African-American street art and ending with a reveal of a human thumbprint and a welcome message in multiple languages. The video will serve to foster resident’s continued pride in the community and let the world know that in Greater Fort Lauderdale, everyone is welcome…every day.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

An international marketing campaign will launch the #greatertogether video to consumers and international tour operators. The video will be featured on the CVB’s website (www.sunny.org/greatertogether) including the stories of diverse residents and visitors describing why they enjoy living in Greater Fort Lauderdale and how they welcome visitors to the community. The “Faces” social media component of the program will include key local residents that were featured in the video and communicate the diversity of the destination and how proud they are of the community that they live in. Continue reading

Heineken Introduces First-of-Its-Kind Beer Style to the U.S., Brewed with a Rare Yeast Discovered in Patagonian Forest

Heineken® Launches Limited Release New Brew, “H41,” the First in New Wild Lager Exploration Series

Heineken® has launched H41®, a limited edition Wild Lager brewed using a rare ‘mother’ yeast discovered in the deep forests of Patagonia. Developed over the course of multiple years by the brand’s Master Brewer, the new lager has a fuller taste, with spicy notes balanced by subtle fruity hints. H41 appears at a time where beer drinkers are naturally looking for new and unique beers to try.H41-hero-shot

In 2010, an Argentine scientist, Diego Libkind was walking in the forests of Patagonia and discovered wild mushrooms, which had a feint alcohol scent to them. With that clue, Libkind hypothesized that his finding likely contained yeast. He collected it, and over the course of months conducted tests where he confirmed his initial hunch: Libkind found a yeast that was perfectly suited to become the base of a “first of its kind” beer, a Wild Lager by Heineken. Heineken became aware of Libkind’s discovery, and very quickly was interested in attempting to tame the yeast for a potentially new brew of beer. After two years of recipe perfecting by the brand’s Master Brewer Willem van Waesberghe to ensure the highest of quality standards, this “mother of all” lager yeast’s has given way to an easy drinking, full bodied beer, with a complex, yet clean taste. In return, Heineken® has an exclusive license to brew with this amazing yeast.

The name H41 is derived from the latitude co-ordinate of the beech forest in Patagonia where this yeast was discovered. The H stands for Heineken® and after the longitudinal coordinate where it was discovered: 41 degrees south.

van Waesberghe commented: “Central to the famous Heineken taste is our unique A-yeast. It was first used 130 years ago by Dr. Elion, a Heineken brewer trained by Louis Pasteur. It is still used today. The exact makeup of our A-yeast is a closely guarded secret.”

He continued; “However, when the ‘mother’ of our A-yeast was discovered in Patagonia, it presented us with a unique opportunity. Using our unrivaled expertise, Heineken’s Master Brewers began to work with the mother yeast to unlock a spectrum of new flavors. Our ‘Lager Explorations’ series was born. The taste of every beer in the series will be surprising and intense, but still balanced and refreshing.”

The release of H41 in the U.S. shows Heineken’s continuing commitment to innovation, discovery, and quality,” said Katharine Preville, Brand Manager at HEINEKEN USA.Heineken has more than 150 years of passion for beer and brewing mastery, and H41 highlights that we will literally search the far reaches of the world to develop exciting brews for beer lovers.

Officially launching in the U.S. in mid- October, the brew will be available on draught in New York City. The Wild Lager series will expand to additional U.S. markets in 2018. For more information about H41, please visit www.heineken.com/ie/H41/Home. For fans looking to stay up to date on H41, and future Wild Lager Series launches, follow Heineken® on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

First Comprehensive Exhibition of Costumes from The Israel Museum’s Unparalleled Collection at the Jewish Museum

Richly Decorated Garments from Over 20 Countries On View at the Jewish Museum Beginning November 3, 2017

A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents will be on display at the Jewish Museum from November 3, 2017 through March 18, 2018, offering an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum‘s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes, showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, presented as complete ensembles or as stand-alone items.

The exhibition is organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Clothing is intended to cover our bodies, but it also uncovers. In Veiled Meanings, the visitor will be asked to consider to what extent our choice of dress is freely made, and how our surroundings affect our decisions. The extraordinary range of textile designs and clothing in the exhibition illuminates the story of how diverse global cultures have thrived, interacted, and inspired each other for centuries. Jewish communities from Afghanistan, Algeria, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Georgia, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Yemen are represented. Showcasing color, texture, function, artistry, and craftsmanship, the exhibition also offers an incisive and compelling examination of diversity and migration through the lens of fashion.

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Women’s under-trousers (5 items), Uzbekistan, early 20th century Silk, plangi and ikat dyed, printed cotton The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, B64.12.4211, B66.07.1071, B66.12.1519, B67.0487, B14.0007 Photograph © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani

The Jewish Museum‘s presentation will focus on how clothes balance the personal with the social, how dress traditions distinguish different Jewish communities, and how costumes portray Jewish and secular affiliations within a larger societal context. Historical, geographic, social, and symbolic interpretations will be included within the context of four thematic sections: “Through the Veil,” “Interweaving Cultures,” “Exposing the Unseen,” and “Clothing that Remembers.”

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Man’s coat, Georgia, early 20th century Silk, gilt ribbons, silver niello, gunpowder cases The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Gift of Beckie Molho, Herzliya, B69.0460 Photograph © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani

The first section, “Through the Veil,” focuses on veils and wraps worn by Jewish women in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Uzbekistan, demonstrating the influence of local Islamic culture on Jewish dress. While covering a woman’s body and face, veils and wraps revealed important aspects of her identity, such as religion, status, or place of origin. Conversely, wraps worn by Jewish women inspired the adoption of new traditions; for example, the chadur worn in Mashhad, Iran, was brought by Jews to Afghanistan. The extent to which a woman is concealed by her clothing remains a timely issue.

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Woman’s coat Bukhara, Uzbekistan, late 19th century Brocaded silk, lining: silk and cotton, ikat-dyed B64.12.4226 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, photograph by Mauro Magliani

Interweaving Cultures” broadly examines the migration of Jewish communities and the effects of acculturation. Jewish costume often transmitted styles, motifs, crafts, and dress-making techniques from one community to another as Jews migrated from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The ensembles presented also reflect the political and social changes that occurred in the regions where Jews settled. From Spain to Morocco, from the Ottoman Empire to Algeria, from Baghdad to Calcutta, clothing styles developed from the melding of imported and local fashions, materials, and craftsmanship. The costumes displayed reveal how clothing from distant locations and cultures influenced Jewish fashion, frequently resulting in innovative and often eclectic creations. As modernization began to take hold, handcrafted fabrics were frequently used along with industrially produced textiles – or were replaced by them. Over time, Western culture gradually pushed aside local traditions in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Today, non-Western dress is often a source of European, American, and Middle Eastern fashion inspiration.

