Save The Date: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: May 4–September 4, 2017

Member Previews: May 2–May 3, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with the space between boundaries. This in-between space is revealed in Kawakubo’s work as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, this thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Cubisme, spring/summer 2007; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). 18th-Century Punk, autumn/winter 2016–17; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Inside Decoration, autumn/winter 2010–11; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

The exhibition will feature approximately 150 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects will be organized into eight dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness. Her fashions demonstrate that interstices are places of meaningful connection and coexistence as well as revolutionary innovation and transformation, providing Kawakubo with endless possibilities to rethink the female body and feminine identity.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969); Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time. Continue reading

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents its 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

Event To Be Held At West Hollywood Park and Sponsored by BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins

Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.

For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Elton John AIDS Foundation)

The Foundation‘s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar Night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoë Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

The Elton John Aids Foundation believe AIDS can be beaten and act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF almost 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of a network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $350 million over the past quarter century to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 

Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo

Gala event to be held at West Hollywood Park

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives.” –  Sir Elton John

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 22nd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.  Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)sponsored by the Foundation’s generous corporate friends Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells FargoChef Gordon Ramsay will once again prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 86th Academy Awards. Following dinner and an exciting live auction, a special musical guest will take the stage to perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 22 years, this annual event has raised nearly $40 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters.  These funds help the Foundation to support a wide range of initiatives, including direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities, such as among young gay black men; providing injection drug users with clean needles to prevent HIV infection and transmission; and sexual health education for young people in America who are most at risk.

Audi and MAC Viva Glam have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors.  The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals.  American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph W. Blount, Jim Carrey, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Judi Dench, Greg Gorman, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss,Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Andra Liemandt, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry,Tyler Perry, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Bryan Singer, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, and John Waters.

Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than$300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

CHOPARD – Passion for excellence:  Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his own workshop in 1860 in Sonvillier, the Swiss Jura. Since 1963 Chopard has been owned by the Scheufele family and its headquarters are located inGeneva. Internationally renowned for its watch and jewellery creations, the Group today employs 1950 people worldwide. It is independent and vertically very integrated, controlling the entire process from design to distribution through 1515 points of sale and 145 dedicated boutiques. Over 30 different crafts are practiced across 4 manufacturing sites with a strong emphasis on in-house training. Chopard has built its reputation on iconic collections such as “Happy Diamonds,” “Happy Sport” and “Mille Miglia.”  The firm is also highly recognized for its High Jewelry creations and fine watch making and manufacturing expertise, expressed in the L.U.C collection. According to two of its fundamental values, respect and social responsibility, Chopard is strongly committed to various philanthropic organizations. Long-term partnerships tie the company to the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, The Happy Hearts Fund and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last but not least, Chopard is a faithful partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and legendary classic car events, such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.  For more information, please visit: us.chopard.com.

NEURO – neuro is a line of great tasting drinks with a purpose—to enhance your daily life. The company was founded in 2007 by Diana Jenkins and each neuro drink has a carefully crafted blend of healthy vitamins and minerals that provide a specific benefit.  Sourced from the best ingredients from around the world, the neuro product line includes neuro SONIC, the drink that provides sustained energy, neuro BLISS, the drink that reduces stress; neuro SLEEP, the drink that helps you get a great night’s sleep; and neuro DAILY, the drink that supports a healthy immune system. Each neuro has only 35 calories, contains no artificial flavors or colors, and has a fully recyclable bottle.  neuro is available at retailers nationwide.  For more information, please visit:www.drinkneuro.com.

WELLS FARGO – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

AMERICAN AIRLINES –American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines, and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and at Facebook.com/USAirways.

American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

(RED) Brings Together The World’s Biggest DJs + Pop Artists To Release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES2 On iTunes Out Now

100% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

AVAILABLE NOW at iTunes.com/DanceRED

ALBUM TO KICK-OFF THIS YEAR’S WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATIONS TOGETHER WITH CALVIN HARRIS, AVICII, KATY PERRY, SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, ROBIN THICKE, TIESTO, DEADMAU5 AND MORE

"(RED) Brings Together The World's Biggest DJs Pop Artists To Release Dance (Red) Save Lives2 On iTunes Out Now Album To Kick-Off This Year's World Aids Day Celebrations Together With Calvin Harris, Avicii, Katy Perry, Swedish House Mafia, Robin Thicke, Tiesto, Deadmau5 And More.

“(RED) Brings Together The World’s Biggest DJs Pop Artists To Release Dance (Red) Save Lives2 On iTunes Out Now Album To Kick-Off This Year’s World Aids Day Celebrations Together With Calvin Harris, Avicii, Katy Perry, Swedish House Mafia, Robin Thicke, Tiesto, Deadmau5 And More.



Following the global success of the 2012 DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES MUSIC COMPILATION – which topped the iTunes dance charts at #1 in 33 countries – (RED) together with today’s hottest electronic and pop artists, today release DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2). Produced in partnership with Capitol Music Group’s Priority Records, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)is available now exclusively on iTunes, where it immediately debuted at #1 on the Dance Chart: iTunes.com/danceRED.

The ultimate soundtrack to this year’s WORLD AIDS DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS, the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2) compilation features new remixes of some of the biggest names in pop and electronic music such as ROBIN THICKE, KATY PERRY, TIESTO, CALVIN HARRIS & ELLIE GOULDING, MARTIN SOLVEIG and MAJOR LAZER, as well as original collaborations from BAAUER & RL GRIME, DEADMAU5 & ERIC PRYDZ and DADA LIFE & JOSH WINK. The album costs $9.99 and ALL proceeds from the sales of DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)go to the GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS.

