Chrissy Teigen And Jack Guinness Star In UGG Australia’s Winter 2015 Campaign, Unveiling New Weatherproof, Waterproof and Water-Resistant Collection that Pairs Style with Function

The UGG® brand announced the debut of its Winter 2015 “This Is UGG.” brand marketing campaign starring supermodel Chrissy Teigen and DJ Jack Guinness. For the latest iteration of “This Is UGG.” – a campaign designed to develop an emotional connection with consumers that transcends any specific product – UGG took to the pristine snowcapped mountain peaks of Iceland for a breathtaking experiential journey to develop an emotional connection with the consumers to present our extensive winter product – a fashionable line that infuses the most innovative weatherproof, waterproof and water-resistant technologies. The multi-media, cross-channel campaign, which will run through February 1, 2015, will leverage this storytelling platform to illustrate how UGG products “Feels Like Nothing Else“.

In the spirit of “This is UGG.” Teigen and Guinness, who have catapulted themselves to notoriety by being “plugged in,” were asked to do just the opposite – unplug in order to reconnect to their experiences, environment and themselves. The campaign follows a story of meaningful moments that capture a feeling. From discovering local treasures to reflecting on a snow-topped glacier, Chrissy and Jack embrace their experiences and radiate emotion that mirrors what the UGG brand is all about — a comfort and ease that “Feels Like Nothing Else.”

Chrissy Teigen in UGG Australia's Winter Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

Chrissy Teigen in UGG Australia’s Winter Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

Teigen radiates an unexpected outgoing personality with a passion for adventure. For “This Is UGG.”, Chrissy unveils her most natural side, indulging in her interest for unique foods and beauty. In an exclusive video, “Soul Food,” she reflects on slowing down to appreciate life’s small moments: “Life goes by so quickly so it is really important to create time and space for yourself. Sometimes you have to think of your surroundings and how blessed you are: Close your eyes, take it all in and be in the moment. In Iceland we were surrounded by so much beauty and so much simplicity– it’s just food for the soul.” (See Chrissy Teigen, “Soul Food” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWVLbX7LjJo)

The “This Is UGG” winter journey shows an intimate side of Jack Guinness – one that reflects his personal interests and creative pursuits, out of the limelight. Jack barely has a moment for himself; those rare moments are like gold. As an accomplished DJ, one of Jack’s favorite things to do is spending time getting lost for hours in hidden record stores and finding little gems of sound that will make his sessions better. As a musician, avid reader, writer and art collector, before departing for Iceland Guinness spoke about his excitement for the “This Is UGG” campaign via an exclusive video featuring the UGG brand:

Iceland is a sublime place. There’s something so romantic and unique about Iceland; it’s rugged and magic. I want to meet the people, listen to the music that’s popular there, and learn about their culture. Does living in Iceland create a different outlook on life? An original aesthetic and way of looking at things? I want to drink and dance with the locals, and try and see the world through their eyes. It sounds cheesy but it’s true! I’m really, really excited… I’ll keep a diary while I’m out there, sometimes writing helps me share thoughts that would otherwise go unexpressed and be forgotten. I don’t just want to remember what I did, I want to remember how it made me feel.” – Jack Guinness. (See Jack Guinness, “On the Rocks” video here: http://youtu.be/H8XjyGWqOvg)

The new collection highlights fashion-forward weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof styles fit for blizzards, thunderstorms and everything in between. Updated classics with touches fit for the elements, including weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof technology, are joined for the men’s winter campaign.

Winter 2015 – Women’s collection highlights includes:
—  A contemporary take on a classic silhouette, the Emalie boot fuses waterproof leather with a water-repellent wool blend forming a protective cover for feet, while the Simmens boot incorporates a textured, water-resistant shaft and a soft, cozy lining to keep feet warm and comfortable.
—  Chartering bold new territory, sumptuous sheepskin is fixed to cuff the Patten’s water-resistant Silkee suede in rugged-riche style, while a luxurious, natural wool lining keeps feet warm and dry.
—  Renowned for its bar-raising blend of fashion and performance, the Adirondack Boot II features waterproof full-grain leather, cozy lining and cuffable suede shaft. And an UGG®-exclusive Vibram® outsole on the Adirondack Boot II stands up to snowy weather in style.