The exhibition features a brocaded silk sari worn by a bride in India’s mid-twentieth century Bene Israel community. Under European influence, white saris were preferred to the red ones traditionally worn by brides. Four other examples of white bridal attire will be on view ranging from a 1907 wedding dress from Tiberias, Ottoman Palestine, to a 1947 wedding gown from New York made of silk satin and decorated with early nineteenth-century Burano lace and pearls. Also highlighted in “Interweaving Cultures” is a deep purple silk, velvet, and cotton outfit from the early twentieth century that incorporates elements from the Parisian ballet into the attire of a Jewish woman from Mashhad: a short and flared ballet-like skirt is paired with matching pants to ensure modesty. Continue reading

The Council of Fashion Designers of America And Fabletics Launch Global Campaign For Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Actress and Fabletics Co-Founder Kate Hudson returns as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ambassador for FTBC 2017

Doing Good is Always in Fashion” is the message behind the 2017 Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Campaign from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with Fabletics, a global active-lifestyle brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013.Fabletics

The collaboration returns for a second year with the actress, fashion tastemaker and mother of two serving as the FTBC ambassador for the month of October. Hudson follows in the footsteps of previous FTBC Ambassadors including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Karolina Kurkova among others.

The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® (FTBC) name and symbol were created by Ralph Lauren and subsequently entrusted to the CFDA Foundation. In 2011, FTBC began working with The New York Community Trust to develop a focused grantmaking program covering the critical areas of breast cancer screening, treatment, and survival. It established the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund, which is guided by an advisory committee of fashion industry representatives, experts in the content area, and Trust staff, to make grants to New York City organizations that assist women with breast cancer. Specifically, grants from the FTBC Fund help low-income, minority, and immigrant women, with screening, treatment, and support services to help them cope with their cancer.

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Image Credit: Actress and Fabletics Co-Founder Kate Hudson return as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ambassador for FTBC 2017. | Photo Credit: JUCO

Fabletics is a global active-lifestyle brand designed with every woman in mind. Co-founded by Hudson, the brand combines fitness and fashion to make women feel stylish and confident at, and beyond, the gym. Fabletics brings new monthly collections—in sizing ranging from XXS-3X and customized lengths —to a loyal community of over one million members across eight countries. See (and shop) the full selection of premium quality activewear, accessories, shoes and more at fabletics.com and 22 retail locations across the US.

I’m really honored to have been asked to be an ambassador for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for a second year. Continuing to support this cause proactively is so important to me — and to so many other people whom have had a personal experience with a friend or family member diagnosed with breast cancer. We’ve made great strides but it’s my hope that with our collective voices, we can continue to spread awareness and produce the ground-breaking research needed to make progress in the mission to end breast cancer forever,” said Hudson.

Our inaugural ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’ campaign in partnership with Fabletics was so successful that we all decided to renew the effort for this important cause,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “We are thrilled that Kate Hudson agreed to return as our ambassador, as our values of health, fitness, and philanthropy are aligned with those of Kate and Fabletics.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership of over 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award, the Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative and raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations, among other programs.

As part of the partnership, Fabletics is launching a FTBC-branded capsule collection available during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. It features three two-piece outfits designed in signature FTBC colors: a sports bra and high-waisted leggings, a sports bra and capri, and a tank with a legging. Proceeds of sales from the three looks will directly benefit FTBC global. The items will be available for purchase across eight countries and available on Fabletics.com as well as in the 22 Fabletics stores nationwide. Fabletics will also host an FTBC event at all retail locations, where a percentage of net proceeds of all sales will be donated to the initiative.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, instagram.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv. For general information on Fabletics, please visit the TechStyle website. Visit Fabletics Blog to experience the brand’s editorial content site.

The Museum of Advertising Founded In NYC

The first museum dedicated to celebrating the global advertising industry, The Museum of Advertising, has been founded in New York City. Exhibits will feature historical works of all mediums to explore the full spectrum of creativity, culture, and commerce. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is currently in planning stages, working with members of the advertising community and consumer brands on various items including fundraising, sponsorships and building the museum collection.

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The Museum of Advertising logo

The Museum of Advertising is committed to preserving and interpreting the historical collective works of the advertising industry through commercial artifacts, celebrated ad campaigns and their creators; exploring sociological and economical impacts; forges emotional connections between visitors and brands past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role advertising has played and continues to play in shaping culture, society, and the economy worldwide.

The foundation of The Museum of Advertising is thousands of artifacts in a growing collection founded by Glenn Pajarito, a Madison Avenue advertising executive who has served as Creative Director of multiple global ad agencies for over 100 of the world’s largest brands. Together with the Board of Directors, their goal is to give back to the vibrant advertising community and engage the public.

The advertising industry is constantly focused on the future and our changing media landscape. What we don’t do as well is preserve the work which is so ephemeral, and recognize the innovations made in communication, design, and media.” Museum Founding Director Glenn Pajarito said. “Advertising also transcends commercial marketing and has influenced product innovations, influenced politics, shaped cultural trends, educated and entertained over generations across the world.

For more information, please visit https://www.themuseumofadvertising.org.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: BJ’s Wholesale Club Lights Up the Holidays with its Exclusive Top Ten Toys List

The Retailer Shares A Collection Of Coveted Toys Available At Unbeatable Prices, All Exclusive to BJ’s

BJ’s this week announced its Top Ten Toys List for this holiday season, including the hottest picks from leading brands like Disney•Pixar®, Mattel® and Hasbro®. These top toys will only be available at BJ’s.

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28″ Holiday Barbie®

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Baby Alive® Darci’s Dance Class Doll

BJ’s is stocked with hundreds of toys, games, and gifts, from interactive toys and tech gadgets to gifts that are sure to spark creativity and imagination. BJ’s exclusive Top Ten Toys will be available in-Club beginning in early October, with select items available now at Bjs.com. Continue reading

Canada’s New Museum of Modern Art, Remai Modern, Announces Full Artist Lineup

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, has announced the full list of artists participating in its inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, which debuts during October 21, 2017, the opening of the direction-setting museum in Saskatoon.

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Remai Modern Logo

Curated by Executive Director & CEO, Gregory Burke, and Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Sandra Guimarães, Field Guide will feature contemporary projects, commissions and immersive installations by nearly 80 renowned Canadian and international artists — many of whom are showing in Canada for the first time. The building-wide exhibition will create a dialogue between these works and a selection from Remai Modern’s permanent collection.

