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Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion

Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion

Exhibition Dates: May 7–August 16, 2015
Member Preview: May 5-May 6
Exhibition Locations: Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition will be Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, on view from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and mistranslations.  In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments that will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with Chinese aesthetics,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met.  “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair.  The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.  This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.  Additional financial support for the 2015 exhibition and benefit is provided by a group of Chinese donors.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with fantasy, romance, and nostalgia,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of ‘Telephone’–which the British call ‘Chinese Whispers’–designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Exhibition Overview
This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department sinceAngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  Chinese Whispers will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “whispers” or conversations through time and space, focusing on Imperial China; Nationalist China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s; and Communist China, with an emphasis on changing images of Chairman Mao.  These ‘whispers,’ and others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai.  Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Madame Wellington Koo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong May-Ling), and Empress Dowager Cixi.

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection.  The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on the celebrated performer Mei Lanfang, who inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, ensembles from which will be showcased alongside Mr. Mei’s original opera costumes.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino), Craig Green, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Ralph Lauren, Ma Ke, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Laurence Xu, and others.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.  Chinese Whispers is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute.  Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling.  Creative production company 59 Productions (exhibition designers for David Bowie is at the V&A Museum and video for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony) will serve as the exhibition’s production designers.  The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.

“William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” said Wong.  “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results.  As Chinese filmmakers we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

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A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition.  It will be produced 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/chinesewhispers, 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 #MetChineseWhispers and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

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CARLSTADT, N.J.,  – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today unveiled the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Spring 2015, a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections. Released to coincide with New York Fashion Week, thePANTONE Fashion Color Report features the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashion for spring 2015, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots. The complete report is available at www.pantone.com/spring2015.

“Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still,” saidLeatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”

The top colors for women’s fashion for spring 2015 are:
PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine
PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue
PANTONE 14-5714 Lucite Green
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue
PANTONE 14-1213 Toasted Almond
PANTONE 16-1720 Strawberry Ice
PANTONE 15-1247 Tangerine
PANTONE 13-0720 Custard
PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray

The top colors for men’s fashion for spring 2015 are:
PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue
PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray
PANTONE 18-0135 Treetop
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue
PANTONE 14-1213 Toasted Almond
PANTONE 18-0538 Woodbine
PANTONE 16-1328 Sandstone
PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
ANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
PANTONE 16-3310 Lavender Herb

Women’s Color Palette
On one end of the women’s palette sits Aquamarine, an airy, ethereal blue with a cool, dreamy feel that mixes well with the other blues and greens in the Top 10. Evoking thoughts of soothing, tropical waters, Scuba Blue restores our sense of carefree playfulness, while invigorating the body and mind, and Lucite Green, a soft, serene green offers a fresh sense of clarity.

Pair Lucite Green with bold Classic Blue for a balanced and refreshed look. As the name implies, Classic Blue is a strong and reliable anchor and, with its waterborne qualities, is perceived as thoughtful and introspective. Bringing balance to the coolness of the spring/summer color range, Toasted Almond, a suntanned neutral, offers timeless, comforting warmth.

Reminiscent of the sun on our skin in the spring and summer months, Toasted Almond pairs well with both Strawberry Ice, a light, nurturing coral tone, and Tangerine, an energizing, non-jarring take on orange that adds a pop of color for spring. Combine all three for a delicious, almost retro-inspired look.

Emanating warmth and happiness, Custard serves as an all-encompassing yellow for the spring palette, which can be combined with Classic Blue for a maritime look. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this compelling and cordial hue incorporates the satisfying richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness. Marsala works well with Glacier Gray, a timeless and unobtrusive gray that adds a sense of graceful relaxation as another practical neutral. Bring Marsala and Glacier Gray together with Aquamarine for an unexpected and exciting pairing that is perfect for spring.

Men’s Color Palette
For spring 2015, the men’s palette takes a surprising turn, deviating from the women’s palette more than we have seen in recent seasons. The menswear colors emphasize the need for uncontrived hues, where natural tones are interspersed with deep, foundational colors for an unassuming and sophisticated Top 10.

