This year marks the fifth annual Reykjavik Fashion Festival (RFF), an event that celebrates Iceland’s creative energy by combining fashion, design, and music at venues around Reykjavik. The festival serves as an international platform for eight of Iceland’s best designers to showcase their new collections. This year, RFF is collaborating with DesignMarch to offer events like DesignTalks led by designer Calvin Klein. Click here to learn more about this unique event.
Armani Hotel Milano
Armani Hotel Milano is situated in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building in Milano, Italy, anchoring the world-famous couture district, known as the quadrilatero della moda. It is only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous La Scala theatre and the spectacular Piazza del Duomo. The launch of Armani Hotel Milano follows the opening of the world’s first Armani hotel in Dubai, located within the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Personally designed by Giorgio Armani, the hotel features 95 elegantly appointed Guestrooms and Suites, resonating the simplicity and elegance of the Armani style. An extensive food and beverage experience is available through its culinary outlets and lounge. In addition, the hotel features an Armani/SPA and a well-equipped business center.
The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milan. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and chosen for sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities. In-room amenities are specially tailored for the utmost convenience of guests and feature comfortable sofas, lounge chairs, butler stations, remote controls and an LCD flat screen television with full HITV capability.
Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide classic and authentic culinary delights in an intimate and refined setting. Open for lunch and dinner, the dishes take advantage of fresh produce served amidst an elegant ambience with expert and attentive service. Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca, with an exclusive and wide selection of wine, and a marble Chef’s table located within the kitchen. Overlooking the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, Armani/Lounge offers guests an exclusive yet elegant ambience.
Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the lifestyle service department with a Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are representative hosts, anticipating guests’ needs and ensuring that guests get the most out of their stay and your visit Milan.
ARMANI/SPA – Located on the top floor and nearly 13,000 square feet, the Armani/SPA offers individual treatments, with its six treatment rooms, personal fitness, steam and sauna experience, refreshing juice bar, and private and social relaxation thanks to the magnificent relaxation pool and its glass roof and walls.
Armani Hotel Milano’s fitness center features a Kinesis Wall as well as a wide range of cardio vascular and modular resistance machines. A Personal Trainer is available upon request and can be arranged through a Lifestyle Manager.
Armani/Business Center is spread over 2,100 square feet, with a private meeting room and two boardrooms. The facility has also been equipped with its own pantry and can therefore cater directly for the meeting room and boardrooms and the needs of the guests using them. State-of-the-art equipment will be available for audio/visual presentations, with remote-controlled lighting, computerized equipment and video conferencing facilities.
Making quite a splash on the fashion scene, a wave of smart boutiques refreshes the heart of the Neubau creative district.
Shopping Lindengasse © WienTourismus, Karl Thomas
Vienna on the map
Not far from Vienna’s famous Mariahilferstrasse shopping street, a bevy of talented designers is turning narrow Lindengasse into a hub for cutting-edge fashion.
At Freaks & Icons, Mandarina Brausewetter channels graffiti in her striking T-shirts and puff-sleeved blazers made from sweatshirt fabric. Sharing shelf space are edgy international labels where classic meets avant-garde. Diagonally across the street, Melanie de Goederen’s Buntwäsche caters to next-generation fashionistas with soft cotton tops that you can customize with a range of cuts, colors, sleeve lengths and prints—and then pair them with frilly skirts and colorful leggings.
Sandra Gilles’s la petite boutique tempts impulse buyers with delicate lace shirts and airy cloth bags. At Wabisabi, Japanese minimalism marks Stefanie Wippel’s collection of asymmetrical shirts, dresses and billowy pants in a black and white palette that can be mixed in endless combinations of chic. Camille Boyer personally selects the young designers and labels from across Europe that turn heads at her eponymous shop.
Looking for smart leather bags? You’ll find them at Ozelot, along with Kontiki bags recycled from bicycle inner tubes. For sophisticated shoes and jewelry, turn to the studio community at Werkprunk. Two other Lindengasse standouts are Elke Freytag, known for her form-flattering dresses and bold accessories, and Maronski, for fun and flirty casual wear.
To discover more extraordinary Austrian designers, fashion devotees can join a “Shopping with Lucie!” tour. The American expat and former fashion stylist canvases the 7th District to uncover hidden it-studios and boutiques for you.