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Canada’s newest home for modern and contemporary art, Remai Modern opens October 21st, which was recently completed by renowned Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects. Photo Credi: Adrien Williams

The breadth of artists we’ve brought together for our inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, is quite expansive and diverse,” said Burke. “With works from leading American artists like John Baldessari, Christopher Williams, Lawrence Weiner and Pae White, prominent international artists including Walid Raad, Rosemarie Trockel, Haegue Yang and Philippe Parreno, as well as renowned Canadian artists such as Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace and locals like Bob Boyer, Eli Bornstein and Kara Uzelman, we’ve produced a program that introduces Remai Modern’s philosophy and direction. On one hand, Field Guide points to a field of relations impacting on the development of art and its current agency. On the other, the exhibition articulates a spirit of active engagement, curiosity, and disruption that begins to enact Remai Modern‘s vision and its responsibilities going forward.

Field Guide rethinks the idea of “modern” from multiple cultural, geographic, historic and contemporary perspectives. Legacies are an important component, and the history of the Mendel Art Gallery, from which Remai Modern inherited a collection of nearly 8,000 works, acts as a formative nucleus. Civic engagement, progressive politics, and the unique history of abstraction—fostered by Saskatchewan’s Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops—are explored through their enduring influence. Field Guide also signals a new chapter, debuting many key acquisitions reflecting the aspirations and future growth of the collection.

Several previously announced commissioned projects anchor the exhibition,” said Guimarães. These include a new “Presence and Production” work by Thomas Hirschhorn titled, What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Workshop); a collaborative installation and discursive event by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater, Determined by the river; and Faces of Picasso: The collection selected by Ryan Gander, the first showing of Remai Modern‘s collection of Picasso linocut prints, the most comprehensive in the world. Continue reading

Cargo Cosmetics Announces Star Wars: The Last Jedi Makeup Collection

Each season, Cargo Cosmetics journeys to a different destination as a nod to the free spirit of the independent traveler. For Fall/Holiday 2017, the beauty brand will embark on an intergalactic voyage transporting consumers to a “galaxy far, far away,” announced the launch of a limited edition Star Wars: The Last Jedi Makeup Collection via Instagram and Twitter posts.CC601306

The new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017. Cargo Cosmetics’ capsule collection inspired by the film will coincide with the film launch and be available right in time for the holidays.

This collaboration with Disney has given our team an opportunity to really showcase our creativity,” says Brian Robinson, President of Cargo Cosmetics. “Cargo is regularly used on the sets of hit Hollywood films so developing a line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi just further reinforces our brand’s identity. We are truly excited to be able to offer the Cargo customer this exclusive capsule collection in addition to the regularly planned Fall/Holiday launches.

The Fall/Holiday 2017 Capsule Collection will debut in over 1,100 Kohl’s department stores in October 2017. The highly anticipated capsule collection will be supported by a robust digital campaign, public relations efforts and social media promotion.

The Whitney to Present First U.S. Retrospective of Jimmie Durham

The Whitney Museum of American Art will host the first North American retrospective of artist, performer, poet, essayist, and activist Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), one of the most compelling and multifaceted figures working internationally today. On view from November 3, 2017, to January 28, 2018, Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World features approximately 120 works from 1970 to the present, including sculpture, drawing, collage, printmaking, photography, and video.

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Jimmie Durham, Self-Portrait Pretending to Be a Stone Statue of Myself, 2006. Color photograph. Edition of 1 + 1 AP. 31 ¾ × 24 in. (80.7 × 60.9 cm). Collection of fluid archives, Karlsruhe. Courtesy of ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.

Durham has, over the past nearly five decades, produced wryly political art, often raising questions about authenticity and making visible the ongoing repercussions of colonialism, both within the U.S. and globally. Frequently working with a combination of natural and found materials, he approaches his subjects with a poetic wit and a potent blend of irony and insight.

The Whitney is delighted to present the work of Jimmie Durham, who has made a singular contribution to contemporary art since the 1970s,” said Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. “This retrospective provides an opportunity for audiences to gain a deeper understanding of Durham’s expansive practice, or perhaps to discover him for the first time. We are grateful to the Hammer Museum, in particular to director Ann Philbin and curator Anne Ellegood, for organizing this long-overdue retrospective.”

Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in Houston, Texas, and raised in southwestern Arkansas. In the late 1960s, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, where he worked primarily in performance and sculpture. At this time, he formed an organization called Incomindios, with Indigenous friends from South America, which attempted to coordinate and encourage support for the struggle of Indigenous people throughout the Americas. A lifelong activist, he returned to the U.S. at the end of 1973 during the occupation at Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, and became a full-time organizer for the American Indian Movement (AIM); he would become a member of their Central Council in 1974. That same year AIM established the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and appointed Durham the executive director. Durham relocated to New York City to run the IITC and become the representative of American Indians to the United Nations.

Durham resigned from AIM in 1979 and returned to a focus on art making. He was the director of the Foundation for the Community of Artists in New York from 1981 to 1983 and edited their monthly Art and Artists Newspaper (formerly Artworkers News) from 1982 to 1985. In 1987, Durham moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, and then in 1994 to Europe, where he has lived in Dublin, Brussels, Marseille, Rome, Berlin, and Naples. Since leaving the U.S., Durham has immersed himself in the culture and history of each adopted home, drawing on the local language, materials, and architecture to reframe his larger political, historical, and philosophical questions. Throughout his travels, he has dryly declared wherever he happens to be—from Mexico City to Berlin to Naples—the “center of the world.

Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman, who is installing the exhibition at the Whitney together with assistant curator Laura Phipps, noted, “Although Jimmie Durham has lived as an expatriate for decades, his work has remained connected to crucial developments in American art, such as found-object assemblage, appropriation of text and image, institutional critique, performance art, and the politics of representation. This is Durham’s first substantial solo show in the United States in twenty-two years and it’s a rare chance to celebrate his extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and to revel in his wit, his fascination with language, and his remarkable use of materials.

This exhibition, as it has traveled from its previous venues at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has revived debates, dating back to the early 1990s, over the artist’s claims of Cherokee ancestry. Durham is not recognized as a citizen by any of the Cherokee tribes, which as sovereign nations determine their own membership. Recent discussions of this point have prompted a wider audience to confront important questions regarding tribal sovereignty, and what it means—or does not mean—for an artist to self-identify as being Native American. This exhibition does not attempt to resolve these questions. Rather it contends that Durham’s work—with its singular and vital critique of Western systems of knowledge and power—offers a crucial perspective on the history of American art and life.

Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World was organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Anne Ellegood, senior curator, with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant. It traveled to the Walker Art Center prior to coming to the Whitney, where its installation is being overseen by Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, and assistant curator Laura Phipps. Following the Whitney, the exhibition will travel to the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.

Durham’s exhibition history spans several decades and continents. Recent solo exhibitions include God’s Children, God’s Poems (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2017); Here at the Center (Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2015); Venice: Objects, Work and Tourism (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2015); and Various Items and Complaints (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2015). Group shows include Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2014) and Documenta (2012), among many others. A retrospective of his work—A Matter of Life and Death and Singing—was organized by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2012), and a survey of his work from 1994 forward, Pierres rejetées, took place at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2009).

