‘The Bureau’ Director Laila Marrakchi Unveils New Feature Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

High-profile Paris-based Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi (“Rock the Casbah,” “Marock”) is partnering up with Backup Films (“Donnybrook”) and Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) on “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,” her long-gestating English-language project based on Annabel Pitcher’s bestselling novel. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned many […]

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Disney Unveils Name for Disney-Branded Streaming Service

Disney has unveiled the name for its Disney-branded streaming service set to launch late next year: Disney+. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger said the company is on track to launch Disney+ in late 2019. Iger also told Wall Street analysts on Disney’s quarterly earnings call Thursday afternoon that the company will host an investor presentation in […]

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Apple unveils redesigned iPad Pros with edge-to-edge displays

Apple unveils redesigned iPad Pros with edge-to-edge displaysApple has updated its iPad Pro with a sleek new edge-to-edge display and insanely powerful processor.



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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond Unveils New Fall Bedding Collection at Walmart

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s fall bedding collection is country cottage perfection.

With over 25 new items designed in the Food Network star‘s traditional farmhouse aesthetic, the new seasonal line of home decor will give shoppers the excuse they need to re-decorate their bedroom.

Available exclusively on Walmart.com, the collection features everything from bed linens to throw pillows and comes in a variety of styles, from yellow gingham sheets to a “Yee-Haw” imprinted pillow and delicate blue floral curtains.

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In true Pioneer Woman fashion, the collection is very reasonably priced: a a set of ruffled patterned pillowcases costs $ 17.99 and a twin sheet set costs $ 44.99, with curtain panels costing between $ 16 and $ 20 depending on measurements.

Her decorative pillows cost anywhere between $ 25 and $ 30, and include designs such as a horseshoe, a stitched navy flower pattern with pom pom corners, and a yellow gingham number with a large floral motif.

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The most expensive item in the lot is the Breezy Dot Comforter and Sham Set ($ 79.99 for a Full/Queen and $ 99.99 for a King), which comes in a choice of denim or white.

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According to a representative for Walmart, Drummond’s fall product rollout will be the first of many new home and kitchen items she plans to launch later this year.


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Google Unveils New Hardware

Google launched new mobile and home gadgets on Tuesday aimed at ensuring the voice-controlled Google Assistant is never out of shouting distance.
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Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer are among the titles on Sony’s new miniature PlayStation.
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Roberto Cavalli Unveils New Digital Platform

MILAN — Roberto Cavalli has teamed with Black & White, Farfetch Group’s independently run business unit and e-commerce platform, to launch its new Web site.
Featuring big images and bold, graphic fonts, the new robertocavalli.com enables users not only to fully discover the different brands under the Roberto Cavalli Group umbrella, but to shop among a range of Cavalli products. They span from the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections to children’s wear and Roberto Cavalli Home interior design items, for the first time available via the company’s e-commerce. Shipments are currently made to 120 countries.
“The launch of this new, innovative and high-end digital platform marks another important step in the further development of the Roberto Cavalli company, which under the creative direction of Paul Surridge has entered a new phase, combing the brand’s signature glamorous and luxurious approach with a more dynamic and contemporary vision,” said Roberto Cavalli Group chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris. “For the execution of this new project, we found an outstanding partner in Black & White, which offered the support to deliver a first-class digital shopping experience for Roberto Cavalli.”

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Five must-see games as NBA unveils schedule

From LeBron returning to Cleveland to a Western Conference Finals rematch, there are plenty of dates to circle on your NBA calendar.

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Kris Van Assche Unveils First Design for Berluti on Instagram

Having teased Berluti’s new visual identity with a fly poster campaign during men’s fashion week in June, Kris van Assche is the latest designer to unveil his first looks for a new house at a wedding.

The incumbent designer at Berluti revealed on Instagram the custom-made wedding outfits for French writer and director Samuel Benchetrit, who married French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis in an intimate ceremony on Saturday.
The groom was seen in a dark blue suit at the town hall of Saint-Simeon, which is 60 kilometers west of Paris, while van Assche also showed a white tuxedo on image feed.

The bride opted for a vintage white dress and veil for the civil ceremony before donning a Chanel outfit for the evening party. Paradis’ daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, spotted in a pale-yellow spaghetti strap dress, matched her mother’s hairstyle.
Kim Jones had similarly revealed his first design for Dior Homme at a wedding. David Beckham wore it at the royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Chris Cornell’s daughter unveils duet with late father

The 13-year-old daughter of singer Chris Cornell has unveiled a duet with her late father, a year after his death.
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Apple Unveils Ways to Help Limit iPhone Usage

Apple unveiled controls to help curb the amount of time users spend on iPhones and iPads.
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Amazon Unveils Unsettling ‘Suspiria’ Trailer With Dakota Johnson

Six weeks after Amazon Studios debuted grisly “Suspiria” footage at CinemaCon, it unveiled an unsettling teaser trailer of images focused on a rivalry between Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s bloody thriller “Suspiria” showed several dialogue-free scenes of Johnson’s Susie Bannion at a creepy dance company, overseen by […]

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Louis Vuitton Unveils ‘Route 66’ Book With Thomas Ott

ROLLING DOWN ROUTE 66: Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of “Route 66” in Chicago last Thursday, one of four new titles within its Travel Book series that features the artwork of Thomas Ott.
The 152-page hardcover book traces the graphic artist’s journey along the historic route through a series of black-and-white illustrations, created using a knife and coated scratchboard. Ott is now taking the book on the road again, literally, making a stop in Santa Fe and concluding his book tour at the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica on Thursday.
The Zurich-based artist chose Route 66 as the focus for the book. “At first they wanted to send me to Shanghai or Beijing, but I figured out that too much architecture doesn’t inspire me,” Ott said. “I am very happy they agreed about Route 66, even though they said it’s not our main destination.”
In June 2015, Ott and a friend began the journey in a new Dodge Charger. It wasn’t the vintage Ford Mustang convertible he envisioned, but this one proved more comfortable in the end, as it had AC.
“I brought all my stuff for drawing. I was so nervous because the road was so long,” he said. “Finally, I just

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EXCLUSIVE: Dee Ocleppo Unveils New Accessible Line of Women’s and Men’s Accessories

NEW YORK — “She is busier than me,” remarked Tommy Hilfiger while speaking about his wife, Dee Ocleppo, and her new namesake accessories collection. Previously Ocleppo designed a collection of handbags that sat at a luxury price point with her Bag Bar customization concept at retail. Kate Spade & Co. acquired the intellectual property and related business assets of the Bag Bar business from Ocleppo in 2016.
Now Ocleppo is back with The Dee Ocleppo Collection, a new direct-to-consumer brand strategy selling women’s bags and shoes as well as a range of men’s footwear options that lands at an accessible price point.
“I went from HSN to the line that I started, Dee Ocleppo, that was high, high-end. I went from one price point to the extreme price point and I feel like now I’ve landed right in the middle,” she said.
Ocleppo, who also is part owner and creative director and brand ambassador of Judith Leiber, held private appointments at New York’s oldest Italian restaurant, Barbetta, to preview the new Italian-made collection of accessories.
“When I was doing my Dee Ocleppo bags I’d always get these messages online or direct messages on social media saying, ‘I wish I could afford it,’ and that was difficult

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Mugler Unveils Artistic Hookup With ECAL University of Art and Design

ART ATTACK: “Mugler’s heritage reinterpreted through the eyes of eight students from the photography masters course at the ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland.” That was the brief for a collaborative project led by the house with photography professor and acclaimed photographer Philippe Jarrigeon and based around 20 archive creations.
Photographic and video works created during a workshop held in September, produced in collaboration with stylist Victoire Simonney and makeup artist Kathy Le Sant, will be released on Mugler and ECAL’s social media platforms and web sites starting May.
Acting as curator is Casey Cadwallader, Mugler’s new artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, who is set to present his first collection for the house in New York on May 9, a capsule for the fall season.
“I want to set up a new culture around Mugler, one that opens a constant exchange with many different disciplines, and especially art,” said Cadwallader in a statement, adding that the hook-up is “the first of a series of collaborations between Mugler and artists.”
The American designer joined the French fashion house in December from Acne Studios where he was head designer of women’s pre-collections. He succeeded David Koma, who was with the house for four years.
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La Rinascente Unveils Special Windows for Milan Design Week

ARTY WINDOWS: Rinascente teamed with Georgian artist Vajiko Chachkhiani to celebrate Miart and Milan Design Week, the two international events hosted in Milan Apr. 12-22.
For the occasion, the artist, who represented his native country at the latest edition of the Venice Biennale, created a striking installation for the windows of the department store facing Milan’s Duomo Cathedral.
Called “Under the Midday Sun,” the project includes eight blue unfinished sculptures representing a cotton picker, a tiger and a horse, all surrounded by dry bushes and bare trees shaken by the wind.
“This is my first time collaborating with a retailer and it was actually fun,” Chachkhiani said. “With this installation, I wanted to highlight how an underpaid job, like cotton-picking, progressively destroys people — just as the wind transforms nature day after day.”

