Last night, the Armory on the Hudson in New York City was transformed from an indoor track and field stadium to a fashion arena for the global launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige and Dakota Fanning were among the guests who saw the performance-wear inspired collection presented on the futuristic racetrack runway. The collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014.

DJ Jesse Marco took over straight after the show, as the catwalk turned into a dance floor. Later, hip hop artist Sharaya J opened for a surprise set by Missy Elliott. Missy sang some of her biggest hits including “Get Ya Freak On” and “Work it”. DJ and producer Diplo kept the party going into the night.

The event was full-on energy from the beginning, with free runners using the show’s set for a parkour performance to kick off the show.  They were celebrated by an audience waving foam boxing gloves and wearing athletic tanks for Team Wang and Team H&M.  The global H&M audience was invited to participate through a live stream hosted on hm.com and alexanderwang.com.

In addition to the crowd of celebrities and fashion industry press, fans of both brands attended. They had won invites to the launch event through a golden ticket initiative via vending machines, held in selected H&M stores around New York.

“Tonight’s event for the launch of Alexander Wang x H&M was about high energy and a full experience that goes beyond fashion; from the attitude and speed of the show, to the pop-up store in a locker-room setting, and the performances by Missy Elliott and Sharaya J at the after party,” says Alexander Wang. “I wanted for everyone to be able to just let go and have fun and hopefully we achieved that tonight.”

“Tonight’s celebration truly reflected the theme of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. It was like being at the ultimate meeting between fashion and sport, and it was perfect to launch it here in New York,” says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s Creative Advisor.

“The collection is hot. It’s fly, it’s edgy, it’s everything. I love it,” says Mary J. Blige.

“I love Alexander. I love how he takes street clothes and turns them into fashion. It’s great how H&M’s collaborations make designer fashion on a scale that people can afford,” says Jessica Chastain.

The Alexander Wang x H&M collection debuts on the runway in New York Last night, the Armory on the Hudson in New York City was transformed from an indoor track and field stadium to a fashion arena for the global launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection.

On Friday, October 10th, Ines Di Santo presented her Fall/Winter 2015 Couture Bridal collection against at wintry landscape at the Academy Mansion in New York. Romance met sensuality as was seen in a standout beaded sheath with a sweep train, and a strapless silk and organza gown with lace detailing. This season’s elegant collection explores texture, shape and applies illusory techniques at the neck, shoulders and back.  Signature mermaid gowns appear alongside new silhouettes that complement the body in an equally dynamic way. Column-shaped sheaths under a pearl-adorned bolero or sheer tulle overlay evoke a modern-day Art Deco feel and tiered ball skirts have a romantic mood. Necklines range from the traditional sweetheart and bateau to the deceptive with delicately-constructed, low or keyhole backs and deep-cut, diaphanous v-shaped front lines. Lace appliqués, pearl detailing and architectural beading create depth while underlays in embroidered tulle, organza and English netting build volume among Peau De Soie and double-faced silk gowns. The color palate ranges from ethereal white and ivory to cameo pink, champagne and petal.

 

INES DI SANTO PRESENTS FALL/WINTER 2015 COUTURE BRIDAL COLLECTION On Friday, October 10th, Ines Di Santo presented her Fall/Winter 2015 Couture Bridal collection against at wintry landscape at the Academy Mansion in New York.

Sell-out field for ETU European Champinships at Challenge Paguera Mallorca

13 OCTOBER 2014 - The beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca is getting ready to host 1,200 athletes from around the world for the official ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Champoinships this Sunday, 18 October at Challenge Paguera Mallorca.

Jaeger-LeCoultre stars during the New York Film Festival

On October 10th, 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre was proud to celebrate the New York Premiere of “FOXCATCHER”, the latest film by Filmmaker Bennett Miller at the 52nd New York Film Festival.