Durham’s works are included in major public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City.

Durham’s work is also part of The Whitney’s permanent collection. Self Portrait was included in the Museum’s inaugural show in its downtown home in 2015, America is Hard to See, and in the 1998 exhibition Art at the End of the Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as in the exhibition The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 (Part II). His work also appeared at the Whitney in the 1993 Biennial, the 2006 Biennial, and the 2014 Biennial. Durham has also co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Ni’ Go Tlunh A Doh Ka (We Are Always Turning Around On Purpose) at the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University of New York Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, in 1986 (co-curated with Jean Fisher); We The People at Artists Space, New York, in 1987 (co-curated with Jean Fisher; special advisors Edgar Heap of Birds and G. Peter Jemison); and The American West, at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England, in 2005 (co-curated with Richard W. Hill).

An avid essayist and poet, Durham has published many texts in journals such as Artforum, Art Journal, and Third Text. His book of poems, Columbus Day, was published in 1983 by West End Press, Minneapolis. A book of his collected essays, A Certain Lack of Coherence, was published in 1993 by Kala Press. In 2013, Jimmie Durham: Waiting to Be Interrupted, Selected Writings 1993-2012 was published by Mousse Publishing and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, and his book of poetry Poems That Do Not Go Together was published by Edition Hansjörg Maye. Continue reading

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Kmart® Made a List, Checked it Twice and Announced Its Fab 15 List of Toys

Part of the Brand’s $1 Down Layaway Program, Kmart Reveals the Season’s Hottest Toys

Everyone knows that sometimes the best gift of all during the holidays is knowing exactly what gift to buy others. To make gift-giving more ridiculously awesome than ever this year, Kmart has unveiled its annual Fab 15 List of the most in-demand toys for the 2017 holiday season. (Check out www.kmart.com/fab15 for the latest information and deals on the Fab 15 and Kmart’s full assortment of toys.)

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The Kmart Annual Fab15 List includes toys and games for kids of all ages and stages. The list, including toys and hot brands like Spin Master‘s Hatchimals, Mattel’s Hot Wheels™ and Barbie™, LEGO®, and Hasbo’s NERF®, is carefully crafted based on industry trends, input from Shop Your Way members and data, and more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys kids love to play with and find under their Christmas trees.

Kmart is this year’s toy headquarters,” said Michael O’Connor, head of toys at Sears Holdings. “With today’s hottest toys at affordable prices, our Fab 15 list will be sure to knock the stockings off kids and parents alike this holiday season.”

The Fab 15 list of Kmarts most sought-after holiday toys includes:

For Shop Your Way members, buying toys – including the Fab 15 – at Kmart means earning points that can be redeemed on future purchases, which is especially useful during the holiday season. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

Shop Your Way members can place the most popular items across dozens of categories on layaway including toys, home products, apparel, and electronics, with a $1 down payment for in-store and online contracts. Non-members also have access to affordable layaway contracts through Kmart with $10 at contract initiation*.

*Requires down and biweekly payments. All fees nonrefundable. Service and cancellation fees apply. No cancellation fee in Ohio. Not available at all Kmart stores. Maryland and Washington D.C. offer 8-week contracts only. Exclusions apply. See store for further details.

Barbie® Is Christian Siriano’s Latest Muse In One-of-a-Kind Collection Highlighting Body Diversity

Siriano Recreates His Iconic Red Carpet Looks for all Four Body Types Found in the Barbie Fashionistas Line

Christian Siriano, a New York-based fashion designer known for advocating for body positivity, has partnered with Barbie to launch a one-of-a-kind collection showcasing red carpet glamour on the four different Barbie® body types found in the brand’s Fashionistas® line.

Four of the one-of-a-kind Barbie looks were inspired by red carpet moments Siriano designed for celebrities, which showcases the evolution of red carpet beauty. The final doll’s gown was inspired by the designer’s Resort 2018 collection to complete the diverse line-up. Siriano continues to challenge the fashion industry’s standards by being more inclusive—a shared value for the Barbie brand.

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Christian Siriano designs one-of-a-kind looks for Barbie highlighting the diversity found in the brand’s Fashionistas line.

Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I’m honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand,” said Christian Siriano. “It’s especially exciting to be designing an array of inclusive and diverse doll looks that can allow girls to see themselves better represented when they play. It was incredible to recreate iconic red carpet moments and dress my latest muse, Barbie, in a new look from my Resort 2018 collection.”

Over the past three years, the Barbie brand has infused a variety of skin tones, body types, hairstyles and fashions into its line—making it the most diverse doll line on the market. The brand is a better reflection of the girls who play with them, and culturally depicts a broader view of beauty currently seen on runways, red carpets, in magazines and with the rise of social media influencers. The Barbie Fashionistas segment continues to exceed expectations, as sales of the line see high double-digit growth globally. Diversity continues to roll out across brand content, marketing, and product, including the Fantasy, Entertainment and Careers segments.

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Christian Siriano

Barbie is a fashion icon—she’s been dressed by a multitude of designers over the years who have used her as a canvas to reflect beauty of the moment,” said Sejal Shah Miller, VP Global Marketing of Barbie. “We are thrilled that Christian is the next designer to be inspired by Barbie and is showcasing a diverse and inclusive view of red carpet looks.

Christie’s Education Launches Courses New Learning Online Platform in October

Available in English, Arabic, and Mandarin

Immerse yourself in the art world, wherever you are.

This October Christie’s Education will launch new Online Courses, that will make the study of art history and the art market more accessible to students around the world. The digital platform will become Christie’s Education’s third pillar of learning, joining the Continuing Education programs and Master’s degrees as routes to gain a deeper understanding of the art world, whether to further careers, enhance knowledge, or explore passions. Online learning programs will be available from within a dedicated web-based platform, providing weekly lectures enhanced with immersive video content with behind-the-scenes insight into the world’s leading auction house, and online classroom interaction with tutors.

Christie’s Education, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading art business, imagesChristie’s, is an international postgraduate institution devoted to preparing graduates for entry into the art world through the advanced study of the art business, art world practice and the acquisition of connoisseurship skills. By offering Master’s degrees in London and New York, students are immersed in all areas of the art world, focusing on business analysis, object-based study, history of art, art market studies, supported by rigorous professional development courses. All Master’s degrees have an integrated work placement at Christie’s auction house as an accredited part of these programs.

Christie’s Education online courses provide a fully immersive experience of the art world. Christie’s Education also offers also offer a vast range of continuing education opportunities in London, New York, and Hong Kong, designed to introduce enthusiasts to the fundamentals of art and the art market.

We are pleased to launch our new online course to a global audience,” said Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “As the appreciation and appetite for art have grown around the world, there has been increasing interest and demand for understanding the industry and cultural context for collecting. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Christie’s Education is an important part of our operations and this new, digital course will complement our existing, international programs. It is significant we are launching this during our events in Shanghai and recognizes that education is a vibrant part of our programs in the region. Continue reading

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers Back to the Beach

Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants, and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.

