Nordstrom Unveils New Fall 2017 Fashion Campaign

Retailer Showcases Fashion Through The Lens Of Photographer Max Farago And Director Clara Cullen

Today, Nordstrom, Inc. launched a new national brand campaign shot by photographer Max Farago with video by director Clara Cullen, which celebrates the best of fall fashion. The campaign will debut on August 7 in the U.S. and on September 4 in Canada with print, digital, social, out of home and video components.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen, Max Farago

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen, Max Farago

The campaign vision and concept was developed by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, who has set the creative tone for the retailer’s last five brand campaigns. Kim along with her creative team tapped Farago and Cullen, the husband and wife creative duo favored by the fashion world, to bring their vision to life.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

The campaign features intimate and honest portraits of models and non-models alike, minimally edited and styled how people really dress to depict a modern and relevant perspective on a high-fashion campaign. The full campaign imagery and videos can be seen at Nordstrom.com/Fall2017. Highlights of brands featured in the campaign include 3.1 Phillip Lim Acne, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Studios adidas, Lemaire, Sophie Buhai, Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Levi’s®, Tibi, Dr. Martens, Molly Goddard, Tomorrowland, FRAME, Norse Project, Topman, Isa Arfen, Officine Generale, Ovadia & Sons, J.Crew, Vans®, Vejas, Richard Malone, and SATURDAYS NYC.

With her creative mind and unique perspective as a merchant, Kim took on the role of setting the vision for the company’s brand campaigns in Spring 2016, the retailer’s first in 15 years. Following her inaugural “See Anew” campaign, “We Are Here” from Fall 2016, and “Love, Nordstrom” from the holiday season, and the Spring 2017 campaign shot by Petra Collins. The Fall 2017 campaign marks Kim’s fifth developed for Nordstrom.

The cast includes:

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hailey Gates

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hailey Gates

  • Actress and television journalist Hailey Gates, host of VICELAND’s series States of Undress, in which she explores geopolitics through the lens of fashion. Her work takes her to conflict zones around the world for international fashion weeks.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - The Hiplets - Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – The Hiplets – Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

  • Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, and Nia Lyons, classically trained ballerinas of The Hiplet™ and the most senior dancers at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. The Hiplet™ have appeared in a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show, TEDxSanFrancisco, the New York Times and CNN. Their YouTube videos have gathered over hundreds of thousands of views.
  • Homer Hans Bryant, the artistic director and founder of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center who conceived dance group phenom The Hiplet™ which showcases dancers en pointe interplaying hip-hop movements with classical styles.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

  • Designer Vejas Kruszewski (in his collection) and Saam Emme, the creative team behind the label Vejas. Their designs redefine conventional streetwear, breaking borders and blending youth culture with studious fashion history. Vejas was awarded the LVMH Special Prize in 2016.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Angela Goding

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Angela Goding

  • Contemporary art curator Angela Goding, who has a formidable reputation in the New York art world for her instincts and distinct fashion sense.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Jane Moseley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Jane Moseley

  • Twenty-nine-year-old painter, sculptor, and model Jane Moseley, who spent six years in New York resisting the lure of the modeling industry, then became a fashion sensation after walking in Balenciaga’s fall 2016 show. She has a collection of horror-movie-inspired tattoos, and a dog, five cats, a lizard, a hedgehog and two pet rats.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Creative Growth - Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Creative Growth – Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

  • Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio space, representation, instruction and opportunity for personal expression to adult artists with mental, developmental or physical disabilities. Artists from the center exhibit in museums and esteemed collections worldwide.
  • Elizabeth Rangel, a self-taught artist, and designer who works in textiles and fashion.
  • William Scott, a self-taught artist whose work appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Oakland Museum of California.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ian & Marc Hundley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ian & Marc Hundley

  • Marc and Ian Hundley, artists and twin brothers. Marc creates text-based posters incorporating references to literature, lyrics, and film; he also makes furniture. Ian constructs colorful, large-scale quilts based on topographic maps.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hayett McCarthy

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hayett McCarthy

  • French-born Londoner Hayett McCarthy, a former dog groomer, record-label intern, bartender and sandwich-board carrier, now a model for top fashion brands including Hermès, ACNE Studios, Burberry, COACH, and Vetements, among others.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ebonee Davis (2)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ebonee Davis 

  • Twenty-three-year-old Seattle native Ebonee Davis, a model, and activist advocating for more diversity in the fashion industry. In a TED Talk, she discussed her path to self-acceptance and her case for creating positive, inclusive imagery.