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Director Bennett Miller and Jaeger-LeCoultre President Philippe Bonay FOXCATCHER Premiere supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre - Starpix

Director Bennett Miller and Jaeger-LeCoultre President Philippe Bonay

Prior to the screening, Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a cocktail reception…

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Launched in Atlanta, GA

 

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ATLANTA, GA- Drum rhythms, beautiful costumes and colorful renditions of all things Bahamian was the highlight of the first international launch for the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, held on Wednesday, October 8th at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Atlanta Georgia. Organized by the Bahamas Consulate the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta, and The Bahamas…

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The ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion celebrated their 20-year anniversary on Wednesday with an international fashion show under the patronage of Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit. The event was part of the “Réunion Internationale” at which all 23 international ESMOD schools met in Berlin for the first time. At the fashion gala the ESMOD schools presented selected collections from ten designers and graduates. Amongst others this event included, Augustin Teboul (ESMOD France), Marina Hörmanseder and Vanessa Morin (ESMOD Germany) and Chloma (ESMOD Japan).

In the presence of over 400 guests from fashion, design, art and politics the designers of nine countries presented their latest collections for Spring/Summer 2015. The audience were excited to see the new collections from ESMOD Germany graduates Marina Hörmanseder and Vanessa Morin. Augustin Teboul, Black Rat and Chloma also brought international flair in the capital with their collections. Both Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture as well as Avant-Garde and artistic creations were represented on the catwalk. Also Tamara Gräfin von Nayhauß, Trixi Millies and Prof. Dr. Jo Groebel were amongst the international guests. ‘’We are very pleased by the great interest in our International Reunion and our anniversary. The collections of the international designers are living proof of the creative potential in the ESMOD schools worldwide’’ declared Silvia Kadolsky, Founder and Co-Owner of ESMOD Berlin.

The International Reunion was held as a three day Symposium, during which the emphasis was set on an intercultural dialogue of creative and educational exchange took place between the ESMOD schools.

For over 25 years Dorothea Beisser and Silvia Kadolsky made the decision to take the French philosophy and the right to high quality design to Germany and founded the international fashion school ESMOD Munich in 1989, followed by establishment of ESMOD Berlin five years later. Next to the interdisciplinary Bachelor Programme with the main focus on “Modelism” and “Stilism” ESMOD Berlin also offers the Master Programme – Sustainability in Fashion. The importance of an international direction and the connection of practice and theory become highly apparent in both study programmes. Multilingual professors, workshops as well as the study of economic principals are components of the study at ESMOD Berlin. This internationality, the constant pedagogic exchange between all ESMOD schools and the high affinity for practice, the English and German Bachelors as well as the sustainable Master Programme make ESMOD Berlin one of the most innovative art academies in Europe.

The ESMOD Berlin thanks its sponsors Aveda, Galerie Lafayette, Messe Frankfurt and Kärcher for the support of this event .

ESMOD Berlin celebrated their 20 Year Anniversary The ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion celebrated their 20-year anniversary on Wednesday with an international fashion show under the patronage of Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit.
  • Luxury mobile phone manufacturer, Vertu, launches its new, quintessentially English smartphone model – Aster
  • Vertu Aster combines hand craftsmanship, the luxury materials, unique services and cutting edge technology in the ultimate lifestyle smartphone, with the ability to individually tailor your phone via Vertu’s personalisation service
  • Vertu Aster delivers exceptional connectivity through quad-band GSM, 3G and LTE 4G capability
  • Extraordinary 5.1-inch 5th Generation solid sapphire crystal screen with full HD display technology and titanium casing delivers strength and beauty
  • Featuring Dolby® Digital Plus virtual surround sound for rich and pure audio, free from distortions and enhanced via front facing stereo speakers for exceptional mobile acoustics
  • Hasselblad certified camera provides crystal clear imaging
  • Vertu Aster will be available in stores in the UK from 2nd October 2014, rolling out globally thereafter. Prices start at £4,200