Winter 2015 – Men’s collection highlights:
—  Oiled suede complements the waterproof leather in the Munroe, creating a durable style with a contemporary feel. Fully lined in luxurious, natural wool, this rugged boot is cold weather rated to -4 degrees Fahrenheit and equipped with an exclusive Vibram® outsole.
—  The shorter iteration of the iconic classic, the Classic Mini Deco serves as a perfect alternative for warmer climates, elevated stylistically with sophisticated stitching at the heel counter. Showcasing all the characteristics of the Classic Collection, this boot keeps feet dry and comfortable with a moisture-wicking interior.
—  Crafted to handle the harshest winter elements, the men’s Butte pairs understated style with stay-dry technology. Cuffable, waterproof leather and nylon are finished with an exclusive Vibram® outsole and moisture-wicking lining to offer the warmth and dry comfort characteristic of classic UGG boots.

The UGG brand has demonstrated steady success in expanding its offering and developing strong product throughout the year including recent transitional footwear, as well as high fashion styles that incorporate high-tech weather features,” said Connie Rishwain, President of UGG. “We’ve called upon Chrissy Teigen and Jack Guinness to serve as our brand ambassadors for our Winter 2015 ‘This Is UGG.’ campaign to bring attention to our compelling weather designs that transcend what traditional weather products look like. These are beautiful, yet highly functional products that also deliver the luxury and comfort that the UGG brand is known for.”

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

The countdown is on. 2015 is right around the corner and in the Entertainment Capital of the World, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. While Las Vegas has all the usual NYE suspects, why not consider some new ways to bring in the New Year, like eating 23-karat gold flecked lasagna or kicking off 2015 with Justin Timberlake? So, how should you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sin City? Here are 10 ideas:

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

10. Taste the decadence. Say adieu to 2014 at The Mirage with Portofino‘s White Diamond truffle and 23-karat gold flaked lasagna. The $100 “Diamond and Gold” Lasagna tantalizes taste buds with layers of pasta stuffed with porcini mushrooms, Iberico ham, Prosciutto di Parma, 24-month-aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, buffalo mozzarella and Kobe Bolognese. This luxurious creation is finished with foie gras-infused Alfredo sauce.

9. Dance the year away. If confetti blasts and partying like a rock star are more your style, check out the top headliners at the finest nightclubs in the world. Calvin Harris with Eva Shaw & Burns will headline a special New Year’s Eve set at Hakkasan at MGM Grand. Alesso will drop beats at LIGHT at Mandalay Bay and The Bank at Bellagio will feature an exclusive live performance by Trey Songz.

8. Party with Macklemore. If you’re donning your latest thrift shop finds this New Year’s Eve, 1OAK at The Mirage is the place to be, as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the stage to perform hits like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love.”

7. Go out with a bang. Fireworks light up the sky along Las Vegas Boulevard at midnight so it’s crucial to find a good vantage point well ahead of time. miX Lounge at Delano Las Vegas boasts an outdoor patio and floor-to-ceiling windows facing The Strip. You won’t miss a single burst with this epic view.

6. Catch the water works. Water and fire usually don’t play well together, but on New Year’s Eve on The Strip, it might be the best mash-up yet! Using dramatic music, water and light, The Fountains of Bellagio soar up to 460 feet in beautifully choreographed synchronization. With the glimmering fireworks in the background and the waterworks right in front of you, the combination makes for one stunning sight!

5. Pig out. Steak is so 2014; celebrate the start of 2015 at Monte Carlo’s Yusho with a whole pig’s head. Cooked for a full 24 hours and served with a plethora of Japanese fixings like stuffed buns, cabbage kimchi and bowls of ramen, this will be a New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t soon forget. Just be sure to order at least a full day in advance.

4. Paint the town gold.Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will transform into a golden wonderland, complete with elaborate gold-themed accents, lavish culinary selections, incredible cocktails and more. The masquerade-style affair encourages guests to welcome 2015 in an exuberant environment. The party continues with chart-toppers Maroon 5 as they take over the Mandalay Bay Events Center for two special performances December 30 and 31.