A perennial favorite for men, dependable Dusk Blue offers a cool, calm serenity, representative of the sky. Juxtapose it with Glacier Gray, a masculine and practical neutral, or Treetop, nature’s healthy, harmonious green for a happy marriage of adaptable cool, warm and neutral tones.

Classic Blue remains a core anchoring hue that is powerful in tailored suits or casual sportswear, while Toasted Almond continues to serve as another essential neutral. With its yellow-green tint, Woodbine is a tropical green best described as nature’s neutral that pairs well the earthy and rugged associations of Sandstone.

Masculine and solid, Titanium is a gray that speaks to timelessness and exudes strength, while Marsala offers a robust and rich contrast to the other colors in the palette and combines dramatically with other deep tones like Classic Blue, as well as neutral Sandstone.

Create a charming melange with Woodbine, Titanium and Lavender Herb, the palette’s most fashion-forward and spirited color. As purple hues continue to gain popularity in men’s fashion, Lavender Herb’s mid-tone offers a retro and almost nostalgic element to the men’s palette.

The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the Pantone Blog.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

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Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, The Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in seven years, will be on view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center from October 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015.  The exhibition will explore the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.

With the reopening of The Costume Institute space in May as the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the department returns to mounting two special exhibitions a year, to again include a fall show, in addition to the major spring exhibition.  This is the first fall exhibition The Costume Institute has organized since blog.mode: addressing fashion in 2007.

“The predominantly black palette of mourning dramatizes the evolution of period silhouettes and the increasing absorption of fashion ideals into this most codified of etiquettes,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who is curating the exhibition with Jessica Regan, Assistant Curator.  “The veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances.  As a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order.”

Exhibition Overview
The thematic exhibition will be organized chronologically and feature mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s collection.  The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications will be illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories, showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve.

“Elaborate standards of mourning set by royalty spread across class lines via fashion magazines,” said Ms. Regan, “and the prescribed clothing was readily available for purchase through mourning ‘warehouses’ that proliferated in European and American cities by mid-century.”

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery will orient visitors to the exhibition with fashion plates, jewelry, and accessories.  The main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will illustrate the evolution of mourning wear through high fashion silhouettes and will include mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra.  Examples of restrained simplicity will be shown alongside those with ostentatious ornamentation.  The predominantly black clothes will be set off against a stark white background and amplified with historic photographs and daguerreotypes.

The Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org, will feature information on the exhibition and related programs.  Follow us on Facebook.com/metmuseum, Instagram.com/metmuseum, andTwitter.com/metmuseum. To join the conversation about the exhibition use #DeathBecomesHer on Instagram and Twitter.

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Amex Insiders, the ultimate concierge service, today unveiled their exclusive London Fashion Week ‘uniforms'; bespoke jackets created by world renowned British designer OSMAN. The Amex Insiders will be on hand throughout the week to offer event support and more. From confirming show times and venue locations, to making dinner reservations and even dashing to cobblers or dry cleaners, the Amex Insiders un-complicate the LFW schedule for all visitors to Somerset House.

Featuring his elegant yet distinctive aesthetic, OSMAN has used his trademark silhouette to create stunning men’s and women’s bespoke one-seam silk kimono jackets for the 17 Amex Insiders assisting at London Fashion Week SS15. Each design incorporates a beautiful hand painted print for his debut collaboration with the brand.

This season American Express is running a global street style campaign to win one of five limited edition Amex Insider’s bespoke OSMAN jackets. Open to all, simply snap your favourite street style wherever you are in the world and share using #AmexStyle on Twitter or Instagram to be in with a chance of winning. The competition is open for the duration of London Fashion Week from 12th September 2014 to 11.59pm G.M.T on Tuesday 16th September 2014. For T&C’s please see visit:  American Express Partners With Renowned British Designer OSMAN at London Fashion Week SS15 and Announces Global Competition

Osman Yousefzada comments:  I am delighted to partner with American Express to dress the Amex Insiders for London Fashion Week this season. American Express has provided long-standing support to London’s fashion talents, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to develop this relationship at such an exciting stage of my own brand.

