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New York’s Magical Holidays Windows

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There is nothing more magical than New York City during the Holidays.  For decades New York’s stores like Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s have been bringing together fantasy, fashion, art and architecture to create inspired windows full of enchantment, drama, and whimsy that fuel the senses.

  Lord & Taylor

For this year, Lord & Taylor honors the 100th anniversary of their flagship NYC building. This year’s theme is “a journey through the imagination, exploring the whimsical interiors of an enchanted mansion,” and animals wearing clothes. There are mice in scarves and jaunty caps, cardinals in sunglasses and vests, and oil paintings of dogs in Elizabethan ruffs—as well as a window devoted to butterflies and fairies trapped in color-changing glass domes.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

An “Enchanted Experience” is Saks Fifth Avenue’s theme for this years Holiday window display. Based on scenes from classic fairy tales retold in an Art Deco style, with iconic New York locations as the backdrop, from Cinderella arriving at the Saks Fifth Avenue, to Snow White in Time Square, to Rumplestiltskin in the grimy subway tunnels.  This theatrical display plays to our childhood fantasies and to the drama of New York’s landscape!

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Macy’s

Macy’s flagship store this year’s theme is Santa’s Journey to the Stars.

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Salud to the Holiday Season, and to cultivating creativity that sparks the imagination for people of all ages this time of year!

Happy Holidays my wonderful friends!

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 – Street Style

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Welcome to the favorite winter meeting place for the international artworld. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents artwork from across the globe.

With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.

Check out the best looks spotted at Miami’s Art Basel.

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Bergdorf Goodman Celebrates The Arts with Holiday Windows

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Bergdorf Goodman unveiled its holiday windows celebrating with rooftop fireworks at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.

This year, the department store is paying homage to the arts with its holiday window displays. In different panes of the store’s windows are depictions of literature, architecture, theater, painting, dance, sculpture, music and film.

Bergdorf Goodman is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the movie “White Christmas” this year. At the window unveiling, the title song was performed by Broadway Kids Care. A special diamond-edition of the film DVD will also be sold in store this season, with proceeds benefiting UNICEF. Bergdorf Goodman also donated a portion of the proceeds from its window event to the charity.

11-21-2014 3-04-11 PM11-18-2014 12-45-56 PMEach of the windows this year is dedicated to an art form.

11-18-2014 12-47-58 PM Theater - Bergdorf created a lit Art Deco marquee, with a mannequin in a gilded dress centered.

11-21-2014 3-13-59 PM11-26-2014 11-31-35 AM Painting - where a hand-painted Dolce & Gabbana gown takes center stage.

11-21-2014 3-14-29 PM11-26-2014 11-28-49 AMLiterature – Coat Alice+Olive, Dress Prada.

11-21-2014 3-15-06 PM11-21-2014 3-20-32 PM Architecture - a mannequin in a Julien MacDonald gown becomes one with the skyscrapers and columns surrounding her.

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11-26-2014 11-30-19 AM Dance – shows a ballerina on pointe surrounded by gears, as if in a music box.

11-26-2014 11-32-16 AM  Music – where a tower of shiny brass instruments reflects glittery eveningwear.

11-26-2014 1-18-03 PM11-28-2014 2-03-37 PMThe enormous snowflake hangs over the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and it hangs as a reminder to the UNICEF’s commitment to reach a day when no children die from preventable causes.

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Cubism – The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at The Met

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With one magnificent gift, Leonard Lauder has vaulted New York’s Metropolitan Museum from modern art weakling to global champ. Until recently, the world’s finest artistic institution remained tentative about the 20th century (and utterly perplexed by the 21st). Now, as the new Cubism show decisively proves, Lauder’s $1 bn trove of paintings by Picasso, Braque, Gris and Léger has given the Met a whole new area to dominate.

The Collection is being shown in public for the first time—eighty-one paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).

A must see!

11-17-2014 12-18-27 AM Leonard Lauder with Pablo Picasso “Nude in Armchair”.

