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75e28a66-e338-4b20-8277-d1a328ca0a23.HRThe Martell House was founded in 1715 at the height of French Art de Vivre. From that moment, gastronomy, tasting and craftsmanship have always been part of its history. During the same period Louis XIV gathered the nation’s most talented artists and culturally exciting figures at the court of Versailles. Today, in 2015, Martell – the oldest of the great cognac Houses – pays tribute to this heritage and identifies the 300 most exciting talents whose combined cultural contribution across gastronomy, art, mixology, entertainment and fashion epitomises French Art de Vivre in the 21st Century.

Michelin-star chef, Pascal Aussignac, fashion designer, Alix Petit and influential mixologist, Nicolas de Soto are today part of the “Martell France 300” project; an ambitious venture paying tribute to the impact of the French ‘Art de Vivre’ lifestyle globally.

Led by Martell, in partnership with L’Officiel, the oldest French lifestyle magazine, the project is also spearheaded by Martell’s Tricentenaire Ambassador, Diane Kruger. The internationally-acclaimed actress has lent her knowledge and experience of the impact of French culture worldwide to help select the 300 innovative French and French-inspired talents, along with the expert editorial team at L’Officiel.

Diane Kruger said of the project: “This list is a culmination of a search across the world for the most exciting French talents, who embody the essence of French Art de Vivre. I hope that by exploring this list and learning about these amazing talents, we can learn more about what French Art de Vivre means today, and perhaps live it a little ourselves! Having spent much of my time living in France and working with so many great talents, it is so wonderful to work on a project that gives people some well-deserved recognition and shows how they are having an impact on French culture on an international scale.”

As part of the Martell France 300 project, Martell conducted global research1 which reveals that French Art de Vivre is viewed as an integral part of today’s society across the world; over 80% of the 6,521 people surveyed worldwide agreed that French Art de Vivre is an inspiring lifestyle. The French way of life has also had a significant influence globally, with eight in ten respondents (81%) agreeing that French Art de Vivre impacts local cultures across the world, not just in France. The research also reveals a range of emerging trends across five categories that represent the French Art de Vivre lifestyle, and shows the growth of French culture across the world.

César Giron, CEO and Chairman of Martell commented: “This year has been a spectacular and historic one for Martell. It began with the announcement of Diane as our Ambassador, along with an incredible celebration at Versailles in May. The essence of French Art de Vivre is at the basis of everything we have done this year and the France 300 project proves it is as relevant now as it was 300 hundred years ago, when Louis XIV gathered his court at the Palace of Versailles. The vast array of names on the list from every part of the globe really demonstrates the power of French talent in influencing culture and keeping the French Art de Vivre lifestyle alive across the world.”

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Eight-time GRAMMY Award®-winning artist Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Grammy Award®-nominated “The Weeknd” will perform on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 8(10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge, as well as newest Angels Elsa Hosk, Jac Jagaciak, Jasmine Tookes, Kate Grigorieva, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill and Victoria’s Secret PINK model Rachel Hilbert, will be a part of the show that merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. The show, seen in more than 180 countries, will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show and the multi-million dollar Fantasy Bra.

Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She has achieved 13 #1 singles and won eight Grammy Awards. With more than seven billion views and 21 Vevo certified videos, she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube, and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 81 million friends.  In addition, she’s the name and face of some of today’s most prestigious and recognizable fashion and beauty brands.

On Selena Gomez’s latest album debut, the multi-platinum singer redefines her role as a pop artist and offers her most complex and compelling album so far. Revival finds the 23-year-old co-writing with A$AP Rocky. The lead single, “Good for You,” a snap-beat-driven slow-burner debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s digital songs chart, spent three consecutive weeks at #1 at Top 40 radio and landed on Rolling Stone‘s list of the “25 Best Songs of 2015 So Far.”  Revival is the follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance, which debuted at #1 onBillboard‘s album chart and spawned the triple-platinum #1 hit “Come and Get It.” Revival marks the latest chapter in a career that’s brought Gomez from starring in her own Disney Channel show at age 15 to taking a central role in Harmony Korine’s 2012 cult film classic “Spring Breakers,” all while selling more than 22 million singles worldwide.  The second single off the album, “Same Old Love,” is getting rave reviews.  Recently, Gomez announced that she will embark on her worldwide “Revival Tour” in 2016.