200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, throughout 2014
2014 marks several anniversaries in the Capital Region USA, the most monumental of which is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Baltimore is the birthplace of the American National Anthem and it was here in September 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, that Francis Scott Key penned the poem that became the USA’s National Anthem. Visitors to the Capital Region can experience The Battle of Caulk’s Field Bicentennial Re-enactment 2014(30-31 August) as well as the 1812 Fair and Re-enactment at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (21 – 22 June 2014) in Maryland; tour Fort McHenry, the star shaped fort which successfully defended the city of Baltimore against British invasion, and observe the massive flag which resides over the fort; learn about a young African American servant called Grace Wisher who worked on the flag at a major exhibit at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture from 17 May – 16 November 2014; finally, visitors can observe the original American flag currently on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Visitors can also drive the 100 mile Star-Spangled Banner Byway along the Chesapeake Bay and through historical locations significant to the War of 1812, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a number of events throughout Maryland from 6 September until 16 September 2014. For more information on events, visit www.starspangled200.com #starspangled200
50 years since the Beatles played in DC, 11 February 2014
The Beatles performed their first American Concert at The Washington Coliseum (a.k.a. Uline Arena) on February 11, 1964, two days after their triumphant performance on Ed Sullivan. On 11 February 2014, exactly 50 years from that day, this concert will be reenacted as exactly as possible at this historic site. In the audience that night were several personalities that went on to larger visibility, including former Vice President Al Gore. Proceeds of this re-enactment concert will go to The DC Preservation League. There will be an exhibit of Photographer Mike Mitchell’s iconic photos of the 1964 concert (he was an 18 year old freelancer at the time) and a short documentary (in the midst of being produced) to be shown before the concert which will include interviews with audience members and original photos. For more information visit, http://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones/2013/10/28/beatles-and-more-musical-history-uline-arena
400th Anniversary of Pocahontas’ Wedding to John Rolfe, 5 April 2014
The true love story which shaped American history will be marked by special programs and exhibits that explore the interaction between Indians and English Settlers. On 5 April 2014, visitors can experience a re-enactment of the wedding at the actual site where it occurred in Historic Jamestowne. For more information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org
70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014
The National D Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, will mark the occasion with a special ceremony including an honour guard, interactive veteran’s history stations, a reunion tent, USO show, guest speakers and more. The town of Bedford suffered more loses, per capita, on D-Day than any other locality in the United States and was chosen as the site of the National Memorial as emblematic of all U.S. communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day. For more information, visit www.dday.org/70th-anniversary-events
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opens on 1 May 2014
The much anticipated Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Hotel will offer 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, and more than 100,000 square feet of event space when it opens on 1 May 2014. Connected to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center by an underground concourse, the Marriott Marquis will be conveniently located near Penn Quarter and close to CityCenter DC and the Verizon Center. Property highlights include 54 breakout rooms, outdoor terraces, and retail and restaurant space. For more information, visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/wasco-washington-marriott-marquis
Opening Spring 2014: Upscale City Market at O Leads Evolution of Hip Luxury Suites
City Market at O is an upscale mixed-use development featuring restaurants and a new Cambria Suites. Located one block north of the Convention Center, the hotel will offer more than 182 all-suite rooms, a rooftop pool, and a terrace with sweeping city views. City Market at O will open in spring 2014. For more information, visit http://www.citymarketato.com
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center Launches Monthly Art Exhibits
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park have teamed up to present monthly art exhibits and Meet the Artist receptions. Launched in September 2013, the works of a new artist will be on display in the hotel’s main lobby each month. The exhibits will culminate with a Meet the Artist reception each month. For more information visit www.aloftbwi.com or www.Chesapeakearts.org
The Inn at Herrington Harbour Offers Seaplane Excursions
The Inn at Herrington Harbour has begun offering Seaplane excursions over the Chesapeake Bay. At a cost of $95 per person, the twenty-minute excursions are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Seaplane excursions will resume in summer 2014. For more information, visit www.offshorepix.com or www.herringtonharbour.com