Lisa Gregg, Vice President, Head of International Card Products and Experiences at American Express comments: OSMAN is an incredible world renowned talent whose designs are elegant, edgy and timeless. He has created a stunning look for the Amex Insiders reflecting the beauty and innovation for which his work is known. Needless to say we are delighted to be collaborating with OSMAN, a global designer who is destined to leave a long-standing legacy throughout the fashion world.

OSMAN will be showcasing SS15 on 16th September at 9.00am at Victoria House, London.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — GBK (gbkproductions.com) – the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, partnered up with Pilot Pen for a luxury gift and style lounge celebrating New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel, New York City. GBK’s motto for this yearly event is “It’s all about style!”, and everything from jewelry to the ultra stylish array of writing instruments from Pilot Pen made the lounge a true highlight among the Fashion Week festivities.

Everyone from Perez Hilton, to Jonathan Cheban, to the Cast of Orange is the New Black and more attend the event and made sure to pick up their special gifts from Pilot Pen. Pilot Pen offers superlative writing instruments renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction. Guests received a FriXion Clicker, an erasable pen that is uniquely designed to write smooth and erase clean, making mistakes disappear and you – perfect! As well as the stylish MR Animal Collection of writing instruments that are designed to provoke your wild side while providing high style and delivering superior writing performance, and an elegant trifold Pilot Journal for your writing pleasure.

As guests arrived they were greeted by drinks from Partita Tequila and Svedka Vodka, the eclectic sounds of DJ Max Power (http://www.mattpreis.com) and wonderful floral designs from Floral Heights Flowers and Events. Floral Heights is located in Historic Brooklyn Heights New York and offers exquisite flowers and event designs for every occasion. Also contributing to the design of the lounge was BloomNation.com. Bloom Nation is the “Etsy for Flowers”, allowing you to shop directly with over 2,500 top local artisan florists in more than 3,000 cities nationwide.

Highlights of the lounge included gifts from Presenting Sponsors Michael Todd True Organics and Hard Candy. Michael Todd True Organics® is an acknowledged leader in the rapidly growing organic skin care market. Guests took home SONICLEAR – the World’s First Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush and Sonic Eraser, the first ever serum infuser with a 3-in-1 sonic, ionic and heat based delivery system to maximize the benefits of hydrating skin products. Hard Candy is a lifestyle brand anchored by an edgy cosmetics collection that has redefined makeup in the mass market. In addition to a full cosmetic assortment, Hard Candy offers apparel, eyeglass frames, sportswear and more. Guests were treated to makeovers, makeup touch ups, hair and manicures during the event and were gifted an assortment of their makeup.

Guests received other goods and services ranging from fashion and beauty products, to exotic travel destinations and luxury lifestyle products including: gift certificates from Brow Art 23, a fully licensed eyebrow threading boutique; Art-inspired sterling silver jewelry fromCynthia Gale; EMK Beverly Hills, who was offering luxury Beverly Hills anti-aging skin care with exclusive plant placenta formulation; JeJu Sixteen Water – water that is naturally purified through 16 layers of volcanic bedrock; Glass Beads Woven Bracelets and Glass Beads Woven Tassel necklaces from LUMINITA; Palace Resorts in association with Caribbean Living gifted a four day/three night stay for two at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort; monogram necklaces from Jane Basch Jewelry; Gift certificates and SnapBacks from Robdechi; Hydroxycut Drops; Skinny Coconut Oil – the only 100% RAW, supplement grade coconut oil in the world from Skinny&Co.; a lovely collection of trendy jewelry, spa and bath products, fine art photography, and other handcrafted gifts from The Artisan Group® ; and edgy and sophisticated shoes from Princess London Shoes. Snacks were provided by Quest Nutrition Bars

No GBK lounge would be complete without a charitable component, and this year’s beneficiary was Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the nation’s best and brightest scientific investigators witheighty-nine cents of every dollar raised directly funding doctors whose goal is to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. For more information about the foundation, please visit gabriellesangels.org.