“The Weeknd,” a Grammy Award®-nominated, multi-platinum alternative R&B artist, continues a streak of smashing records. His critically acclaimed gold-certified third full-length album Beauty Behind the Madness sold more than 412,000 album equivalents upon release, held #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for three consecutive weeks, making for the longest run at #1 on the chart this year, and debuted at #1 on the Apple Music overall albums chart in more than 70 countries and Top 10 in nearly 100. The album is the first to surpass 100 million global audio streams, with over 80 million plays from Spotify, breaking their U.S. and global record for most streams in a single week.  Prior to release, Beauty Behind the Madness sold more than 1 million album equivalents worldwide, with four of the tracks from the album reaching platinum or multi-platinum status. This fall, “The Weeknd” will support the release of Beauty Behind the Madness with The Madness Fall Tour.

VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by Done+Dusted, inc. Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart andHamish Hamilton are the executive producers.  Hamish Hamilton is the director.

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fullbeauty.com, the recognized authority on curvy fit and fashion, has partnered with Grammy Nominated Pop SuperStar Meghan Trainor to help lead the plus size fashion movement and validate body confidence worldwide.  Meghan Trainor quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2014 with her runaway debut hit “All About that Bass.”  The positive-body image hit took the world by storm and grabbed the attention of plus size market leader fullbeauty.com, who embraced Meghan Trainor’s ideal that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

fullbeauty.com has enlisted Meghan Trainor to star in its Fall 2015 #OwnYourCurves ad campaign, which aims to empower women across the globe to not only love their curves, but to OWN them.  The new digital campaign features Meghan Trainorflaunting some of FULLBEAUTY Brands’ fashion forward looks while asking women – “To be a FULL BEAUTY.”  fullbeauty.com isn’t just a place to shop, it’s an empowered community of women who are confident, assured and defining themselves in more ways than one. Being a full beauty means more to these women than the clothes they wear; it’s the sum of everything that makes them who they are.

“From the moment we heard ‘All About That Bass,’ we knew Meghan Trainor was the perfect ambassador for fullbeauty.com,” said FULLBEAUTY Brands President Stephanie SobelMeghan Trainor is a beautiful woman who truly embodies our commitment to inspire confidence in all women by helping them to look and feel their best.”   

“In my music and in life I strive to encourage and inspire all women to love who they are and how they look,” added Meghan Trainor, Pop Superstar. “The #OwnYourCurves campaign aligns perfectly with my work and my beliefs, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Newly redesigned fullbeauty.com is a one-stop lifestyle and shopping destination, celebrating all shapes and sizes.  It offers the world’s best and largest selection of women’s apparel, lingerie, shoes, combined with a high level of fashion and fit expertise.  fullbeauty.com is a one-on-one conversation with millions of plus size women.

#OwnYourCurves will run on leading fashion and lifestyle websites beginning October 14, 2015.  FULLBEAUTY Brands and fullbeauty.com believe the campaign will inspire, motivate, entertain and empower women worldwide.  After all “Why just wear it, when you can own it?”

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Costume Institute Benefit May 2 with Co-Chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour, and Honorary Chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada
Exhibition Dates: May 5—August 14, 2016
Member Previews: May 3—May 4
Exhibition Locations: Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center 
Press Preview: Monday, May 2, 10 a.m—1 p.m.
(New York, October 14, 2015)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition will be manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology, on view from May 5 through August 14, 2016 (preceded on May 2 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore the impact of new technology on fashion and how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