America’s Newest Luxury Resort, Salamander Resort and Spa, opens in Virginia
Salamander Resort and Spa is a 168-room luxury resort set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards. The hotel opened in August 2013 and is located in the storied village of Middleburg. The resort is owned by Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The resort features 25 acres of land dedicated to equestrian activities, a luxurious spa with private courtyard and infinity pool, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining overseen by award-winning DC Chef Todd Gray, a cooking studio, wine bar, and numerous conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a restored, century-old Stallion Barn.For more information, visit www.salamanderresort.com
CityCenter DC Opens in December 2013
CityCenter DC is a 10 acre urban hub mixing hotel space, condominiums, offices, restaurants, shops and more – all within walking distance to the convention center and two Metrorail stations. CityCenter DC is ideal for event activities, including dine-arounds and team-building. The New York Times called it a “modern-day Rockefeller Center.” CityCenter DC will open in phases beginning in December 2013. For more information, visit www.citycenterdc.com
Culinary and Winery News:
More Than 25 New Wineries to Open in Virginia in 2014
Virginia is known as the ‘state for lovers’, and is an award-wining wine region. 2014 will see more than 25 new wineries open bringing the total of wineries in Virginia to more than 250. The state is currently the fifth largest wine producing state in the United States, and Virginia wines continue to win top awards in world-wide competitions. For more information, visit www.virginiawine.org
‘A Flight You Can Look Forward To’ – Flight Wine Bar Opens in December 2013
Flight Wine Bar, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, is due to open in Washington, DC in December 2013. Bose and Amir will open with an approachable wine list featuring over 30 options by the glass including lesser known varietals and labels from around the world. A selection of domestic and international beers, boutique spirits and a weekly wine-based cocktail will also be on the menu. The 60-seat wine bar will also serve shareable plates designed to complement the diverse wine list. For more information, visit www.flightdc.com
Howard County Restaurant Boom Offers a Taste of the World
Howard County, a county located in the central part of Maryland, will welcome a number of exciting new restaurants in 2014 which will include flavours from all over the world. Restaurants include Facci Ristorante- authentic Italian cuisine featuring an imported wood burning pizza oven, Grille620- a modern twist on the American steakhouse, Highland Inn- a new dining experience with a focus on seasonal foods and purity of flavours, The Grille- featuring American and Mediterranean cuisine, White Oak Tavern- a tap house serving exquisite farm-to-table pub food, Xitomate Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar- Specializing in small plates of authentic Mexican cuisine with an immaculate collection of the finest Tequilas. For more information on Howard County, visit www.visithowardcounty.com
Attraction and Activity News:
Smithsonian Opens Newest Museum in 2015
The Smithsonian will open its newest museum in 2015, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015. On 18 November 2013, the first two artefacts arrived at the museum, including a railway train car made by the Pullman Company in 1922, which is currently under construction on the National Mall. For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu
Six Flags America Adds Two New Thrilling Rides for 2014
Six Flags America is adding two new rides in a brand new area of the amusement park that is conveniently located just outside of Washington, D.C. The new rides are the park’s ninth roller coaster, Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning coaster, and French Quarter Flyers, a family-friendly flying ride. Both attractions will be located in the festive new Mardi Gras section of the park. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/america
American Chestnut Land Trust Launches New Trail Offering Stunning Views of the Chesapeake Bay
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) has opened a new gateway to connect people to the 3,000-acre Parkers Creek Preserve in central Calvert County along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The new 4.5-mile section of trail connects Prince Frederick to ACLT’s existing north-side trails. The trail allows hikers to experience the full breadth of the Parkers Creek natural area by continuing to a new overlook platform the land trust built to provide wintertime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Parkers Creek. The full 6.1-mile trail is called “Prince Frederick to the Bay” or “PF2Bay” for short.
In addition to its two existing trailheads – one on the north side of Parkers Creek off Dares Beach Road and one on the south side of the creek off Scientists’ Cliffs Road – ACLT now welcomes visitors to its newest Prince Frederick trailhead that starts just off Main Street in Prince Frederick. Parking for the new trail as well as maps and the sign-in area are at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church. It is recommended that hikers leave one car at Double Oak Farm before hiking, and then take a second car to the Prince Frederick trailhead. The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. The trail is closed during deer firearms season for safety.