Vertu Aster

Aster is the new, quintessentially English smartphone from Vertu, the English manufacturer of luxury mobile phones. Handmade and finished by craftsmen, using the most luxurious materials, in an exquisite palette of colours, Aster can also be personalised with a monogram or engraving. Its beauty of design and simplicity of use belie the cutting edge technology at its heart, which facilitates its seamless operation almost anywhere on the globe. The new handset features Dolby® Digital Plus virtual surround sound and Hasselblad certified imaging, as well as Vertu’s full portfolio of services, which comprises Classic Concierge as well as Vertu LIFE and Vertu CERTAINTY packages. Together these features combine to create in Aster a rare and indispensable lifestyle accessory. Massimiliano Pogliani, Vertu’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “There has always been significant consumer desire for Vertu products that make a lifestyle statement. Many of our consumers not only appreciate rarity and craftsmanship in the goods that they choose to own, but desire products that reflect modern styling and trends in their colour palette and material. They expect a statement piece that not only performs to the utmost standard technically, but is also beautiful as an object as well. In contrast to Signature Touch, which has seen its popularity soar amongst our more traditional and corporate customers and is very masculine in design, with hard, straight, edges and classic lines, Aster is a more unisex offer and appeals to a different customer; someone searching for something a little more glamorous. In Aster we looked to create a handset that was not only engineered to perform to the highest standard, but one that would complement our customers’ lifestyles in its capacity as a fashionable accessory. For those desirous of luxury and understated elegance, but unwilling to compromise on performance, Aster is the ultimate lifestyle handset.”
He continued, “Over the last two years we have expanded our product range with specific consumers in mind. Powerful technology now runs throughout all Vertu devices and there has been tremendous opportunity for us to tailor designs, materials and service suites to meet differing consumer needs and desires. Today, we have a coherent, segmented product portfolio in which every model delivers Vertu’s unique combination of craftsmanship and materials, services and technology, enabling our global consumers to choose from distinctly different flavours of our brand whilst still receiving the ultimate Vertu experience. We will go further with our segmentation strategy over the next 18-months, expanding at either end of our current range through elements such as higher end materials and services or a wider variety of personalisation options, for example. Importantly, all future products will continue to be true to the Vertu spirit.”

Design

Aster delivers a very contemporary version of some of the signature elements found in Vertu phones. For example the traditional V pillow is made of titanium and uses clean horizontal lines and a simple geometry. The strong vertical sides are created by cutting a scoop into the titanium and using different finishes to bring the profile to life. This creates a surface that is a pleasure to hold. Edges are much softer to create a less masculine aesthetic. The soft, almost fluid lines of the handset are enhanced by the use of a grade 5 titanium casing, featuring a mix of brushed and polished finishes that sweep the sleek lines of the handset and contrast with its textured, natural grain leather, sourced from the finest tanneries in Europe.
A single 117 carat, 5.1” piece of 5th generation solid sapphire crystal protects Vertu Aster’s 4.7” HD display and 13mp camera lens from scratches. Vertu has been using sapphire for luxury mobile phones since the late 90s and has continuously developed the technology for this precision application. Now, with more than a decade’s experience of growing, cutting, polishing and bonding, Vertu has become the foremost expert in sapphire crystal screen technology for mobile devices. Impervious to anything less than diamond, solid sapphire crystal is strong, highly scratch resistant and optically perfect. Vertu’s Creative Director, Ignacio Germade, said: “In Aster we have created a phone that, whilst softer in its lines, remains unisex in essence. Key Vertu design cues are incorporated, however we have chosen to significantly soften them in the Aster design. We have selected rich colours, across three different leathers, Calf, Karung and Ostrich, which each lend character and personality, adding depth to the textural contrast of the beautifully finished titanium and hand crafted leather.” Aster will launch in a palette of six, rich colours, across seven product executions: Onyx Calf, Blush Calf, Lagoon Calf, Caviar Karung, Tangerine Karung, Cognac Ostrich and Raspberry Ostrich.  A range of eleven Aster cases, in three different styles, have been designed to complement the Aster handset collection.Aster is hand-bound in leather sourced from tanneries that supply the world’s leading fashion houses. Each piece of leather is unique meaning no two Vertu Asters are completely identical and owners can further customise their Aster with Vertu’s personalisation service.