Inside the department store La Rinascente in Milan. 
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The Georgian artist also created a short movie in collaboration with La Rinascente, which was unveiled with private screenings at the Odeon theater on Thursday afternoon.
Titled “Cotton Candy,” the dramatic mini film features a young grandmother who, while she attends a circus show with her granddaughter, realizes how miserable she feels. While Chachkhiani left the ending open, the images appear to suggest that the woman found her freedom

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Au197Sm Unveils Ultrasound Stitching

GOLD TOUCH: Au197Sm is going for gold.
“I thought there was a gap in fashion and with this in mind we started developing our first prototypes,” said Stefano Maccagnani, president of Au197Sm, discussing a new patented fabric with gold.
The entrepreneur, who also manages 15 other companies spanning different businesses, including automotive and biomedical products under the EOS SpA holding’s umbrella, established the brand in 2016. Its second collection was presented last February at Milan’s trade fair TheOneMilano.
Au197Sm made a name for itself since its launch for spring 2018 by melting 24-karat gold with fabrics through a patent-protected finishing technique to embellish its range of clothing. “The process requires three industrialized steps, along with a handpainted one,” Maccagnani explained.
With its fall 2018 collection, the brand enhances its high-tech expertise further, developing an ultrasound stitching technology, which can be applied both to man-made and natural fabrics. It was also used in conjunction with the application of the metallic finishes — such as platinum, along with gold — thus resulting in a decorative pattern both for women’s and men’s pieces.

Au197Sm fall 2018 collection. 
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“We are planning to further push our research for new technologies. We are now a few steps away from launching a

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Sperry Unveils New Campaign to Ignite Growth

Sperry is looking to widen its audience and rope in a new generation of consumers.
The Top-Sider specialist brand has launched a campaign titled “Preppy for All,” aimed at talking up the preppy lifestyle and how it applies across various cultures and demographics.
The campaign will play out digitally as well as in print form. Sperry president Thomas Kennedy noted that Sperry sales had softened slightly in 2017, and the company sees this campaign as a maneuver to jump-start growth.
Kennedy said that the campaign is particularly geared at consumers between the ages of 17 and 30.
“Our goal is to be inclusive. When we did a lot of focus groups on the brand, we found the core attributes around being preppy were being active in the community and extroverted and activity-based, so when we conceptualized the campaign we looked at this to consider how we can be more relevant to the consumer today,” said the executive.
The idea is to continue Sperry’s role as a lifelong staple for consumers. “When I look at Sperry, most people have their first pair because their parents bought it for them and then we are re-engaging the consumer as a self-purchaser in their 20s,” Kennedy said.

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Coronation Street unveils new on-set memorial to Manchester Arena victims

The 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack – including Coronation Street superfan Martyn Hett – are honoured in the soap’s new set.
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Hermès Unveils Special Project in Roman Store

TRICK OR TREAT: Hermès has unveiled “The Three Magic Tricks,” a project making its debut inside the brand’s Rome store on Via Condotti, which follows the opening of a flagship on Via Bocca di Leone that is now dedicated to special initiatives.
From this week through December, the Via Condotti space will be invaded by installations developed by designer Matali Crasset and art curator Stéphane Corréard, who will pay tribute to three figures who were contemporaries of Hermès founder’s grandson Émile Hermès. They are magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, illusionist Georges Méliès and writer and inventor Raymond Roussel.
Curiosities, magic tricks, light effects and contemporary artworks are mixed with a selection of Hermès products, some of them designed specifically for the Roman store.

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Nars Unveils First Collaboration With Erdem

MORALIOGLU’S MAKEUP: Nars unveiled its first collaboration with Erdem during London Fashion Week at the designer’s fall 2018 show held at the Tate Britain on Monday. The range will be available for purchase on April 15 in the U.K.
“It was really interesting to explore my aesthetic in collaboration with Nars and see how far we could push different elements through color and product,” said Erdem. “It was fascinating to develop new pigments and palettes as well as the cosmetics themselves.”
Inspired by strange flowers, the collection has been in the making for a long time, according to the brand’s spokeswoman, who noted Erdem’s penchant for makeup. The designer has been hands-on in the process and his involvement led the brand to launch items it has never produced before, such as a lip powder palette.
The 13-piece Erdem for Nars Strange Flowers collection consists of products for the cheeks, eyes and lips and comes in floral packaging. The price range is 15 pounds for blotting papers to 35 pounds for lip or eye shadow palettes. The range will be sold in Selfridges on April 15 and nationwide May 1.
Nars has been crafting the beauty looks for the designer’s shows since 2013.

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi Unveils Chloé Pop-up at Selfridges

After her big debut at Chloé last year, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi is enjoying the fruits of her labor, as her inaugural collection for the French house is dropping in stores around the world.
On Friday, she was in London to celebrate the opening of a dedicated pop-up space at Selfridges, stocking her spring collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.
“It’s incredibly gratifying. I think there are two great elements of the job; putting everything together before the show and then seeing it on the streets and in stores. I love how people mix the different pieces; it’s the best feeling in the world when you see that it works on different women,” said the designer, who has been on tour as of late, to mark her collection’s debut. Earlier this month, she was in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue.
At Selfridges, she worked with the French artist Marion Verboom to inject more personal touches to the pop-up space, located at the department store’s women’s galleries. Verboom’s sculptures, which were also featured at the Chloé show space last season, are displayed throughout the pop-up alongside Ramsay-Levi’s signature Drew bags and lace-up boots, which are already selling well at retail.
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Books News: Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

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Marine Serre Unveils Galeries Lafayette Capsule

TIMELY CAPSULE: Warming up for her debut Paris Fashion Week show in late February, French designer Marine Serre on Friday unveiled a 17-piece collection for Galeries Lafayette as the fourth fashion finalist from the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography invited by the retailer to create a capsule.
The launch of the sporty, wallet-friendly line is timed to coincide with the 33rd edition of the festival in late April. It will hit the BHV Marais and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann flagships in Paris; the retailer’s web site and 17 other doors from its network. It will also be carried in the boutiques of the Villa Noailles and the Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris’ Marais district, which is due to open in March. Items include striped shirtdresses, sheer drawstring raincoats and printed bodysuits, with prices going from 49 to 149 euros.

A look from the Marine Serre capsule for Galeries Lafayette. 
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A talent on the rise, Serre, who graduated from Belgian school La Cambre in 2016 and works in the design studio at Balenciaga, also scooped the 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize. With her graduate collection Radical Call for Love, merging Nineties sportswear influences with luxurious 19th-century Arabic garments in an implicit challenge to notions

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Fashion Scout Unveils Winners for The Ones to Watch Award

NEW FACES: Fashion Scout, an international showcase that aids emerging talent, has unveiled winners of The Ones to Watch award for London Fashion Week fall 2018. They are Maddie Williams, Zhi Chen’s I Am Chen, Susan Fang and Kristel Kuslapuu.
“We are excited to have expanded the award across the catwalk and presentation studio to fit with our winner’s creative views,” said Fashion Scout founder and director Martyn Roberts. “We have a bold and colorful eclectic mix of designers from diverse cultures.”
Launched in 2006, Fashion Scout has worked with, and supported designers including Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Eudon Choi and David Koma with dedicated showcases meant to attract press and buyers.
Fashion Scout will mount its Ones to Watch Catwalk show during London Fashion Week on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in The Vestibule Catwalk.
The Ones to Watch Presentation will take place on Feb. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Presentation Studio, Freemasons’ Hall.
Williams, Chen and Fang will take part in a collective showcase in the Vestibule Catwalk Hall, while Kuslapuu will present her range within the Fashion Scout Presentation studio.
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EXCLUSIVE: Simon Spurr Unveils His First Collection for Eidos

MILAN — “Making the brand younger, clean, more modern and elevated, slighter closer to the Isaia brand but distinctively different” is the mission that Simon Spurr said he embraced when, in November, he joined Eidos, the Isaia company’s advanced contemporary firm.
The New York-based, British designer — who has worked in the men’s wear departments of labels including Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren before launching his namesake brand — presented his first Eidos collection exclusively to WWD in the new Isaia headquarters here.
In order to attract “more fashion customers” but at the same time target a broad audience in terms of age, Spurr designed a versatile collection that, unlike the quintessentially Italian Isaia tailored line, is rooted in an international aesthetic.
In keeping with the British designer’s signature style, the lineup is focused on clean, lean silhouettes infused with a touch of “romanticism and sensitivity,” explained Spurr, who also highlighted the “wearability” of the collection.