For more information, visit www.acltweb.org
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Launches ‘African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, and Beyond’ Exhibit Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond showcases the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from or was influenced by African Americans, including the important contributions of publishing executives at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. This special exhibit will embrace the totality of Black comics. With a significant focus on Black creators and their art, the exhibit will pull together experts, essayists, filmmakers and creators from inside and outside the world of comic books to fully explore the successes, triumphs, failures and expectations for the future of this vital component of our national fabric. The exhibit will run from 14 December 2013 – April 2014. For more information, visit www.geppismuseum.com and www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37284
B&O Railroad Museum Celebrates Black History Month in February 2014
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad’s line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. The exhibit runs from 1 February to 28 February 2013. For more information, visit www.borail.org
Chrysler Museum of Art Reopens and Celebrates 70 years of the Smokey Bear American Icon
The Chrysler Museum of Art, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is to reopen in April 2014 after an extensive renovation and expansion. Exhibits to mark the reopening will include 70 Years of Smokey Bear, the American icon whose motto is “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”. For more information, visit www.chrysler.org/exhibitions/70-years-of-smokey-bear / or www.chrysler.org
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Opens Multi-media Rock Spectacular
Opening in Spring 2014 at Busch Garden Williamsburg, Virginia, London Rocks takes visitors on a musical journey that explores the roots of rock-n-roll and transforms Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre into a rousing 25-minute live action and multi-media rock spectacular. The musical revue explores the powerful role that music plays in people’s lives. A team of more than 200 musical directors, designers, technicians and artists is taking on this ambitious Busch Gardens’ production. For more information, visit www.seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg
The Aquarium Adventure Park opens in Virginia Beach in Summer 2014.
Appealing to outdoor fun-seekers ages five years old and up, the Adventure Park, located on the campus of the Virginia Aquarium, will feature multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses. Activities at the park are forest-friendly, requiring only human power—no motors or machines. For more information, visit www.vbgov.com/news/Pages/selected.aspx?release=1671
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Opens Exhibition of Artworks from the Palace Museum, Beijing
A new exhibition, the Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 18 October 2014 – 11 January 2015 as part of collaboration with the Beijing Palace Museum, China’s largest art museum and the largest palace in the world. The exhibit will showcase more than 180 portraits, sculptures, textiles and unique artefacts from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Enhanced by 3-D virtual technology, the exhibit offers an immersive experience as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory. For more information, visitwww.nmaahc.si.edu
New Baltimore – DC Weekend Rail Service Launched on 7 December 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration is now offering a weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The trains will make nine Saturday round trips and six Sunday round trips between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington. The service is expected to be especially appealing to international travellers touching down at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County. About 45-percent of BWI’s business comes from the Washington region. For more information, visit www.mta.maryland.gov/marc-train
New Silver Line Metro Extension Connects DC to Surrounding Cities
The Silver Line Metro Extension (also known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project) is currently well underway. The new line will connect DC to surrounding cities including the retail mecca of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The line to Tyson’s Corner is expected to open in 2014; the line connecting Washington Dulles International Airport is expected to open in 2018. For more information, visit www.dullesmetro.com
DC Streetcars (trams) to Arrive in DC
DC Streetcars are expected to start service in early spring 2014 along H Street and Benning Road NE. For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com
Virginia Launches Jamestown Discovery Boat Ride
New in 2014 is Jamestown Discovery, a 90 minute boat tour on the beautiful James River that travels around the historic Jamestown Island. All tours are handicap accessible and offer a new view of the history and beauty of the river. A website is not available at present but for more information, visit their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/jamestowndiscoverytours
To find out more about the Capital Region USA, visit www.CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk
Just over two hours’ drive from Melbourne, in Bendigo and its surrounding Goldfields villages, awaits a mecca for lovers of collecting, with retro and vintage shopping and artisan boutiques to be found. The heritage streetscapes of shady vine-covered verandas peppered with alfresco café furniture and racks of vintage wear are the perfect place to while away a summer’s afternoon. This summer, visitors can commence a day of vintage retail therapy with a visit to Modern Love at the Bendigo Art Gallery (until 2 February); a showcase of the world’s most influential designers from the past 40 years and the ultimate retail reconnaissance.
The historic city of Bendigo and its surrounding villages offer a refreshing cultural and contemporary scene, with quirky shops, romantic stores, quality dining, creative, passionate producers and artisans. A visit to Bendigo would not be complete without visiting the art, design and antique boutiques of View Street. Housed in a classic Victorian building, SB Libris is a traditional book bindery with shelves brimming with beautiful, leather bound books and stationary. Just a few doors away is the View Street Bazaar, a store brimming with an eclectic collection of antique, art deco and retro curios from all corners of the globe, and a little further along View Street is Julie’s Clothing Boutique & Antique Gallery; a treasure box for lovers of designer vintage clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery. A short drive out of town is the famous Bendigo Pottery, Australia’s oldest working pottery maker which also houses a gallery with works from local potters, artists and sculptors and an antiques and collectibles centre with over 30 independent stall holders.
