Parsons School of Design Announces New Couture Course Inspired by Iconic Designer Norman Norell

The New School’s Parsons School of Design announces the “Norell x Parsons” course as part of the spring 2017 couture curriculum. A creative collaboration conceived in partnership with Parsons, Parlux Ltd., and Neiman Marcus, the unique program addresses the emerging, modern day challenges facing a new generation of fashion industry talent, inspired by the legacy of American designer, Norman Norell.parsons_logo

Fusing the worlds of fashion, art, and commerce, “Norell x Parsons” challenges students to interpret the Norell brand heritage through a contemporary couture approach, practice, and development over the course of one semester. Students will design and create a piece based on Norell’s classic designs, while also learning the necessary skills to creatively lead a fashion house in the current fashion industry.

The Parsons School of Design, founded in 1896, is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree, and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

A Selection Committee including Fashion Designer and Parsons Alumni, Jason Wu, Parsons Dean of Fashion, Burak Cakmak, The Fashion Group International President, Margaret Hayes, Fashion Designer and Author, Jeffery Banks, CR Fashion Book Online Director, Ray Siegel, Parlux Ltd. President and The Fashion Group International Chairman of the Board, Donald Loftus, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President & Fashion Director, Ken Downing, photographer Michael Avedon and Parsons Faculty will evaluate the creative concepts of each student designer.

Renowned for his legendary aesthetic that revolutionized American ready-to-wear and the American designer fragrance industry, Norell was one of the first American fashion designers to launch a namesake fragrance. Following the 2015 launch of the re-mastered iconic scent, Norell New York, Norell Elixir launched in fall 2016 exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

This course aims to arm students with the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s ever-challenging fashion and retail environments,” said Loftus.Norell’s legacy highlights the evident synergies between designer fashion and fragrance, and the value of a brand embracing both style and scent to effectively position itself among today’s luxury lifestyle powerhouses.”

Creating the future of fashion can only be achieved with a passionate understanding of the past,” said Downing. “I’m excited for the next generation of the industry’s great talents to uncover the brilliance of Norman Norell, as they forge a new path in fashion history.

At the conclusion of the couture course, the Norell New York’s leadership team will select one winning design that will be showcased in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, a longstanding retail partner, and made available to sell as a special order.

Creative directors at today’s fashion houses often look to a company’s archives for history, inspiration, and creativity to understand a brand’s DNA before establishing their own, modern imprint for the brand,” said Cakmak. “This course will offer our students important hands-on industry experience, and help prepare them to enter a new era of creative direction in the fashion industry.”

The student winner will be announced in May 2017.

Rachel Zoe And Rodger Berman To Host OCRF’s First-Ever Super Saturday Event In Las Vegas

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Luxury Shopping Event to be held at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo and Fashion Show, Sept. 19-20

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) will bring its popular Super Saturday shopping event to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo, and Fashion Show Las Vegas with unique spin. Hosted by Designer, Stylist, Editor and Author Rachel Zoe and husband and business partner Rodger Berman, the annual event, which New York Newsday called the ‘hottest summer event in the Hamptons,’ will launch in Vegas Sept. 19- 20, 2015.

OCRF’s Super Saturday designer shopping extravaganza, was created in 1998 by Donna Karan and the late Liz Tilberis (the late Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US, who has since died from the disease). Super Saturday Los Angeles launched in 2014, and is hosted by Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims. In 2014, at both Super Saturday Los Angeles and New York, more than 2,000 people attended the events and raised over $ 4.1 million with net proceeds going directly to OCRF and its programs. Special guests included celebrities, influencers, designers, media, supporters and their families, and fashion lovers. The Hamptons event has been hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan while the LA event was hosted by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.

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The exclusive Las Vegas weekend will showcase an assortment of special retail incentives from luxury brands including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, DVF, Fendi, Robert Graham, Melissa Shoes, Ted Baker London, Topshop, Links of London and Island Company to name a few. Most participating retailers will donate a percentage of weekend sales to OCRF.


A force within the fashion and design industry for nearly two decades, Zoe has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today. In addition to dressing clients for a bevy of red carpet events, styling countless editorial spreads, and lending her vast expertise to brands, Zoe has authored two New York Times best-selling books, and is the Editor in Chief of The Zoe Report, her online style destination and newsletter. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to the fashion savvy with Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and jewelry lines. Zoe will soon return to television as the host of her own late night talk show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, which will debut September 24th on Lifetime. Attendees can also meet Rachel Zoe when she signs copies of her newest book Living in Style.