A look from the Eidos fall 2018 collection. 
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Featuring more tailoring than in previous seasons, the Eidos fall 2018 effort offers impeccable slim suits, including styles with double-breasted jackets reworked to accommodate six vertical buttons, instead of four. While the overall silhouette of the pants is straight and slim,

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Sisley Unveils New Hair-care Brand

BRAND NEW: Sisley is launching a new brand — this time, for hair.
“It’s a rather emotional moment for us to introduce a new brand,” said Philippe d’Ornano, president of Sisley, during a party held in Paris on Monday evening. “The last brand we launched was by my mother and father — Sisley.” That was in 1976.
Cut to today, and the luxury beauty company will shortly roll out Hair Rituel by Sisley, whose product collection includes a revitalizing volumizing shampoo, a revitalizing smoothing shampoo, a restructuring conditioner, a regenerating hair mask and a hair-care oil.

A Hair Rituel product 
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“We are really treatment specialists,” said Isabelle d’Ornano, Philippe’s mother, after the screening of a brief film to present the brand. Hair care, after all, is considered the new skin care today.

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Kenzo Unveils Dance-Themed Campaign for Move Sneaker

LET’S DANCE: Kenzo is celebrating its Move sneaker with an online campaign featuring dancers from across the world interpreting each shoe color with a different movement.
A global casting call was held to recruit the performers trained in styles including ballet, modern, hip-hop and electro, who appear in photos and videos shot by the Paris-based collective 5fruits, with choreography by the duo I Could Never Be a Dancer and music by Lafawndah.
“When we dance, we’re trying to connect to the present. And when we are connected to the present we confront life itself. I think fashion needs dance to give life to clothing. To connect it to the now,” a male hip-hop dancer called Feroz said in a statement issued by the brand.

A visual from the Kenzo Move Revolution campaign. 
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Introduced in September by Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as part of their heritage-driven La Collection Memento No. 1 collection, the Move is available in the original shades as well as new colors: dark blue, light gray and pink for women; red orange, light gray, yellow and blue for men.
The new styles arrive in stores this week, priced at 195 euros.
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MegaDon: Disney unveils Trump robot

Walt Disney World has unveiled a frightfully lifelike Donald Trump robot at the reopening of one of the Florida resort’s most historic attractions.
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North Sails Unveils Partnership With the Ocean Family Foundation

MILAN — “No better time than on your anniversary to start the project and give back [to the ocean],” said Willem Wijnen, North Sails’ chief customer officer, ahead of the event held at the brand’s flagship in central Via Durini here on Tuesday night.
To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the brand this year, North Sails unveiled a partnership with the Ocean Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the U.K. the aim of which is to raise awareness and to concretely help prevent ocean pollution. One percent of sales of North Sails products will be donated to the foundation, starting with the spring 2018 collection.
Proceeds will support specific projects such as “A Plastic Planet,” which attempts to reduce the amount of plastic in supermarkets and to create plastic-free aisles, as well as raising awareness of the issue. “If people know, they start to care, if they care they will start to act and a change can only be made if more people act responsibly,” Wijnen highlighted.
To mark the partnership, the brand unveiled a capsule collection of T-shirts made of upcycled cotton and materials derived from recycled PET bottles. Each piece will carry both the brand’s and the foundation’s logos. The

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Lamborghini unveils ‘super SUV’ – yours for £165,000

It can reach speeds of 190mph and is expected to cost a cool £165,000.
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Fiorucci Unveils Sunglass Collaboration With Smoke x Mirrors

Fiorucci’s comeback marches on.
The Studio 54-era Italian label — whose branded T-shirts, jeans and clubwear were a precursor to self-promoting streetwear sensations like Supreme — will launch a range of sunglasses in collaboration with Smoke x Mirrors.
The capsule’s graphic circular shape, a spin on a preexisting Smoke x Mirrors style, will be offered in seven poppy color combinations. Launching today, the glasses are to be priced at $ 275, and will be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Fiorucci owners Janie and Stephen Schaffer said of the glasses in a statement: “Fiorucci started collaborating in the Sixties and Seventies, long before the idea of a fashion collaboration was common. Our partnership with Smoke x Mirrors is a way to keep that spirit alive. The brands fit together very naturally, both full of energy with an innovative, pioneering spirit.”
Roi Ironi, cofounder of Smoke x Mirrors, added: “Collaborating with Fiorucci was instinctual. We have always admired the legacy of Fiorucci, and they have inspired us creatively from Day One. The childlike freedom expressed through their iconic visuals into their products really resonated with us.”
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Parmigiani Fleurier Unveils Bugatti Watch Inspired by $3 Million Supercar

TOP SPEED: Swiss independent watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurieri hosted an event at the exclusive Automobile Club de France in Paris on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of its Bugatti Type 390 watch, timed to coincide with the first deliveries of the car manufacturer’s $ 3 million Chiron super sports car.
Billed as a horological interpretation of the Chiron, the fastest production car in the world with a top speed of 260 miles per hour for road use, the timepiece is the fruit of four years of development and features a unique design inspired by the car’s engine, interior and bodywork construction.

The Bugatti Chiron super sports car. 
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Steve Amstutz, vice president and chief commercial officer at Parmigiani Fleurier, said the brands share the values of innovation, authenticity and exclusivity. The latter is certainly true: The watchmaker will produce only three limited editions of 10 watches each.
The white gold and rose gold versions, available now, are priced at $ 295,000, while the titanium edition coming out next year will retail for $ 270,000, said Amstutz, who told WWD the brand will unveil an exclusive personalization service for the timepiece at the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie trade fair in Geneva in January.
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Former Diesel Executive Unveils Gender-Neutral Line

For the past couple of years, Joey Adler, the former chief executive officer of Diesel Canada, has been immersed in Millennial life while working on Dept. of Good, a for-profit retail ecosystem that will launch later this year. She’s used those findings to introduce Shades of Black with Trey Alligood, who serves as creative director and previously worked at Gents.
“Working with Millennials has inspired me to understand how we, the Baby Boomers, have lost completely the notion of less is more. For Millennials, life is about living. Not about amassing,” said Adler. “Living life and shades of black in its simplicity is actually full of fashion complexities. The pieces are so versatile and can be adapted to a variety of settings.”
Shades of black is a gender-neutral line that’s built around tones of black, white and gray. The line, which retails from $ 48 to $ 595, includes denim, jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies, bomber jackets, shorts and T-shirts that are made from Japanese silks, Italian leather and suede, French terry and bamboo cotton. According to Adler, the pieces can be worn as basic separates or layered together to create more fashion-forward looks.
The collection, which will be available in December, will be released every few months.

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Carhartt Work In Progress Unveils a London Flagship near King’s Cross

KING’S CROSS CARHARTT: Carhartt Work In Progress, the fashion proposition from the American workwear brand, has opened its first London flagship in the newly-revitalized neighborhood near King’s Cross train station.
Located at 2 Pancras Square, near Nike, &OtherStories and Jigsaw, the 2,500-square feet store spans two levels and also houses a coffee shop. It carries the full Carhartt WIP men’s and women’s ranges and collaborations, with prices ranging from 25 pounds for a watch beanie, to 400 pounds for outerwear.
The interiors are meant to channel a “rugged utilitarianism” with canvas wall panels and display units designed in hues of brown and tan. Floors are done in concrete while aluminium lamps hang from the ceiling. Designer Faye Toogood created the post-industrial brass fixtures as well as the overall look of the store.
Brand director Wilfried Atzert said Carhartt specifically wanted to be in the neighborhood. “King’s Cross has had a transformation. The area is home to Central Saint Martins as well as London’s Eurostar international terminal. The surrounding area is in the middle of a very interesting expansion – offering a diverse mix of shops, bars, restaurants and headquarters as well.”
Launched in 1989 in Europe, Carhartt Work In Progress puts a trendy spin

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Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric truck

Electric car specialist Tesla has unveiled a prototype for a truck equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system that it will start producing in 2019.
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Gucci Unveils Gift Giving Campaign for Holiday Season