Performance

Vertu Aster delivers exceptional connectivity via its optimised antenna which enables access to high-speed data through quad-band GSM, 3G and LTE 4G capability.  Aster’s facility to connect to 4G networks means that web pages load instantly and downloading a song takes mere seconds. Six months’ complimentary access to unlimited, global Wi-Fi, at over 13 million hotspot locations, further enhances the Wi-Fi experience on your Aster.  Aster’s exceptional acoustic profile delivers flawless sound through Dolby® Digital Plus virtual surround sound. Call quality is assured via noise cancelling uplink and downlink and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 2.3GHz 801 Quad-core processor delivers stunning speed. High quality, integrated front facing stereo speakers are tuned for an extraordinarily pure and rich acoustic experience without distortion in any environment. In addition to promising exceptional sound via its hands free speaker, Vertu Aster can be effortlessly linked, via Bluetooth® v4.0 + LE and using CSR aptX® high quality encoded audio support, to the Vertu V Speaker (SP-1V), a powerful room filling wireless speaker.Vertu has once again worked with Hasselblad, the world’s most renowned professional photography brand, to perfect the image tuning of the Aster camera. The Hasselblad-certified 13mp rear camera has a sapphire crystal lens and anti-reflection coating, while the front facing camera facilitates video calling. The 4.7” full HD display has a resolution of 473ppi and is protected by the 5.1” sapphire crystal screen.

Services

Aster ownership includes six months’ complimentary Classic Concierge service from a team of lifestyle managers available 24/7. Vertu Concierge is accessible via voice, email or Live Chat from anywhere in the world.
Vertu LIFE offers customers a personalised selection of exclusive privileges and unrestricted access to elite events, available directly on device. Features include complimentary entry to the most exclusive Private Members’ Clubs, spas and gyms around the world, access to invitation-only events and closed-door shopping experiences as well as recommendations based on your tastes and location.
Vertu CERTAINTY protects their Vertu phone and their data through best-in-class technology and expert partners. This includes encrypted communications, comprising voice calls, text and video, delivered in partnership with Silent Circle and complimentary to Aster owners for 12 months. A six month complimentary service provided by iPass offers unlimited access to secure WiFi globally via 13 million secure WiFi hotspots across 123 countries. Complimentary 12 month’s access to Kaspersky mobile security, including anti-virus and anti-theft protection protects the phone itself.

Vertu Digital

Coinciding with the Aster product launch, Vertu will also unveil a new digital presence at the heart of which is e-commerce platform that will begin to roll out globally from October 2014.  From early next year, customers will be able to purchase directly from vertu.com anywhere in the world. A key part of this on-line experience is the customer’s ability to select, configure, monogram or engrave their Vertu phone before placing their order directly via Vertu.com. These latest steps see Vertu continue on its journey to deliver a dynamic digital presence which will link the Boutique, on-line and on device environments into one seamless consumer experience.

Vertu Campaign

The Vertu Aster campaign is the third incarnation of the VERTU EXTRAORDINARY theme which celebrates Vertu’s English heritage, use of fine materials, hand craftsmanship, technology and the brand’s unique service offering. Shot by internationally renowned fashion photographer, Miles Aldridge, the campaign imagery focuses on both the meticulous craftsmanship that goes in to the creation of a Vertu phone and the privileged world to which ownership of a Vertu phone gives access.
Vertu began working on a luxury mobile phone concept as early as 1998 and four years later the company shipped its first product, the Signature, from its headquarters in Hampshire, England. Today, Vertu still leads the market that it pioneered, with a range of phones available: Vertu Signature, Vertu Signature Touch and Vertu Aster. Each product in the range delivers an unrivalled synergy of hand craftsmanship and materials, unique design, latest technology and curated services. Every Vertu phone is handcrafted by a single craftsman whose signature is engraved inside the back plate compartment.
 
VERTU LAUNCHES ASTER THE QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH SMARTPHONE Luxury mobile phone manufacturer, Vertu, launches its new, quintessentially English smartphone model – Aster Vertu Aster combines hand craftsmanship, the luxury materials, unique services and cutting edge technology in the ultimate lifestyle smartphone, with the ability to individually tailor your phone via Vertu’s personalisation service…

‘GET LUCKY’ WINS SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR DAFT PUNK

ELLIE GOULDING, VAN MORRISON, SACHA SKARBECK AND WAYNE HEC-TOR ALSO RECOGNISED AT LONDON CEREMONY

LONDON – OCTOBER 13, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, tonight honoured internationally-celebrated lyricist Sir Tim Rice as a BMI Icon at the 2014 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Van Morrison, Ray Davies, Don Black and Johnny Quinn (Snow Patrol) filled London’s Dorchester Hotel to celebrate the U.K., European and Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs on United States radio and television in the past year.