The exhibition is made possible by Apple.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
“Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met. “It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process. Often presented as oppositional, this exhibition proposes a new view in which the hand and the machine are mutual and equal protagonists.”
In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 2, 2016. The evening’s co-chairs will be Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour. Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada will serve as Honorary Chairs. This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.
“Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “manus x machina will challenge the conventions of the hand/machine dichotomy, and propose a new paradigm germane to our age of digital technology.”
Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, said, “Both the automated and handcrafted process require similar amounts of thoughtfulness and expertise. There are instances where technology is optimized, but ultimately it’s the amount of care put into the craftsmanship, whether it’s machine-made or hand-made, that transforms ordinary materials into something extraordinary.”
Exhibition Overview
manus x machina will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit.  The exhibition will reflect on the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production.  It will explore the ongoing rhetoric of this dichotomy in which hand and machine are presented as discordant instruments in the creative process, and will question this oppositional relationship as well as the significance of the time-honored distinction between the haute couture and ready-to-wear.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum’s first floor and court level will present a series of pairings of handmade haute couture garments and their machine-made ready-to-wear counterparts.  The galleries will be arranged enfilade, with a suite of rooms reflecting the traditional structure of a couture atelier and its constituent petites mains workshops for embroidery, feathers, pleating, knitting, lacework, leatherwork, braiding, and fringe work.  These will be contrasted with ensembles incorporating new technologies including 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo shaping, computer modeling, circular knitting, ultrasonic welding, and bonding and laminating.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries will present a series of “in process” workshops, including a 3D-printing workshop where visitors will witness the creation of 3D-printed garments during the course of the exhibition.
Designers in the exhibition will include Gilbert Adrian, Azzedine Alaïa, Christopher Bailey (Burberry), Cristobal Balenciaga, Boué Soeurs, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Pierre Cardin, Hussein Chalayan, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Giles Deacon, Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz (Lanvin), Mariano Fortuny, John Galliano (Christian Dior, Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton), Hubert de Givenchy, Madame Grès, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Charles James, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Helmut Lang, Mary McFadden, Issey Miyake, Miuccia Prada, Paul Poiret, Paco Rabanne, Noa Raviv, Yves Saint Laurent (Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent), Mila Schön, Raf Simons (Jil Sander, Christian Dior), Maiko Takeda, Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), threeASFOUR, Philip Treacy, Iris van Herpen, Madeleine Vionnet, Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe, and others.
Exhibition Credits
manus x machina is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator of The Costume Institute.  Shohei Shigematsu, Director of OMA New York, will lead the exhibition design in collaboration with the Met’s Design Department.  Raul Avila will produce the Benefit décor, which he has done since 2007.
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A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition.  It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and will be available in early May.
A special feature on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/manusxmachina, provides information about the exhibition.  Follow us on Facebook.com/metmuseum,
Instagram.com/metmuseum, and Twitter.com/metmuseum to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit.  Use #manusxmachina, #CostumeInstitute, and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

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Live content retailer HSN and the multi-faceted tennis legend, fashion icon and successful businesswoman Serena Williams will set the internet ablaze when they return to KIA STYLE360 New York Fashion Week onSeptember 15, 2015 to present Serena’s fall Signature Statement Collection during a special HSN.com “Front Row” live stream event.  The innovative retailer is transforming the way designers bring their collection to market by allowing fans of Serena’s fall collection to shop the runway online immediately following the show.

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“Throughout my life, I’ve always believed in pushing boundaries…whether it’s in tennis, business or fashion!” said Williams.  “By offering my Signature Statement collection exclusively through an innovative retailer like HSN, I’m able to communicate directly with my fans.  This year my runway show will be broadcast live, and you can shop the collection immediately afterwards.  That is exciting to me and not common in fashion today.”

With the ultimate Calendar Grand Slam within her grasp in New York this summer, Serena Williams will partner with HSN and leading manufacturer Tiger J to present one of the most exciting runway shows of the season on Tuesday, September 15.  Before the show, Serena will host a special live Q&A via Periscope at 2:30 p.m. (ET) where fans can get a peek behind the scenes at the show and learn more about the inspiration for her latest collection.  For more information, check out #SerenaonHSN.

“Serena is a force both on the court and on the runway,” said Bill Brand, President of HSN.  “We love that at HSN we are able to showcase a different side of Serena.  This ‘Front Row’ live stream special of her fashion show is a great way to connect Serena directly with her fans and give them the immediate opportunity to shop.”

The Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection runway show will feature 26 looks that are bold, confident and chic with a touch of edgy street style. Inspired by the legendary tennis player’s chic and flirty style, the collection is designed for women of all shapes and sizes who desire easy-fitting, yet edgy, contemporary silhouettes.  The color palette for the collection has notes of 70s retro glam, featuring warm neutrals and rich jewel tones and lots of fringe!

After the final model walks the runway, Serena will sit down for a brief chat via Periscope to answer questions from fans and announce a special social contest in which a few lucky fans can win a one-of-a-kind couture piece from the collection.

Available exclusively on HSN.com both during and immediately following the show, the collection will include 14 styles, such as beautiful faux shearling jackets, color block soft knit sweaters, tunics, printed jogger pants and more. Novelty details include prints in Aztec with drapery silhouettes and asymmetrical hems. Prices for the collection range from $29.90 to $129.90, offering value and exceptional style all in one.

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In a New York Fashion Week first, TRESemmé – the official hair care sponsor – joins forces with Amazon to make the top hair looks shoppable in real-time. As soon as the models hit the runway, customers will be able to easily shop the products from each look on Amazon.com and the TRESemmé 24/7 Runway Studio, an immersive digital destination that will inspire women globally to create runway hair they can wear.

The TRESemmé 24/7 Runway Studio will come to life in New York’s Meatpacking District as both a digital and physical destination for the duration of NYFW.  Open 24 hours-a-day, all fashionistas can visit the studio, enjoy complimentary runway hair styling, relax and re-caffeinate in-between shows and watch exclusive NYFW footage.

Backstage at NYFW, TRESemmé is again partnering with world-renowned hair stylists Orlando Pita and Jeanie Syfu, to create fashion-forward looks for some of the week’s most celebrated designers including: Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Hervé Léger, BCBG, Rebecca Minkoff, Marissa Webb, Rachel Zoe and Banana Republic, streaming the shows and real-time how-to’s via the TRESemmé 24/7 Runway Studio site to put styling fans at the heart of the action.

“No matter their city, town or time zone, our goal is to bring the excitement of New York Fashion Week directly to women and put them at the heart of the trends,” says Chris Barron, Global Vice President, Marketing, TRESemmé. “Collaborating with Amazon allows customers to immediately get the products and tutorials they need to re-create each runway look. With the TRESemmé 24/7 Runway Studio our fans can now experience the buzz and excitement of New York Fashion Week and get the looks they love, like never before.”

As the official hair care sponsor of NYFW: The Shows, TRESemmé will have three distinct spaces, the TRESemmé 24/7 Runway Studio, located at 343 West 14th Street between 8th and 9th avenue, and two custom-built TRESemmé Salons located in official NYFW: The Shows venues, Skylight at Moynihan and HQ. The 24/7 Runway Studio will be open to guests of New York Fashion Week between 8 am8pm daily before opening up to the general public for appointments from 8 pm onwards and the Skylight at Moynihan and HQ locations will offer credentialed guests complimentary styling using the diverse portfolio of TRESemmé products to create runway-inspired hair looks.  The Moynihan TRESemmé Salon will also feature a co-branded VIP lounge with E! on-site, marking its third season collaborating with the network.

For the third season, TRESemmé is partnering with online style mavens The Coveteur to deliver ‘On Location With,’ this season’s must-watch reality-based web series. This exclusive series will gives VIP backstage access for women following along at home and joins another NYFW fan-favorite ‘Style Setters,’ the web TV show with style maven Louise Roe, who’ll continue to report the latest in hair, style and trends seen backstage on the runways and on the street at New York Fashion Week.

Support for the 24/7 TRESemmé experience at NYFW is provided by Amazon and The Trump SoHo New York.

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Swarovski is delighted to announce the 15 designers who will form the year-long Swarovski Collective 2016. This group of exceptional design talents, which includes both new and established names, will work in creative partnership with Swarovski for their Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn/Winter 2016 collections.