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amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS GALA RAISES A RECORD BREAKING $35 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND TO HELP FIND A CURE

EVENT SPONSORED BY WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT, BOLD FILMS, BVLGARI, MERCEDES-BENZ and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS raised a record $35 million last night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and BVLGARI.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Kellan Lutz attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Kellan Lutz attends amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

Sharon Stone was once again a Chair of the event, along with Harvey Weinstein, amfAR ambassador Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, BVLGARI Ambassador Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Carine Roitfeld, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin, amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview Entertainment COO Molly Conners.

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Tony- And Grammy-Winner Billy Porter To Host Live Out Loud’s Thirteenth Annual Young Trailblazers Gala On April 28

Acclaimed Star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies and Help Celebrate Five of New York’s Most Inspiring Young Leaders

Billy Porter will headline the thirteenth annual Trailblazers Benefit Gala hosted by Live Out Loud, an nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and empowering LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community.  On Monday, April 28, Porter will join more than 500 leaders in business, arts, politics, and more, to honor individuals that have made a positive impact among the LGBT youth community and recognize several remarkable young LGBT leaders with college scholarships.  Proceeds of the event will go toward furthering educational programming for LGBTQ youth.

Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community. By providing youth with opportunities to interact with adults who understand the realities of living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community, Live Out Loud helps young people to achieve academic success, healthy relationships, rewarding careers, and a fulfilling life. Live Out Loud forges these crucial connections through innovative, hands-on initiatives that include: bringing positive LGBTQ role models into classrooms and schools; bringing LGBTQ youth into workplaces to meet LGBTQ professionals from all walks of life; and providing financial and mentoring support to young scholars and leaders.

It will be my great pleasure to shine the spotlight on perseverance and the potential these young leaders have to find their own voices in this world,” noted Porter, whose artistic talents are equaled only by his passionate support for LGBTQ rights.  “I celebrate Live Out Loud for their important work and will be proud to stand among them at this gala, and continue to stand for the power of equality.

Porter is a Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director from Pittsburgh, PA. As a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records and his sophomore album, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE, on Sh-K-Boom Records. Billy’s Back on Broadway, Porter’s highly anticipated debut on Concord Records, is scheduled for release April 8, 2014. Porter currently stars as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.  Porter is also a graduate of The Professional Program In Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam.

He will be joined this year by Gala Chairs Tim AllenEugene Rabinovich and Chuck JamesHonorary Chairs include Lea DeLariaMichael UrieJordan Roth & Richie JacksonKim & Lexi StolzBD Wong,David HallbergClodaghDaryl Roth and The Honorable Christine Quinn.   Honorees include Ariel Foxman, editor at InStyle Magazine and Playwright, Terrance McNally.

The LGBT community continues to change public opinion and we have seen dramatic changes made in the past several years – including, and importantly, last year’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and the great many states that are debating the legalization of same-sex marriage,” said Leo Preziosi, Jr., founder and executive director of Live Out Loud. “Together, we must all focus on what’s possible – on what the world can and one day will look like for LGBTQ youth.  That is why we enable adult members of our community to reach out to the younger generation and play an active role in their lives to show them that they are valued and that their dreams can be realized.”

In the tradition of Live Out Loud‘s commitment to energize and enable LGBTQ youth to live the life of their dreams, five college-bound high school seniors from the NY Tri-state area will be awarded $5,000 scholarships at the event for their demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Live Out Loud helps LGBTQ students in New York City and the tri-state area by connecting them with role models and leaders in the LGBT community who are passionate about their life’s work and committed to sharing their stories, insight and advice with the next generation.  Among Live Out Loud‘s many hallmark programs is a partnership with international ad agency Deutsch Inc. called “Gay It Forward“, a groundbreaking PSA campaign for one of their signature programs, The Homecoming Project, which brings successful LGBT adults back to their high schools to share their stories with current students.

