Organizers Announces the Complete Line-Up of Films, Documentaries and Events for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®

The British Film Institute has announced the complete program for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, with BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart returning for her second year with a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.

As Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive, BFI remarked in the Festival Introduction Letter on the BFI London Film Festival lff13-artworkwebsite, “The BFI London Film Festival is a brilliant achievement – and I think it’s okay for me to say that! Every year, without fail, I get a sense of excitement and anticipation that is heightened the minute I finally get to see the programme laid out in its entirety. Our Festival team has scoured the globe to set it before us. It is the BFI doing what it does best – completing the perfect circle from taking that initial act of confidence to invest in a film as yet unformed, to believing in the vision of filmmakers and writers, both established or as yet untried; igniting the imagination and minds of audiences with one of the richest and most imaginative cultural programmes in the world. We give film a powerful expression. The BFI London Film Festival celebrates new voices, new stories and new ideas and brings them not only to audiences across London, but increasingly UK-wide over a range of platforms. There are films that will dazzle, entertain, educate and astound; we have filmmakers who have picked up a camera for the first time, and established auteurs with more magic to unveil. It really is brilliant and it’s all for you.”

Stewart also took the opportunity to celebrate the life of her predecessor, who recently passed away: “On a more sombre note, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, the ground-breaking Sheila Whitaker who was LFF’s Festival Director from 1987 to 1996, as well as head of programming for the National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank) from 1984. Sheila, who remained an exemplary friend to our programming team, sadly passed away this August. All at the LFF acknowledge her legacy, and proudly carry it forward. It is timely that, during this year’s Festival, we will launch a new BFI Southbank strand – Discover Arab Cinema – and Sheila, whose speciality was in this field, had a guiding hand in establishing this important new programme.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events. The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from 9-20 October 2013.

Taking place over 12 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across the capital, from the West End cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and a new addition this year the Cineworld Haymarket; central London venues – BFI Southbank; the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events will take place at the Curzon Chelsea, BFI London IMAX and Village Underground.

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The BFI London Film Festival experience can be enjoyed UK- wide with the upcoming launch of the BFI Player, the BFI’s new web VOD service, featuring a Festival digital channel showing regular red carpet action and film maker interviews. BFI London Film Festival content will be a key attraction in the first range of services on the BFI Player and will also be available on the recently launched BFI Samsung smart TV app.

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Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips,” a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips", a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips”, a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Announces Exciting Events Taking over South Beach in July

DSC_0070 DSC_0083In just a couple of weeks, Miami Beach will come alive with the spirit of fashion, as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim once again hosts over 30 designer runway shows, presentations and special events. This season, in an effort to engage more fashionable consumers and to extend the momentum across South Beach, IMG Fashion has planned a series of events to compliment the jam packed schedule of shows at The Raleigh Hotel.

atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 will begin with the Official Kick-Off Party celebrating 25 years of Roxy with Roxy Pop Surf, followed by the 2014 Swim Collections of: AGUA BENDITA, POKO PANO, DOLORES CORTÉS, SUBOO, BEACH BUNNY, NICOLITA, AQUA DI LARA, MARA HOFFMAN SWIM, VIX PAULA HERMANNY, CM CIA.MARĺTIMA, NANETTE LEPORE, OAKLEY, BCBGENERATION, GOTTEX, L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE, A.Z ARAUJO, LULI FAMA, CAFFÉ SWIMWEAR, MAAJI SWIMWEAR, SAUVAGE, ZINGARA SWIMWEAR, NAÏLA, 6 SHORE ROAD, A.CHÉ SWIM, AGUACLARA, AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR, CAITLIN KELLY SWIMWEAR and MINIMALE ANIMALE.

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The week will host special movie screenings and industry Q&A’s to give fashion fans an inside look at the inner workings of the industry. On Tuesday, July 16th, a screening of The Tents will give guests an all-access look into the making of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names, the 2012 documentary chronicles the history and significance of fashion’s most influential event. Special guest hosts, The Tents Director James Belzer and Mercedes-DSC_0094 DSC_0096 DSC_0131Benz Fashion Week Executive Producer Christina Neault, will be in attendance for a Q & A with audience members. And on July 20th, Bergdorf Goodman Senior Vice President Linda Fargo and Naeem Khan, fashion designer to the world’s most stylish women, will host a special screening of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, the first movie to take you behind the scenes of the department store that defined luxury.

The SLS Hotel will host an exciting afternoon of presentations on Sunday, July 21st. Nanette Lepore, Oakley, BCBGeneration, and Gottex will give editors and buyers an up close look at their Collections, in a series of by-invitation only showings.