HAPPY NEW GUCCI: Gucci is embracing the holiday season by unveiling its latest Gift Giving product selection and campaign, which will be extensively supported by digital activities.
Spanning many categories — ranging from T-shirts and footwear to handbags, jewelry, children’s wear and even porcelain items — the product selection is at the core of a new art book released by the house in collaboration with Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal.
Monreal designed a series of digitally created artworks incorporating Gucci products and developing a narrative inspired by the story of the fall of Icarus.
“Icarus fascinates me because of his story, which could be read a bit like a mantra,” said Monreal.
“If you fly too close to the sun, you’re going to get burned. If you fly too low, you’re going to drown in the sea. It feels quite bluntly obvious, but I find it quite timeless and reassuring. You have to find the middle point to land on the other side,” he continued, pointing at the “tricky human condition.” The artist also defined the mythological character as “very romantic and of course symbolic of everything young and pretty. Very East London.”
Illustrations in the book include belt-bags encircling a classical statue, small leather goods set in a contemporary,

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Global Road Unveils First Still, Full Cast on ‘Lying and Stealing’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Global Road Entertainment has unveiled new details and a first still of Matt Aselton’s “Lying and Stealing” with Theo James (“Divergent”) and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”). Fred Melamed (“A Serious Man”), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“Girls”), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (“Chi Raq”), Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”) and John Gatins (“Real Steel”) have joined the cast of […]

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Sogo Department Store Unveils APAC’s Largest Screen

HONG KONG – Department store Sogo has unveiled what it says is Asia Pacific’s largest LED outdoor screen, installed on the facade of its flagship store in Causeway Bay.
Facing Hennessy Road, the screen, called Cvision, began operating on Oct. 27. It measures approximately 19 meters by 72 meters (62 feet by 236 feet)—covering a surface area of more than five full-sized tennis courts. 
“Since its inception in 1985, Sogo Hong Kong, the city’s largest department store, has become an important cultural landmark in Causeway Bay and a must-go retail destination for tourists and citizens alike,” said Alfred Cheng, head of sales & marketing for the company. “The launch of Cvision further cements Hong Kong’s status as a world-class metropolis and demonstrates our relentless push to innovate and adapt in the digital age.” 
Powered by Mitsubishi Electric, the screen produces exceptionally vivid colors with a 50 percent deeper contrast than that of conventional LED screens, parent company Lifestyle International said. Eave-like louvers allow for an 80-degree vertical viewing angle, nearly double that of conventional screens, to maximize street-level visibility.

The Sogo department store screen under construction. 
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The screen’s operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, extended for an extra hour

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Funko Unveils James Bond POP! Vinyl Line

Funko has announced a series of toys in its Pop! lineup dedicated to James Bond other iconic characters from the 007 franchise. Soon Bonds fans will be able to get figures featuring many of their favorites, including multiple versions of 007 himself.

Two Bonds will be available wherever Funko toys are sold — one based on Sean Connery Bond from Goldfinger, while the other is Roger Moore’s Bond from The Spy Who Loved Me. Check them, and the others available in the line, in the gallery below:

The Golden Girl from Goldfinger will also be available, as well as a host of villains from the franchise — Blofeld with his cat, Oddjob with his killer hat, and Jaws with his, well, jaws. Several store-exclusives will also be made as part of the line, including Octopussy’s Bond at Barnes & Noble, Dr. No’s version of Bond at Toys ‘R Us, and Oddjob in action throwing his hat at Target.

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Prada Unveils Restored Mansion in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — The Prada Group has unveiled its latest restoration project: Rong Zhai is a restored mansion in downtown Shanghai, which will be used as a multipurpose brand and cultural space.
As well as reshowing Prada’s resort 2018 collection and inviting a select group of influencers and celebrities — including director Baz Luhrmann, actress Zhang Ziyi, model Liu Wen and artist Cao Fei — for an intimate dinner at the mansion on Wednesday, the doors of Rong Zhai were thrown open to 1,000 guests for a cocktail party on Saturday night.
The evening included a performance by actor and musician Ansel Elgort, the face of Prada L’Homme fragrance, and among the guests were Du Juan and Alexander Wang.
The unveiling of Rong Zhai — the name translates to “Rong House” — comes following a six-year renovation. Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli, chief executive officer of the Milan-based group, are not new to such initiatives of preservation. They have supported the restoration of Milan’s 19th-century luxury shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina, an opulent Baroque palace on the Grand Canal in Venice that was reconfigured as an art space for Fondazione Prada.
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Better Days Unveils Inaugural Art Exhibition With Works From Maripol, Olaf Breuning and Others

DESIGN IN MIND: Despite sounding like a sign of these unsettling times, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending quietly reopened as Better Days earlier this month.
But the name change is meant to be an homage to New York City’s music incubators from the Seventies and Eighties. In its original incarnation, Better Days was a place for the disenfranchised to retreat and an escape for artists who danced away their troubles. Owner Oliver Stumm said he wants Better Days to be a neighborhood destination and haven for creatives, so featuring local artists was a natural step in fostering this type of environment.
With that in mind, an exhibition has been culled by Better Days owner Oliver Stumm, as well Rita Cruz, Luke Brown, Eddie Brannan and Skylar Pittman (whose day job is with Bruce Weber’s Studio Little Bear Inc.) The artists they selected are likely to be found at the dinery and downstairs club on any given day. Work from established ones like Jack Pierson, Maripol and Olaf Breuning are in the mix. On view through December, the exhibition will be featured in Better Days’ upstairs space. The downstairs lounge is slated to open Oct. 6.
Fittingly, in November Damiani will publish

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Apple Unveils New iPhone X to Fend Off Growing Competition

Apple’s iPhone X, with a price starting at $ 999, has “Face ID” facial-recognition system and starts shipping Nov. 3.
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Disney Unveils New Streaming Services

Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it will launch a pair of video-streaming services in the next two years, ending a distribution deal with Netflix as it responds to the cord-cutting trend pressuring the cable industry.
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Stella McCartney Unveils Men’s Shop-in-Shop at Harrods

ONE FOR THE BOYS: Stella McCartney has launched a first space dedicated to the brand’s new men’s wear collection, at Harrods.
The 350-square-foot shop-in-shop is located in the Advanced International department on the store’s lower ground floor. It carries tailored blazers, knitwear and slogan T-shirts from the designer’s fall 2017 men’s wear range.
Eight styles are exclusive to the store, including blazers, a cardigan, trousers and shirts. The space has been designed with dark textured walls and soft seating, a mirror column and soft carpeting. The label’s women’s wear boutique is located in the International Designer Room on the first floor, while children’s wear is sold in the Mini Designer Room on the fourth floor.
“Stella McCartney has long been established in Harrods as a brand that champions British style with modern flair,” said Helen David, chief merchant.
“Now, we are very excited to welcome her new men’s wear label with the first stand-alone boutique in the world. The collection’s aesthetic, design and nod toward the growing seasonless wardrobe trend is an evolution that our men’s wear customer is increasingly looking for, so we are excited to see the brand’s growth within Harrods.”

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Lucien Pagès Unveils Elements of Colette Pop-up

SUMMER FLING: Paris p.r. guru Lucien Pagès is gearing up for his summer-themed pop-up, Les Vacances de Lucien, in Colette’s first-floor space starting on Aug. 7. Among the exclusive items carried there will be two new lipsticks from the Rouge Dior line.
Peter Philips, Christian Dior’s creative and image director for makeup, also conceived the color cosmetics looks sported by 16 people appearing in a video installation that is to be shown in the windows of the Rue Saint-Honoré store.

Created by Studio L’Étiquette, the clip features 16 personalities, including Bella Hadid, Charlotte Chesnais, Vanessa Seward, Yazbukey and Yoon. In the video, each responds to questions posed by French journalist Sophie Fontanel.
Visitors to the concept store will — through Sept. 2 — be able to snap up especially created items from the brands represented by Pagès’ agency, many of which are one-offs, as well as a selection from their fall collections. Olympia Le-Tan, A.P.C., Loewe and RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp are among the 32 labels and designers participating.
As reported, the landmark Paris boutique is to host a series of pop-ups before closing its doors definitively on Dec. 20.

