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Elizabeth Arden, Inc. Signs Supermodel Karlina Caune as Brand Ambassador

Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDEN), a global prestige beauty products company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive agreement with supermodel Karlina Caune.

Caune will be the new global face of the Elizabeth Arden brand.  Named Brand Ambassador, she will appear in the brand’s advertising campaigns, marketing programs and public relations events.  Caune will also be an active participant in Elizabeth Arden’s digital and social media platforms.

“The modern Elizabeth Arden woman is a passionate, multi-cultural individual who leads an active professional lifestyle,” says Scott Beattie, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Arden, Inc.  “In Karlina Caune, we have found a beautiful and intelligent young woman who embodies the ideals of the Arden brand.”

Based in New York, the Latvian born model is one of the most coveted faces in beauty and fashion.  Caune has graced the pages of fashion magazines globally and walked the runway for the world’s top fashion brands.

“I am honored to join this iconic brand. Not only have I always loved the products, but Elizabeth Arden as well,” says Karlina Caune.  “She was a woman ahead of her time and her philosophy about embracing women’s natural beauty is inspiring to me. I’m excited to join this community that supports strong, confident women.”

Caune will appear in Elizabeth Arden advertising campaigns beginning in Spring/Summer 2015.

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Written By , on November 25, 2014

Parlux Fragrances RihannaRihanna announces the debut of ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA in time for holiday 2014 expanding her presence in the world of fragrance and giving her fans new fragrances for men and for women this holiday season. Just last month over 3,500 fans celebrated with Rihanna at Macy’s Lenox Square in Atlanta the debut of ROGUE MAN, her first fragrance for men. ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA complements ROGUE MAN, and is a delicious floral fragrance dedicated to her female fans.

ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA captures that moment when love first hits you with a wild rush that goes through your whole body. Delicious fruits tempt your senses with notes of fresh citrus and succulent peach mingling with the temptation of juicy berries. Just as the facets of love take multiple twists and turns, the core of ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA is built with layers upon layers of lush, rich florals. A bit uncontrollable like the fluttering of the love-struck heartbeat, the petals are a radiant texture with vibrant colors of honeysuckle, jasmine and orchid splashed with the simply irresistible seduction of coconut.

In the background lies the pure beauty of the sophisticated sweetness of vanilla and golden amber. A mysterious femininity emerges as powerful, lingering notes of rich creamy woods are drizzled with an addictive hint of caramel.

THE NOTESTop:  Mandarin, Berry & Peach; Middle: Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Honeysuckle, Coconut, and Orchid; Base:  Creamy woods, Amber, Caramel, and Vanilla

THE PACKAGING:  ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA is housed in a sleek white-on-white stingray patterned carton trimmed with sensuous rose gold accents and features the ROGUE LOVE BY RIHANNA ad image on back.  The bottle design is a heavy glass with inverted spikes kissed in rose gold. A matte white cap complements the carton.

THE AD:  Fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti captures Rihanna’s sensual side.

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Written By , on November 25, 2014

Citizen Cashmere Tibetan Wool Hoodies

Citizen Cashmere has developed a unique garment called the Lhasa Hoodie that uses untreated yak’s wool sourced directly from nomadic herders in Tibet.  The company has spent six months working in the Himalayas to source the wool from nomadic communities.  The wool only uses hand combing and clean water to treat it and does not use any chemicals or dyes.

Yak’s wool has been used by Tibetans for winter clothing since the dawn of animal domestication in the region and has been sourced sustainably for thousands of years by hand combing the animal each spring.

Citizen Cashmere was founded in 2012 by fashion designer Roger Guanine who has been manufacturing cashmere knitwear for European fashion houses for nearly 30 years.  His original plan was to launch the Lhasa Hoodie on Kickstarter to make and ship a small quantity of yak’s wool hoodies because the wool is hard to source.

“I wanted to make a great hoodie that was eco-friendly and sustainable.  And I wanted to connect Tibetan nomads with western consumers in America.  Everyone involved in the project felt this was really important to see all the way through,” Guanine said.

Guanine plans to expand the number of herders he works with in 2015 and to expand the yak’s wool line to include pieces that are knit in Tibet.

The premium untreated yak’s wool hoodie comes with a hefty price tag.  The women’s hoodie costs $125 with Free US Shipping, which is about the same price you’ll pay for a designer cotton one from a company like J.Crew.