On Monday, July 22nd, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will start the day with an exclusive Thought Leadership Panel entitled “Design and Inspiration.” Art, music and film have inspired artists for decades, but fashion designers look to these and many art forms to stimulate their designs and ultimately inspire consumers on the retail floor; turning inspiration into viable businesses. Led by Ocean Drive Fashion Editor-at-Large Laurie Brookins, an industry panel of experts, including Nanette Lepore and Mara Hoffman, will describe the process of turning inspiration into a sellable collection.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is on July 18th-22nd, 2013, with over 10,000 international members of the press and industry expected to descend on South Beach for the 2014 Collections.

Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, TRESemmé, Smashbox Cosmetics, Ipanema, The Raleigh, Ocean Drive Magazine, California Apparel News Waterwear, and Getty Images

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is an IMG Event.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 Line-Up:

 

Thursday, July 18th

8-10 p.m. The Raleigh – Official Kick Off Party, Celebrating 25 years of Roxy with Roxy Pop Surf

 

Friday, July 19th

6 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Agua Bendita

7 p.m.   Oasis – Poko Pano

8 p.m.   Cabaña  Grande – Dolores CoRTés

9 p.m.   Oasis – Suboo

10 p.m. Cabaña Gande – Beach Bunny

 

Saturday, July 20th 

6 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Nicolita

7 p.m.   Oasis – Aqua Di Lara

8 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Mara Hoffman Swim

9 p.m.   Oasis – Vix Paula and Hermanny

10 p.m. Cabaña Grande  –  Cm Cia.Maritima

 

Sunday, July 21th

2:30 p.m. Tba –  Gottex

3 p.m.      Tba – Oakley

6 p.m.      Cabaña Grande – L*Space by Monica Wise

7 p.m.      Oasis – A.Z Araujo

8 p.m.      Cabaña Grande – Luli Fama

9 p.m.      Oasis – Caffé Swimwear

10 p.m.    Cabaña Grande- Maaji Swimwear

 

Monday, July 22nd

6 p.m.    Cabaña Grande – Sauvage and Zingara Swimwear

7 p.m.   Oasis – 6 Shore Road

8 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – A.Ché Swim, Aguaclara, AquaRella, and Caitlin Kelly Swimwear

9 p.m.   Oasis – Minimale Animale

THE ENDLESS SUMMER: THE BEST OF THE SHOWS & TRENDS (FROM) THE 2013 MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK SWIM SHOWS IN MIAMI BEACH

By Phillip D. Johnson
Runway Images photographed by SHELDON BALDIE/Staff Photographer/wwwfashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com
**Other Images provided by MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK SWIM (GETTY IMAGES for IMG/MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK SWIM)**

A general view of atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

A general view of atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.**

Let’s face it, this winter has been the worst, one of the most inconsistent, soul-sucking winter seasons of recent years. Truth be told, I am READY for the upcoming summer months. With the summer months stretching gloriously in front of us, I can’t wait for 90 degree weather and ditching the heavy overcoat. I am ready to live my days wearing as few pieces of clothing as possible. And more importantly, I am looking forward to going to the beach, getting away from it all, and generally rejuvenating my spirits.

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If the 2013 MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK SWIM shows held at the RALEIGH HOTEL (1775 Colleins Avenue, Miami Beach) were any indication, women across the spectrum will be having a most spectacular 2013 Spring/Summer season. Beach lovers will be able to worship the sun sporting a very wide variety of bikinis, one-piece and maillots in an equally wide variety of cuts, fabrics and print options. For spring/summer 2013, the designers who showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim Shows captured the chic beach lifestyle of women everywhere. This included swimwear in optical/graphic/geometric prints. Other trends as seen on the runway includes a raft of tropical/floral prints (beyond lovely), hand-embroidered detailing, sophisticated black/white themed pieces, and animal prints (surely a take away from the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan where fur and animal skins has made a major comeback since the fall/winter 2012 shows in February/March 2012). Other trends included a run on metallics, a surprising emphasis on neons, and pastels, and an emerging trend that highlights tribal and native influences.

A View from above of the famous pool at the Raleigh Hotel.

A View from above of the famous pool at the Raleigh Hotel.

Most important, with the increased focus on skin cancer and proper sun coverage, there were a great many beach caftans/coveralls that were decidedly modern. These pieces are designed to take a woman, who’s on vacation and in a relaxed mood, to go directly from the beach to dinner and/or cocktails in a seamless manner. Casual or “vacation formal”, the humble beach caftan –short, mid or long– is the idea piece for any and every woman.

A model walks the runway at the Gottex show during  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at SLS Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

A model walks the runway at the Gottex show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at SLS Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.**

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A model walks the runway at the Nicolita show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at The Raleigh on July 20, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

A model walks the runway at the Nicolita show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at The Raleigh on July 20, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.**

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