Beginning on November 30 in Sydney, Australia where (RED) will be renewing its partnership with Stereosonic Festival, DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES(2)will kick off the annual dance party taking place across the 2013 WORLD AIDS DAY WEEKEND. Sets by many of the biggest names in dance music, including CALVIN HARRIS, DAVID GUETTA, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, AXWELL and more will be live-streamed on VICE’s electronic music and culture channel – THUMP, bringing fans an unforgettable live global music experience. Continue reading

Own the Throne!: Killer Queen, a New Fragrance By Katy Perry

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COTY has the launched the next bestselling fragrance in the Katy Perry Fragrance brand,  Killer Queen by Katy Perry. Playful and daring, Katy Perry’s unbridled artistic vision bends the rules and breaks the mold with a vivaciously original spark. The new, strikingly gorgeous fragrance captures Katy Perry’s rebellious spirit, throwing convention to the wind.

When I was creating Killer Queen, I was really inspired by the idea of a strong, confident woman in power and that is exactly

Killer Queen

Killer Queen

what I hoped to put into this fragrance, something that brings out the power inside of you”, says Katy.

Created by Laurent Le Guernec of IFF, Killer Queen is an addictive fragrance that bewitches, indulges and demands to be noticed, much like Perry herself. With top notes (Wild Berry, Dark Plum, Bergamot) melding seamlessly with the rich middle notes (Red Velvet Flower, Natural Jasmine Sambac, Rainbow Plumeria) and finished off with a breathtaking swoon of spirited bottom notes (Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline), Killer Queen dares you to march to the beat of your own band.

The Red Velvet Flower inspired this creation beginning with the richness of the burgundy red, the velvety feel reminiscent of a royal cape and its deep textured floral scent”, says Laurent Le Guernec.

Inspired by a queen’s scepter, the distinct jewel-shaped bottle in shades of royal red and gold portrays sexy sophistication and lawless luxury. The faceted bottle rests languorously on its side, like a loose, precious gem fit for a Queen. The regality of the bottle is enhanced with a rich gold crown showcasing a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence—regal cats, a music clef, hearts and dagger.

The imperial red carton (Katy Perry in collaboration with Lutz Herrmann) also echoes the royalty of a Killer Queen with a tufted textured pattern reminiscent of a throne framed with a fanciful ermine border. Playful gold crowns add whimsy to the carton while the signature Katy Perry crest and ornate filigree logo add prominence and distinction. Continue reading

Third ANNUAL IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL Brought The IHEARTRADIO APP To Life With More Artists Than Ever Before

MORE THAN 40 OF THE BEST ARTISTS IN MUSIC PERFORMED SEPTEMBER 20 AND 21 — INCLUDING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, KATY PERRY, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND ELTON JOHN — AT THE SOLD OUT EVENT

THE IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS RAISED $1 MILLION FOR VARIOUS CHARITIES SINCE 2011

The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival, where the music of the iHeartRadio app comes to life, came to a close Saturday night following a weekend of incredible performances by the biggest names in music. The Festival, which celebrated the success of the iHeartRadio all-in-one digital audio service, included performances by over 40 artists, both on the main stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21 and at the all-new iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21:  Sir Paul McCartney performs onstage during the iHeart Radio Music Festival Village on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 21: Sir Paul McCartney performs onstage during the iHeart Radio Music Festival Village on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

This year’s two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival brought to life the music of the iHeartRadio app and offered fans an opportunity to enjoy a weekend of incredible live music and surprise performances by their favorite artists. Throughout the year, iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in an all-in-one platform: Instant access to more than 1,500 radio stations from across the country, user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song, thousands of curated digital stations “Perfect For” any mood or activity, and the new iHeartRadio Talk feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today.

Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Owyoung/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Owyoung/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

The iHeartRadio Music Festival was heard live across Clear Channel radio stations nationwide and streamed live at www.iheartradio.yahoo.com and on PlayStation®3. The Festival will be televised as a two-night primetime special on The CW Network Monday, Sept. 30 (night one) at 8-10 p.m. EST/PST and Tuesday, Oct. 1 (night two) at 8-10 p.m. EST/PST, to launch the network’s fall season. Continue reading

KATY PERRY AND POPCHIPS UNVEIL KATY’S KETTLE CORN: THE POPSTAR’S SIGNATURE FLAVOR LAUNCHING NATIONWIDE AT TARGET

Singer-songwriter KATY PERRY and popchips, one of the fastest growing snack brands in the U.S., has introduced a new addition to the popchips‘ award winning line of snacks – KATY’S KETTLE CORN, a sweet & salty popped corn chip debuting at most target stores nationwide this month.

katy perry hosts the katy's casino popchips event to launch her new popchips flavor -- katy's kettle corn -- in west hollywood, ca.  (PRNewsFoto/popchips)

Katy Perry hosts the Katy’s Casino popchips event to launch her new popchips flavor — Katy’s Kettle Corn — in West Hollywood, CA. (PRNewsFoto/popchips)

popchips®, one of the fastest growing snacks brands in north America and the UK is a naturally delicious line of popped chips with all the flavor and half the fat of fried chips. Popchips has been winning awards and acclaim since its launch in 2007 and has a growing list of celebrity fans and investors, led by social media pioneer and actor, ASHTON KUTCHER, who serves as the company’s “PRESIDENT OF POP CULTURE.”   Continue reading