3. Beef up your new year. Ring in the New Year with the most indulgent burger experience on The Strip – the legendary FleurBurger 5000 from celebrated chef Hubert Keller of Fleur at Mandalay Bay. The foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware, imported from Italy. After the meal, Fleur will ship the glasses to your home along with a personal note from Chef Keller. All this decadence for the price of $5,000!

2. Cure your hangover. Hangovers are all too common come New Year’s Day. Luckily, Vegas has as many hangover cures as ways to incur said hangover. Developed by a group of experienced emergency room physicians, REVIV, located at The Underground at MGM Grand, features a wide range of intravenous and vitamin therapies to combat hangovers including three different types of IV therapies. If the “hair of the dog” cure is more your style, check out the Instagram-worthy Bloody Mary at Todd English P.U.B. inside The Shops at Crystals, where a cart is rolled tableside and guests select from an insane amount of garnishes including a bacon cheeseburger slider, a chicken wing, shrimp and a mini corn dog.

1. Put on your suit and tie. In Vegas, the party doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight. This year, continue your celebration of a fresh start, a new year and a new day with none other than Justin Timberlake, who will close out his 20/20 Experience World Tour January 1 and 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

This holiday, Edible Arrangements has outdone itself by creating its largest Edible® fruit display yet–the Edible® Grand Collection, each containing more than 450 pieces of fruit decorating a base, standing at three feet by two feet and fit for a crowd. There are nine large fruit arrangements within the Edible® Grand Collection. Each arrangement contains enough for 150+ individuals and can be purchased plain or chocolate-dipped, offering party planners a mix of options. Options include the following:

The Majestic Love features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple hearts with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Magnificently Radiant features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple stars with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Field of Daisies features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh daisy-shaped pineapples with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

At parties–such as the many that are held this time of year–guests are drawn to a bright, beautiful centerpiece,” said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. “The Edible® Grand Collection features an awe-inspiring, show-stopping presentation for special events or any occasion that calls for something truly spectacular!

New-York Historical Society Mounts First Annual Holiday Express Exhibition Featuring Antique Trains and Toys from the Museum’s Jerni Collection

The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with a vibrant and sweeping display of spectacular antique toy trains, toys and scenic elements. On view now through February 22, 2015 (Presidents’ Day), Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection is a dynamic exhibition that appeals to all ages, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. The Holiday Express exhibition is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Stated Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society: “This collection will provide a wonderful new way for young visitors to understand how railroads supplanted canals as the favored mode of transport; how dozens of lines competed to funnel the raw produce of the American heartland to New York’s factories, shipyards, and piers; how the United States rail system experienced phenomenal growth not only upon the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, but also with the development of elevated railways in American cities; why, in 1865, New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley famously took up the longstanding appeal for the poor and unemployed of New York City to ‘go west and grow up with the country.’”

Lutz Toy Company Floor toy train set, 1884. New-York Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

Lutz Toy Company Floor toy train set, 1884. New-York
Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City and has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

Detail of Lutz Toy Company Floor toy train set, 1884. NewYork Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

Detail of Lutz Toy Company Floor toy train set, 1884. NewYork
Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

Brianne Train Station, ca. 1900. New-York Historical Society, The Jerni Collection

Brianne Train Station, ca. 1900. New-York Historical
Society, The Jerni Collection

A highlight of New-York Historical Society’s holdings, the Jerni Collection was assembled over fifty years by U.S. collectors Jerry and Nina Greene and is considered one of the world’s leading collections of antique trains and toys. It includes unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted pieces dating from approximately 1850 to 1940, featuring prime examples by the leading manufacturers that set the standard for the Golden Age of European toys, including the German firms of Märklin, Bing, Ernst Plank and Carette, as well as the American firm Lionel.

Märklin 5-gauge locomotive, 1905. New-York Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

Märklin 5-gauge locomotive, 1905. New-York Historical
Society, The Jerni Collection.

Detail of Ferris Wheels. New-York Historical Society, The Jerni Collection.

Detail of Ferris Wheels. New-York Historical Society, The
Jerni Collection.

Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of New-York Historical’s first floor and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum on the lower level, featuring more than 300 pieces from the museum’s Jerni Collection that transform the space into a magical wonderland. Holiday Express displays designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, Batwin + Robin Productions and Big Show Construction Management, Inc. feature theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and other effects to engage visitors in an immersive experience. Antique trains move along more than 400 linear feet of railroad tracks that twist and turn overhead, winding throughout the first floor.

The exhibition begins at New-York Historical’s West 77th Street entrance, where movement and sound from four large-scale multimedia screens will make it seem as though trains are roaring through the rotunda. This space also features a circular display case with the Boucher “Blue Comet,” a rare toy train from the 1920s-30s that mimics the real Blue Comet, which ran from the New York metropolitan area to Atlantic City during the Great Depression. Other highlights in this case are a one-of-a-kind Märklin Post Office (1895), a large Doll & Co. Ferris wheel (1904), a Gebrüder Bing carousel (1880-1890), and aircraft flying overhead.

A 360-degree mountainous landscape on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court features artifacts grouped into ten scenes, including a tunnel, train station arrival structure, fairground, harbor with a lighthouse, and an airplane fly-by.

An expansive display in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History features a variety of trains, stations and other buildings, aircraft, and ships and boats of all shapes and sizes, including the largest example of Gebrüder Bing’s Leviathan toy ocean liner (1920). The display in the Leah and Michael Weisberg Monumental Treasures Wall Case is highlighted by a subtle palette of lighting effects to evoke a time-lapse transformation from dawn to dusk.

Several illuminated cases in New-York Historical’s hallways feature thematic displays from the collection. A dramatically lit display along the Central Park West corridor showcases large-scale American pieces, including moving trains within an abstract landscape, as well as interactive elements like a crawl-through space and a pop-up semi-sphere, so kids can get an up-close view of the display.

The exhibition was curated by Mike Thornton, Assistant Curator for Material Culture at the New-York Historical Society. Consultants on Holiday Express: Trains and Toys from the Jerni Collection include:
Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), an integrated architecture and exhibit design firm located in New York City responsible for the overall Concept and Design for Holiday Express; LHSA+DP is the designer of the New-York Historical Society’s highly popular, DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
Batwin + Robin, renowned “media storytellers” with over twenty years of experience in the theater, museums and other venues, were the media producers for the exhibition.
Big Show Construction Management, Inc., a company that bridges the entertainment and construction industries, provided the comprehensive project management services.

Lands’ End Launches Holiday “#MonogramMonday” Campaign Searching for Monogram Matches

At Lands’ End, monogramming costs just $6 per monogram and $10 on most luggage, towel, and sheet sets. Most items can accommodate a monogram of up to 10 characters on one line. (Some items, like baby blankets, can accommodate a monogram of up to 15 characters on up to 3 lines.) To celebrate the company’s busiest monogramming season, today Lands’ End has launched #MonogramMonday, a fun campaign searching for individuals with initials to match monograms posted on Lands’ End’s social platforms.

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Each Monday at 8:00 a.m. (CST) from December 1December 22, 2014, Lands’ End will post a photo or video of a three-lettered monogram on Twitter (@LandsEndPR & @LandsEnd), Facebook (www.facebook.com/landsend) and Instagram (@LandsEnd_PR & @LandsEnd). The lucky-named individuals whose personal initials match the posted monogram in any order can enter at www.landsend.com/monogrammonday within 24 hours.  All entries matching the monogram will be collected and one winner will be chosen at random to win a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card each week.

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During the holiday season, November and December, the monogramming department will go through 3,600 spools of thread – the equivalent of 10,800 miles of thread. The company offers 30 different thread colors to help create a truly personalized look with a monogram, with Parchment being the most popular thread color during the holiday season due to the high volume of Christmas stockings monogrammed. Customers can choose from a single initial, three initials or a word, and then select from a variety of font styles for each choice, with “Mom” and “Dad” being the most popular monograms.

Monogramming at Lands’ End is our specialty and we love to see how creative our customers and employees can be with thread colors, phrases and words that help to uniquely personalize everything from cashmere sweaters, down vests, canvas totes and fleece throws to even slippers and socks,” said Steve Rado, SVP, chief marketing officer, Lands’ End. “We thought we’d join in the fun this season by offering a fun, engaging campaign focusing on monogramming.  So, check with us each Monday from December 1 through December 22 to see if your initials match.”