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Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (PRNewsFoto/Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)

Hurricane or no hurricane, 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’s no wonder this 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.

We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well. The city has taken all necessary precautions and diligently made preparations in order to welcome back our beloved locals and tourists from around the globe,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “Miami Beach’s key destinations have reopened and look forward to delivering on the five-star service visitors expect.”

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers

Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Tourists are welcome back with open arms.

A number of the beach’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are now open and eager to welcome guests. Below is only a sampling:

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, awarded first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App“, “Overall Spa Destinations | U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations | U.S and Canada” respectively. The City of Miami Beach has also been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination 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.

For more information and updates on Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

Art News: The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994

STEPHEN BARKER, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994”

Exhibition dates: September 14 – October 28, 2017

Daniel Cooney Fine Art (508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C, New York, NY 10001, 212 255 8158. dan@danielcooneyfineart.com. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6) is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of photographs, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994“, by renowned photographer Stephen Barker. The exhibit will showcase approximately 15 never before seen black and white photographic portraits of AIDS activists – in the studio and at home – taken by Barker during his time working within the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) 1991-1994, and Barker’s unique artist’s book Funeral March, which chronicles the carrying of Mark Fisher’s body in an open coffin from Judson Church, up Sixth Avenue, to the steps of the Republican National Committee on the eve of the presidential election in 1992.

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Barker became involved with ACT UP in the late 80s working primarily with the needle exchange program. The photographs were never intended as an encyclopedic project, but rather the portraits evolved organically out of Barker’s working relationships, friendships, and intimacies. The exhibition is especially timely during this 30th anniversary year of ACT UP when once again all underserved communities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are threatened by our own government. It is a call to arms for activism and a reminder of the distance we have traveled and battles we have won.

Stephen Barker, 'Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,' 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

Stephen Barker, ‘Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,’ 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Toys“R”Us® Unwraps The 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List

Retailer Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Only List that Matters with Geoffrey’s Top 20, New Services and More

Attention moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and everyone in between Toys“R”Us® has unveiled its 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List. As the leading expert on all things toy, the Toys“R”Us team has traveled the world over the past two decades to uncover hot trends and toy phenomena like Tickle Me™ Elmo, Zhu Zhu Pets®, Hatchimals™ and more, so they can provide parents and gift-givers with the inside scoop on kids’ most-wanted playthings. This year’s list is no exception, featuring items from Hatchimals Surprise™ to PAW Patrol Sea Patroller™ and more than 20 items available exclusively at Toys“R” Us (cue Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder™). Eager holiday shoppers can rest easy knowing they can get the comprehensive list of this year’s 50 hottest toys at Toysrus.com/HotToys.

Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder

At Toys“R”Us, it’s serious business deciding which toys make the cut and end up on our Holiday Hot Toy List,” said Ariana Gentry, Toys“R”Us President of Play.Not only is this year’s list filled with ultra-hot and kid-approved gifts – but I can personally say that each of these toys are super FUN to play with!

3 in1 Sports Zone

3 in1 Sports Zone

Helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Hot Toy List, gift-givers can find Geoffrey’s Top 20 toys (the best of the best of the list) – and more – in-store and online:

  • 3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes®

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll 2

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll

  • Baby So Sweet 16-Inch Nursery Doll from Toys“R”Us® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Coco Interactive Guitar from Mattel® (Available beginning October 1, 2017)

  • Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery from Just Play™
  • Fingerlings™ from WowWee™ (Unicorn Gigi available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • FURREAL ROARIN’ IVORY, THE PLAYFUL TIGER from HASBRO (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning November 1, 2017)
  • Glimmies™ Glimtern from Just Play™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master™ (Available beginning October 6, 2017)
  • Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme from Fisher-Price®
  • L.O.L Surprise™ Big Surprise from MGA Entertainment® (Available beginning September 29, 2017)
  • NERF RIVAL NEMESIS MXVII-10K Blaster from HASBRO
  • Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy-Con™ from Nintendo
  • Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards™ Magical Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern from Cepia LLC
  • Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

  • PAW Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master™
  • Pikmi Pops™ Surprise! Jumbo Plush from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)
  • Power Wheels Boomerang from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord from Bandai™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Project Mc2™ Smart Pixel Purse from MGA Entertainment®
  • Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

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Godiva Reimagines Contemporary Take On The Brand’s Iconic Gold Collection

GODIVA Chocolatier announced the launch of its new Gold Discovery Collection – a modern take on the brand’s signature gold box for experience-seeking chocolate lovers.Lady_Godiva_Belgium_1926_gold Logo

The Gold Discovery Collection is a fusion of history and innovation featuring new flavors, colors, shapes and textures that effortlessly come together for modern flavor pairings. GODIVA chefs created six new bold flavor combinations including White Chocolate Ganache and Coffee, Strawberry and Lychee as well as caramel mousse, creating a journey of wonderful discoveries for the adventurous foodie.

Godiva Gold Discoveryn Collection

Godiva Gold Discovery Collection

The collection includes classic GODIVA flavors, such as the Dark Lion of Belgium and Milk Praline Heart, with a modern, sophisticated twist in addition to the introduction of six new pieces:

  • Strawberry Lychee Eclipse‘: a fusion of dreamy white chocolate mousse laced with strawberry and lychee, in a crispy, creamy milk chocolate shell
  • Intense Coffee Feather‘: luxurious white chocolate ganache gets a hit of bold coffee and a coat of milk chocolate
  • Caramel Mousse Artisan‘: white chocolate mousse meets caramel for a taste of crème brûlée, before it’s wrapped in milk chocolate
  • Pecan Praline Allure‘: exquisite pecan and chocolate praline surrounded by milk chocolate
  • Double Dark Chocolate Swirl‘: rich extra dark chocolate ganache surrounded by a dark chocolate shell
  • Almond Marquise‘: whole roasted almond with almond praline in a milk chocolate shell

The combination of innovative, elevated flavors and the intricate artistry of new shapes, has resulted in a collection of chocolate pieces that stimulate the senses during an unforgettable tasting experience.

As one of GODIVA’s Chefs and Chocolatiers, we collectively find passion in continuing the vision of our founders, while bringing fresh, artistic viewpoints to all of our collections. This reimagined Gold Discovery collection combines our iconic history in premium chocolate with contemporary, edible artistry that allows new fans to discover gold for themselves,” explains Chef Jean Apostolou.

The Gold Discovery Collection is now available in U.S. stores and GODIVA.com in boxes of 6 ($14) and 12 pieces ($25). The packaging pays homage to the classic gold box, embossed with the signature “G” and Lady GODIVA emblem symbolic of the chocolatier’s heritage and finished with a gold satin ribbon that parallels the beauty and luxury that is synonymous with the GODIVA name.

