Sarah Jessica Parker to Debut First Standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Boutique at MGM National Harbor

Sarah Jessica Parker will debut her first standalone boutique at the MGM National Harbor with the resort’s opening on December 8, 2016. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker will feature the designer’s chic collection of shoes, handbags, accessories and the SJP LBD little black dress line. The boutique will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. beginning December 9 and can be reached at 301-971-6094.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Debut First Standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Boutique at MGM National Harbor. (PRNewsFoto/MGM National Harbor)

An array of colorful shoes, handbags and accessories synonymous with the brand await at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. Also available will be the American-made SJP LBD, the brand’s latest collection of little black dresses. Accessories and handbags range from $30 to $695, shoes start at $240 and the SJP LBD collection will premiere at $395.

SJP was founded in February 2014 by Sarah Jessica Parker and partner George Malkemus III. The accessories collection stems from Sarah Jessica’s love for the single sole and vivid memories of New York City fashion in the latter part of the 70s. The collection showcases the brand’s theme of colors acting as neutrals and encourages women to take risks and break away from fashion rules they imagine.

Opening a standalone store has long been a dream we have been working towards and we feel truly privileged to be doing so with the expertise, guidance and support of our brilliant partners at MGM Resorts,” said Parker. “It’s been very exciting to have been involved in all steps of the process, from on-site construction visits to the actual layout and design of our boutique. I’m honored to be included in this massive undertaking and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating in December. Because perhaps then I will believe it’s real.

Bill Boasberg, general manager of MGM National Harbor, said “When curating our retail collection, we first and foremost wanted to align ourselves with a luxury brand that represents style, elegance and, most of all, fun. We know this boutique will appeal to a wide variety of women and we’re looking forward to inviting them in to discover their new favorite shoe, handbag or little black dress.

The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International portfolio, MGM National Harbor‘s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington‘s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia.

In addition to a shopping spree, MGM National Harbor guests are invited to enjoy the resort’s stunning amenities whether just for the day or as a weekend getaway. From restaurants created by the nation’s most celebrated chefs to a luxury suite collection and destination spa, the resort has a variety of offerings to entice even the most discerning of guests. Resort amenities include:

  • 308 rooms, including 74 premier suites
  • Restaurants from world-renowned chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and the Voltaggio Brothers, in addition to many other exciting culinary concepts
  • The Spa and Salon at MGM National Harbor
  • A 125,000-square-foot casino offering slots, table games and poker
  • Two nightlife venues with unrivaled cocktail programs
  • The MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection featuring artwork inspired by the Capital Region’s rich heritage

The 24-story resort will feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is scheduled to open December 8, 2016.

Lexus Collaborates with MADE Fashion Week, Coco Rocha and Giles Deacon to Create Live Holographic Fashion Experience during New York Fashion Week

“Lexus Design Disrupted” event features a unique convergence of artistry and technology

To celebrate the launch of its all-new 2014 IS performance sedan; Lexus created and hosted a MADE Fashion Week event debuting a first-ever live holographic performance art experience. The event, “Lexus Design Disrupted,” featured supermodel Coco Rocha and a bold retrospective from the archives of designer Giles Deacon in a creative concept inspired by the IS and the brand’s commitment to design and technology. Joe Zee, ELLE creative director and host of Sundance Channel’s special series “Revealing,” served as master of ceremonies. The IS incorporates Lexus’ new design language that seeks to attract drivers in a new way. Lexus Design Disrupted was an opportunity for guests to engage with Lexus through design, art, fashion, culture, music and technology.

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

By combining 3D holographic projection technology, 3D mapping and a choreographed narrative, Lexus, in conjunction with award-winning multimedia studio LEGS, created a visually stunning show designed to defy convention with the seamless integration of technology, fashion and performance art. The cutting-edge spectacle turned the stage into an illusionary world where 3D holograms interacted with their real-life counterparts to tell a metaphorical story of disruption as an inevitable phenomenon in nature. It echoed the emotion and independent spirit of the recently launched commercial campaign for the IS that challenges consumers to stand out from the crowd.