A scenic half hour drive from Bendigo awaits Castlemaine, a beautifully preserved historic village; home to a dizzying array of quality vintage and retro boutiques. Makers, sewers and collectors of treasures will love Habadash, an emporium of buttons, stunning laces, trims, ribbons, fabrics, jewels and rarities that will enhance any antique and vintage collection while The Restorers Barn, housed in an original 1856 furniture store, boasts a huge collection of retro architectural fittings and collectibles. Meanwhile, bibliophiles can immerse themselves in the wonders of the written word at Book Heaven where there’s 90,000 second hand books, records, comics and collectables to choose from.
A 15 minute drive from Castlemaine is Maldon, a character-filled village with a historic streetscape and an abundance of treasures to be found. The original Victorian-era hotel, The Grand Maldon, houses not only an impressive range of old wares and gifts but self contained apartment-style accommodation in the property’s original stables. The Cascade Print Room Gallery in the heart of Maldon proudly showcases a unique collection of artist-made prints and the works of some of Central Victoria’s best known visual artists. Visitors planning to visit Maldon over the summer months should be sure to time their trip to coincide with the not-to-be-missed Maldon Antique & Collectibles Fair (Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2014) with a football ground full of rare and valuables treasures to choose from.
Nestled on the banks of the Loddon River, just a few minutes drive from Maldon, is the vibrant town of Newstead. Well worth a visit is Antares Iron Art Gallery, a beautiful art garden and open air gallery established by landscape gardener, stoneworker and sculptor, Roger McKindley and featuring a constantly evolving collection of artistic creations.
At the heart of nearby Maryborough is the majestic 1874 Maryborough Railway Station, a building which today houses a stunning collection of antiques and collectibles at Station Antiques as well as the Maryborough Station Café. Down the road on Nolan Street, Amaroo (82 Nolan Street) stocks a dazzling array of porcelain, antiques and vintage homewares and around the corner the Central Goldfields Art Gallery is housed in the historic 1861 fire station and features an ever changing display of works by local and regional artists.
A little further up the road is Inglewood where secret women’s business is thriving. The village’s five antique and collectable stores including Inglewood Emporium and Fusspots at Inglewood are all run by ladies, a sisterhood that is helping bring vintage-lovers flocking to historic Brooke Street. An afternoon dipping into the mother-of-all fancy dress boxes in Inglewood is a must for vintage and retro fashionistas.
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The Victorian Goldfields Tourism Executive (VGTE) is the peak tourism organisation for the Goldfields region established in 2013 with the charter of driving the tourism direction and building on the already robust brands of Ballarat and Bendigo. Working in close partnership with Ballarat Regional Tourism and Bendigo Regional Tourism, VGTE seeks to develop a strong, synergised regional tourism presence between Ballarat and Bendigo and their surrounding villages and shires.
London’s Athenaeum is enhancing the city’s January shopping sales with discounts to Fortnum & Mason, The Burlington Arcade and Covent Garden. In Mayfair with some of London’s top landmarks nearby, the Athenaeum is ideally located for luxury shoppers.
The hotel has joined with some of the top retailers in Covent Garden to offer discounts on women’s wear, men’s wear, health and beauty, housewares and crafts ranging from 10 to 50 percent off.
The hotel can also arrange complimentary VIP shopping experiences such as a personal consultation with Fortnum & Mason’s in-house milliner to create an individual statement hat. Guests can also take a journey with Fortnum’s archivist through three centuries of the establishment’s past.
The talk includes tea or coffee and a copy of “Fortnum & Mason – the First Three Hundred Years.”
Burlington Arcade, England’s oldest and longest shopping arcade, is offering a fragrance profile with Penhaligon’s, where an expert consultant matches personalities to a fragrances.
These promotions are available through March 31. Rates start from $579 per night in a deluxe guestroom.
LAS VEGAS – Fabrik Fridays, a weekly tribute to fashion at SHe by Morton’s inside The Shops at Crystals, announces the fall fashion show lineup. The new dates will feature shows by Eccoci, Beach Bash and Halloween Mart featuring Coquette.
Each week Eva Longoria’s boutique steakhouse, located just steps away from the main entrance of ARIA, highlights the fashion collections of a different boutique. A 30-foot runway winds through the main dining room and plays host to the designer-clad models. The event treats guests to three fashion shows at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m., tasty fare and Bacardi drink specials.