Nordstrom Announces Latest Retail Concept: Nordstrom Local

New Retail Initiative A Neighborhood Hub For Free Personal Styling, Onsite Alterations And A Suite Of Nordstrom Services

Nordstrom, Inc. has announced the launch of Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.NORDSTROM LOGO

As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed, and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”Nordstrom Local Logo

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day), Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below). Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

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Nordstrom Local @ 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, California 90069

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms, while the majority of the space will consist of a centrally-located meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

  • Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.
  • Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.
  • Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.
  • Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.
  • Curbside Pickup Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local‘s Curbside Pickup.
  • Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.
  • Nordstrom Gift Card – Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.
  • Style Boards Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.
  • Nail Services Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.
  • Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.
  • On-Site Refreshments Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from Nordstrom Ebar.

Rodin at The Met

Exhibition Dates: September 16, 2017–January 15, 2018

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800) and Gallery 809

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate its historic collection of the artist’s work in Rodin at The Met, opening September 16, 2017. (The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.)

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Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840-1917 Meudon), Orpheus and Eurydice, modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893, marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910

Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, will be displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800). The exhibition will feature iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met’s collection by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), will be presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.

The extraordinary range of The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s work will be highlighted in an adjacent gallery (Gallery 809) with a selection of drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs of the master sculptor and his art. This focused presentation will introduce visitors to the evolution of Rodin’s draftsmanship and demonstrate the essential role of drawing in his practice. It will also address Rodin’s engagement with photographers, especially Edward Steichen (1879-1973), who served as a key intermediary in bringing Rodin’s drawings to New York.

Rodin at The Met begins a new chapter in the Museum’s long-standing engagement with Rodin. In 1912, The Met opened a gallery dedicated to Rodin’s sculptures and drawings—the first at the Museum devoted exclusively to the work of a living artist. Displayed in that gallery were almost 30 sculptures and, within a year, 14 drawings. During the late 20th century, the historic core of The Met’s Rodin collection was further enhanced by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor and their Foundation’s gifts of more than 30 sculptures, many of them from editions authorized by the artist and cast posthumously. Today, The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s art are among the largest and most distinguished in the United States. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to experience anew Rodin’s enduring artistic achievements.

Rodin at The Met is organized by Denise Allen, Curator in The Met’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints; and Alison Hokanson and Asher Ethan Miller, both Assistant Curators in the Department of European Paintings.

Education programs will accompany the exhibition including a Sunday at The Met program “Rediscover Rodin” on October 15, a Picture This! Workshop on October 19, and a Met Signs Tour: Rodin at The Met with Emmanuel von Schack on Friday, November 3.

The display in Gallery 809 will close on January 15, 2018. The installation of paintings and sculptures in Gallery 800 will remain on permanent view with periodic rotations of selected works.

New-York Historical Society To Present Unprecedented Exhibition On The History Of The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975, On View October 4, 2017 – April 22, 2018

One of the major turning points of the 20th century, the Vietnam War will be the subject of an unprecedented exhibition presented by the New-York Historical Society from October 4, 2017April 22, 2018. Bringing the hotly contested history of this struggle into the realm of public display as never before, the exhibition will offer a chronological and thematic narrative of the conflict from 1945 through 1975 as told through more than 300 artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, and interactive digital media.

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American infantrymen crowd into a mud-filled bomb crater and look up at tall jungle trees seeking out Viet Cong snipers firing at them during a battle in Phuoc Vinh, north-northeast of Saigon in Vietnam’s War Zone D, June 15, 1967. Henri Huet / Associated Press

Objects on display will range from a Jeep used at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to a copy of the Pentagon Papers; from posters and bumper stickers both opposing and supporting the U.S. war effort to personal items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC; from indelible news photographs (such as Eddie Adams’ Execution) to specially commissioned murals by contemporary artist Matt Huynh. While no gallery exhibition can provide a comprehensive, global perspective on this vast subject, the materials brought together in The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 will comprise a sweeping and immersive narrative, exploring, from a primarily American viewpoint, how this pivotal struggle was experienced both on the war front and on the home front. The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 was curated by Marci Reaven, New-York Historical Society vice president for history exhibitions.

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Interior of the USNS General Nelson M. Walker. Courtesy of Art and Lee Beltrone, Vietnam Graffiti Project, Keswick, VA. American servicemen initially traveled to Vietnam aboard WWII-era troop ships like the General Nelson M. Walker. Nearly 5,000 Marines and G.I.s crowded the Walker on each three-week voyage from Oakland, California to Danang or Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 signals a new ambition for the New-York Historical Society, which is to include in our exhibition program histories that are not only difficult but also as yet unresolved,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president, and CEO of New-York Historical. “This monumental exhibit challenges received wisdom about the origins and consequences of the War, relying on sources only recently made available to scholars as well as first person accounts of those who fought. As the exhibition shows, the War continues to provoke debate and discussion today and to dominate much of our thinking about military conduct and policy. The Vietnam War was the longest armed conflict of the 20th century, and today—more than 40 years after it ended―it continues to influence both public policy and personal convictions. We are grateful for the opportunity to offer the public a chance to better understand events and protagonists of the 20th century that reverberate well into the 21st.

Exhibition Overview

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 sets the scene for the coming conflict through a display in an introductory gallery, where texts and materials about the onset of the Cold War document how the U.S. and its allies began to maneuver against the Communist bloc in regional confrontations after World War II while avoiding head-on engagement between the nuclear powers. Objects on view include a series of oil paintings by Chesley Bonestell imagining the destruction of New York City by Soviet atomic bombs and a newsreel from 1950 making the case for U.S. military action in Korea.

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Men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on a search and destroy patrol after receiving supplies, 1966. National Archives at College Park, MD. The primary mission of U.S. forces was to destroy the enemy and their logistical network. American ground troops operated throughout South Vietnam, supported by naval and air campaigns. They defended the DMZ, pursued units in the hills along the Central Coast, combed through Viet Cong base areas in the Iron Triangle, and ranged across the upper Mekong Delta as part of an Army-Navy mobile riverine force.

The exhibition then takes up the story of Vietnam by recalling the successful struggle of the Communist-nationalist coalition Viet Minh to force France to abandon its claim to Vietnam, then part of the French colony known as Indochina. Archival footage from a CBS News broadcast illustrates the “domino theory” put forward by the Eisenhower administration in support of its desire to halt the spread of Communism in Asia, a mindset which contributed to the partitioning of Vietnam into North and South. Among the objects representing the experiences of the North Vietnamese and southern insurgents are a 1962 painting by the Hanoi-based artist Tran Huu Chat and a bicycle of the sort used by North Vietnamese forces for transport of arms along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Also on view is a scale model of the USS Maddox, one of the destroyers involved in the Gulf of Tonkin encounter with North Vietnamese forces in August 1964, which gave the Johnson Administration grounds for seeking Congressional authorization to increase U.S. military operations without a declaration of war.