The story unfolded in three acts, tracking the beautiful heroine (Rocha) as she battled opposing forces on a path to independence from darkness to light. Through choreographed movement and creative expression, she breaks free from the dark, unleashing a surge of vibrant color as she ultimately finds her own liberation. Filmmaker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang of LEGS served as creative director for the show, which included the performance of choreography by Ryan Heffington and original compositions by rock band HEALTH.

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus Design Disrupted reaffirms our focus on design and technology and the willingness to push boundaries,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate marketing communications manager. “All of the creative people involved in this event, including Joe, Coco and Giles, ‘blend out’ and take everyday risks—something we at Lexus strive to do and celebrate.” Continue reading

Charles James Exhibition and New Costume Institute Galleries to Open in May 2014 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(Images by Lea Christiano and Lolly Koon)

Gala Benefit May 5, 2014, with Chair Aerin Lauder and Co-Chairs Bradley Cooper, Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Anna Wintour

Exhibition Dates:      May 8–August 10, 2014

Exhibition Location: The New Costume Institute Galleries and first-floor Special Exhibition Galleries   

Press Preview:  Monday, May 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute in spring 2014 will examine the career of legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978).  Charles James: Beyond Fashion, on view from May 8 through August 10, 2014 (preceded on May 5 by The Costume Institute Benefit), will be presented in two locations–The Costume Institute’s new galleries as well as special exhibitions galleries on the Museum’s first floor. The exhibition will explore James’s design process and his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today.

Charles James, 1947

Charles James, 1947

Charles James, 1947

Charles James, 1947

Charles James considered himself an artist, and approached fashion with a sculptor’s eye and a scientist’s logic,” said Mr. Campbell.  “As such, the Museum, and in particular, the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in The Costume Institute, offer the ideal setting in which to contextualize the complexity of James’s work.

The New Costume Institute

May 2014 will mark the grand reopening of The Costume Institute space after an overall two-year renovation, reconfiguration, and updating. The 4,200-square-foot Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will represent a fundamental change in the Museum’s approach to its costume collection, including a flexible design that lends itself to frequent transformation, a zonal sound system, innovative projection technology, wireless connectivity, and exhibitions on view 10 months a year.

Charles James, 1948

Charles James, 1948

Charles James, 1950

Charles James, 1950

Charles James, 1951

Charles James, 1951

The New Costume Institute will also include the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery, which will orient visitors to The Costume Institute’s exhibitions and holdings; a state-of-the-art costume conservation center; an expanded study/storage facility that will house the combined holdings of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection; and The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, one of the world’s foremost fashion libraries. The project is funded by a gift from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, as well as proceeds raised at the annual Costume Institute Benefit under the leadership of Anna Wintour, and from commitments by Janet and Howard Kagan and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, IncThe Costume Institute was last refurbished in 1992.      Continue reading

BARNEYS NEW YORK AND THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY LAUNCH ELECTRIC HOLIDAY, ITS HOLIDAY 2012 PROGRAM

BARNEYS NEW YORK, the luxury specialty retailer, and THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, the world’s leading entertainment company, launched the 2012 HOLIDAY project ELECTRIC HOLIDAY at the BARNEYS NEW YORK MADISON AVENUE FLAGSHIP STORE last night. A multi-platform initiative infused with fashion and fantasy, ELECTRIC HOLIDAY merges the creativity and magic of DISNEY with the wit and surprise of the legendary BARNEYS NEW YORK annual holiday project to create a celebration of festive modern electric lights, music and fashion.

Barneys New York And The Walt Disney Company Announce Holiday 2012 Campaign: Electric Holiday. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Disney is proud to be part of New York’s holiday magic this year,” said ROBERT A. IGER, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY. “Together with Barneys, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind experience that combines Disney’s great characters and storytelling with high fashion for a spectacular celebration of the season.” Continue reading