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New York City Ballet Unveils Designers for Its Fall Fashion Gala

The event, overseen by Sarah Jessica Parker, returns on Sept. 28. City Ballet also said that the principal dancer Rebecca Krohn would retire this fall.
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Milano Unica Unveils July Edition

MILAN — The first edition of Milano Unica held in July pleased exhibitors showing their fall 2018 collections and drew more than 6,000 visitors. The three-day textile trade show moved from early September and closed on July 13, boosting the number of international buyers. The winter edition of the trade show will continue to be held in February.
According to data released by the fair’s organizers, although the number of visitors didn’t increase compared with September 2016, the average time spent at each booth doubled.
“We are happy with the results of the trade show and we registered an increase in orders compared to the previous season,” said Botto Giuseppe chief executive officer Silvio Botto. “I think it was a smart move to anticipate the fair even if it was a challenge for manufacturers to get ready with collections so early.”
According to Botto, his company managed to complete the production of the woven collection, while it completed 70 percent of the jersey range. “The remaining 30 percent of the jersey collection will be presented at Première Vision in September.”
The trade show registered a double-digit increase in buyers from outside Italy, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, France

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Huntsman Unveils Larger Bespoke Salon in New York

NEW YORK — Custom clothing is one of the rare hot-ticket items in American men’s wear these days, and with more than 167 years of experience creating bespoke clothing on the famed Savile Row in London, Huntsman wants to carve out a bigger piece of the pie in the U.S.
In February, the company opened a small appointment-only salon at 130 West 57th Street here, a multiuse building between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. This week it invited customers in to see a new space in the same building that is three times larger and includes the addition of a cutter from London who will be housed in the location permanently.
Additionally, the brand has hired veteran men’s wear executive Edward Turco as director of its U.S. operations. Turco most recently was corporate custom manager for Loro Piana in the U.S., was president of Burberry Tailored Clothing and also spent time at the former Hartmarx Corp.
Pierre Lagrange, the Belgian hedge fund manager and cofounder of GLG Partners, who purchased Huntsman in 2013, made a visit to the location — dubbed a pied-à-terre — to meet customers and christen the new space this week.
“Half of our business comes from America,” Lagrange said, so it made

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YouTube Unveils New Streaming Features at Vidcon

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki unveiled an array of feature upgrades coming to the Google-owned video powerhouse at her annual keynote presentation Thursday at the Vidcon conference in Anaheim, Calif. As she typically does, Wojcicki touted select stats to represent YouTube’s continued robust growth. She noted that 1.5 billion users log in to YouTube every months… Read more »

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Axel Arigato Unveils Second Clothing Capsule

BLOOMING BUNCH: Following its initial launch last March, Axel Arigato has created its second clothing capsule for men.
“Working with a capsule collection allows me to experiment and try out different concepts on a smaller scale,” said creative director Max Svärdh. “I’ve been really into florals this season and wanted to let the concept express itself in three different garments.”
Titled “Saku,” the collection takes its cue from the Japanese word for bloom. The six-piece range consists of sweatshirts, hoodies and T-shirts in a red, black and white palette. The lineup includes logos accented with floral embellishments. The price range is from 55 pounds or $ 70 for a T-shirt to 125 pounds or $ 159 for a hoodie. The capsule is available for purchase at the brand’s web site, London flagship and Stockholm concept space.
“We recently opened up our temporary concept store titled “Axel Arigato Gallery” in Stockholm,” said chief executive officer Albin Johansson, “which we are very excited about as well as our second capsule clothing collection. For us Axel Arigato is a platform to test different ideas and concepts. With all we do, we want to create an idea of constant movement and energy. We want our customers to discover new

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E3 2017: Microsoft unveils Xbox One X

The new, super powerful console is shown off ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles.
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Microsoft has unveiled the next generation of its games console – the Xbox One X – which will be released later this year.
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Pierre Bergé Unveils YSL Museums in Paris and Marrakech

PARIS — Even illness couldn’t keep Pierre Bergé away from the press conference on Thursday unveiling the future Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech, slated to open this fall.
A labor of love if ever there was one, the project grew out of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which since 2004 has been staging exhibitions to showcase items from its archive of 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches by the late couturier.
“In 2002, when Yves Saint Laurent decided to retire, I decided to transform memories into projects. Others may try, but they have no memories, so they can always keep trying,” said the 86-year-old Bergé, feisty as ever despite being confined to a wheelchair after a stint in hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
“He came home about a week ago,” said his husband, American landscape gardener Madison Cox, who is vice president of both the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, which is adjacent to the new museum.
“He was absolutely insistent that he be there, because this is really the pinnacle of his [work], I think, for him: the idea of not just one, but two, museums in

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Apple Unveils Smart Speaker Called HomePod

Apple revealed a premium voice-activated speaker called HomePod and announced a series of upgrades to its line of Mac computers and iPads as it looks to bolster its product lines amid rising competition from rivals like Amazon and Microsoft.
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DICE Unveils New Multiplayer Map for Battlefield 1

DICE has pulled back the curtain on a new map headed to Battlefield 1 called Prise de Tahure.

The developer shared a few details about the map in a post on the official Battlefield website, announcing that Prise de Tahure will soon be available to try out via the Community Test Environment.

Prise de Tahure is set during the autumn in the Butte-de-Tahure region after the Nivelle Offensive, where French raiders attempt to fend off German troops. The map features networks of trenches that cut through a number of villages.

Last month, DICE unveiled another upcoming multiplayer map called Nivelle Nights, which will be available for Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners next month. As its name implies, the map is set during the night and takes place at the “muddy battlefields around Malmaison and Soupier.”

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Moschino Unveils Candy Crush Capsule Collection at Coachella

Jeremy Scott is returning to the desert for his 11th annual bash at Coachella, this time on behalf of Moschino, with mobile game Candy Crush and streaming video platform Tidal, which will live-stream musical performances from the party including appearances from Lil Uzi Vert and a surprise headliner. (Hint: It’s not an act performing at the festival.)
The always colorful event this year will be inspired by the Moschino Candy Crush collaboration on a capsule collection of summer festival items including a limited-edition backpack ($ 650); iPhone case ($ 70), and women’s and men’s swimwear ($ 300 and $ 205, respectively). Designs in the collection were inspired by the colorful candies featured in the mobile game Candy Crush. The pieces will be available on moschino.com starting today until supplies last.
Celebrities expected are Scott’s BFF Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, Jared Leto, Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, Justine Skye, Hailee Steinfeld, DNCE, Kiersey Clemons, Frances Cobain, Paris Hilton, Emily Ratajkowski, Kehlani, Joan Smalls, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Soo Joo Park, Jasmine Sanders, Jordan Barrett, Romee Strijd, Chanel Iman, Dilone, Bebe Rexha, Will Peltz, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Grace Mahary, Soko, Riley Montana, RJ King, Martha Hunt, Georgia Fowler, Shanina Shaik, Matthew Noszka, Izabel Goulart, Poppy Delevingne, Charli XCX,

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Dior Unveils Last Pop-up Shop at Maxfield’s Prouvé House

Dior today concludes its global roadshow of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spring 2017 collection, with an installation at the Jean Prouvé “Nomade” house at Maxfield in Los Angeles, which will premiere for invited guests at an event Wednesday night and be on display to the public through April 14.
The initiative kicked off at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, continuing on to The Webster in Miami, and Antonia in Milan.
Dior has pulled out all the stops to promote its first spring collection under Chiuri and the pop-ups were chosen because they represent different markets and clientele.
“We are delighted for the opportunity to partner with Maxfield and to showcase our spring-summer 2017 collection within the Prouvé house. The modern and timeless design aesthetic aligns so perfectly with the feel of the collection and with Maria Grazia Chiuri’s evolving vision for the house of Dior,” said Renaud de Lesquen, president and chief executive officer, North America at Christian Dior Couture and Parfums Christian Dior. “Dior has a longtime association with the art world, beginning with Mr. Dior and his passion for art, design and architecture. It is wonderful to see the collection featured in such an iconic and globally renowned structure.”
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Designer Tom Dixon Unveils His ‘Secret’ Project With Ikea

The 57-year-old former musician has gone from being a design maverick to creating mass-produced furniture he hopes will last a lifetime.
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Giorgio Armani Unveils Larry Fink Exhibition

FINK TWICE: The sleek and minimalist Armani/Silos space emphasized Larry Fink’s beautiful and striking black-and-white photos, displayed as part of the exhibition “The Beats and The Vanities, Larry Fink,” running until the end of July. “This gave me the opportunity to glance at a world that was distant from mine, not so perfect and not part of me,” said Giorgio Armani at the opening event on Tuesday, carefully observing the images. “It allowed me to come out of my rigorous, perfectionist world, but then you see that the poses, the lights, the cut of the photos seem studied inch by inch. Each take is the perfect choice.”
The exhibit comprises 125 original black-and-white photographs, of which 54 are from Fink’s book “The Beats,” chronicling his hitchhiking trip through America in the late Fifties. The other 71 are from “The Vanities,” his portfolio of images interpreting Vanity Fair’s Oscar parties and Hollywood events in the 2000 to 2009 period. This is the first time they are all displayed together.
Armani was upbeat about the potential of the Silos, which can also become a source of inspiration. “I always said that I wanted to hold events here beyond fashion. Milan needs to be alive,