On July 28, 1965, President Johnson spoke to the nation on TV to explain that it was up to America to protect South Vietnam and fight communism in Asia and that to be driven from the field would imperil U.S. power, security, and credibility. He also announced a dramatic escalation in the military draft.

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Draft card. Courtesy of Joseph Corrigan, C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Dak To, Vietnam 1967–68. President Johnson’s order to send more troops to Vietnam affected all men between the ages of 18 and 26. Registration for military service was compulsory. The Selective Service called up only the men needed while excusing the rest through deferments. Twenty-seven million American men were of draft age during the war. Forty percent served in the military, and about 2.5 million went to Vietnam.

Objects on view, like an original draft card, and displays will address various responses to the draft, which affected all men between the ages of 18 and 26. Archival footage of Johnson’s address announcing the doubling of the draft will be shown. Artifacts, such as graffiti created by soldiers on their canvas berths, from the troopship General Walker, which ferried draftees during the three-week voyage to Vietnam, will demonstrate the personal side of soldiers as they headed toward war.

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Detail. Tran Huu Chat, Spring in Tay Nguyen, 1962 and 2016. Lacquer engraving. New-York Historical Society. Hanoi art student Tran Huu Chat received high marks in 1962 for his lacquer engraving that depicted Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh organizing among the people to depose the French colonialists. Fellow Vietnamese would have understood that the artist was using the heroism of the Viet Minh to symbolically refer to the National Liberation Front, organized in 1960 to oppose the Diem regime and its U.S. backers. The original artwork hangs in Hanoi’s Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. The 84-year-old Tran Huu Chat made an exact reproduction for this exhibition.

With this escalation of U.S. military involvement, the exhibition moves into a section that examines the conduct of the war and its repercussions both in the field and among American civilians. Two large, illustrated murals by noted artist and illustrator Matt Huynh, titled War Front and Home Front, depict key aspects of the years 1966 and 1967. War Front depicts the four combat zones in South Vietnam to show differing types of combat and highlight significant moments and battlegrounds. Home Front illustrates activity in the United States, including the Spring Mobilization, the largest antiwar demonstration to that date in American history, in which hundreds of thousands marched through midtown Manhattan on April 15, 1967.

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71st Evacuation Hospital patch belonging to Barbara Chiminello (left) and 57th Medical Detachment patch belonging to Thomas Chiminello (right). Courtesy of Barbara, Philip, and Eugene Chiminello. Siblings Thomas and Barbara Chiminello served alongside one another in Vietnam—Tommy as a Medevac helicopter pilot and Barbara as a nurse. These are their unit patches. In October 1967, Barbara received devastating news. Tommy and his crew had all been killed while responding to an urgent evacuation request.

The mural also shows a pro-war demonstration from May 1967 and other scenes of the war’s impact on national life. Interactive kiosks placed next to both murals bring them to life, allowing visitors to explore the events depicted through videos and photographs. Notable objects displayed in this section include a poster of a woman fighter in support of the southern insurgents, recreated by Tran Thi Van; helmets worn by U.S. and South Vietnamese government soldiers, dog tags, military patches, and field implements; letters from soldiers to their loved ones back home; a condolence letter on the death of a son; period magazines; posters and buttons both demanding an end to the war and urging support for the military effort; and a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 1967 speech against the war. Continue reading

Let Your Brows Take (Perfect) Shape

Famed Makeup Artist and L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John Shares His Secrets for the Best Brows

Eyebrows are said to be the most important feature on the face. They can do everything from help you appear more rested, soften facial features, and show a range of emotions. Ultimately, brows have a way of bringing an entire look together, making the pressure to get them just right even greater. No matter your brow struggles or questions – from nailing the wavy brow trend to being perfectly polished – L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John offers expert solutions to solve them all.download

Sir John says, “Brows are key to your facial structure, therefore key to completing any look. For a feminine appearance, opt for lighter, cleaner brows to make facial features, such as cheek bones and nose, appear brighter and softer. For a masculine look, opt for dark, dense brows to add more dimension to facial structure.”

Problem 1: Asymmetrical or Sparse Brows
Sir John’s Solution: The key here is not to trim the brows any further. Instead, Sir John says “it’s all about those baby hairs.” He recommends applying warm castor oil at night to stimulate hair growth. While waiting for the brows to fill in naturally, aid their overall shape with then Brow Stylist Shape and Fill Pencil to create natural strokes.

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Let Your Brows Take (Perfect) Shape Thanks To L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John

Problem 2 – Curly or Untamed Brows
Sir John’s Solution: To add shape to curly or dense brows, brush hairs up with a spoolie and trim edges. Fill in curly brows with a pencil, such as Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil, which will dry matte and hold. Sir John says powder products will dissipate away from the movement of the curls. Another insider trick is to condition the brows in the shower with Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner to relax the curl.

Problem 3 – Finding Your Best Shape
Sir John’s Solution: If you are unsure what brow shape is best for your face, Sir John suggests staying away from dramatic arches. Stick with a straight brow, or what he calls the universal shape, to give an almond appearance to your eyes. Create a universal shape with lateral sweeping movements using Sir John’s favorite Brow Stylist Frame and Set pot, slightly tapering down as you reach the outer eye.

All products mentioned above are available at lorealparisusa.com, and mass, food and drug retailers nationwide.

The British Library Exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, to open at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018

The British Library Is Bringing A Major Exhibition To The U.S. For The First Time

Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Will Be On View At The British Library In London, October 20, 2017 – February 28, 2018

The British Library and the New-York Historical Society are delighted to announce that Harry Potter: A History of Magic will open at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018, following its run at the British Library in London from October 20, 2017 – February 28, 2018.

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The British Library Exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, to open at the New-York Historical Society in October 2018

The exhibition’s New York opening marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S. by Scholastic, following the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. in 2017.

Ahead of the U.K. opening in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic has already sold over 25,000 tickets—the highest amount of advance tickets ever sold for a British Library exhibition. Tickets are available to buy from the British Library website.

The first book in the series of Harry Potter novels, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was originally published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Since then Bloomsbury has published all seven of the Harry Potter novels in children’s and adult editions, three charity books―Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and the ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury is also the publishers for the physical audiobooks of the entire series.

The exhibition unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Exploring the subjects studied at Hogwarts, the exhibition includes original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, going on display for the first time.

As it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include U.S.-specific artifacts from New-York Historical’s collection and items from U.S. Harry Potter publisher Scholastic’s collection.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research, and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilization and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website―www.bl.UK ―every year where they can view up to 4 million digitized collection items and over 40 million pages. (See more at: www.bl.uk.) Continue reading

Nominations Announced for the 2017 Metropolitan Fashion Awards.