Sponsors of the Thirteenth Annual Young Trailblazers Gala include: Bank of America Merrill Lynch,Bloomingdale’s, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Inc., Carolina Herrera, Coach, Donny Deutsch, Abraham & Golda FoxmanAriel Foxman, Fund in the Sun, Helmut Lang, IPG, Johnson & Johnson, Nancy & Howard MarksMax Mara, Mindspark, Neiman Marcus, PwC, Daryl and Steven Roth Foundation, Theory, Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Homegoods, Tory Burch, and Viacom.

Tickets start at $250, and multiple sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information, contact Kristine Bruch at 212-228-7446 or visit www.liveoutloud.info.

 

Academy of Arts University Fashion Design and Textile Design Students Shine at Fall/Winter 2014 New Fashion Week

Designer Profile and Inspiration Images by David Dooley/Runway Images by Randy Brooke/WireImage 

Every designer dreams of showing their collection at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, and on Friday, February 7th that dream came true for 13 designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. Part of our commitment to our students is to help launch their careers and have their work seen by industry professionals,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting these designers’ collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an incredible opportunity for each of them.”

With more than 18,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest accredited private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited A.A., B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and M.Arch degree programs in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, and Web Design & New Media. Online degrees are offered in most areas. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), NAAB (Master of Architecture), and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation offered for BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD).

For the Fall 2014 season, 13 designers presented eight collections, four of which were collaborations between Fashion Design and Textile Design students. In total, six womenswear and two menswear collections were presented at the Academy of Art University Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show.

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Jaci Hodges, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Nisha Hanna Btesh, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a 1960s-inspired womenswear collection that was created with the use of Shibori, the Japanese technique of resistance felting. Originally from Austin, TX, Jaci holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. Additionally, she recently completed a design internship with gr.dano, a Bay Area ready-to-wear company co-founded by fellow alumna Jill Giordano. Nisha is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. Jaci and Nisha were inspired by the excess of prints worn during the late 1960s, in particular to those seen on the Brady Bunch, and the costumes worn by Mia Farrow in the film Dandy in Aspic.

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Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, on a menswear collection inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, “Beauty in Decay,” personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process. Frank was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, was awarded high honors for his undergraduate fashion show, and worked as the Marketing Manager for FU YU Clothing Company. Andrea grew up in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, is on the Academy of Art University President’s Honor List, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship through the YMA Scholarship Fund as a Geoffrey Beene National Scholar, and recently finished a design internship at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Continue reading

Macy’s Herald Square Beauty and Fragrance Department Unveils Its Biggest and Boldest Makeover Yet

Beauty Starts From the Inside with New Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrance Brands, Fully Re-Designed Counters, All-New Shop-In-Shop Installations, And Salon Services

All Images Courtesy of Macy’s Inc.

A state-of-the-art and sophisticated shopping experience awaits shoppers as Macy’s Herald Square unveils a striking new look for its signature world of beauty and fragrances today. The long-awaited reveal has been months in the making, culminating with the most dramatic makeover of a beauty department in modern retail history. Re-fashioned within a brand-new 24,000 square-foot space and re-imagined within the grand architectural setting of the majestic Main Floor, the new Cosmetics and Fragrances department at Macy’s Herald Square will be the pre-eminent retail showcase for beauty brands and salon services. New luxury and prestige brands in color, treatment and skincare collections, as well as brand new counters, shops and bars for brows, blow-outs and nails will elevate the macys_on_black_se_8540customer experience and exceed their expectations. Beauty will truly be in the eye of the beholder as Macy’s Herald Square restyles the world’s ultimate beauty destination.