Experience “Santa’s Journey to the Stars” at Macy’s Herald Square This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is clear for takeoff at Macy’s Herald Square with the unveiling of its 2014 Christmas windows. Titled “Santa’s Journey to the Stars,” this year’s seasonal spectacular traces the adventures of Alex, a young boy who receives a magical and mystical telescope that enables him to experience the wonder of Christmas on other planets before landing back on Earth at the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Accompanied by his dog Bella and escorted through the galaxy by none other than the one-and-only Santa Claus, Alex’s otherworldly voyage will amaze and enchant children of all ages as they too embark on their very own out-of-this-world adventure. The 2014 Christmas windows at Macy’s Herald Square will be on display through December 26. It is estimated that during peak hours over 10,000 people per hour will pass by the windows.

Macy's Herald Square Unveils its 2014 Christmas Window Spectacular--"Santa's Journey to the Stars." John Minchillo/AP Images for Macy's Inc. (PRNewsFoto/Macy's)

Macy’s Herald Square Unveils its 2014 Christmas Window Spectacular–“Santa’s Journey to the Stars.” John Minchillo/AP Images for Macy’s Inc. (PRNewsFoto/Macy’s)

Created by Roya Sullivan, award-winning designer and Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation, Macy’s 2014 Christmas windows combine the wonder of modern technology with stunning visual elements and a dose of nostalgia. Following a child’s imaginary journey through space, the six Broadway windows will showcase one-of-a-kind planet-scapes, countless custom designed toys, handmade elves and an interactive game, all accented by thousands of LED lights. Nearly 85% of the installation is foam, with sculptures carved and treated to resemble a wide variety of textures and effects, such as the surface of the moon, or the gleaming face of one of the celestial beings within. In addition, spectators will be able to watch the story unfold chapter-by-chapter in animated form with the assistance of high definition video monitors set within each window.

Below is a brief description of each window, along with the story that is told as visitors move from window to window on their journey:

Window 1
Alex was an extraordinary boy, his telescope was no ordinary toy.
On the night he spotted Mercury he saw a sleigh and eight reindeer—then he and his dog Bella were soaring the skies! “Now you can join me among the stars
to see how other planets celebrate Christmas!”
They whizzed on past Mercury, which is a little bit quirky: hotter than an oven by day, colder than a freezer by night.

The story of “Santa’s Journey to the Stars” begins as our hero Alex is seen in his bedroom marveling at his favorite gift of all…a telescope from Santa. Suddenly, Santa himself appears and, quicker than a wink, Alex and his dog Bella are soaring through the skies on their extraterrestrial experience.

Window 2
The second planet from the sun, Venus is also a second source of North Pole fun: On this home away from home, Santa’s elves run a spare workshop to assemble all the gifts that fill the rest of the galaxy’s kids’ wish lists.

The excitement of the journey builds inside this window when Santa, Alex and Bella land on Venus. Little do the people on Earth know that Santa uses Venus as a second workshop to build toys for all the good little children in the galaxy. Venus’ elves are hard at work in this window as the conveyer belt whizzes by filled to the brim with the fruits of their labor.

Window 3
Because it’s the color of Santa’s jacket, Mars is called the Red Planet, and it has something that is very hard to hide: Olympus Mons is the highest mountain in our solar system, taller than any on Earth! When the holidays come, so too does the fun, and Martians decorate it to spread good cheer and mirth.

The next stop is Mars, otherwise known as the Red Planet, where our traveling trio takes a whimsical ride on a Mars rover, soaring high above the festivities below. The resident Martians have truly “painted the town red” in honor of the season and, as a salute to one of the greatest holiday traditions here on Earth, have incorporated balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade into their jubilee.

Window 4
The two biggest planets have out-of-this world facets: Jupiter has a whopping 67 moons, each with its own tradition and well worth a visit. The folks on Saturn are speed demons and hold holiday races upon its rings.