The two-day extravaganza will feature a VIP brunch at Barneys New York, a Pucker Up Bar, Canyon Ranch SpaClub pop-up spa, a Pepsi Lounge, and Sephora makeup touch-ups.  A signature gift with purchase — two complimentary show tickets to Rock of Ages — will be available for those who spend $750 (restrictions apply – see official event guide for complete details).
Fashion Show will also highlight not-to-be-missed runway shows on the center’s elevated stage, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue and top seasonal must-haves.


We are thrilled to bring OCRF’s Super Saturday to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show Las Vegas. Their support of OCRF’s research programs will further propel us in our fight to find a cure for ovarian cancer,” says Audra Moran, president & CEO, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.


“Vegas is the ultimate fashion destination. It’s the only place in the world where you can shop every top designer and brand in one central location,” says Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager, Grand Canal Shoppes and Fashion Show. “Being able to bring Super Saturday to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show gives our guests a chance to enjoy incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment all while contributing to a significant cause. We are elated to announce this partnership and first-ever Vegas location.”


Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $65 million to ovarian cancer researchers around the country. OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. OCRF also supports a national program, Woman to Woman, which in 2015 will be providing support through more than 20 hospitals around the country to women in treatment for any gynecologic cancer, as well as their families, by pairing them with survivor volunteers who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. For more information visit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website at supersaturday.ocrf.org/vegasstylethefashionshow.com and thegrandcanalshoppes.com
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Neiman Marcus Returns to Austin and SXSW With Make Some noise Activation on March 18-20

Make Some Noise will Feature Inspiring Conversations with Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Bush Hager, and More! Plus Music by Atlantic Records Group

Neiman Marcus returns to Austin with its second annual Make Some Noise brand platform activation celebrating women on the rise, women making a difference, and women shaking up the status quo to lead the way forward for their generation and all the ones to come. The Neiman Marcus Make Some Noise campaign was launched in 2014 to inspire women to be bold and make the most of their potential. Over the next three years, the campaign’s goal is to embody Make Some Noise in every facet of Neiman Marcus’ business from e-commerce to social platforms, from stores to merchant teams, and everything in between.

Following the success of the official launch of Make Some Noise last year, which featured two of the top fifty shows of SXSW according to Rolling Stone, the three-day activation running from March 18 to 20 at 78 Rainey Street will once again feature thought-provoking panel discussions with female noisemakers in technology, fashion, film, music, food, art, and business. Each day will be capped off with live music from Atlantic Records Group and its affiliated labels, curated by one of the most influential women in music, Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records Group.

For over 100 years, Neiman Marcus has dressed women of style; and style breeds confidence. But more so, for today’s woman, it’s a combination of style and substance that is propelling them to succeed in groundbreaking ways,” said Wanda Gierhart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Neiman Marcus Group. “Over the next three years, our goal is to embody Make Some Noise in every facet of our business using brand activations at key cultural moments. With trailblazing female panelists talking about their success, the hottest emerging musicians, and a roster of supportive partners, we want to inspire all women to join in, use their voices and make some noise in their own lives.”

The Make Some Noise activation begins with a housewarming party on Wednesday, March 18, and then kicks into high gear on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 with an exciting lineup including the following:

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• Musical performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Jess Glynne and New York-based dance duo The Knocks
• Ice cream demo from Natasha Case, co-founder of Coolhaus
• Live mural painting by local Austin artist Zuzu Perkal
• DJ set from NY-based Jilly Hendrix

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
• An intimate conversation with actress, advocate, and activist Freida Pinto
• A captivating panel discussion, Women Writing Their Own Story: Gender in Media, featuring Jenna Bush Hager, NBC’s Today contributing correspondent; Shiza Shahid, co-founder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund; Dyllan McGee, founder of McGee Media and founder & executive producer of MAKERS; and moderated by Katherine Keating, CEO and executive producer at Keating Company International
• A special performance from singer/songwriter, TED speaker, and philanthropist Gracie Schram
• Music handpicked by Atlantic Records Group will include Grammy Award-winning international phenomenon Clean Bandit; Night Terrors of 1927; Kaleo; Anderson East; and Max Frost, an Austin native who was recently named one of Rolling Stone and NPR’s “10 Artists You Need To Know”