The featured designers at “Fabrik Fridays” will be:
Friday, Oct. 18 – Eccoci
The Boca Park boutique offers fashionistas chic, European-inspired collections, modern styles and pieces made with luxurious fabrics and stunning colors.
Friday, Oct. 25 – Beach Bash
The vintage-style swimwear puts a retro twist on modern styles with 1950s-inspired suits, adorable bags, high-waisted shorts, pretty blouses and fitted, floral dresses.
Friday, Nov. 1 – Halloween Mart featuring Coquette
To celebrate Halloween weekend, Coquette’s line of sexy costumes, available at Halloween Mart, will be modeled for diners.
About SHe by Morton’s:
With a menu offering prime steaks, an array of signature selections and plenty of dishes made for sharing, SHe by Morton’s is the Strip’s stylish boutique steakhouse for guests to dine and unwind. Just steps away from the main entrance of ARIA at The Shops at Crystals, SHe is a partnership between Morton’s The Steakhouse and gorgeous actress and entrepreneur, Eva Longoria. Crafted by Executive Chef Erick Stecher, the menu includes “hot” and “cold” appetizers, whimsical desserts, an impressive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails. Directly above SHe is a 9,000-square-foot special events venue that can be transformed into a private nightclub or a corporate events space. SHe by Morton’s is open daily for small bites and cocktails at 5 p.m., with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations, guests may call 702-254-2376, visit http://SHe-LV.com , follow SHe on Twitter @SHeLasVegas, Instagram at SHeLasVegas and become a fan on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/SHeLasVegas.
The Shops at Crystals
The Shops at Crystals is an exquisite 500,000-square-foot shopping and dining experience adjacent to the AAA Five Diamond ARIA Resort & Casino. Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and Rockwell Group, Crystals is home to the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America, as well as flagship stores for Dolce & Gabbana Men’s, Dolce & Gabbana Women’s, Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Roberto Cavalli and Ermenegildo Zegna. Unique-to-the-market retailers include TOM FORD, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Donna Karan, Kiton, Kiki De Montparnasse, Tourbillon, Porsche Design, Lanvin and rLo Gallery (Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery). Rivaling shopping meccas throughout the world, Crystals features contemporary art, elaborate water and ice displays, lush floral décor and iconic elements including a 70-foot-tall tree house. Crystals also offers a selection of premier restaurants including SHē by Morton’s; Mastro’s Ocean Club; Todd English P.U.B; and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. Crystals has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s largest retail district to receive this level of recognition. For more information on Crystals, please visit crystalsatcitycenter.com or keep up with the latest Crystals news, events and photos via Facebook and Twitter. Read the Jetsetters Magazine feature about SHe at Morton’s in Las Vegas.
Exclusive Fashion Show Featuring Acclaimed L.A. Designer Anthony Franco
Weekend Fashion Celebration Includes Poolside Parties, Fashion Activations, DJ’s and more.
VIP Hard Rock Fashion Weekend Package Available
Donation to Benefit Desert AIDS Project
(PALM SPRINGS, CA) – Always known as one of the most glamorous cities in America, Palm Springs is preparing to debut its very own fashion close-up. Home to some of Hollywood’s biggest and most fashionable stars over the years, Palm Springs will be the new vortex of contemporary fashion with the first-ever Palm Springs Fashion Weekend taking place Oct. 25-27 at the new 163 room Hard Rock Hotel located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Additionally, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has created the Hard Rock Fashion Weekend Package which includes a two night stay in a premium pool view guestroom, two tickets to Palm Springs Fashion Weekend, a $50 food and beverage credit, late check-out and a VIP Fashion Gift Bag for $998 (excluding taxes and fees). The package and rooms can be booked at www.hrhpalmsprings.com.
Tickets for the first-ever Palm Springs Fashion Weekend are on sale now and available exclusively at www.showclix.com/event/PalmSpringsFashionWeekend.
Envisioned by Palm Springs business leaders and locals Jim Casey, Kim Waltrip and Trini Garza of Troupe Productions, and produced by Mikey Koffman, owner/producer of LA Fashion Weekend/Fashion Splash, Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will showcase the designs of acclaimed Los Angeles-based designer Anthony Franco with a Saturday evening (Oct. 26) runway show and cocktail party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Franco, a Los Angeles native and a self-taught designer who has received accolades and awards for his music-inspired collections, was the recipient of the Mercedes Benz Designer of the Year Award for his 2007 men’s collection. “As a native of Los Angeles, I’ve always looked at Palm Springs as a haven for glamour and fashion, and I’m extremely excited to be showing my collection and helping to put the fashion spotlight on Palm Springs.”
Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will also be about giving back to the community, and Troupe Productions will be making a $2500 donation to the Desert AIDS Project. “We are so grateful that Jim, Kim, and Trini of Troupe Productions are making D.A.P. a beneficiary of Palm Springs Fashion Weekend,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project. “When you add talent like that to a venue like the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, this is sure to be a hit!”
Highlights of the weekend include poolside parties at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel pool, cocktail receptions and a Saturday night runway show featuring Anthony Franco and other designers. Besides providing a unique setting for great runway collections, the Palm Springs Fashion Weekend is designed to be a social gathering celebrating fashion under the warm glow of the desert sun and the sultry breezes of the beautiful October nights.
“Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will be the culmination of our dream,” explains Jim Casey, president of Troupe Productions. “Kim, Trini and I have always believed that Palm Springs has a rich history of glamour and fashion and the time has come to shine the light on our great city. We are excited to have secured Anthony Franco as our headline designer. His work, collections and Southern California upbringing made him the perfect choice for our inaugural event.”
Palm Springs Fashion Weekend Details:
Dates: October 25-27, 2013
Location: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs – to book rooms visit: www.hrhpalmsprings.com
Tickets: Log on to buy at: www.showclix.com/event/PalmSpringsFashionWeekend
For additional information on Palm Springs Fashion Weekend, visit: www.palmspringsfw.com and follow on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Palm-Springs-Fashion-Weekend
About Troupe Productions
Film Producers Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey, of Kim and Jim Productions, and Trini Garza, of Live It Up Productions, have created a multi-faceted entertainment company, Troupe Productions, LLC, headquartered in Palm Springs, California. Troupe Productions is a one-stop shop for all areas of musical entertainment management and production. The company manages musical artists, produces live events, musicals, fashion shows, festivals, and more. Their inaugural Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will debut at the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Oct. 25-27, 2013.
About Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is a luxury 163-room resort located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, California. This beautiful, music-inspired hotel offers comfort, style, and sophistication in an atmosphere that is anything but uptight. Its location just two hours from Los Angeles, makes it the perfect getaway, with year-round sunshine, a Rock Spa, shimmering pool with cabanas, plus fine dining and entertainment served up with a cool, laid back vibe. Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is owned by Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, LLC. For more information visit www.HRHPalmSprings.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 174 venues in 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 hotels and 7 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Johannesburg, San José, Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Ibiza, Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.
The south coast’s biggest ever celebration of sea fishing has been announced.
Following last year’s runaway success, the second Bexhill Sea Angling Festival (7 – 15 September) promises to be even bigger and better.
The Festival has two parts, a series of angling competitions based at Bexhill Sea Angling Club and an Open Event on the stunning £5million exhibition space in front of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion.
The fun starts this year on Saturday 7th September 2013 with 2 days of fishing competitions along the beaches of Rother and food & games for all on the Festival lawns on the seafront of Bexhill-on-Sea. The Festival blends education about one the UKs most popular past times (an estimated 4 million people go fishing every year) with the current fashion and passion for cooking and seafood.
The festival retains the support of the Angling Trust, the voice of angling in England, and Rother District Council which has invested £10,000 into the event. Organised and run by a number of local anglers, the Bexhill Sea Angling Club and Bexhill’s fishing tackle shop ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’, the festival aims to promote angling as a past-time, highlight the excellent fishing around the Sussex coast and make the link between sustainable fishing and healthy eating. This is a not for profit event.
Six competitions over nine days with a fun ‘flattie bash’ for those who arrive on Friday 6 September. Prizes include a fishing holiday in Norway and a £500 cash prize for the biggest fish. Throughout the weekend, Angling Trust coaches will be on hand in the ‘coaching zone’ to assist newcomers to the sport with advice and demonstrations.
This year the festival launches with the seafood festival weekend, when the Western Lawns play host to stalls selling freshly prepared fish dishes, seafood cooking demonstrations and free angling coaching sessions.
For more information and for details on how to enter the competitions visit www.bexhillseaanglingfestival.co.uk
Save $300 per couple on this 14-night itinerary, normally priced at $3,479 per person, double, visiting Mumbai, Udaipur and the creative centers of Ahmedabad, Patan, Dasada and Bhuj when you book byOctober 31st.