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Panama Film Festival Unveils Centerpiece 2017 Primera Mirada Slate

The third edition of the Panama Film Festival’s Primera Mirada pix-in-post sidebar has selected four films – from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Puerto Rico- from a total of 48 films submitted from the Central America and the Caribbean. Primera Mirada is particularly important for the region’s filmmakers who often work miracles… Read more »

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Phoenix Art Museum Unveils ‘Yeohlee|Serra’ Exhibition, Combining Fashion and Art

UNDER THE DESERT SUN: The Yeohlee Teng designs that are now on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Yeohlee|Serra” exhibition were a long time coming.
Curator Dennita Sewell first saw Yeohlee’s pieces, when she was a collections manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “She saw them there and I guess they stayed with her for a very long time.” Teng said. “That was in 1995 and the pieces were from spring of 1992.”
Sewell said, “I was there when they were donated and I just always remembered how striking they were. You can imagine in that environment where there are so many great things, and they made such an impression on me — the graphic nature [of the pieces], the originality. I believe she came in and talked about the zero waste [principle] and how they had been sewed from seven meters.”
The compact exhibition juxtaposes Teng’s ivory and black designs opposite Richard Serra’s oil-stick paintings. The artist is known to heat black paint stick sometimes to a fluid state to create elemental forms. But Teng noted, “Both bodies of work happened independently of each other. They just happened in the same time frame but in different disciplines.”
Another curator, Susan Sidlauskas,

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The Great British Bake Off unveils new line-up

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join Paul Hollywood when The Great British Bake Off returns.
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Henry Louis Gates Unveils Africa’s Hidden Figures In New Docu-Series

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is unveiling the hidden figures of Africa’s history in his latest docu-series, “Africa’s Great Civilizations.”

Told through an assortment of analysis, interviews and personal exploration, the three-part, six hour PBS documentary series finds the Harvard professor chronicling 200,000 years of Africa’s history and culture. Five years in the making, the series explores everything from the rise of Shaka Zulu to the transformation of South Africa thanks to gold and diamonds, to King Lalibela’s reign in Ethiopia to the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

The Emmy Award-winner wanted the docu-series to stand as an accurate exploration into the complex history of Africa’s kingdoms and empires. “Africa has been recognized as the ultimate ‘other,’ the negation of the West,” Gates told The Huffington Post. “And that started when the slave trade reached its zenith and it got even worse when the colonial era started after 1884 and the Berlin Conference, when the Europeans just carved up Africa, as if there was no people living there, and just gave chunks of it to each other. And so they created an image of African people as subhuman, primitive, static, and soulless.”

“People thought not only were Africans primitive and savage, but isolated,” he continued. “And what we show is, over and over again, some parts of Africa were in contact with the larger world. The Africans were just as curious about people outside of Africa, just as much as people outside of Africa were about Africans.”

To help bring Africa’s wealth of untold history into education curriculum, Gates is currently developing an educational site with the PBS network, in addition to writing a companion book to the series with historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood, which will be released next year.

“We’re trying to reeducate the American people. All of us have been let down by the school system,” Gates said. “My goal is to get the history of the people of color integrated into school systems. Whether it’s 200,000 years of African history or the last 500 years of African American history, or the last 50 years of African American history, that’s my dream.“

The three-night premiere of “Africa’s Great Civilizations” airs Feb. 27 on PBS at 9/8c.

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Under Armour Unveils Misty Copeland Apparel Collection

NEW YORK — Under Armour has built a successful franchise with its Steph Curry basketball shoes, and it’s hoping for similar success with its new Inspired by Misty Copeland apparel collection.
On Tuesday night, the activewear firm unveiled the women’s ath-leisure collection — its first apparel line with any of its sponsored athletes — during an event in the Meatpacking District here.
At the launch party, Copeland described the new collection as an “urban street-to-gymwear” line that women can wear to do ballet, yoga or have lunch. She said she worked closely with Kate Williams, vice president of women’s design at Under Armour, to create the line, which was unveiled on the company’s web site right before the event began.
Williams said the line “embodies the style, spirit and energy” of the dancer, and features technical fabrics coupled with updated styling. “Misty as an athlete is so inspiring,” she said.
Copeland, the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, has been sponsored by Under Armour since 2013 and is one of the faces of its “I Will What I Want” advertising campaign targeted to women.
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Manolo Blahnik Unveils Exhibition in Milan

“Joy” is the word shoe designer Manolo Blahnik used to sum up 46 years of his career, displayed and celebrated in Milan through a new exhibition. Running from Jan. 26 to April 9, the “Manolo Blahnik. The Art of Shoes” retrospective showcases 212 shoes — selected among more than 30,000 styles — and 80 sketches in the suggestive, 18th-century location of Palazzo Morando, situated in the city’s tony district near Via Montenapoleone.
“I do all this with immense joy,” Blahnik said about his activity, admitting that money has never been on his mind while sketching a pair of shoes, but everything he has ever worked on has been done “just because I like it.”

Manolo Blahnik attending the exhibition on his name in Milan. 
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Curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, who worked on the project for the past two years, the exhibition intends to celebrate Blahnik’s work as a form of art, highlighting the designer’s creativity, vision and craftsmanship. Divided in six areas according to Blahnik’s leitmotifs and inspirations, the venue includes the “Gala” section, displaying the most imaginative styles, such as the ones created for Sofia Coppola’s movie “Marie Antoinette.” Dedicated corners focusing on materials, art, architecture and the many geographical

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Kojima Productions Unveils $2000 Statue of Its Mascot

Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima’s new development studio, recently showed off a new half-scale replica of its mascot Ludens — and it will only cost interested buyers $ 1999 USD.

The figure, a collaboration between Kojima Productions and Sideshow Collectibles, stands just over five feet tall. Limited to a run of 150 produced statues, each statue will be signed by Kojima himself and will come with LEDs in the helmet that can light up.

Ludens is currently available for pre-order on Sideshow’s website and is expected to arrive to customers between January and March 2018. The statue costs $ 1999.99, and can be purchased at a flat rate or via monthly payments of $ 225.

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Fondation Pierre Bergé Unveils Logos of Yves Saint Laurent Museums

GO LOGO: The Fondation Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent has unveiled the graphic identities of the soon-to-open Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech — two of which incorporate the original YSL logo in all its glory.
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is due to open in the house’s historic building on Avenue Marceau during Paris Fashion Week in late September, with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech set to open on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, near the Jardin Majorelle, on Oct. 14.
For the graphic identify of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent in the French capital, Paris-based design agency Wolkoff & Arnodin used the iconic YSL logo ± in both the interlaced and horizontal versions — as the central element, in a black and bronze 20th-century Garamond typeface, bookended with the words “Musée” and “Paris.” As longstanding collaborators of the house, cofounders Alexandre Wolkoff and Antoine Arnodin began working with Yves Saint Laurent in 1975, then as part of the influential branding agency MAFIA, or Maïmé Arnodin, Fayolle, International, Associés.
Saint Laurent and Bergé commissioned French-Ukrainian artist Adolphe Mouron Cassandre to design the original logo in 1961. “Cassandre was the greatest graphic designer of his era. The first thing that

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Dior Homme Unveils Black Carpet Collection in Beijing

BEIJING – As a sign of the growing importance of China to Dior Homme, the brand debuted its Black Carpet collection here on Wednesday night. The capsule collection, Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche’s rebellious take on eveningwear, is launching this week not only in China but also globally, appearing in stores in London, Tokyo, New York and other major cities.
Van Assche, who has not visited the Chinese capital in around four years, said the decision to launch the collection here was driven by the fact that Chinese men, especially those from younger generations, are developing a taste for evening wear that breaks barriers, is more flashy and defies traditional sartorial codes.
“It is less conservative here,” Van Assche said during an interview at the Rosewood Hotel on Wednesday prior to the cocktail at Dior Homme’s store at SKP mall. “Men will go full-on fashion here, which makes sense because I would assume they are successful businessmen, whatever their business is, and they don’t just want to blend in with anyone else. They choose to stand out. I think it is less conservative here than it would be in Europe.”
Van Assche says the collection is about more extreme interpretations of

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Sophie Hulme Unveils Harrods Shop, Evening Collection

FAMILY STYLE: During a party co-hosted with Harrods, Sophie Hulme recalled her childhood and the effort it took to get her father through the doors of the Knightsbridge store.
“The only way my mother could convince him to go shopping was to take him to Harrods, where he would go straight to Pet Kingdom and talk to the parrots,” said the designer during a small dinner to mark the launch of her space at the store – and a debut evening collection.
“To be honest, I liked spending time with the parrots, too,” admitted the designer before dinner at Mark’s Club in Mayfair on Wednesday.
Hulme didn’t have as much trouble getting her architect husband Edward Swift – whom she married in May – through Harrods’ door. He was the one who designed the interiors of the 355 square feet space on the lower ground floor.