FRIDAY, MARCH 20
• A one-on-one conversation with the two-time Academy Award-nominated actress and humanitarian Laura Dern
• An engaging panel discussion, Breaking Out: The New Roles for Women, featuring Katie Lee, chef, author and co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen; Rebecca Minkoff, designer and business woman; Lizzy Plapinger, MS MR and co-owner/founder of Neon Gold Records; and moderated by Audrey Gelman, political and brand communications consultant
• An exclusive chat with actress and philanthropist Rosario Dawson
• Music handpicked by Atlantic Records Group will include acclaimed UK singer/songwriter Marina and the Diamonds; Milo Greene, whose sophomore album has received over 1.9 million streams to date; Melanie Martinez; Christine and The Queens; and Australian breakout artist Meg Mac

Each room of the Make Some Noise house will provide opportunities to be inspired through technology, music, food, art, and fashion. Guests will interact with multiple art elements in the house including a user-generated pointillism mural reflecting the essence of Make Some Noise; a cascading wall of ribbons printed with inspiring phrases that guests can grab and wear as a bracelet; a slo-mo video booth for fun Instagrammable moments; and Paint Some Noise, a video paint interactive installation, created by Sweatshoppe, on the exterior of the house that allows guests to use LED “paint rollers” to reveal layers of new content, including upcoming panelists and music lineups, as if guests are painting each image.

The house will also feature a shoppable showroom empowered by Visa Checkout, which lets visitors digitally purchase fashion, accessory, and beauty items from specially curated festival vignettes by Neiman Marcus. Visa Checkout helps streamline consumers’ purchases throughout the house, and around the world, in just a few clicks via the Neiman Marcus ‘Festival Boutique’ at www.NeimanMarcus.com/shopmakesomenoise. Furthermore, guests will enjoy listening stations dedicated to women who rock with headphones provided by B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen; guitars & amplifiers by Fender Musical Instruments; Makeup Artistry by Kevyn Aucoin Pro Team; and specialty cocktails from Baileys and CÎROC Vodka.

The Make Some Noise activation will be located at 78 Rainey Street and open to the public with an RSVP on Wednesday, March 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 from noon to 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, please visit www.NeimanMarcus.com/MakeSomeNoise. Attendees are encouraged to share their unique, colorful, and inspiring experience via myriad social channels using the dedicated hashtag #NMMakeSomeNoise.

Neiman Marcus Partners with Slyce to Introduce Single-tap Visual Search Technology Revolutionizing Luxury Shopping with ‘Snap. Find. Shop.’

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus (NMG) has announced the launch of a new 3-D visual fashion search and purchase feature named Snap. Find. Shop. This highly anticipated arrival of next-generation real-world shopping experiences is now available on the Neiman Marcus app, powered by leading mobile visual search firm Slyce available for download from the iTunes app store for use on iPhones.

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The state of the art visual search technology allows NM app users to simply snap an image of fashion items and instantly be provided with all close matching products currently available from http://www.neimanmarcus.com. First to market in the luxury sector, Neiman Marcus offers users visual search from both real-life items and printed images – with no need for cropping, category definition, or search refinement. From “snap” to “shop” these items are then purchasable at the exact moment of capture. Known for their vast selection of luxury accessories, Neiman Marcus introduces Snap. Find. Shop. with shoes and handbags. Additional fashion categories will be considered in the future.

Today, most online shopping begins with search – either through key words or navigating filters, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.” Says Wanda Gierhart, CMO, Neiman Marcus Group, “Visual search removes hurdles, taking you directly from inspiration to gratification. In essence, Snap. Find. Shop. is a revolutionary way to service our customers at any time and any place.”

Mark Elfenbein, President & CEO at Slyce said, “Slyce has often been described in the media as the ‘Shazam for Stuff’ and this integration with Neiman Marcus offers users that highly-intuitive, one-click, snap-to-result experience for luxury fashion. With this partnership, the Slyce platform is able to flex its muscles and deliver on the promise of visual search – in the curated fashion landscape.”