“The only difference is we don’t make as much money off of it.  We make it using sustainable material from nomads and it costs us 6 times as much as it costs them to make it,” Guanine said.  “But we think it’s important.  Because what that price difference allowed for is to pay a lot of Tibetans a living wage for their produce.”

And it’s that idea that inspired Guanine’s Lhasa Hoodie Kickstarter project.  “It doesn’t cost as much as premium base layers you see out there for $200, but yak’s wool is as warm, natural, sustainable and more durable.”

The Kickstarter campaign can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/118402218/lhasa-hoodie-premium-hoodie-thats-actually-eco-fri

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Written By , on November 24, 2014

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On December 2, 2014 the retailer pays it forward by donating $7.5 million of new apparel to help dress people in need this Holiday season, in partnership with not-for-profit organization K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, visit any H&M store on December 2nd, for one day only, to join the retailer in giving back to the underprivileged through a customer register drive.   All donations raised will directly benefit K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. Customers can also donate by visiting www.donateproduct.com/hmgivesback

Supporting local Communities is one of H&M’s commitments to a more sustainable future. “H&M is happy to make this donation to people who need it most at a time they need it most,” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “This initiative is built on passion, long-term thinking and teamwork and could not be done without the support of our loyal customers. The Holidays are such a significant time and we think it is important to help our communities by providing essential clothing and accessories for men, women and children in need.”

“We have been working with retailers and manufacturers for 28 years, providing new donated product to community charities for serving the underprivileged,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President Joel Newman. “H&M’s generous gift makes them our 4th largest apparel donor for 2014, and demonstrates their commitment to giving back.”

The cash donations made on #GivingTuesday will help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers deliver donated product from H&M and other companies directly to the people who need it most.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is an organization that donates unused clothing, accessories and other product to people in need. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers works to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations, and individuals to help those impacted by poverty and tragedy receive new merchandise. The organization gifts new product including apparel, accessories, shoes, furniture, toys, books, school supplies, and other items that have been donated from companies. This merchandise is distributed through a network of over 800 charities across the country, helping to improve the well-being of at-risk individuals. Since to company’s inception in 1985, K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers has distributed over $1 billion worth of product to those in need.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has around 3,300 stores in 54 markets including franchise markets. In 2013, sales including VAT were SEK 150,090 million and the number of employees is more than 116,000. For further information, visit hm.com.

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Written By , on November 24, 2014

Medelita Women's Vera G Limited Edition Lab Coat

In September 2014, the staff at Medelita Professional Lab Coats and Performance Scrubs carried out a new product development plan that started with the launch of the medical industry’s very first “limited edition” lab coat, aptly named “Vera G.,” after one of the first female professors of surgery in the world. The new women’s designer lab coat is a complete departure from its unisex predecessors, with a sleek envelope collar, vertical princess and high waist seaming, and perfectly placed pockets that are both functional and durable.  Within 4 days after the lab coat was launched online at medelita.com it was sold out, making this the most successful initial launch of any Medelita lab coat.

The idea behind the “limited edition” series was born out of a need to satisfy some very specific demands from a small number of highly vocal and influential customers.  Rather than take a huge risk and build a large run of a very unique concept, the company was able to leverage its location in Southern California to cost-effectively establish a short-run line of products. Company founder and lead product designer, Lara Francisco, PA-C, spent months in Los Angeles’ historic fashion district working with several prominent design shops to find the perfect fit for the first lab coat in this line. Lara explains, “We have all worked very hard to make this a reality and we’re so proud of the results. We have come a very long way since we started in 2008, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to continue learning and developing professional garments that offer clinicians with a stunning alternative to their traditional uniforms.”  Based on the success of the new lab coat, the company has decided to fold the design into its core production while it continues to work toward its next “limited edition” product.

The company anticipates its next “limited edition” release will happen early in 2015.