11-17-2014 12-20-50 AMJuan Gris, “Still Life with Checked Tablecloth” (1915).

11-17-2014 12-22-26 AM Georges Braque, “Violin: Mozart Kubelick” (1912).

11-17-2014 12-23-03 AM “Composition (The Typographer)” (1918-19), by Fernand Léger.

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 Pablo Picasso, “Student with a Newspaper” (1913-14).

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 Juan Gris, “Pears and Grapes on a Table” (1913).

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Fernand Léger, “The Village” (1914).

11-17-2014 3-03-39 PMFernand Léger, “The Tugboat” (1918).

11-17-2014 2-53-48 PM Juan Gris, “Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother)” (1912).

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Pablo Picasso The Scallop Shell : “Notre Avenir est dans l’Air” (1912)

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 Pablo Picasso “Nude in an Armchair” Horta de Ebro (present-day Horta de Sant Joan), summer 1909

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 20, 2014 – February 16, 2015

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Barneys & Baz Luhrmann unveil “Baz Dazzled” Holiday Window

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Last night, a little rain couldn’t get in the way of Barneys, Baz Luhrmann, and Catherine Martin to celebrate the “Baz Dazzled” Holiday Window Unveiling at Barneys in New York City. The event, complete with a performance by Pentonix and an exquisite wonderland theme, brought together notables from the fashion and entertainment industries for a night of holiday magic.

Just as the windows were unveiled featuring a mesmerizing ice dancer, a gilded “truth” owl, and many more fanciful creatures, a drumline procession provided the beat needed for guests to head on to a dinner celebration a few blocks away at the Central Park Zoo.

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The greeters at the Central Park Zoo Dinner

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Annie Leibovitz Gives The Corcoran Group’s Ad Campaign a High-Gloss Sheen

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The Corcoran Group Real Estate launched an evolution of its “Live Who You Are” campaign, with ads featuring 12 portraits of notable cultural figures—from Jimmy Buffet to professional surfer Quincy Davis, as well as restaurateurs, equestrians, and artisans. The message embedded in these images is that the homes we purchase should reflect the most creative, stylish, or ambitious parts of ourselves. And who better to document this heightened sense of self than celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz?

The campaign features well-known personalities relaxing in the comfort of their lavish homes in affluent areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hamptons and Palm Beach.

No one is better than Annie at meeting someone and finding out what makes them tick.

9-2-2014 9-06-15 PM Michele Oka Doner – artist, Soho neighborhood of New York City

9-2-2014 9-05-22 PMChristina Tosi, chef and owner, Milk Bar, Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn

9-2-2014 9-04-41 PMThe Topping Family, 13th-generation equestrians, Sagaponack, New York

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 Misty Copeland, soloist, American Ballet Theatre, Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City

9-2-2014 9-08-52 PMTyson Chandler & Family, NBA basketball player, Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City

9-2-2014 9-08-21 PMAndrew Solomon, John Habich Solomon and son, writers and editor, Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City

9-2-2014 9-01-56 PMEvan & Oliver Haslegrave (brothers), founders of hOmE, Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn

9-2-2014 9-00-49 PMMario Nievera, landscape architect, Palm Beach, Florida

9-2-2014 9-03-08 PMMara Miller, Jesse Carrier and family, interior designers, Carrier & Co., Carnegie Hill, New York

9-2-2014 9-00-17 PMFrancesca and Hans Pauli, restaurateurs, Sant Ambroeus, Southampton, New York

9-2-2014 9-06-44 PMQuincy Davis, professional surfer, Montauk, New York

9-2-2014 9-07-39 PMJimmy Buffett, singer, songwriter and author, Palm Beach, Florida

The campaign is a continuation of Corcoran’s “Live Who You Are” marketing campaign, which launched in 2006 and got a makeover in 2012 with a new website, a TV marketing campaign  featuring a French bulldog puppy video and illustrations from Swedish artist Kari Moden.