Award Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Fashion and Costume Design in Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Performance

Winners will be announced at the 5th Annual Metropolitan Fashion Week Closing Gala & Fashion Awards on October 5th at Warner Bros. Studios

Nominations for the 2017 METROPOLITAN FASHION AWARDS honoring outstanding achievements in fashion and costume design in motion picture, television, and live performance were announced by Metropolitan Fashion Week Founder Eduardo Khawam. The winners will be revealed during the 5th Annual Metropolitan Fashion Week Closing Gala and Fashion Awards to be held Thursday, October 5th at Warner Bros. Studios. (To View MetroFW official video reel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBsDwEYiZX0.)

We are so excited to receive a record number of entries from all over the world,” said Khawam. “The enthusiastic response of the entertainment and fashion community is remarkable. These awards are unique because they also embrace fashion influencers in television, film and live performance.”Metropolitan Fashion Nominations

The Nominees For The 2017 Metropolitan Fashion Awards Are:

Costume Designer of the Year – Motion Picture

  • Atomic Blonde – Cindy Evans
  • Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
  • Dunkirk – Jeffrey Kurland
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Judianna Makovsky
  • Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming

Costume Designer of the Year – TV

  • EMPIRE – Paolo Nieddu, Mary Lane & Jennifer Salim
  • Homeland – Katina Le Kerr
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco
  • Suits – Jolie Andreatta
  • This Is Us – Hala Bahmet
  • The Last Tycoon – Janie Bryant

Costume Designer of the Year – Live Performance

  • Celine Dion Las Vegas – Annie Horth
  • Hamilton – Paul Tazewell
  • Le Reve – Claude Renard
  • Circus 1903 – Angela Aaron
  • Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil – Giovanna Buzzi

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The Dalmore To Release 40 Year Old Whisky In 2017

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is set to add to its repertoire of exceptionally rare and aged whiskies with The Dalmore 40 Year Old. Just 750 bottles of The Dalmore 40 will be released this year around the world through selected whisky specialist retailers, luxury bars and restaurants.

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Building on The Dalmore‘s pioneering heritage in the art of maturation, The Dalmore 40 has been carefully nurtured and crafted by renowned Master Distiller Richard Paterson. This latest expression further underlines the distillery’s reputation for maturing its whiskies for longer and in a greater variety of casks than many other whiskies, which is only possible due to the depth and complexity of its new make spirit. The liquid has been maturated in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred into 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matsualem oloroso sherry butts and finally finished in first fill bourbon barrels.

The result is a liquid featuring flashes of amber and fire gold, offering a multitude of aromas including Colombian coffee and marmalade. On the palate, gingerbread and honey are followed by a generous aftertaste of Sanguinello blood oranges over ripe Bramley apples and liquorice sticks.

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The Dalmore To Release 40 Year Old Whisky In 2017

The release of The Dalmore 40 comes right after the 2017 release of The Dalmore 35. This release is born of a distinct cask, following the same maturation journey as the initial release of The 35 last year. Unique versus its 2016 predecessor, the 2017 release shows notes of marmalade, ground cinnamon, chocolate cake, roasted chestnuts and raisins. There are 150 bottles of the The Dalmore 35 2017 release available nationwide. More information and details are available upon request.

The release marks the culmination of a year of celebrations to celebrate Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry. Paterson commented, “In the year that I reflect on my time in the whisky industry, and indeed at The Dalmore, it has been a great privilege to release two of our greatest ever aged expressions – first, the champagne finished 50 years old and now this exceptional 40.”

Tasting Notes:

  • Color: Flashes of amber and fire gold with dazzling rays of gleaming copper pot stills
  • Aroma: Rich Colombian coffee, sweet sultanas, fresh dates and Old English marmalade
  • Palate: Gingerbread, molasses, maple syrup and brioche dipped in Manuka honey
  • Finish: Sanguinello blood oranges, over ripe Bramley apples, liquorice stick and desiccated coconut
  • ABV: 42%

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Saks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign Benefitting Women’s Cancer Research Fund

Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) for the 2017 Key To The Cure campaign. Now in its 19th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue‘s annual fundraising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez will act as the face of the campaign, and Missoni will design the exclusive, limited edition t-shirt.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign Benefitting Women’s Cancer Research Fund With Women’s Cancer Research Ambassador Jennifer Lopez And Missoni.

For almost two decades, Key To The Cure has been one of the most iconic and valuable programs that Saks executes each year,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “We look forward to raising funds for WCRF, as well as cancer research and treatment organizations around the country, and are confident that we will be successful, especially with the extraordinary support from both Jennifer Lopez and Missoni.

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, has supported innovative research directed at the development of more effective approaches to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of women’s cancers since 1997. Founded by Jamie Tisch, Kate Capshaw, Rita Wilson, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Kelly Chapman Meyer and Marion Laurie, WCRF has significantly moved the needle to advance life-saving research. Saks Fifth Avenue‘s annual KTTC Charity Shopping Weekend will kick off on Friday, Oct. 13, and will donate three percent of sales of designated merchandise up to $500,000 to WCRF from Friday to Sunday.

We are honored to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue on this year’s Key To The Cure campaign,” said Tisch. “We admire all that Saks has accomplished in support of cancer research over the years, and we are grateful to everyone who will participate in this event to raise critical funds.”

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Saks Fifth Avenue Key To The Cure 2017 t-shirt by MISSONI

Since the campaign’s inception 19 years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated close to $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations that have benefitted from Saks Fifth Avenue’s charitable support include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), Cleveland Clinic, Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute and much more.

The Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has supported innovative research directed at the development of more effective approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of women’s cancers since 1997. WCRF has significantly moved the needle to fast-track more effective approaches to the study of women’s cancers. In 2016, WCRF joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)—the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. As a program of BCRF, the highest rated breast cancer organization in the country, WCRF will go even further in its ability to advance life-saving research. For more information, kindly visit www.wcrfcure.org or www.Instagram.com/wcrfcure.

Missoni, known for its colorful geometric motifs, created the exclusive 2017 Key To The Cure t-shirt. The design will be available for purchase from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com. One hundred percent of proceeds from the $35 t-shirt will be donated to twelve local cancer charities, including American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and TGen Foundation, among others.

It’s an honor to design the coveted Key To The Cure t-shirt for Saks Fifth Avenue,” said Angela Missoni. “This year marks my 20th anniversary as the Creative Director for Missoni and what better way to celebrate than to join the amazing roster of designers who have used their creative voices to support such an extraordinary cause.

Jennifer Lopez will act as the official 2017 WCRF Ambassador, appearing in the KTTC advertising campaign as well as in a Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored national public service announcement. Past ambassadors and designer collaborations have included Halle Berry and Christian Louboutin, Jennifer Aniston and Peter Dundas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Karl Lagerfeld, and Heidi Klum and Michael Kors, among many well-known others.

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