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Hulme, a great fan of Donald Judd, said she was inspired by the artist’s spare aesthetic. There are white shelves and cabinets adorned with bits of gold hardware resembling the details on Hulme’s boxy bags and shoppers; felt-upholstered Arne Jacobsen chairs; and tonal plant silhouettes adorning the walls.
There are terrazzo marble display tables

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Noor Fares Unveils ‘Akasha’ Collection, Mayfair Pop-up

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: The London-based jewelry designer Noor Fares launched the latest installment of her “Akasha” collection, in Mayfair’s Lamb Art gallery, which will also house the brand’s first pop-up shop.
“Akasha,” which means ether in ancient Hindu and symbolizes the intangible, takes the form of a spiritual journey. Fares explored the various healing powers of stones and incorporated different geometric patterns into the jewelry derived from Hindu symbolism.
“Spirituality has always been a personal interest, I do a lot of research, and I’m interested in stones’ different attributes within different cultures. Jewelry is something so personal that narrative becomes a key element in the collection, people almost expect it to have a deeper meaning,” said the Lebanese-born jeweler.
Multicolored stones are arranged into circular-shaped rings and pendants from the collection, which represent mandalas or sacred circles. The designer highlighted that she chose nine stones from the Indian science of healing gems, which are meant to draw the essence of the 9 planets when combined together.
Other pieces incorporate triangular-shaped white topaz stones arranged to face in opposite directions in order to represent the masculine and feminine energies. Fares pointed to a delicate gold choker featuring the triangular topaz stones as one of the most

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Ralph Lauren Unveils 2016 Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniforms

The countdown to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio is on — specifically, it’s 100 days until the Games begin on Aug. 5. To mark it, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Polo Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, five games running, are today unveiling Team USA’s Closing Ceremony apparel. (The Opening Ceremony uniforms are unveiled closer to the Games.)
“Showing the Closing Ceremony apparel first is the tradition with the Olympics,” said David Lauren, executive vice president, global advertising, marketing and communications. “It starts to build energy because you have a visual of what the team and the spirit of the team will look like.” To that end, the men’s and women’s uniforms include a red, white or blue button-down shirt with the Polo pony detail worn over a striped T-shirt and chino shorts. For accessories, there are boat shoes in red, white and navy, striped cotton bracelets and a repp-stripe belt. Asked if there was any Brazilian-inspired flourish to the look, Lauren said that the Closing Ceremony outfits tend to be more classic than the Opening Ceremony and Villagewear collections.
“We’re always amazed when all of a sudden there are 600 or 800 athletes, depending on

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Dyson unveils ‘quieter’ £299 hairdryer

Engineering firm Dyson reveals its first personal care product – a hairdryer that it says is less damaging to hair than a conventional machine.
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Lauren Conrad Unveils Kohl’s Collection Inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and It’s So Cute We’re Going Mad

Lauren Conrad, Alice in Wonderland, Kohl's, EMBARGO'DIn a way, Lauren Conrad is painting the roses red–not pink, not green, not aquamarine. But we can’t imagine the Queen of Hearts will be shouting “Off with her head!” after she sees…

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Claridge’s Unveils Burberry’s Umbrella Tree

HIGH SHINE: Claridge’s unveiled its first Burberry-designed Christmas tree in the hotel lobby on Monday. The shiny, motion-responsive tree is made from nearly 100 umbrellas, each of which is finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric. As guests walk by the towering structure, 77,000 individual lights will be triggered, sending twinkling beams into the lobby of the London hotel.
Burberry has also created a Snapchat geo-filter that will enable all Snapchat users to frame their images with metallic Burberry umbrellas, inspired by those on the tree. The bespoke filter, which launches Monday, will be accessible to Claridge’s visitors throughout the holiday season. Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief executive and chief creative officer, plans to host an event in the lobby later this week to mark the unveiling.

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Azzedine Alaïa Unveils Kris Ruhs Installation

GARDEN PARTY: Shapes — an estimated 45,000 of them — are on display at Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris, site of his spring-summer 2016 fashion show earlier in October.
But the shapes are branches, leaves, blooms and berries, all handmade in brass and white porcelain by American artist Kris Ruhs and strung from the ceiling in dense, paisley-shaped arrangements – like some abstract Christmas tree.
Titled “The Hanging Garden,” the installation was unveiled Thursday in tandem with the Fiac contemporary art fair.
Leading a tour of the display, art scholar and critic Donatien Grau said it took more than a week for Ruhs to assemble the thousands of elements, with members of Alaia’s design students lending a hand — along with a number of artist helpers, including Tatiana Trouvé, Adel Abdessemed, Mike Bouchet and Julian Schnabel.
“It makes you smile,” said Grau, calling shapes the linchpin element of Ruhs’ work, which spans jewelry, interiors and objects.
Billed as the first Paris exhibition for Ruhs, it runs through Dec. 27.

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Harrods Unveils Men’s Wear Campaign, Cover to Cover

TOP MAN: Harrods has unveiled its first storewide men’s wear campaign in response to a market category that has grown “beyond comprehension,” according to Jason Broderick, the store’s director of men’s wear, sports and fine watches.
Harrods Man Cover to Cover is a storewide takeover that includes all departments ranging from luxury and tailoring to contemporary and active.
For the first time, the October issue of the biannual Harrods Man Magazine will have 12 covers, created by Tom Ford, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Corneliani, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani and Brioni.
Each of the covers will have their own window at Harrods, facing Brompton Road.
Throughout the month, there will be a series of in-store events and personal appearances. There will also be exclusive capsule collections from Burberry, Balmain, Giorgio Armani, Neil Barrett, Dsquared2 and Givenchy, and limited-edition pieces from Fendi, Moschino, Christopher Kane, Versace, Balenciaga and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Broderick told WWD the men’s wear category “has evolved beyond comprehension and the drive from our customers to embrace this new world has led us to further expand our footprint of men’s wear in the store. The story-telling of men’s wear has become so prolific that we felt now is the

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Carine Roitfeld Unveils Uniqlo Line in Paris

FEELING TIGHT: Carine Roitfeld — one of France’s most famous editors and fashion personalities — presented her 40-piece collection with Japanese retail giant Uniqlo to editors and friends on Wednesday during Paris Fashion Week. The line is set to hit stores worldwide on Oct. 28.
“I love the details,” said Roitfeld, grabbing a panther faux fur coat to show off its reversible side. “There are pockets everywhere, including on tight-fitting skirts. It’s a no-brainer but I love it.”
“I am placing an order right away. I am going to start wearing tight-fit skirts,” said Inès de la Fressange, who’s done her fifth collection for the retail giant, and calls Naoki Takizawa, Uniqlo’s creative director her “Japanese twin brother.”
Roitfeld paid tribute to the fellow French style icon: “Our styles are crisscrossing and complementary. A peacoat paired with a pencil skirt, I should have thought about it earlier,” she said with a laugh.
“We have the two most beautiful pearls of Paris,” said Paris-based fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart, referring to Roitfeld and de la Fressange.
“They’re two exceptional French women, with strong personalities: They are both very popular; very different but they have the same values.”
Picart, who counts Uniqlo among his clients, predicts the 179 euros,

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Red Valentino Unveils Web Site