The latest edition of the coveted Swarovski Collective program will span New York, London and Paris fashion weeks, offering the designers year-long financial and crystal product support, plus the chance to win the annual €25,000 Swarovski Collective Prize, the winner of which will be announced in May 2016.

The 2016 Swarovski Collective sees debut seasons for Rosie Assoulin, Thomas Tait, Tanya Taylor, Tome, Alexander Lewis, David Koma, Haizhen Wang and Vivienne Hu.

The Swarovski Collective members for Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn/Winter 2016 are:

Alexander Lewis
Christian Wijnants
Creatures of the Wind
David Koma
Emilia Wickstead
Esteban Cortazar
Haizhen Wang
Iris Van Herpen
Peter Pilotto
Rosie Assoulin
Tanya Taylor
Thomas Tait
Tim Coppens
Vivienne Hu

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “It is a pleasure to build on the success of the Swarovski Collective with this new line-up of creatives, and our ongoing commitment to emerging talent with the Swarovski Collective Prize. This is an exceptional group of designers, and we look forward to seeing them innovate with crystal looks over the coming year.”

Emilia Wickstead, a returning Collective designer commented: “It is such an honor to be a part of the Collective. Swarovski crystals add excitement and innovation while creating a point of difference.”

Rosie Assoulin commented: “We are so honored to be working with Swarovski and to have the opportunity to really dive into their treasure trove of materials and techniques, especially after the CFDAs.”

Thomas Tait, said: “I’m excited to be part of the Swarovski Collective and to be using crystals as a creative ingredient for the first time to add a new dimension to my collection.”

Founded in 1999 following Nadja Swarovski’s collaboration with a young Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective encourages emerging and established designers to explore the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship.

Over the past 16 years, the Swarovski Collective has supported over 150 designers. Previous participants include Alexander McQueen, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Wes Gordon, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor&Rolf,Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou and Anthony Vaccarello.

The Swarovski Collective designers will show their Spring/Summer 2016 collections during New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks, which take place between 10 September and 7 October 2015. Swarovski will also support Collective members on promotional activities and creative projects throughout the year.

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Taking New York Fashion Week as its backdrop, AllSaints documents and presents the Spring 2016 collection on a street-cast collective of individuals, and eschews the conventions of the catwalk in favour of casting, producing, shooting, editing and releasing a film – all within seven days – that highlights the brand’s ongoing commitment to empowering real people. In real places. With real stories.

The resulting film, a short documentary entitled It’s Up To You, is a love-letter from the people of New York to their own city, and showcases AllSaints’ SS16 ready-to-wear and accessories collections as a modular wardrobe from which global individuals are inspired to shape and curate their personal style, and in doing so, express their own identity, lifestyle and creative voice.

Wil Beedle, Creative Director, comments I feel strongly about AllSaints collections providing the catalyst for individual creativity, no matter who you are, where youre from, or how you see the world. Everythings valid. What we present is a uniform without uniformity. Its up to you.

AllSaints’ Spring 2016 womenswear and menswear collections and accessories are to be unveiled at a live presentation event onSeptember 15 at a showroom in the Meatpacking District, during which the It’s Up To You film will be premiered and collection looks will be showcased on cast members. The following day, on September 16, AllSaints will present its very first wholesale presentation of women’s and men’s bags and women’s shoes.

It’s Up To You will be launched globally the following day on http://www.us.allsaints.com and across the brand’s social media channels.

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SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and New York-based Fashion One Television LLC., the leading fashion, entertainment and lifestyle television network, announced today the launch of the world’s first global Ultra HD channel, Fashion One 4K. SES is delivering the free-to-air channel across North America, South America and Europe via its satellites.

Fashion One 4K has a technical reach of 100 million households across North America via SES’s Ultra HD platform on the SES-3 satellite at 103 degrees West and 23 million households across South America on the NSS-806 satellite at 47.5 degrees West. InEurope, the channel, broadcast under the brand Fashion 4K, reaches over 116 million households via SES’s prime orbital position at 19.2 degrees East. SES Platform Services, an SES subsidiary, is providing a fully-managed 4k playout along with ground segment and distribution services for the Ultra HD channel.