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Written By , on November 19, 2014

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS


Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Taylor Swift, three-time GRAMMY Award nominee Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier will perform on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, to be broadcastTuesday, Dec. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  World-famous Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Elsa Hosk, Lindsay Ellingson and more will be a part of the show, which films in London for the first time, and merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). Swift is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at number one in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Swift has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Swift has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and more than 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Swift’s album RED, released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. The only other album to sell more than RED was her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, 1989, the highest selling release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million albums release week topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release. 1989 has sold almost three million copies globally.  “Shake It Off,” the first single from 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S.  Her current single “Blank Space,” immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 and iTunes chart on its debut.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon.  The 23-year-old artist’s new album x (“multiply”) has gone to number one in 14 countries around the world, including the United States and Sheeran’s native United Kingdom, where it’s both the country’s biggest and fastest selling album of the year.  Featuring platinum hit singles “Sing” and “Don’t,” x has also topped the iTunes album chart in 83 countries.  Sheeran’s latest single, “Thinking Out Loud,” is already a chart topping smash in six countries and will be making its American network television debut on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW.  Sheeran is currently in the midst of his headlining worldwide arena tour, which includes four sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena.  With his 2012 breakthrough debut album,+ (“plus”), Sheeran entered the U.K. Albums Chart at number one with the highest opening sales figures for a male solo artist debut ever and is now certified 6x-platinum.   Fueled by international hit singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” + has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum and gold sales in nine countries.  In the U.S., “The A Team” earned 2x-platinum certification from the RIAA as well as a GRAMMY Award nomination for Song Of The Year.  Sheeran also made a record-breaking chart debut with the stateside release of +, which entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at number five, becoming the highest debut for a U.K. solo artist’s first full-length album since 2009.  Along with his three GRAMMY nominations, including the prestigious Best New Artist, Sheeran has accrued an array of distinguished international honors, including two BRIT Awards (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist) and the 2012 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.  Sheeran recently took home the award for Best Male Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and is currently nominated for two 2015 People’s Choice Awards.

Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured number one on the Billboard Top 200 twice; first with her debut “Yours Truly” and then its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.”  “Yours Truly” yielded the double-platinum smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized number one on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart.  “My Everything” spawned the triple-platinum “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, which debuted at number one in 85 countries, and topped the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. It was the fifth highest digital song debut for a female artist and ninth highest ever.  “My Everything” took the number one spot on Spotify as Ariana hit number one on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart.  She is the first woman in history, and first artist since Michael Jackson, to simultaneously have three songs (“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J) in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs chart. She was named Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards and also took home statues at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Born on St. Patrick’s Day in County Wicklow, Ireland, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne was raised on blues, soul and jazz. He taught himself guitar and piano, joined his first band at 15, and studied music at Dublin’s Trinity College. In 2013, “Take Me to Church,” reached number one in Ireland (keeping U2 off the top spot for the first time in 30 years), number two in America and number five in the U.K.  It’s currently in the Top three on the U.S. iTunes Singles chart, and has been a Top 10 hit in Germany,Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland and Canada. The accompanying music video has over 22 million views on YouTube, and Ed Sheeran recently covered the song on BBC Radio 1.  Hozier’s eponymous debut album was released globally in October, with tracks mixed by Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey). His music has been used in the feature film “Wish I Was Here” and the television series “Marco Polo,” “Constantine,” “Banshee,” “Empire,” “Teenwolf” and “The Leftovers.”  His upcoming 26-city U.S. tour, which starts in February, is already sold out. Hozier has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” on the Network, “Ellen” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jools Holland” (U.K.).

Also in the special, Supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will wear the 2014 Dream Angels Fantasy Bras designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by Mouawad. Valued at $2 million each, the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras include accompanying body pieces of fine gemstones. Inspired by the Dream Angels Demi silhouette, these bras are handset with rubies, diamonds, blue and light blue sapphires strung together with 18K gold. Each bra is adorned with over 16,000 of the precious gems.  This is the first time two Victoria’s Secret Angels have been chosen to wear the coveted Fantasy Bras.

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by done and dusted, inc.  Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are the executive producers.  Hamish Hamilton is the director.

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Written By , on November 19, 2014


This Spring’s most sought after elements beautifully collide at Koral, as new Lead Designer Nicole King Burroughs breathes effortless, sexy refinement and boyish freedom into the brand’s 2015 Spring Collection.

New Koral styles for Spring include a utilitarian chambray romper, an open back rayon gabardine romper and utilitarian dress,Bermuda shorts, denim mini skirts, and skyscraper high waist denim shorts that mix effortlessly with beautifully reimagined classics like striped oxford shirts, a denim utility jacket, and new luxury denim cuts that are made to form ultra-feminine silhouettes and evoke simplicity, clean lines, and the sexier side of tomboy.

Denim industry veteran and award-winning Parson’s grad, Nicole is channeling her love for sophisticated sportswear, timeless sensibility, and decades of experience to usher in a fresh new look at Koral. Formerly with the GAP, she was Design Director for its 1969 Denim Vintage Collection. She has also been recognized for the diverse “style facelifts” she envisioned for numerous global brands such as Ralph Lauren, 7 For All Mankind, Rich and Skinny, DWP, and Ever Worldwide.