MILAN — The relaunch of Red Valentino is starting with the brand’s new Web site, which has been redesigned to match the new image that creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are shaping for the label.
“Rethinking a brand is not something easy to do,” Chiuri admitted. “For us, the redesign of the Web site is the first major step in the redefinition of the label, since the site is one of the strongest tools to communicate the brand.”
The new site, available at redvalentino.com, has an editorially oriented structure, which allows users to not only see and shop the brand’s collections and connect to its social networks, but also to navigate a range of content that might appeal to Red Valentino’s target age group.
“Our intention was to create a universe around Red where the brand’s values and images are exalted,” said Piccioli, highlighting that Red Life — one of the Web site’s sections — “is the part that really makes redvalentino.com stand out from the crowd.”
Updated every day with new posts, Red Life is the core of the Web site with eight sub-categories. These include “Pick of the Week,” a focus on a special event taking place in the world; “Next Big Thing,” which highlights a current

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Karl Lagerfeld Unveils First Kids Collection

CHILD’S PLAY: Kids and grown-ups munched on cotton candy and Karl Lagerfeld-stamped marshmallows at an event to present the new Karl Kids collection on Wednesday at Karl Lagerfeld’s headquarters in Paris.
Workshops for kids included one to make a key chain in the shape of Karl Lagerfeld’s profile and a pattern coloring workshop where kids could dress a Karl Lagerfeld figurine.
Lagerfeld’s fashions are now offered for boys and girls from newborn up to 16 years old, along with a range of accessories including black gloves, a black tie and a Choupette headband, named after Lagerfeld’s pet cat.
The feline also appears as the whiskered logo festooned on the clothes.
Lagerfeld’s signature kids’ wear collection is set for spring 2016 retailing, with France’s Groupe CWF having the global license.
Selected pieces will be available at children’s e-retailer Melijoe in December before the full collection rolls out to multibrand stores and department stores internationally in January.
French actress Céline Sallette came with her 6-year-old daughter Alice. “She wants to decide what she wears now,” Sallette uttered with a sigh, while browsing the collection.
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Zegna Unveils Japan-Made Capsule Collection

TOKYO—In bid to highlight this country’s high level of craftsmanship and lure new customers, Ermenegildo Zegna is rolling out an exclusive capsule collection made entirely in Japan by local artisans.
The 22-piece collection, labeled “Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Made in Japan”, will go on sale Saturday at Zegna’s flagship in Ginza. It will bow at the brand’s Osaka store on Oct. 1. The company plans to roll out certain pieces to other stores around the world later this year.
Zegna celebrated the collection’s launch with a cocktail party Thursday night at the recently opened Aman Tokyo hotel in the central business district of Otemachi. Stefano Pilati, Zegna’s head of design, and chief executive Gildo Zegna hosted the affair. Guests sipped champagne as they mingled in the lobby area of the hotel, where a nearly 100-foot-high ceiling creates the illusion of being inside a giant Japanese paper lantern.
Photographer Takashi Homma shot the capsule collection on five Japanese “key opinion leaders,” including actor Ryo Kase, who appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima,” as well as a chef, a musician and an architect. Homma’s photos were on display at the party, along with a video about the project and the collection itself. Olivier Zahm,

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Adam Lambert unveils two new album tracks

Adam Lambert has premiered two stunning new tracks from his forthcoming album, The Original High.
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Guillermo del Toro Unveils Comic-Con ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ Fan Experiences

Guillermo del Toro is in the world-building business. The director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and the upcoming gothic tale Crimson Peak is known for signature visuals, and an ability to craft rich universes on the movie screen.

And beginning tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, he and film production company Legendary Pictures are bringing those universes to life with a new initiative that allows attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the movies through “experiential exhibits.”

Before it was unveiled at “Preview Night” of the pop-culture mega-event, which officially opens tomorrow, Huffington Post received an early walkthrough with del Toro of the Legendary booth, which centers around a virtual reality Pacific Rim experience and a “gothic gallery” for next year’s Crimson Peak.

“We are giving them a taste of the set, a physical representation of how elaborate the set can be,” said del Toro of the custom environments. “For a moment, they will be in the world of the movie, even if it’s a brief visit.”

That visit includes the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot “Drift With the Rift” Experience. Based on last year’s blockbuster about giant monsters vs. giant robots (or kaiju vs. jaeger), the combat simulator utilizes Oculus Rift’s virtual reality tech and original film assets from Industrial Light & Magic. After strapping on the Oculus Rift headset, users will enter a 250-story fighting machine and go head-to-head against a kaiju.

Much like within the film, a pilot links with a co-pilot and “drifts” into an alternate state of being, where it feels like you’re really operating at dizzying heights. As you turn your head, so does your VR character take a look around within the world. It is necessary to do so as well, since the kaiju Knifehead shows up to make wreak havoc. After getting lost within the Oculus VR world, users receive a personalized Jaeger Pilot badge for going through the adventure.

The exhibit, said del Toro, will allow visitors to immerse themselves and feel what it’s like to be a jaeger pilot, and since he was involved in each step of the development, he “knows exactly the experience fans are going to get.”

Even though the film came out last year, the Pacific Rim space at the Legendary booth exists because it is a universe del Toro and Legendary want to keep alive.

“So this is one stone in the building of a continuous bridge by expanding the experience and mythology,” he said. “We create a world and we’re keeping it alive.”

Whereas the Pacific Rim presence is designed to promote an expanding brand that includes a comic, a 2017 sequel and planned animated series, the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery is dedicated to welcoming fans into the world of the October 2015 film. A handcrafted tiny hallway set from del Toro, the gallery is like a cabinet of curiosities that includes props and costumes. It feels alive, and for a few moments, it is as if one is exploring a haunted house – but one that has so many more mysteries beyond ghosts. Accompanied by a soundscape designed by Academy Award winner Randy Thom, the brief tour allows one to touch rotted, peeling wallpaper; examine the portrait of character within the film; look through the simulated destroyed roof into a snowy sky and peer down a hallway where specters occasionally appear. It is intimate and personal, and serves to tease clues from the Crimson Peak tale. Everything attendees see is part of a larger story within the movie — including a lot of butterflies, an obvious symbology del Toro will play with in the plot.

“It functions as a mini haunted attraction in a way, and has an eerie beauty that the movie has,” said the director. “You’re given a mini mini version of the set, and the atmosphere of what the film Crimson Peak is going to be.”

“We wanted the atmosphere of the house to eke into you, to touch you,” said Emily Castel, Chief Marketing Officer, Legendary Entertainment. “It is very layered like the film so you become have a vested interest in the journey [del Toro] is taking you on.”

In fact, the two spaces at comic con this year sum up Castel’s mission. A principal of the 533 Marketing Agency, a leading experiential marketing agency bought by Legendary two years ago, she is charged with crafting unique ways for fans to connect to movies.

“The best way is to immerse them into that and create natural extension to the world,” she said. Moreover, she said del Toro is an ideal filmmaker to do just that.

“He’s versed in worlds you want to live in and be in, and both these films are so rich and so ripe for this type of marketing experience”

For del Toro, these installments serve as the next step for a storyteller.

“The purpose is to share part of that storytelling in a very tangible way. It is more than a story or series of images but part of a memory to hold; it really is a beautiful effort to curate and build for their enjoyment.”

“I’m a very big fan of attractions, rides and exhibits,” he added. “They are by no means a whole attraction but it’s a taste of the spirit of it.”

Although Legendary is evangelizing its mission that they are more than movie trailers and old-school marketing via del Toro’s projects, it’s not the first time the company has activated a large-scale experience.

It went with a monster-sized installment at last year’s con with the Godzilla Experience. An enormous warehouse-sized environment, the attraction involved walking through Tokyo streets before a Gojira rampage. Attendees went from a busy marketplace into a simulated underground bunker to a Tokyo skyscraper, and were treated to glimpses of the creature. It was a highlight in San Diego in 2013 and was part of a goodwill campaign to reinsure fans that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla wouldn’t be a repeat of the 1998 film disaster.

“We treated this icon with the demonstrative reverence worthy of the icon, and made him relevant to a whole new audience,” said Castel. “We set the tone, then that tone was maintained.”

While she admits it is difficult to measure marketing like the Godzilla or the Jaeger Pilot experiences, but said she believes it does correlate to box office receipts.

“These stay with you, it touches you. You feel something and therefore will react differently than if you’re a passive recipient of a marketing message, such as a trailer.”

As such, Castel said fans can expect more from Legendary, and even hopes to take the exhibits beyond the con. She said the plan is to work early and directly with filmmakers on future releases to become a “more immediate conduit between their vision and the experience of a consumer.”

“It allows you to actually have a sensory experience within worlds that come to mean a huge amount to fans; the minute you can live it and experience it, you have a rapport with it, and live with it on a different level.”

“For me, it’s creating conversation,” said del Toro. “There is no tangible, quantifiable upside that you can prove with the research and numbers — but comic con is about celebrating the things we love.”
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