Fashion One has been upgrading its production format from HD to Ultra HD since 2014 and now owns an extensive library of Ultra HD content with 100% content rights. Fashion One 4K currently carries the latest fashion and entertainment content such as new seasons of the active lifestyle series Model Yoga, the global culinary adventures of Fashion On A Plate, and the sustainable fashion docu-series Eco Fashion. Other programming includes specials like The Ultimate Style Guide and Fashion Around the Globe, leaving something for everyone.

With four times the clarity of HD broadcasting, there is no better way to experience the world of fashion than to witness it in Ultra HD’s superior resolution. Viewers will experience the sharpest details, the smoothest lines and the richest colour palette ever to be broadcast on television.

“We are tremendously excited to launch Fashion One 4K, the world’s first global Ultra HD channel dedicated to fashion and entertainment. We have invested heavily in producing Ultra HD content over the last two years, and I’m delighted that we are finally able to share the channel with our viewers,” said Fashion One Television LLC.‘s Chief Operations Officer, Gleb Livshits. “Together with SES, our long-time partner, we are committed to leading the industry and providing our audiences with the highest quality content.”

“Since 2013, SES has been at the forefront of developing the broadcasting part of the Ultra HD ecosystem and was the first to broadcast a live football match and a live concert in the new HEVC compression standard,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “Now, Ultra HD is a reality for millions of viewers worldwide, with the first global broadcast channel launching on SES satellites. There is no better way to broadcast Ultra HD than over satellite and we are delighted that Fashion One is also relying on our expertise for the playout, encoding and uplinking of their Ultra HD channel.”

Fashion One 4K was launched concurrently on MEASAT-3a at 91.5 degrees East, reaching over 130 million households across theAsia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa.

It’s time for Real Fashion in Real 4KFashion One 4K — fashion starts here.

About Fashion One Television LLC.

New York-based Fashion One Television LLC. is the leading fashion, lifestyle and entertainment television network with an audience of more than 420 million households. With everything from the latest updates and in-depth interviews with designers and celebrities, audiences are captivated by the network’s programming — including but not limited to reality shows, documentaries, travel diaries, entertainment news and lifestyle series. The network is one of the fastest growing and most well distributed special interest channels in the world and operates under the “Fashion One” brand, with local variants known as “F.O.” and Fashion First. September 1, 2015marks the birth of “Fashion One 4K”, the world’s first fashion and lifestyle channel launching in more than 6 continents simultaneously in crystal clear 4K quality.

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Written By , on August 31, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced extended hours for the final weekend of its extraordinarily popular Costume Institute exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass. On Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5, the exhibition will remain open to the public for three additional hours, closing at midnight. The Museum normally closes at 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The exhibition closes on Labor Day,Monday, September 7.

The Museum’s Great Hall Balcony Bar, adjacent to the exhibition’s final gallery, will be open with appetizers and full bar service until midnight. The Met Store’s exhibition shop for China will also be open, and features a range of products inspired by the exhibition, including the exhibition catalogue and an exclusive collection of fashion accessories, jewelry, and stationery. The China: Through the Looking Glass galleries are the only galleries open to the public during the extended hours.

The exhibition, which opened on May 7, has already been extended by three weeks—fromAugust 16 to September 7—and has so far drawn more than 730,000 visitors, surpassing the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011) to become The Costume Institute’s highest attended exhibition ever. The McQueen exhibition, which was the Met’s eighth most popular show, had a total of 661,509 visitors.

Encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, it is The Costume Institute’s largest special exhibition ever, and also one of the Museum’s largest. With gallery space three times the size of a typical Costume Institute major spring exhibition, China has accommodated large numbers of visitors without lines.

The exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

The exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton, is a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art.  Wong Kar Wai is artistic director and Nathan Crowley served as production designer.

The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast and several Chinese donors.

Tickets are available at the Met, as well as in advance on the Museum’s website, and onFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #ChinaLookingGlass and #AsianArt100.  It is also on Weibo using @大都会博物馆MET_中国艺术

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