Beauty is always one of the most dynamic businesses and departments at Macy’s Herald Square,” said Muriel Gonzalez, executive vice president/general merchandise manager for cosmetics, fragrances and shoes. “With the renovation of our flagship store, we were able to completely re-imagine the space devoted to all things beauty, allowing us to bring in luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, La Mer, Laura Mercier, Jo Malone London and Tom Ford, and for the first time, layer in salon services for nails, brows and hair all in one location. Macy’s Herald Square undeniably has the most powerful presentation for beauty in New York City.”

Macy's Herald Square, New York City

Macy’s Herald Square, New York City

She added, “In addition to the new color, skincare and fragrance collections being introduced, all of our existing vendors embraced the spectacular changes at Macy’s Herald Square with their own state-of-the-art installations that are unique, interactive and the most exciting cosmetics counters in the city.

Beauty indeed does start from within. Located in the heart of the store and at the crossroads of the Main Aisle and the newly opened Memorial Door Entrance off of 34th Street, the new Cosmetics and Fragrances department at Macy’s Herald Square is the crowning moment of the extensive Main Floor renovation begun last year. Redesigned with new architectural accents and structural elements, two sets of sweeping marble staircases along both the 34th and 35th Street sides of the store frame the stunning new department and create a spectacular arena for shopping. For the first time, show windows along 34th Street have been opened to provide vistas from the street into the store. Passersby can now experience the energy and excitement of the city’s most popular beauty destination as they travel along the bustling thoroughfare.

Once inside, shoppers enter a world of breathtaking beauty accented by modern design aesthetics and a sleek, modern sensibility. A brand-new Kiehl’s shop complete with its signature motorcycle display is offset by Macy’s award-winning Impulse Beauty concept. Steps away from 34th Street, an outpost for Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar Express and everyone’s favorite trend-setting brands including Bare Escentuals, Benefit, butter LONDON, essie, Inglot, Lipstick Queen, Smashbox, Tarte, Too-Faced, and Urban Decay await the shopper inside. Providing express services and views from 34th Street, Blow’s new outpost will be first stop for fast blow-outs, up-dos and quick re-styles and then it is off to Benefit’s Brow Bar for a quick re-shape. Continue reading

Walpole British Luxury and Vacheron Constantin host the first ‘CRAFTED: MAKERS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL’ Showcase

Date: 4th – 6th April 2013

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Somerset House West Wing

Admission: Free for the public

London, England– In celebration of outstanding British craftsmanship, Walpole British Luxury and Vacheron Constantin will host the first ‘CRAFTED: MAKERS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL’ Showcase for the public at Somerset House West Wing. From the stitching on a calf-skin leather handbag to the intricate metalwork on a statement mirror, expert craftsmanship is at the heart of all luxury goods. The showcase offers a unique insight into the excellence of fine craft by elevating the time honored expertise, intimate knowledge and captivating interactions between art, design and skill of the hand. From Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April, a collection of 20 of Britain’s most talented and pioneering artisans will demonstrate their passion, dedication and expertise, bringing to life the creative process, from exquisite and rare raw material to desirable and valuable finished work. Admission is free and there is no need to reserve tickets. For more information about the event please visit www.craftedshowcase.co.uk.

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Guests attend the Crafted Makers of the Exceptional Showcase launch>> at Somerset House on April 3, 2013 in London, England. (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Guests attend the Crafted Makers of the Exceptional Showcase launch>> at Somerset House on April 3, 2013 in London, England. (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Since 1990, Walpole British Luxury has been dedicated to supporting the British Luxury industry. Founded by flagship British Walpole_IDENTITYcompanies including Chewton Glen, DAKS, Financial Times and William Grant & Sons, Walpole furthers the interests of the British luxury industry. Named after great British statesman, patron of the arts and promoter of overseas trade, Sir Robert Walpole, the organisation provides a strong voice for the finest British brands in today’s competitive global luxury market.

At Walpole British Luxury we understand that luxury without exceptionally talented makers or outstanding materials is an empty promise, hence our commitment to the preservation and development to the craftsmanship skills’ said Julia Carrick, Chief Executive of Walpole British Luxury.

General view of the Crafted Makers of the Exceptional Showcase launch>> at Somerset House on April 3, 2013 in London, England.