After experiencing life on Mars, it is now off to Jupiter, the “Gas Giant,” and the largest planet in the solar system. Jupiter has 67 moons, more than any other planet and, during the holidays, each moon tries to outdo the other with their fanciful holiday celebrations. A quick jaunt to Saturn finds the locals engaging in friendly competition as they race around the planet’s rings.

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Uranus and Neptune are known as the “Ice Giants” because they are the coldest of all. What’s even cooler is how their folks get festive at night
by throwing the galaxy’s biggest snowball fight.

The fun turns interactive inside our next window as Earthling onlookers are invited to play a seasonally inspired game which vividly lights up a miniature ice city. In the meantime, competition of a different sort occurs within the window as a snowball fight for the ages unfolds between our “Ice Giants,” Uranus and Neptune.

Window 6
Alex and Bella now knew all about the jubilation of the other planets’ celebrations! They would not forget soon what they learned about holidays across the planets and moons, but Santa knew they were ready for their own Christmas on Earth.

It all comes together in the grand finale of “Santa’s Journey to the Stars” as Alex comes back down to Earth marveling at all he has experienced throughout his otherworldly adventure. Finding himself at the Macy’sThanksgiving Day Parade, our hero feels a warm and familiar comfort at the sight of the balloons floating on the parade route and, as his friend Santa Claus arrives at last to signal the start of the holiday season, he realizes that, no matter the fun that was had in space, there will be nothing like his Christmas celebration here on Earth.

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Macy’s was the first department store to feature Christmas window displays when RH Macy himself began the tradition of animated windows in 1899 at Macy’s original 14th street location and has been enchanting generations of spectators since. This year, spectators will view custom-made planets, handmade elves and custom toys, all highlighted by thousands of custom LED lights and each Christmas window display is a project nearly a year in the making as plans for the next year’s windows begin in January, almost immediately after the windows are taken down. It takes a dedicated team of over 250 of Santa’s helpers to bring the windows to life including Macy’s display artists, graphic artists, sculptural artists, animators, carpenters, electricians and music and sound experts, with  the installation of the Christmas windows accomplished in 21 days and nights.

According to Sullivan, “This year’s Christmas windows will symbolize the power of magical thinking and the tradition of storytelling where we celebrate, not only children’s imagination, but our own inner-child. We have combined our homage to today’s tech-savvy child with a nostalgic dream to travel through space with Santa. This theme is brought to life by combining the technological and interactive elements with old school artistry forming a unique marriage resulting in something original and artistic.”

BREITLING CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE BREITLING EMERGENCY II

THE ULTIMATE HIGH-TECH SURVIVAL INSTRUMENT IN ALL DISTRESS SITUATIONS ON LAND, AT SEA AND IN THE AIR

To celebrate the launch of the Breitling Emergency II, the Swiss watch brand hosted a party on board the iconic warship HMS Belfast in London. The Breitling Emergency II (Breitling Emergency II RRP from £12,040 and Emergency II Night Mission RRP from £13,570 available to purchase nationwide from certified Breitling Dealers) is the first ever wristwatch to feature a dual frequency personal locator beacon, a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system – features specifically developed for this model.  This miniaturized transmitter and antenna system, developed in conjunction with the specifications of the Cospas Sarsat international satellite system, serves both to issue alerts and to guide search and rescue missions. As the first ever wristworn dual frequency PLB, it establishes itself as a safety and survival instrument in all distress situations on land, at sea and in the air.

All eyes were on the Thames as the Emergency Night Mission – the ultra-cool all black titanium version of the watch – arrived under a veil of darkness, delivered by a Stealth 710 vessel equipped with state of the art anti-detection systems.

Breitling Emergency Night Mission

Breitling Emergency Night Mission

Of the event, Breitling UK Managing Director Gavin Murphy says: “It is very fitting for Breitling to be hosting the launch of the Emergency II on board HMS Belfast. Not only does Breitling have a long heritage of working with the military in the UK but also the ship itself when built was equipped with the most advanced radar systems of the time; this pioneering spirit is reflected in everything Breitling does and nowhere more so than  the second generation Emergency”

The event was attended by special guests of the brand including pilots and military personnel as well as adventurers Neil Laughton and Quentin Smith, a pilot rescued from his life raft after he deployed his Breitling Emergency in the Antarctic in 2003.