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014  — Fashion Week Inc. announced an exclusive opportunity for its fashion-forward clients to gain insider access to the Zang Toi runway show at Pier 60 during Fashion Week. Fashion Week Inc. is committed to making fashion shows available to clients around the world and providing unique and unprecedented access to designer collections and exciting New York Fashion Week events.

About Fashion Week Inc.

“Fashion Week Inc. is an essential and reputable partner within the fashion community for designers, industry professionals and fashion clientele,” says Trish Paravas, Founder and Managing Director of Fashion Week Inc. “We understand our clients’ passion for impeccable design and we are constantly inventing ways to serve their passion by building connections between innovative designers and their loyal patrons. We also believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the thrill of attending a live runway show, and our vision is to make that possible for all fashion enthusiasts. Our show is New York Fashion Week’s must-see event!”

Zang Toi: 25th Anniversary Fashion Show sponsored by Fashion Week Inc.

Fashion Week Inc. is proud to present a Spring 2015 runway show featuring an acclaimed authority in fashion, Zang Toi, for our New York City clientele on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The event will take place at 7:00 PM at Pier 60 located at 23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York City.

Zang Toi arrived on the fashion scene when USA Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured his work in the March Issue of 1990. Zang was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. Following his fashion debut, he was awarded the coveted title of Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year. Zang’s work continues to be featured in major publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Financial Times.

“I am thrilled to collaborate with Fashion Week Inc. and to share the joy of my 25th Anniversary – it’s going to be an extraordinary evening of fashion and fun,” says Zang Toi. “It’s been a privilege to partner with Trish Paravas and her team. The company’s amazing concept gives fashion designers a platform to connect directly with the fashion clientele, and their presence is vital to advancing designer visibility. For more information on House of Zang Toi and Zang Toi collections, please visit www.zangtoi.com

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NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the partnership with Diesel Black Gold on a unique show collaboration featuring the new Samsung Gear S. The partnership between Samsung and Diesel Black Gold embodies the union of innovative, design-conscious technologies with a contemporary and unique fashion ecosphere.

Andreas Melbostad, creative director of Diesel Black Gold, has interpreted the revolutionary Samsung Gear S with a series of customized accessories, which will debut down the runway of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 show. By using the innovative technology of the Samsung Gear S as a foundation, the creative team at Diesel Black Gold created a collection of unique pieces, in different shapes, colors and details, all characterized by the iconic attitude of the advanced contemporary label. Elements of the SS 15 collection, inspired by highly stylized New Wave rock stars and tough rockabilly heroines, have been used to give a sharp attitude to the device, characterized by signature leather and metal details.

We are committed to developing collaborations with brands that inspire fashion and empower people to express their personal style,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT& Mobile Division at Samsung. “Our partnership with Diesel Black Gold is very crucial as it further showcases the union of fashion and technology, and the way in which wearable devices continue to become more intertwined in daily life.”

Andreas Melbostad commented, “I wanted to take the Gear S and inject the DNA of Diesel Black Gold. It has been an inspiring challenge to create a personalized version of this device making it an extension of the person and individual expression.”

Samsung and Diesel will also collaborate to make a 360 video of the Diesel Black Gold runway show to play on the Samsung Gear VR. When played on the Gear VR, the content will provide an immersive and unique viewing experience of the show.

About Samsung Gear S and Gear VR
Designed with an elegant, curved Super AMOLED display and flexible band, Samsung Gear S fits comfortably on the user’s wrist. Through 3G connectivity, the Samsung Gear S offers a new, powerful wearable experience and gives consumers the freedom to live their life on the go. The Samsung Gear VR delivers an unrivaled viewing experience with the 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 4 providing stunning and engaging visuals at a mobile-leading resolution. Further information can be found atwww.samsungmobilepress.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales ofUS$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Diesel Black Gold
Diesel Black Gold is the finest expression of Diesel’s heritage. The line, designed by Andreas Melbostad, takes its parent brand’s irreverent attitude and innovative techniques to new heights of quality and refinement; it expresses the brand’s DNA and translates it into the territory of advanced contemporary fashion.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014  — Concept Korea returns to Lincoln Center on September 9th, 2015 to show the Spring/Summer 2015 collections. This season mark’s the tenth anniversary of Concept Korea showing during New York Fashion Week.