Geringer Global Travel introduces an exclusive 14-night Gujarat Textile Itinerary for those passionate about India’s rich history of textile craftsmanship. Travelers will be introduced to villages, organizations and people at the heart of creating India’s exquisite textiles, while learning about traditional block-printing, weaving, dying and batik work.
The itinerary a brief visit in Mumbai before journeying to Udaipur, where all guests will be made welcome with a complimentary bottle of Indian Sula wine and dinner at the exclusive 1559 AD restaurant, set in the midst of beautifully landscaped gardens.
The itinerary then continues on to explore the creative centers of Ahmedabad, Patan, Dasada and Bhuj.
Pricing begins at $3,479 per person, double*, and includes hotel accommodation, all transfers, entrance fees, English-speaking guides, most meals and specific cultural activities.** Save $300 per couple when booking before October 31st.
Highlights of this 14-night itinerary include:
Coming face-to-face with the epic narratives of Mata depicted in the famed Mata-ni-Pachedi temple hangings from Gujarat;
Tour the collection of woven, spun, printed and painted fabrics at the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad, whose regional embroidery dates back to the 19th century;
Learn about the intricate and meticulous embellishment style of Mutwa embroidery on a visit to the village of Dhordo and compare it to bright yellows, reds and greens of the Meghwal embroidery style on a trip to the village of Brindeyera;
Visit home of Mr. A A Wazir, who is a collector of textiles and also has a small outlet that functions from his home.
The journey begins in Udaipur, an idyll for poets and painters and also known as the City of Dawn due to its exquisite marble palaces and charming vistas overlooking Lake Pichola. Its palace is also home to the largest collection of crystal in the world. The city is a thriving haven for artists and intellectuals, and guests will experience this first hand one evening over a glass of wine with a contemporary Udaipur artist.
On the fourth day, travelers will depart for Ahmedabad, India’s Textile City, home to the famed Calico Museum of Gujarat and Shreyas Folk Art Museum, which contains an exclusive collection of colorful and traditional folk art. An excursion to Pethapur will also show how the Gajjar community creates wooden block printing. Moving on, the sixth day will bring travelers through the town of Patan, known for its excellent silk textiles woven in the double ikkat style and magnificent stepwell.
After pausing in Modhera to pay a visit to the Hindu Sun Temple, travelers will come to the eco-friendly village resort of Rann Raiders in Dasada. Spend a day spotting exotic birds and the rare Asiatic Wild Ass, a member of the horse family, and the evening on a village safari, interacting with the tribal Bharwad and Rabari people, known for their distinctive style of Tangalieayiea weaving.
On the ninth day, guests will come to the city of Dhamadka, a major center of the ajrakh block-printing technique, which frequently incorporates deep indigos and vibrant reds to symbolize the twin opposing forces of creation. After lunch, travel to the nearby city of Dhaneti where the minimalist patterns of Ahir embroidery are influenced by local flora and fauna.
The last days will be spent in and around the city of Bhuj, visiting local villages with their own distinctive styles of craftsmanship: the Rogan Painting of the Nirona, the elaborate mutwa bharat of the Islamic Mutwa in Dhordo, and the intricately embroidered and beaded leatherwork of the Meghwal community.
Guests can visit the house of tie-dye artisan Ali Mohamaed Isha, with the option to participate in a workshop for an additional cost, and view the textile collections of Mr. A A Wazir. Travelers will also have a final opportunity to visit the nonprofit Shrujan and Khamir organizations that train local artisans and promote regional craft such as Central Asian Shrujan embroidery and Kutch handloom weaving.
For more information, please visit: http://geringerglobaltravel.com/exclusive-gujarat-textile-india-trip/
*Pricing begins at $3,479 per person, double, and $6,240 per person, single, for travel dates Oct. 1, 2013–Mar. 31, 2014 . Prices may vary between Christmas and New Year’s.
** International airfare, airport taxes, passport and Visa fees not included in pricing
About Geringer Global Travel
Susan Geringer, owner of Geringer Global Travel, is an experiential India travel specialist creating custom itineraries to India and the Subcontinent. Frequently traveling to India, Susan is able to keep a constant pulse on new properties, hidden gems, and discovering unique experiences that make her clients’ itineraries even more exciting. To understand a foreign culture, Geringer Global Travel feels there is nothing more important than one-on-one interaction with the local people for a chance to join them in their everyday lives. Susan is a member of ASTA, New York City Chapter as well as the New York City Chapter of PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association).
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