General view of the Crafted Makers of the Exceptional Showcase launch at Somerset House on April 3, 2013 in London, England.

Walpole promotes, develops and represents the British luxury industry in partnership with its members – over 180 of Britain’s most prestigious companies drawn from the fashion, retail, jewelry, food, drink, leisure, automotive and media sectors, including Alfred Dunhill,  Alexander McQueen, Boodles, Burberry, Clive Christian, Chivas Brothers, Ettinger, The Gleneagles Hotel, Glenmorangie, Goodwood, Jimmy Choo, James Cropper Specialty Papers, Somerset House, Purdey, Savoir Beds, Silver Cross, Bremont, Thomas Pink, Vertu, Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton – Walpole represents the A to Z of internationally renowned and respected names, each bringing its own area of expertise and style to this most British of associations. Continue reading

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

This, the first of the FASHION+LIFETSYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES, is all about the children. These are the toys that were the bestsellers this past year and the ones that are presently selling out everywhere. There’s a toy or tablet here for every child on your Christmas list.

LeapPad2

IT’S THE HOTTEST TOY ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! The award-winning LeapPad2, from LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES, INC., offers kids more engaging learning experiences than ever before. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, a faster LF 2000 processor, double the on-board memory (4GB) and a longer battery life, all wrapped in a high-tech styled kid-tough tablet design. LEAPPAD2‘s extensive library of hundreds of games, music, videos, eBooks and more are carefully designed and approved by LEAPFROG‘s highly experienced team of educational experts and include a combination of LEAPFROG‘s top quality educational entertainment and engaging content from the biggest names in children’s entertainment. LEAPFROG‘s own learning content is grounded in the latest research and draws on a comprehensive curriculum that covers more

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than 2,500 skills across 100 skill categories. LEAPPAD2 is sold at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years. The LEAPPAD2 DISNEY PRINCESS BUNDLE is sold at MSRP $129.99. Downloads are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. New accessories for LeapPad2 include a Video Display Case (MSRP $19.99), Fashion Handbag (MSRP $19.99), Car Adapter (MSRP $14.99), Gel Skins (MSRP $9.99) and much more. An optional recharger pack is also available at MSRP $39.99. LeapPad2 is now available at www.leapfrog.com, online and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland

Don’t judge me but I have to say it: I LOVE GUMMIBÄR!  From the moment I received the package of CDs and DVDs in the mail, I have been spellbound by Gummibär and his friend: KALA (a ‘serval cat,’ and the brain in the group), HARRY, the nerdy know-it-all chameleon, and VAM PIRO (a vampire bat with a big problem: He faints at the sight of blood!).

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  GUMMIBÄR is a green blue-eyed character that is usually naked except for orange underwear and sneakers and also seems to have been bitten (with a small portion of the upper left ear missing), which may be why he sings about candy. Gummibär represents the child inside of us (much like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS); and he’s a dancing machine!  He knows how to work that body like no one else! Again, much like the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS character, there’s an element of adult sarcastic humor mixed in with a kid’s smart-alecky sensibility and I love it all. The theme song (“I am a Gummy Bear”) is like a classic earworm, and the new Christmas DVD, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa”, is a new Christmas classic. The cultural references sprinkled throughout the movie are to die for!

The first Gummibär theme song, “I’m a Gummy Bear” (“The Gummy Bear Song”), was produced in Germany in late 2006, and became a regional success as a dance song. The company has since created six additional music videos for a global audience in an increasing number of languages, has recorded additional songs, and Gummibär songs and videos have now been recorded in over 28 languages. They recently announced the addition of party supply products and cookie cutters to the mix, and much more are on the way. For Christmas 2012, check the new Christmas DVD, the CDs (“I am a Gummy Bear”, “Gummibär Christmas Jollies”, “Gummibär: La La Love to Dance”) and the DVD (“The Gummibär Video Collection”). For more information and where-to-buy, visit www.gummibar.net, www.gummibar.net/music/, www.facebook.com/funnygummy, www.gummybearinternational.com/. Continue reading