Of her aesthetic, she reveals, “I am not interested in dressing the world, just those with an inimitable sense of style and an appreciation for exceptional detail.” On taking the reigns of the design room at Koral, Nicole says, “The path of this brand is inspiring! It takes my love of sophisticated sportswear and luxurious fabrics and weaves it into the most compelling denim collection I have worked on yet.”

In 2012, Koral was founded by true denim enthusiasts and visionaries who started the premium denim revolution and turned jeans into the quintessential icon of everyday fashion. Peter Koral and Rick Crane launched the premium denim market known today with the creation of 7 For All Mankind. Now they have assembled some of the best talent in the denim world to introduce a collection of crafted denim with impeccable style and casual sophistication.

Koral jeans are designed using exceptional materials to deliver a collection of denim with unparalleled style, construction, and attention to detail.  The brand is devoted to exploring unbroached techniques, while preserving their exacting standards for fabric, fit, and finish, which enhance the natural nuances of denim with handcrafted details that are meticulously applied to reveal dimension, texture, and character.

The Spring 2015 Collection is rooted in Koral’s core denim fits – the skinny, the mid rise, the relaxed skinny, the cigarette, the pencil, the slim, and the mid rise bootcut – while adding new fits like the skyscraper skinny crop, and the surplus barrette, a relaxed fit style.

With suggested retail prices from $160 to $240, the Spring 2015 Collection will be available at nationwide retailers and select international locations in time for the New Year. To experience Koral, visit www.KORAL.com.

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Written By , on November 18, 2014

Marisol Deluna Foundation Fashion Show

New York fashion designer and San Antonio native Marisol Delunapresented a new collection for her Marisol Deluna New York label at a runway show held at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas on November 14, 2014.  The show marked the designer’s 25th anniversary in fashion and helped launch her latest effort, the Fashion Initiative of the Marisol Deluna Foundation.

Ms. Deluna presented a new collection, which offers her signature lifestyle designs in vibrant colors and prints.  Models from acrossTexas walked the runway including men, women and children along with dogs for adoption from the Animal Defense League ofTexas.

The collection was complimented with hats adorned by Deluna’s prints, designed in collaboration with her longtime friend and New York milliner Rodney Keenan.  After the show Keenan remarked, “Marisol’s modern flourish brings new life and a sparkling femininity to the classic forms she works with.  Her generosity is as boundless as her talent, and I’m delighted I could be here to cheer her on and this remarkable accomplishment.  I look forward to the next 25.”

In attendance, fashion historian Cameron Silver noted “Marisol Deluna’s distinctive signature prints have solidified her reputation as the 21st century Lilly Pulitzer.  She’s forged a unique business model with a philanthropic angle that was celebrated by fans during her 25th anniversary fashion spectacular.”

The Foundation’s Advisory Committee includes Rod Keenan and Cameron Silver in addition to fellow designers John Bartlett, Keanan Duffty and David Hart who share her vision.  Ms. Deluna stated, “This show underscores a core principle of our brand that fashion can be harnessed for bigger ideas in the service of others.  Mentorship is a privilege.”

Former San Antonio Mayor and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro stated, “Marisol Deluna has the support of the City of San Antonio.  A hometown girl giving back to the city she grew up in.  Her fashion line and accessories are unique.  Her creation of the Marisol Deluna Foundation will provide, an educational opportunity for many local students and young designers in fashion trades.”

About the Marisol Deluna Foundation: Marisol Deluna Foundation, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit corporation that supports the education and mentoring of students and young designers in fashion and design arts.  The Foundation works in partnership with civic, corporate and government entities to promote educational initiatives and community benefits within the State of Texas.  For more information, visit http://www.marisoldelunafoundation.org.

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Written By , on November 18, 2014

Tamar Braxton - Tamar Collection

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Tamar Braxton launches her first line of apparel that retails exclusively online at TamarCollection.com. Braxton, a self professed fashion shopaholic, developed the brand and shopping experience to address various concerns that she has personally found challenging over the years. As a result, the brand features superior quality, runway-inspired fashion that is available in extended and unisex sizes, all at affordable prices.