Check the French bulldog puppy video

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New York City Street Art

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One of NYC’s many pleasures is turning a corner to find a street-art mural taking up an entire wall, or spotting a piece by your favorite artist.

10-29-2014 10-49-58 AM10-29-2014 10-50-53 AM Brazilian Street Artist Kobra in West Village, New York City.

10-29-2014 10-55-38 AM Joe Iurato in Bushwick

10-30-2014 9-30-45 PMNew works by the legendary French stencil artist Blek Le Rat – whose rats first surfaced on the streets of Paris in 1981 – can now be seen at the Quin on West 57th Street and on the streets of NYC

10-30-2014 9-31-08 PMThe Violinist – Here another work from the exhibit Escaping Paris.

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 Woody Allen Street Art by Jef Aerosol

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 Anne Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld by Bradley Theodore

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 Audrey Hepburn mural by Tristan Eaton

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French street artist JR and Chinese artist Liu Bolin have collaborated in Nolita, NYC, on a great looking work.

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10-30-2014 9-29-41 PMA girl jokingly poses with a new installation of British graffiti artist Banksy’s art in New York.

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Solus in Little Italy

10-30-2014 9-29-18 PM Fast paced NYC… by Banksy

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10-30-2014 9-40-52 PMStreet artist Nick Walker hit New York recently and put some walls up in Brooklyn, LES and Chinatown. The piece above is located on the corner of Eldridge and Hester in Manhattan.

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George and Amal Clooney New Dream Home in the British Countryside

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After a spectacular four-day wedding celebration, they were hardly going to settle into married life in anything less than the lap of luxury.

Fresh from their honeymoon, George Clooney and his British wife Amal Alamuddin have reportedly splashed out £10 million on a stunning Grade II-listed manor house in Berkshire.

The newlyweds are now the proud lord and lady of The Mill House, a sprawling 17th-century Georgian mansion on the River Thames in the British countryside. The elegant nine bedroom, eight bathroom limestone domicile has amenities fit for a king and a queen and affords the pair unrivalled privacy and luxury.

The house was bought at the end of last month through a privately held company. Clooney and Miss Alamuddin married in Venice last month, but they are said to have honeymooned in the local area.

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Bergdorf Goodman is Hosting Exclusive Chanel Installation

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Chanel is reaching out to younger consumers via a temporary display on retailer Bergdorf Goodman’s 5F contemporary department.

Based on Chanel’s fall/winter 2014 advertising campaign “Coco Coach,” the pop-up resembles a sports club and carries ready-to-wear, handbags, sunglasses, costume jewelry and the new sneaker collection.

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10-17-2014 2-43-29 PMThe in-store installation, features chain link fencing and fluorescent lighting. In addition to traditional shelves and hanging racks, gym lockers and benches display merchandise.

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Snowdon – A Life in View

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From shadow portraits in profile of his royal nephew and niece, Charles and Anne, in 1956, through famous fashion designers, to a profile of David Bowie in 1978, Snowdon’s images at the National Portrait Gallery in London celebrate a book of his work, SnowdonA life in View, edited by Frances von Hofmannsthal and published by Rizzoli.

Lord Snowdon was married to Princess Margaret, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, and during the height of his career was the artistic advisor of the Sunday Times Magazine in England, with his work published in the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair on a regular basis.
The 84-year-old is currently the topic of a new exhibition with two rooms full of his work exhibited until June next year.

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1978

10-17-2014 2-33-49 PM Prince Charles and Princess Anne, 1956

10-10-2014 10-13-27 AMJohn Galliano, 2004

10-10-2014 10-12-23 AMAlber Elbaz 2003

10-10-2014 10-13-04 AMGianni Versace, 1990

10-10-2014 10-14-10 AMThe designer Yves Saint Laurent during a fitting

10-10-2014 10-12-05 AM Azzedine Alaïa, 1990

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Snowdon driving a car with his wife, Princess Margaret by Marina Cicogna

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