The Slyce Corporation is a visual search technology company based in Toronto, Ontario and is engaged in the business of providing advanced visual search software that allows consumers to purchase products at the moment they discover them – in the real-world and online. Slyce has developed an advanced visual search platform that integrates with retail brands and digital content providers to give their customers the ability to instantly discover and purchase products that inspire them by simply snapping photographs with their smartphones or ‘clicking’ images on either their smartphones (mobiles) or desktop web browsers. Slyce’s strategy is to position itself as a pivotal player in the emerging visual web. Slyce will provide its technology to retailers, brands, app developers and digital publishers, enabling their apps to recognize products for instant purchase. Slyce will provide its technology in exchange for integration, licensing and per search fees, percentage sales splits and big data provision and analysis. Slyce is currently working with a growing list of fortune 1000 brands and companies as well as multiple innovative developers.

Neiman Marcus Group Announces Organizational Changes

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. announced a series of organizational changes today merging the merchandising and planning organization for Neiman Marcus Stores and Neiman Marcus Online into a single team operating under the Neiman Marcus brand.  These changes will go into effect on April 14th.

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment (consisting primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores) and the Online segment. . The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names.

Jim Gold has been named President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Group and will lead an integrated merchant and planning team for Neiman Marcus Stores and Online. Mr. Gold joined the company in 1991.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Gold served as President of Specialty Retail, Neiman Marcus Group.

Reporting to Mr. Gold will be the following:

Gerald Barnes, Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Designer Sportswear, Couture and Furs.  Mr. Barnes will also serve as Neiman Marcus Online Strategy Director.

Jonathan Joselove, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Ladies Shoes, Handbags and Accessories.

Ann Stordahl, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Precious Jewelry, Designer Jewelry and Beauty.

Russ Patrick, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Men’s, Gift Galleries, Home and Horchow.

Lisa Kazor, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Designer II, Dress Collections, Contemporary Sportswear, Intimate Apparel, Children’s, Coats, CUSP, Neiman Marcus Ready-to-Wear and Flash Sales.

To further ensure a seamless customer experience, John Koryl has been named President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Online, Neiman Marcus Group.  In his expanded role, Mr. Koryl will be responsible for Neiman Marcus store operations and sales, eCommerce Domestic and International operations and sales, Site Merchandising, Site Optimization and Customer Care.  Mr. Koryl joined the company in 2011.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Koryl served as President, Neiman Marcus Onlineneiman_marcus_logo

Reporting to Mr. Koryl will be Neva Hall, Executive Vice President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Lindy Rawlinson, Senior Vice President, eCommerce.

Mr. Gold and Mr. Koryl will continue to report to Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO.  Joshua Schulman will now report to Karen Katz in his role as President, Bergdorf Goodman.

“Over the years the way our customers shop our stores and websites has changed, and will continue to change with the increasing popularity and convenience of smart phones and tablets.  Our customers do not differentiate between channels and now neither will we.  These changes allow us to operate as one, single, Neiman Marcus brand, ” said Katz.  ” John and Jim are proven leaders who will take the Neiman Marcus brand to the next level of growth and service for our customers.”

As part of this reorganization, the Divisional Merchandise Manager positions will become Omni-channel.  The current buying roles will remain the same, with buyers solely focused on one channel.

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.

 

Neiman Marcus Launches Exclusive Lela Rose Tabletop Capsule Collection

Neiman Marcus has announced the launch of a Lela Rose tabletop collection available exclusively at http://www.NeimanMarcus.com, marking the fashion designer’s first collaboration in the home category.

In partnership with Neiman Marcus, Rose has created a special tabletop collection that includes a white lace and linen napkin and placemat set ($100) as well as a set of four assorted dessert plates ($135). Each dessert plate in the set features a unique design inspired by master chef Ferran Adrià’s complex approach to food.

We are proud to be partnering with Lela Rose on this collection,” said Gerald Barnes, Chief Merchant, Neiman Marcus Direct. “Neiman Marcus has always felt that art enhances the quality of people’s lives and so it seemed natural that we would collaborate with Lela on this collection.”

Entertaining is woven into my lifestyle, so creating a tabletop collection is a natural extension,” said Lela Rose, designer. “I am inspired by Adrià’s artistic approach to food; each piece I designed reflects the energy and creativity in his masterpieces. This collaboration allowed me to apply my design philosophy of mixing color and texture to tabletop for the first time.”