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about looking fabulous without breaking the bank. So when designing this collection, it was important that the line had a wide variety of looks. A little everyday fashion, but also some runway looks at incredible prices. It is important to me that all of my fans feel like there is something for them,” says Braxton.

Braxton has had an extensive career in the industry which includes executive producing two hit reality shows on WE TV, releasing hit singles like ‘Let Me Know’ from her upcoming album due in early 2015 and most recently co-hosting daytime talk show, The Real. Braxton has now taken on her latest venture with the support of her husband, Vincent Herbert. “He has played a major role in launching my fashion line along with my son, Logan, who inspires me every day,” says Braxton.

Braxton continues to build upon her momentum with her new fashion business and is excited to have another opportunity to engage and interact directly with women across the globe by dressing them in quality, affordable fashions. To create the collection, Tamar has partnered with IconStyle LLC, a NYC based company that specializes in conceptualizing, designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling fashion product on behalf of global celebrities

Tamar Collection is the only US-based fashion brand to use a photo-accurate, virtual fitting room solution in its e-commerce store. This technology enables shoppers to check the fit of any garment on a virtual avatar after entering his/her precise body shape and size. This technology will improve customer satisfaction and help eliminate the frustrating problem that e-shoppers experience of having to return items that do not fit.

To see all of Braxton’s inspired styles please visit, www.TamarCollection.com

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Written By , on November 17, 2014


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Barneys New York, the specialty luxury retailer, holiday windows and facade of Madison Avenue were unveiled yesterday to display a BAZ DAZZLED wonderland, a collaboration with world-renowned writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. A multi-platform initiative, BAZ DAZZLED merges the iconic visual language of Luhrmann’s award-winning film work with the legendary wit and surprise of Barneys New York. Luhrmann and four-time Oscar winning production and costume designer Martin, along with the Barneys New York team under the lead of Creative Director Dennis Freedman, have taken traditional holiday themes and turned them upside down into a world of fantastical characters, enchanted environments, and luxurious, metallic textures.

“From the first time my wife Catherine Martin and I found ourselves in New York back in the ’80s, we always marveled at the way Barneys took the familiar and managed to turn it on its head. This way of seeing the world is somewhat akin to our own creative philosophy,” said Baz Luhrmann. “Here we are now, so many years later in our adopted home, honored to join the pedigree of artists, performers, and creative organizations which have collaborated with Barneys, to take the familiar and turn it on its head.”

The tradition of holiday storytelling was at the center of the collaboration, conceived by Luhrmann, Martin, and the Barneys New York creative team. In this mythical BAZ DAZZLED world, classical woodland creatures come to life in an urban environment: a contortionist b-boy elf, a wise old ‘True Owl’ who speaks the truth, a graffiti-ing squirrel who makes use of his gold spray paint through Barneys and beyond, and Celestina the ice princess, eternally skating and longing to be set free—with the whole mythical world ruled over by the Luna and Solar Queens. Inspired by Luhrmann and Martin’s extensive background in film, opera, theatre, and music, the expected becomes unexpected, the classic becomes modern, and the static comes alive in a series of live performances and interactive theater.  Each window presents a snippet of these characters’ stories, expressing the Luhrmann and Martin ethos of “Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love.”

“BAZ DAZZLED has allowed us an opportunity to bring theater to Madison Avenue,” said Barneys New York Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “By integrating live performance into the windows, we are breaking the traditional mold of holiday windows for an exciting and unprecedented experience.”

Barneys New York, Luhrmann, and Martin have collaborated with breakout a cappella group Pentatonix—comprised of vocalistsScott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan, and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola—who exclusively scored and recorded custom versions of classics for this collaboration. In addition to scoring the windows with original vocals and arrangements of classic holiday carols, Pentatonix provided actual vocals to several characters.

Costumes for the characters in the BAZ DAZZLED world have been created by designer Zaldy in collaboration with Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin. All performance elements featured in the windows were directed in collaboration with Luhrmann, Martin, Barneys New York, and Andrew Katz.

After the unveiling, guests including Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Richard & Lisa Perry, Mark Lee, Amy Sacco, Aurelie Bidermann, Dakota Fanning, Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Deborra-Lee Furness, Dennis Freedman, Estelle,Giovanna Battaglia, Jessica Joffe, Kate Foley, Lily Kwong, Meryl Poster, Michael Avedon, Pat Cleveland, Simon Doonan, Victoria Justice, Wendi Deng, and Zani Gugelmann made their way to the Central Park Zoo for an intimate dinner.

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