A proven talent platform, Concept Korea has chosen the best of Korean design to show this season. Resurrection by Juyoung Lee, LEYII by Seunghee Lee and Beyond Closet by Taeyong Ko– round out Concept Korea’s most talented group yet, and is set to take the US market by storm.

Behind the group is an industry powerhouse of fashion’s most influential voices, who hand picked each of the designers.  They include: FERN MALLISfounder of New York Fashion WeekAVRIL GRAHAM, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor of Harper’s Bazaar,NICOLE FISCHELIS, Macy’s Vice President and Fashion Director, STEPHANIE SOLOMON, Fashion Director of Lord & Taylor, SIMON COLLINS, Dean of Fashion at Parson The New School for Design and PHILLIP BLOCHStylist and fashion expert.

Concept Korea is a collaborative project to promote Korean fashion designers and assist them in their attempts to break into the U.S. fashion market.  Concept Korea is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Daegu Metropolitan City, the Korea Creative Contents Agency, and the Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry.


Resurrection by Juyoung Lee is inspired by functional fashion and the transformative power of clothing. The brand is edgy, sexy and uses lace, zippers and translucent fabrics juxtaposed against masculine shapes to create a wearable, yet clever line. The VIP followers of the brand include Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson and the Black Eyed Peas. www.resurrectionbyjuyoung.com

Resurrection’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is titled, “Casual and Masculine.” The line fuses structured, masculine silhouettes with the free spirit of rock & roll culture and high-end fashion. Using high-tech fabric, the collection incorporates functional styles with minimal tailoring creating a synergy of artistic yet wearable clothes.

Seunghee Lee is a Korean, London based designer. Seunghee moved to London at an early age and graduated from London College of Fashion with BA First Class Honor Degree in womenswear. Following her BA Graduate show, she completed her MA in womenswear from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. After successful MA graduation, she took charge of several collections for Samsung Fashion Department then worked as the creative director at a bespoke tailoring house. She collaborated with photographer Giles Bensimon for Elle Korea Magazine April 2009.

LEYII’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is titled, “Rhythmic Contrast.” Inspired by Alexander Calder, LEYII uses straight lines, flat surfaces and primary hues to create natural curves and rhythm in her collection. Achieving this “balanced contrast” is accomplished through mixing various materials and colors in disorienting ways, creating 3 dimensional silhouettes.

Beyond Closet
Beyond Closet, designed by Taeyong Ko is a menswear brand representing classic items reinterpreted for men in their twenties and thirties. The collection is a mix of practical, sophisticated and distinguished pieces. www.beyondcloset.com

Beyond Closet’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is entitled, “B.C. School Gang.” The collection will feature graphic tattoo artistry that is blended into classic Beyond Closet silhouettes.

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Under Armour CampaignToday Under Armour (NYSE: UA) unveiled the newest chapter of I WILL WHAT I WANT™ featuring Gisele Bundchen. Gisele makes her debut for the brand in a bold film and interactive digital experience highlighting her athleticism and unwavering dedication under pressure. The campaign continues to celebrate the inner and outer strength of women and highlights the brand’s commitment to designing innovative products for both female athletes and athletic females.

Since its debut in July with a film featuring American Ballet Theatre® soloist Misty Copeland, the I WILL WHAT I WANT™ campaign has championed stories of women from various athletic backgrounds who have broken barriers to climb to the top of their respective fields. Gisele joins Under Armour Women of Will ambassadors Copeland, world champion downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, professional tennis player Sloane Stephens and US Women’s National Soccer Team standout Kelley O’Hara. Like these trailblazing women, Gisele has defied labels and critics to build a life around her passions. Her indomitable spirit, captured throughout the campaign, illustrates that she wills what she wants – on and off camera.