Sir Tim Rice was named BMI Icon because of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and joins a list of past honourees including John Lydon, Queen, Ray Davies, Don Black, Donovan and Bryan Ferry, among others.

BMI presented Nile Rodgers (BMI) with the Song of the Year Award (The Robert S. Musel Award) for ‘Get Lucky,’ co-written with Thomas Bangalter (PRS/SACEM) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (PRS/SACEM) of Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. This award is given to the most-performed song by UK or European writers in the BMI catalogue on U.S. radio and television over the past twelve months. The track was published by Imagem Music (PRS) and beat stiff competi-tion from Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.

Avicii won the Dance Award for his smash hit ‘Wake Me Up,’ performed with Aloe Blacc and pub-lished by Sony/ATV Music. The song reached Number One in twenty-two countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Ireland and the UK. In the UK, the track was the fifth most streamed track of 2013 and spent 32 consecutive weeks in the Top 40.

Throughout the night, BMI honoured many British songwriters and co-writers of the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and televison. Emeli Sandé (PRS) earned a pop award for ‘Next to Me’ and for her collaboration with Labrinth on ‘Beneath Your Beautiful,’ as did Wayne Hector for ‘Best Song Ever’ performed by One Direction. Songwriting powerhouse Sacha Skarbeck was celebrated for the worldwide hit ‘Wrecking Ball’ made famous by Miley Cyrus, as well as Nicky Romero who was honoured for ‘Right Now’ performed by Rihanna. Julian Bunetta and John Ryan were honoured for “Best Song Ever” and together with Jamie Scott were among the writers honoured for ‘Story of My Life.’ Ellie Goulding was a triple winner for her songwriting in ‘Anything Could Happen,’ ‘Burn,’ and ‘I Need Your Love.’ Mike Rosenberg took honours for ‘Let Her Go.’ Previous BMI Icon Van Morrison received the BMI Million-Air Award to honour the eleven million combined radio plays of ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’ now putting it firmly in the Top 10 Songs of All Time on US radio and television, as well as  ‘Have I Told You Lately,’ which has had seven million.

Also recognised were composers of the most-watched and highest-grossing television programs and films, along with the legendary songwriters behind classics that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

A moving musical tribute to Sir Tim with songs performed by Julian Ovenden with the support from the Urban Voices Collective was a highlight of the evening’s festivities. Ovenden has starred on Broadway and the West End, as well as appeared in the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey. Urban Voices Collective is one of the most exciting young choirs in the country and has previously appeared at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony alongside Take That, George Michael and The Who.

 

About BMI
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an ad-vocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 mil-lion musical works created and owned by more than 650,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it gener-ates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

 

SIR TIM RICE AND TOP SONGWRITERS HONOURED AT 2014 BMI LONDON AWARDS ‘GET LUCKY’ WINS SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR DAFT PUNK ELLIE GOULDING, VAN MORRISON, SACHA SKARBECK AND WAYNE HEC-TOR ALSO RECOGNISED AT LONDON CEREMONY…

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The Mercedes­Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2015 S/S started from October 13th!

There will be 48 brands participating in the fashion show and instalation from the 13th through the 19th.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2015 S/S has started! The Mercedes­Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2015 S/S started from October 13th! There will be 48 brands participating in the fashion show and instalation from the 13th through the 19th.

Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates emerging and established talents at the 52nd New York Film Festival

From September 26th to October 12th, 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the best of American and International cinema at the 52nd New York Film Festival as part of their partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, including their annual initiative the Filmmaker in Residence Program. Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 8.45.24 AM

From the left to the right: Filmmaker in Residence Lisandro Alonso, Matías Piñeiro, Debra Granik, Nick…

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