“Most women at a certain point in their life encounter contradicting opinions, expectations, praise and criticism. Having lived her life in the public eye since she began modeling at 16, Gisele knows what it means to focus inward in order to beat the noise and achieve her own goals,” said Leanne Fremar, Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Under Armour Women’s. “Along with scaling to the heights of her profession as a model and a global fashion icon, she’s an incredibly athletic woman, dedicated to her practice of martial arts and yoga.”

“I’m so excited to be part of the Under Armour I WILL WHAT I WANT campaign,” said Gisele. “This incredibly inspirational initiative serves as a powerful reminder of all the amazing things women can do despite the pressures and criticisms we may encounter. Having the strength to tune out negativity and remain focused on what I want gives me the will and confidence to achieve my goals.”

Under Armour and Droga5 developed the interactive digital experience for the I WILL WHAT I WANT™ campaign, including a 60-second film and a social engagement platform on http://iwillwhatiwant.com/gisele. The footage of Gisele working out is populated by real comments invading her space from critics and supporters. All the while, front-and-center, Gisele remains focused to prove that will beats noise. The same concept is extended into a custom web experience that streams social commentary in real time. The brand will advertise digitally with media partners Glamour, People, Refinery29, Well + Good, ESPN and more.

“After the initial announcement of Under Armour’s partnership with Gisele, we decided to use its unexpected, surprising nature to our advantage,” said Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Droga5. “We looked at how the public was responding and incorporated those comments to show the strength it takes to transcend external opinions and succeed in today’s world.”

The digital campaign also features a mobile experience via IWILLWHATIWANT.com, available now on iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store, and other platforms. The digital experience serves as a community for women to track, analyze, and share their fitness and athletic lifestyle. Gisele, Vonn, Copeland, Stephens, O’Hara and other Under Armour ambassadors will actively participate, providing consumers with unique insights into their day-to-day activity and motivations.

To follow the I WILL WHAT I WANT story and to learn more about Under Armour Women’s, visit IWILLWHATIWANT.com, facebook.com/UnderArmourWomen and join the conversation on Twitter @UAWomen and on Instagram @UnderArmourWomen with #IWILLWHATIWANT.

About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour’s wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world’s largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.

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OtterBox Katty XiomaraFORT COLLINS, Colo., — Just as designers create clothing to complement their personal styles, OtterBox®carefully crafted Alpha Glass, an all-new fortified glass screen protector, to complement a smartphone’s flawless design. In the spirit of style, designer Katty Xiomara will reveal her jaw-dropping creation at Nolcha Fashion Week 2014: a design composed of OtterBox Alpha Glass.

The OtterBox-inspired garment will be presented at Nolcha Fashion Week on Sept. 8 at the 6 p.m. runway show. With more than 20 designers showing their collections, Xiomara will make a memorable impression with her award-winning designs and elegant style.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is overcoming obstacles,” Xiomara said. “Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done. Alpha Glass complements my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined with an understated strength. Alpha Glass belongs on the runway and I can’t wait to reveal our creation.”

OtterBox Alpha Glass is a premium screen protector for Apple iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5c and Samsung GALAXY S 5 devices. Alpha Glassoffers flawless clarity and powerful protection thanks to the specially formulated ultra-thin shatterproof, scratch-resistant glass. Alpha Glass maintains a clean look and responsive feel, so users will hardly notice the extra layer that gives them runway-worthy confidence.

Alpha Glass includes a microfiber cloth, alcohol swab and applicator for precision application. Alpha Glass is available in a standalone version and an additional version that is compatible with Commuter Series, Commuter Series Wallet, Symmetry Series and Resurgence Power Case.

For more information on Alpha Glass, visit otterbox.com. For more information about Katty Xiomara and Nolcha Fashion Week, visitnolchafashionweek.com.

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